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John Field Land Papers

Identifier: MS-172

Scope and Contents

25 items ; 35 cm. or smaller


  • 1796-1815


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Biographical or Historical Information

John Field was a wealthy merchant and extensive land owner from Philadelphia, Pa. during the later part of the 18th century and early part of the 19th century. Field acquired large tracts of land in Northumberland, Huntington, Luzerne, Lycoming, Dauphin, and Allegheny counties during the 1790s from noted land speculators Robert Morris and John Nicholson. The bubble burst in 1798 and the inflated land prices crashed. John Field, Jr., the son of John Field, hired Philadelphia attorney William Meredith to salvage his father's dwindling estate following his father's death.

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Letter book (1808-1814), legal documents, reports, memos, and correspondence relating to properties owned by John Field of Philadelphia between 1796 and 1815. The collection includes letters between John Field, Jr., William Meredith, Robert E. Griffith, and Robert Smith and discusses land dealings with Robert Morris and John Nicholson. Most of the materials deal with the aftermath of the 1798 collapse of land prices and with resulting attempts to dispose of much of Field's property.

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Technical Access Requirements

The processing fee for photocopying or scanning requests is $10.00/request. There is no charge for Millersville University students, faculty, or staff.

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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

9 North George Street
McNairy Library, PO Box 1002
Millersville University
Millersville 17551-302 US