Edward S. Burd and Eli K. Price papers
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Eli Kirk Price (1797-1884) was a prominent Philadelphia Quaker. A real estate lawyer, he was an active member of the American Philosophical Society. He served in the Philadelphia State Senate for a partial term in order to pass a bill uniting the city and county governments of Philadelphia.
Edward Shippen Burd (1779-1848) was a Philadelphia lawyer.
These papers are the from a law firm in Philadelphia, run by Edward Shippen Burd (1779-1848) and Eli Kirk Price (1779-1884). The papers date from between 1805 and 1855. Letters are largely on financial matters, such as the payments owed to Burd and Price, and matters related to the lawyers serving as the executors of estates. Many of the letters request payment of funds from estates. Some letters to Price have other functions. One requests the minting of more "medals" of an undetermined nature, as well as for Price to send a copy of Preston's Apollorium from the Price's Arch Street library. An 1854 letter congratulates Price on the passage of a "Consolidation Act," and requests his assistance in passing another bill into law. Herman Cope's letter relates to a legal dispute involving the Bank of the United States. Other letters include explanations of legal disputes and their resolutions and letters regarding money transfers. Letters to William Tilligman, possibly another lawyer, are mostly focused on deeds to real estate property, although at least one letter is of a personal nature, related to Tilligman's illness. All letters are addressed to "the Honorable" William Tilligman. Legal documents include documents filed with courts to allow lawyers to administer estates, explain legal claims, and alert individuals of sheriffs' sales of their properties; wills, deeds, contracts, agreements, and indentures; receipts; and miscellaneous legal documents.
The Edward S. Burd and Eli K. Price papers were purchased by Special Collections, Haverford College in 1975-1976 from Michael Bradley. Accession No. 3645.
Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed February, 2016.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Mary A. Crauderueff
- Finding Aid Date
- February, 2016
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Letter writers include John Cadwalader, S. Chewe, Thomas C. Earle, H.S. Grable, M.P. Hemsky (2), Lahan H. Landon, Anastasia Lloyd (6), Richard Lloyd (8), William Racelyn (2), Richard Rolfe (8), John Scote, B. Tiligham, unknown. Letters consist mostly of correspondence related to court cases and estates. Many letters are related to checks sent by Burd to the beneficiaries of various estates.
Letter writers include H.W. Austin, Thomas Barrett (2), Whitaker Bartoll, Clement C. Biddle, William Cadwallader, Caleb Cope, Herman Cope, Ann Crawford, W.H. Dillingham (6), Thomas Elliott, Robert Fleming, William A. Hanford, E. Hoelffeustein, Jacob T. Hopper, Edgar Huidekoper, Henry J. Hutchins, S.T. Jones, Burnet Landreth, Henry H. Leeds, Morris Longstreth, Sarah Maher, John McHamilton, Samuel Meredith, Edward Morris, Joshua H. Morris, G.H. Murton (2), H. Penn--, Samuel H. Perkins, F.P. Price, Liba Pyle (2), W.P.S., Thomas Savery, Daniel Tarrington, Joshua Taylor, P.E. Thomas, Oswald Thompson, William Tilligman, James Townsend, Charnley Wheeler, illegible (2). The letter from H.W. Austin requests the minting of more "medals" of an undetermined nature, as well as for Price to send a copy of Preston's Apollorium from the Price's Arch Street library. The letter from Clement C. Biddle (1854) congratulates Price on the passage of a "Consolidation Act," and requests his assistance in passing another bill into law, this one to incorporate a Saving Fund Society in Philadelphia. Herman Cope's letter relates to a legal dispute involving the Bank of the United States. Other letters include explanations of legal disputes and their resolutions and letters regarding money transfers.
Letter writers include Paul Burry, George Gullaffs(?), Joseph Harkney, Thomas Hemley, Frederick Kogher, Nicholas Kramer. Letters are mostly focused on deeds to real estate property, although the letter from Joseph Harkney is of a personal nature, related to Tilligman's illness. All letters are addressed to "the Honorable" William Tilligman.
"Anna" to unknown. This is an angry letter to a friend or suitor, urging him to fix unspecified personal problems with his father. Hugh Auchincloss and Son to James Houghton (2 copies), related to a legal dispute and arguing that while Houghton is incorrect, they will only do things that are "perfectly correct and honorable." Deborah Barton to unknown, consisting of an inventory of household goods. Henry Becker to John Pember, related to a legal dispute. James H. Bennett to 'Father,' regarding business travel and the construction of a canal. William Burke to Mrs. R.R. Simmons, regarding the death of one Lieutenant Callorn. Nat. Davidson to unknown, refusing the settlement of a legal dispute. William Davidson and Son to Charles Watson, regarding bonds in the estate of Joseph H. Brinton. W.H. Dillingham to Charles Chancy and Eli K. Price, valuing a piece of property. W.W. Gerhard to unknown, assuring the recipient that there was no "collusion" in a purchase of real estate that he made from one Mr. Lyon, his brother-in-law. E.B. Gaines to Abraham Britton, regarding the settling of the estate of one Mr. Meredith, related to "the Warts property." E.B. Gaines and Abraham Britton to unknown, same. H.I. Huidekoper to William Meredith, an "account of the receipts and disbursements of the past year" of an unspecified fund Anastasia Lloyd to 'Mr. Elliott,' regarding some business of her husband Richard. Anastasia Lloyd to Richard Lloyd, passing on information from Edward Burd. Also contains personal information. E. Morris Lloyd to F. Sergeant Price, regarding a lawsuit. E. Morris Lloyd to unknown, regarding a lawsuit, Simpson v. Phillips. Richard Lloyd to Mrs. Greenleaf, offering assistance. Richard Lloyd to unknown, asking for information on his case. Robert Miller to Titus Bennett, settling accounts. William H. Morris to Plunkett and Thompson (3), requesting payment of a bill. J.H. Parmela to Joseph P. Engles, regarding some financial difficulties. Eli K. Price to Mr. Abbott, regarding settling the debts of an estate by auctioning it off. Eli K. Price to John Sergeant, asking for his opinion on the settlement of the estate of David Sellers. --- Richards to George H. Springer, regarding shipping cargo. Abot Roz(?) to Thomas Forth. A court order. H. Shantridge to Alrich and Son, regarding the shipment of a mule. Thomson N. Sims to Stoerer and Foote (2), regarding some challenges in receiving payment from one Cornelius Parrell. Samuel Smith to unknown, authorizing a loan. B. Tiligham to Richard Lloyd, regarding the health of his uncle. L. Tiligham to General Lloyd, his grandfather, regarding a legacy owed to Tiligman. Charles Thomas to Charles Stokes, attempting to renew a lapsed friendship. Israel Walton to unknown, regarding serving 'Stodart' with a "written precept". Unknown to N. Davidson, attempting to settle a legal dispute.
Includes documents filed with courts affirming the administrators of estates, explaining claims against others, alerting property owners of forthcoming sheriffs' sales, ending claims against others, dividing estates, recording depositions, and opinions; wills, deeds, contracts, agreements and indentures which authorize sales of real estate, empower executors, settle disputes among business partners; receipts; and miscellaneous legal documents, including statements, notes, memoranda, lists of documents, a document certifying that a will has been filed, an order to inform a tenant that they are behind on their rent, miscellaneous draft documents.