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Thomas Leiper free pdf Excerpt from Thomas Leiper: Lieutenant of Light Horse, Patriot and Financier in the Revolution- And Pioneer in the Developement of Industries and Inland Commerce in Pennsylvania The early annals of the three original counties of Pennsylvania and the story of their rapid settlement with people drawn by the beneficent principles of the "Holy Experiment" from the bondage of foreign lands, have always presented a ready and fruitful field for historical research. Under the wise laws and a liberal government instituted by the founder and Proprietary, whose ideas of religious tolerance were the far-reaching influence to this end, Philadelphia very soon became the most cosmopolitan city in the New World, and equally distinguished for the thrift, progressiveness and intellectuality of her citizens. The light which the pre-Revolutionary newspapers throw upon her history shows that in the last days of the Colonial era, her merchants, factors, traders, shippers and farmers exalted Philadelphia, and she thus became the wealthiest and most conservative of centres, a position unique and preeminent in her relation to the capitals of the neighboring provinces. As we scan the fading pages of our ancient city press we may learn of the genesis of many of the leading families of these later times, whose foundations of wealth were laid in the hive of a relentless industry which characterized the home of their vigorous ancestry. Among those names most frequently mentioned we come across one belonging to an early citizen whose prominence and genius have been little heard of by this generation. Thomas Leiper, for sixty-odd years, was a useful and influential figure in the activities of the last century. He found the opportunity while building up his own private fortunes to devote a great deal of his time, energy and capital to the advancement of the growing municipality. This notable person came from Scotland in 1746, a youth of nineteen, and settled in Virginia. He was a younger son of Thomas Leiper, a Scottish patrician, and his wife who was Helen Hamilton (of the family of Kipe and Stane-House). On his father's side the lad was descended from an ancestor of French origin who had come to Scotland, it is said, in the court of Mary Stuart, when that beautiful but erratic Queen returned to ascend the throne in 1561. Though destined by his parents for the Kirk, the death of his father and the passing of the ancestral estate into the possession of an elder brother, diverted the young man from his intended career and determined him to come to America. Here he arrived with four brothers, in the year above stated. While in Virginia, young Leiper became interested in the tobacco business. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Samuel Gordon Smyth
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 133220449X
EAN : 9781332204496
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 20 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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