William M. Marine Collection, 1860-1904, MS. 1016

William M. Marine Collection, 1860-1904


Maryland Historical Society
 

  

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William M. Marine Collection, 1860-1904
Maryland Historical Society

Contact Information:
Manuscripts Department
Maryland Historical Society Library
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore MD 21201-4674
410.685.3750
Fax: 410.385.2105
library@mdhs.org
www.mdhs.org

 


Descriptive Summary

William M. Marine Collection, 1860-1904

MS. 1016

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

 


Biography

William Matthew Marine was born August 25, 1843 in Somerset County, Maryland. His father was the Reverend Fletcher Elliott Marine, 1821-1889, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church; and his grandfather was Matthew Marine, 1777-1854, a gentleman of Somerset County. The original family [UNK] their home in Somerset, Wicomico, Dorchester and Caroline Counties, Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware. The various spellings of the Marine name have included: Marien, Mareen, Maren, Morean, Moin, and Marain.

As a child William Marine was educated in the private schools of Somerset County; Thomas Gale's private school in Baltimore; Irving Military College, Manchester, Maryland; and the Cumberland Valley Institute, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

As a young man Mr. Marine studied law in the office of the Hon. Thomas Yates Walsh. It was on September 10, 1864 that William Marine began his law career when he was admitted to practice in the Superior Court. At the beginning of his career he tried many noted criminal cases, but eventually drifted into common law and equity practice. According to Henry Fletcher Powell, William Marine was one of the greatest trial lawyers of the bar.

In 1867 Mr. Marine was nominated and defeated for the House of Delegates from the lower wards of Baltimore City. In 1868 he was a Grant electoral candidate, and actively campaigned in Maryland, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In 1872 he was, for a second time, nominated Grant's Presidential elector. Up until 1890, when he became Collector of the Port of Baltimore, he was active in state politics; after this date he refrained from becoming involved in Maryland politics. However, his post did not deter him from speaking in Indiana during the last Harrison campaign.

On November 9, 1871 William Marine married Harriet Perkins Hall. They had seven children: Mary Susannah and Matthew Harrison, who died young; Madison Marine; Richard Elliott Marine; Amelia Eleanor (Marine) [UNK] Elizabeth (Marine) Rowe; and Harriet Perkins Marine.

William Marine was a prominent attorney; a well-known Republican stump speaker; an author who received recognition in the United States; and [UNK] day he was recognized as one of the leading historians of the East. His life came to an end on March 2, 1904 in his Baltimore home at 2514 Madison Avenue.

 


Scope and Content

The William M. Marine Collection covers the years 1808-1904, with the bulk of the material falling into the period between 1860 and 1890. The Fire of 1904 destroyed some of Marine's papers. Among the papers lost was Marine's collection of letters from famous men of his day, and a book of autographs entitled, Authors I Have Known.

The collection contains Letterbooks of correspondence received by Mr. Marine between the years 1861-1894; this correspondence covers both legal and political matters. A voluminous amount of correspondence can also be found in various folders. The bulk of this loose correspondence covers the period between 1889-1890. Most of the correspondence is handwritten; however, after the typewriter became popular in business the researcher will find some typewritten correspondence. The researcher will also find that a small part of the correspondence has been copied and the original is not to be found in the collection. Among the loose correspondence is to be found a typed letter concerning the burial place of Edgar Allan Poe; as well as a hand drawn map pointing out the supposed final resting place of Poe.

Among the many papers of William Marine the researcher will also discover speeches written and given by Mr. Marine on various occasions. There are a few speeches that are unidentified. Among those identified the researcher will find the following speeches and addresses:

A speech given before veteran defenders during the centennial year;

A speech given before the William Pinkney Literary Association;

A speech given at Temperance Temple on the 4th of July, 1864;

A speech given at the Teacher's Institute of Harford County on Dec. 21, 1887;

An address before the graduating class of Eastern Female High School in 1896;

An address at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 1891;

An oration on the Life and Public Services of Thomas Holliday Hicks

The [UNK] will also discover that Mr. Marine was a creative writer in his spare time. For example, there are several poems: Battle of Yorktown; The Light at Assateague; The Picnic Day; and The School Teacher. Also included in the Marine Collection are two novels by William: Lavern, and The Scouts of the [UNK], A Romance of the War of 1812... There is also a writing entitled Autobiography, which may be another fictional writing by Marine.

The collection also contains newspaper clippings of articles written by Marine during his European travels, 1899-1901. During this same period Marine also kept diaries of his travels, 1890-1901. The researcher will also find a diary for the year 1867.

Scrapbooks covering the years 1859-1865, 1870's-1880's and 1890-1894 are also included in the Marine Collection. These scrapbooks are made up of newspaper clippings which cover political matters and events of the times. Newspaper clippings also give a daily account of events which shaped American history between 1859-66, namely the attack on Harper's Ferry, the Civil War, and the assassination of Lincoln.

Of course, the collection also contains a voluminous amount of material dealing with the legal practice of William Marine. The researcher will find dates as early as 1808 among the legal papers. The legal papers which deal with the court cases of Marine include, among others, the Hopper Case, Hopper vs. Jones, Smyse vs. Schiller, Reckefus vs. Lyon, Hance vs. Clagett, House vs. Knight, Shaw vs. Conway, and Ridgaway vs. Zion Methodist Church. The collection also has papers dealing with the Oriental Insurance Company Case. A good deal of the legal material also deals with the estates of Robert G. Harrison, Margaret Schreiner, and A.J. and George T. Lyon. Cases before the Court of Appeals are also to be found in the Marine Collection. Marine was the solicitor for the Old Town Building Company and, in the collection, material concerning the 1874 Case of the German Bank vs. Old Town Building Co. can be found. Deeds, mortgáges, and papers pertaining to land purchases made by the Marine

family (dating back to 1813) are among the legal materials of the collection.

One box in the collection contains material which related to William M. Marine's position as Collector of the Port of Baltimore during the 1890's. These papers deal with court cases, claims, pensions, etc.

The collection also contains two boxes of material which deal with the correspondence and estate of Col. Ephraim F. Anderson, who was the appraiser for the Port of Baltimore. Anderson's appointment as appraiser was signed by Andrew Johnson and this too is in the Marine Collection. In 1874 Anderson was on trial over a matter concerning his job as appraiser, and Marine represented him; therefore, the Anderson court case is also in the collection.

The collection also contains a great deal of material classified as taxes, bills, and receipts. Here the researcher will find state and city taxes dating back to the 1860's, as well as water rents and gas bills. There is a voluminous amount of such material for a house located at 385 East Baltimore Street.

The researcher will also find some political material about the Republican Party of which Marine was a loyal supporter.

Under the heading of Miscellaneous the researcher will find many interesting items. There are recommendations for a territorial appointment. Newspaper clippings from the 1892 Morning Herald, written by William M. Marine and containing James Whitcomb Riley's poem [UNK] and an 1892 clipping from the Sunday News which contains Col. Vannort's reply to Burchinal also can be found under this section. There are also blank legal [UNK] a patent for Fast's Traveling Cushion (1870); Alexander's Proposition on the Fugitive Slave Laws; there are pamphlets on religious subjects, such as Sixth Report of the Female Christian Home. There is also a copy of The Pioneer, newspaper, Vol. Vii, No. 6, Baltimore, Md. June 1, 1886. There are also letters [UNK] William's father, Fletcher Marine, which give information about Brother John Hersey, a wandering Methodist minister. [More material on Brother John Hersey can be found in the collection dealing with Fletcher Marine.] Under Miscellaneous

the researcher will also find material dealing with William Marine's travels, such as photos of hotels where he stayed and hotel bills. There are also used commutation tickets, advertisements to various theatre performances, lectures, and invitations to dinners. There are also some checkbooks and accounts from Old Town Permanent Building and Loan.

The collection also has the penmanship books of a very young William M. Marine.

 


Introduction

William Matthew Marine, 1843-1904, was a Baltimore attorney, the collector of the Port of Baltimore during the 1890's, and an amateur writer. The collection focuses on the period between 1859 to 1894. However, there are several items which date as early as 1808. And there are other items which date as late as 1904. The collection has been placed in 32 boxes.

There is no official accession record on this collection, but it is believed to have been given to the Maryland Historical Society by William Marine's daughter, Harriet Perkins Marine.

Research access to this material is unrestricted.

 


Container List

1

1

Correspondence (one letter concerning burial place of Edgar Allan Poe)

 

 

 

1

2

Correspondence, c. 1861-1892 (some undated)

 

 

 

1

3

Correspondence, 1858-1861

 

 

 

1

4

Correspondence relating to Thomas H. Hicks, 1859-1864

 

 

 

1

5

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1861-1869

 

 

 

1

6

Correspondence, 1864

 

 

 

1

7

Correspondence, 1866-1868

 

 

 

1

8

Correspondence, 1867-1869

 

 

 

1

9

Correspondence, 1870-1871, 1876

 

 

 

1

10

Correspondence, 1872 (some undated)

 

 

 

1

11

Spottswood Garland Correspondence, c. 1874-1877

 

 

 

1

12

Correspondence, 1870-1879, 1868

 

 

 

1

13

Francis A. Carr Correspondence, 1880-1882

 

 

 

1

14

Correspondence, 1880-1888

 

 

 

1

15

Correspondence, 1881-1888

 

 

 

1

16

Correspondence, 1886

 

 

 

2

1

Correspondence, 1888

 

 

 

2

2

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

3

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

4

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

5

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

6

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

7

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

8

Correspondence, 1889

 

 

 

2

9

Correspondence, 1890

 

 

 

2

10

Correspondence, 1890

 

 

 

2

11

Correspondence, 1890

 

 

 

2

12

Correspondence, 1890

 

 

 

2

13

Correspondence, 1890-1891

 

 

 

2

14

Correspondence, 1902

 

 

 

3

1

Personal Papers of William Marine, 1865-1898

 

 

 

3

2

Personal Papers of William Marine, 1863-1902

 

 

 

3

3

Speech and Correspondence, 1880s-1890s

 

 

 

3

4

Marine Correspondence, 1860-1887

 

 

 

3

5

Marine Correspondence, 1878-1893

 

 

 

3

6

Marine Family Correspondence, 1877-1894

 

 

 

3

7

Political Material (undated)

 

 

 

3

8

Political Papers, c. 1870s-1880s

 

 

 

3

9

Political Material (undated)

 

 

 

3

10

Political Material (also list of Colored Applicants for positions, c. 1880s-1890s

 

 

 

4

1

The Scouts of the Chesapeake, A Romance of the War of 1812, 1904

 

 

 

4

8.

As Above

 

 

 

4

9

Newspaper Articles of William Marine, 1886-1894

 

 

 

4

10

Newspaper Clippins - Miscellaneous, 1870s

 

 

 

4

11

Writings of William Marine -- Poems (undated)

 

 

 

5

1

Speeches, 1864-1891

 

 

 

5

2

Speeches and other writings of Marine, c. 1869-1870

 

 

 

5

3

Speeches of William Marine, 1868-1876

 

 

 

5

4

Address at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 1891

 

 

 

5

5

Speeches (undated)

 

 

 

5

6

William Marine's Speeches (undated)

 

 

 

6

1

Court Cases, 1866-1880

 

 

 

6

2

Court Cases, 1877-1888

 

 

 

6

3

Court Cases (undated)

 

 

 

6

4

Cases before the Court of Appeals, 1848-1903

 

 

 

7

1

Papers in Hopper Case; Smyse vs Schiller and Policy on 310 W. Hennetta Street, 1874-1891

 

 

 

7

2

Material Relating to Court Cases, 1873-1883

 

 

 

7

3

Material Relating to Court Cases, 1870-1888

 

 

 

7

4

Estate of Margaret Schreiner, 1886

 

 

 

7

5

Distribution of Lyons Estate, 1891-1894

 

 

 

7

6

Court Cases, Esp. Peckefus vs Lyon, 1888-1893

 

 

 

8

1

Samuel B. Hance vs. Henry W. Clagette (Trustee), 8/16/1843

 

 

 

8

2

Hamson Estate, 1883-1884

 

 

 

8

3

John W. Travers, 1872-1878

 

 

 

8

4

Samuel House vs. Samuel L. Knight, 1886

 

 

 

8

5

Shaw vs. Conway, 1867

 

 

 

8

6

Ridgaway vs. Zion Methodist Church, 1862-1868

 

 

 

8

7

Hopper vs. Jones, 1883

 

 

 

8

8

Oriental Insurance Company Case, 1888

 

 

 

9

1

Legal Papers, 1808-1837

 

 

 

9

2

Legal Papers, 1804-1889

 

 

 

9

3

Legal Papers, 1858-1886

 

 

 

9

4

Legal Papers, 1856-1888

 

 

 

9

5

Legal Papers, 1861-1893

 

 

 

9

6

Legal Papers, 1871-1886

 

 

 

9

7

Legal Papers, 1868-1886

 

 

 

9

8

Legal Papers, 1873-1888

 

 

 

9

9

Legal Papers, 1885-1888

 

 

 

9

10

Legal Papers, 1873-1882

 

 

 

9

11

Legal Papers, 1883-1887

 

 

 

10

1

Legal Papers, 1862-1889

 

 

 

10

2

Legal Papers of William Marine, 1867-1885

 

 

 

10

3

Legal Papers, 1871-1891

 

 

 

10

4

Legal Papers, 1871-1885

 

 

 

10

5

Legal Papers, 1872-1886

 

 

 

10

6

Legal Papers, 1875-1878

 

 

 

10

7

Legal Papers, 1869-1874

 

 

 

10

8

Legal Papers, 1876-1885

 

 

 

10

9

Legal Papers, 1880-1889

 

 

 

10

10

Papers of James H. Marine; Estate of Matthew Marine (William Marine's Grandfather)

 

 

 

11

1

Land Purchases, 1813-1829

 

 

 

11

2

Land Purchases, c. 1829-1852

 

 

 

11

3

Land Purchases, c. 1834-1838

 

 

 

11

4

Eden and Gough Street, 1879

 

 

 

11

5

Releases, 1886-1888

 

 

 

11

6

Deeds and Mortgages, 1857-1880

 

 

 

11

7

Deeds and Mortgages, 1861-1882

 

 

 

11

8

Deeds, Assignments, Leases, Mortgages, 1847-1867

 

 

 

11

9

Deeds, 1845-1852

 

 

 

11

10

Robinson Deeds, 1876-1888

 

 

 

11

11

Morgages and Various Policies, 1868-1875

 

 

 

12

1

Taxes and Receipts: House on East Baltimore Street (385), 1868-1882

 

 

 

12

2

Receipts, 1866-1889

 

 

 

12

3

Receipts, 1871-1875

 

 

 

12

4

Taxes, Rents, Receipts, 1868-1878

 

 

 

12

5

Taxes, Rents, Receipts, 1875-1883

 

 

 

12

6

Bills and Receipts, 1873-1888

 

 

 

12

7

Taxes, Rents, Receipts, 1863-1882

 

 

 

12

8

Bills, 1886

 

 

 

12

9

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1882-1886

 

 

 

12

10

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1882-1886

 

 

 

12

11

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1876-1878

 

 

 

12

12

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1872-1874

 

 

 

13

1

Tax Receipts, etc., 1872-1876

 

 

 

13

2

Tax Receipts, 1871-1875

 

 

 

13

3

Marine's Receipts, 1865-1873

 

 

 

13

4

Receipts, some on Estate of Chancery Brooks, 1889-1894

 

 

 

13

5

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1872-1877

 

 

 

13

6

Receipts, 1891-1892

 

 

 

13

7

Receipts, 1890-1891

 

 

 

13

8

Receipts, 1892

 

 

 

13

9

Receipts, 1889-1893

 

 

 

13

10

Letters Concerning Perkins Estate, Receipts etc, 1877-1891

 

 

 

14

1

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1871-1879

 

 

 

14

2

Taxes, Bills, Receipts, 1880-1889

 

 

 

14

3

Receipts, 1871-1888

 

 

 

14

4

Drafts, Receipts, Notes, 1851-1886

 

 

 

14

5

Taxes and Receipts, 1871-1879

 

 

 

14

6

Taxes and Receipts, 1871-1878

 

 

 

14

7

Receipts, 1871-1886

 

 

 

14

8

Receipts, 1870-1875

 

 

 

14

9

Receipts, 1871-1888

 

 

 

14

10

Receipts, 1870-1880

 

 

 

15

1

State Taxes for 1870s; Accounts Payable (varied), 1873-1879

 

 

 

15

2

State and City Taxes; Accounts Receivable; Accounts Payable, 2 Bank Books (1874-1877); Trustee's Releases; Mortgages, 1871-1878

 

 

 

15

3

State and City Taxes; Water Rents; 2 Bank Books (1875-76) Various bills and audits, 1871-1880

 

 

 

15

4

Material Relating to German Bank vs. Old Town Building Co/, 1871-1880

 

 

 

15

5

German Bank vs. Old Town Building Co. (materials relating to_, 1871-1878

 

 

 

15

6

German Savings Bank of Baltimore City, 1875-1880

 

 

 

16

1

Material of Customs, 1866-1896

 

 

 

16

2

Papers Concerning Mr. Marine as Collector of Baltimore, 1889-1899

 

 

 

16

3

Papers Concerning Port of Baltimore Customs, 1871-1904

 

 

 

16

4

Correspondence of William Marine as Collector of Port of Baltimore, 1869-1891

 

 

 

16

5

Papers Concerning Custom House, 1890-1893

 

 

 

16

6

Marine and Port of Baltimore, c. 1890

 

 

 

17

1

E.F. Anderson Papers, 1869-1876

 

 

 

17

2

E.F. Anderson Papers, 1869-1876

 

 

 

17

3

Correspondence of Col. E.F. Anderson, 1863-1876

 

 

 

17

4

Ephriam F. Anderson Caser (1874), 1870-1876

 

 

 

17

5

E.F. Anderson Case, 1874

 

 

 

17

6

Correspondence of E.F. Anderson, 1866-1876

 

 

 

18

1

Correspondence of Col. E.F. Anderson, 1863-1876

 

 

 

18

2

Appointment of Ephriam F. Anderson as Appraiser of the Port of Baltimore; 2 signatures of Andrew Johnson, 1865-1866

 

 

 

18

3

Estate of E.F. Anderson (Colonel), 1887

 

 

 

19

1

Miscellaneous, 1865-1913

 

 

 

19

2

Miscellaneous, 1869-1904

 

 

 

19

3

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1877-1895

 

 

 

19

4

Miscellaneous Material (undated)

 

 

 

19

5

Newspaper clipping Concerning Lincoln's Assassination (undated)

 

 

 

20

1

Recommendations for a Territorial Appointment, 1877-1881

 

 

 

20

2

Morning Herald and Sunday News coppings, 1892

 

 

 

20

3

Blank legal forms (no dates)

 

 

 

20

4

Fost's Traveling Cushion (Patent), 1870

 

 

 

20

5

Alexander's Proposition on the Fugitive Slave Laws, c. 1850s.

 

 

 

20

6

Travel Material, 1886

 

 

 

20

7

Religious Material, 1858-1880

 

 

 

20

8

Religious Material, 1884-1885

 

 

 

21

1

Letterbooks, 1861-1887

 

 

 

21

2

Letterbooks, 1882-1893

 

 

 

21

3

Letterbooks, 1889-1890

 

 

 

22

1

Letters of Congratulation, 1890-1891

 

 

 

22

2

Letters of Congratulation, 1886-1890

 

 

 

23

1

Letter press, 1891-1894

 

 

 

23

2

Letter press, 1890-1891

 

 

 

24

1

Letterbooks, 1891-1892

 

 

 

24

2

Letterbooks, 1890-1891

 

 

 

25

1

Letterbox, 1891-1893

 

 

 

25

2

Letterbox, 1892-1894

 

 

 

26

1

Diary of a Northern Trip, 1867

 

 

 

26

2

Diary, 1890

 

 

 

26

3

Diary, 1891

 

 

 

26

4

Diary, 1892

 

 

 

26

5

Diary, 1899

 

 

 

26

6

Diary, 1901

 

 

 

26

7

Diary, 1903 (Blank)

 

 

 

27

1

Scrapbooks, 1859

 

 

 

27

2

Scrapbooks, 1862

 

 

 

27

3

Scrapbooks, 1862

 

 

 

27

4

Scrapbooks, 1863

 

 

 

27

5

Scrapbooks, 1863

 

 

 

27

6

Scrapbooks, 1865

 

 

 

28

1

Newspaper Articles, 1870s

 

 

 

28

2

Newspaper Articles, 1870s

 

 

 

28

3

Newspaper Articles, 1880-1888

 

 

 

28

4

Europe Writings (handwritten)

 

 

 

28

5

Articles about Europe in Newspapers

 

 

 

28

6

Articles about Europe in Newspapers

 

 

 

29

1

Political Scrapbooks, 1890-1891

 

 

 

29

2

Political Scrapbooks, 1891-1894

 

 

 

29

3

Political Scrapbooks, 1893-1894

 

 

 

30

(ALL VOLUMES INCLUDE: ACCOUNTS, CHECKBOOKS, OLD TOWN PERMANENT BUILDING and LOAN)

 

 

30

1

1871-1974

 

 

 

30

2

1871-1875

 

 

 

30

3

1871-1874

 

 

 

30

4

Fletcher Marine Accounts, 1871-1873

 

 

 

30

5

Invoice Book: William Marine, 1858

 

 

 

30

6

Invoice Book: William Marine, 1859

 

 

 

30

7

Cash: William Marine, 1856

 

 

 

30

8

Ledger, 1859

 

 

 

30

9

Cash Book, 1859

 

 

 

30

10

Day Book, 1856-1859

 

 

 

30

11

Sales Book, 1859

 

 

 

30

12

Sales Book, 1859

 

 

 

30

13

Day Book, 1859

 

 

 

30

14

DayBook, 1859

 

 

 

30

15

Ledger, 1836 (William Marine's?)

 

 

 

30

16

Hopper and Co., Bankers, 1882

 

 

 

30

17

Hopper and Co., Bankers, 1883

 

 

 

30

18

National Marine Bank of Baltimore, 1890

 

 

 

30

19

William M. Marine Trustee, 1874-1878

 

 

 

30

20

National Mechanics Bank, 1889

 

 

 

30

21

William M. Marine Trustee, 1884-1891

 

 

 

30

22

Account Book, 1870-1871

 

 

 

30

23

Account Book, 1873-1887

 

 

 

31

1

List of Correspondents (no dates), Hymns for Marching

 

 

 

31

2

Miscellaneous notes for essays

 

 

 

31

3

Essay, Rise and Fall of Nations

 

 

 

31

4

Handwriting Book, 1855

 

 

 

31

5

Handwriting Book, 1858

 

 

 

31

6

Handwriting Book (not dated)

 

 

 

31

7

Handwriting book (not dated)

 

 

 

31

8

Handwriting Book, 1859

 

 

 

31

9

Compositions: Fading Away, Inventions, and Hope Washington Arnold, Spring, Early Years, and Honesty by William M. Marine, 1859

 

 

 

31

10

Arithmetic Book (no date)

 

 

 

31

11

Spiritual Manifestations (no date)

 

 

 

31

12

Lavern (novel), by W.M. Marine (no date)

 

 

 

32

1

Autobiography by William H. Marine