Gordon-Blackford Papers, 1828-1889, MS 398

Gordon-Blackford Papers, 1828-1889
Maryland Historical Society
 
  

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Gordon-Blackford Papers, 1828-1889
Maryland Historical Society

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Gordon-Blackford Papers, 1828-1889

MS 398

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


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GEORGE HARRISON SANFORD KING

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22401

LETTER BOOK 1810=1812 OF GENERAL JOHN MINOR (1761-1816) OF HAZEL HILL, FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, [NOW DESTROYED]. GENERAL MINOR WAS AN ATTORNEY AT LAW. THE LETTER BOOK IS IN VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND AS IT IS NOT ALL IN THE SAME HANDWRITING, IT IS PROBABLY TRANSCRIPTS BY VARIOUS CLERKS IN HIS OFFICE. THESE LETTERS ARE TO WILLIAM LORMAN (1764-1841), ESQUIRE, MERCHANT OF BALTIMORE, IN REGARD TO PLACING THE GENERAL'S SON JOHN MINOR [JR.] (c.1797-1862) IN SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE IN MARYLAND. WILLIAM LORMAN'S ONLY CHILD, ALEXANDER LORMAN (1795-1872), WEALTHY BALTIMORE GENTLEMAN, WAS ALSO A STUDENT THERE.

p. 93= 8 January 1811

p. 114-115 = 3 February 1811

p. 125 = 6 March 1811: The Minors went to the Springs during the summer months and John was to accompany his parents. He suggests to William Lorman: Suppose you were to let Alexander [Lorman] go with him [John Minor, jr.]; it would contribute to his health and satisfaction. Present my best wishes to Mrs. Lorman and Alexander for their health and happiness. J. Minor

p. 179 = 24 May 1811: John Minor, Jr. has been negligent in not visiting William Lorman

p. 198 = 1811 To William Lorman and also Mr. Pecquett, Vice-President of St. Mary's College

p. 227 = 23 Jan 1812 Thanking William Lorman for paying St.Mary's College for son John's charges at the college.

Excerpts of this [UNK] book [UNK] [UNK] Filing Case A - [UNK] Minor or Lorman

1979

 

GORDON-BLACKFORD PAPERS MS 398

The collection consists of the papers of John M. Gordon ([1810]-1884), his wife [UNK] C. Gordon (d. 1852; nee Chapman; Mrs. John Gordon, m. 1833), their daughters Susan F. Gordon (1838-1858) and Rebecca C. Blackford (dates [UNK] unknown; nee Gordon; Mrs. Eugene Blackford, m. 1867), and Rebecca's husband Eugene Blackford ([1840-[UNK]). The collection spans the years 1783-1904, contains about 3000 items, and is in 9 boxes.

John M. Gordon's papers (1826-1884) cover his days (1826-1832) as a student at Yale College including the student boycott of 1828, his tenure as president of the Union Bank in Baltimore, and his land speculation in Michigan in the 1830s. His family letters are largely from his mother Susan F. Gordon (Mrs. Samuel Gordon) of Kenmore, Va. and his sister Susan F. Gordon 1806-1878 (Mrs. Alexander Gordon; Mrs. [UNK] of Kenmore and Baltimore. His business correspondence is not as extensive and deals with the Union Bank and Michigan land speculation. These letters include several letters (1840) from his father-in-law Dr. Nathaniel Chapman discussing the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia. After 1860 the bulk of the material on John M. Gordon is the letters he wrote to his daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Eugene Blackford. These letters contain much domestic and financial advice as well as she light on Gordon's own activities. These letters are found in Rebecca and Eugene's papers.

Emily Gordon's papers (1833-1852) consist of family correspondence: her letters to her husband John and her mother, Rebecca B. Chapman (dates [UNK] nee Biddle; Mrs. Nathaniel Chapman) letters to Emily. Her letters to John were written 1834-1852 largely while she was visiting her family in Philadelphia. These letters contain detailed descriptions of her children's illnesses and treatment and her own poor health including a graphic picture of a dentist's attempt to kill a tooth in the 840s. These letters are found in John M. Gordon's family correspondence. Most of Emily's incoming correspondence is from her mother. It contains family news as well as advice.

Susan F. Gordon's papers (1848-1858) include letters from her girlfriends, especially a cousin in Virginia who wrote about mutual friends and beaux. There are also fragments of Susan's and writings on religion.

Rebecca C. Blackford's papers (1852-1885) consist of incoming correspondence from her girlfriends in the 1850s, from her husband before their marriage, and from her father John M. Gordon.

Eugene Blackford's papers (1845-1904) consist of correspondence and business and financial papers. Eugene's mother and uncle saved all his letters so the majority of Eugene's family correspondence is letters Eugene wrote. His letters home from 1857-1860 detail his studies at the University of Virginia. In 1860-1861 Eugene was teaching in Clayton, Ala. and as a Virginian he commented on the progress of secession and war fever in the Deep South. In 1861 he became captain in the 5th Alabama Regiment, and his letters home contain candid comments on the handling of the war by his superiors. The collection also includes papers relating to [UNK] Civil War military service including his court martial in 1864. There are also [UNK] from his father's diary about Eugene's military service and a speech by Eugene in 1878 to his former troops. After the war he resumed teaching in Virginia which is described in his letters to his fiancee Rebecca C. Gordon and are in her papers. After his marriage he moved to Pikesville, Md., and his mother was his most constant correspondent. Their letters form the bulk of his family correspondence from 1866-1880s. His mother, Mary. Blackford, was writing to Eugene from the Episcopal High School of Virginia where

she lived with her son Launcelot M. Blackford, the principal. Her letters contain comments on Episcopal policy and theology as well as family matters. Eugene's letters describe his life in Pikesville. After the 1870s the family correspondence is spars containing only a few letters from Eugene's brothers Launcelot M., Charles, B. Lewis, and William. Blackford and his sister Mary B. Cooke (née Blackford; Mrs. [[UNK]] Cooke. Eugene's business papers are not as extensive as his family letters. There is a series of bills, receipts, and accounts largely for the operation of the Pikesville, Dairy. There are also letters concerning his work with the vestry of St. Mark's Church in Pikesville.

The collection contains miscellaneous items relating to other Gordon and Blackford family members including John M. Gordon's parents Samuel and Susan F. Gordon and his [aunt?] Mrs. Knox, and Eugene Blackford's mother Mary B. Blackford, his sister Mary B. Cooke, his borthers Launcelot M., Charles, B. Lewis, and William W. Blackford, and Eugene's sons Eugene Jr. and William G. Blackford.

See also MS 399, 404, 1584

 


Container List

Box 1

John M. Gordon Family Correspondence (1826-1839)

 

Contains Gordon's incoming correspondence while he was a student (1826-1832) at Yale College and while working in Baltimore. The letters are largely from his mother Susan F. Gordon and his sister Susan F. Gordon. Their letters describe their activities at the family home Kenmore, in Virginia. There are also letters from his wife Emily C. Gordon describing her activities in Philadelphia while visiting her family and her children's illnesses and treatments as well as her own ill-health. Included in this box are several letters by John M. Gordon to his father detailing the issues behind the 1828 Yale student boycott of classes.

 

 

 

Box 2

John M. Gordon Family Correspondence (1840-1877 and n.d.)

 

Gordon's incoming correspondence from his wife Emily up to 1852. Letters (1850s) from his young daughters Susan F. and Rebecca C. Gordon describing their activities in Baltimore. The bulk of the letters between 1868-1877 are from Gordon's sister Susan F. Ryan (formerly Mrs. Alexander Gordon) who was living in Baltimore.

 

 

 

Box 2

John M. Gordon Business and Financial Papers (1833-1884 and n.d.)

 

 

1833-1839

 

 

 

Box 3

1840-1884, n.d.

 

Gordon's incoming business correspondence (1833-1881) deals largely with the operation of the Union Bank in Baltimore and the purchase of land in Michigan. Includes letters from Gordon's father-in-law Dr. Nathaniel Chapman concerning the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia in 1840. Financial Papers (1833-1880s) include material on Gordon's land in Michigan, his estate, and receipts for numerous pamphlets he had printed 1870-1877.

 

 

 

 

John M. Gordon Legal and Land Papers/ Gordon Family Papers

 

 

Gordon's parchment deeds to his lands in Michigan and his will

 

 

 

Box 4

Letter (1783) from John Gordon's grandfather to John [UNK] father giving advice to a youn man going abroad.

 

 

 

Letter (1810) to a Mrs. Knox from her minister chastising her for attending a barbecue and for not accepting the doctrine of regeneration.

 

 

 

Letter ([UNK]) to Susan F. Gordon from the owner of one of her former slaves. Encloses a letter from that former slave to his wife who was still owned by the Gordon's.

 

 

 

Ms. copy of extracts from Lewis Horrill's letters during an expedition (1845) to salvage the wreck San Pedro a Spanish vessel sunk off Coche Island. The extracts describe in detail the salvage operation including the use of a [UNK] bell.

 

 

 

Fitzhugh family land book with plats of lands in Virginia and legal documents Gordon family miscellany including photographs, printed material and newspaper clippings, and genealogical material.

 

 

 

Emily C. Gordon Correspondence (1834-1852)/ Susan F. Gordon Papers

 

 

 

Largely letters from her mother Rebecca B. Chapman about the family in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

Box 5

Susan F. Gordon papers (1848-1858) include letters to Susan from her girlfriends, Susan's poems and writings, largely fragments of her thoughts on religion, and her diary for the year 1858.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Biddle Chapman [UNK] papers

 

 

 

Rebecca C. Blackford Papers (1852-1885)

 

 

Box 5

1852-1869

 

 

 

Box 6

1870-1885

 

Largely her incoming correspondence from girlfriends and her sister Susan in the 1850s, letters (1866-1867) from her husband Eugene before their marriage, and letters (1860-1878) from her father John M. Gordon. Includes her will.

 

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford Family Correspondence (1845-1862)

 

 

Box 6

1845-1861

 

 

 

Box 7

1862

 

Largely letters written by Eugene to his parents William M. and Mary B. Blackford, his uncle John Minor, and his cousin Mary L. Minor. Letters describe his education, particularly at the University of Virginia, 1857-1860; his teaching position in [UNK] Alabama, 1860-1861; and his career as an officer in the 5th Alabama [UNK]. His letters from Alabama before the outbreak of the Civil War contain candid comments by a Virginian on secession and issues in the Deep South. His Civil War letters are also candid and contain his comments on the Confederate management of the war.

 

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford Family Correspondence (1863-1904)

 

 

Box 7

1862-1876

 

 

 

Box 8

1881-n.d.

 

Remainder of Eugene Blackford's Civil War letters.

Correspondence after the war is largely between Eugene and his mother. He describes his life in Pikesville, Md. and she discusses life at the Episcopal High School of Virginia where she was living with another son. Her letters contain observations on Episcopal church policy and theology especially the need to purge the church of Catholic tendencies. This box also contains occasional letters to Eugene from brothers Launcelot M., William W., Charles, and [UNK]. Lewis Blackford, and his sister Mary B. Cooke.

 

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford Business Papers

 

 

Box 8

 

Business correspondence (1860-1898) largely dealing with his dairy in Pikesville, Md., his financial transactions with his father-in-law John M. Gordon, and the vestry of St. Mark's Church.

Bills and receipts (1865-1871)

 

 

 

 

Box 9

Eugene Blackford Business Papers/ Blackford Family Papers

 

 

Eugene Blackford bills and receipts (1872-1898)

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford papers concerning military service including his court mart

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford financial papers, largely checks and statements

 

 

 

Mary B. Blackford correspondence (1842-1876) miscellaneous letters to and from friends.

 

 

 

William M. Blackford diary excerpts (1861-1864): excerpts of those diary entries dealing with Eugene Blackford's military service. Includes an address by Eugene to his former troops in 1878.

 

 

 

B. Lewis Blackford letters (1860-1863) to family members other than Eugene.

 

 

 

William W. Blackford letters (1861, [UNK], 1893) to family members other than [UNK].

 

 

 

William W. Blackford poems (1874)

 

 

 

Mary B. Cooke letter (n.d.) to [cousin?] Mary

 

 

 

Eugene Blackford, Jr. shcool papers (1886-1889) from the Episcopal High School of Virginia

 

 

 

William G. Blackford school papers (1891-1892) from school in [Pikesville.]

 

 

 

 

 

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