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Bland Family Papers, MS 134, 1757-1860
Title:The Bland Papers
Creator: Bland Family
Call number: MS 134
Inclusive dates: 1757-1860
Bulk dates: 1758-1847
Extent: 5 boxes
Abstract: Summary: Large correspondence of Blands in England and VA;
letter from Theodorick Bland describing life in TN 1798-1801 and
notes on Alexander's CHANCERY PRACTICES; MS analysis of U.
S. Constitution (1463 pp.) and on other states (484 pp.); notes on
cases before superior court in Washington, TN, 1799-1801 (140 pp);
MS vol. catalogue of T. Bland's books, Annapolis, Aug. 1829; MS
vol. survey of organization of American institutions; MS vol. report
to John Q. Adams of commission to investigate affairs in South
American countries, 1818; notes on life in Chile and Argentina,
1818; ledger of Thomas Stockett Alexander, Bland's law partner
1849-60; ledger with Alexander's notes on various cases.
Repository H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Access restrictions: Public use of Theodorick Bland's "Colonial History" restricted to
microfilm: Manuscripts Department microfilm MS 134.
Use restrictions: Permission to publish is required.
Provenance: Gift of Thomas H. Geither, Jr. and Mrs. Lawrence H. Balliere, and
Dr. Henry J. Berkley in Feb. 1920 and on April 11, 1921
Accession number: 58438, 58619
Theodorick Bland born in Dinwiddie County, Va., 1776. Bland was Chancellor of the State of
Maryland. Giles-General of Customs. Edward-Collector of Customs. Theodorick-Chancellor of
Customs. Bland and Alexander were partners in the practice of law.
Scope and Content
The Bland Papers consist of writings and correspondence by or related to Theodorick Bland.
The collection is contained in 5 boxes. Box 1: Political observations and notes on real estate, the
law and the constitutions of the United States. Box 2: contains an analysis of the Constitutions.
Box 3: Papers related to law cases, a will for John Gibson, the Ledger of Thomas Stockett
Alexander, Alexander’s Chancery practice, and a sketch and Genealogy of Theodorick Bland.
Box 4: Correspondence between various members of the Bland family, as well as letters from
J.Q. Adams, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson in relation to Bland’s legal appointments. Box
5: Contains Bland’s notes on his travels to South America and his report to J.Q. Adams in
relation to these travels. Notes on legal matters, including cases tried in Tennessee, a genealogy
for the Bland family, a catalog of books belonging to Theodorick Bland, notes on early
American history and colonial history are also contained in Box 5.