John Nicholson Papers
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Personal, business, and legal papers from the estate of John Nicholson (d. 1800), financier, businessman, comptroller general of Pennsylvania, anti-Federalist pamphleteer, land speculator, and publisher. Nicholson was born in Wales, emigrated to Philadelphia prior to the American Revolution, and engaged in a variety of business enterprises, including button, iron, and glass manufacturing and real estate developments. He later became the partner of Robert Morris in land speculation and development. With Morris he promoted the development of Washington, D.C., and formed the Asylum Company involving hundreds of thousands of acres on the Susquehanna as a haven for French refugees. Legal papers, business accounts, impeachment papers, and estate settlement papers in the Pennsylvania State Archives were not microfilmed.