Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Pennsylvania State Archives


RG-4

Records of the OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL

Series Descriptions


Account of the United States to the State of Pennsylvania
[ca. 1775-1788]
(1 folder)

{series #4.1}[Holdings]

Unarranged

A record of money paid by Pennsylvania to various men in the Commonwealth's military units for their service to the state, or purchases they made on behalf of their respective military units. The purpose of these records was to provide the US government with a detailed account of the money which was owed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the services of its militia. These records also provide the names of the payees, and the date which Pennsylvania reimbursed them for their services and/or purchases.


Alphabetical (Old) Index to Continental Ledgers Nos. 1 & 2,
[ca. 1775-1785]
(1 volume)

{series #4.2}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the account holder.

This volume references the Continental Ledgers, [ca. 1775-1785] {series #4.11}[Holdings].
The dates appearing above are based on the traditional dates assigned to Continental Journals, 1775-1785. The Ledgers, Journals, and Day/Waste Books were probably created in the late 1780's or 1790 period.

Information in this index includes the names of sundry persons and the ranks which some of them held in the state militia or county government. Accounts relating to the estates of various deceased individuals are also listed. Page numbers corresponding to the ledgers are listed to the right of each name.


Alphabetical List of Accounts
undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.3}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the account holder.

This volume contains a list of the people, county governments, militia units, and state agencies for which the Comptroller General held accounts. Account numbers are listed to the right of each name. The listing includes account numbers 1 through 4432.


An Alphabetical List of Those Who Received Money of the State and For Whom No Account was Raised, Taken from the Books of J. (John) N. (Nicholson), Late Comptroller,
[ca. 1790].
(1 volume)

{series #4.4}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by surname of payee.

This alphabetical ledger contains a list of names of payees. Various numbers are listed in the right column of the page across from each person's name. No explanation for these numbers is given.

Boundary Survey Accounts,
1782-1810.
(2 boxes)

{series #4.5}[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically according to boundaries surveyed and thereunder chronologically according to the years in which the survey took place.

Accounts of boundaries surveyed include Delaware River Jurisdiction, the Northern Boundary, the Virginia Boundary, the Western Boundary, and the Wyoming Controversy with Connecticut.

Detailed accounts of expenditures during the boundary surveys of the mentioned years. It contains records of all people paid by the state for performing the surveys, and the amount of their reimbursement. The accounts of prominent surveyors, such as William Armstrong and Stephen Porter, are contained within this series along with their correspondence to the Comptroller General. There are also detailed lists of bills and receipts for items purchased by the surveyors, and the wages which they paid their laborers. Also included are account listings of expenditures during the Wyoming Controversy for the years 1782 through 1810. This grouping includes ledgers of pay to militiamen, receipts of supplies purchased, bills from various surveyors, and certificates of indebtedness from Pennsylvania to landowners who were removed from their property because of the controversy.


Commissioners of Purchases Accounts,
1780-1783.
(6 boxes)

{series #4.7}[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county.

This series begins with a list of general purchases made by the army which shows the supplies purchased, their quantity, the purchaser, the merchant, the county where the transaction occurred, and the battalion or military unit. After this listing of general purchases, the rest of the files are arranged by county and show supplies and quantity purchased, the price, the vendor, the Commissioner of Purchases for each county, and detailed receipts. The counties documented are Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Lancaster, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia City, Westmoreland, and York.


Continental and State Money Account Book,
1783-1784.
(1 volume)

{series #4.8}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically according to the dates money was received or disbursed.

A ledger of monetary transactions conducted by the state. The ledger contains a record of how some of the 500,000 pounds approved by the General Assembly on April 7, 1781 was spent. It also includes a record of military fines collected, an account of taxes paid by the counties, income from marriage licenses sold, an account of sales of forfeited estates, a record of state money paid for new continental money, and the balance contained in the treasury in its various accounts.


Continental Day Book and Waste Book,
1775-1783.
(1 volume)

{series #4.9}[Holdings]

Entries listed by date of transaction, not in chronological order.

A record of monetary transactions kept on a daily basis. Although the entries are dated from 1775-1783, the actual book was probably compiled in the late 1780s or early 1790s for auditing purposes. Information provided includes a description of each transaction, the amounts involved, the page number of the corresponding entry in the Continental Journal, and often the date of the transaction.


Continental Journals,
1775-1785.
(2 volumes)

{series 4.10}[Holdings]

Entries listed by date of transaction, not in chronological order.

A record of State monetary transactions kept on a daily basis. Although the payments recorded date from 1775-1785, the journals themselves were probably created in the late 1780s or early 1790s for auditing purposes. Types of transactions recorded include tax payments, fines, revenue, government expenses, and transactions of county officials. Information given includes a description of each transaction, the amounts involved, reference page number for the Continental Ledgers, and often the date of the transaction.


Continental Ledgers,
[ca. 1775-1785].
(2 volumes)

{series #4.11}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the account holder.

An index to this listing can be found in Alphabetical (old) Index to Continental Ledgers Nos. 1 & 2, 1775-1785 {series 4.2}.[Holdings]

The date appearing above is based on the traditional dates assigned to Continental Journals, 1775-1785. Both the Ledgers, Journals, and Day/Waste Books, however, were probably created in the late 1780's or 1790's for auditing purposes.

A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Types of transactions recorded include tax payments, fines, government expenses, and transactions of county officials. Information given includes a list of people and their rank in the militia or position in the county or state government, the amount of money spent by the persons listed, what items were purchased, from whom these items were purchased, and the date of transaction. An account of moneys received by these individuals and from whom they were received is also contained within these volumes. The page numbers in the far left column of each page refer to the Continental Journals, 1775-1785 {series #4.10}.[Holdings]


County Tax Accounts,
1781-1808.
(12 boxes)

{series #4.13}[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county.

Counties are indexed within a separate ledger with page numbers, corresponding to a larger account book, listed to right of each county.

A record of county tax accounts. Information about each county includes detailed quotas of taxes owed by each county, listing of effective supplies and the amount of taxes paid in each county. Also documented within the county records are the names of various taxpayers, the amount of land they held and the taxes paid upon it, the date taxes were received and the amount still owed. Records document carriage, land, funding, excise, and supply taxes paid by each county.


Court of Admiralty Accounts,
1779-1786.
(1 folder)

{series #4.14}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains account sheets filed with the Comptroller General, which record fees received by the Court of Admiralty in Philadelphia. Included in these records are the names of ships, their port of origin, and the names of their commanders. The reasons for the fees imposed, the amount of the fees, and the date which they were collected are also listed. Each account sheet is arranged chronologically by the date which fees were collected.

Day Book of General Benedict Arnold,
1777-1779.
(1 volume)

{series #4.15}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year of expenditure.

A day book kept by General Benedict Arnold for expenditures incurred during several of his campaigns. Entries provide the names of officers who spent money, to whom money was given, and the amount of money spent. Most persons who received or spent money were officers under Arnold's command. Money spent for supply and repair is also accounted for various ships.

Pages one, two, five and six of the day book are missing.

Delaware River Fortification Accounts,
1775-1798.
(1 box)

{series #4.16}[Holdings]

Accounts are arranged by specific fortification, although not alphabetically.

This series contains information about the following Delaware Rive fortifications: Fort Miflin, Billingsport and Redbank, and Mud Island. Information about each fortification includes an account of wages paid to laborers, the names of the laborers, and the dates on which the labor was performed. The receipt books of payments to laborers are arranged chronologically by the date of payment. Also included in this series are detailed receipts for goods bought to supply of the fortifications.

Depreciation Certificate Accounts,
1781-1792.
(16 boxes, 9 volumes)

{series #4.17}[Holdings]

Grouped by military unit, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Contained within the accounts files are dated Depreciation Interest Certificates, 1782-1787, which normally list the name and rank of the soldier, the military organization to which he was attached, and the amount of the interest. A published account of this record appears in "Pennsylvania Archives," Fifth Series, Volume IV.
Forfeited Estate Accounts,
1777-1809.
(3 boxes)

{series #4.19}[Holdings]

Grouped according to volumes: General accounts, alphabetically by county, and alphabetically by the surname of person whose land was forfeit.

A record of persons whose estates were seized because of their allegiance to the British crown during the Revolutionary War, and for other sundry reasons. Data provided by this series about each forfeited estate includes date of seizure by the state, name of the owner, and appraisal of the goods on the estate. Names of purchasers of seized goods and the prices they paid at auction are listed, as well as the date of sale. Additionally, the series contains records from the justices of the peace and the supreme court for fees imposed for administering the oath of allegiance, and court orders for payment of funds to sundry persons from the various forfeited estates. Names of the agents of forfeiture for each county are also included along with their receipts for expenditures, and the amount of money they delivered to the treasury from the seized estates.


Funded and Unfunded Debt Accounts,
1790-1809.
(3 boxes)

{series #4.20}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains numerous folios, with detailed information, relating to the debt of the Commonwealth. Contained within these records are accounts of depreciation certificates, when they were received, and when they were redeemed; specified interest rates and interest paid on funded depreciation, debt and militia certificates. The names of those persons possessing funded depreciation, debt, or militia certificates can frequently be found, and the date of purchase of those certificates. Also included in this series are original debt certificates which give the name of the purchaser, the date purchased, and the amount of the certificate.

General Correspondence,
1776-1809.
(15 boxes)

{series #4.21}[Holdings]

The General Correspondence has a rather complex arrangement. For the most part, it is arranged chronologically by the month, day and year letters were written. If there is no date for when they were written, letters are filed by the month, day and year they were received by the Comptroller General. Records that do not note the day they were written or received are filed at the end of the month and year they are dated. If only the year the record was written or received is known, it is filed after December 31 for that year. Copies of records are filed by the date they were copied. If there is no copy date, they are filed under the date of they were received. Correspondence lacking dates entirely is filed under "no date" [n.d.]. If the correspondence was addressed to a Comptroller General, they are filed at the end of his term(s) of office. Undated records without addresses are filed in the back of carton 15.

This series includes letters. reports, notes, drafts of letters and accounts, and copies of taxation acts dating from 1776-1809. The majority of the correspondence comes from county tax collectors, other county or militia officers, and state officers asking for the reimbursement of outstanding bills or explaining why their accounts are late or out of order. Also included is correspondence from the U.S. Congress, the Commonwealth Assembly, and the Council of Censors. These letters include requests for payments to various officials, bills for services provided by laborers, and requests for account books to be audited. Extracts from minutes of the Pennsylvania Assembly, Congress, and Council of Censors regarding expenditures, receipts, and orders of payment affecting the Comptroller General are also included. Miscellaneous letters from taxpayers regarding their inability to pay and questioning the rate at which they were taxed, as well as letters from soldier's widows who never received their husbands pay are also contained within this series.


Index to Ledger AA,
1777-1788.
(1 volume)

{series #4.22}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname of account holder.

This volume gives the names of account holders in Ledger AA {series #4.26}[Holdings]. Page numbers on which their account information is given in Ledger AA is listed to the right of each name.

Indian Commissioners' Accounts,
1784-1792.
(1 box)

{series #4.23}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

Contains an inventory of goods delivered to various Indian nations in the Commonwealth, as well as promissory notes to these nations for the purchase of land from them. The financial records of the Indian Commissioners for Pennsylvania are also included in this series. These records contain accounts, bills, and receipts of money spent on goods for the Commissioners; and a general record of expenses incurred by the Commissioners during their tenure.


Internal Improvements File, Consisting of Accounts and Papers Relating to Canal and Navigation Companies, Roads and Turnpikes, River Improvements, Public Buildings, and Bridge Companies,
1777-1809.
(3 boxes)

{series #4.24}[Holdings]

Grouped according to specific construction project and thereunder chronologically by the year in which the improvement was made.

This series includes account ledgers and receipt books of supplies bought for the various internal improvements. The names of the commissioners presiding over the building projects are given as well as the names of some suppliers, the quantity of goods bought, and the amount paid. Pay schedules for workers are sometimes included and show the name of the laborer, occupation, and rate of pay. Specific accounts for improvement of the Philadelphia Courthouse to accommodate Congress, the building of the President's mansion, and the costs for moving the seat of the Commonwealth's government from Philadelphia to Lancaster are also included in this series. River survey accounts for improvements include the Delaware, Juniata, Lehigh, Schuylkill, and Susquehanna. General survey accounts of eastern and western waterways are also in the volumes containing accounts for the construction of roads, information is listed alphabetically according to the town of the road's origination. These account books provide the name of the county where the road is being built, its cost, and sometimes the laborers involved in construction.

Journals,
1799-1808
(2 volumes)

{series #4.25}[Holdings]

Grouped by year warrants or vouchers were issued.

Please note that the Journal containing pages 1-728 could not be located and was probably lost over time.

This series consists of two journals which record the warrants issued by the Comptroller Generals Office during the above listed dates. Entries for each warrant might show the name of the person receiving the warrant and the position he held in the state government or the military. Typical persons to whom warrants were issued include judges, assemblymen, councilors, militia officers, county tax collector, sheriffs and various laborers of the state. Other expenses recorded in these warrant entries included payment of interest on the funded debt and pensions to widows of the Pennsylvania Line.


Journals A-AAA,
1775-1790.
(3 volumes)

{series #4.26}[Holdings]

Grouped by year that transactions occurred.

A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the entries are dated from 1775-1790, the actual books were probably compiled between 1790 and 1792 for auditing purposes. Entries relate to expenses, revenue, taxes, fines and transactions of county officials. Information provided includes a description of each transaction, the amounts involved, the page numbers of the corresponding entries in Ledgers A-AA, 1775-1788 {series #4.27}[Holdings].

Ledgers A-AA,
1775-1788.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.27} [Holdings]

Grouped according to the year which transaction occurred.

A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the ledgers record transactions dating form 1775-1788, they were most likely created between 1790 and 1792 to aid in auditing. Types of accounts represented include general expenditures and revenues, taxes, fines, and transactions of county officials. Information given for each transaction includes name of account, amount paid or received, page number of the corresponding entry in Journals AAA, 1775-1790 {series #4.26}[Holdings], and what is probably the number of a related warrant which no longer exists.


Letter Books and Indexes,
1782-1786, 1788-1803.
(6 volumes)

{series #4.28}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date letters were sent (May 6,1782 - July 12, 1803). Each volume is indexed alphabetically according to recipient.

These volumes contain outgoing letters of the Comptroller General. Information in the letters might relate to matters regarding the settlement of accounts, collection of taxes and financial matters of the state, reports to the General Assembly, duties on slaves, Pennsylvania's quota of the national debt, salaries of government officials, and state debt.
Correspondence about such matters was sent to private citizens and government and military officials on the local, state, and national level. Notable government officials and bodies to whom correspondence was sent include the Supreme Executive Council, federal treasury officers, county tax collectors, the General Assembly, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Letter Book, Accounts, and Related Records of the Auditors of Accounts for the State,
1777-1784.
(4 boxes)

{series #4.29}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains auditors accounts for the various state departments. Information in these files includes tax lists, receipts, vouchers, and accounts of money owed Pennsylvania by the federal government. Other notable items are an indentured servant contract and detailed records of judicial fees. Also included in this series are letter books and cash books regarding specific accounts which the auditors were attempting to settle. Depreciation interest books contain records of certificates issued to soldiers. The names, ranks, and regiments of the soldiers can be found therein. Other related files in this series include accounts of the Barrackmaster of Philadelphia, the Superintendent of the Salt Works in Dover, New Jersey, the General Assembly departmental accounts, accounts of the Secretary of the Supreme Executive Council, audits of public accounts, and state taxes cash book. Included in these volumes might be accounts collected and owed within the commonwealth, detailed accounts of expenditures, ledgers containing payment records to various individuals, and account vouchers and receipts.


List of Printed Accounts in the Comptroller General's Office,
undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.30}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

A listing of the names of treasurers, tax collectors, lieutenants, and sub-lieutenants of various counties, and the counties which they served. Although it is unknown when this volume was compiled, the dates of accounts include the years 1777-1789


Memoranda of Account Book,
1791.
(1 volume)

{series #4.31}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This appears to be a listing of names of accounts. No information is given about the accounts and the type of business being documented except the names, which tend to be illegible.


Memoranda Book,
1791.
(1 volume)

{series #4.32}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname of account holder.

A list of people who owed money to the Comptroller-General, the amount of money outstanding, when the account was settled, the date it was submitted to the comptroller, and when the records were returned to the governor.


Memoranda Book of Old Accounts Not to be Found in the New Alphabet,
undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.33}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname or county of the existing accounts.

This volume contains a list of accounts held in the Office of the Comptroller-General. The names of the persons or counties for whom the accounts were kept is provided as well as the four digit account numbers, which are listed to the right of each name.


Militia Absentee Return Record for Philadelphia City,
1777-1791.
(4 volumes, 2 boxes)

{series #4.34}[Holdings]

Arranged by battalion or company, and thereunder chronologically.

A record of fines paid by militiamen. Typical information that might be entered includes the name, rank and regiment of the militia member; the fines extracted; and the name of the officer in charge.


Militia Exemption Books,
1801-1809.
(1 box)

{series #4.35}[Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by years which exemptions were accounted for.

This series provides information about men exempt from militia duty. Data provided for each regiment includes the number of the regiment, the county to which it belonged, the captains in the regiment, the number exempt according to class, and the total number exempt in each regiment. Also included are accounts of exempt fines which are listed according to county, and lists of exempted men by county. The names or numbers of the militia units in which men served is also given.

Militia Fine Exonerations,
1777-1793.
(5 boxes)

{series #4.36}[Holdings]

Grouped by county.

Statements filed by Pennsylvania residents to demonstrate that they or their kin should be exempt from fines being imposed for not serving militia duty. The data appearing differs from document to document. While some statements only list the person's name, residence and reasons for seeking an exemption, others indicate the individual's age, occupation and parents' names.


Militia Loan Accounts,
1781-1792.
(12 volumes, 11 boxes)

{series #4.37}[Holdings]

This series is grouped into the following subseries: Certificate Counterparts, 1784-1792; Certificate Books, 1784-1792; Distribution Vouchers, 1784-1785; Distribution Ledgers, 1784-1785; Interest Paid Receipt Books, 1785-1792; Pay Rolls, 1781; Registers, 1784-1785.

Certificate Couterparts are the stub receipts for interest bearing certificates issued to soldiers in lieu of money. The corresponding redeemed certificates can be found in the Certificate Books. Distribution Vouchers include requests for payment certificates and receipts for certificates received as well as requests for payment by some militiamen. Interest Paid Receipt Books list the interest paid to militiamen on loan certificates. The pay certificate names and numbers listed in the book correspond to the Certificate Counterparts and Certificate Books.



Miscellaneous Accounts, Including Records of Transactions Involving the Commonwealth and the United States,
1782-1809.
(28 boxes, 3 volumes)

{series #4.38}[Holdings]

This series is organized into the following subseries: Abstracts of Continental Certificates, 1791-1797; Assumed Debt, 1791-1793; Certificates for Horses and Provisions, 1780; Day Books, 1789-1810l; General Accounts, 1789-1809, n.d.; U.S. Accounts, 1775-1791; and U.S. Account Ledgers, 1775-1788.

This series contains on all of the categories listed above.

Abstracts of Continental Certificates (1791-1797) provides a listing of loan certificates issued by Pennsylvania for a loan to the United States, the amount of the certificates, interest earned, and the serial number of each certificate. A list of warrants, redeemable and expected, is also included.


In the Assumed Debt (1791-1793) records, there are loan certificates and corresponding stub booklets. Information on the certificates includes the value of the certificate, the owner and the date of purchase, and the cancellation seal. A ledger is also included which provides a listing of the certificates in rising numerical order, the amount of each certificate, the date on which interest would commence, and the rate of depreciation.

Certificates for Horses and Provisions, 1780.
Information about horses and provisions certificates include a book containing lists of certificates for horses and provisions granted to various men. Data in each entry includes the name of the issuer, the name of the grantee, the date of issue, and the county of residence. There is also an account of when the certificates were redeemed for reimbursement by the state, how much was paid and to whom. The corresponding certificates this information can also be found and are filed according to county.

Day Books, 1789 - 1810.
Arranged chronologically by date of transaction, these books are a bi-monthly record of accounts kept on a daily basis for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Types of accounts include salaries, expenses, taxes, revenue and transactions of government officials. Entries give a description of each transaction, followed by the amount involved.

General Accounts, 1789-1809, n.d.
The General Accounts section of this series includes such information as lists of goods seized by the British, their estimated value, and who filed the claim; various accounts of state officials and military officers. Other important accounts are: the Settlement of the Proprietaries, William Turnball's account, and accounts of the seizure of British goods.
Other information contained in this section of the series includes vouchers and receipts for purchase of arms, provisions, food, and supplies for the state militia; and documents relating to the forfeiture and escheat of estates.

U.S. Accounts, 1775 - 1791.
In the records relating to the United States Account, information includes vouchers, receipts, and account books involving the militia during the Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion and the money owed to Pennsylvania or individual commanders for service to the United States. Records in these volumes vary greatly and information can include detailed accounts of expenditures giving names of laborers and merchants, receipts for goods purchased for military units, and day books. The numbered certificates will match with the United States Account Ledgers



United States Account Ledgers (1775-1788) include much of the same information in the United States Account, and is arranged in ascending order according to account number. This information might include names and ranks of officers paid, reasons for payment; names and wages of laborers paid and where the work was performed; names and titles of various county officials and the reason for payments; and reimbursement to men for goods and possessions lost in the Western Expedition.
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New Loan Accounts,
1776-1795.
(17 volumes, 16 boxes)

{series #4.39}[Holdings]

This series is organized into the following subseries: Addition of Principal and Interest Unpaid on Cancelled Certificates, 1784-1795; Amount of Principal and Interest Unpaid on Cancelled Certificates, 1777-1790; Calculations of Principal and Interest on Cancelled Certificates, 1777-1788; Cancelled Certificate Registers, 1777-1790; Certificate Books, 1786-1788; Certificate Exchange Proposals, 1789-1793; Certificate Registers, 1786-1788; Differences in New Loan Certificates, 1776-1788; Interest Certificate Counterparts, 1786-1788; Interest Paid Receipt Books, 1786-1792; Principal and Interest Paid on Cancelled Certificates to January 1, 1791, 1777-1791.

This series is a record of the New Loan Accounts which were established in March 1786 by act of the General Assembly.

Addition of Principal and Interest on Cancelled Certificates (1784-1795) contains a record of interest and principal unpaid on these cancelled certificates. Information is grouped according to certificate books A through D and the amount unpaid is listed according to page number of certificate registers.

Calculations of Principal and Interest on Cancelled Certificates (1777-1788) contains similar information as is in Addition of Principal and Interest on Cancelled Certificates.

Cancelled Certificate Registers (1777-1790) contain the certificate number, the payee, the principal amount, and the date which interest commenced for all cancelled New Loan Certificates.

Certificate Books (1786-1788) are 11 volumes of New Loan Certificates arranged in ascending numerical order of certificate number. The certificates contain the following information: the owner's name, the amount, the interest rate, the date of issue of the original certificate, the date of redemption. Many of the original certificates were issued before March 1786 when the General Assembly passed an act establishing these certificates.

Certificate Exchange Proposals (1789-1793) are petitions to exchange New Loan Certificates for Continental Certificates. Information on each proposal includes the names of the person who wished to exchange certificates, the name of whom the certificate was issued, the number of the certificate, the principal of the certificate, the date which interest commenced, and the year's interest paid. Most proposals consists of numerous New Loan Certificates originally owned by various people but which are being exchanged by an unrelated person.
Certificate Registers (1786-1788) contain a listing of some certificates issued by the Comptroller General. Entries in these registers correspond to the Differences in New Loan Certificates, as do the amount of principle and interest paid.

Interest Certificate Counterparts (1786-1788) are for certificates 2 through 19,171. Included on each counterpart is the certificate number, the payee, the period for the interest received, and the amount of interest.

Interest Paid Receipt Books (1786-1792) are records of interest paid on certificates for the stated years. Entries are made chronologically according to the date paid, and include the principal of the certificate, the certificate number, the original owner of the certificate, the person receiving the interest, the total amount of interest being paid at that time, and the amount of time the interest was for.

Principal and Interest Paid on Canceled Certificates to January 1, 1791 contains account books relating to canceled certificates. Information in each entry includes the date the certificate was issued, the principal amount, and the amount of interest. Also included in these volumes are records relating to depreciation certificates accounts, and miscellaneous accounts involving the New Loan Certificates.



Officers' Claim Book for Arrears in Clothing,
1778-1791.
(1 volume)

{series #4.40}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

A detailed listing of clothing articles, food, and miscellaneous items delivered to Pennsylvania regiments during the Revolution. Typical information in these registers might include the name of the officer who received the supplies, the cost of the purchases, and the money owed to vendors after an initial deposit. Also provided in this series are the names of various military officers, their personal account certificates, and the names of merchants who supplied the officer's uniforms. The military units documented in this series are the 1st through 10th Regiments, the Artillery Regiment, and the Light Dragoons.



Officers' Clothing Account Book,
1791.
(1 volume)

{series #4.41}[Holdings]

Unarranged

This volume contains an account of sundry officers of the revolutionary army for clothing which they purchased for their service in the army. Each officer's account is listed individually and includes the articles and amount of clothing bought, the amount paid, and a corresponding voucher number which the officer had used to purchase the clothing.

Philadelphia City General Muster Roll Book,
1784.
(1 volume)

{series #4.42}[Holdings]

Arranged in numerical order according to battalion, with the Artillery battalion being listed first. The battalions are subdivided into companies.

In this volume, only the names of the officers and militiamen are given who enlisted in the Philadelphia city militia. They are listed according to the company in which they served and the class in which they ranked.

Philadelphia City Lieutenant's Office General Return Book of Militia Called into Actual Service,
1777-1782.
(1 volume)

{series #4.43}[Holdings]

Arranged in numerical order by battalion and thereunder by company. In each company, men are listed according to the class in which they ranked.

This volume is a roll book of men who enlisted with the Philadelphia city Lieutenants office during the Revolutionary War. Information provided by each entry in this volume includes the men's names, their private or public substitute (if any), and remarks pertaining to the man's service such as whether he served his tour or deserted, when he was paid, whether he was killed or if he was excused on appeal.

Pierce's Certificate Accounts, Consisting of Pay Roll Books, Voucher Indexes, Ownership Certificates, and an Account of Certificates Loaned to the United States, Signed by John Pierce and Relating to the Issuance of Interest Bearing Certificates to the Pennsylvania Line,
[ca. 1784-1793].
(3 volumes, 1 box)

{series #4.44}[Holdings]

This series is organized into the following subseries: Pay Roll Books, Voucher Indexes, Ownership Certificates, and an Account of Certificate Loaned to the United States.

This series contains a record of certificates signed by John Pierce who was Paymaster General and Commissioner of Accounts for the United States Continental Army. Certificates were issued to the men of the Pennsylvania line in lieu of cash. The certificates bore 6% interest and have an official date of July 1, 1784.

Ownership certificates (1782-1787) in this series are grouped according to regiment The men and officers listed in the volumes are also grouped according to regiment and thereunder numerically by the certificate number which they owned. It should be noted that the certificates in this series are only the ownership claim certificates where the men swear that the vouchers and certificates which they have are not fraudulent or stolen. The original certificates and vouchers which they were issued are not in this series and were probably lost over time. However, the certificates include such information as the name of the holder, the date the original certificate was issued, the number of the original certificate, and the amount of the certificate.

Voucher Indexes for these two volumes which groups men alphabetically and thereunder the volume and page number where information about them is given.

Pay roll books (1778-1783) in this series contain the following information in each entry: the date which the certificate was issued, its number, the name of the man to whom it was issued, the voucher number (if known), the amount of the certificate, and the signer of the certificate. A separate index for these books is also included. It should be note that most issue dates listed in the books and on the certificates do not correspond to the date which is ascribed as the official issue date of these certificates - July 1, 1784. Also, relatively few men listed in the registers have corresponding ownership claim certificates contained within this series. The signatures of the men are on both the registers and the certificates. Those who could not write left a simple marking to denote their signature.

The Account of Certificates Loaned to the United States is a ledger showing all certificates signed by John Pierce for Pennsylvania which were loaned to the United States. Entries are arranged in rising numerical order of certificate number and show the owner's name and the date of issue.


Register of Accounts Received from the Register General,
1790-1792.
(1 volume)

{series #4.45}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by the date which the account from the Register General was examined by the Comptroller General.

This volume contains a record of all accounts examined by the Comptroller General, which had been submitted to him by the Register General for his advice and approval. Typical information about each account might include the name of the person responsible for the account, his military rank or government position, the amount of each transaction, and a brief description of the transaction and the parties involved.


Register of Executive Accounts,
1784-1791.
(4 volumes)

{series #4.46}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of expenditure.

Four volumes of registers documenting the expenditures of the Supreme Executive Council. These registers were maintained in order to keep balance accounts with the Comptroller General. Entries in these registers show the names of those directly employed by the Council or under their supervision, a brief description of work they performed, and the amount paid to them. Each expenditure was approved by order of the council. Typical reasons for expenditures include land surveys, salaries for councilors, government officials and clerks, and purchase of supplies.



Report Book of the State Treasurer,
1783.
(1 volume)

{series #4.47}[Holdings]

Grouped chronologically according to the years which each treasurer held office and thereunder by each individual account.

This volume contains reports of all the general accounts held by the Comptroller General from the commencement of the Revolution until October 1782. The purpose was to inform the General Assembly of the moneys in the Treasury at the beginning of the Revolution, the revenues and expenditures between then and 1782, and the current balance. Also in this report are county tax accounts from 1781 to October 1782 and their debts due to the state. Entries in this volume contain the name of the account holder, a brief description of the account, and the balance.


Report Books of the Committee of the Assembly on the State of the Public Accounts,
1778-1780.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.48}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of monetary transaction.

These volumes contain a record of orders (working contracts) granted to sundry individuals for work to be done on the Assembly meeting room. Typical information included might be the name of the person receiving the order, a brief description of the work to be done, and the amount he was to be paid. Also included in these volumes is an account of money paid to the Assemblymen, their names and positions in the Assembly, the number of days they attended Assembly meetings, the mileage traveled by each Assemblyman, and the reimbursement they received for travel. Additional information in the volumes includes the accounts of the paymasters for the county militias, accounts of taxes collected in various counties, and a record of recruiting officers' accounts for each county and who the various officers were in those counties.



Return Book of Officers and Soldiers to Whom Patents Were Not Issued,
Undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.49}[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Little information is actually entered in the volume other than the name of the individual, the lot number, and the number of acres drawn. The rank of the soldier is sporadically supplied as well.


Return Book of the Pennsylvania Line Entitled to Donation Lands,
Undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.50}[Holdings]

Entries normally record the name, rank and corps of the soldier and the number of acres drawn. Remarks concerning whether the person was killed in action or was a foreign officer are often included. Additional information on this subject may also be obtained at the Bureau of Land Records in the Department of Community Affairs.


Revolutionary War Associators, Line, Militia, and Navy Accounts, and Miscellaneous Records Relating to Military Service,
1775-1809.
(99 boxes)

{series #4.51}[Holdings]

Associators Accounts, 1775-1777.
Grouped by county, and thereunder arranged chronologically. Receipts, accounts, returns, payrolls and muster rolls for associators in Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Cumberland, Lancaster, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Westmoreland and York counties. While the accounts and returns usually only list the soldier's name, rank and military unit, the pay and muster rolls may also record the associator's residence, commanding officer, and dates of entering and leaving the service.



Line Accounts, 1775-1809.
Grouped by regiment, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier. Pay and muster rolls that may show the name, rank, regiment, company and pay rate of each soldier; the name of his commanding officer; and the dates and locations of the musters. At times the dates that a soldier enlisted, deserted or was discharged are also noted. In a few instances enlistment papers are to be found.

Militia Accounts, 1777-1794.
Grouped by county, and thereunder arranged by company and battalion. Militia receipts, returns, operations documents, and lists of white males between ages eighteen and fifty three for Allegheny, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties. The information entered varies with each type of document. Returns of absentees are dated, and normally list the name and company (or battalion) of the soldier, the officer to whom he was attached, the number of days that he mustered, and the number of days that he was absent. In addition, some operation accounts also mention the dates that the militia members were ordered into and released from service.


Navy accounts, 1775-1794.
Grouped according to stations of duty, and thereunder arranged chronologically. Muster and pay rolls that usually give the name, rank, station and pay rate of the sailor; the time of his service; and the dates of his entry, discharge or desertion. The age of the individual is periodically recorded as well.



Revolutionary War Pension Files and Related Accounts,
1785-1809.
(8 boxes, 5 volumes)

{series #4.52}[Holdings]

Individual pension files are grouped alphabetically by surname of pensioner. Pension registers are grouped chronologically by year. Invalid payroll files are grouped chronologically by date of payment (January 1789 - February 1792 and 1805 - 1809). Other miscellaneous files are unarranged.

Records pertain to various militia men or their widows petitioning for pensions from the Commonwealth. Generally, the service men petitioning for pensions had been injured during the war and were thus incapable of working. Many times, the court petitions give descriptions of the injuries and the battle at which they occurred. Widows of militia men generally filed petitions in Orphan's Court in order to obtain pensions for support of their children. However, most widows were only awarded either one half or one quarter of their deceased husband's salaries. Also contained in this series are some receipts for payments of these pensions. Additionally, there is one file containing correspondence between the "House of Employment" and the Comptroller General regarding various state pensions who were invalids at the House. The five volume in this series pertain to pensions for disabled soldiers and pensions to widows and children of soldiers killed in the Revolution. Most of these volumes are also indexed. Some volumes contain records of warrants issued to recipients.


Specie Day Book and Waste Books,
1775-1790.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.53}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the entries are dated from 1775-1790, the actual books were probably compiled in the late 1780s or early 1790s for auditing purposes. Information provided includes a description of each transaction, the amounts involved, the page numbers of the corresponding entries in the Specie Ledger, 1775-1790 {series #4.55}[Holdings] and Specie Journals, 1775-1790 {series #4.54}[Holdings], and often the date of the transaction.



Specie Journals,
1775-1790.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.54} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

A record of state monetary transactions kept on a daily basis relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the transactions recorded date from 1775-1785, the journals themselves were probably created in the late 1790's. Information given includes a description of each transaction, amounts received or paid, page number for the corresponding entry in the Continental Journals, 1775-1785 {series #4.10}[Holdings], and often the date of the transaction.

Specie Ledger,
1775-1790.
(1 volume)

{series #4.55}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction. At the beginning of the volume the entries are grouped alphabetically in an index according to account holder and the page number where their information can be found is located to the right of each name.

A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Entries relate to the payment of taxes, receipt of revenue, government expenses, and transactions of county officials and committees. Information provided includes account name, amounts paid and received. The folio numbers appearing at the far left of each entry to the Specie Journals, 1775-1790 {series 4.54}[Holdings].


Specie Ledger's Balance Books,
1775-1790.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.56}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by account holder.

This volume gives the balance of the accounts of the names listed. Page numbers on the left correspond to the account's location in the Specie Ledger, 1775-1790 {series #4.55}.[Holdings]

State Departmental Accounts,
1782-1809.
(13 boxes)

{series #4.57}[Holdings]

Grouped by department and thereunder according to year the record was kept.

A record of accounts for the following state departments: the Council of Censors, the General Assembly, the Master of the Rolls, the Adjutant General, the Comptroller General, the Receiver General, the Register General, the State Treasurer, the Surveyor General, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Land Office, and the Secretary of the Supreme Executive Council.

Included in this series are accounts of expenditures of the various commonwealth departments, as well as cash vouchers, and receipts. These accounts detail the day to day function of each department. Recorded expenses might include: translating laws into German and distributing copies of bills and government reports; the daily pay and mileage pay of members of the General Assembly; expenditures by the Master of the Rolls relating to elections and the enrolling of acts passed by the Assembly; fees charged by the Secretary of the Commonwealth for such things as marriage licenses, certificates of bankruptcy, use of the great seal, pardons and other certificates; expenses of the Secretary of the Supreme Executive Council for government payroll; and collection of revenue for licenses, petitions and passes. Many of the receipts and vouchers relate to expenditures for writing supplies, paper, and printing copies. For these tasks and similar ones, the names of men employed and contracted merchants are listed. Also included in this series is a volume from the Secretary of the Supreme Executive Council which provides a detailed list of all fees received in the secretary's office between 1783 and 1790.


A State of the Finances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by John Nicholson,
1787.
(1 volume)

{series #4.58}[Holdings]

Unarranged

A detailed report by Comptroller General John Nicholson of the finances of the commonwealth. It contains a description of the accounts between Pennsylvania and the United States, the debt due by the Commonwealth to individuals, and the revenues of the Commonwealth. Information within these descriptions might include sources of revenue, timetables for payments to the United States, and various problems which had arisen while balancing the accounts of the state.


State Treasurer's Reports,
1790-1798, 1800-1809.
(4 boxes)

{series #4.59}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

This series contains monthly state treasurer's reports for the above mentioned dates. For the most part reports include records of expenditures and receipts, however there are some accounts pertaining to the value of stock certificates of the United States held by various people, and bills of credit for specific years. Information provided about each transaction includes the name of the person(s) involved, the register number and the treasury number. Receipt records include the reason why money was paid into the treasury. In some cases, explanations for expenditure are also found in the reports.



Statement of Public Accounts Book,
1790-1791.
(1 volume)

{series #4.60}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains several lengthy public account statements. The monetary value in these records is based upon Bills of Credit which were issued during the following periods: June 1780, April 1781, March 1785, and April 1785. Information can be found in these records about the expenses of the civil list, inland navigation accounts, pension expenditures, grants to the Penn family, Indian expenses, militia expenses, the state lottery, and various taxes. A record of bills of credit which were burnt by a committee of the treasury after being withdrawn from circulation is also included. Likewise, information concerning loan accounts, stock accounts, marriage and tavern licenses, and account of the wardens of the port is also provided by these statements.


Tax and Exoneration Lists,
1762-1794.
(47 boxes)

{series #4.61}[Holdings]

Arranged by county, thereunder by political subdivision, and finally alphabetically by surname of taxpayer.

Consists of diverse tax (supply taxes, carriage and billiard table taxes, property returns, etc.) and exoneration returns for Allegheny, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties. Depending on the time period and the type of returns compiled, the dated lists may show the name, residence (county and township), and trade of the taxpayer; the number of acres and type (patent, warrant and improved) of land that he possessed; the number of livestock (cattle and horses) and Negroes that he owned; the tax rate; and the tax that he paid. Frequently the lists also indicate whether the individual was a single freeman and whether he operated a distillery, sawmill or gristmill.


Tryal Balance Book,
Undated.
(1 volume)

{series #4.62}[Holdings]

Arranged numerically by folio number.

This volume appears to contain a balance of accounts of various state officials including tax collectors, military officers, and state and county administrators. The amount of money in each account or owed upon each account is listed to the right of the account holder. Folio numbers are listed to the left of the name.

Unidentified Indexes,
Undated.
(1 box, 2 volumes)

{series #4.63}[Holdings]

Unarranged

The box full containing identified indexes includes labeled indices for Day Books, New Loan Accounts, and Revolutionary War transactions. Other indexes which are not labeled give names and page number, certificate numbers, and sometimes the occupation of the particular individual.

The following are descriptions for the two loose volumes in this series:

Accounts A


Identified on the cover as "Accounts A," this volume contains an undated alphabetical index of individuals and subjects. Entries indicate the name of the person(s) or subject, followed by two numbers. One set of numbers directly follows the name and ranges from 1 to 6716. Each entry is also referenced by a number ranging from 1 to 1479 and proceeded by the abbreviation "No." In addition to names of individuals, the index contains references to subjects such as: Commissioners and Assessors, the Council of Safety, Commissioners for Exploring Rivers, Civil Officers, Decrees Relating to Forfeited Estates, Delinquent Returns, Fees Received, the Hospital of Pennsylvania, Appraisal of Horses, the House of Employment, the Invalids Corps, Judges of the Supreme Court, Loan Office Accounts, Legislator's Report, Miscellaneous Papers, Northumberland and Westmoreland County Militia, Orders for Orphans Court, Prothonotaries' Receipts, Traveling Expenses of Judges, Trustees of Province Island, Vouchers for Certificates, Wardens of the Port of Philadelphia, Writs of Attachment, and Wyoming Disturbances. The name "Geo. Bryon" is written in script inside the back cover.


A-Z, 1780-1809


Alphabetical index to an unidentified volume indicating names of individuals, counties, or subjects and their corresponding page number. Dated entries range from 1780-1809. Subjects appear to be mainly financial, with entries including topics such as taxes, bonds, appropriations, accounts, funds, expenses, fines, licenses, bills, funded and unfunded debts, continental money, certificates, contingent expenses of various offices, general revenues and accounts, specie accounts, state money accounts, U.S. Stock, and Pennsylvania Bank Stock, with several references to the Loan Office. Entries associated with individual counties consist of accounts of sheriffs, treasurers, and prothonotaries dealing with court fines, exempt fines, taxes, and licenses. References to Land Records include accounts of new and old purchases, certificates, grants, and various lots. Entries associated with the Militia relate to officers of the Pennsylvania Line, ordnance for militia, militia fines, pensions, arrears in clothing, brigade inspectors, frontier defense, and depreciation pay. There are also references to the Pennsylvania Hospital, Pennsylvania claimants' accounts of expenses, road appropriations, canal funds, French Emigrants, and marriage and tavern licenses.



United States Lottery Stub Book,
1776.
(1 volume)

{series #4.64}[Holdings]

Arranged numerically by lottery stub number.

This series contains the stubs from lottery vouchers given by the United States for the numbers 26,669 through 26,9959 inclusive. No other information is given, and it is unclear what information might be found on the corresponding vouchers.



Warrant Books,
1791-1808.
(6 volumes)

{series #4.65}[Holdings]

Arranged numerically by warrant number.

These volumes contain the warrants issued to various people in lieu in lieu of money, and compiled together after being redeemed for specie when the state was able to supply it. The warrants provide such information as the warrant and account numbers, the amount of the warrant and interest, the warrant holder and the date of issue. The counterparts to these warrants can be found in Warrant Counterpart Records, 1792-1799, 1806-1808 {series #4.66}.


Warrant Counterpart Records,
1792-1799, 1806-1808.
(6 boxes)

{series #4.66}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of issue and thereunder numerically by warrant number.

This series contains counterparts to warrants issued to people to which the state owed money. The counterparts served as the state's copy of the warrant and include such information as the warrant number, to whom the warrant was issued, the amount of the warrant, the date of issue and a corresponding account number. The corresponding warrants can be found in the Warrant Books, 1791-1808 {series #4.65}[Holdings].


Warrant Registers and Index,
1782-1807.
(8 volumes)

{series #4.67}[Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date of issue and thereunder numerically by warrant number.

This series contains several warrant registers which list information about warrants that the state issued in lieu of money which it may have owed to government officials or other persons. Information in entries includes the warrant number, the warrant holder's county of residence, the position he held (if any), the date of issue, when it was redeemed for its cash value, and the amount of redemption.

An index is also included in this series which refers to warrants on the Treasury dated May 1782 through July 1782. The index is for a Day Book and Books A, B, C, and D which are not included in this series.

Warrants,
1778-1809.
(16 cartons)

{series #4.68}[Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by month in which warrant was issued.

This series contains warrants which were issued by the Comptroller General in lieu of money owed to various persons by the state. Information on each warrant includes the date of issue, the amount, the name of the person receiving the warrant, and a brief description of work performed by that person. Some warrants in this series correspond to Warrant Counterpart Records, 1792-1799, 1806-1808 {series #4.66}[Holdings], and Warrant Books, 1791-1808 {series #4.65}[Holdings].

Waste Book Indexes,
[ca. 1776-1792].
(2 volumes)

{series #4.69}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically according to first letter of surname of persons listed in the Waste Books and thereunder according to each Waste Book

These two volumes index the names of those mentioned in the Waste Books, 1776-1792 {series #4.70}[Holdings]. In one volume, the folio number of where the person's account information is listed in the Waste Books is given to the right of each name. The other volume contains both the folio number and the statement number to the right of each name. The dates in the title statement are based on the dates for the Waste Books which they index.


Waste Books,
1776-1792.
(3 volumes)

{series #4.70} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

A record of state monetary transactions relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the receipts and payments recorded date from 1776-1792, the books themselves were probably compiled at later times (Vol.A - 1782-1788, Vol.AA - 1788, and Vol.AAA - 1788-1792) for auditing purposes. Entries relate to expenses, revenue, taxes, fines and transactions of individual county officials. Information provided includes a description of each transaction, and the amount involved.

Western Expedition (Whiskey Rebellion) Accounts,
1794-1804.
(2 boxes)

{series #4.71}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains account books of payments to Pennsylvania regiments. Typical information within these books might include the names of commanders, duration of service, the payment amount and the payment date. The counties from which the military units originated are also listed. Bounty accounts of military officers are included as well as receipts from unit commanders for pay received by them for their troops from the paymaster. The series also contains ledgers recording fines imposed on enlisted men for failure to perform duties, the amount of the fine imposed, and the outstanding amount due on the fines. Militia accounts for individual counties are also included. Typical information in these volumes might include the rosters of county militia units and the bounty paid to each man, receipts of commanders for payment by the state and a list of fines imposed in each regiment. Transportation accounts for the Western Expedition included in this series are listed alphabetically according to the commander of the military unit or the person conducting the transportation. Information in these accounts includes the amounts charged; numbers of horses, wagons, and carriages used; miles traveled; encampments; amount of supplies used; and the names of waggoners.

Port of Philadelphia Records


Abstracts of Duties and Drawbacks,
1784-1789.
(1 folder)

{series #4.72}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by month.

This series provides a record for the duties and drawbacks collected during each month of the above mentioned years. The total amount of annual duties and drawbacks is given at the bottom of each page.


Account of Duties and Drawbacks,
1783.
(1 folder)

{series #4.73}[Holdings]

Unarranged

This volume contains a list of ships which entered the port of Philadelphia between May 1, 1783 through September 17, 1783, and the duties which were imposed upon them.

Accounts and Certificates of the Collector of Head Money,
1791-1808.
(1 folder)

{series #4.74}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This volume contains a record of passenger ships entering the port of Philadelphia. Information in each entry includes the name of the ship, its date of entry, the name of its master, the number of passengers on board, and its port of origin. The total amount of head money collected is listed at the end of each fiscal year. Certificates given to the Register of German Passengers are also included in this series. Information on these certificates includes the ship's port of origin, the number of passengers, and the captain's name. An account of money given to the State Treasurer can also be found in this series.

Accounts and Receipts of the Tonnage Office,
1784-1789.
(1 folder)

{series #4.75}[Holdings]

Unarranged

This series contains receipts of duties collected by the Tonnage Office and moneys paid to the State Treasury. Account records of tonnage duties collected are also included. Entries might include the date of transaction, the names of persons involved, and the reasons for the transaction. The names of ships and the ships' captains, the amount of the duty and the date collected are also included


Accounts Current of the Collector's Office,
1784-1789.
(1 folder)

{series #4.76}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by fiscal year of account.

This series contains a record of the account between the Collector's office and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each report is a general summary of the annual transactions between the two.


Bonds and Papers Relating to Duties on Negro and Mulatto Slaves,
1720-1788.
(1 folder)

{series #4.77}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

These records document the duties that were paid on "negro" and "mulatto" slaves to the City of Philadelphia. Information provided within these records includes the name of the owner(s) and the collector; the amount of duty paid; and the date of the contract. Sometimes the name of the slave is listed. These records were originally recorded by an agent of the British crown until the State of Pennsylvania assumed this responsibility.

Cargo Manifest, Inventories, and Bills of Landing,
1773-1833.
(1 folder)

{series #4.78}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

Included in this series are manifests of various ships which delivered goods to the port of Philadelphia. Entries include the names of the exporters, the importers, the quantity of goods shipped, and their value.


Coasting Permits,
1796, 1806.
(1 folder)

{series #4.79}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

Only two coasting permits are contained within this series. They are for the Sloop Maria, and the Schooner Friendship and provide the name of the ships master, its weight, the cargo, the port of origin, and the final port of destination.

Drawback and Vouchers Paid by the Collector of Duties,
1784-1789.
(1 folder)

{series #4.80}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series contains accounts and vouchers for drawbacks (duties refunded) as assessed by the Collector's office. Entries might include the following: the name of the merchant receiving the drawback, and the amount of and the reason for the drawback. If the reason for the drawback was damaged cargo, the estimates and the extent of the damage are also given.

Expenditures and Receipts of the Collector's Office,
1784-1789.
(1 folder)

{series #4.81}[Holdings]

Unarranged

This series consists of pages from an expenditure account book from the Collector's office. Also included are receipts which correspond with these account records. Information provided might include the item purchased, the price, from whom it was purchased, and the date of purchase.


Lists of Bonds,
1774-1775
(3 volumes)

{series #4.82}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date on which was bond was issued.

Three volumes of records for bonds which were issued between July 6, 1774 and April 5, 1775 for vessels calling at the port of Philadelphia. Entries include the vessel's name, the master's name, the destination of the ship, the species and penal sum of the bond, the date of the bond, and by whom it was given.

Lists of Bonds Cancelled,
1774-1775.
(3 volumes)

{series #4.83}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date on which bond was issued.

Three volumes of bond cancellation books which contain records of cancelled bonds for vessels calling at the port of Philadelphia. The cancellation dates range between October 1774 through April 1775. Entries in these volumes include the name of the vessel, the master's name, its port of destination, the penal sum of the bond, the species of the bond, by whom it was purchased, the date of purchase, and the date of cancellation.

Miscellaneous Records,
1782-1834.
(1 folder)

{series #4.84}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This volume contains various items relating to the port of Philadelphia including an insurance policy for the cargo ship Alliance, cargo certificates, an account of Philadelphia merchant John Steinmetz, a citizenship voucher for John Wharton, Jr., and bills of landing.


Record Books of Bonds Due the Custom House,
1785-1788.
(2 volumes)

{series #4.85}[Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by first letter of surname of bond holder and thereunder chronologically by date the bonds were due.

These two volumes contain the names of those persons whose bonds were due to the Custom House. Entries show the amount of the bond and the date which the bond was due.

Records of the Health Office,
1783-1798.
(6 folders)

{series #4.86}[Holdings]

This series documents transactions between the Marine Hospital and the Health Office. Entries include ship's names, date of entry into port, the number of sick passengers, the amount paid to the hospital, and the port of origin. Also included are the accounts and receipts for expenditures of the hospital which contain such information as date of purchase and the name of the merchant, goods and supplies bought, and the names of laborers. There are also reports of the committee overseeing the Health Office. Additionally, accounts for 1794-1798 divide the Health Office into its various departments and list expenditures of these departments.

Records of the Wardens of the Port,
1776-1809.
(2 boxes)

{series #4.87}[Holdings]

Unarranged

Accounts of the Wardens in charge of the port of Philadelphia including balance sheets detailing expenditures. The balance sheets were from officials under the wardens and were used when the warden balanced accounts with the Comptroller General. Entries on these balance sheets might include a brief description of work performed, the names of laborers, amount paid, and the date on which work was performed. On some balance sheets, cash voucher numbers are given. Corresponding receipts and vouchers are also included in this series. The names of those who were Wardens of the port are provided. Additionally, there are several folders relating to the maintenance of lighthouses around the port and the state sloop Delaware.


Register of Drawbacks on Goods Exported,
1785-1786.
(1 volume)

{series #4.88}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by export date.

A record of goods exported from the port of Philadelphia and of drawbacks (duties refunded). The Register lists each vessel's name and type; the names of the master, exporter and importer; the dates of arrival and clearance; the port of origin and destination; the type of cargo exported; the value of the goods imported; and the amount of drawback.


Registers of Tonnage Duties,
1775-1776, 1784-1789.
(10 volumes)

{series #4.89}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date on which vessels entered port.

These volumes contain a registry of tonnage duties on vessels which entered the port of Philadelphia. Entries provide the date on which each ship entered port, the vessel's name, the captain's name, the tonnage of the ship, and the duty paid.


Register of Duties Paid on Imported Goods,
1781-1787.
(6 volumes)

{series #4.90}[Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by import date.

Recorded at the port of Philadelphia, an entry usually gives the name of the vessel's master, the port of origin, the value of the goods imported, the name of the importer, and the duty paid. A brief description of the cargo also appears in most cases.


Registry Statements of Cargo Contents, Duties Paid, and Drawbacks,
1782-1785, 1788.
(7 folders)

{series #4.91}[Holdings]

Receipts, cargo manifests, duty statements, and drawbacks are contained in this series. These records provide such information as the name of the ship, the value of the cargo, the captain's name, the amount of the duty, and the ship's port of origin. The signatures of the captain and the collector of duties can usually be found on most of the documents. Some folders contain written depositions signed by the collector and the importer swearing that the cargo the merchant received was what he had ordered.


Reports of Imposts Due,
1783-1788.
(1 folder)

{series #4.92}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

Included in this volume are accounts of impost duties owed by various persons and the corresponding penalty fees. Entries show the name of the person who owed the duty, the amount of the duty, and the penalty. The reports in this series are extracts taken from the Custom House in 1788. Additionally, this series shows the amount of duties owed by the naval office in the years 1783 and 1787-1788.


Vessel Registry Vouchers,
1781-1782.
(1 folder)

{series #4.93}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

This volume contains several vouchers for the registry of ships in the port of Philadelphia. Information on these vouchers includes the date of registration, the owner of the ship, the master, the weight of the ship, and the year in which the ship was built or captured from the British.


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