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Joshua Gilpin notebook

Accession 1214

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Joshua Gilpin notebook
Dates: 1800-1831
Accession Number: 1214
Creator: Gilpin, Joshua, 1765-1841.
Extent: 1 volume [microfilm]
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Joshua Gilpin (1765-1841) was a Philadelphia merchant and paper manufacturer. HIs notebook describes the process of chlorine bleaching, with drawings and formulae.

Administrative Information

Location of Originals

Originals privately owned.

Use Restrictions

Literary rights retained by owner of original.


Biographical Note

Joshua Gilpin, a merchant and paper manufacturer, was born in Philadelphia on November 8, 1765, the son of Thomas Gilpin (1728-1778), a merchant and flour miller. Gilpin inherited his father's business and in 1787 established Delaware's first paper mill on the Brandywine Creek near Wilmington with his brother, Thomas, and his uncle, Miers Fisher. Joshua Gilpin made two extensive tours of England and the Continent in 1795-1801 and 1811-1815, during which he examined many of the latest advances in technology and machinery. During the second trip, he was able to examine the continuous papermaking machine of John Dickinson. His brother, Thomas, "invented" and patented a similar machine, the first of its kind in the U.S., in 1817. It was set up in the brothers' Brandywine Mill. Although successful, the Gilpins suffered from a shortage of capital and losses on other investments, and they sold the paper mill in 1837.


Scope and Content

The notebook describes the process of chlorine bleaching, with drawings and formulae. The Gilpins used chlorine for bleaching the rags used to make paper.


Access Points

Paper industry--Delaware.