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Apprentices' Library Company of Philadelphia:
ANNUAL REPORT, AND TREASURER'S ACCOUNT OF THE APPRENTICES' LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA; READ AT A MEETING HELD ON THE 14TH OF MARCH, 1831: TOGETHER WITH THE ACT OF INCORPORATION OF THE COMPANY, AND LIST OF OFFICERS.
Printed by J. Young, Black Horse Alley, Philadelphia:, 1831
7, [1] pp. [bound with] ANNUAL REPORTS 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836 and 1837. Various printers, 1832-1837. Each [8] pp. Scattered foxing and spotting. Good+, bound together in modern plain wrappers. The Apprentices' Library Company is the oldest free circulating public library company in America. Founded and incorporated in 1820, it tasked itself with promoting orderly and virtuous habits among mechanics and apprentices of Philadelphia, in the belief that ignorance was the basis of vice and crime. Familiar names associated with the enterprise were John Sergeant, Roberts Vaux, and Job Tyson. FIRST EDITION. Sabin 61475n [1831 Report]. Not in American Imprints.

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College of Physicians of Philadelphia:
FACTS AND OBSERVATIONS RELATIVE TO THE NATURE AND ORIGIN OF THE PESTILENTIAL FEVER, WHICH PREVAILED IN THIS CITY, IN 1793, 1797, AND 1798.
Thomas Dobson, Philadelphia:, 1798
52pp, no half title, disbound, moderately foxed. Good+. This pamphlet traces the outbreak and spread of the yellow fever in 1793, details the characteristics of the disease, recommends public health measures, particularly cleanliness and quarantining the sick. An Appendix includes material on its outbreaks in the West Indies, and ocean vessels as a source of the disease. FIRST EDITION. Evans 34355. Austin 497.

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Male Adult School Association of Philadelphia:
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE MALE ADULT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA, INSTITUTED JUNE 3, 1816.
Printed for the Institution, by Anderson & Meehan, Philadelphia:, 1817
12mo. 12pp. Disbound without wraps, else Very Good. The Association sought to educate young men privately; its evening classes suggest that many of its students were in the work force. Evidently free public education was not introduced in Pennsylvania until 1818; and that was for the education of indigent children only. Officers and members of the Association are listed on page 2. Hugh De Haven, Jun., was President. The Association's purpose was to instruct "adult males, in reading, writing, and arithmetic; and to incite them to the study of the Holy Scriptures." Maximum number of Association members was thirty; expulsion was permitted "for unchristian behaviour, by the concurrence of two-thirds of the Association." The Association would sponsor schools, and hire teachers, for classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. AI 41336 [1- DLC]. Not in Sabin. OCLC records only facsimiles [as of November 2012].

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Mutual Life Insurance Co.: (PHILADELPHIA AGENCY.):
THE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF NEW YORK. REPORT, 1861. F. RATCHFORD STARR, AGENT, 400 WALNUT STREET.
87, [1 blank] pp. Original printed glossy wrappers, stitched. 16mo. Double-page color map frontis of the United States, showing the Company's seven Classes or Regions. Very Good. With the Company's 18th annual report, a report on the Company's progress "for the past Eight Years," reversionary values, tables, descriptions of the Company's policies issued, rate tables, and more than 25 pages of "names of all the deceased members of the Company, the place of their death, the amount of their several policies, with the dividends paid on the same."

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Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture:
LAWS OF THE PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING AGRICULTURE, AS REVISED AND ENACTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, HELD ON THE 14TH JANUARY, 1812. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, A LIST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY. INCORPORATED FEBRUARY 14, 1809.
Printed by Lydia R. Bailey, Philadelphia:, 1812
15, [1 blank] pp, uncut, untrimmed. Original plain blue wrappers [reinforced with archival tape at spine], stitched. Lightly tanned, a few very small spots. Very Good. Its officers [Richard Peters was President], members, and laws are printed. Rink 1021.

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Philadelphia:
ADDRESS OF THE DISTRICT DELEGATES TO THE DEMOCRATIC CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA.
8pp, folded, uncut and untrimmed, lightly spotted. Very Good. This scarce example of early campaign literature endorses candidates, and gives reasons for rejecting others, in the upcoming Pennsylvania general elections of 1810. Some Philadelphians have been disappointing-- particularly James Engle [excessive absences], John Thompson and Francis Engle [who deserted Party ranks on several key votes]. The Delegates endorse Adam Seybert, John Porter, William Anderson for Congress: they will uphold Madison Administration policies in foreign and domestic matters. FIRST EDITION. AI 19956 [1]. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker.

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Philadelphia:
FACTS IN RELATION TO THE PROGRESSIVE INCREASE, PRESENT CONDITION, AND FUTURE PROSPECTS, OF PHILADELPHIA, AS CONNECTED WITH THE PERMANENT LOCATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.
J. Sharp, Philadelphia:, 1838
Contemporary plain wrappers, stitched, 24pp. Light wear, Very Good. In order to answer "the question of the location of the new Public Buildings," the author examines "the condition of the city about the period of the erection of the present state-house" in the early 1730's. He discusses the division of Philadelphia into ten Wards, the housing in each Ward, population, commercial, trade, shipping data through 1777, "when the British were in possession of the city." The author examines post-revolutionary changes in these matters-- particularly housing, public building construction, property valuations, and public improvements-- until the 1830's. The impact of "the great and rapidly increasing trade with the West" renders "the western part of the city" the most dynamic; the location of its public buildings must reflect that fact. FIRST EDITION. AI 50267 [5]. Sabin 61649. Not in Eberstadt, Decker.

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Philadelphia:
MEMORIAL OF THE AUCTIONEERS OF PHILADELPHIA. TO THE HONOURABLE THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED- THE MEMORIAL OF THE SUBSCRIBERS, CITIZENS OF PHILADELPHIA, RESPECTFULLY SHEWETH- .
Caption title [as issued]. 16pp. Stitched, light fox and wear, Very Good. The Memorial opposes retailers' lobbying "to impose such a duty upon Sales by Auction, as will in effect be a prohibition of that mode of selling." Merchants resented auctioneers' disruption of their retail markets; auctioneers, on the other hand, argued that they contributed to market efficiency and hence the public good. This offering, which has no imprint, differs from OCLC's reference, which includes the imprint at the bottom of page 16. FIRST EDITION. Sabin 68125. See OCLC 4110511 [3]. Not in AI, Rink.

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Philadelphia:
OBJECTIONS TO INCORPORATING THE PHILADELPHIA DOMESTIC SOCIETY, BRIEFLY CONSIDERED, IN THREE LETTERS TO A FRIEND.
William Dickson, [Philadelphia:, 1807]
12pp, caption-title [as issued], untrimmed, uncut, stitched. Lightly tanned, else Near Fine. A rare item, rebutting concerns about the special privileges that legislatively-granted Charters provide. The objection "that Charters are generally dangerous, and tend to create an Influence foreign to Republican Institutions," may have some force when it comes to banks or other government-created for-profit monopolies. It has none as applied to this Society, whose purpose is to benefit the entire polity by publicizing scientific advances and new discoveries. Such dangers are unworthy of serious consideration in a democratic society, where people govern themselves. AI 13272 [2]. OCLC 8700555 [3]. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Rink.

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Philadelphia:
REMARKS ON THE TOWNSHIP SYSTEM.
J. Crissy, Printer, Philadelphia:, 1838
12mo. 24pp, disbound, lightly worn, Very Good. The Preface is dated January 1838, and it is similarly dated at the end. A 12-page printing issued in 1837, with the same title and publisher; but this appears to be an entirely new work, differently dated and paginated. The author recommends that Pennsylvania, during its ongoing constitutional convention, give serious consideration to the township system of government that prevails in New England and New Jersey; and argues that such a system would facilitate "true genuine democracy." Not located on OCLC, or in American Imprints or Sabin. See OCLC 45492024 [1- W. Res. Hist. Soc.] and AI 46530 [2] for the 12-page 1837 printing.

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Philadelphia:
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF FIFTEEN CITIZENS, APPOINTED AT A MASS MEETING OF THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, HELD AT FRANKLIN HALL, BY ADJOURNMENT, MAY 9TH AND 18TH, 1848, TO "INVESTIGATE AND REPORT UPON THE CORRUPTION IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW, THE TAKING OF ILLEGAL FEES, AND EXTORTION PRACTICED BY PUBLIC OFFICERS," ETC. ALSO, THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS OF MAY 9TH AND 18TH, 1848, AT WHICH THE COMMITTEE WERE APPOINTED, TOGETHER WITH ABSTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE, AND DOCUMENTS ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT. FIFTY THOUSAND COPIES PRINTED FOR THE COMMITTEE.
36pp, disbound, scattered foxing, Good+. The Committee seeks to end the "practice of taking illegal fees, and corruptions existing in the administration of law in the judicial tribunals." Judges on the Court of Common Pleas "make use of their official authority for the purpose of enriching their families and friends." The Meeting opened the campaign for sheriff of reform candidate William R. Dickerson. The time has come when The People will refuse "to yield up our civil and political rights to a set of political and judicial demagogues." A long list of reform measures is printed. Cohen 1042. Sabin 62139.

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Philadelphia:
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF FIFTEEN CITIZENS, APPOINTED AT A MASS MEETING OF THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, HELD AT FRANKLIN HALL, BY ADJOURNMENT, MAY 9TH AND 18TH, 1848, TO "INVESTIGATE AND REPORT UPON THE CORRUPTION IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW, THE TAKING OF ILLEGAL FEES, AND EXTORTION PRACTICED BY PUBLIC OFFICERS," ETC. ALSO, THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS OF MAY 9TH AND 18TH, 1848, AT WHICH THE COMMITTEE WERE APPOINTED, TOGETHER WITH ABSTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE, AND DOCUMENTS ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT. SECOND EDITION. FIFTY THOUSAND COPIES PRINTED FOR THE COMMITTEE. READ AND CIRCULATE.
36pp, disbound, scattered foxing, Good+. The Committee seeks to end the "practice of taking illegal fees, and corruptions existing in the administration of law in the judicial tribunals." Judges on the Court of Common Pleas "make use of their official authority for the purpose of enriching their families and friends." The Meeting opened the campaign for sheriff of reform candidate William R. Dickerson. The time has come when The People will refuse "to yield up our civil and political rights to a set of political and judicial demagogues." A long list of reform measures is printed. This is the second of two editions printed in 1849. Cohen 1042 [first edition]. Sabin 62139.

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Philadelphia:
THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT EXAMINED BY ITS OWN RECORDS.
Caption title [as issued]. 8pp. Disbound. Very Good. Support the People's Ticket in the City of Philadelphia!

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Philadelphia:
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, AND THE SEVERAL SUPPLEMENTS TO THE ACT OF INCORPORATION, PASSED SINCE THE NINETEENTH DAY OF JULY, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT. PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE SELECT AND COMMON COUNCILS.
Printed by Zachariah Poulson, Junior, Philadelphia:, 1800
Contemporary plain wrappers [spine shorn, front wrapper detached and chipped], stitched, untrimmed, top edge uncut. 46, [2 blanks] pp, as issued. [bound with] supplementary pages 47-70, [2 blanks], consisting of 1801 ordinances. A complete 1800 imprint, supplemented with Ordinances issued and bound in the following year. Expertly repaired closed tear [no loss] at last text leaf. Good+ or better. To the 1800 printing, pages 47-70-- containing 1801 supplements-- were added. The supplements were unpublished as a separate imprint; they were added to some of the copies of the 46-page printing, with pagination continuous. The Ordinances divide the City into wards, arrange for supplying it with water, regulate the Second Street market, appropriate funds for running the City, and provide for other matters. Evans and Shipton note both the 46-page printing and ours, with the supplementary ordinances. The title page of each is identical. Evans 38242, 38243. NAIP w000013 [6].

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Whig Party of Philadelphia:
CIRCULAR OF WHIG COMMITTEE WITH TICKET.
Broadside, 9.25"x 12". Printed in three columns. Horizontal crease through center, some darkening at mid- and upper-center, and a bit of minor edge wear. Good+. A broadside illustrating the fluidity of political alignments in the turbulent 1850's, as the Sectional Crisis exerted stresses on the Whig and Democratic Parties. The Executive Committee explains to fellow Whigs its endorsement of the Native American ticket for local and State offices. Disclaiming support for "the proscriptive measures which it is alleged are advocated by them" [i.e., hostility to Catholics and immigrants], the Committee emphasizes that Native Americans oppose the Pierce Administration's perpetration of "the shameless outrages on the rights of freemen in Kansas; and the innumerable injuries involved in the repeal of the Missouri Compromise." This is a significant demonstration of the "disorganized" condition and impending collapse of the Whig Party as a national political force. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Dumond, Work, Blockson, LCP, NUC. Not located on OCLC as of December 2016.

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[Cochran, Sarah v. City of Philadelphia]:
COCHRAN VS. THE CITY
Folio transcript, [75] pp, completely in ink manuscript. Loose leaves. Very Good. This contemporary handwritten transcript of court proceedings, in the Court of Common Pleas for Schuylkill County, is interesting primarily for its origin in the Will of Stephen Girard, whose other bequests and devises also resulted in litigation. Sarah A. Cochran was Girard's devisee of a 300-acre tract of land in the County. But in 1832 the tract was sold to the County Commissioners for unpaid taxes. Subsequent dispositions occurred, including one in 1849, back to Sarah. Numerous questions of title, ownership, improper document executions, and incomplete descriptions of the property created many complications. Sarah's action of ejectment against the City brought them all to light.

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[Philadelphia Fire Company]:
NOTICE. THE HAND IN HAND FIRE COMPANY HAVE APPOINTED THEIR NEXT MEETING TO BE AT OELLERS'S, ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN APRIL, AT SEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING. FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 1797.
5-3/4" x 3-1/2", oblong. Attractively printed ticket, signed in ink "John F. Mifflin for J.B. Bordley Clk." A few early mathematical calculations in ink in the left blank margin. Fine. An early fire company ephemeron. "The 'hand in hand' name and clasped hand symbol were popular among volunteer fire fighting companies and fire insurance companies during this period. It symbolized the mutual assistance needed to combat fires and the fraternal ties of fire companies prevalent in early American communities. This Hand in Hand Fire Company was founded March 1st 1741, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and located in the Dockward at the Fish Market and Drawbridge" [website of the National Museum of American History]. "In 1791, James Oeller opened his eponymous hotel, Philadelphia's first, at Sixth and Chestnut Streets. Oeller's assembly room, decorated with French wallpaper and antique illustrations, challenged the City Tavern as Philadelphia's finest banquet space." [Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia]. Bordley, a prominent agriculturist, was a founder of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture

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[Philadelphia Judaica]:
LOAN OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
Draper, Welsh & Co., Philadelphia:, [1854]
Folio broadside, 8.75" x 14.75". A beautifully printed bond, with an ornamental border and ten engraved vignettes, including a large one of Independence Hall; and a locomotive, a waterfront scene, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, William Penn, and other portraits. Signed by the City Treasurer and the City Controller [each signature has a circular punch through it]. Blindstamp seal of the City of Philadelphia. Minor wear, Very Good. The Loan Certificate evidences the indebtedness of the City to Nathan Nathans, as guardian of George and John Lockhart. Nathans [1798-1877], a Jewish Philadelphia attorney, was admitted to the Bar in 1819; in addition to his legal work, he was a controller of the Philadelphia public schools for many years. Center for Jewish History, Philadelphia City Bonds Collection, PID #364970.

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[Philadelphia] [Mount Vernon Runaway Slave]:
PHILADELPHIA GAZETTE & DAILY ADVERTISER. WEDNESDAY, 20TH AUGUST, 1800. "WHATEVER MEASURES HAVE A TENDENCY TO DISSOLVE THE UNION, OR CONTRIBUTE TO VIOLATE OR LESSEN THE SOVEREIGN AUTHORITY, OUGHT TO BE CONSIDERED AS HOSTILE TO THE LIBERTIES AND INDEPENDENCE OF AMERICA." [GEO. WASHINGTON.].
Brown & Relf, Philadelphia:, 1800
Folio, [4] pp folded to 13-1/2" x 18-3/8". Each page printed in five columns. Several short repairs, some blank edge and margin chipping. Good+. Several items of interest: Stephen Girard's advertisement offering for sale "Cogniac and Bordeaux Brandy," "Russia Soap and Candle Tallow," "A few Tons of best clean St. Petersburg HEMP," and other items; a "Letter from a Physician in New-York to his Correspondent in Philadelphia, Relative to the Yellow Fever;" activities of the frigates Constellation and Constitution. "MARCUS, One of the House Servants at Mount Vernon, Absconded on the second instant, and since has not been heard of. He is a young lad, about 16 years of age, a bright mulatto... I will give Ten Dollars Reward to any person who shall apprehend the said negro and lodge him in some safe gaol..." Signed by James Anderson of Mount Vernon, in type.

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[Philadelphia]:
REPORT OF A COMMITTEE OF THE SELECT COUNCIL OF PHILADELPHIA. READ NOVEMBER 10TH. 1796.
Printed by Zachariah Poulson, Junior, Philadelphia:, 1796
24pp. Stitched and untrimmed. Outer untrimmed margins with some light wear, minor foxing. Contemporary plain rear wrapper present. Very Good. The Report is a rare analysis of the municipal infrastructure of Philadelphia and the financing necessary for performing City services. It is an informative, detailed picture of the necessities of eighteenth century America's leading City. The Committee members were John Connelly, Samuel Mickle Fox, and John Bleakley. They sign in type on page 17. Municipal receipts-- from taxes, fines, rentals of city property-- are used for "Lighting and watching the city": 718 lamps are lighted under specific schedules, at enumerated costs; 23 watchmen, whose "routes, and the times of crying the hour are prescribed to them by the Commissioners." Funds are used for "Paving and repairing old pavements." The work involved, with its costs, is enumerated. "Cleaning the streets" is also a municipal function, "so essential to the health of the citizens." The city must clean the "filth" and "manure," costing "the city annually a considerable sum." The 300 "public pumps and wells," and the need for more of them, require maintenance and planning. Various properties owned by the City are let to private parties in exchange for rent. These include market stalls, wharves, the Schuylkill ferry and bridge, the Potter's-field. Procedures for determining and recording city receipts and expenses are delineated. Two tables, at pages 18 and 19, print the City's receipts and expenses for June 1789 through each subsequent year. An analysis of City property appears at pages 20-24, and is signed in type at the end by George Roberts and Samuel Mickle Fox. Evans 30996. ESTC w6143 [4- AAS, JCB, Lib. Co. U Penn.].

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