Subseries A: Accounts (Boxes 62-63)
Many of the properties owned by Pennsylvania Hospital were
managed by real estate agents who collected rent, paid bills
for the properties, and dealt with tenant issues. This subseries
is composed of the receipted bills and correspondence of these
agents. Because of variations in record-keeping, or the transfer
of records, some materials may have become separated from
the original grouping of receipts. These receipts may also
be located in subseries J: Taxes, as well as in series one,
subseries A: Accounts Payable, or in series three, subseries
Subseries B: Correspondence (Boxes 63-65)
The Correspondence subseries consists of letters regarding
transfer of ownership, management, and purchase of land; much
of this correspondence references land owned by John Keble
and Emmor Kimber.
Subseries C: Deeds (Boxes 65, 68, 68.1, flat
Though small, this subseries is one of the most interesting
in the Real Estate papers because of the highly varied forms
of parchment and paper deeds included. The earliest deed is
from 1724, the latest from 1920. In addition to their utility
in tracing the ownership of various plots of land, the parchment
deeds are in excellent physical condition, making them fine
examples of real estate documents in the 18th century. Oversize
materials are housed separately.
Subseries D: Ground Rents (Box 65)
This subseries is comprised of records of payments by tenants,
leases for properties owned by the Hospital, and legal opinions
regarding actions taken with tenants.
Subseries E: Insurance (Boxes 66, 68)
This subseries consists of fire insurance policies from
various insurance companies. Oversize materials are housed
Subseries F: Mortgages (Boxes 61, 66, 68, 68.1,
Encompassing a wide range of document types, the Mortgages
subseries is comprised of bonds, title searches, mortgages,
receipts, and other miscellaneous papers. There is some overlap
between this subseries and the Properties subseries, though
the primary division is based on the fact that papers grouped
in the Mortgages subseries most often reference property owners
as opposed to the properties themselves. Oversize documents
are housed separately.
Subseries G: Properties (Boxes 66-68)
This subseries contains materials relating to the John Keble
and Emmor Kimber properties, including bonds, statements,
surveys, power of attorney documents, and titles. In addition
to the Keble and Kimber properties, there are records pertaining
to several properties in West Philadelphia.
Subseries H: Taxes (Box 67)
Though the majority of this subseries consists of bills
and receipts for taxes, a particularly interesting aspect
of this subseries is the group of correspondence and legal
opinions regarding the Hospital’s non-payment of taxes
in the early nineteenth century. Because of the Managers’
insistence that they should not have to pay taxes, some property
was liquidated at Sheriff’s sales. After several years
of protest, the Legislature ultimately granted the Hospital
its tax exempt status.
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