Old Pine Conservancy is seeking transcribers to read and interpret the handwritten sermons and letters of Rev. George Duffield. An important figure in the American Revolutionary War, Duffield holds a special place in the history of the Presbyterian Church and in our nation’s early beginning. Duffield was no “sunshine patriot.” He stood for American independence when his nearby neighbors in the pulpit were branded “Tories.” From his pulpit, he urged delegates to the Continental Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence and exhorted Philadelphians to fight for liberty. His sermons and letters provide important insights into what life was like in Philadelphia before and during the Revolution.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Visit our online archive of Duffield’s documents at this link.
  2. Select a document, read it and type up your transcription. 
  3. Email your transcription here.

Once we receive your transcription, we’ll add your name to our “Hall of Fame” listing on the Old Pine Conservancy website.

Duffield was a prolific writer and penned thousands of documents. Your assistance in transcribing these letters will help researchers and genealogists gain insight into the life and times of this prominent and uncompromising historical figure.