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Edward S. Burd and Eli K. Price papers

Identifier: HC.MC-950-032

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1805-1855


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

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.


0.22 linear ft.

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These papers are the from a law firm in Philadelphia, run by Edward Shippen Burd (1779-1848) and Eli Kirk Price (1779-1884).


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.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary A. Crauderueff; completed February, 2016.

Edward S. Burd and Eli K. Price papers, 1805-1855
Mary A. Crauderueff
February, 2016
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