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Francis Lewis (3/21/1713 - 12/31/1802)
Borrowing activity from 6/2/1791 to 8/28/1800.
Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 31, 1802) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York.
Born in Llangurig, Powys, Wales, he was the child of Morgan Lewis and Anne Pettingale. He was educated in Scotland and attended Westminster School in England. He entered a mercantile house in London, then moved to Whitestone, New York in 1734. He was taken prisoner and shipped in a box to France while serving as a British mercantile agent in 1756. On his return to America, he became active in politics.
He was a member of the Committee of Sixty, a member of the New York Provincial Congress, and was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775. In 1778, he signed the United States Articles of Confederation. From 1779 to 1780, Lewis served as the Chairman of the Continental Board of Admiralty.
His home, located in Whitestone, in Queens, New York, was destroyed in the American Revolutionary War by British soldiers, who also arrested his wife and denied her a change of clothing or adequate food for weeks while in captivity.
His son Morgan Lewis served in the army during the Revolutionary War and later held many offices in New York State, including Governor.
|Full Title||Author||Volume||Date Out||Date In||Rep.||Fine||Ledger|
|Pierre-Raymond de Brisson||6/2/1791||6/3/1791|
|François Le Vaillant||Volume 1||6/6/1791||6/9/1791|
|Anna Maria Bennett||Volume 1||6/10/1791||6/14/1791|
|Charles Johnstone||Volume 1||6/14/1791||6/23/1791|
|Peter Henry Bruce||6/23/1791||6/27/1791|
|William Coxe||Volume 1||6/27/1791||7/1/1791|
|William Coxe||Volume 2||7/1/1791||7/2/1791|
|William Coxe||Volume 2||7/2/1791||7/6/1791|
|William Coxe||Volume 3||7/6/1791||7/9/1791|
|Maurice Auguste Benyowsky||Volume 1||7/12/1791||7/18/1791|
|Maurice Auguste Benyowsky||Volume 2||7/18/1791||7/20/1791|
The life of Jane de St. Remy de Valois, heretofore Countess de la Motte. containing a circumstantial and exact Detail of the many extraordinary Events which have attended this unfortunate Lady from her Birth, and contributed to raise her to the Dignity of Confidante and Favorite of the Queen of France; Some further particulars relative to the Mysterious Transaction of the diamond necklace; Her Trial, Condemnation, and Imprisonment in the Salpetriere; her almost miraculous Escape from thenceTranscribed: Mem de la Motte
|Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois||7/20/1791||7/25/1791|
|Henry Fielding||Volume 12||7/25/1791||7/30/1791|
A voyage to the East Indies; Containing authentic accounts of the Mogul Government in general, the Viceroyalties of the Decan and Bengal, with their several subordinate dependances. Of Angria, the Morattoes, and Tanjoreans. Of the Mahometan, Gentoo, and Parsee religions. Of their customs and antiquities, with general reflections on the trade of India. Of the European settlements, particularly those belonging to the English; their respective factories, governments; trade, fortifications and public buildingsTranscribed: Grace Voyage
|John Henry Grose||Volume 1||7/30/1791||8/6/1791|
A voyage to the East Indies; Containing authentic accounts of the Mogul Government in general, the Viceroyalties of the Decan and Bengal, with their several subordinate dependances. Of Angria, the Morattoes, and Tanjoreans. Of the Mahometan, Gentoo, and Parsee religions. Of their customs and antiquities, with general reflections on the trade of India. Of the European settlements, particularly those belonging to the English; their respective factories, governments; trade, fortifications and public buildingsTranscribed: "
|John Henry Grose||Volume 2||8/6/1791||8/16/1791|
|Charles Churchill||Volume 1||10/15/1791||10/21/1791|
|Charles Churchill||Volume 2||10/21/1791||10/26/1791|
|Bernard Mandeville||Volume 2||11/1/1791||11/10/1791|
The history of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the present Emperor of Persia. To which is prefix’d a short history of the Moghol emperors. At the end is inserted, a catalogue of about two hundred manuscripts in the Persic and other oriental languages, collected in the East. By James Fraser.Transcribed: Nadir Shah
|Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon||Volume 1||11/11/1791||11/19/1791|
|John Sheffield Duke of Buckingham||Volume 1||11/24/1791||11/28/1791|
|John Sheffield Duke of Buckingham||11/28/1791||12/8/1791|
|Oliver Goldsmith||Volume 1||12/23/1791||12/28/1791|
|Elizabeth Blower||Volume 1||1/17/1792||1/19/1792|
|Elizabeth Blower||Volume 2||1/19/1792||1/20/1792|
|Elizabeth Blower||Volume 3||1/20/1792||1/26/1792|
|Richard Savage||Volume 1||1/26/1792||1/31/1792|
|Richard Savage||Volume 2||1/31/1792||2/7/1792|
|Charles Churchill||Volume 2||2/16/1792||2/21/1792|
|Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield||Volume 1||2/21/1792||2/25/1792|
Memoires of the reign of King Charles I. Containing The most remarkable Occurrences of that Reign, and setting many Secret Passages thereof in a clear Light. With Impartial Characters of man Great Persons on both Sides, who chiefly govern’d the Counsels and Actions of that Scene of Affairs. Together with a continuation to the happy restauration of King Charles II. By Sir Philip Warwick, Knight. Published from the original manuscript with An Alphabetical Table.Transcribed: Charles 1st
|Sir Philip Warwick||3/7/1792||3/14/1792|
|Nathaniel Wanley||Volume 2||3/17/1792||3/20/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 1||3/21/1792||3/27/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 2||3/27/1792||4/2/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 3||4/2/1792||4/7/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 4||4/7/1792||4/11/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 5||4/11/1792||4/14/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 6||4/14/1792||4/18/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 7||4/19/1792||4/25/1792|
|Giovanni Paolo Marana||Volume 8||4/25/1792||4/28/1792|
|Richard Paul Jodrell||4/30/1792||5/7/1792|
|Tobias Smollett||Volume 2||8/25/1800||8/28/1800|