Finding Aid for the Mathew Carey Papers, 1785-1859

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Mathew Carey (1760-1839), publisher, economist, and humanitarian, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He came to America in 1784 after involvement in Irish revolutionary activities and took up his trade as a printer, publishing the Pennsylvania Herald and the periodical, The American Museum. His book publishing ventures prospered and his firm was a leader in American printing and publishing in the period 1795 to 1835. Carey was an active proponent of the protective tariff, as well as an ardent champion of oppressed minorities in Europe, especially after his retirement from business in 1821. His business was thereafter conducted by his son, Henry C. Carey (1793-1879).

The papers consist of receipts, bills, memoranda, invoices, bills of lading, and other records of his publishing business, and its successors: Carey, Lea, and Company; and Lea and Blanchard. Most are cataloged or indexed, except for Lea and Blanchard accounts for 1856-57. The loose correspondence, much of it undated and unsigned, consists of material relating to the Committee for Relief of the Greeks (1826-1828), reform of criminal laws (1827-1828), and the Committee for Aid to Polish Refugess (1833-1834). Principal correspondents include Aaron Hobart (1787-1858), Edward Everett (1794-1865), John Broomhall (1799-1873), William Meredith (1799-1873), Philip Ricard Fendall (1794-1868), and Thomas J. McKaig.

Also included are thirty-two items pertaining to the Thomas Abthorpe Cooper (1776-1849) Benefit held in Philadelphia in 1833. Most are letters concerning attendance or performance at the benefit or enclosing donations for the Cooper fund. There are two broadsides included representing the prologue and an address presented at the benefit.

CONTENTS LIST

MANUSCRIPT BOXES

Accounts Volume One, 1788-1795 (Accounts 0-321)

Box 1, Folder 1: 0-26
Box 1, Folder 2: 27-56
Box 1, Folder 3: 57-84
Box 1, Folder 4: 85-112
Box 1, Folder 5: 113-142
Box 1, Folder 6: 143-163
Box 1, Folder 7: 164-189
Box 1, Folder 8: 190-217
Box 1, Folder 9: 218-240
Box 1, Folder 10: 241-266
Box 1, Folder 11: 267-286
Box 1, Folder 12: 287-302
Box 1, Folder 13: 303-321

 

Accounts Volume Two, 1787-1795 (Accounts 322-705)

Box 1, Folder 14: 322-347 (except 344-347)
Box 1, Folder 15: 348-367
Box 2, Folder 1: 368-400
Box 2, Folder 2: 401-440
Box 2, Folder 3: 441-476
Box 2, Folder 4: 477-514
Box 2, Folder 5: 515-548
Box 2, Folder 6: 549-578
Box 2, Folder 7: 579-618
Box 2, Folder 8: 619-648
Box 2, Folder 9: 649-705

 

Accounts Volume Three, 1786-1795 (Accounts 706-1084)

Box 2, Folder 10: 706-753
Box 2, Folder 11: 754-811
Box 2, Folder 12: 812-883
Box 2, Folder 13: 884-951
Box 2, Folder 14: 952-1027
Box 2, Folder 15: 1028-1084

 

Accounts Volume Four, 1787-1795 (Accounts 1085-1466)

Box 3, Folder 1: 1085-1105
Box 3, Folder 2: 1106-1165
Box 3, Folder 3: 1166-1222
Box 3, Folder 4: 1223-1285
Box 3, Folder 5: 1286-1344
Box 3, Folder 6: 1345-1410
Box 3, Folder 7: 1411-1466

 

Accounts Volume Five, 1790-1795 (Accounts 1467-1892)

Box 3, Folder 8: 1467-1489
Box 3, Folder 9: 1490-1544
Box 3, Folder 10: 1545-1600
Box 3, Folder 11: 1601-1649
Box 3, Folder 12: 1650-1694
Box 3, Folder 13: 1695-1742
Box 3, Folder 14: 1743-1790
Box 3, Folder 15: 1791-1855
Box 4, Folder 1: 1856-1892

 

Accounts Volume Six, 1788-1795 (Accounts 1893-2328)

Box 4, Folder 2: 1893-1913
Box 4, Folder 3: 1914-1974
Box 4, Folder 4: 1975-2034
Box 4, Folder 5: 2035-2082
Box 4, Folder 6 2083-2134
Box 4, Folder 7: 2135-2187
Box 4, Folder 8: 2188-2231
Box 4, Folder 9: 2232-2292
Box 4, Folder 10: 2293-2328

 

Accounts Volume Seven, 1795-1796 (Accounts 2329-2645)

Box 4, Folder 11: 2329-2348
Box 4, Folder 12: 2349-2402
Box 4, Folder 13: 2403-2442
Box 4, Folder 14: 2443-2493
Box 4, Folder 15: 2494-2533
Box 5, Folder 1: 2534-2559
Box 5, Folder 2: 2560-2581
Box 5, Folder 3: 2582-2619
Box 5, Folder 4: 2620-2645

 

Accounts Volume Eight, 1795-1796 (Accounts 2546-2966)

Box 5, Folder 5: 2646-2698
Box 5, Folder 6: 2699-2723
Box 5, Folder 7: 2724-2749
Box 5, Folder 8: 2750-2786
Box 5, Folder 9: 2787-2813
Box 5, Folder 10: 2814-2851
Box 5, Folder 11: 2852-2878
Box 5, Folder 12: 2879-2901
Box 5, Folder 13: 2902-2929a
Box 5, Folder 14: 2930-2946
Box 5, Folder 15: 2947-2966

 

[Accounts Volumes Nine-Twelve are owned neither by the AAS nor by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.]

Accounts Volume Thirteen, 1797-1799 (Accounts 4544-4818c)

Box 6, Folder 1: 4544-4594
Box 6, Folder 2: 4595-4649
Box 6, Folder 3: 4650-4696b
Box 6, Folder 4: 4697-4705
Box 6, Folder 5: 4706-4771
Box 6, Folder 6: 4772-4818c

 

Accounts Volume Fourteen, 1799-1800 (Accounts 4819-5446)

Box 6, Folder 7: 4819-4867
Box 6, Folder 8: 4868-4925
Box 6, Folder 9: 4926-5011
Box 6, Folder 10: 5012-5130
Box 6, Folder 11: 5131-5184
Box 6, Folder 12: 5185-5249
Box 6, Folder 13: 5250-5308
Box 6, Folder 14: 5309-5377
Box 6, Folder 15: 5378-5446

 

Accounts Volume Fifteen, 1799-1801 (Accounts 5447-6002)

Box 7, Folder 1: 5447-5557
Box 7, Folder 2: 5558-5624
Box 7, Folder 3: 5625-5714
Box 7, Folder 4: 5715-5780
Box 7, Folder 5: 5781-5842
Box 7, Folder 6: 5843-5911
Box 7, Folder 7: 5912-5919
Box 7, Folder 8: 5920-5931
Box 7, Folder 9: 5932-5944
Box 7, Folder 10: 5945-5953
Box 7, Folder 11: 5954-5960
Box 7, Folder 12: 5961-5971
Box 7, Folder 13: 5972-5982
Box 7, Folder 14: 5983-5990
Box 7, Folder 15: 5991-6002

 

Accounts Volume Sixteen, 1799-1802 (Accounts 6003-6910)

Box 8, Folder 1: 6003-6128
Box 8, Folder 2: 6129-6314
Box 8, Folder 3: 6315-6462
Box 8, Folder 4: 6463-6575
Box 8, Folder 5: 6576-6707
Box 8, Folder 6: 6708-6779j
Box 8, Folder 7: 6780-6806
Box 8, Folder 8: 6807-6819
Box 8, Folder 9: 6820-6834
Box 8, Folder 10: 6835-6842
Box 8, Folder 11: 6843-6858
Box 8, Folder 12: 6859-6867
Box 8, Folder 13: 6868-6890
Box 8, Folder 14: 6891-6902
Box 8, Folder 15: 6903-6910

 

Accounts Volume Seventeen, 1802-1808 (Accounts 6912-7713)

Box 9, Folder 1: 6912-6998
Box 9, Folder 2: 6999-7125
Box 9, Folder 3: 7126-7238
Box 9, Folder 4: 7239-7353
Box 9, Folder 5: 7354-7479
Box 9, Folder 6: 7480-7603
Box 9, Folder 7: 7604-7630
Box 9, Folder 8: 7631-7649
Box 9, Folder 9: 7650-7677
Box 9, Folder 10: 7678-7699
Box 9, Folder 11: 7700-7713

 

Accounts Volume Eighteen, 1803-1804 (Accounts 7714-8310)

Box 9, Folder 12: 7714-7782
Box 9, Folder 13: 7783-7899
Box 9, Folder 14: 7900-8025
Box 9, Folder 15: 8026-8115

Box 10, Folder 1: 8116-8191
Box 10, Folder 2: 8192-8216
Box 10, Folder 3: 8217-8238
Box 10, Folder 4: 8239-8260
Box 10, Folder 5: 8261-8285
Box 10, Folder 6: 8286-8299
Box 10, Folder 7: 8300-8310

 

Accounts Volume Nineteen, 1803-1805 (Accounts 8311-9204)

Box 10, Folder 8: 8311-8410
Box 10, Folder 9: 8411-8532
Box 10, Folder 10: 8533-8642
Box 10, Folder 11: 8643-8744
Box 10, Folder 12: 8745-8823
Box 10, Folder 13: 8824-8935
Box 10, Folder 14: 8936-8999
Box 10, Folder 15: 9000-9015
Box 11, Folder 1: 9016-9037
Box 11, Folder 2: 9038-9061
Box 11, Folder 3: 9062-9075
Box 11, Folder 4: 9076-9109
Box 11, Folder 5: 9110-9124
Box 11, Folder 6: 9125-9143
Box 11, Folder 7: 9144-9169
Box 11, Folder 8: 9170-9185
Box 11, Folder 9: 9186-9204

 

Accounts Volume Twenty, 1804-1806 (Pages 1-534)

Box 11, Folder 10: 1-22
Box 11, Folder 11: 23-54
Box 11, Folder 12: 55-92
Box 11, Folder 13: 93-124
Box 11, Folder 14: 125-157
Box 11, Folder 15: 158-182
Box 12, Folder 1: 183-214
Box 12, Folder 2: 215-244
Box 12, Folder 3: 245-262
Box 12, Folder 4: 263-288
Box 12, Folder 5: 289-306
Box 12, Folder 6: 307-320
Box 12, Folder 7: 321-350
Box 12, Folder 8: 351-371
Box 12, Folder 9: 372-402
Box 12, Folder 10: 403-432
Box 12, Folder 11: 433-466
Box 12, Folder 12: 467-482
Box 12, Folder 13: 483-510
Box 12, Folder 14: 511-527
Box 12, Folder 15: 528-534

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-One, 1805-1807 (Pages 535-1076)

Box 13, Folder 1: 535-558
Box 13, Folder 2: 559-592
Box 13, Folder 3: 593-640
Box 13, Folder 4: 641-676
Box 13, Folder 5: 677-714
Box 13, Folder 6: 715-768
Box 13, Folder 7: 769-825
Box 13, Folder 8: 826-872
Box 13, Folder 9: 873-912
Box 13, Folder 10: 913-945
Box 13, Folder 11: 946-973
Box 13, Folder 12: 974-1008
Box 13, Folder 13: 1009-1037
Box 13, Folder 14: 1038-1057
Box 13, Folder 15: 1058-1076

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Two, 1807-1808 (Pages 1077-1403)

Box 14, Folder 1: 1077-1097
Box 14, Folder 2: 1098-1119
Box 14, Folder 3: 1120-1141
Box 14, Folder 4: 1142-1167
Box 14, Folder 5: 1168-1191
Box 14, Folder 6: 1192-1212
Box 14, Folder 7: 1213-1237
Box 14, Folder 8: 1238-1258
Box 14, Folder 9: 1259-1284
Box 14, Folder 10: 1285-1305
Box 14, Folder 11: 1306-1336
Box 14, Folder 12: 1337-1361
Box 14, Folder 13: 1362-1379
Box 14, Folder 14: 1380-1391
Box 14, Folder 15: 1392-1403

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Three, 1808-1810 (Pages 1404-1945)

Box 15, Folder 1: 1404-1433
Box 15, Folder 2: 1434-1451
Box 15, Folder 3: 1452-1481
Box 15, Folder 4: 1482-1501
Box 15, Folder 5: 1502-1538
Box 15, Folder 6: 1539-1596
Box 15, Folder 7: 1597-1647
Box 15, Folder 8: 1648-1702
Box 15, Folder 9: 1703-1725
Box 15, Folder 10: 1726-1759
Box 15, Folder 11: 1760-1799
Box 15, Folder 12: 1800-1842
Box 15, Folder 13: 1843-1882
Box 15, Folder 14: 1883-1912
Box 15, Folder 15: 1913-1945

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Four, 1810-1811 (Pages 1946-2431)

Box 16, Folder 1: 1946-1975
Box 16, Folder 2: 1976-2003
Box 16, Folder 3: 2004-2035
Box 16, Folder 4: 2036-2060
Box 16, Folder 5: 2061-2090
Box 16, Folder 6: 2091-2124
Box 16, Folder 7: 2125-2155
Box 16, Folder 8: 2156-2195
Box 16, Folder 9: 2196-2236
Box 16, Folder 10: 2237-2266
Box 16, Folder 11: 2267-2298
Box 16, Folder 12: 2299-2320
Box 16, Folder 13: 2321-2372
Box 16, Folder 14: 2373-2399
Box 16, Folder 15: 2400-2431

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Five, 1808-1812 (Pages 2432-2759)

Box 17, Folder 1: 2432-2462
Box 17, Folder 2: 2463-2493
Box 17, Folder 3: 2494-2527
Box 17, Folder 4: 2528-2570
Box 17, Folder 5: 2571-2615
Box 17, Folder 6: 2616-2701
Box 17, Folder 7: 2702-2729
Box 17, Folder 8: 2730-2759

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Six, 1812-1813 (Pages 2760-3129)

Box 17, Folder 9: 2760-2791
Box 17, Folder 10: 2792-2823
Box 17, Folder 11: 2824-2855
Box 17, Folder 12: 2856-2895
Box 17, Folder 13: 2896-2921
Box 17, Folder 14: 2922-2953
Box 17, Folder 15: 2954-2974
Box 18, Folder 1: 2975-2990
Box 18, Folder 2: 2991-3010
Box 18, Folder 3: 3011-3029
Box 18, Folder 4: 3030-3052
Box 18, Folder 5: 3053-3076
Box 18, Folder 6: 3077-3101
Box 18, Folder 7: 3102-3118
Box 18, Folder 8: 3119-3129

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Seven, 1813-1815 (Pages 3130-3644)

Box 18, Folder 9: 3130-3155
Box 18, Folder 10: 3156-3197
Box 18, Folder 11: 3198-3223
Box 18, Folder 12: 3224-3247
Box 18, Folder 13: 3248-3271
Box 18, Folder 14: 3272-3295
Box 18, Folder 15: 3296-3319
Box 19, Folder 1: 3320-3345
Box 19, Folder 2: 3346-3369
Box 19, Folder 3: 3370-3393
Box 19, Folder 4: 3394-3429
Box 19, Folder 5: 3430-3477
Box 19, Folder 6: 3478-3533
Box 19, Folder 7: 3534-3551
Box 19, Folder 8: 3552-3583
Box 19, Folder 9: 3584-3615
Box 19, Folder 10: 3616-3644

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Eight, 1814-1815 (Pages 4000-4180; 4081-4291)

Box 19, Folder 11: 4000-4021
Box 19, Folder 12: 4022-4063
Box 19, Folder 13: 4064-4090
Box 19, Folder 14: 4091-4118
Box 19, Folder 15: 4119-4147
Box 20, Folder 1: 4148-4180
renumbering begins here
Box 20, Folder 2: 4081-4104
Box 20, Folder 3: 4105-4125
Box 20, Folder 4: 4126-4146
Box 20, Folder 5: 4147a-4178
Box 20, Folder 6: 4179-4206
Box 20, Folder 7: 4207-4234
Box 20, Folder 8: 4235-4254
Box 20, Folder 9: 4255-4273
Box 20, Folder 10: 4274-4291

 

Accounts Volume Twenty-Nine, 1815-1816 (Pages 4293-4719)

Box 20, Folder 11: 4293-4314
Box 20, Folder 12: 4315-4342
Box 20, Folder 13: 4343-4366
Box 20, Folder 14: 4367-4407
Box 20, Folder 15: 4408-4441
Box 21, Folder 1: 4442-4483
Box 21, Folder 2: 4484-4505
Box 21, Folder 3: 4506-4535
Box 21, Folder 4: 4536-4569
Box 21, Folder 5: 4570-4615
Box 21, Folder 6: 4616-4649
Box 21, Folder 7: 4650-4664
Box 21, Folder 8: 4665-4695
Box 21, Folder 9: 4696-4719

 

Accounts Volume Thirty, 1816-1817 (Pages 4720-5122)

Box 21, Folder 10: 4720-4755
Box 21, Folder 11: 4756-4783
Box 21, Folder 12: 4784-4817
Box 21, Folder 13: 4818-4855
Box 21, Folder 14: 4856-4883
Box 21, Folder 15: 4884-4909
Box 22, Folder 1: 4910-4941
Box 22, Folder 2: 4942-4991
Box 22, Folder 3: 4992-5013
Box 22, Folder 4: 5014-5035
Box 22, Folder 5: 5036-5071
Box 22, Folder 6: 5072-5097
Box 22, Folder 7: 5098-5122

 

Accounts Volume Thirty-One, 1818 (Pages 5123-5600)

Box 22, Folder 8: 5123-5148
Box 22, Folder 9: 5149-5192
Box 22, Folder 10: 5193-5238
Box 22, Folder 11: 5239-5274
Box 22, Folder 12: 5275-5310
Box 22, Folder 13: 5311-5348
Box 22, Folder 14: 5349-5388
Box 22, Folder 15: 5389-5426
Box 23, Folder 1: 5427-5468
Box 23, Folder 2: 5469-5490
Box 23, Folder 3: 5491-5514
Box 23, Folder 4: 5515-5542
Box 23, Folder 5: 5543-5568
Box 23, Folder 6: 5569-5588
Box 23, Folder 7: 5589-5600

 

Accounts Volume Thirty-Two, 1818-1820 (Pages 5601-5870)

Box 23, Folder 8: 5601-5641
Box 23, Folder 9: 5642-5687
Box 23, Folder 10: 5688-5723
Box 23, Folder 11: 5724-5758
Box 23, Folder 12: 5759-5796
Box 23, Folder 13: 5797-5831
Box 23, Folder 14: 5832-5856
Box 23, Folder 15: 5857-5870

 

Accounts Volume Thirty-Three, 1818-1820 (Pages 5871-6474)

Box 24, Folder 1: 5871-5896
Box 24, Folder 2: 5897-5932
Box 24, Folder 3: 5933-5961
Box 24, Folder 4: 5962-6007
Box 24, Folder 5: 6008-6056
Box 24, Folder 6: 6057-6108
Box 24, Folder 7: 6109-6144
Box 24, Folder 8: 6145-6184
Box 24, Folder 9: 6185-6227
Box 24, Folder 10: 6228-6278
Box 24, Folder 11: 6279-6310
Box 24, Folder 12: 6311-6352
Box 24, Folder 13: 6353-6401
Box 24, Folder 14: 6402-6450
Box 24, Folder 15: 6451-6474

 

Accounts Volume Thirty-Four, 1820-1821 (Pages 6475-7261; Receipts 7239-7353)

Box 25, Folder 1: 6475-6502
Box 25, Folder 2: 6503-6536
Box 25, Folder 3: 6537-6580
Box 25, Folder 4: 6581-6616
Box 25, Folder 5: 6617-6648
Box 25, Folder 6: 6649-6690
Box 25, Folder 7: 6691-6722
Box 25, Folder 8: 6723-6756
Box 25, Folder 9: 6757-6786
Box 25, Folder 10: 6787-6832
Box 25, Folder 11: 6833-6896
Box 25, Folder 12: 6897-6986
Box 25, Folder 13: 6987-7036
Box 26, Folder 1: 7037-7094
Box 26, Folder 2: 7095-7158
Box 26, Folder 3: 7159-7204
Box 26, Folder 4: 7205-7228
Box 26, Folder 5: 7229-7239
Box 26, Folder 6: 7243-7261

 

Accounts Volume Forty-One (Blanchard and Lea), 1856-1857 (Receipts 1939-2124; 2133-2350)

Box 26, Folder 7: 1939-1986a
Box 26, Folder 8: 1986b-2012
Box 26, Folder 9: 2013-2040
Box 26, Folder 10: 2041-2082
Box 26, Folder 11: 2083-2112
Box 26, Folder 12: 2113-2124
Box 26, Folder 13: 2133-2162
Box 26, Folder 14: 2163-2187
Box 26, Folder 15: 2188-2207
Box 26, Folder 16: 2208-2253
Box 26, Folder 17: 2254-2266
Box 26, Folder 18: 2267-2286
Box 26, Folder 19: 2287-2312
Box 26, Folder 20: 2313-2336
Box 26, Folder 21: 2337-2350

 

Papers, n.d.; 1785-1847

Box 27, Folder 1: n.d.
Box 27, Folder 2: 1785-1814
Box 27, Folder 3: 1817-1825 Feb
Box 27, Folder 4: 1825 Mar-1826 Nov
Box 27, Folder 5: 1826 Dec
Box 27, Folder 6: 1827 Jan 4-19
Box 27, Folder 7: 1827 Jan 28-Feb 19
Box 27, Folder 8: 1827 Feb 21-Mar 6
Box 27, Folder 9: 1827 Mar 7-20
Box 27, Folder 10: 1827 Mar 22-Apr
Box 27, Folder 11: 1827 May
Box 27, Folder 12: 1827 Jul-Nov
Box 27, Folder 13: 1827 Dec-1828 May 21
Box 27, Folder 14: 1828 May 27-1830 Apr
Box 27, Folder 15: 1830 Jun-Sep
Box 27, Folder 16: 1830 Oct-1832
Box 27, Folder 17: [1833]; 1833 Apr-May 14
Box 27, Folder 18: 1833 May 15-30
Box 27, Folder 19: 1833 Jun
Box 27, Folder 20: 1833 Jul-1834 Jun 4
Box 27, Folder 21: 1834 Jun 12-1847

 

Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.

Box 27, Folder 22: Record of Donations and Bequests to Various Schools and Charities
Box 27, Folder 23: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box 27, Folder 24: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box 27, Folder 25: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box 27, Folder 26: Notebook re: advantages of temperance; includes “Rules of Temperance,” author unknown, n.d.
Box 27, Folder 27: List of Books
Box 27, Folder 28: Amendments
Box 27, Folder 29: Kane Antiquarian Auction, 1997 Apr 6 re: Mathew Carey items

 

FOLIO VOLUMES

Folio Volume 1: Accounts Volume Thirty-Five, 1802-1804 --index in front of volume
Folio Volume 2: Receipts Volume Thirty-Six, 1809-1813 --index in front of volume
Folio Volume 3: Receipts Volume Thirty-Seven, 1813-1823 --index in front of volume
Folio Volume 4: Accounts Volume Thirty-Eight (Carey, Lea and Company), 1833-1836 --index in front of volume
Folio Volume 5: Accounts Volume Thirty-Nine (Lea and Blanchard), 1838-1843 --index in front of volume
Folio Volume 6: Accounts Volume Forty (Blanchard and Lea), 1850-1859 --index in front of volume

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