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Library Company of Philadelphia
Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere: His American Museum 200 Years After: An Exhibition at The Library Company of Philadelphia, July to October 1985
John C. Van Horne (au)
In 1785 the Library Co. acquired much of the contents of the Amer. Museum of Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere (1737-1784). This purchase was the most important in the history of the Library Co. In Nov. 1757 Du Simitiere, sailed from Amsterdam to the West Indies, never to return to Europe. For the next 16 years he traveled back & forth between the West Indies & the principal cities of N. Amer. Collecting all kinds of materials was his main occupation. In two areas, his collection constituted a real contrib. to scholarship: relations with the Indians in the settlement of the West; & popular, democratic uprisings, includ the Leisler Rebell. in N.Y. in 1688, the Zenger freedom of the press trial, the Paxton Rebellion, the Stamp Act crisis, & the Amer. Revol. Illustrations.
Rev. Richard Allen
Journal of the Proceedings of Congress held at Phi
North-East view of St. Peter's Church
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