George Ross Diary Excerpt

I have to include another excerpt from the George Ross farm diaries that I described earlier.  On Thursday, 12 January 1815, Ross writes from his Lancaster, Pennsylvania farmstead:

No work, it being recommended by the Presdt. as a day of humiliation & prayer.  I caus’d my People to abstain from menial services – Not out of Respect for Madison for whom I feel the most contemptible opinion; but as in the case of Snyder who is equally contemptible,  I revere the sacred offices, which these miscreants now fill, & hope when they are chang’d we will cheerfully obey their successors.

So, I guess Ross didn’t like President Madison?  Or maybe his conduct of the War of 1812?

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Published in: on 29 January 2008 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – Philadelphia “H”

Here is the newest installment of the preliminary list of imprints from Pennsylvania cities and towns. This post includes printers and publishers from Philadelphia whose names start with the letters “H.”  It comes from the online catalog of the “Pennsylvania Imprints to 1865″ collection in the Rare Collections Library at the State Library of Pennsylvania.  The dates represent only the span of examples from the particular presses that are on our shelves; while printers/publishers came and went, many would have been in business longer that the date span shown here.  Think of the dates as ‘flourished’ dates.

As always: this is a preliminary list.  Printers and publishers are mixed together here.

Philadelphia – David Hall – 1766
Philadelphia – D. Hall and W. Sellers – 1766-1800
Philadelphia – Harrison Hall; Harrison Hall, William Brown, pr. – 1818-1828
Philadelphia – Parry Hall – 1791-1792
Philadelphia – Peleg Hall – 1790
Philadelphia – Printed for William Hall and Wrigley & Berriman – 1794
Philadelphia – Wm. Hall, jun. & Geo. W. Pierie – 1809-1810
Philadelphia – Hall & Atkinson – 1820
Philadelphia – D. Hannah – 1818
Philadelphia – H. A. Harder – 1836
Philadelphia – J. Harding, printer; Jesper Harding – 1819-1841
Philadelphia – G.S. Harris, printer – 1851
Philadelphia – A. Hart; A. Hart, late Carey and Hart – 1851-1860
Philadelphia – John Haslett – 1860
Philadelphia – Haswell & Barrington – 1837
Philadelphia – Haswell, Barrington, and Haswell; E. Barrington & G.D. Haswell – 1837-1845
Philadelphia – P. Hay; Peter Hay & Co., printers – 1830-1838
Philadelphia – Hayes & Zell – 1857
Philadelphia – Hazard & Mitchell – 1849
Philadelphia – Dennis Heartt – 1810-1818
Philadelphia – John Hellings – 1809
Philadelphia – Hellings and Aitken – 1811
Philadelphia – A. & J. G. Henderson – 1796
Philadelphia – Herald Office – 1808
Philadelphia – Heston  – 1811
Philadelphia – Hickman & Hazzard – 1821-1822
Philadelphia – Hoff – 1796
Philadelphia – Hoff and Derrick; Printed by John Hoff – 1794-1802
Philadelphia – J. Hoff & W.F. M’Laughlin – 1803
Philadelphia – D. Hogan; David Hogan – 1803-1823
Philadelphia – Hogan & M’Elroy – 1797-1798
Philadelphia – Hogan & Thompson – 1833-1850
Philadelphia – H. Hooker – 1838
Philadelphia – B. B Hopkins – 1808-1811
Philadelphia – Hopkins and Earle – 1807-1810
Philadelphia – Heinrich Horn – 1832
Philadelphia – J. Howe – 1824-1834
Philadelphia – G. Howorth, & M’Carty & Davis – 1819
Philadelphia – Huddy & Duval – 1839-1842
Philadelphia – James Humphreys; James Humphreys, junior; James Y. Humphreys; J. & A.Y. Humphreys – 1773-1813
Philadelphia – Uriah Hunt – 1822-1850

Published in: on 28 January 2008 at 10:21 am  Comments (1)  

Confederate Military Law … and inserts

One recently-cataloged (as in ‘earlier this week’) item in our collection is The judge advocate’s vade mecum : embracing a general view of military law, and the practice before courts martial, with an epitome of the law of evidence, as applicable to military trials / by C.H. Lee. Richmond : West and Johnston, 1863 (and copyright 1862). 

By itself, it’s ‘merely’ an interesting Confederate publication (published in Richmond, but printed in Charleston, SC by Evans & Cogswell) about their military law system.  What makes our copy special is that pasted into the front on pages 3, 4, and 5 are manuscript notes signed by Major Mason Morfit, Quartermaster CSA, for the disbursal of large amounts of corn on April 3 and 4, 1865.  These requisition slips for 24, 360, and 36 pounds of corn were signed in the week before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. 

Morfit was, at various times, quartermaster in charge of Confederate prisons in Richmond and Danville, VA, and in Salisbury, NC.  Though a lawyer before the war, he enlisted as a private and rose through the ranks to become a major.  Afterwards Morfit refused to sign the oath pledging never to take up arms against the Union, so he was not allowed to resume his legal career.  He died in 1921 at his son’s home in Webster Groves (suburban St. Louis), MO.

A further interesting note: written across the top of the title page are the words “5th Ohio Cavalry”.  That raises the question of whether someone from that unit confiscated this volume.  slrare call number: 343.01 L51 1863.

Published in: on 25 January 2008 at 9:29 am  Comments (1)  

Old Style, New Style, and Snakes

I’m having a great time working through a 5 volume set of manuscript farm diaries and account books written by George Ross of Lancaster, PA.  It’s taken some time to nail down just which person by that name is the author (it’s the son of the signer of the Declaration of Independence by that name; the one born 1752, died 1832).  Since that is pretty well done at this point, I’ve been looking more closely at the entries and just found this one, well worth preserving:

Sunday, 11th April 1813: “Yesterday I hung up to a Rafter in the barn,  enclosed in a linen bag,  a Snake killed a few days ago, as an Antidote against Rats.  tis said the Snake should be killed in the month of March, but tho this Snake was killed in April in the present Style – yet it was before the Expiration of March old style, & this Nostrum being of great antiquity & discovert in the old style tis hoped a few days will not affect its Operation.”

Makes sense to me!

Published in: on 16 January 2008 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Pamphlet Volumes, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

This isn’t ‘Pennsylvania-related’ except that it is an extract from a 96 page pamphlet in our collection “Pamphlet Volumes”.  Back in the day, our predecessors at the State Library bound pamphlets together in order to give them more physical stability and a shelf location.  The cataloging they did then never made it into our online catalog.  So most of these pamphlets are currently un-discoverable.  We’re slowly making our way through them, however, and doing the cataloging work.

An interesting thing about the cataloging is that many of the items we find are not described in OCLC’s WorldCat database before we get to them.  And, probably related to that, it is surprising to note the number of researchers who contact us about access to a specific pamphlet just months after it finally makes it into our catalog.  It’s very gratifying.

More about that later, perhaps.  Right now, however, an extract from  Iowa: the home for immigrants : being a treatise on the resources of Iowa, and giving useful information with regard to the state, for the benefit of immigrants and others. Published by order of the Iowa Board of Immigration. (Des Moines : Mills & Co., 1870), pages 71-72, [call number PV 857, no. 15]:

“If anyone who proposes to come West, and especially to Iowa, expects to be obliged to settle own among a set of unsophisticated ignoramuses, perhaps he may as well get rid of that illusion before coming.  Our people are principally educated, energetic, and wide-awake people from other parts of the Union, and from the Old World. … Among our periodicals are several publications of high standing and wide reputation, especially those devoted to our agricultural, horticultural, and stock-raising interests.  … The people of Iowa are a reading and educated people, although some of her men of professional and scientific attainments may be holding the plow or wielding the axe, and her most accomplished women busily engaged with the cares of the household.  Many of the latter are as competent to write a treatise on some abstruse subject, requiring thought and research, as they are to discharge the duties incumbent upon them in the kitchen, the nursery, or the drawing-room.  What other woman in America has attained the reputation of Mrs. Ellen S. Tupper, of Brighton, Iowa, as a writer on bee-culture?  Indeed, Iowa is not behind any of the Eastern States in the general intelligence of her people, while some of her eminent scholars have already attained enviable reputations.”

As I said, not especially Pennsylvania-related, but I have family in Iowa and this is for them.

Published in: on 11 January 2008 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Pennsylvania Publishers in our PA Imprints Collection – Philadelphia “G”

Here’s the next installment of our continuing list of printers and publishers represented in our Pennsylvania Imprints collection.  Remember that it does not purport to be universally complete; this is only a list of what we have here.  This list is of the firms in Philadelphia whose names begin with the letter “G”, and the approximate inclusive dates shown among our holdings.

Philadelphia – Philip Gagel – 1819
Philadelphia – Joseph Gales; J. Gales – 1799
Philadelphia – J. Gales – 1798
Philadelphia – Garden & Thompson – 1830-1831
Philadelphia – Theophilus R. Gates – 1828
Philadelphia – Wm. F. Geddes; William F. Geddes – 1834-1849
Philadelphia – W.F. Geddes – 1828-1832
Philadelphia – the General committee – 1850
Philadelphia – W. Gibbons; William Gibbons; W. P. Gibbons – 1792-1834
Philadelphia – John Gihon; John H. Gihon, printer – 1848
Philadelphia – J. L. Gihon – 1849
Philadelphia – Gihon & Smith – 1846
Philadelphia – William Goddard – 1767-1770
Philadelphia – G. W. Gorton; George W. Gorton – 1841-1843
Philadelphia – Gossler und Blumer – 1829
Philadelphia – Gould; Marcus T. C. Gould – 1830
Philadelphia – B. Graves – 1804-1809
Philadelphia – P.J. Gray – 1833
Philadelphia – William Greer – 1811
Philadelphia – Grigg; John Grigg; J. Grigg – 1818-1843
Philadelphia – Griggs & Co – 1819-1846
Philadelphia – Griggs & Dickinson – 1814-1833
Philadelphia – Grigg & Elliot; Grigg, Elliot – 1846-1848

Published in: on 10 January 2008 at 3:15 pm  Comments (1)