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
Box1, Folder 1: 0-26
Box1, Folder 2: 27-56
Box1, Folder 3: 57-84
Box1, Folder 4: 85-112
Box1, Folder 5: 113-142
Box1, Folder 6: 143-163
Box1, Folder 7: 164-189
Box1, Folder 8: 190-217
Box1, Folder 9: 218-240
Box1, Folder 10: 241-266
Box1, Folder 11: 267-286
Box1, Folder 12: 287-302
Box1, Folder 13: 303-321

 

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

Box1, Folder 14: 322-347 (except 344-347)
Box1, Folder 15: 348-367
Box2, Folder 1: 368-400
Box2, Folder 2: 401-440
Box2, Folder 3: 441-476
Box2, Folder 4: 477-514
Box2, Folder 5: 515-548
Box2, Folder 6: 549-578
Box2, Folder 7: 579-618
Box2, Folder 8: 619-648
Box2, Folder 9: 649-705

 

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

Box2, Folder 10: 706-753
Box2, Folder 11: 754-811
Box2, Folder 12: 812-883
Box2, Folder 13: 884-951
Box2, Folder 14: 952-1027
Box2, Folder 15: 1028-1084

 

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

Box3, Folder 1: 1085-1105
Box3, Folder 2: 1106-1165
Box3, Folder 3: 1166-1222
Box3, Folder 4: 1223-1285
Box3, Folder 5: 1286-1344
Box3, Folder 6: 1345-1410
Box3, Folder 7: 1411-1466

 

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

Box3, Folder 8: 1467-1489
Box3, Folder 9: 1490-1544
Box3, Folder 10: 1545-1600
Box3, Folder 11: 1601-1649
Box3, Folder 12: 1650-1694
Box3, Folder 13: 1695-1742
Box3, Folder 14: 1743-1790
Box3, Folder 15: 1791-1855
Box4, Folder 1: 1856-1892

 

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

Box4, Folder 2: 1893-1913
Box4, Folder 3: 1914-1974
Box4, Folder 4: 1975-2034
Box4, Folder 5: 2035-2082
Box4, Folder 6 2083-2134
Box4, Folder 7: 2135-2187
Box4, Folder 8: 2188-2231
Box4, Folder 9: 2232-2292
Box4, Folder 10: 2293-2328

 

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

Box4, Folder 11: 2329-2348
Box4, Folder 12: 2349-2402
Box4, Folder 13: 2403-2442
Box4, Folder 14: 2443-2493
Box4, Folder 15: 2494-2533
Box5, Folder 1: 2534-2559
Box5, Folder 2: 2560-2581
Box5, Folder 3: 2582-2619
Box5, Folder 4: 2620-2645

 

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

Box5, Folder 5: 2646-2698
Box5, Folder 6: 2699-2723
Box5, Folder 7: 2724-2749
Box5, Folder 8: 2750-2786
Box5, Folder 9: 2787-2813
Box5, Folder 10: 2814-2851
Box5, Folder 11: 2852-2878
Box5, Folder 12: 2879-2901
Box5, Folder 13: 2902-2929a
Box5, Folder 14: 2930-2946
Box5, Folder 15: 2947-2966

 

Please note:
Accounts Volumes Nine-Twelve are owned by neither AAS nor the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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

Box6, Folder 1: 4544-4594
Box6, Folder 2: 4595-4649
Box6, Folder 3: 4650-4696b
Box6, Folder 4: 4697-4705
Box6, Folder 5: 4706-4771
Box6, Folder 6: 4772-4818c

 

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

Box6, Folder 7: 4819-4867
Box6, Folder 8: 4868-4925
Box6, Folder 9: 4926-5011
Box6, Folder 10: 5012-5130
Box6, Folder 11: 5131-5184
Box6, Folder 12: 5185-5249
Box6, Folder 13: 5250-5308
Box6, Folder 14: 5309-5377
Box6, Folder 15: 5378-5446

 

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

Box7, Folder 1: 5447-5557
Box7, Folder 2: 5558-5624
Box7, Folder 3: 5625-5714
Box7, Folder 4: 5715-5780
Box7, Folder 5: 5781-5842
Box7, Folder 6: 5843-5911
Box7, Folder 7: 5912-5919
Box7, Folder 8: 5920-5931
Box7, Folder 9: 5932-5944
Box7, Folder 10: 5945-5953
Box7, Folder 11: 5954-5960
Box7, Folder 12: 5961-5971
Box7, Folder 13: 5972-5982
Box7, Folder 14: 5983-5990
Box7, Folder 15: 5991-6002

 

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

Box8, Folder 1: 6003-6128
Box8, Folder 2: 6129-6314
Box8, Folder 3: 6315-6462
Box8, Folder 4: 6463-6575
Box8, Folder 5: 6576-6707
Box8, Folder 6: 6708-6779j
Box8, Folder 7: 6780-6806
Box8, Folder 8: 6807-6819
Box8, Folder 9: 6820-6834
Box8, Folder 10: 6835-6842
Box8, Folder 11: 6843-6858
Box8, Folder 12: 6859-6867
Box8, Folder 13: 6868-6890
Box8, Folder 14: 6891-6902
Box8, Folder 15: 6903-6910

 

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

Box9, Folder 1: 6912-6998
Box9, Folder 2: 6999-7125
Box9, Folder 3: 7126-7238
Box9, Folder 4: 7239-7353
Box9, Folder 5: 7354-7479
Box9, Folder 6: 7480-7603
Box9, Folder 7: 7604-7630
Box9, Folder 8: 7631-7649
Box9, Folder 9: 7650-7677
Box9, Folder 10: 7678-7699
Box9, Folder 11: 7700-7713

 

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

Box9, Folder 12: 7714-7782
Box9, Folder 13: 7783-7899
Box9, Folder 14: 7900-8025
Box9, Folder 15: 8026-8115

Box10, Folder 1: 8116-8191
Box10, Folder 2: 8192-8216
Box10, Folder 3: 8217-8238
Box10, Folder 4: 8239-8260
Box10, Folder 5: 8261-8285
Box10, Folder 6: 8286-8299
Box10, Folder 7: 8300-8310

 

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

Box10, Folder 8: 8311-8410
Box10, Folder 9: 8411-8532
Box10, Folder 10: 8533-8642
Box10, Folder 11: 8643-8744
Box10, Folder 12: 8745-8823
Box10, Folder 13: 8824-8935
Box10, Folder 14: 8936-8999
Box10, Folder 15: 9000-9015
Box11, Folder 1: 9016-9037
Box11, Folder 2: 9038-9061
Box11, Folder 3: 9062-9075
Box11, Folder 4: 9076-9109
Box11, Folder 5: 9110-9124
Box11, Folder 6: 9125-9143
Box11, Folder 7: 9144-9169
Box11, Folder 8: 9170-9185
Box11, Folder 9: 9186-9204

 

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

Box11, Folder 10: 1-22
Box11, Folder 11: 23-54
Box11, Folder 12: 55-92
Box11, Folder 13: 93-124
Box11, Folder 14: 125-157
Box11, Folder 15: 158-182
Box12, Folder 1: 183-214
Box12, Folder 2: 215-244
Box12, Folder 3: 245-262
Box12, Folder 4: 263-288
Box12, Folder 5: 289-306
Box12, Folder 6: 307-320
Box12, Folder 7: 321-350
Box12, Folder 8: 351-371
Box12, Folder 9: 372-402
Box12, Folder 10: 403-432
Box12, Folder 11: 433-466
Box12, Folder 12: 467-482
Box12, Folder 13: 483-510
Box12, Folder 14: 511-527
Box12, Folder 15: 528-534

 

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

Box13, Folder 1: 535-558
Box13, Folder 2: 559-592
Box13, Folder 3: 593-640
Box13, Folder 4: 641-676
Box13, Folder 5: 677-714
Box13, Folder 6: 715-768
Box13, Folder 7: 769-825
Box13, Folder 8: 826-872
Box13, Folder 9: 873-912
Box13, Folder 10: 913-945
Box13, Folder 11: 946-973
Box13, Folder 12: 974-1008
Box13, Folder 13: 1009-1037
Box13, Folder 14: 1038-1057
Box13, Folder 15: 1058-1076

 

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

Box14, Folder 1: 1077-1097
Box14, Folder 2: 1098-1119
Box14, Folder 3: 1120-1141
Box14, Folder 4: 1142-1167
Box14, Folder 5: 1168-1191
Box14, Folder 6: 1192-1212
Box14, Folder 7: 1213-1237
Box14, Folder 8: 1238-1258
Box14, Folder 9: 1259-1284
Box14, Folder 10: 1285-1305
Box14, Folder 11: 1306-1336
Box14, Folder 12: 1337-1361
Box14, Folder 13: 1362-1379
Box14, Folder 14: 1380-1391
Box14, Folder 15: 1392-1403

 

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

Box15, Folder 1: 1404-1433
Box15, Folder 2: 1434-1451
Box15, Folder 3: 1452-1481
Box15, Folder 4: 1482-1501
Box15, Folder 5: 1502-1538
Box15, Folder 6: 1539-1596
Box15, Folder 7: 1597-1647
Box15, Folder 8: 1648-1702
Box15, Folder 9: 1703-1725
Box15, Folder 10: 1726-1759
Box15, Folder 11: 1760-1799
Box15, Folder 12: 1800-1842
Box15, Folder 13: 1843-1882
Box15, Folder 14: 1883-1912
Box15, Folder 15: 1913-1945

 

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

Box16, Folder 1: 1946-1975
Box16, Folder 2: 1976-2003
Box16, Folder 3: 2004-2035
Box16, Folder 4: 2036-2060
Box16, Folder 5: 2061-2090
Box16, Folder 6: 2091-2124
Box16, Folder 7: 2125-2155
Box16, Folder 8: 2156-2195
Box16, Folder 9: 2196-2236
Box16, Folder 10: 2237-2266
Box16, Folder 11: 2267-2298
Box16, Folder 12: 2299-2320
Box16, Folder 13: 2321-2372
Box16, Folder 14: 2373-2399
Box16, Folder 15: 2400-2431

 

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

Box17, Folder 1: 2432-2462
Box17, Folder 2: 2463-2493
Box17, Folder 3: 2494-2527
Box17, Folder 4: 2528-2570
Box17, Folder 5: 2571-2615
Box17, Folder 6: 2616-2701
Box17, Folder 7: 2702-2729
Box17, Folder 8: 2730-2759

 

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

Box17, Folder 9: 2760-2791
Box17, Folder 10: 2792-2823
Box17, Folder 11: 2824-2855
Box17, Folder 12: 2856-2895
Box17, Folder 13: 2896-2921
Box17, Folder 14: 2922-2953
Box17, Folder 15: 2954-2974
Box18, Folder 1: 2975-2990
Box18, Folder 2: 2991-3010
Box18, Folder 3: 3011-3029
Box18, Folder 4: 3030-3052
Box18, Folder 5: 3053-3076
Box18, Folder 6: 3077-3101
Box18, Folder 7: 3102-3118
Box18, Folder 8: 3119-3129

 

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

Box18, Folder 9: 3130-3155
Box18, Folder 10: 3156-3197
Box18, Folder 11: 3198-3223
Box18, Folder 12: 3224-3247
Box18, Folder 13: 3248-3271
Box18, Folder 14: 3272-3295
Box18, Folder 15: 3296-3319
Box19, Folder 1: 3320-3345
Box19, Folder 2: 3346-3369
Box19, Folder 3: 3370-3393
Box19, Folder 4: 3394-3429
Box19, Folder 5: 3430-3477
Box19, Folder 6: 3478-3533
Box19, Folder 7: 3534-3551
Box19, Folder 8: 3552-3583
Box19, Folder 9: 3584-3615
Box19, Folder 10: 3616-3644

 

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

Box19, Folder 11: 4000-4021
Box19, Folder 12: 4022-4063
Box19, Folder 13: 4064-4090
Box19, Folder 14: 4091-4118
Box19, Folder 15: 4119-4147
Box20, Folder 1: 4148-4180
renumbering begins here
Box20, Folder 2: 4081-4104
Box20, Folder 3: 4105-4125
Box20, Folder 4: 4126-4146
Box20, Folder 5: 4147a-4178
Box20, Folder 6: 4179-4206
Box20, Folder 7: 4207-4234
Box20, Folder 8: 4235-4254
Box20, Folder 9: 4255-4273
Box20, Folder 10: 4274-4291

 

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

Box20, Folder 11: 4293-4314
Box20, Folder 12: 4315-4342
Box20, Folder 13: 4343-4366
Box20, Folder 14: 4367-4407
Box20, Folder 15: 4408-4441
Box21, Folder 1: 4442-4483
Box21, Folder 2: 4484-4505
Box21, Folder 3: 4506-4535
Box21, Folder 4: 4536-4569
Box21, Folder 5: 4570-4615
Box21, Folder 6: 4616-4649
Box21, Folder 7: 4650-4664
Box21, Folder 8: 4665-4695
Box21, Folder 9: 4696-4719

 

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

Box21, Folder 10: 4720-4755
Box21, Folder 11: 4756-4783
Box21, Folder 12: 4784-4817
Box21, Folder 13: 4818-4855
Box21, Folder 14: 4856-4883
Box21, Folder 15: 4884-4909
Box22, Folder 1: 4910-4941
Box22, Folder 2: 4942-4991
Box22, Folder 3: 4992-5013
Box22, Folder 4: 5014-5035
Box22, Folder 5: 5036-5071
Box22, Folder 6: 5072-5097
Box22, Folder 7: 5098-5122

 

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

Box22, Folder 8: 5123-5148
Box22, Folder 9: 5149-5192
Box22, Folder 10: 5193-5238
Box22, Folder 11: 5239-5274
Box22, Folder 12: 5275-5310
Box22, Folder 13: 5311-5348
Box22, Folder 14: 5349-5388
Box22, Folder 15: 5389-5426
Box23, Folder 1: 5427-5468
Box23, Folder 2: 5469-5490
Box23, Folder 3: 5491-5514
Box23, Folder 4: 5515-5542
Box23, Folder 5: 5543-5568
Box23, Folder 6: 5569-5588
Box23, Folder 7: 5589-5600

 

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

Box23, Folder 8: 5601-5641
Box23, Folder 9: 5642-5687
Box23, Folder 10: 5688-5723
Box23, Folder 11: 5724-5758
Box23, Folder 12: 5759-5796
Box23, Folder 13: 5797-5831
Box23, Folder 14: 5832-5856
Box23, Folder 15: 5857-5870

 

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

Box24, Folder 1: 5871-5896
Box24, Folder 2: 5897-5932
Box24, Folder 3: 5933-5961
Box24, Folder 4: 5962-6007
Box24, Folder 5: 6008-6056
Box24, Folder 6: 6057-6108
Box24, Folder 7: 6109-6144
Box24, Folder 8: 6145-6184
Box24, Folder 9: 6185-6227
Box24, Folder 10: 6228-6278
Box24, Folder 11: 6279-6310
Box24, Folder 12: 6311-6352
Box24, Folder 13: 6353-6401
Box24, Folder 14: 6402-6450
Box24, Folder 15: 6451-6474

 

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

Box25, Folder 1: 6475-6502
Box25, Folder 2: 6503-6536
Box25, Folder 3: 6537-6580
Box25, Folder 4: 6581-6616
Box25, Folder 5: 6617-6648
Box25, Folder 6: 6649-6690
Box25, Folder 7: 6691-6722
Box25, Folder 8: 6723-6756
Box25, Folder 9: 6757-6786
Box25, Folder 10: 6787-6832
Box25, Folder 11: 6833-6896
Box25, Folder 12: 6897-6986
Box25, Folder 13: 6987-7036
Box26, Folder 1: 7037-7094
Box26, Folder 2: 7095-7158
Box26, Folder 3: 7159-7204
Box26, Folder 4: 7205-7228
Box26, Folder 5: 7229-7239
Box26, Folder 6: 7243-7261

 

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

Box26, Folder 7: 1939-1986a
Box26, Folder 8: 1986b-2012
Box26, Folder 9: 2013-2040
Box26, Folder 10: 2041-2082
Box26, Folder 11: 2083-2112
Box26, Folder 12: 2113-2124
Box26, Folder 13: 2133-2162
Box26, Folder 14: 2163-2187
Box26, Folder 15: 2188-2207
Box26, Folder 16: 2208-2253
Box26, Folder 17: 2254-2266
Box26, Folder 18: 2267-2286
Box26, Folder 19: 2287-2312
Box26, Folder 20: 2313-2336
Box26, Folder 21: 2337-2350

 

Papers, n.d.; 1785-1847

Box27, Folder 1: n.d.
Box27, Folder 2: 1785-1814
Box27, Folder 3: 1817-1825 Feb
Box27, Folder 4: 1825 Mar-1826 Nov
Box27, Folder 5: 1826 Dec
Box27, Folder 6: 1827 Jan 4-19
Box27, Folder 7: 1827 Jan 28-Feb 19
Box27, Folder 8: 1827 Feb 21-Mar 6
Box27, Folder 9: 1827 Mar 7-20
Box27, Folder 10: 1827 Mar 22-Apr
Box27, Folder 11: 1827 May
Box27, Folder 12: 1827 Jul-Nov
Box27, Folder 13: 1827 Dec-1828 May 21
Box27, Folder 14: 1828 May 27-1830 Apr
Box27, Folder 15: 1830 Jun-Sep
Box27, Folder 16: 1830 Oct-1832
Box27, Folder 17: [1833]; 1833 Apr-May 14
Box27, Folder 18: 1833 May 15-30
Box27, Folder 19: 1833 Jun
Box27, Folder 20: 1833 Jul-1834 Jun 4
Box27, Folder 21: 1834 Jun 12-1847

 

Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.

Box27, Folder 22: Record of Donations and Bequests to Various Schools and Charities
Box27, Folder 23: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box27, Folder 24: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box27, Folder 25: Miscellaneous Papers, n.d.
Box27, Folder 26: Notebook re: advantages of temperance; includes “Rules of Temperance,” author unknown, n.d.
Box27, Folder 27: List of Books
Box27, Folder 28: Amendments
Box27, Folder 29: Kane Antiquarian Auction, 1997 Apr 6 re: Mathew Carey items

 

FOLIO VOLUMES

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

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