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Joseph Bringhurst Sr. Papers 1792-1814, n.d.


0.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M20

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
Joseph Bringhurst, Sr. (1733-1811), born in Philadelphia and a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, was an early member of the American Philosophical Society. He apprenticed as a cooper, but, like his father before him, he instead became a merchant and amassed a respectable fortune in trade. He was a prominent contributor to the Pennsylvania Hospital.

Bringhurst, who never married, was the uncle of Joseph Bringhurst, Jr. (1767-1834), a close friend of novelist Charles Brockden Brown.

Scope and Content:
The collection contains thirty-one letters (1792-1814), the majority of which are by Bringhurst to his niece, Elizabeth Foulke. Many of the letters concern the literary group that centered on the Bringhurst home, and the family's affairs. There is also a pen-&-ink manuscript map marked "Anthony L. Bleeker's land."

Cite as: Joseph Bringhurst, Sr., Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.
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