Finding Aid to the Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe Papers, MS 1758

Finding Aid to the Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe Papers, MS 1758

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

 

Collection summary

 

Title

Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe Papers, 1805-1907.

Creator

Latrobe, Mary Tenant Mactier.

Call number

MS 1758

Inclusive dates

1805-1907

Bulk dates

1822-1907

Extent

1 box, 44 folders.

Abstract

Insurance, accounts for the ships, "Catherine" and "America", 1805-1822; Correspondence from Alexander Mactier, 1823-1831; correspondence between John E. Semmes and Richard Steuart Latrobe, Baltimore attorneys, 1885-1888; Correspondence, accounts of Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe, 1891-1907; News clippings re: French Spoliation.

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Captain Claibourne Latrobe, USN (ret.) in May, 1969.

Accession number

62230

Processing note

Finding aid created by Lara Westwood, March 2013.

 

Historical Note

            During 1798-1800, the United States engaged in a “quasi-war” with France. Neither country officially declared war; but, ordered by their government; French privateers captured many American cargo ships as a result. A variety of events led to the naval stand-off. The United States declared neutrality during France’s revolution, in an attempt to better relations with the crown, and refused to repay its debt to the newly formed republic.

            The incident was resolved in 1800 with the Treaty of Montrefontaine, but American merchants had already lost significant revenue. The affected merchants could petition the United States government for repayment for cargo captured before 1800, but many claimants were unsuccessful. The issue of French Spoliation claims went unresolved until 1885. That year, Congress ruled that the United States Court of Claims could rule on the cases, which were heard into the 1920’s.

 

Scope and Content

The papers are organized chronologically. The correspondence is listed by sender to recipient, and other items are categorized by topic.

The collection focuses primarily on Mary Tenant Mactier Latrobe’s attempt to receive compensation under the French Spoliation Claims for losses incurred to her father. The bulk of the correspondence reflects this work, and the collection also includes several petitions to Congress from Alexander Mactier, regarding the property loss. Insurance policies for the ships, “America” and “Catherine,” may also be of interest. The policy for the “America” covers all potential losses, except in the case of capture by the British.

 

Container List

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Indenture: Alexander Leckie, brig “Catherine” to Chesapeake Insurance Office of Baltimore

1805

1

1

News clippings: French Spoliation Claims

No date

1

2

Alexander Mactier: Cargo Ship Invoice, ship “America

1812, June 1

1

3

Insurance: Alexander Mactier, ship “America” to Baltimore Insurance Company

1812, Oct. 9

1

4

Alexander Mactier: Petition to Congress

1821

1

5

Thomas Tenant: Power of Attorney

1822, Apr. 13

1

6

Alexander Mactier: Accounts: Cargo Ship “America”

1822, Nov. 26

1

7

Alexander Mactier to Jonathan Russell

1823, Jan. 15

1

8

Alexander Mactier to James H. Causten

1828, Jan. 15

1

9

Alexander Mactier to John Barney

1828, Jan. 25

1

10

Alexander Mactier to Senate and House of Representatives

1828

1

11

Alexander Mactier: Petition to Senate and House of Representatives

c. 1828

1

12

A[lexander] Mactier to James H. Causten

1828, Jan. 22

1

13

A[lexander] M[actier] to James H. Causten

1828, Jan. 25

1

14

James H. Causten to Alexander Mactier

1830, Mar. 3

1

15

James H. Causten to Alexander Mactier

1830, June

1

16

James H. Causten to Alexander Mactier

1831, May 3

1

17

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Feb. 4

1

18

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Feb. 6

1

19

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Feb. 9

1

20

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, May 19

1

21

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Oct. 12

1

22

R[ichard] Steuart Latrobe to John E. Semmes

1885, Oct. 13

1

23

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Oct. 14

1

24

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1885, Nov. 9

1

25

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1886, July 7

1

26

John E. Semmes to [Richard Steuart Latrobe]

1888, May 20

1

27

Court Audit: Complainants Costs

1891, Aug. 4

1

28

Administrix Releases: Mary Tenant Latrobe

1891

1

29

Mary Tenant Latrobe Accounts

1891

1

30

Frederick W. Didier to Mary Tenant Latrobe

1905, Mar. 9

1

31

John E. Semmes to Mary Tenant Latrobe

1905, Apr. 6.

1

32

John T. Love to [John E.] Semmes

1905, Nov. 15

1

33

John E. Semmes to [Mary Tenant] Latrobe

1905, Nov. 17

1

34

Frederick W. Didier to [Mary Tenant] Latrobe

1905, Nov. 20

1

35

Mary Tenant Latrobe to John E. Semmes

1905, Nov. 27

1

36

John E. Semmes to ?

c. 1905

1

37

John T. Love to John E. Semmes

1906, Jan. 15

1

38

John E. Semmes to [Mary Tenant] Latrobe

1906, Jan. 16

1

39

Thomas Tenant Didier and Frederick W. Didier Bond to Mary Tenant Latrobe

1907, Feb. 5

1

40

John E. Semmes to Mary Tenant Latrobe

1907, Feb. 7

1

41

John E. Semmes to [Mary Tenant] Latrobe

1907, Feb. 25

1

42

[John E. Semmes] to Frederick W. Didier

1907, Feb. 25

1

43

Miscellaneous

No date

1

44