Samuel Batchelder letters
This volume contains copies of legal documents regarding real estate and roads in Pennsylvania, written in a printed guide by Collison Read (1751-1815) entitled Precedents in the Office of a Justice of Peace... (1801). Some of the copied legal documents concern George Rapp (1757-1847) and his adopted son Frederick (1775-1834).
George Rapp, a German immigrant, founded a religious sect called the Harmony Society, and built the town of Harmony (or Harmonie), Pennsylvania, in 1805. The Harmony Society relocated to Indiana in 1815 and returned to Pennsylvania in 1824, where Rapp and his followers founded the town of Economy. Frederick Rapp oversaw the communities' finances and business affairs.