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MG-136

WITMER FAMILY COLLECTION

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MG-136

Witmer Family Collection 



CORRESPONDENCE, 1817-1884, undated.
(5 boxes)


Contents Date Folder # Box # Floor Shelf/Location
Assorted letters, primarily regarding the repayment of loans. To Adam Witmer. 1834 1 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, primarily regarding business and monetary transactions, some personal letters as well. To Adam Witmer. 1835-1836 2 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, related to business and payment, one letter requests a recommendation from Adam Witmer to aid him in getting a job. 1840 3 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, mainly relating to business and payment, items of note include a resignation notice and a letter encouraging Adam Witmer's participation in the upcoming election. 1841 4 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of certain goods. Notices about business location changes and requests for support by men running for political office were also included. 1842 5 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Also a ledger relating to lumber bought. 1843 6 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, trade of goods, and suggestions for the postal service. 1844 7 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. 1845 8 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Many letters concern themselves with the flour market. Numerous letters describing general market conditions. 1858-1860 9 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Many letters concern themselves with coal. One letter of note from the Delaware State Lottery. Numerous letters describing general market conditions. 1858-1860 10 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Coal and flour are topics of particular interest. Numerous letters describing general market conditions. 1858-1860 11 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, primarily market reports, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. 1858-1860 12 1 GM 1653
Assorted letters, market reports, ledgers, checks, and even a telegram. All relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. 1858-1859 1 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, primarily market reports and business notes from Brooks & Pugh in Philadelphia. Some ledgers, and other general letters relating to payment and trade of goods. 1857-1858 2 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, primarily market reports and business notes from Brooks & Pugh in Philadelphia, other general letters relating to payment and trade of goods. 1857-1858 3 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Some ledgers. Additionally, there are arrangements for animal transportation and communication with a flour producer. 1859 4 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, trade of goods, and business reports. Many letters discussed delivery of goods. Communication with auditor/accountant, Notice of counterfeit money at the Bank of Philadelphia. 1859 5 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, trade of goods, and business reports. Letter with envelope, letter referring to Witmer as treasurer of "All-Saints Church." 1859 6 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, relating to business, payment, trade of goods, and business reports. Mail advertisement for manure. 1859 7 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters, primarily business reports from Brooks & Pugh in Philadelphia. Some letters relating to the trade of goods. 1859 8 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Additionally, there is a letter of thanks, a letter discussing the sale of property, and a check with a picture. 1860-1866 9 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Additionally there is notice of re-election to board, and a refutation of an insurance claim. 1861-1862 10 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. 1862-1863 11 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters relating to business, payment, and trade of goods. Additionally there are letters discussing and reporting on the conflict between the North and South, notes demanding payment, an a request to invest in new oil company. 1861-1865 12 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer from Samuel and Jacob Brinkley, Description of Ohio and the western way of life, description of the South and the buying and selling of slaves. 1835-1836 13 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer from Samuel Brinkley. Includes: Description of rough journey to Indiana, description of Indiana including political inclinations, talk of William Henry Harrison as potential Whig candidate for President, mention of Scarlet Fever outbreak in Indiana. 1837-1838 14 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer from Samuel Brinkley. Includes: Discussion of the Mormon Faith, descriptions of speeches by William Henry Harrison, description of Ohio. 1840-1841 15 2 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer from Samuel Brinkley. Includes: description of journey to Iowa, including stops in Louisville, KY and St. Louis, MO., Description of a giant in Louisville, comments on the Great Comet of 1843, discussion of 1844 Presidential Election. 1842-1844 1 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer form Samuel Brinkley. Includes: geological notes, crop reports, discussion of the Cholera outbreak. 1845-1857 2 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters to Adam Witmer form Samuel Brinkley. Includes: Discussion of the 1860 presidential election, discussion of southern discontent, the military build up in the North, concerns about southern sympathizers in the North, hand drawn rendering of the "Army Worm." 1859-1864 3 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Henry Witmer and Adam Witmer. Includes: Letters relating to business, descriptions of unique happenings and accidents. 1831-1836 4 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Henry Witmer and Adam Witmer. Includes: Letter regarding holding the money of James Buchanan, general notes about political goings on in the PA state government. 1837 5 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Henry Witmer and Adam Witmer. Includes: Notice of Henry's appointment to State Treasurer if his party wins election and his subsequent declination of the office, general business notes, and the reasons for Henry's trip to Europe. 1838-1851 6 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between E.H. and Adam Witmer. General topics about family health and business. 1838-1854 7 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between E.H. and Adam Witmer. General business discussions and requests. 1858-1859 8 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between E.H. and Adam Witmer. General business discussions and requests. Includes: Reference to Japanese group visiting Philadelphia, Reference to the 1860 Election, discussion of the War, audit report. 1860-1861 9 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between E.H. and Adam Witmer. General Business Discussions and Requests. Includes: Discussion of Gettysburg and the situation of family in the army. 1862-1863 10 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Adam Witmer and friends and family. Most regard a business trip to Ohio to gather hogs and cattle. One Letter from Samuel P. Bower challenges Adam Witmer to a duel. 1817-1829 11 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Adam Witmer and friends and family. Most are between Adam and his Father and brother regarding business or updating each other on their travels. 1831-1835 12 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Adam Witmer and B.G. Herr, relating to politics and actions taken by the State government in Harrisburg. Letter from father with election results from Philadelphia. 1839-1840 13 3 GM 1654
Whig Party circulars sent to Adam Witmer from 1840 and 1843. 1840-1843 14 3 GM 1654
Assorted letters between Adam Witmer and friends and family. Most deal with affairs of business, family, or travel. Includes: Letters From a practitioner of Phrenology. 1841-1844 15 3 GM 1654
Clay Club (Whig Party Organization) Invitation. 1844 16 3 GM 1654
Two letters, the first regarding business (1853). The second regards a dispute between B.G. Herr and Adam Witmer regarding Herr's wife (Witmer's sister). 1853-1856 17 3 GM 1654
Letters from family and friends to John Witmer (Son of Adam) at Haverford College. Few letters to Adam Witmer regarding business concerns. 1849-1859 1 4 GM 1655
Letters from family and friends to Adam and John Witmer. Conscription notice. Letters from Washington D.C. during the war discussing the state of affairs and attitudes among the troops. 1860-1862 2 4 GM 1655
Varied letters from family and friends to Adam Witmer and his son Exeter, who is attending college. Letters almost exclusively deal with matters of family. 1863-1864 3 4 GM 1655
Family letters to Adam Witmer from children. Letters focus on matters of family. 1865-1867 4 4 GM 1655
Two letters, the first is a notice of a 25th Anniversary celebration, the second is a notice about the death of one of Adam Witmer's cousins. 1883-1884 5 4 GM 1655
Letters to Adam Witmer and John Witmer from family. Letters discuss family and local news. Includes: Mention of "Gap Outlaws." n.d. 6 4 GM 1655
Letters to John Witmer from family while he attended Haverford College. 1854 7 4 GM 1655
Letters to John Witmer from family while he attended Haverford College. Report of the 1856 Presidential Election, riots in Maryland over the state going for Fillmore. 1856 8 4 GM 1655
Letters to John Witmer from family while he attended Haverford College. Most letters focused on familial matters. n.d. 9 4 GM 1655
Writings made by John Witmer while at Haverford College. n.d. 10 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. Miscellaneous in nature, with some letters from family, and others from friends and business people. One prospectus from newspaper seeking subscribers. 1817-1834 11 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer, mainly concerning business matters. A number of letters are to him in his capacity as Postmaster. Notice of nomination of Adam Witmer as delegate for the Whig party. 1835-1836 12 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. Miscellaneous in nature. Most Letters focus on business dealings or political goings on. Included: Details of Henry Witmer's trip to NY, Letters discussing lack of payment of loans. 1837-1838 13 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. miscellaneous in nature, primarily relating to business dealings. 1839-1840 14 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. miscellaneous in nature, primarily relating to business dealings. Includes: Letters from Adam Witmer's father-in-law, John Steele, to Adam and Hannah Witmer. 1841-1842 15 4 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. Miscellaneous in nature, primarily relating to business dealings, such as the reception of goods and the repayment of loans. Some letters to Witmer in his capacity as Postmaster. 1843 1 5 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam Witmer. Miscellaneous in nature, primarily relating to business dealings, such as the reception of goods, the repayment of loans, and the markets for certain goods. 1844-1845 2 5 GM 1655
Correspondence directed to Adam and David Witmer. Primarily relating to business dealings, such as the reception of goods, the repayment of loans, the purchase of lands, and the markets for certain goods. Includes: Mention of 1848 Presidential Election, Death notice of Adam Witmer's Brother-in-Law. 1846-1852 3 5 GM 1655
Miscellaneous Correspondence directed at Adam and John Witmer. Primarily discusses matters of business, family, and the war. Includes: Letters from Soldiers to John Witmer, One from August 28th, 1862 (2nd Battle of Bull Run) describes state of camp that day, Telegraphs, Report Card from Haverford College. 1858-1863, n.d. 4 5 GM 1655
Two Letters, one from a soldier (1862), the other reacting to the assassination of President Lincoln. (n.d.) 1862, n.d. 5 5 GM 1655
Letter from soldier Andrew Spear to John Witmer describing the camp. 1862 6 5 GM 1655


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Witmer Family Collection 



LETTER BOOKS, 1866, 1867.
(3 boxes)

Contents Date Folder # Box # Floor Shelf/Location  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from Twells and Co. All relate to business dealings. January-March 1866 1 6 GM 1656  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from Twells and Co. All relate to business dealings. May-July 1866 2 6 GM 1656  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from Twells and Co. All relate to business dealings. Market Reports, movement of goods, payment. July-September 1866 1 7 GM 1656  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from Twells and Co. All relate to business dealings. Market Reports, movement of goods, payment, etc. September-November 1866 2 7 GM 1656  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from Twells and Co. (John W. Stone and Co. after January 1st, 1867) All relate to business dealings. market reports, movement of goods, payment, etc. November 1866-January 1867 3 7 GM 1656  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from John W. Stone and Co. All relate to business dealings. market reports, movement of goods, payment, etc. March 1867-May 1867 1 8 GM 1657  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from John W. Stone and Co. All relate to business dealings. Market reports, movement of goods, payment, etc. May 1867- August 1867 2 8 GM 1657  
Press Copy Book of Letters outgoing from John W. Stone and Co. All relate to business dealings. Market reports, movement of goods, payment, etc. August 1867-November 1867 3 8 GM 1657  


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Witmer Family Collection 



MISCELLANEOUS FILES, 1823-1887.
(1 box)

Contents Date Folder # Box # Floor Shelf/Location
Estate payments from the Estate of Daniel Witmer made by Adam Witmer. Also Includes estate account ledgers, notices of estate ownership, and payment receipts. 1834-1835 1 9 GM 1645
Land deeds relating to a purchase and sale of land by David Witmer in Venango County. 1826-1847 2 9 GM 1645
Financial records of Adam Witmer. Numerous checks, various bills, and several railroad notices. 1842-1883 3 9 GM 1645
Day Books. List of personal expenses for Adam Witmer and list of items removed from family store. 1823-1826 4 9 GM 1645
Book of Receipts from business transactions by Adam Witmer. 1880-1887 5 9 GM 1645


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