DOCUMENT NUMBER. DESCRIPTION OF DOCUMENT.
INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTS, By date
1115. (View facsimile) CONSTITUTIONS OF THE PUBLICK ACADEMY, IN THE
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA. November 14, 1749, Phila. DS, booklet.
Contains rules for the Academy laid down in 1749, with the founders
subscription list of that year with 25 signatures: James Hamilton,
Thomas Lawrence, William Allen, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, William
Plumsted, Abraham Taylor, Samuel McCall, John Inglis, Charles Willing,
Thomas Bond, Tench Francis, William Shippen, Benjamin Franklin, Phineas
Bond, William Coleman, Richard Peters, Joshua Maddox, Robert Strettell,
Philip Syng, Thomas Leech, Thomas White, Thomas Hopkinson and Thomas
Cadwalader. Followed by a contemporary copy of the 1753 Charter and
signed oaths of all the College trustees from 1755 to 1776, including
three additional Franklin signatures. (The restoration of this key
manuscript was the gift of James Paul Hopkinson, A.B. 1945).
1116. (View facsimile) WOOLEY [WOOLLEY], EDMUND and JOHN COATS. February 1,
1749/50, Phila. James Logan, Thomas Lawrence, William Allen, John
Inglis, Tench Francis, William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, Samuel McCall,
Jr., Joseph Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Leech, William Shippen,
Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Charles Willing, Phineas Bond, Richard
Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas Bond, Thomas Hopkinson, William Plumsted,
Joshua Maddox, Thomas White, and William Coleman. Indenture. DS, 32
wax seals. Transferring land on the west side of Fourth Street held
in trust as of November 14, 1740 for George Whitefield, William Seward,
John Stephen Benezet, Thomas Noble, Samuel Hazard, Robert Eastburn,
James Read, Edward Evans, and Charles Brockden to provide a charity
school. The land was deeded to Wooley, Coats, John Howell, and William
Price by Jonathan and Mary Price on September 15, 1740. The sale price
of £775/18/7¾ Pennsylvania currency is to be distributed £429/11/4
to repay Samuel Hazard and other Presbyterians under the care of Gilbert
Tennent, £126/12/5¾ to Wooley and Coats for monies/work advanced or
expended toward a new building, £100 to Hugh Cordrey, and lesser sums
to John Nichols, Thomas Betson, John Worrel, William Rush, the estate
of William Price, Thomas Bourne, John Couzins, James Bambridge, and
Grantees are to educate such numbers of Poor Children or
scholars as shall be suitable to the funds they shall have
and are to appoint masters or mistresses of the school in
useful literature and the Christian Religion. Any regular
minister of the Gospel who signs the attached articles of
religion will be allowed to preach at the school. In particular,
the grantees shall permit the free and uninterrupted use of
the said Place of Worship to the Revd. Mr. George Whitefield.
Grantees are further empowered to set down rules and regulations
governing the propertys use and to found, erect, Establish
and continue ... the said ... School Academy college or other seminary
of Learning for instructing Youth in the languages arts and sciences.
Signed and sealed by Benezet, Evans, Eastburn, Read, Hazard, Plumstead,
Maddox, White, Coleman, Bond, Peters, Taylor, Bond, Leech, Shippen,
Strettell, Syng, Willing, Masters, Zachary, McCall, Turner, Franklin,
Lawrence, Allen and Inglis. Receipt signed by Woolley and Coats
and by John Moland and George Read, witnesses, and Anthony Morris,
Justice. Attached are articles of religion signed by Woolley.
1117. PENN, THOMAS and RICHARD PENN. July 13, 1753. Trustees of the
Academy and Charitable School in the province of Pa. (Thomas Lawrence,
William Allen, John Inglis, Tench Francis, William Masters, Lloyd
Zachary, Samuel McCall, Jr., Joseph Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas
Leech, William Shippen, Robert Strettell, Philip Syng, Charles Willing,
Phineas Bond, Richard Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas Bond, Joshua
Maddox, William Plumsted, Thomas White, William Coleman, Isaac Norris,
and Thomas Cadwalader.) DS, paper seal with Penn arms. Charter incorporating
the Trustees of the Academy and Charitable School in the province
of Pa. Recites a brief history of the school beginning with the subscriptions
of several benevolent and charitable persons for erecting,
establishing, and maintaining an academy...as well to instruct youth
for reward, as poor children whose indigent and helpless circumstances
demand the charity of the opulent part of mankind. Signed by
James Hamilton, Lieutenant-Governor, as witness.
1117a. n.n. [Smith, William]. March, 1755. Draft in hand of Provost
Smith of two different proposed texts of the Additional Charter
of 1755, the first draft following and incorporating the full text
of the 1753 Charter (this in another clerical hand).
1118. PENN, THOMAS and RICHARD PENN. May 14, 1755.
Trustees of the College, Academy, and Charitable School, in the Province
of Pa. (James Hamilton, William Allen, John Inglis, Tench Francis,
William Masters, Lloyd Zachary, Samuel McCall, Jr., Joseph Turner,
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Leech, William Shippen, Robert Strettell,
Philip Syng, Phineas Bond, Richard Peters, Abraham Taylor, Thomas
Bond, Joshua Maddox, William Plumsted, Thomas White, William Coleman,
Thomas Cadwalader, Alexander Stedman, and John Mifflin.) DS, paper
seal with Penn arms. Additional Charter of the College,
confirming the charter of 1753 and extending the powers of the trustees.
The trustees are empowered to select a Provost, Vice-Provost, and
professors, and to grant degrees in any of the faculties, arts,
and sciences, to which persons are usually admitted, in any or either
of the universities or colleges of the kingdom of Great Britain.
Signed by Robert Hunter Morris, Lieutenant-Governor, as witness. (View facsimile)
1119. Charter and Body of Laws and Statutes for the use of
The Faculty of the College & Academy of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania,
July 11, 1755. Contains Additional Charter of the College,
Academy and Charity-School of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, printed
by B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1755 (Evans 7540); manuscript Rules
and Statutes of the College, Academy and Charity-School of Philadelphia
[faculty powers]; manuscript Rules and Ordinances for the Discipline
and good Government of the Students and Scholars...; certified
1769 manuscript copy of the 1753, charter from Thomas and Richard
1120. Additional Charter of the College, & c. of Philadelphia,
in Pennsylvania. [Phila., September 30, 1791]. Contains text
of this charter of 1755 and also the charter of 1753, and the Pa.
Acts of 1779, 1785, 1789 and (Act of Union) 1791. Printed text but
bears embossed seal and certification by Jesse Y. Burk, Secretary
of the Univ., 1882-1903. (View facsimile)
1121. Instrument of Incorporation of the Trustees of the Free School
attached to the University of Pennsylvania, September 7, 1801. Signed
by Joseph Ball, Robert Blackwell, John Bleakley, Edward Burd, George
Clymer, David H. Conyngham, Alexander J[ames] Dallas, Thomas FitzSimons,
Samuel M. Fox, Robert Hare, James Irvine, William Lewis, Thomas McKean,
Joseph B[orden] McKean, Benjamin R. Morgan, Charles Pettit, William
Rawle, Edward Shippen, Edward Tilghman, William White, and Thomas
M. Willing. Certified as lawful by Edward Shippen, Jasper Yeates,
Thomas Smith, Joseph B[orden] McKean. With attached instrument of
enrollment signed by Timothy Matlack. DS.
1122. Certified copy of the 1753 charter from Thomas and Richard
Penn issued by Land Office, Lancaster, Pa., February 19, 1810.
1123. Certified copy of the 1755 charter from Thomas and Richard
Penn issued by Land Office, Lancaster, Pa., February 21, 1810.
1124. [ca. 1813]. Memorandum. Brief of Charter regulations governing
the terms of qualification of Trustees, 1753-1791.