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Seabury, Samuel. Congress Canvassed: Or, an Examination into the Conduct of the Delegates, at Their Grand Convention, Held in Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1774.

Seabury, Samuel. CONGRESS CANVASSED: OR, AN EXAMINATION INTO THE CONDUCT OF THE DELEGATES, AT THEIR GRAND CONVENTION, HELD IN PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 1, 1774.

New York: James Rivington, 1774

Seabury (1729-1796) was an Episcopalian minister who later became the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. He was an opponent of American independence during the Revolution and wrote a series of pamphlets attacking those in favor of freedom from England. This pamphlet is “a brilliant attack on the first Continental Congress, showing the illogic of the arguments that the king and his ministers are evil and the Parliament good, and correctly predicting that the Parliament would eventually back the king and that war would result. Alexander Hamilton's first work, A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress, &c., written while he was only seventeen years of age, was published in response to Seabury’s first pamphlet, ‘Free Thoughts . . .,’ and indeed Seabury notes in a postscript that he is ‘neither frightened nor disconcerted by it.’ Seabury was perhaps the pre-eminent exponent of Tory thought in America at the time, and the political exchanges between Seabury and Hamilton were some of the most contentious of the Revolutionary era.” (From Resource Books, LLC)

(Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.)
Note: “Signed A.W. Farmer,” this work is sometimes erroneously attributed to Isaac Wilkins. Addressed to the merchants of New York. "Postscript" on page 28 dated Dec. 16, 1774, in response to Alexander Hamilton's “Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress.”

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Seabury, Samuel. Free Thoughts, on the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, Held at Philadelphia, Sept. 5, 1774.

Seabury, Samuel. FREE THOUGHTS, ON THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, HELD AT PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 5, 1774.

New York: James Rivington, 1774
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This was Seabury’s first pamphlet of four attacking the Continental Congress and the proponents of American independence. Alexander Hamilton's first work, A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress, &c., written while he was only seventeen years of age, was published in response to this pamphlet.

(Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.)
Note: Title continues “Wherein their errors are exhibited, their reasonings confuted, and the fatal tendency of their non-importation, non-exportation, and non-consumption measures, are laid open to the plainest understandings; and the only means pointed out for preserving and securing our present happy constitution: In a letter to the farmers, and other inhabitants of North America in general, and to those of the province of New-York in particular.” Signed “A.W. Farmer,” this work is sometimes erroneously attributed to Isaac Wilkins.

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Seabury, Samuel. View of the Controversy, Etc., in a Letter to the Author of a Full Vindication, Etc.

Seabury, Samuel. VIEW OF THE CONTROVERSY, ETC., IN A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR OF A FULL VINDICATION, ETC.

New York: James Rivington, 1774
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This was Seabury’s third pamphlet in a vitriolic exchange with Alexander Hamilton. In 1774, Hamilton had published A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress, &c., prompting this Loyalist response by Seabury. The following year Hamilton responded in The Farmer Refuted: Or, a More Impartial and Comprehensive View of the Dispute Between Great-Britain and the Colonies. The printer, James Rivington, had his press seized by Capt. Isaac Sears after publishing Hamilton’s rejoinder.

(Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.)
Note: Title in its entirety reads “A view of the controversy between Great-Britain and her colonies: Including a mode of determining their present disputes, finally and effecually [sic]; and of preventing all future contentions: In a letter, to the author of A full vindication of the measures of the Congress, from the calumnies of their enemies.” Signed “A.W. Farmer,” this work is sometimes erroneously attributed to Isaac Wilkins.

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Serle, Ambrose. Americans Against Liberty, or an Essay on the Nature and Principles of True Freedom.

Serle, Ambrose. AMERICANS AGAINST LIBERTY, OR AN ESSAY ON THE NATURE AND PRINCIPLES OF TRUE FREEDOM.

London: 1775
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Serle (1742–1812) was a British civil servant and secretary to Lord Howe from 1776 to 1778. Commissioner in the British government Transport Office, and hymnist. This work is critical of America’s continued use of slaves and its desire for independence from Britain.

Title continues “Shewing [sic] that the designs and conduct of the Americans tend only to tyranny and slavery.”

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Sharp, Granville. Defence of the Ancient, Legal, and Constitutional, Right of the People, to Elect Representatives for Every Session of Parliament.

Sharp, Granville. DEFENCE OF THE ANCIENT, LEGAL, AND CONSTITUTIONAL, RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE, TO ELECT REPRESENTATIVES FOR EVERY SESSION OF PARLIAMENT.

London: Galabin and Baker, 1780
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Sharp (1735-1813) was an English scholar, philanthropist, and advocate for the abolition of slavery. He also sympathized with the American colonists’ revolt against British rule. This work is about representation in the British government, writs, Parliament, and constitutional law.

Second edition. Title continues “viz. not only ‘every year once,’ but also ‘more often if need be:’ As expressly required in the old statute, and confirmed by the general usage of ancient times, demonstrated by the evidence of the original writs for election: in a letter to a member of the Surry Committee.” Sharp’s “A circular letter to the several petitioning counties, cities and towns, addressed to their respective general meetings, against the late proposition for a triennial election of representatives” is at the end of this reel.
Microfilmed by the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

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Smith, Hezekiah, 1737-1835. [Journals, 1762-1805, Papers, Addresses to the Army, Etc.].

Smith, Hezekiah, 1737-1835. [JOURNALS, 1762-1805, PAPERS, ADDRESSES TO THE ARMY, ETC.].

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress for the Southern Baptist Conventions, Historical Commission, 1955
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Hezekiah Smith, a Baptist clergyman of Haverhill, Massachusetts, is associated with the founding and development of Rhode Island College, later known as Brown University. He acted as a chaplain from 1775 to 1780 in the Continental Army. His journals, arranged chronologically, record the dates and locations of his sermons and details of troop movements during the Revolutionary War. Also included are General Gate's army orders, a list of army chaplains in 1778, and other manuscript addresses and sermons delivered to the army.

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Smith, Hezekiah. Papers of Hezekiah Smith, 1762-1805

Smith, Hezekiah. PAPERS OF HEZEKIAH SMITH, 1762-1805

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Smith (1737-1805) was a Baptist minister who served as Chaplain of the American army from 1776 to 1780. He became friends with George Washington and gave encouragement and support to the troops. He later established and supported Brown University. There are 12 sets of papers with a number of letters and an additional address to the Army at the end. No. 1: Oct. 29, 1762-April 19, 1764. No. 2: April 19, 1764-Oct. 4, 1764. No. 3: Oct. 6, 1764-Feb. 10, 1767. No. 4: March 16, 1767-Sept. 30, 1769. No. 5: Oct. 1, 1769-Sept. 25, 1773. No. 6: March 18, 1776-Jan. 1, 1777. No. 7: June 17, 1777-April 6, 1779. No. 8: April 16, 1779-Dec. 12, 1779. No. 9: Dec. 1780-Aug. 1788. No. 10: June 17, 1789-Dec., 1798. No. 10: June 17, 1789-Dec. 1798. No. 11: Jan. 1779-Jan. 15, 1805. Also includes Chaplain Smith's list of Major Generals, Brigadiers, Chaplains, etc. in the American Army, Aug. 17, 1778; a sermon composed to deliver in Gallows Hill previous to the execution of eleven criminals Aug. 17, 1778; Chaplain Smith's sermon to the American Army, Oct. 18, 1778; a sermon composed to deliver at the execution of Josiah Edwards on Gallows Hill; Nov. 12, 1779, not delivered for want of time; Chaplain Smith's address to the American Army on swearing, July 31, 1779; address to the American Army, Oct. 17, 1779; a number of letters and another address to the Army, June 1779.

Manuscript; 1762-1805

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State Slavery Statutes.

STATE SLAVERY STATUTES.

Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1989
354 fiche

This collection includes over 7, 100 state statutes regarding slavery dating from 1789 to 1865 in the United States. Included is every statute passed in the fifteen slave states that dealt with slavery, free blacks, and the broader issue of race. Also included are private laws, special acts, legislative resolutions, and texts of state constitutions and subsequent revisions as they affected slavery. These documents depict how the legislators of the American South maintained slavery from the time of the American Revolution when most of the northern states had abolished slavery to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, as well how slavery affected virtually everything legislators did in the South.

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Guides:

State slavery statutes : guide to the microfiche collection

Guide includes inventory listing and subject, name, and geographic location index.

Posted in Black Studies Microforms, Civil War Microforms, History Microforms, Revolutionary War Microforms

Stewart, James. Letter to the Rev. Dr. Price.

Stewart, James. LETTER TO THE REV. DR. PRICE.

London: 1776
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This pamphlet is critical of Richard Price’s principles and reasoning on the nature of civil liberty and free will.

Note: Located on the reel labeled “Ramsay, Allan.”

Microfilmed by the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.

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United States. Adjutant General’s Office. General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers.

United States. Adjutant General’s Office. GENERAL INDEX TO COMPILED MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1942
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. T 515; v. National Archives record group 93.
58 reel(s)

Arranged by surname, the index gives the name and unit of a soldier or civilian and sometimes his rank, profession, or office. The index may refer to more than one jacket or envelope if a soldier served in more than one unit. Besides soldiers, the entries include sailors, members of army staff departments, and civilian employees, such as teamsters, laundresses, carpenters, and cooks. The compiled service records to which this index refers is reproduced in the collection, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, (National Archives M 881), which is not presently owned by Ellis Library.

The National Archives catalog, Microform Resources for Research now lists this collection as Microcopy no. M 860

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Guides:

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Military service records : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications.

The guide provides background on the various collections and indicates the alphabetical range for each reel.

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United States. Adjutant General’s Office. Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Naval Personnel.

United States. Adjutant General’s Office. INDEX TO COMPILED MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR NAVAL PERSONNEL.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1943
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. T 516.
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There are approximately 1,000 cards that have been filmed for this collection, each giving the name of a sailor or civilian employee. Rank of profession is sometimes given, typically as seaman, surgeon, lieutenant, pilot, quartermaster, carpenter, or midshipman. Cross references refer to the correct envelope for variant spellings. The names in this index are duplicated in the general index, General Index to Compiled Military Service of Revolutionary War Soldiers (National Archives T 515, renumbered M 860).

The National Archives catalog, Microform Resources for Research now lists this collection as Microcopy no. M 879

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Guides:

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Military service records : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications.

The guide provides background on the various collections and indicates the alphabetical range for each reel.

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United States. Adjutant General’s Office. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Revolutionary War in Organizations from the State of North Carolina.

United States. Adjutant General’s Office. INDEX TO COMPILED SERVICE RECORDS OF VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS WHO SERVED DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1958
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 257; v. National Archives record group 93
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This collection contains an index card for each individual for whom there are records of service as a volunteer in the Revolutionary War. The cards are arranged alphabetically by name. The introductory pamphlet explains how to locate additional information for any particular individual in the card index.

An uncataloged pamphlet describing the collection is available in the Special Collections Office. At the beginning of the first reel there is reprint of the introductory pamphlet.

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United States. Continental Congress. Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.

United States. Continental Congress. MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, 1774-1789.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1962
National Archives microfilm publication. Microcopy co. M 332; v. National Archives record group 360.
9 reel(s)

This collection includes items not part of the main body of records reproduced as Papers of the Continental Congress (M 247). These miscellaneous papers, dated mostly from 1774 to 1789, are arranged by type of document such as dispatches, letters, credentials, and other papers, and then alphabetically by author or subject. The material includes information on foreign affairs, fiscal problems, naval affairs, cessions of western lands, the credentials of delegates to the Continental Congress, and papers relating to particular states. Specifically, the collection contains diplomatic dispatches from John Adams, William Carmichael, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, John de Neufville, and others, as well as correspondence relating to Spain and the Barbary States.

An uncataloged guide, Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, is available in the Special Collections Office. This guide contains information on the arrangement of the material and a description of the contents of each reel.

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United States. Continental Congress. Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.

United States. Continental Congress. PAPERS OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, 1774-1789.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1959
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 247; v. National Archives record group 360.
204 reel(s)

From its first meeting in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774, to discuss common grievances against the British, the Continental Congress functioned as the first national government until the implementation of the Constitution in 1789. This collection includes material on foreign affairs, fiscal affairs, military and naval problems, and a postal system. The Congress struggled to fight the Revolution, solicit foreign assistance from European powers, and, after the Treaty of Paris in 1783, conduct domestic and foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation. Finally, to overcome the weaknesses of the Articles government, a new constitution was ratified after a bitter battle between Federalists and anti-Federalists. This new instrument of government replaced the Continental Congress in 1789.

An uncataloged guide, Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, is available in the Special Collections Office. The guide contains background information on the collection, titles of related documents, an annotated table of reel contents, and an index to the entire collection.

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Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington Papers.

Washington, George, 1732-1799. GEORGE WASHINGTON PAPERS.

Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1961
Presidential papers microfilm
124 reel(s)

The Washington papers, numbering 64,786 pages, were arranged in eight series: 1) Exercise books and diaries (1741-99), 2) Letterbooks (1754-99), 3) Varick transcripts (1775-83), 4) General correspondence (1697-1799), 5) Financial papers (1750-96), 6) Military papers (1755-98), 7) Applications (1789-96), and 8) Miscellaneous papers (1775-99). The material deals with Washington's relations with the Continental Congress, his command of the Continental Army, his presidency, and other aspects of his career. Principal correspondents include Benedict Arnold, Clement Biddle, George and James Clinton, Bartholomew Dandridge, Horatio Gates, Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Harrison, William Heath, Robert Howe, David Humphreys, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, Lafayette, Tobias Lear, Henry Lee Jr., Benjamin Lincoln, William Livingston, Alexander McDougall, James McHenry, William Maxwell, Robert Morris, Stephen Moylan, Samuel Parsons, Timothy Pickering, Israel Putman, Edmund Randolph, Joseph Reed, Rochambeau, Philip Schuyler, Charles Scott, John Sullivan, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Jonathan Trumbull.

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Guides:

Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. Index to the George Washington papers

This name index lists names of writers and recipients of letters. Diaries, general orders, and survey records are indexed under President Washington’s name.

Posted in History Microforms, Papers of Individuals on Microform, Revolutionary War Microforms

United States. Supreme Court. Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture 1776-1787.

United States. Supreme Court. REVOLUTIONARY WAR PRIZE CASES: RECORDS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS IN CASES OF CAPTURE 1776-1787.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1954
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 162; v. National Archives record group 267
15 reel(s)

Reproduced are records of prize cases heard on appeal from colonial and state courts by committees of the Continental Congress and by the Court of Appeals in cases of capture. The cases constitute a valuable source of documentary material for the maritime and commercial history of the Revolutionary War and for the development of admiralty law. The printed guide indexes by claimant, appellant and name of ship, and lists appeal-committee members.

An uncataloged guide, Revolutionary War Prize Cases, is available in the Special Collections Office, and is also reproduced on the first reel.

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United States. War Department. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783.

United States. War Department. REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROLLS, 1775-1783.

Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1957
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 246; v. National Archives record group 93
138 reel(s)

The service records for regiments, companies, battalions, and militias in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Continental troops are filmed. The records are arranged by state and then by unit. The company commander and his dates of command are given. Muster rolls, payrolls, and miscellaneous other company records are filmed.

Military Service Records: a Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Also, the first reel is an index arranged by state, regiment (or other grouping), and jacket (envelope) number.

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Guides:

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Military service records : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications.

The guide provides background on the various collections and indicates the alphabetical range for each reel.

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Wykeham Martin Papers: Material Relating to the Problems of Settlement in America, Especially After the War of Independence.

WYKEHAM MARTIN PAPERS: MATERIAL RELATING TO THE PROBLEMS OF SETTLEMENT IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.

East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England: Micro Methods, 1969
British records relating to America in microform
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In 1649, along with other cavaliers, John Culpeper was granted the Northern Neck in Virginia by Charles II. At the Restoration in 1660 he returned to England. When he died the same year, the estates passed to the related Fairfax, Martin, and Wykeham families. Papers of these families illustrate the difficulties inherent in owning American property after the American Revolution. The focus of this series is the large property in Virginia, which finally escheated (reverted to the government) after the war. The papers include family correspondence dealing mostly with the finances of the estate (rents, debts, revenues) and with the attempts to regain the property after the War of Independence. Some of the letters describe current events like the wars with the French in the 1740's and 1750's, the unrest in America after the Stamp Act, Indian incursions, the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland in 1745/46.

A description of the collection and its arrangement appears at the beginning of the reel.
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Posted in British Records Relating to America on Microfilm, History Microforms, Papers of Individuals on Microform, Revolutionary War Microforms

Wales and America: American Material from the National Library of Wales.

WALES AND AMERICA: AMERICAN MATERIAL FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES.

East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England: Microform, 1984
British Records Relating to America in Microform
19 reel(s)

This collection contains a wide selection of items, relating to links between Wales and America. The material is divided into ten consecutive sections ranging from "The Colonial Years, 1600-1800" to a section on literary connections between the two countries. Section three is devoted to material relating to the legend of the Welsh prince Madoc who is said to have discovered America in the twelfth century. It contains transcripts from the papers of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir John Hawkins concerning the legend. Within the other sections the researcher will encounter such subjects as colonial taxation and trade, the Revolutionary War, Welsh emigration to America, the Civil War, slavery, and David Lloyd George. Also included is material relating to the Welsh cultural festival of the Eisteddfod.

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Guides:

Taylor, Clare. Wales and America : American material from the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

The guide contains notes on the provenance of each of the sections. It also includes a complete annotated list of the records as they appear on the microfilm.

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