George Bryan papers

The bulk of this collection is legal opinions rendered by George Bryan, judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which reflect judicial history in the colonial period. Among these items is his opinion in the case of John Fitch vs. James Rumsey, which involved claims over the introduction of stea... Full description

Record Source: Archival Materials
Collection Information: George Bryan Papers (#0090)
Main Author: Bryan, George 1731-1791
Format: Manuscript
Language: English
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Physical Description: 1.75 Linear feet 1.75 linear feet, 4 boxes (1250 items)
Summary: The bulk of this collection is legal opinions rendered by George Bryan, judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which reflect judicial history in the colonial period. Among these items is his opinion in the case of John Fitch vs. James Rumsey, which involved claims over the introduction of steam-propelled vessels, 1789. Other papers relate to taxes, finance, shipping, sale of lands, incorporation of the city of Philadelphia in 1786, slavery, penal laws, Connecticut claims, the Constitutional Convention, Pennsylvania politics, gubernatorial nomination in 1823, election controversies, social and civic reform movements. The collection includes family correspondence.