Reading Company file related to the Pinkerton Detective Agency

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Reports and billings for Pinkerton detectives employed by Franklin B. Gowen, president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, on three different missions. The first involved violence in the Anthracite Coal Region, 1873-1880. James McParlan was commissioned to infiltrate the alleged Molly Maguires, a secret Irish organization that practiced retributive murders and beatings against bosses and rival ethnic gangs. Two other agents were sent to collect information and infiltrate the miners’ union during the Long Strike of 1875, and Robert J. Linden was sent to organize a company police force to protect property and arrest suspects. Gowen also had Pinkertons shadow a committee of the state legislature investigating the Reading’s activities during the strike. Lastly, Gowen used Pinkertons to track lobbyists of the rival Pennsylvania Railroad and legislators suspected of receiving bribes to have the state assume the claims arising out of riot damage during the great 1877 railroad strike and to report on the progress of their trials in 1880.

    Note: This online collection includes the Molly Maguire materials in Hagley Library’s collection of Reading Company records (with the exception of 8 volumes of stenographic reports of trial proceedings for John Donohue, Patrick Hester, Martin Bergen, James McDonnell and Charles Sharpe).
    The Reading Company collection has not been digitized in its entirety. Click here for a detailed description of the Pinkerton detective case files. For more information on the Reading Company records, click here to view the finding aid.

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Statement of John Brennan
Regarding the murder of Burns., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Court Notes, 1880-03-09
Court notes regarding Petroff, William J. Pollock, Edward Saw, Robert Gillespie, Robert S. Frazer, and Samuel Huhn., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Private, 'To the M. and L. B. A. of Schuylkill County, Pottsville,' 1875-04-10 [Copy]
Private circular to Miners' and Laborers' Benevolent Association members discussing changes to union strategy., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-01-04
Correspondence regarding a young man who witnessed a fire and recognized the men who set it., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for investigations regarding Molly Maguires from 1878-03-01 to 1878-04-27
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co totaling $968.72. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, telegraph costs, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-06-15
Communication encloses the report of operative Robert J. Linden, who has been assigned to form a "flying squad" of Coal & Iron Police to investigate depredations on company roads. The operative is at Ashland, Pa. and is available to make arrests when the opportunity arises. The report covers 1875-05-06 to 1875-05-22., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-03-31
Communication encloses the report of James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has been assigned to visit and report on the Molly Maguires. McParlan reports from Shenandoah City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he has successfully infiltrated the organization, and the report covers the time period from 1875-03-06 to 1875-03-30. Among other updates on the organization's recent movements, McParlan mentions the preparations being made for St. Patrick's Day., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-08-07
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of operative, A. T. L., on the Investigating Committee, and the report runs from 1875-07-13 to 1875-08-03., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Howard B. Hanmore to [Henry Pleasants ?], 1875-04-15
Correspondence requesting payment for services., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-04-15
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of William McC., who is operating among the coal miners at St. Nicholas, Pennsylvania. The report primarily details local union activities and the state of the labor strike, and the report includes the time period from to 1875-04-02 to 1875-04-13., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Truth to Franklin B. Gowen, 1880-03-08
Correspondence from an anonymous company employee regarding promotions., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1874-12-12
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of P. M. Cummings, an operative assigned to join and observe the miners union at St. Clair, Pennsylvania. The report includes the time period from 1874-11-02 to 1874-12-09 and contains information on the views of the miners, the standing of the union, the union's plans as regards the late suspension, and the union's plans for 1875., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of expenses incurred by operatives of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in Schuylkill County, Pa. during Molly Maguires' investigation
Expense account to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for services rendered and expenses incurred. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, R. J. Linden to B. Franklin, 1877-09-12
Correspondence regarding the case of Commonwealth vs. Dennis \"Bucky\" Donnelly., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of Locations to meet [R. J.] Linden
Written on Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road letterhead and signed by Gowen., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ritual for Subordinate Lodges of the Universal Brotherhood
Detailed steps of the ritual taken by the Universal Brotherhood during their Introductory Ceremony., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-18
Correspondence regarding Thomas Macauley., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-06-20
Communication encloses a synopsis of the report of operative James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has become a member of the Molly Maguires. McParlan reports from Shenandoah City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and the report covers the time period from 1875-04-13 to 1875-05-12. McParlan details, among other things, his investigation into an act of sabotage in which a load of iron had been dumped from a railroad car., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Synopsis of report from Philadelphia relating to trials at Harrisburg
Writer gives an account of his meetings with various people. Among others, names mentioned include Robert Graves, Salter, Thomas Ashton, D. C. Clarke, Samuel Huhn, George F. Smith, and Robert Gillespie., Full handwritten report found at Hagley ID: 1520_1001_04_22., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during investigation of depredations of miners and Molly Maguires against persons and property in the coal regions
Service and expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for operations in early 1876. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, telegraph costs, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency on special operation
Service and expense account to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for operations between 1876-12-01 to 1877-03-17. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-03-22
Correspondence regarding a connection with the Molly Maguires who may lead them to a clue., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during miners' investigations, 1876-02-05
Service and expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, laundry, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unsigned report from Philadelphia relating to trials at Harrisburg, 1880-03-06
Writer gives an account of his meetings with various people. Among others, names mentioned include Robert Graves, Salter, Thomas Ashton, D. C. Clarke, Samuel Huhn, George F. Smith, and Robert Gillespie., Typewritten synopsis of this report at Hagley ID: 1520_1001_04_21., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, J. H. Butler to [Franklin B. Gowen], 1876-09-17
Memo requesting work., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Commonwealth vs. John Kehoe et al.
From cover: \"Report of the case of the Commonwealth vs. John Kehoe et al., members of the ancient order of Hibernians, commonly known as \"Molly Maguires.\" Indicted in the court of quarter sessions of the peace, for Schuylkill County, Penna., for an aggravated assault and battery with intent to kill Wm. M. Thomas. With the testimony and arguments of counsel in full, stenographically reported by R. A. West.\, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-04
Correspondence regarding evidence against Molly Maguire members who allegedly set fire to the shaft on February 15, 1875., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for Molly Maguires operations from 1878-02-03 to 1878-03-02
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, telegraph costs, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Robert J. Linden of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in connection with the arrests and trials of the Molly Maguires in Schuylkill County, Pa.
Service and expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, telegraph costs, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for investigations connected with the Burus murder by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency operatives
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, telegraph costs, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and George H. Bangs to Franklin B. Gowen, 1877-10-18
Communication concerning an operation being conducted by the New York agency in the Luzerne Coal District. The report gives an account of a meeting of Molly Maguires at Bellevue, Pa., on the property of a Scranton, Pa., police officer on 1877-10-15. The account includes a list of names of every person present at the meeting and details the 'goods' adopted at the meeting as coded communication signals for members of the branch., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-02-15
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of P. M. Cummings, an operative assigned to join and observe the miners union at St. Clair, Pennsylvania. The report includes the time period from to 1875-01-19 to 1875-02-07., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Statement, Sylvester A. Smith to Franklin B. Gowen, 1879-12-15
Statement of facts presented by Sylvester A. Smith, witness, to Franklin B. Gowen, which includes mention of people such as John Veith, Jas. Kealy, A.A. Heim, C.F. Heim, and others., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Commonwealth vs. Bucky Donnelly
Commonwealth versus [illegible name] under alias Bucky for the murder of Thomas Sanger and William Urere, Sept. 1st, 1875. Statement of Patrick Butler, Sept 24, 1876., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in making investigation of depredations of miners and Molly Maguires against persons and property in the coal regions
Service and expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. totaling $2551.65. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, telegraph costs, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for special operations by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency from 1878-03-03 to 1878-04-27
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, telegraph costs, drinks, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-06-16
Communication encloses the report of operative, R. J. L. (likely R. J. Linden), who has been assigned to investigate men suspected of committing depredations on company roads. The operative is at Shenandoah City, Schuylkill County, Pa., and is awaiting an opportunity to make arrests in the case. The report covers 1875-05-24 to 1875-06-14 and includes details on miners' attitudes toward the current strike., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency furnishing special guards and investigating depredations in Schuylkill County
Expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for services rendered and expenses incurred from 1875-07-01 to 1875-09-30. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Thomas McGee to John B. Louvett, 1875-07-01
Correspondence regarding McGee's whereabouts and health. Letter includes correspondence to both Louvett and to McGee's mother., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-03-02
Communication encloses the report of William McK., who is operating among the coal miners at St. Nicholas, Pennsylvania. The report primarily details local union meetings and includes the time period from to 1875-02-13 to 1875-02-26., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-07-31
Communication encloses a synopsis of the report of operative James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has become a member of the Molly Maguires at Shenandoah City, Pa. The report covers the time period from 1875-07-01 to 1875-07-24. McParlan details current sentiments among the Molly Maguires and the members' attitude toward the company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Daniel McCarthy to J. S. Snyder, 1876-09-04
Correspondence regarding O'Donnell, James McAllester, Peter Cherry, Patrick Casserly, John Durm, John McCann, and James Kerrigan., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-23
Correspondence regarding the men allegedly involved in the shaft fire. Includes names such as Thomas Macauley, Jack McEntee, John Durkin, Jack McCullion, and Jimmy Mullen., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-14
Correspondence regarding John McEntee and Tom Macauley and information about the shaft fire., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1874-11-13
Communication encloses the report of James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has been assigned to infiltrate and report on the Molly Maguires. The report includes the time period from 1874-08-27 to 1874-10-22., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-02
Correspondence regarding an article written by an unknown author published in the \"Philadelphia Times\" and \"Miner's Journal.\, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Howard B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-05-08
Correspondence requesting a response to past letters., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of Members of the A.O.H. [Ancient Order of Hibernians]
Schuylkill, Luzerne, Carbon, Columbia, and Northumberland Counties, Pennsylvania, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for operative, G. W. P., of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency operatives from 1878-07-28 to 1878-10-19
Account totaling $600.54 lists items such as transportation costs, drinks, cigars, 'treating' suspects, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, F. W. Hughes to Franklin B. Gowen, 1876-04-14
Correspondence regarding the Yost murder trial., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account in connection with investigation of Molly Maguires
Amount paid to J. McParlan for services rendered 1879-11 to 1880-01., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for special investigation in the coal regions from 1878-07-28 to 1878-10-19
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to J. E. Wootten, 1875-03-02
Communication encloses the report of operative, W. R. H., who is a member of the Mechanics and Workingmen's Benevolent Association and is operating at Frackville, Pa. Reporting on striking railroad workers, the operative notes that the discharge of prominent members of the local union branches by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company has led to much local discussion. The report covers 1875-02-19 to 1875-02-26., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, James McParlan to Allen Pinkerton, 1873-10-10
Correspondence regarding a brief sketch of Irish Societyism., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H. B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-03-28
Correspondence regarding the result of an interview Hanmore had with John Surey [?] at Saint Clair., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Unsigned report from Philadelphia relating to trials at Harrisburg, 1880-03-08
Writer gives an account of his meetings with various people. Among others, names mentioned include Tom Jackson, Ibes Hastings, Charley Tisdale, J. R. Crawford, Robert Gillespie, Samuel Huhn, Wes Hellings, J. W. Cargill, Boilean, and William H. Kemble., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Memoranda, 1875
Contains reports of meetings held in 1875. Names mentioned include: John Kehoe, William Javin, Chris Donelly, Dennis F. Canning, Michael O'Brien, Frank McHugh, John Donahue, James Roartz, Frank Keenan, Jeremiah Kane, Patrick Dolan, Sr., Frank O'Neil, and Patrick Butler., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Henry Pleasants to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-15
Correspondence regarding H.B. Hanmore and information he has about the incendiarism., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-07
Correspondence regarding payment for services., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Commonwealth versus Patrick Hester, Patrick Tully, and Peter McHugh
From cover: "Commonwealth versus Patrick Hester, Patrick Tully, and Peter McHugh tried and convicted of the murder of Alexander W. Rea. Argument of Hon. F. W. Hughes, for Commonwealth, at Bloomsburg, PA., February 23 & 24, 1877. Stenographically reported by R. A. West.", [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by operatives of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during investigation regarding the Investigating Committee
Expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for services rendered and expenses incurred related to spying on the Legislative Committee. Expenses include items such as postage, transportation costs, cigars, tickets to various venues, 'treating' members of the committee, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, J. H. Butler to Franklin B. Gowen, 1876-09-17
Correspondence regarding the murder of Kerrigan. People mentioned include: John W. Ryan, James Kerrigan, Fenton Cooney, Patt Whelan, Misses Lawlor, Edward Lawlor, and Jill McIntyre., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807, Digitized copy includes scans of original item and photocopy.
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-12-31
Communication encloses a continuation of operative James McParlan's report, and the report covers the dates 1875-10-12 to 1875-12-26. Among other updates, the operative details his findings into the planned testimony of witnesses at the murder trial and lists the new passwords for the local Molly Maguires members., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Service and expense account for investigations regarding Molly Maguires from 1878-07-28 to 1878-09-26
Account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, newspapers, telegraph costs, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of Names
List includes: Patrick Shouvlin, Condy Ward, James Gallagher, Peter Brennan, Barny McGrady, Pat O'Donnell, James O' Donnell, Mike Harridy, John Gallagher, Edward Mahly, John Mahly, John Washington and John Murphy., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-10-20
Communication encloses the report of operative Linden, who is assigned to the charge of the special guard in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. The report covers the dates 1875-07-24 to 1875-10-20. On 20 October, the operative reports that he has contacted prominent citizens in the coal regions concerning the recent assassinations but has found both the citizens and the authorities to be apathetic and, consequently, 'no definite steps have been taken to make examples of the well known assassins.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and R. J. Linden to F. B. Gowen, 1880-01-29
Communication encloses report of operative John Green, who was sent to Welland, Ontario to identify a suspect arrested there believed to be William Love, wanted in connection with the murder of Thomas Guyther. Green's report concludes that the arrested person was not Love, but a stone cutter named Maguire whose employer was willing to bail for any amount., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Statement of Manus Cull
Manus Cull also goes by the name of Daniel Kelly. Statement regarding the murder of Alexander Rae. People mentioned include: Thomas Donahue, Pat Hester, Peter McHugh, Patrick Tully, Bryan Campbell, James Bradley, A. W. Rew, Roger Lafferty, and John Dallin., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Statement of Stable Boss at Bear Valley
Statement reported by Captain Alderson., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Patron to Franklin B. Gowen, 1880-01-12
Correspondence from an anonymous patron discussing the possible guilt of Mershon, ticket agent at the Warren Street depot in Trenton, New Jersey., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sum Oct. 1 1875
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by G. W. P. of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency from 1877-10-03 to 1878-02-09
Service and expense account to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for investigations by G. W. P. Account lists items such as room and board accommodations, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects, and other incidental expenses., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Miners National Association Certificate for Thomas Hughes
Signed by John Siney (president) and John James (secretary)., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Howard B. Hanmore to Henry Pleasants, 1875-05-03
Correspondence regarding the men who have left the East Norwegian Mines and their current whereabouts., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1876-06-05
Communication encloses list and description of accused murderers and fugitives from Schuylkill County who were members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians or the Molly Maguires., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and R. J. Linden to F. B. Gowen, 1880-09-22
Communication encloses statement of Ned Curley, who is serving a sentence at Eastern Penitentiary for the murder of John Gunning in 1876. Curley spoke with R. J. Linden regarding the murder of Thomas Dougherty, who was killed in 1874, and other crimes. Curley denied any knowledge on the whereabouts of fugitives., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1873-10-29
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of the investigation at Glen Corhen including the dates from 1873-10-02 to 1873-10-25. Pinkerton reports that no further depredations have occurred at that point and that the operatives are turning their attention to secret organizations., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by operatives of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during investigation of Aichy Maris
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-03-17
Correspondence concerning the fire at the East Shaft on February 15, 1875., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1874-07-20
Communication encloses report of operative A. M. Cowar, who is on special duty in the Schuylkill Coal Regions to join the miner's secret associations and report on their movements., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-02-23
Communication encloses the report of James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has been assigned to infiltrate and report on the Molly Maguires. McParlan reports from Shenandoah City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania , and the report includes the time period from 1875-01-23 to 1875-02-16. Among other details, McParlan reports on a speech delivered by Jno. F. Welsh, President of the Mechanics and Workingmen's Benevolent Association, and on allegations that the Reading Rail Road Company was mixing Shamokin coal with damaged coal and selling it., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Howard B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-05-03
Correspondence regarding men working at the East Mines., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of expenses incurred by operatives of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency at Harrisburg, Pa.
Expense account to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for investigation of movements of suspected parties in connection with Workingmen's Convention. Expenses include items such as hotel accommodations, telegraphing, postage, transportation costs, laundry, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Thomas S. Hargish to Franklin B. Gowen, 1880-04-15
Private and Confidential correspondence from the City Solicitor's Office regarding Mr. Ettz., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by operatives of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during investigation of depredations in the coal regions and patrol duty
Expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. for services rendered and expenses incurred. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Special investigation report of N. Johnston, 1878-06-21
Report of operative N. Johnston from Shenandoah, Pa., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Councilmen of Philadelphia, 1877
List of councilmen of Philadelphia in 1877: John Cochran, Nathan Spering, John McCullough, Samuel G. King, Benjamin Sautzer, George W. Bumm, John A. Moiskey, John Fox, Edward C. Quin, William McMullin, A. Wilson Henszey, John F. Flenn, Joseph L, Caven, E. Hicks Hayhurst, Charles F. Myers, James Tully, John Shegog, Louis Wagner, Fred K. Womrath, Richard Peltz, William Ellwood Rowan, Robert H. Cooper, and B. Frank Bonham., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cash advanced to Charles and Edward MacParlan, 1876-12-01
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
List of Murders, Attempted Murders, and Fires in the Schuylkill Coal Regions since August 14th, 1875
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1874-12-11
Communication encloses the report of James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has been assigned to visit and report on the Molly Maguires. The report covers the time period from 1874-11-13 to 1874-12-08. Among other notes, McParlan details local opinions on the Reading Railroad Company and an incident of shots being fired at a Catholic church., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-03-02
Communication encloses the report of James [McParlan] (alias James McKenna), who has been assigned to visit and report on the Molly Maguires. McParlan reports from Shenandoah City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Among other news, McParlan observes that general feeling is that the company had burned the East Norwegian Shaft in order to prejudice the public against the men on strike and that the local Catholic priest would not permit the Molly Maguires attending church in regalia on St. Patrick's Day. The report includes the time period from 1875-02-17 to 1875-02-26., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, T. Joyce to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-30
Correspondence regarding men involved in the shaft fire. Includes note at end of letter from H.B. Hanmore to Gowen., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Henry Pleasants to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-03-29
Correspondence regarding H.B. Hanmore's progress in discovering the people responsible for the shaft fire., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, H.B. Hanmore to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-04-28
Correspondence regarding General Pleasants and future work with Gowen., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency during Molly Maguires' investigation in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Expense account to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1875-07-15
Communication encloses the reports of operatives, A. T. L., C. M. P. and R. W. P., who have been assigned in connection with the investigation of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal & Iron Company on the Legislative Committee to ascertain whether or not 'unscrupulous means were being used on the part of persons who had been prominent in having the investigation set on foot.' The reports run from 1875-05-07 to 1875-07-12., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Henry Pleasants to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-05-05
Correspondence regarding communication between Gowen and Hanmore., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and R. J. Linden to F. B. Gowen, 1879-11-26
Communication encloses report on information gathered on trial witnesses at Harrisburg on 1879-11-24., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cash advanced to Charles and Edward MacParlan, 1877-03-15
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Rev. R. N. Huncoit [?] to Franklin B. Gowen, 1876-10-02
Correspondence from a clergyman informing Gowen of \"Mollies\" that are present in his district., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Statement, James Frederic to the Venerable Clergy and beloved people of the Laity, 1864-01-19
Statement of James Frederic, Bishop of Philadelphia, condemning participation in secret societies., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Correspondence, Henry Pleasants to Franklin B. Gowen, 1875-03-29
Correspondence regarding bitterness felt and expressed against Gowen by the men in the region, especially the Irish, and what can be done in response., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Services rendered and expenses incurred by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency in connection with Special Investigation
Expense account for multiple operatives to be paid by Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. Expenses include items such as room accommodations, postage, transportation costs, laundry, 'treating' suspects to drinks or meals, and other incidentals., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Allan Pinkerton and Benjamin Franklin to F. B. Gowen, 1874-01-28
Communication encloses a continuation of the report of James McParlan (alias James McKenna) into the secret movements of the Molly Maguires, including the dates from 1874-01-01 to 1874-01-25. McParlan details his successful infiltration of the local branch of the Molly Maguires and lists names of members., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Reading Company records (Accession 1520), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807