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Franklin and Marshall College Founding Documents Online
"An Act to Incorporate and endow the German College and Charity School in the borough and county of Lancaster in this state" (Franklin College Charter) - 1787
Printed text of the 1787 charter or act of the state legislature establishing
Franklin College. The original record is in the state archives.
The College Archives retains two handwritten, certified copies, the earliest
dating from 1818. This published version dates from 1912.
Order of procession and public worship to be observed in the dedication of Franklin College, in the borough and county of Lancaster = Ordnung welche in Absicht der Procession und öffentlichen Gottesdienstes bey der Einweihung der Franklinischen Deutschen Hohe Schule in der Stadt und Graffschaft Lancaster, zu beobachten. Philadelphia: Printed by Melchior Steiner, 1787
This printed broadside in both English and German was the program used for the formal opening of Franklin College on June 6, 1787. While Franklin did not attend the dedication, he appears to have received copies of the program and passed one on to the Frenchman Abbe Morellet who commented on the "toleration in practice" on the ecumenical religious services held in Lancaster.
A List of Scholars who have entered into the English School, Franklin College. Anno Domini 1787
List of the first students in the English school of Franklin College 1787-1788
opened on July 18, 1787. Among the students listed are those of the
Jewish Gratz family and children of the Lancaster portrait artist Jacob
Benjamin Rush letter to Mrs. Richard Stockton, June 19, 1787
Rush's letter to his mother-in-law is the best first-person account existing that describes the dedication ceremonies for Franklin College held on June 6, 1787.
Go to transcription and commentary by L.H. Butterfield A letter by Dr. Benjamin Rush, describing the consecration of the German college at Lancaster in June, 1787. Printed, with an introd. and notes, from a newly discovered manuscript, now in the Fackenthal library at Franklin and Marshall college. Lancaster: Franklin and Marshall College, 1945.
"An Act to Incorporate the Marshall College at Mercersburg" (Marshall College Charter) - 1836
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An Act to unite and consolidate Marshall College, now at Mercersburg, with Franklin College, now at Lancaster, under the name of "Franklin and Marshall College," a corporation, to be located in the city of Lancaster, or its immediate vicinity (Franklin and Marshall College Charter) - 1850
Deed for first 10 acres of land Jacob Griel to Franklin and Marshall College,
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