|Title||J.P. de Haas document set|
|Date||1783 August 20 [letter], n.d. engraving; 1772 October 3 [letter]; 1785 December 16 [letter].|
|Description||2 items - 2 leaf pamphlet with 2 letters; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.|
de Haas, John Philip, ca. 1735-1786
Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817
|Scope & Content||
J.P. de Haas document set. 2 items - 2 leaf pamphlet with 2 letters; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.
The first letter (1783) is written from Philadelphia, and consists of directions to collect a debt.
The second (1785) is also about debt collection, from Philadelphia to Jasper Yeates in Lancaster [PA]. Endorsed "Son of Gen. J.P. de Haas often mistaken for the General."
The third (1772) is his signature attesting as a Royal Justice to a written assignment of a debt. The original document listing the debt is from 1766.
John Philip de Haas, ca. 1735-1786. A soldier, born in Holland about 1735 ; died in Philadelphia, 3 June 1786. His ancestors were an ancient family of northern France. In 1750 he removed with his father to the United States, settling in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania He was ensign in the old French war, and took part in Bouquet's battle with the Indians at Bushy Run, near Pittsburgh, 5 and 6 August 1763. In 1776 he was appointed colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment. He served in Canada and at Ticonderoga, and after the battle of Long Island was promoted to brigadier general, 21 February 1777, serving until the close of the war. In 1779 he went to Philadelphia, where he spent the latter years of his life. His son served as ensign in his own regiment.
Jasper Yeates (1745-1817), jurist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 April, 1745 ; died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 14 March, 1817, was graduated at the College of Philadelphia in 1761, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1765, and in 1774 was chosen a member of the Lancaster county committee of correspondence, of which he became chairman in 1776. Fourteen years afterward he sat in the convention that ratified the constitution of the United States. From 1791 until his death he was an associate justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania. In 1794 President Washington appointed him a commissioner to confer with the inhabitants of the western counties of Pennsylvania, for the settle-meat of the whisky insurrection. Judge Yeates preserved notes of judicial proceedings in which he took part, and prepared them for the press. They were issued, after his death, as "Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, with some Select Cases at Nisi Prius, and in the Circuit Courts, from 1791 till 1808 " (4 vols., Philadelphia, 1817-'19).
|Admin/Biographical History||John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.|