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List of Articles Presented to the Historical Society of Western Pensylvania
presented to William Bruce Clarke by a Union General upon the field of Gettysburg, it was captured and taken personally from a Confederate officer and had evidently been recently used, as the blade was bloody at the time Mr. Clarke received it. The blood stains still show at the end of the blade.
William Bruce Clarke was with Governor Curtin, the first civilian on the field of Gettysburg and after the battle, he took wine and lint from his own home for the wounded, as the surgical wagons had not arrived. (The wine, also the lint, was made by Mrs. Clarke).
from the battle-field around Vicksburg.
227-Indian Head Piece
taken from the body of an Indian chief by Joseph T. Boyd, a private in the Union army, after a battle in Missouri, during the war of the Rebellion. It was given to William Bruce Clarke by Mr. Boyd.
228-Piece of Wood
taken from the tree under which the treaty between General Grant and General Pemberton was made at Vicksburg. 229-Book
of Indian drawings found by Joseph Boyd in the pocket of an Indian chief, after a battle with Indians during the Rebellion in 1862, and sent to William Bruce Clarke.
or "Fire Dogs" were found in General Washington's headquarters on the battlefield of Brandywine, Chester County, Pennsylvania, together with Revolutionary cartridge boxes. They had remained in an attic closet under the eaves of the roof. 231-Canteen
Used during the Revolution.
used during the Revolution.
233-Frame 61⁄2 x 8 inches
containing the "Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.
made the 20th day of February in the year of our Lord, 1829 between John Arthurs, John B. Warden and Ann his wife, of the city of Pittsburgh, County of Allegheny and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
235 Warrant of Sale
of twenty-five acres of land and adjoining land in Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to Noah Potts, signed by Thomas Mifflin, Governor, Daniel Brodhead, Surveyor. Date April, 1792.
Property of William Bruce Clarke, Attorney.
made from a piece of cherry-tree which was in General Washington's garden at Mount Vernon. (The tree is supposed to be a lineal descendant of the tree "George cut down with his little hatchet").
made from a piece of hickory-tree which stood in the deerpark in front of the mansion at Mount Vernon.
of the building, “Great Exhibition" Pittsburgh, Pa. 1851.
"The Navigator", containing directions for navigating, The Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers; with ample account of these much admired waters, from the head of the former to the mouth of the latter, and a concise description of their towns, villages, harbors, and settlements, with maps of the Ohio and Mississippi, to which is added an Appendix, containing an account of Louisiana, and of the Missouri and Columbia Rivers, as discovered by the voyage under Capt's Lewis and Clark.
Printed and Published by Cramer & Spear,
Franklin Head, Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1821.
of cherry-wood with a small photograph of President William Henry Harrison, and "T IP & TY" cut in the handle. (Used as the Harrison and Tyler campaign cane in 1840.)
243-Indian Bead Work.
244-Pair Straw Indian Moccasins.
Presented by Mrs. J. R. Lloyd and James C. Clow, Esq.
of William Hunter, D. D., serving four terms, at different periods between 1836 and 1876, as editor of the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate, and from 1855 to 1870 Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature at Allegheny College, Meadville, Penn'a.
Presented by Stephen Quinon, Comfort, Texas.
The Franklin Almanac for the year 1821,
By John Ward, Philadelphia, Penn'a.
Langstroth & M'Dowell's Almanack, for the year 1825,
The Farmer's Almanac, for the year 1832,
Calculated by John Ward, Philadelphia, Penn'a.
Poor Wills Almanac, for the year 1837,
Calculated by William Collom, Philadelphia, Penn'a.
Presented by Herbert DuPuy, Esq.
Volumes Presented to the Society.
"Centennial Volume of the First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.
"A Machine Gunner's Notes," France 1918. By Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. DuPuy, U. S. Infantry, R. C.
Presented by Mrs. William Thaw.
Presented by Herbert DuPuy.
Presented by J. B. Johnston.
"Artemas Ward" (The first Commander-In-Chief of the American Revolution.) By Charles Martyn.
"The Old Path"
Some Day-Dreams and Some Familiar Realities,
by Harrison D. Mason.
Presented by Harrison D. Mason.
Presented by Major L. K. Howell.
"Midshipman to Congress," By Hon. John B. Robinson.
"A History of Old-Pine-Street, (Being the record of an hundred and forty years in the life of a Colonial Church." By Hughes Oliphant Gibbons.
Presented by John S. Ritenour.
election of the present year, they unfortunately concluded that this inability extended to all the other elective officers of the County, and in consequence of this belief voted for them in conjunction with Westmoreland. The remedy of this evil I fear is not easily pointed out; but if there be a possible one it is to be found in the wisdom of Council, to which I beg leave, as I shall in all other difficulties, to make my humble appeal.
The Trustees have appointed next Monday to meet on, and begin the partition line between this County and Westmoreland on this condition which Colonel Maclean who is to be executive person, has generously agreed to-to pay the expence at some future time when it shall be in their power to call upon the County Commissioners for the money. And necessity has suggested to us the expedient of building a temporary Goal by subscription which is now on foot.
Not knowing the necessity of an application to Council for Tavern Licenses before I left the City, I am now obliged to trouble them with a request that they will favor me with some by the first convenient opportunity.
Suffer me now worthy Sir, to step for a moment from the line of my duty. The honor which Council have heretofore done me by questioning me on the subject of Indian affairs will I hope acquit me of the charge of presumption, if from an opinion of their confidence in my information I venture to intermeddle without their command and give them such informations as have come to my knowledge from the accounts of others since I left the Canadian country.
Early in the fall Sir John Johnson assembled the different western tribes at Sandusky, and having prepared them with presents, distributed with lavish profusion addressed them in a speech to this purpose.
That the King, his and their common father, had made peace with the Americans, and had given them the country they possessed on this continent; but that the report of his having given them any part of the Indians' land, was false, and fabricated by the Americans for the purpose of provoking the Indians against their father, that they should therefore shut their ears against it: So far the contrary was true, that the great river Ohio was to be the line between the Indians in this quarter and the Americans; over which the latter ought not to pass and return in safety. That however, as the war between Britain and America was now at an end, and as the Indians had engaged in it from their attachment to the crown, and not from any quarrel of their own, he would as was usual at the end of a war, take the Tomahawk out of their hand; though he would not remove it out of sight or far from them; but lay it down carefully by their side, that they might have it convenient to use in defence of their rights
and property if they were invaded or molested by the Americans.
I shall not presume to trouble your Excellency with any remarks on the probable tendency of an intimation so manifestly correspondent with the sentiments, wishes and interest of these savage tribes already alarmed with the frequent attempts which have been made to encroach upon them; but beg leave to have the honor of declaring that I am, with all immaginable respect,
very humble and
February 6th in continuance
most obedient servant
Want of an earlier conveyance gives me the opportunity of enclosing to Council the return of an election held here this day for Justices of the peace for this town and township; and I trust the importance of the choice of officers to the county will excuse me to that honorable body for offering my remarks on this occasion.
Colonel Maclean, though not the first on the return needs no character from me, he has the honor to be known to Council. James Finley is a man of a good understanding, good character, and well situate to accommodate that part of the township most remote from the town. Henry Beeson is the proprietor of the town a man of much honesty, good sense and great benevolence of heart, and one whose liability of property for public uses justly entitles him to particular attention from the county, however far it may be a consideration with Council. Jonathan Rowland is also a good man with a good share of understanding and a better English education than either of the two last mentioned; but unfortunately of a profession rather too much opposed to the suppression of vice and immorality: he keeps a tavern in the town. John Gaddis is a man whom I do not personally know,— one who has at a former election in the then township of Manallin, been returned to Council, but never commissioned, from what reason I know not; his popularity is with those who have been most conspicuous for their opposition to the laws of this Commonwealth. Moses Sutton is remarkable for nothing but aspiring obscurity, and great facility at chanting a psalm or stammering a prayer.
Duty thus directs me to give Council an impartial description of the men who are to be the future officers of this County,-but both duty and respect forbid my saying more, or presuming to express a wish of my own; för I have no predilection for one, or personal prejudice against either of them.
I have the honor to be, most respectfully
very humble and
most obedient servant