Brune-Randall Family Papers, 1782-1972, MS 2004

Brune-Randall Family Papers, 1782-1972
Maryland Historical Society

Brune-Randall Family Papers, 1782-1972
Maryland Historical Society

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MS 2004

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674



The Brune-Randall Family Papers includes papers relating to 68 members of this extensive Baltimore family. The bulk of the papers are those of 6 individuals: Frederick W. Brune (1813-78), his wife Emily [Barton] Brune (1826-1908); their daughter Susan Katharine [Brune] Randall (1860-1937), her husband Blanchard Randall (1856-1942), their daughter Elizabeth Blanchard [Randall] Slack (b. 1892) and her husband Harry Richmond Slack (1888-1957). The papers span the period 1782 to 1972.

The papers were donated by Elizabeth Blanchard[Randall] Slack, Mrs. Harry R. Slack, in April 1966 (accession number 60167) and by her estate through her son Wyatt Cameron Slack in 1976 (accession number 72297). The size of the papers is; 104 boxes; ca. 30,000 items.



The papers in the Brune-Randall family papers span the period 1782 until 1972, although the bulk fall between 1860 and 1920. The major types of papers are letters, diaries, and school papers.

The nearly 30,000 items that comprise this collection are largely the papers of, or collected by, three women: Emily [Barton] Brune, Susan [Brune] Randall, and Elizabeth [Randall] Slack. Although there are papers of these women's husbands, siblings, cousins, and children, the papers of these other people are papers that relate to their relationship with the above-mentioned three women. For example, the husbands' papers are not for the most part these men's business papers but their personal and family correspondence. The children's papers are those generated by the three women's children while still living at home; papers presumably left when the children moved to homes of their own. The papers of cousins and other relatives are mostly ones that relate to one of these women and which were returned upon the death of the relative. Thus the Barton Family Papers are mainly letters written to them by their daughter or sister Emily [Barton] Brune.

The provenance of these papers, then, defines the scope of this collection. Although the items collected by Emily Brune, Susan Randall and Elizabeth Slack shed light on, for example, Zachary Taylor's presidential campaign in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, or the legal and medical for mens the collection as a whole is most useful in a study of the women of this nineteenth and twentieth century upper-middle class family. The most detailed correspondence is that among Emily and her daughter Susan and Susan and her daughters Elizabeth, Emily B. Webster, Katharine R. Pincoffs and Evelyn R. The letters among these women are detailed accounts of daily social activities and responsibilities, family health, and travel. There is also much advice from mother to daughter. By their very nature these letters today seem tedious and repetitious, but they are a complete record of the lives of upper-middle class women from 1870 until 1920.

The papers have been arranged by family member and for convenience the scope and content of each individual's papers will be discussed separately.

Ambrose Clarke Papers

Ambrose Clarke was a Baltimore merchant who traded with the West Indies and Europe. His daughter Anne married Frederick William Brune (1776-1860). Clarke's papers consist of 30 letters (1804-8) with merchants in Amsterdam concerning prices of goods and shipping conditions and from ship captain Thomas B. Smith while in the West Indies. There is a copy of one letter (1808) by Clarke concerning use of his vessel "Ethan Allen" to transport french seamen to France. The papers include 20 receipts (1796-1806) for goods Clarke purchased in Baltimore. Clarke's business records are in MS1754.

Thomas B. Smith Papers

Thomas B. Smith (fl. 1796-1808) was a ship captain who did business with Ambrose Clarke. His papers include several bills of lading, an account book (1803-4), a journal (1802-3), and a few letters. The account book recorded his expenses with Clarke and has a log of his voyage from Baltimore to St. Lucie [West Indies] on the schooner "Eleanor." The journal records events on a voyage (1803) from St. Pierre, Martinique to Baltimore on the ship "Margaret." He included sketches of birds, fish, and trees. The journal also included some of Smith's financial accounts.

Maria Clarke Papers

Maria Clarke of Baltimore was the daughter of Ambrose Clarke and the sister of Anne [Clarke] Brune. Her papers consist of 20 letters (1827-1857) and are largely from her nephew (Anne's son) Frederick William Brune (1813-78). He wrote to his aunt while away at school at Round Hill in Massachusetts, 1827-29, and Harvard University, 1830, and also while he was in Europe 1836-37. There are also 2 letters (1856, n.d.) from another nephew George C. Shattuck. A few letters written by Maria Clarke can be found in the F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters.

Anne [Clark] Brune Papers

Anne Clarke (1780-1859) was the daughter of Ambrose Clarke, and in 1805 she married Frederick William Brune (1776-1860). Her papers consist of twenty letters (1829-1856). Almost all the letters were written by her son Frederick William Brune (1813-78) while he was at school at Round Hill in Northampton in Massachusetts (1829) and at Harvard (1831-32).

Frederick William Brune (1776-1860) Papers

Frederick William Brune (1776-1860) was the first of four F. W. Brunes whose papers are in this collection. He was born in Bremen, and as a young man came to the United States, first to New York, then to Baltimore. In 1799 he joined Berend Johann Von Kapff (1770-1825) in the mercantile firm of Von Kapff & Brune, later F. W. Brune and Sons. Business records relating to this firm are found in MS 1754.

Sketches of F. W. Brune and his mercantile firm appear in Howard, George W. The Monumental City (Baltimore, 1873), pp. 520-22 and Baltimore Past and Present (Baltimore, 1871), pp. 207-10. Copy in Appendix.

The papers of Brune in this collection are 30 letters (1827-32, 1841), a draft of his will, and some Von Kapff Estate papers. The letters relate to the education of his sons John C. and Frederick W. at Round Hill School in Northampton, Massachusetts. The letters are from the school's principal Joseph Green Cogswell and from John and Frederick. There is one letter [1832] from Frederick about listening to Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun speak on Henry Clay's tariff bill in the Senate. A signed copy of Clay's speech, "In Defense of the American System" is in Frederick's papers in Box 12.

John Christian Brune Papers

John Christian Brune (1814-65) was the son of F. W. and Anne [Clarke] Brune. He attended the Round Hill School in Northampton, Massachusetts and joined his father's mercantile firm.

A sketch of his life appears in Baltimore Past and Present (Baltimore, 1871) pp. 207-10. Copy in Appendix.

Few of his letters have survived. This collection includes letters (1827-30) written to him by his family while he was at the Round Hill School. Brune was president of the Baltimore Association for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor, and a speech to the group in this collection has been attributed to him. In 1861 Brune represented Baltimore in the House of Delegates. A printed list of that session's legislators is also part of his papers. The last items of his papers are a tribute to him by a merchant's association on his death and his will.

Ellen A. Brune Papers

Ellen A. Brune (1807-52) was the daughter of F. W. and Anne [Clarke[Brune. Her papers consist of 50 letters written to her by her younger brother F. W. Brune (1813-78). He wrote from Round Hill School (1827-29), Harvard University (1830-32) and Baltimore while she was away in the 1840's. There are a few letters written by Ellen to her brother Frederick in his incoming letters 1827-32. She wrote about her activities, including school.

Anne H. [Brune] Shattuck Papers

Anne Henrietta [Brune] Shattuck was the daughter of F. W. Brune and Anne [Clarke] Brune. She grew up in Baltimore, but upon marrying her cousin Dr. George C. Shattuck in 1840, she moved to Boston where she spent the rest of her life. Her papers consist of 70 letters (1825-1838, n.d.). The majority of these were written by her brother Frederick W. Brune (1813-78) while at the Round Hill School (1827-29), Harvard (1830-32) and in Europe (1836-37). These letters are in Box 104.

Frequent letters written by Anne are found in the incoming letters of her brother Frederick and after 1853 those of his wife Emily. Anne described her activities in Baltimore (1827-39) and in Boston after 1840. Her early letters mention her education.

George C. Shattuck Papers

George C. Shattuck (1813-93) was a physician and philanthropist. He was a cousin of F. W. Brune (1813-78) and of his wife Anne H. [Brune] Shattuck. In addition George and Frederick were close friends and constant correspondents from 1832 until Frederick's death in 1878. After that both George and Anne Shattuck corresponded with Frederick's wife Emily. George Shattuck's incoming correspondence in this collection is 100 letters (1832-78) largely written by Frederick W. Brune. The letters begin in 1832 after Shattuck and Brune graduated from Harvard, and Brune returned to Baltimore to read law. The letters from 1836 and 1837 described Brune's travels in Europe, and those from 1840 to 1848 described Brune's activities in Baltimore. The correspondence is scarce for the period 1849-1878, but there are a few of Brune's last letters to Shattuck in 1878. These letters are in Box 104. Shattuck had a habit of writing to Brune on letters he received especially those from his children. Many of Shattuck's incoming letters from his children are found in F. W. Brune's incoming letters.

Frederick William Brune (1813-78) Papers

Frederick William Brune (1813-78) was the son of F. W. and Anne [Clarke] Brune. He was born in Baltimore and lived most of his life there except for his years (1827-32) at school in Massachusetts and those he spent in Europe (1836-38). After studying law at Harvard and in the office of Judge John Purviance, he was admitted to the bar in 1834. Brune and George William Brown (1812-90) formed the firm Brown & Brune which dealt in commercial and maritime cases. F. W. Brune practiced law with this firm until his death in 1878. His major activity outside his law practice was work with the Protestant Episcopal Church, especially St. Paul's Parish in Baltimore. He attended the church diocesan and general conventions. He was also a vestryman.

A Sketch of his life appears in Howard, George W. The Monumental City (Baltimore, 1873), pp. 599-601. Copy in Appendix.

F. W. Brune was a devoted family man, and the majority of his papers revolve around family activities, except those few dealing with his law practice and religious activities.

Brune's school years are the most well-documented of his life. He attended the Round Hill School in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1827 until 1830. Brune's papers include nearly 60 essays written while at Round Hill; and these reveal some of the educational theory of the school as well as the ideas which helped shape Brune's life. The essays covered topics such as; On Manual Labor; Ought the Penitentiary System of Maryland Be Abolished; The Morality of Signing One's Name to All One Publishes; On General Feeling toward Revolution; On Public Response to Political Issues; On the Manner We Celebrate Centennials and Anniversaries; Eclipses...and Their Effect on Feelings of...People. These are in Box 11. Brune's reaction to the Round Hill School is detailed in his frequent letters to his parents, his sisters Ellen A. Brune, Clara [Brune] Brown, and Anne H. [Brune] Shattuck and his aunt Maria Clarke. These letters are found in boxes 1, 2, and 3. While at Round Hill, Brune received nearly 50 letters from his parents, sisters, and aunts. These letters detail their activities in Baltimore during his absence.

In the fall of 1829 Brune entered Harvard University. He graduated in 1831, and spent the following year at the Harvard Law School. He kept a detailed and introspective diary during his year at law school. In it he described his work and plans. It is in Box 11. Four of his writings from this period are in this collection. They are in Box 11 and deal with the abolition of lotteries, and 3 speeches on a debating club to which he belonged. The debating club might have been the Friday Evening Club he joined in 1833 after his return to Baltimore. The account book and minute book (1832-34) of the Friday Evening Club are in Box 11, and letters concerning the club are in Brune's incoming letters, 1834, in Box 4.

While at Harvard Brune wrote frequently to his parents, sisters, and aunt. These letters describing this phase of his education are in boxes 1, 2, and 104. Brune also wrote letters (1829, 1831-32) about Harvard to his good friend Robert Habersham in Savannah, Georgia. Habersham died soon after, and these letters written by Brune were apparently returned to Brune. They are filed with Brune's letters in boxes 3 and 4. As before Brune was kept informed of the families activities in Baltimore during 1829-32 through their frequent letters to him in boxes 3 and 4. These letters also had much advice to him on preparing for a legal career. Other correspondents while at Harvard were George W. Brown and J. E. Howard in Baltimore. Brune also received letters (1831) from his close friend and classmate Edgar Buckingham on religion and his divinity studies.

After leaving Harvard Brune received letters from his college friends telling of their new careers and often about courtship and marriage. There are 3 letters (1830, 1833) from classmate Wendell Phillips. One letter (October, 1835) from G. C. Shattuck described an attempt to lynch William Lloyd Garrison. In 1833 there are a few letters from J. Bozeman kerr in Easton, Md.

The two most constant correspondents of Brune's classmates were Thomas Donaldson (1815-77) and George Cheyne Shattuck. Donaldson was studying law at Harvard and kept Brune informed of mutual friends and school activities. He returned to Baltimore in 1834 and remained a close friend of Brune's, but his letters are sparse after 1834.

George Cheyne Shattuck (1813-93) was Brune's most constant correspondent from 1833 until Brune's death in 1878. Shattuck married Brune's sister Anne, and Shattuck's voluminous correspondence with the Brune family continued until his death in 1893. Shattuck's letters are full of family news, but he also mentioned his medical practice in Boston, and his work (1855-93) with Harvard Medical School. His interests outside of medicine were the Protestant Episcopal Church and the founding of St. Paul's School in Concord, N. H., in 1855. His letters reflect these interests. Letters written by Brune to Shattuck from 1836-37 while in Europe, from 1840-48 while a lawyer in Baltimore, and from 1878 are found in Shattuck's incoming letters in Box 104.

F. W. Brune set out to travel and study in Europe in the spring of 1836. His papers include his journal for the second year of his trip. The two volumes cover his travels in Italy, France, England, Switzerland, and Austria from March until November, 1837. These detailed journals describe Brune's activities and observations as a traveler. They are in Box 11. The first year in Europe (March, 1836-March, 1837) was apparently spent in Germany where he attended lectures on law. The majority of items from this first year period are the letters written to Brune from his family in Baltimore. Few of Brune's letters to his family about his studies in Germany have survived. There are a few notes in German and some memorabilia collected by Brune while in Germany. These items are in Box 11.

After Brune returned to Baltimore in [1838] he formed a law partnership with George William Brown. His correspondence from 1839-78 contains some items dealing with the law practice but is mainly letters from the Shattucks in Boston and other family members while away from Baltimore. After Brune's marriage in 1853 to Emily Stone Barton of Fredericksburg, Va. his correspondents included her parents Thomas B. and Susan C. [Stone] Barton and her brother William S. Barton. Few of Emily's letters to her husband survived, but his many letters to her during courtship (1852-53) and during her frequent visits to her family after their marriage are found in her incoming letters boxes 13-21, 36.

Brune's correspondence contains much about the Civil War. His letters to his wife (in Box 15) described events in Baltimore including those leading up to the arrest of his brother-in-law and Baltimore Mayor George William Brown. Brown's letters to Brune while he was imprisoned first at Fort Lafayette and later at Fort Warren in Boston are in boxes 6 and 7. Also the Shattuck's wrote to Brune about Brown at Fort Warren. Other letters by Brown from Fort Warren are in Emily Brune's incoming letters in Box 15.

Brune's activities in the Protestant Episcopal Church are documented in his papers about St. Paul's Church and his incoming letters from the 1860's. In the early 1850's Brune was a member of the St. Paul's Church vestry. His papers include vestry minutes, resolutions, correspondence, and some marriage certificates from 1850-55 and some correspondence from 1870. Brune apparently separated these items from his personal correspondence and the separation has been maintained. However, there is also correspondence relating to the church in Brune's incoming letters begining in the 1860's. There are letters from the Rector of St. Paul's Milo Mahan and his successor J. S. B. Hodges. Some of the letters deal with filling pastorates in various churches. In 1870-73 there are several letters concerning church conventions Brune attended including two lengthy letters (1872, 1873) about church policy from Arthur J. Rich. Other church items are printed material about St. Paul's Parish activities and about Protestant Episcopal Church conventions in Box 12.

Brune's incoming letters in the last years of his life include letters from his sons F. W., Jr. and Barton at school at St. John's in Annapolis. Also, letters from F. W., Jr. while studying law in Boston in 1875. Other correspondents were his nephews Arthur George Brown and Stewart Brown who had joined the law firm Brown & Brune and Severn Teackle Wallis who wrote mainly about personal matters.

Other items in F. W. Brune's papers include a bank book (1848-56) and receipts (1862-73). These are in Box 11. Other receipts for purchases by Brune and his wife can be found in her papers, boxes 40 & 41. Brune belonged to several organizations whose records he kept with his own papers. These include: Atheneum Building Committee account book, 1847; St. Paul's Benevolent Society minutes, 1851, 1852; list of subscribers to the Baltimore Manual Labor School for Indigent Boys, 1851; letters and papers pertaining to the College of St. James, 1858; Mt. Calvary Church account books, 1843, 1848; House of Refuge speech and accounts; and the Henrietta D'A. Wilson Estate account book. These are all in Box 12.

Emily [Barton] Brune Papers

Emily Stone Barton (1826-1908) was the daughter of Thomas B. and Susan C. [Stone] Barton, Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va., she moved to Baltimore in 1853 after marrying Frederick W. Brune (1813-78). Emily's life revolved around her roles as daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Her papers are almost entirely incoming letters from her immediate family, and the majority of these are from women. The frequency and detail of these letters indicates the importance to her of the network among her mother, sisters, and daughter.

Emily Brune's incoming letters began in 1846, but the bulk date from 1860 until 1908. Few papers of her childhood or early married life have survived, but she apparently saved all the letters she received from 1860 until 1908. Her incoming letters consist of approximately 9000 letters found in boxes 13-38. The small number of letters written by Emily are in the incoming letters of her husband F. W. Brune (boxes 5-9), her mother S. C. S. Barton (box 98), her sisters M. E. B. Jones, Box 100 and Eva Barton (box 98) and her daughter Susan [Brune] Randall (boxes 48-55). The largest number of extant letters written by Emily were written to her daughter from the 1880s until 1908. These describe Emily's life as a widow and contain much advice to Susan.

Although she moved to Baltimore in 1853, Emily Brune spent much time with her family in Virginia. Her letters include many from her husband while she was in Virginia and from her mother and sisters while she was in Baltimore. The bulk of the correspondence begins in 1860.

Emily was visiting her family in Fredericksburg when the Civil War broke out, and Frederick wrote her many letters about activities in Baltimore during the war. She also received letters from Frederick's brother-in-law George W. Brown who had been imprisoned at Fort Lafayette and Fort Warren. Other Civil War letters were from prisoners she sent food and clothing to in Delaware. While Emily was in Baltimore her mother wrote to her about the effect of the war on Fredericksburg. One letter (1862) especially described the arrest of Emily's father and her mother's views on emancipation. These Civil War letters are in Box 15.

Susan [Stone] Barton continued to write to Emily about family events in Fredericksburg until her death in 1875. Other than her mother Emily's most constant family correspondants were her sister Mary Eliza (M. E.) [Barton] Jones and her husband William Strother Jones. The Joneses lived at "Vaucluse" in Middletown, Virginia. The Joneses were apparently quite close to Emily, and there are many letters from them up to M. E.'s death in 1868. William Strother continued the frequent letters to Emily until the late 1870's when he and his children apparently moved to Baltimore. The Jones children Anne Cary [Jones] Atterbury, Susan K [Jones] Brackett, W. S. Jones, and T. Barton Jones considered Emily a second mother, and many of her letters in the 1880's and 1890's are from these nieces and nephews.

Through the 1870's and 1880's Emily received many letters from her brothers and sisters. Her sister Susan Caroline (Carry) [Barton] Johnston lived in Baltimore but wrote frequently about her declining health in the 1870's. She wrote quite candidly about the [cancer] which caused her death in 1876. Emily's brother William S. Barton was a lawyer, later Judge in Fredericksburg. He wrote about his professional work and his activities on behalf of the Episcopal Church. His wife Marion Eliza [Jenifer] Barton also wrote frequently to Emily. Most of her letters are undated and appear in Box 35. Emily's husband's brother-in-law George C. Shattuck also wrote frequently to Emily, especially after Frederick's death in 1878. Shattuck wrote about his medical and philanthropic activities in Boston and about summer vacations at Lake Champlain. His letters to Emily began in 1862 but increased in number from 1878 until his death in 1893.

Emily and Frederick Brune had four children: Frederick William (1854-94), Thomas Barton (1856-91), Susan [Brune] Randall (1860-1937, and Herbert Maxwell (1866-1948). Beginning in the 1870's much of Emily's correspondence is letters from her children. Frederick Barton wrote (1873-75) about school at St. John's in Annapolis. Frederick then studied law in Boston (1876) and Barton medicine in Germany (1878). Herbert attended St. Paul's School in New Hampshire (1880-83) and wrote frequently to his mother. After school the Brune sons settled in Baltimore and rarely wrote to their mother, but their sister Susan was often away from home in the 1880s and 1890s and was Emily's most frequent correspondent. Susan spent her summers in the 1880's with family or friends in Newport, R.I. or Dark Harbor, Maine. In the 1890's she wrote frequently from Deer Park in Western Maryland.

Aside from her immediate family, Emily received letters from a few close and life-long friends. There are letters from a Patty Burnley (PB) in Frankfort, Ky., Susan S.[Peyton] Hagner in West Troy, N.Y. and her sister Julia [Peyton] Washington. Julia married an older man rather late in life and her sister's letters to Emily in the 1870's discussed this. Julia's letters are written from Washington DC. and North Carolina.

Baltimore friends with whom Emily kept in close contact were Lindsay [Taliferro] Waters, E. H. Gordon, and Mary Glenn Perine. Perine shared Emily's philanthropic interests and her letters mention church and relief work.

Emily Brune's few letters not from family or close friends dealt with her religious and relief efforts. She was active in St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was on the boards of the St. Paul's Orphanage, the Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers Home, and the Home for the Incurables.

Frederick William Brune (1854-99)

Frederick William Brune was the oldest child of Frederick William and Emily Barton Brune. Few of Frederick's papers survive except those of his childhood which presumably were kept by his mother after he moved to his home. His papers consist of about 300 items (1859-98) and are comprised of incoming letters and school papers.

F. W. Brune (1854-99) grew up in Baltimore and spent several summers with his mother's sister M. E. Jones at the Jones home "Vaucluse" in Middleton, Va. There are letters (1867-68) from Brune to his mother written from "Vaucluse" in Emily Barton Brune's incoming letters, Box 16. Brune attended Pen Lucy School in Waverly, Md., graduating as valedictorian in 1872. His valedictory speech is in Box 44.

The bulk of Brune's incoming correspondence dates from his school days. These letters are from his parents, sister Susan and brothers T. Barton and Herbert while Frederick was at St. John's College, (1874-74, and in Boston studying law, 1874-75. After Brune returned from Boston and began practicing law, his letters (1876-84) are largely from his aunt and uncle Anne [Brune] and George C. Shattuck with whom he stayed while studying in Boston. There are some from his mother as she traveled to Boston and Lake Champlain, 1880's. These letters are in boxes 42-44. A few letters written by Frederick to his brother Herbert in 1880 are found in Box 45.

Brune married Blanche Shoemaker (1859-98) in [1885] and few of his papers after this event are in this collection. There are a few of Blanche's incoming letters, largely from her mother-in-law, Emily Brune. The collection includes a playscript "Sylvia" written by Frederick and Blanche Brune's daughter Blanche S. [Brune] Van Dusen.

Herbert Maxwell Brune

Herbert Maxwell Brune (1866-1948) was the youngest child of Frederick William and Emily [Barton] Brune.

For more details see C.M. Andrews, Tercentenary History of Maryland (Baltimore, 1925), III:591-92.

His papers consist largely of those of his childhood. There are about 150 items dating from 1871 until 1942.

Brune was born in Baltimore where he attended schools until enrolling in St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. in 1880. Brune's uncle George C. Shattuck was instrumental in founding St. Paul's. His years (1880-84) at St. Paul's are the best documentated in this collection. His incoming letters (1880-84) are largely from his mother and brother Frederick in Baltimore while Herbert was at school. Herbert's letters to his mother about his studies and activities at St. Paul's are in boxes 23-27. There are also about 20 essays written by Brune at school.

After St. Paul's Brune returned to Baltimore to graduate from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School. There are no papers relating to this education or his subsequent legal career. There is one memo [1880s] concerning a financial deal of Freeman Rasin and some papers (1910) concerning some work Brune was doing for Elisabeth Gilman.

Brune married Lucy Fisher in 1892, and there are some letters from Herbert and Lucy to Emily Brune in her incoming letters, 1892-1908. Brune married Mrs. George Somerville Jackson in 1942.

Thomas Barton Brune (1856-91)

Thomas Barton Brune was the second son of Frederick William and Emily [Barton] Brune.

For more details see Eugene F. Cordell, The Medical Annals of Maryland, 1799-1899 (Baltimore, 1903), pp. 336-37.

Only a small part of his life is covered by his papers in the collection. There are about 150 items from 1866 until 1891, but the bulk deal with the year (1878-79) Brune spent studying medicine in Vienna and Berlin.

Brune attended Pen Lucy School in Waverly, Md. and then St. John's College where he received a B.A. (1875) and M.A. (1878). A few of his report cards and essays are in this collection. His letters to his mother from St. John's are in Boxes 18 and 19. In 1878 Brune sailed for Europe to spend a year studying medicine in Vienna and then Berlin. He was engaged to be married to Agnes Wirt Randall and the bulk of Brune's papers is voluminous correspondence from Agnes. She was in Annapolis and wrote detailed letters of her activities. Other correspondents while he was in Europe were his mother, his uncle George C. Shattuck, and his Barton relatives. Brune's letters to his mother written while in Europe are in boxes 21 and 22.

Agnes W. [Randall] Brune was the daughter of Alexander Randall of Annapolis. In [1879] she married T. Barton Brune. A few of Agnes W. [Randall] Brune's letters are in this collection. Most of the surviving incoming letters are from her mother-in-law Emily Brune and are in Box 47. Agnes was a close to the Brune family. Not only did she marry a Brune but her brother Blanchard married T. Barton Brune's sister and Agnes's close friend Susan Brune. Letters written by Agnes are found in the incoming letters of Emily B. Brune, T. Barton Brune, Susan [Brune] Randall, and Blanchard Randall.

Susan Katherine [Brune] Randall

Susan Katherine Barton [Brune] Randall (1860-1937) was the daughter of Frederick William ans Emily [Barton] Brune. Like her mother Susan kept up a voluminous correspondence with her family and friends throughout her life. Her papers consist of her incoming letters (1865-1937) about 5000 items.

Susan was born and raised in Baltimore, and her correspondence did not really begin until she began to travel during the summers from 1880 until 1885. Susan spent her summers in Newport while her mother wrote of activities in Baltimore. Susan's letters to her mother describing Newport are in boxes 22-28. In 1884 Susan married Blanchard Randall and from 1886 through 1899 Susan spent her summers at the B & O Railroad hotel DeerPark in Garret County, Maryland. Both Blanchard and her mother wrote from Baltimore, and Susan's letters from Deer Park are found in boxes 30 and 31 amd boxes 64 and 66.

Other trips taken by Susan included two trips to Europe in 1892 and 1901, a trip to Chicago in 1893 and a winter in Anniston, Alabama, 1917-18. Letters written from Europe and Chicago are found in Emily [Barton] Brune's incoming letters boxes 65, 66, and 69.

Susan Randall's life revolved around her mother and her children. Even when Susan or Emily Brune were not traveling they corresponded constantly. Their letters from the 1880's until Emily's death in 1908 are full of detailed advice and news of the Randall children's health and activities.

Susan and Blanchard Randall had eight children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children were Frederick Brune Randall ([1886]-1961); Susan Katharine Barton [Randall] Pincoffs (b. 1888); Emily Brune [Randall] Webster (1890-1965); Elizabeth Blanchard [Randall] Slack (1892-19__); Blanchard Randall (1894-); Evelyn Barton [Randall] Hanrahan (1896-1978; and Alexander Randall (1898-1949).

Much of Susan Randall's correspondence from the 1890's until her death in 1937 is from or concerning her seven children. From 1900 until 1908 there are letters from Eva Waters the children's governess. The activities of the seven children over forty years are too numerous to cite here. They will be discussed under the section for each child's papers on pages 19-26. Aside from their activities, the letters reveal the extremely close relationship between Susan and her children, especially her daughters. The children obviously adored their mother and respected her judgement as the letters are always asking for advice. Fewer of Susan's replies to these requests survive, but there are letters from her in the incoming letters of all seven children.

Susan Randall also received letters from Eleanor (Hattie) McMain who was engaged in social work in Louisiana. McMain's first letter was written in 1909 while she was running a Junior Republic in Lewisburg, La. By 1911 she was in New Orleans working at a settlement, Kingsley House. McMain wrote once or twice a year about her work at Kingsley House until 1917. Susan Randall also received letters from Lucy [Fosdick] Minot. She was the wife of biologist Charles Minot. The Minots lived in Boston, and Lucy wrote of their activities and after 1914, her widowhood. Charles Minot's letters to the Randalls are in Blanchard Randall's incoming letters in boxes 65 to 69.

Susan Randall's one interest outside of her family was the Episcopal Church. She belonged to St. Paul's Church, and she and Blanchard took an active interest in the national Episcopal Church structure. They often attended the annual conventions and when Blanchard went alone in 1922 he wrote detailed letters to Susan about the convention. Sally R. and Mary Coles Carter, headmistresses of St. Timothy's School, also wrote to Susan about the Episcopal church convention of 1913.

Blanchard Randall

Blanchard Randall (1857-1942) was the son of Alexander Randall and his second wife Elizabeth Blanchard. Randall's papers (1871-1942) consist of about 2500 items most of which are his incoming correspondence.

Randall was born and raised in Annapolis, but very few records of his childhood are in this collection. When he began to work for the Baltimore export firm Gill & Fisher in the 1880's, his incoming correspondence began. Many of the letters from 1883 until the 1890's are from his mother Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall who wrote to her son about her activities in Annapolis. Randall's sisters also wrote frequently from Annapolis including Elizabeth [Randall] Caswell, Kate Wirt Randall (d.1922), and Agnes W. [Randall] Brune who lived in Baltimore after 1878.

Blanchard's brothers wrote less frequently than his sisters, but A. B rton Randall wrote of his medical practice in Philadelphia 1890's-19__ and T. Henry Randall of his architectural practice in Boston with H. H. Richardson and in New York (1884-1904). In 1905 Henry was placed in Sheppard-Pratt Hospital and there are some letters (1905-6) concerning his care.

Randall kept in close contact with several friends throughout his life. His cousin, lawyer A. B. Hagner wrote frequently from Washington, D.C., 1897-1911. Blanchard also corresponded with Harvard biologist Charles S. Minot and his wife Lucy [Fosdick] Minot.

Randall was associated with the grain export firm Gill & Fisher for his entire career, but there are few of his business papers in this collection. Letters he wrote to his fiancé Susan Brune in 1883 and 1884 were written while he was traveling for Gill & Fisher in Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. There is some mention of his work in these. There are two interesting letters concerning the export trade: one (1891) from a former employee engaged in the coffee trade in Brazil, and one (1900) from William Goodwin in Bueno Aires. In 1908 Gill & Fisher was sued by a french firm, and there are some letters concerning this.

Randall took an active interest in civic, philanthropic, political and church organizations. His correspondence has some mention of all these activities. In 1891 he received a lengthy letter from W. F. Brand outlining the Arbitration Council which was to bring peace between capital and labor. From 1902-3 Randall served as an official of the Baltimore Board of Trade. His interest in the city led him to participate in the City-Wide Congress held in 1911. The next year Randall was contacted about the Public Athletic League sponsored by the Social Service Corporation. He also received letters (1905) concerning Baltimore's first settlement house, the Lawrence Memorial and from Adelaide Nutting about the Grenfell Mission to Labrador, 1907. Randall's daughters Elizabeth, Emily, and Evelyn were also supporters of the Grenfell Mission, and their papers have references to it. By 1919 Randall served as chairman of the School Survey Commission of Baltimore. The purpose was to investigate the feasibility of surveying. Balto. City schools. Minutes and correspondence are in Box 71.

Blanchard Randall was active in the operation of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He corresponded (1905-) with William Osler. There are letters about the Harriet Lane Children's Home (1907) and the organization of the Phipps Clinic (1908). Randall acted as an intermediary (1911-12) between the medical school and a prospective professor, Dr. Pirquet. Pirquet wrote about what he expected from Hopkins, and Randall negotiated with board members. Randall was a good friend of John M. Glenn, superintendant of the hospital, but there are more letters from Glenn after he moved to New York to direct the New York Charity Organization Society. Randall was also interested in the Johns Hopkins University. In 1901 his brother Wyatt wrote a detailed letter about the future of undergraduate education at Hopkins. Charles M. Andrews taught history at Hopkins until 1911. There is one letter (1911) detailing why he was leaving Hopkins for Yale.

Not much is known of Blanchard Randall's political activities, but his incoming letters contain some information on Baltimore politics. There is a letter (1894) from J. Wirt Randall about William Cabell Bruce's election to the state senate. The next year Bruce wrote Blanchard about the anti-Gorman (the party boss) Democrats. By 1900, however, Randall apparently had become a republican. There is a letter (1900) about the Republican Club and one (1904) about the Republican State Central Committee. In 1920 Randall attended the Republican National Convention in Chicago. Letters concerning this are in Susan B. Randall's incoming letters, box 58. That same year (1920) Randall received a letter from Winfred Smith asking Randall, as a Republican, to talk to the Mayor (BROENING) about not making political appointments to the Board of City Supervisors. John Work Garrett wrote Randall in 1922 about that year's Republican campaign. He hoped the Republican women with their recently granted right to vote would organize. Garrett was also interested (1920) in distributing copies of The Red Conspiracy to schools.

Blanchard Randall had a personal print collection which was a hobby. There are letters from the New York dealer F. Meder from the 1890's. In 1903 Meder produced a catalog to Randall's collection. The draft of the catalog is in Box 71. One of Randall's prints was "Old Moses," and its history is described in a 1917 letter from David Bendann. Randall's interest in art led him to be elected President of the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1914. There are letters about the Museum in his letters for 1914 and 1915.

Randall's most consuming interest outside of his family was the Episcopal Church. He was a member of St. Paul's Church and friend of many Bishops. He often attended the Episcopal National Conventions, and his letters have some reference to these especially the Oregon convention in 1922. His letters from Oregon to his wife are in Boxes 58 and 59. Letters about church activities are found throughout his correspondence.

John Glenn Letters

John M. Glenn and his wife Mary Willcox [Brown] Glenn, close friends of the Randall family, were active in national social reform movements. Due to this interest they were often asked to serve on national reform committees. This collection contains ten letters written to the Glenns about reform work. The letters are from nationally prominent individuals and apparently given to the Randall family because of the signatures. The individuals represented and the date of their signature are as follows: Lyman Abbott (1907); James S. Sherman (1908); Wallace Buttrick (1908); Jane Addams (1908); Frederick Law Olmstead (1909); James Bronson Reynolds (1909); Walter Hines Page (1909); Jacob A. Riis (1911); William H. Taft (1911); and Woodrow Wilson (1913). These letters are in Box 72.

Katharine [Randall] Pincoffs

Susan Katharine Barton [Randall] Pincoffs (b. 1888) was the eldest daughter of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. Her papers are incoming letters (1894-1921, n.d.) received by her while she was living at home with her parents. There are few items dating after her marriage to Dr. Maurice Pincoff in 1919. Her papers consist of about 150 items.

Some of Katharine's earliest letters are from Elisabeth Gilman from 1902-4. During this period Gilman was directing Katharine's religious instruction in Episcopal doctrine. The collection includes Gilman's questions and Katharine's written replies. The remainder of Katharine's incoming letters are from her family while traveling. In 1908 Katharine and her father wrote them letters from Baltimore. Emily Randall traveled to the Philippines in 1911 and 1912 and she wrote detailed letters to her sister Katharine.

Katharine became engaged to Dr. Maurice Pincoffs in 1917 just before he left for duty in a medical unit in France. Maurice's letters to Katharine are not in this collection, but Katherine's letters to her mother (1917-18) (in Box 57) discuss the difficulty of waiting to hear from soldiers on active duty. Maurice and Katharine were married in 1919, and Katharine's letters from a wedding trip to Florida and Chicago are in Susan Randall's incoming letters, Box 58.

The Pincoffses lived in Baltimore after their marriage, and there are few letters from Katharine after 1919 except when she traveled. Few of Katharine's incoming letters after 1919 are in this collection.

Alexander Randall

Alexander Randall (1898-1949) was the youngest child of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. Few of his papers are in this collection. They are school papers and incoming letters 1905-1922, n.d., about 300 items.

Alexander's school papers consist of essays he wrote for his governess Eva Waters, report cards, 1910-14, from Gilman school, grades from Johns Hopkins University 1916-17, and an essay, 1921, written while at Harvard Medical School.

Alexander was in the army from 1917 until [1919]. He was first stationed in Anniston, Alabama, and his mother's papers from 1917-1918 mention Alexander. Susan Randall, and daughters Elizabeth and Evelyn spent the winter of 1917-18 in Anniston and saw Alexander frequently. He was sent to France in 1918, and his papers have some letters written to him during this time.

There are a few papers relating to Alexander after his marriage in 1922 to Aurora Carter.

Blanchard Randall, Jr.

Blanchard Randall (b. 1894) was the second son of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. There are few of his papers in this collection. Those that exist are incoming letters (1898-1912, n.d.) received during his childhood. There are about 100 items.

The incoming letters are almost entirely written by his parents, sisters, a and brothers while he was away, usually in the summer.

There are a few of his school essays and grades from Johns Hopkins University 1910-11.

In 1918 Blanchard married Romaine McIlvaine. There are two letters written to her in this collection, and many written by her in the incoming letters of Susan Randall, Evelyn Hanrahan, and Elizabeth R. Slack.

Frederick Brune Randall

Frederick B. Randall ([1886]-1961) was the oldest child of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. Like his brothers' papers, few of his papers are in this collection. They are incoming letters (1893-1921, n.d.) written largely by his family during his childhood. There are about 75 items.

Frederick's incoming letters are almost entirely from his parents, sisters, and brothers, mostly while he was away, at school; College of St. James in Hagerstown, Maryland, (1899-1900), the Mackenzie School in Dobbs Ferry, New York (1902-4), and Choconut summer camp in Friendsville, Pa. Blanchard Randall's incoming letters for 1899-1904 contain letters concerning Frederick's education.

Frederick appeared to have been somewhat retarded. Letters written by Susan Randall to Blanchard during 1886 record a severe illness of Frederick's.

Throughout his life Frederick lived with his parents. After his father's death in 1942, Frederick apparently lived in a series of hospitals, and the correspondence of his sisters and brothers mention his care.

Evelyn Barton [Randall] Hanrahan

Evelyn Barton [Randall] Hanrahan (1896-1978) was the youngest daughter of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. As with the papers of the other children, Evelyn's papers are largely the letters she received during her childhood. They cover the period 1903-26 and are about 200 items.

The early letters (1903-12) were written to Evelyn by her parents and sisters and brothers while they traveled. For the year 1913-14 Evelyn attended Bryn Mawr College and her letters for these years are from college friends. Evelyn's letters from Bryn Mawr to her mother are in Box 56. She did not return to Bryn Mawr in the fall og 1914, and there are letters from her friends who did. There are also many letters (1914-15) from Charlotte Strong about debutante activities in Short Hills, N. J.

All of the Randall daughters were interested in church and social welfare work. Evelyn trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a social worker, and there is some mention of this work in her letters. She was also interested in the Grenfell family's mission to Labrador, and there are letters (1914) about this. Evelyn took an active interest in the Republican Party. Her incoming letters of the 1920's reflect this.

In 1923 Evelyn married Edward Hanrahan, and few of her papers after this have survived. Letters about plans for her wedding were written to Bessie [Randall] Slack and are in Box 81.

Emily Brune [Randall] Webster

Emily Brune [Randall] Webster (1890-1965) was the daughter of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. Her papers (1902-43, n.d.) are largely incoming letters received between 1908 and 1922. There are about 400 items.

Like those of other family members Emily's earlier correspondense is letters from her family while traveling. Her father wrote from Europe in 1906 and her sister and parents wrote from Baltimore while Emily spent the summer of 1907 in Red Bank [N. J.] with her cousins the Joneses.

In 1911 Emily left Baltimore with some family friends, the Forbeses, and travelled to Manila, Philippines. She was gone almost one year and wrote detailed letters to her parents and sisters. (In boxes 56, 68, 73 and 76). She traveled first to Carpenteria, California then Japan, and Shanghai. She arrived in China soon after the revolution and made some observations on the political situation in her letters. Once in Manila Emily wrote of her full schedule of social events. She was also hospitalized for [appendicitis]. During her absence Emily's sisters and parents wrote frequently of their activities in Baltimore.

After returning to Baltimore, Emily began what was to become her life-long work in medical social work. She received her early training as a volunteer at the newly-opened Johns Hopkins Hospital social service department. Many of the doctors and nurses she worked with at Hopkins subsequently served in France, and Emily received letters from doctors Kenneth Blackfan and A. Watson Sellards as well as non-medical personnel in France. These letters, 1916-19, are in boxes 77 and 78. Emily also corresponded with a nurse who described work in France, 1917 and a friend Alice who went to France in 1918 with the YMCA. Another friend Monroe McIver wrote in 1920 of his work in Poland with a Red Cross typhus unit. Letters from friends in the US 1916-19 described their war work on the home front, especially nursing and knitting.

Emily also took an active interest in mission and social settlement work. Emily and Evelyn Randall in 1915 and Emily and Bessie Randall in 1916 attended the summer Missionary Conference held at Silver Bay, Lake George, N.Y. These conferences like the YMCA conferences held at the same place, were to teach young men and women how to work for misionary activities. The conferences were a mixture of prayer meetings mission study classes, and summer camp. Emily's letters to her mother about the conference are in Box 57.

Emily was also active in Baltimore's short-lived Locust Point Settlement House. In 1916 she received a long letter from Ellen Emerson a former worker at Locust Point. Emerson detailed some of the settlement's organizational problems.

In 1920 Emily decided to pursue her social work activities professionally by attending a school of social work. Her uncle Jeffrey Brackett was connected with the Boston School of Social Work while an old family friend John Glenn was associated with the New York School of Social Work. In 1920 Glenn wrote Emily a detailed letter advising her on which school was best for her. It is in Box 78. Emily chose the New York school and spent the next five years studying and working in New York. During these years 1920-24 Emily wrote frequently to her parents about her work and studies. These letters are in boxes 58, 59, 69, and 76.

Emily became clinic executive for the Eye, Ear, and Throat Clinic at Cornell Medical College in 1923. She worked there for over a year but apparently resigned to return to her parents in Baltimore in 1924. Emily was the only unmarried daughter and believed it her duty to care for her parents. This sense of duty is quite evident in her letters to her parents inthe 1920's.

There are few papers relating to Emily Randall after her return to Baltimore. In 1951 she married Dr. Jerome Webster and returned to New York. There are some letters after this in the incoming letters of her sister Bessie Slack.

Elizabeth Blanchard [Randall] Slack

Elizabeth Blanchard [Randall] Slack (b. 1892) was the daughter of Susan Brune and Blanchard Randall. Her papers cover her life up to 1972, but the bulk of the material is incoming letters from 1909 through the 1940's. There are about 1500 items.

Like most of the Randall family Elizabeth, known as Bessie, was active in social welfare activities. She was interested in the Grenfell family's mission to Labrador. There are letters about the Grenfell Mission from 1909 and 1912 in Box 79. She also taught a Red Cross class on hygiene and home care of the sick in 1914-15 and was elected manager and secretary of the Electric Sewing

Machine Society in 1916. This group trained women in the use of the electric sewing machine so they could become self-sufficient. There are letters concerning this work in Box 79.

Bessie's main interest was working with physically handicapped patients. She began work with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Social Service Department. In 1915 and 1916 through the Social Service Department she was writing to other agencies in the U.S. for descriptions of their programs in physical rehabilitation. Her incoming letters for these years contain much information on rehabilitation programs. In 1917 Bessie received a letter from Mary Richmond, a leading social work theorist. Printed material collected by Bessie on occupational therapy is in Box 84.

Experience such as Bessie's was much in demand during World War I. In 1917 Bessie contemplated going to France to help with rehabilitation. She instead went to work as a Reconstruction Aide in Occupational Therapy in army hospitals. She was in Rahway, N. J. in 1918 and at the U.S. General Hospital No. 3 in Colonia, N.J. the next year. Her letters to her parents describing this work are in boxes 57, 58, and 69. Letters to Bessie from her parents are in Box 80.

Bessie resigned her position as a Reconstruction aide in April 1920. That same year and the next the Public Health Service wrote several times asking her to work for them with veterans, but she refused.

Bessie married Dr. Harry Richmond Slack (1888-1957) in June 1922, and they immediately departed for a year at the Peking Union Medical College. As with other separations in the Randall family, the correspondence during Bessie's absence was voluminous. Bessie wrote detailed letters about life in China to her parents and sisters Emily, Katharine, and Evelyn. These letters are in boxes 59, 70, 73, 75, and 78. Other letters about this period can be found in Harry Slack's letters to his parents in boxes 88 and 89. Bessie's family wrote often to her especially about the plans for Evelyn Randall's marriage to Edward Hanrahan in 1923.

Bessie's incoming correspondence tapers off after her return to Baltimore in 1923. There are letters concerning her various civic projects, especially her work with the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. Material on the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland is also found in Box 84. There are also letters from her children Harry R. Slack (1924-70), Wyatt Cameron Slack (b. 1928) and Elizabeth Slack (b. 1933).

Harry Richmond Slack Papers

Harry Richmond Slack (1888-1957) was the son of Harry Richmond and Ruth Slack of LaGrange, Georgia. His papers consist of his correspondence with his family 1898-1957. His parents returned letters Harry wrote to them while he was in school and in France, 1905-18. His incoming and outgoing letters are filed by year. There are about 2000 items.

Harry was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. His correspondence began when he attended the University of Georgia in Athens, 1905-8. With this separation began a voluminous and detailed family correspondence that lasted throughout his parents' lives. While at the University Harry wrote detailed, weekly letters to his family telling of both his social and academic activities.

In 1909 Harry enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Medical School. Again his letters to his family detail his activities for the next four years. His letters of 1912 mention the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore and his proposed summer work at Mt. Wilson Hospital. His family's letters to Harry discuss their lives in LaGrange 1909-12. These letters are in boxes 85 and 86.

Harry Slack worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a short time in 1913 but sailed that summer for Europe to work with the Red Cross in France. His letters from June-August, 1913 describe life in Berlin. From August 1913 until 1915 he was working with the Red Cross in France. Again he was a regular and meticulous correspondent. The letters to his parents are in boxes 86 and 87.

After his return from France in 1915 Harry worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital. None of his letters from this period survived, but his family's letters to Harry are in box 87. Harry returned to France in June 1917 with a Johns Hopkins medical unit and was stationed at the American Expeditionary forces Base Hospital 18. Harry's letters to his parents from June 1917 through 1918 describe medical and military conditions. In 1918 he also sent them copies of soldiers' letters which had been censored. These letters are in boxes 87 and 88.

Harry was back at Hopkins in 1919 through June 1922 and wrote few letters to his parents. Their letters to him are in Box 88. After his marriage to Elizabeth (Bessie) Randall, Harry and Bessie sailed for China where Harry worked at the Peking Union Medical College for one year. His detailed letters to his family about China and the Slack's return trip through Cairo and Paris are in boxes 88 and 89.

The Slacks settled in Baltimore upon their return from China. Harry's correspondence with his parents and family in LaGrange continued through the 1940's and comprised the majority of his remaining correspondence.

Alexander Randall Papers

Alexander Randall (1803-81) was the father of Blanchard Randall. He was a lawyer and businessman in Annapolis. His papers consist of some incoming correspondence and a large number of papers relating to his estate. There are about 400 items (1847-81).

There are few papers relating to Randall's legal and business interests, but there are letters concerning some of his political activities. Randall supported the presidential candidacy of Zachary Taylor and participated in the 1848 State Taylor Convention in Baltimore. There are letters concerning arrangements for the convention and a copy of the proceedings and Randall's speech in support of Taylor. These are in Box 92.

Randall was an ardent unionist during the Civil War. During the War he worked hard to keep the Naval Academy from being moved further North. His letters during the war reflect this struggle. There is also an interesting letter (September 5, 1861) from Bishop William Whittingham concerning the clergy and the American Revolution.

Randall was a friend and supporter of Dorothea L. Dix, the mental hospital reformer. Her letters to Randall 1870-81 spoke of his support. There are also several letters (1881-84) from Dix to Randall's widow Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall.

Another reform interest of Randall's was temperance. There are copies of the constitution of the State Temperance Society, 1830, a list of subscribers, 1833, and an 1833 letter of Randall's concerning the Society. This was a life-long interest, and there is also a temperance speech (1881) by Randall.

Alexander Randall's first wife was Catherine Wirt. She died in 1852. In 1873 Randall received several letters from her [brother?] William Wirt concerning some Wirt property in Virginia. Alexander's brother Thomas had married Catherine's sister Laura Wirt. There is one letter (June 19, 1828) from William Wirt to his son-in-law Thomas.

The remainder of Alexander Randall's incoming letters are from his children especially his son Blanchard who was working for a commission merchant in Baltimore.

The settlement of Alexander Randall's estate was complicated, and the majority of his papers pertain to the estate. His second wife Elizabeth Philpot [Blanchard] Randall recorded "Reminiscence of Alexander Randall" and this is in Box 93.

Philpot Papers

The Philpots were related to the Randall family through Elizabeth Philpot [Blanchard] Randall, Alexander Randall's second wife. The Philpot genealogical chart is on page 48 and a brief genealogical sketch is in Box 93. The Philpot papers cover the period 1750-1928 and contain about 200 items.

The bulk of the Philpot papers belong to Catherine Stewart Philpot (Kitty) of Phoenix, Maryland. She was a distant cousin of Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall. Catherine's finances were apparently administered by Blanchard Randall, and most of her papers (1900-28) relate to the operation of her home "Rockland" in Phoenix, Md. and to her financial investments. There are few papers of her brother Thomas S. Philpot (d.1894) who was Register of Wills for Baltimore County.

The papers also include several wills and correspondence relating to the division of estates. From these items can be gleaned much philpot family genealogical information.

Stewart-Minor Family Papers

This group is largely the papers of Mary [Stewart] Minor and her parents David C. and Elizabeth [Buchanan] Stewart. The papers are mainly letters and diaries and consist of about 300 items, 1782-1856.

Elizabeth Buchanan (1771-1824) was the second wife of Baltimore commission merchant David C. Stewart (1775-1818). There are a few items relating to his first wife Jane Purviance (d.1801, but most are letters to Elizabeth [Buchanan] and David C. Stewart. They were married in 1803, and the letters between them indicate David was a poor provider. His incoming letters (1800-18) contain some material on his business. Elizabeth's letters (1803-24, n.d.) are from friends. Elizabeth Buchanan was from Bladensburg and there is one letter from E. B. Jackson to Mrs. Susan Johnston about the British attack on Bladensburg in 1814 which was sent to Elizabeth by her aunt E. Stewart. Both letters are in Elizabeth's incoming letters in Box 95.

Elizabeth B. and David C. Stewart had five children: Susan Isabella, Harriet Murray, Catherine, Dorothy, and Mary. The bulk of the papers in this collection are those of Mary Stewart.

In 1840 Mary Stewart married Protestant Episcopal missionary Launcelot B. Minor. Soon after the wedding the Minors returned to Launcelot's mission in Liberia. Mary S. Minor's papers (1837-56, ca. 250 items) relate almost entirely to her missionary experience. She kept a detailed journal of her voyage to Africa and a sporadic diary of the 3½ years she spent in Liberia. Missions at which the Minors served were Cape Palmas, Mt. Vaughn, Cavalla, and briefly Taboo River. In her diary Mary recorded her mission activities including running a sewing school and ocasionally reading sermons on Sunday when Launcelot Minor was away. It appeared that Launcelot was often away from Mary, and her diary recorded her loneliness.

The most detailed diary was kept on the days during Launcelot's fatal illness April-June 1843.

Mary Minor also wrote frequently from Africa to her sisters in Baltimore and these letters are in the collection in Box 96. Her sister's letters from Baltimore are in Box 97. After she left Africa in [1844], she corresponded with several of the natives. One woman wrote to Mary about the school Mary had run. The most frequent African correspondent was John Musu Neapo Minor. He appeared to have been a protegé of Launcelot Minor and studied at the [Virginia Theological] Seminary in 1849. He corresponded with Mary Minor about his studies and ministry after he returned to Africa. Mary wrote a lengthy biographical sketch of John Musu Neapo Minor which is in Box 97.

Mary Minor wrote several other items about people whom she believed had lived exemplary lives. She wrote a lengthy instructive biographical sketch of Minna [Kirkland] Scotland. Minna had been orphaned at age 15, and then dedicated herself to helping others. She first taught a Sabbath School and then accompanied her missionary husband to Missouri. The story is greatly embellished with moralizing by Minor. It is in Box 97. After the death of her husband Launcelot, and her sisters Susan [Stewart] Philpot (d.1854) and Catherine Stewart (d. 1855) Mary wrote down particularly edifying incidents in their lives. The writing about Catherine Stewart is in the form of a diary remembered her sister. This along with the writings about Launcelot Minor and Susan S. Philpot are in Box 97.

Two copies of an African hymnal and a missionary newsletter printed in Cavalla, Liberia are part of Mary Minor's papers. A few letters (1837-42) to Launcelot Minor while in Africa are in Box 97.

Barton Family Papers

Emily [Barton] Brune (1826-1908) was the daughter of Susan Catherine [Stone] (1796-1875) and Thomas Bowerbank Barton (1792-1871). The few Barton papers in this collection (1817-74, ca. 200 items) relate to the Bartons' relationship with Emily B. Brune.

Susan C. S. and Thomas B. Barton had eight children. Susan S. C. Barton corresponded frequently with her four daughters. Her incoming letters (1817, 1847-75, n.d., ca. 60 items) contain many letters from her daughters Carry [Barton] Johnston and Emily [Barton] Brune. Susan's letters written to her daughters are found in their incoming letters boxes 13-19, 35, 99, 100, and 101. The Bartons lived in Fredericksburg, Va. and Susan's letters to her daughter in Baltimore described life in Fredericksburg. The group of Susan C. S. Barton's incoming letters appear to be letters she received while visiting her daughters in Baltimore.

The largest group of letters in this section is the incoming letters of Susan and Thomas Barton's daughter Evelyn Barton (d.1870). Her letters (1855-70, ca. 80 items) were written to Evelyn while she visited her sister Emily B. Brune in Baltimore.

The Barton family was physically separated by the Civil War, and much of the correspondence in this section dates from the War. Two of the Bartons, Thomas B. and his son Seth, were imprisoned by the Union and there are letters among the Bartons about this.

Other Bartons represented in this section are Susan C. S. and Thomas Barton's sons Howard and William S. Barton and William's son Thomas H. Barton.

Jones Family Papers

Mary Eliza [Barton] Jones (d.1868) was the daughter of Susan Catherine [Stone] and Thomas B. Barton and the sister of Emily Barton Brune. Mary Eliza married William Strother Jones, and they lived at "Vaucluse" near Middletown, Frederick County, Virginia. Sometime after Mary Eliza's death in 1868 W. Strother and the Jones children moved in with Emily B.Brune in Baltimore. The Jones family papers in this collection are largely incoming letters received by the Joneses while living with the Brunes in the 1870's.

Mary Eliza [Barton] Jones's papers are incoming letters (1839-68, n.d.) mainly written to her by her mother Susan Catherine [Stone] Barton and her sister Emily [Barton] Brune. Susan was writing of activities in Fredericksburg, Va. while Emily was in Baltimore for most of her letters. The letters are full of family news and advice.

Mary Eliza and W. Strother Jones had six children; Thomas Barton Jones, Anne Cary [Jones] Alterbury, Susan K. [Jones[Brackett, F. Howard Jones, W. Strother Jones, Jr. and Frederick B. Jones. There are some papers relating to all the children in boxes 100 and 101. The largest number of children's letters are T. Barton Brune's incoming letters (1857-99, ca. 50 items). During the 1870's while he was living with the Brunes Barton Jones worked as an engineer for the Valley Railroad and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His letters from this period are from other Railroad men in Texas and Kentucky, and there is one letter about the Ku Klux Klan in Grant County, Kentucky in 1875. These are in Box 101. During the years 1874-1875 Barton wrote to his aunt Emily Brune when his railroad work took him away from Baltimore. These letters are in boxes 18 and 19.

This collection contains a few letters received by Anne Cary Jones and Susan K. Jones while they were living with their aunt in Baltimore. Anne Carey married John Turner Atterbury and moved to New York in the 1880's. Her incoming letters are from 1869 until 1882 and comprise about 30 items. Her sister Susan married Baltimore social work leader Jeffrey Brackett in 1886. Her incoming letters (1870-91) mostly pre-date her marriage. In 1894 the Bracketts moved to Boston, and Sue Brackett's almost weekly letters (1894-1931) to her cousin Susan [Brune] Randall are in boxes 52 to 60.

Johnston Family Papers

Susan Caroline (Curry) [Barton] Johnston (d.1876) was the daughter of Susan C. [Stone] and Thomas B. Barton. She lived with her family in Fredericksburg until her marriage in [1866] to William Tilghman Johnston. Most of her papers in this collection date from 1866-76 when she lived in Baltimore. These items were probably returned to her sister Emily [Barton] Brune after Carry's death in 1876.

Carry [Barton] Johnston's papers consist of incoming letters (1857-76, n.d. ca. 150 items). They are in box 101. The majority of the letters (1867-76) were written to Carry by her mother in Fredericksburg. The letters contain much discussion of Carry's health. Letters by Carry about her declining health which ended with her death from [cancer] 1876 are in Emily Brune's incoming letters in boxes 16-20 and 37.

There are a few papers of Carry's husband William Tilghman Johnston (1820-78). Johnston was the pastor of St. John's M. E. Church in Waverly. There are a few letters he wrote his family while in France and Italy in 1855 and 1856. Other letters (1867-68) deal with property Johnston owned in Princess Ann, Md., and there are some insurance policies for St. John's Church.


Cynthia H. Requardt

May 1979


Container List


Box 1

Ambrose Clarke incoming letters, 1803-08


Ambrose Clarke bills & receipts, 1796-1806, 1813, n.d.


Thomas B. Smith letters, 1799-1808


Thomas B. Smith papers, 1796-1805


Thomas B. Smith journal, 1802-3


Thomas B. Smith account book, 1803-4


Maria Clarke incoming letters, 1827-61, n.d.


Anne [Clarke] Brune incoming letters, 1829-56


F. W. Brune (1776-1860) incoming letters, 1827-41


F. W. Brune (1776-1860) Von Kapff Estate papers


F. W. Brune (1776-1860) will, [1859]


F. W. Brune (1776-1860) Estate papers


F. W. Brune & Sons papers


Box 2

William Henry Brune incoming letters, 1844-68, n.d.


Mrs. William H. Brune incoming letters, 1855, 1877


John C. Brune incoming letters 1827-65, n.d.


[John C. Brune?] speech re: Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, n.d.


[John C. Brune?] will


[John C. Brune?] tributes, 1865


Ellen A. Brune incoming letters, 1825-46, n.d.


Clara [Brune] Brown incoming letters 1825-83, n.d.


Clara [Brune] Brown newspaper clippings


George W. Brown incoming letters 1837-81, n.d.


Arthur George Brown incoming letters, 1857-78


F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1825-30


Box 3

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1830-33


Box 4

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1834-39


Box 5

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1840-58


Box 6

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1859-64


Box 7

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1865-70


Box 8

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1871-74


Box 9

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, 1875-78


F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, n.d.










S. T. Wallis


Box 10

F. W. Brune (1813-78) incoming letters, n.d.


F. W. Brune (1813-78) school exercise books


F. W. Brune (1813-78) commonplace book, 1830


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Round Hill School compositions, 1828-30, n.d.


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Round Hill school essays/debates, n.d.


F. W. Brune (1813-78) diary, 1831-32


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Harvard papers


Box 11

F. W. Brune (1813-78) [Friday Evening Club] speeches, [1830's]


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Friday Evening Club Account book, 1833


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Friday Evening Club Minute book, 1832-34


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Speech to Philomatheon Society, n.d.


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Speech to the Irving Society, 1852


F. W. Brune (1813-78) German materials


F. W. Brune (1813-78) journal, 1837

(2 vols.)


F. W. Brune (1813-78) travel account book, 1836


F. W. Brune (1813-78) journal of trip, n.d.


F. W. Brune (1813-78) bank book, 1848-56


F. W. Brune (1813-78) financial papers


F. W. Brune (1813-78) receipts


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Atheneum Building Committee account book, 1847


F. W. Brune (1813-78) Subscribers to Manual Labor School for Indigent Boys, 1851


F. W. Brune (1813-78) papers re: College of St. James, 1858


Box 12

Mr. Calvary Church account books, 1843, 1848


F. W. Brune (1813-78) House of Refuge speech, account, 1875


Civic committee resolution, [1870's]


F. W. Brune (1813-78) St. Paul's Parish Benevolent Society Minutes, 1851-52


F. W. Brune (1813-78) papers re: St. Paul's Church vestry


F. W. Brune (1813-78) legal papers


F. W. Brune (1813-78) land papers


F. W. Brune (1813-78) legal papers re: Henrietta D. A. Wilson


F. W. Brune (1813-78) estate papers


F. W. Brune (1813-78) obituaries


Henry Clay, In Defence of the American System, 1832


Cherokee Nation vs State of Georgia, 1833


Box 13

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1846-55


Box 14

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1856-60


Box 15

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1861-65


Box 16

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1866-69


Box 17

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1870-72


Box 18

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1873-74


Box 19

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1874-75


Box 20

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1876-77


Box 21

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1877-78


Box 22

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1879-80


Box 23

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1880


Box 24

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1881


Box 25

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1881-82


Box 26

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1883-84


Box 27

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1884-85


Box 28

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1885-86


Box 29

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1886-87


Box 30

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1887-88


Box 31

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1889-90


Box 32

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1890-94


Box 33

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1895-1901



Box 34

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters 1902-7



Box 35

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.


Anne Cary [Jones] Atterbury


Eva Barton


Howard Barton


Marion Eliza [Jenifer] Barton


Susan C. [Stone] Barton


Thomas B. Barton


Thomas S. Barton


William S. Barton




Susan K. [Jones] Brackett


Box 36

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.


Arthur Brown


Clara [Brune] Brown




Agnes [Randall] Brune


Frederick W. Brune, Sr.


Frederick W. Brune, Jr.


Brune grandchildren


Herbert M. Brune


Kate [Nicholas] Brune


T. Barton Brune




Patty Burnley


E. H. Gordon


Frances R. Hagner


Louisa H. Hagner


Susan S. [Peyton] Hagner


Box 37

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.


S. Carolina (Carry) [Barton] Johnston


Mary Eliza (M. E.) [Barton] Jones


T. Barton Jones


W. S. Jones




M. M. Nelson


Mary G. Perine


Kate W. Randall


Randall grandchildren


Susan [Brune] Randall


Box 38

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.


Susan [Brune] Randall




A. Shattuck


Anne [Brune] Shattuck


Elizabeth Shattuck


Frederick C. Shattuck


George B. Shattuck


George Cheyne Shattuck


Severn Teakle Wallis


Julia [Peyton] Washington


Box 39

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.


Lindsay Waters


Eleanor [Shattuck] Whiteside



Box 40

Emily [Barton] Brune incoming letters, n.d.



Emily [Barton] Brune bills and receipts, 1861-66



Box 41

Emily [Barton] Brune bills & receipts, 1867-99, n.d.


Emily [Barton] Brune account books, 1850, 1868, n.d.


Emily [Barton] Brune diary, 1857


Emily [Barton] Brune recipe books


Emily [Barton] Brune essay on coloring


Emily [Barton] Brune copy of Agressive Parish Work (1869)


Box 42

Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) incoming letters, 1859-78


Box 43

Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) incoming letters, 1879-98


Box 44

Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) incoming letters, n.d. Brune


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) incoming letters, n.d. Susan [Brune] Randall


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) incoming letters, n.d.


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) check book, 1882-83


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) bills and receipts


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) school papers


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) valedictory speech


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) essays


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) Ivanhoe & Pastime baseball clubs financial reports, 1876


Frederick W. Brune (1854-99) printed material


Blanche [Shoemaker] Brune papers, 1876-94, 1902, n.d.


Blanche S. [Brune] Van Dusen playscript, 1905


Samuel Shoemaker letters


Box 45

Herbert M. Brune incoming letters, 1870-91


Box 46

Herbert M. Brune incoming letters, 1892-1905


Herbert M. Brune incoming letters, n.d.


Herbert M. Brune incoming school papers


Herbert M. Brune incoming report cards, 1880-81


Herbert M. Brune incoming essays, 1881-83



Herbert M. Brune incoming bills & receipts


Herbert M. Brune incoming legal papers re: Freeman Rasin


Herbert M. Brune incoming legal papers re: Elisabeth Gilman


Herbert M. Brune incoming printed material, 1892, 1903, 1942


T. Barton Brune incoming letters, 1866-76


T. Barton Brune incoming letters, 1878 (Agnes W. R. Brune)


T. Barton Brune incoming letters, 1878-91, n.d.


T. Barton Brune incoming school papers


T. Barton Brune incoming essays


T. Barton Brune incoming bills and receipts, 1878


Agnes W. [Randall] Brune incoming letters, 1879-1901, n.d.


Box 48

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1865-80


Box 49

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1881-83


Box 50

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1884-86


Box 51

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1887-93


Box 52

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1894-98


Box 53

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1899-1903


Box 54

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1903-7


Box 55

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1908-10


Box 56

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1910-14


Box 57

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1915-18


Box 58

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1919-22


Box 59

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1922-27


Box 60

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, 1928-36, n.d.


Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, n.d.


Susan Barton Randall incoming


Jeffrey Brackett


Susan [Jones] Brackett




Emily [Barton] Brune




Box 61

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, n.d.


Mary Wilcox Glenn


Evelyn [Randall] Hanrahan




Lucy L. Minot


Katherine [Randall] Pincoffs


Blanchard Randall


Blanchard Randall, Jr.


Alexander Randall


Frederick Randall






Elizabeth [Randall] Slack




Eva Waters


Emily [Randall] Webster


Box 62

Susan [Brune] Randall incoming letters, n.d.


Susan [Brune] Randall account book, 1880


List of wedding guests, 1884


Box 63

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1871-84


Box 64

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1885-90


Box 65

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1891-98


Box 66

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1899-1904


Box 67

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1905-8


Box 68

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1909-13


Box 69

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1914-21



Box 70

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, 1922-41, n.d.


Agnes Wirt [Randall] Brune




Ellen [Randall] Cheston


Frances [Randall] McIlvaine




Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall


Kate Wirt Randall


Susan [Brune] Randall


Box 71

Blanchard Randall incoming letters, n.d.




"The Print Collection of Blanchard Randall compiled by Ferdinand Meder, 1903."


papers re: School Survey Commission, 1919


notebooks, 1890, 1892-96

(2 volumes)


Box 72

Blanchard Randall bill and receipts, 1887-1923


Blanchard Randall legal papers


"Plan for more Equitable Representation in the House of Deputies"


Address Made before the Convention of the Diocese of Maryland A. B. Kinsolving, 1934


"The Jamestown settlement, and the Ter-Centenary of the Protestant Episcopal Church."


Blanchard Randall speech re: D. C. Gilman


Blanchard Randall, essay, 1874


Catonsville Casino Co. - list of stockholders, 1912


John Glenn letters


Box 73

Katharine [Randall] Pincoffs incoming letters, 1894-1921, n.d.


Katharine [Randall] Pincoffs School records, 190 [?]


Randall sketches


Box 74

Alexander Randall school papers


Alexander Randall incoming letters, 1905-22, n.d.


Blanchard Randall, Jr. incoming letter, 1898-1933, n.d.


Blanchard Randall, Jr. school papers


Romaine [McIlvaine] Randall incoming letters, 1888, 1918


Frederick B. Randall incoming letters 1893-1921, n.d.


Frederick B. Randall school papers, 1902-4.


Box 75

Evelyn [Randall] Hanrahan incoming letters, 1903-26, n.d.


Evelyn [Randall] Hanrahan school papers.


Box 76

Emily B. [Randall] Webster incoming letters, 1902-1913


Box 77

Emily B. [Randall] Webster incoming letters, 1914-18


Box 78

Emily B. [Randall] Webster incoming letters, 1919-47, n.d.


Emily B. [Randall] Webster school papers


Box 79

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, 1898-1917


Box 80

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, 1918-22


Box 81

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, 1923-36


Box 82

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, 1937-47


Box 83

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, 1948-72, n.d.


Box 84

Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack incoming letters, n.d.


Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack bills 1922


Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack diary, 1910-11


Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack datebook, 1940



Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack school papers



Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack copybook



Elizabeth B. [Randall] Slack printed material:



St. Timothy's



occupational therapy






Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland


photograph album


patient records


Box 85

Harry R. Slack correspondence 1889-1911


Box 86

Harry R. Slack correspondence, 1912-14


Box 87

Harry R. Slack correspondence, 1915-17


Box 88

Harry R. Slack correspondence, 1918-23


Box 89

Harry R. Slack correspondence, 1923-34


Box 90

Harry R. Slack correspondence, 1935-57, n.d.


Harry R. Slack diaries, 1905-27,

7 vols.


Harry R. Slack school papers


Box 91

Harry R. Slack medical records, 1911


Harry R. Slack passports


Harry R. Slack papers re: Peking Union Medical College


Harry R. Slack printed material re: China


Harry R. Slack obituary


Sgt. Delemazure diary, 1914-15



Harry R. Slack (1862-1944) papers



John Slack estate papers (copies)



"History of Hills & Dales," La Grange, Ga.


Slack children letters, 1931-41, n.d.


Elizabeth Slack essays


Wyatt Cameron Slack incoming letters 1948-59


Box 92

John Randall papers, 1816, 1825


Catherine [Wirt] Randall incoming letters, 1843


Wirt papers re: Fairfax, Va., "Gamble Hill"


William Wirt to Thomas Randall, 1828


William Wirt newspaper clippings


Elizabeth Washington Wirt papers, 1836, 1856


Alexander Randall incoming letters, 1836, 1847-81, n.d.


Alexander Randall temperance material 1830-81


Alexander Randall Naval Academy newspaper clippings, 1861


Alexander Randall appointment, Attorney General, 1864


Alexander Randall writings


Alexander Randall re: death of Thomas S. Alexander, 1871


Alexander Randall land papers


Alexander Randall legal papers


Alexander Randall diary/estate accounts, 1847-78


Alexander Randall estate papers


Box 93

Alexander Randall Estate papers


John Blanchard Estate papers, 1834


Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall letters 1843, 1857


Elizabeth [Blanchard] Randall incoming letters, 1865-86, n.d.


E. B. Randall "Reminiscence of Alexander Randall"


E. B. Randall "Reminiscence of the Blanchard Family"


E. B. Randall "Reminiscence of the Philpot Family"


E. B. Randall estate papers


E. Wyatt Blanchard estate, 1877


Box 94

Thomas Babington Maccauley to H. S. Randall, 1857


Elizabeth B. Randall school papers, 1878


Henry K. Randall estate


J. Wirt Randall papers re: Randall mansion, 1895-96


T. Henry Randall time book


T. Henry Randall incoming letters 1885-87


Randall photographs


Philpot account. 1750


David C. Stewart to [Elizabeth Johnson?] Philpot, 1818


John Philpot appointment, 1863


Ann M. I. F. Philpot Estate, 1882


Philpot Estate papers


Box 95

Thomas Philpot appointment, 1881


Thomas Philpot papers, 1884-92


Philpot check books, 1878-1901


Catherine S. Philpot papers, 1900-28


Catherine S. Philpot checkbook 1925-26


Philpot family notes


Box 96

Moses Andrews to Alexander T. Buchanan, 1782


Buchanan family papers, 1795-96, 1799, 1801-4


Elizabeth [Buchanan] Stewart papers 1803-24, n.d.


Jane [Purviance] Stewart papers 1782, 1800-1, n.d.


David C. Stewart papers. 1800-1818, n.d.


Stewart school papers


Mary [Stewart] Minor incoming letters, 1820, 1838-63, n.d.


Box 97

Mary [Stewart] Minor outgoing letters 1837-54, n.d.


Mary [Stewart] Minor journal, 1840


Mary [Stewart] Minor diary, 1840-43, 1855-56, n.d.


Mary [Stewart] Minor writings


"Minna of Lovedale: An Orphan Illustrating the Goodness of God"


re: Launcelot B. Minor


re: Susan Isabella [Stewart] Philpot


re: John Mousu Neapo Minor



African hymnals, 1840


African mission newsletter, 1852, 1853


Launcelot B. Minor letters, 1837-42


Susan Isabella [Stewart] Philpot obituary, 1854


John Minor [d.1862] estate


Box 98

Thomas B. Barton incoming letters, 1857-66, n.d.


Eveline [Stone] Smith letters, 1827-28


Susan C. [Stone] Barton incoming letters, 1817, 1847-74


Susan C. [Stone] Barton incoming letters, n.d.


Marion Eliza [Jenifer] Barton




Emily [Barton] Brune


Carrie [Barton] Johnston


Evelyn Barton incoming letters 1855-70


Evelyn Barton incoming letters n.d.

Susan C. [Stone] Barton


Emily [Barton] Brune


Carry [Barton] Johnston


Box 99

Seth Barton papers 1861-72


Howard Barton incoming letters, 1847, 1853, 1854, n.d.


William S. Barton papers 1860, 1866, 1873, 1876, 1885, n.d.


Thomas H. Barton papers, 1863-64, n.d.


[Barton?] journal, 1838


William Strother Jones incoming letters 1857-81, n.d.


Mary Eliza [Barton] Jones incoming letters 1839-68


Box 100

Mary Eliza [Barton] Jones incoming letters, n.d.


Susan C. [Stone] Barton


Emily [Barton] Brune


Susan K. [Jones] Brackett incoming letters, 1870-91, n.d.


Anne Cary [Jones] Atterbury incoming letters, 1869-82, n.d.


T. Barton Jones incoming letters, 1857-99, n.d.


Box 101

W. Strother Jones, Jr. papers, 1877, n.d.


F. Howard Jones papers, 1871-76 n.d.


Frederick B. Jones papers, 1870, 1874


"Vaucluse" sales brochure [1870's]


Carry [Barton] Johnston incoming letters 1857-76, n.d.


Susan C. [Stone] Barton


William T. Johnston letters 1855-78


William T. Johnston will, 1876, 1878


William T. Johnston obituary, 1878


Johnston genealogical material


St. John's M.E. Church insurance policies, 1868-77


Box 102

unidentified letters


unidentified poems


unidentified essays


unidentified story


unidentified speech


Box 103

Hickey genealogical notes


Brune family genealogical notes


Stone-Barton family genealogical notes


Randall-Slack family genealogical notes


Box 104

Anne H. [Brune] Shattuck incoming letters, 1825-47, n.d.


George C. Shattuck incoming letters, 1831-78, n.d.


12 boxes of stamped covers


From: Baltimore Past and Present (Baltimore, 1871)




Two of the leading merchants, in the City of Baltimore, in their day, were FREDERICK WM. BRUNE and JOHN C. BRUNE, father and son, former members of the present commercial house of F. W. Brune & Sons, which, in regular succession, has descended from the firm of Von Kapff & Auspach, founded in Baltimore in 1795. The senior partner of that firm, Bernard J. Von Kapff, was a native of Bremen, and in 1799, was in Europe on a visit when his junior partner, Mr. Anspach, died. Mr. Brune, senior, who was born in Bremen in 1776, and had there received his mercantile education in the counting house of Mr. Von Kapff's brother, had in the year 1799 arrived in New York, with the intention of joining his brother in business in that city, but Mr. Anspach having died, and Mr. Von Kapff having no authorized attorney in this country, such was the confidence placed in Mr. Brune, by the friends of the firm of Von Kapff & Anspach, that he was invited to come from New York to take charge of its business in Baltimore, under the guarantee of Messrs. Smith & Buchanan, Valck & Co. and Focke & Co., three of the first houses in the city, that the transactions of Mr. Brune would be confirmed by Mr. Von Kapff. On the return of Mr. Von Kapff, he entered into partnership with Mr. Brune, under the firm of Von Kapff & Brune, which continued until about the year 1828, when Mr. Von Kapff died. While it existed, it was successfully and most honorably engaged in a varied commerce with almost all parts of the world.

The firm, soon after its establishment, became ship owners, but was at first chiefly occupied in the importation of German linens (of which Baltimore was then a great entrepot) and in the exportation of tobacco and colonial produce; and this business was carried on until after our war with England, in spite of the difficulties to American commerce, growing out of the British orders in council, and the Berlin and Milan decrees of Napoleon, from which this firm and many other Baltimore merchants were great sufferers.

When the South American States became independent, Von Kapff & Brune embarked actively in the trade, which grew up with those States, especially on the Pacific coast, and which produced the fast sailing vessels, known all over the world as Baltimore clippers.

One of their vessels made a passage of sixty-nine days from Valparaiso, beating a celebrated clipping schooner of Mr. Isaac McKim by a day from the same port.

Another vessel, the brig Harriet, having made a very successful voyage with flour round the Horn, her master ventured, without instructions, to stop, on his return, at Rio, and invest the proceeds of the flour in coffee, and this small cargo of Rio coffee, which now constitutes a chief article in the foreign commerce of Baltimore, was then so little known and so unsalable that it was sent to Havre and there sold at a loss about equal to the profit on the flour.

Mr. Brune was not only an accomplished merchant, but he was a public spirited citizen, and was connected with most of the useful institutions and enterprises, which were projected during his eventful career. He became a director of the United States Bank in 1819, and held this place until the Bank ceased to be a national institution. He also helped to found those excellent institutions, the Savings Bank, and the Equitable Fire Insurance Company, and the German Society of Maryland, and he was largely interested in the turnpike road companies, which were such important aids in advancing the early prosperity of the city.

Mr. Brune died in the year 1860, at the age of eighty-four, universally respected, having seen the city of his adoption grow from a place of 30,000 inhabitants to a city of more than 200,000. His firm passed happily through the commercial difficulties of the years 1799, 1819, 1825, and 1837, and he has been heard to say, that of these periods, that of 1799 was by far the most disastrous to the commerce of the city.

Mr. Brune was a peculiarly modest man, but he so blended a simple dignity and urbanity of manner, with a strong sense of justice, and uprightness of character, that he secured for a long life the unvarying esteem of his fellow citizens of all classes.

His second surviving son, JOHN CHRISTIAN BRUNE, was born in 1814, and educated at the celebrated Round Hill school, at Northampton, Massachusetts, which was then under the charge of Mr. Cogswell, afterwards of the Astor Library, and Mr. Bancroft, now American Minister at Berlin. At this school he laid the foundation of his knowledge of the principal modern languages, which was of much importance to him in after life. He also acquired a love of reading, and a power of expressing his opinions, clearly and sometimes eloquently.

He declined to go to college, and entered his father's counting room at an early age, where his energy and intelligence soon became so conspicuous that a neighbor of his father offered him, at the age of eighteen, the post of supercargo of a ship bound round Cape Horn. He sailed in the vessel, but she was crippled in a storm, and the voyage was broken up. The same merchant, however, immediately afterward sent him as supercargo to Rio, where, at that early age, he formed friendships which lasted for many years. At the age of twenty-one he became a partner with his father, and soon extended the business of the firm by active operations with old correspondents in South America and the West Indies, and by forming personally new connections with those regions. In a few years his house became a leading one in the trade with these countries, and his large acquaintance with the sugar business induced him, in the year 1852, with the aid of other merchants and capitalists, to found the Maryland Sugar Refinery, which, with the other refineries in the city, has very considerably enlarged its commerce. Mr. Brune was elected the first President of this refinery; and his firm, which is still carried on by his brother and surviving partner, William H. Brune, have always been its agents.

Mr. Brune's talent, high sense of honor and public spirit, as a merchant, and his popular manners, generosity and warmth of heart, as a man, gave him a large influence among his fellow citizens, and he had much to do in reviving and establishing on a firm basis the Board of Trade, which now so honorably represents the commercial interests of the city. He was elected its first President in 1849, under the new organization, and was constantly re-elected until the year 1862.

He was also in 1857 elected President of the Baltimore Association for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor, in which he took the deepest interest, and he gave to its operations a life which is still felt. He was twice re-elected to this honorable office during his absence from the country; but, in 1863, declined a re-election. Mr. Brune also took a lively interest in public affairs, and he was for many years a very influential member of the old Whig party; he subsequently allied himself with the Democratic party, and became an ardent supporter of the doctrine of State Rights, and his sentiments on this subject, together with his good sense, commercial knowledge, winning manners and generous hospitality, secured for him an intimacy with many of the most distinguished politicians of his own State and the South.

It was therefore natural that such a man should be called upon, with others of our best citizens to represent the city of Baltimore in the House of Delegates of the Legislature, which was called to meet in Frederick, in May, 1861, and Mr. Brune, who had previously declined all offers of public station of a political kind, thought it his duty to sacrifice his private interests to serve his city and State at that anxious and perilous period.

He was appointed Chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, and the proceedings of that Assembly show that Mr. Brune co-operated heartily with the majority of that body in the course pursued in reference to the momentous questions then before the State and the nation.

Mr. Brune was the only member from Baltimore, who, by accident, escaped the arrest under the coup d'etat of the 12th of September, 1861, by which a large number of the members of the General Assembly were incarcerated for upwards of a year.

After the arrest of his fellow members, Mr. Brune remained concealed in the neighborhood of the city for some time, until he found that they were to be kept in prison without charge or trial; upon this he went to Canada, and although he was notified, that the order for his arrest had been withdrawn, he resolved not to return to his native city, so long as his associates continued in prison and the city was under military control.

He therefore lived self-banished from his home, which he loved so well, passing the summer in Canada, and the winter in the West Indies, until the 7th of December, 1864, when, upon a voyage in the steamer from Southampton to Havana, his valuable life was suddenly terminated by disease of the heart resulting in brain fever.

Mr. Brune's example as a merchant did much to elevate the profession to which it was his pride to belong, and his energy and earnestness have left an impress for good which will extend much beyond the large circle of his attached friends, and into another generation.


Appendix A: Integration

The Randall-Brune-Philpot Family papers span three collections. They are MS. 2004, titled the Brune-Randall Family Papers (1728-1972); MS. 2816, the Philpot-Randall Family Papers (1726-1936); and MS. 2824, the Randall-Brune-Philpot Family Collection (1760-1983).

Several major themes and people tie the collections together. For example, each collection contains papers of Baltimore merchant, Ambrose Clarke. These documents date from 1796-1810 and focus on his business activities. Ambrose Clarke's papers are the oldest represented in each collection.

The largest portion of documents represented in each collection relate to the Randall Family. Elizabeth Philpot Blanchard Randall was the chief preserver of family history. MS 2004 includes her "Reminiscence of Alexander Randall." MS 2816 holds both outgoing and incoming correspondence for the years 1861-1893, and MS 2824 expounds on both of these with one journal, one family history, and additional correspondence.

Her husband, Alexander Randall (1803-1881) is also represented in each collection. MS 2004 and 2816 feature papers and correspondence related to legal and business interests, while MS 2824 contains correspondence to his son Blanchard Randall. These letters echo Alexander's interest as outlined in MS 2004 and 2816. For example, Alexander Randall cautions his son about staying out late and fraternizing with corrupt young men and in MS 2004 we learn that a life-long interest of his was temperance.

Elizabeth and Alexander's son was Blanchard Randall (1857-1942). The bulk of his adult life is captured in MS 2004 and MS 2816. This includes his work with Gill & Fisher, letters to his fiance and wife, Susan Brune Randall, and his involvement in numerous civic, political, church, and philanthropic organizations. His youth is captured by Elizabeth in her journal and his young adulthood is documented in letters from his father. Both of these are contained in MS 2824. MS 2824 also contains letters recognizing Blanchard's resignation from these organizations in 1942.

The Brune family is also mentioned in each collection. Frederick W. Brune, Jr. (1813-1878) is documented briefly in MS 2816 but significantly in MS 2004 and MS 2824. Both contain documents from his school years at Round Hill School in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1827-1829 and Harvard from 1829-1831. Also included are correspondence to family and friends, sketchbooks, and journals from his trips to Europe in 1836-37. Later documents deal with his law practice at Brown & Brune and his son's continuation of this under the name F.W. Brune & Sons.

The Philpot family is the final major division documented in each collection. MS 2816 features the legal, business, and some personal documents of John Philpot, a practicing lawyer. MS 2824 contains a sketchbook of John from his studies at Round Hill. MS 2816 also includes documents from Susan Stewart Philpot and John's

daughter Mary D. Philpot. MS 2824 contains some business correspondence of Brian Philpot from 1760-1806 and from the early nineteenth century, papers concerning Thomas Philpot's oath of a lawyer, and his later job as register for the Baltimore County Orphans Court. Both MS 2004 and MS 2824 contain legal papers related to Catherine (Kitty) Stewart Philpot and her home "Rockland" in Phoenix, Maryland.

Each collection and corresponding register also lists important genealogical information on the three families. The register of MS 2004 contains family trees for the Randall-Brune - Philpot Families and MS 2824 contains Elizabeth Blanchard Randall's leather-bound family history which also lists family trees and other pertinent genealogical information. This genealogical information is also further supplemented. For the complete picture, consider the tree collections together.



The numbers refer to pages in this register.

Abbot, Lyman (1835-1922)



Addams, Jane (1860-1935)



Amsterdam, 1804-8



Andrews, Charles M.



architecture, 1884-1904



Atheneum, Baltimore, Md. 1847



Atterbury, Anne Cary [Jones] (fl. 1869-82)




Austria, 1837, 1878






Baltimore Board of Trade



Baltimore Museum of Art, 1914-15



Barton, Evelyn (d. 1870)




Barton, Seth Maxwell (fl. 1860's)



Barton, Susan Catherine [Stone] (1796-1875)






Barton, Thomas Bowerbank (1792-1871)




Bladensburg, Maryland, 1814



Boston, Massachusetts, 1829-35, 1840-93





Brackett, Jeffrey R. (1860-1949)




Brackett, Susan K. [Jones] (d. 1931)




Brand, William F. (1814-1907)



Brazil, 1891



Brown, Clara [Brune] (1817-1919)



Brown, George William (1812-90)






Bruce, William Cabell (1860-1946)



Brune, Agnes Wirt [Randall] (b. 1850)




Brune, Anne [Clarke] (1780-1859)




Brune, Blanche [Shoemaker] (1859-98)



Brune, Ellen A. (1807-52)




Brune, Emily [Barton] (1826- 1908)







Brune, Frederick William (1776-1860)



Brune, Frederick William (1813-78)






Brune, Frederick William (1854-99)





Brune, Herbert Maxwell (1866-1948)





Brune, John Christian [d.1865]




Brune, Lucy [Fisher] (1869-1941)



Brune, Thomas Barton (1856-91)






Brune, William Henry (fl. 1844-68)



Bryn Mawr College, 1913-14



Buckingham, Edgar (fl. 1831)



Buenos Aires, 1900



Buttrick, Wallace (1853-1926)



Calhoun, John C. (1782-1850)



Carter, Mary Coles (1849-1930)



Carter, Sally Randolph (d. 1939)



Caswell, Elizabeth [Randall] (b.1860)



Charitable organizations, 1850's-70's





China, Peking, 1922-23




China, Shanghai, 1911




City-Wide Congress, Baltimore, Md., 1911



Civil War-civilian affairs





Civil War-prisoners and prisons, (1862)





Clarke, Ambrose (fl. 1800)




Clarke, Maria (fl. 1830's-50's)




Clay, Henry (1777-1852)



Cogswell, Joseph Green (1786-1871)



College of St. James, 1858



Courtship, 1832-33, 1874-75, 1878-79, 1884





Deer Park, Garrett County, Md., 1886-89, 1899




Democratic National Convention, 1912



Democratic Party, 1894-95



Dix, Dorothea Lynde (1802-87)



Donaldson, Thomas (1815-77)



Education, 1827-32







Education, Baltimore, Md. 1919



Education-women, 1828-32



Egypt, Cairo, 1923



England, 1837






Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, 1938-41



foreign trade, 1804-08



Fort Warren, Boston, Mass., 1861-62




France, 1837






Fredericksburg, Va., 1840's-90's





Friday Evening Club, 1833-34



Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-79)



Georgia-University of Ga., 1905-8



Germany, 1836-37, 1878, 1913








Gill & Fisher, 1880's-1920's





Glenn, John




Grenfell Mission, Labrador





Hagner, Alexander B. (fl. 1897-1911)



Hanrahan, Evelyn [Randall] (1896-1978)




Harvard Medical School, 1855-93



Harvard University, 1829-34






home and family care, 1828-32, 1850's-1908









Italy, 1837






Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1905-12, 1914-18







Johns Hopkins Medical School, 1909-12




Johns Hopkins University, 1900-1



Johnston, Susan Caroline [Barton] (d. 1876)





Johnston, William Tilghman (1820-1878)



Jones, Mary Eliza [Barton] (d. 1868)





Jones, Thomas Barton (fl. 1860's-90's)




Jones, William Strother (fl. 1850's-80's)





Kerr, J. Bozeman (1809-78)



Labor - arbitration, conciliation, mediation, 1891



La Grange, Georgia, 1905-1940's



law practice, 1832-78




law schools, 1830-33, 1874-75






Liberia, 1840-50's



McMain, Eleanor (Hattie) (fl. 1909-17)



Mahan, Milo (1819-70)



Manila, Phippines, 1911-12




Manual Labor for Indigent Boys, Baltimore, 1851



"Margaret"-ship, 1803



Martinique, West Indies, 1803


Massachusetts - politics, 1834-90


medical education 1850's-93, 1908-12





medical social work, 1914-24





Mexico, 1860's


Middletown, Frederick County, Va. 1850's-70's




Minor, Launcelot B. (d. 1843)



Minor, Mary [Stewart] (fl. 1820)



Minot, Charles Sedgwick (1852-1914)




Minot, Lucy [Fosdick] (fl. 1890's-1920's)




missionaries-Africa, 1840-44



missions - Liberia, 1840-44



Mt. Calvary Church, 1843, 1848



Mt. Wilson Hospital, 1912



New Orleans, La., 1911-17



New York School of Social Work, 1920-24



Newport, R.I., 1880's-90's




Olmsted, Frederick Law (1822-1903)



Page, Walter Hines (1855-1918)



Perine, Mary Glenn



Phillips, Wendall (1811-84)



Philpot, Catharine Stewart (fl. 1900-28)



Philpot, Susan Isabella [Stewart] (d. 1854)



Philpot, Thomas S. (d. 1894)



Philpot family



physical therapy, 1914-20



Pincoffs, Katharine [Randall] (b. 1888)



Poland, 1920



political organizations - Gorman-Rasin machine, 1895



Protestant Episcopal church in the U.S.A., 1860's-1920's









Public Athletic League, Baltimore, Md., 1912



Railroads - construction and engineering, 1870's



Randall, Alexander (1803-81)



Randall, Alexander (1898-49)



Randall, Alexander Burton (b. 1858)



Randall, Blanchard (1856-1942)





Randall, Blanchard (b.1894)



Randall, Elizabeth [Blanchard] (b. 1827)



Randall, Frederick Brune [1886-1961]



Randall, Kate Wirt (d. 1922)



Randall, Romaine [McIlvaine] (fl. 1890's-1920's)



Randall, Susan Katharine [Brune] 1860-1937






Randall, T. Henry (b. 1862)



Rasin, Freeman (1833-1907)





Republican Party, 1900-22




Rich, Arthur J. (1829-93)



Riis, Jacob August (1849-1914)



Round Hill School, Northampton, Mass., 1827-29






St. John's College, Annapolis, Md., 1872-75




St. John's M.E. Church, Waverly, Balto., Md. 1870's



St. Lucie, West Indies, [1803?]



St. Paul's Church, Balto., Md. 1860's-90's






St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., (1850's, 1880-84)





School Survey Commission of Baltimore, 1919



Settlement houses - Baltimore, Md., 1905, 1916




Shattuck, Anne H. [Brune] (fl. 1830's-90's)






Shattuck, George Cheyne (1813-93)








Sheppard - Pratt Hospital, 1905-6



Sherman, James S. (1855-1912)



Slack, Elizabeth (b. 1933)



Slack, Elizabeth Blanchard [Randall] (b. 1892)



Slack, Harry Richmond (1888-1957)



Slack, Harry Richmond (1924-70)



Slack, Wyatt Cameron (b. 1928)



slavery - emancipation



Smith, Thomas B. (fl. 1802-4)



social work, 1909-24







Stewart, Catharine (d. 1855)



Stewart, David Conyngham [1775-1818]



Stewart, Elizabeth [Buchanan] (1771-1824)



Switzerland, 1837






Taft, William Howard (1857-1930)



tariff, 1832



Taylor, Zachary (1784-1850)



temperance, Annapolis, Md. 1830's, 1881



Theology-teachers and teaching, 1831



U.S. Naval Academy, 1860's



Wallis, Severn Teackle (1816-94)




Waters, Eva, (fl. 1900-30's)



Waters, Lindsay [Taliferro]



Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)



Webster, Emily Brune [Randall] (1890-1965)



West Indies, 1803-4



Wilson, Henrietta D'Arcy (d. 1854)



Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)



Wirt, William (1772-1834)



World War I - hospitals, New Jersey,



World War I - Red Cross - France, 1913-1915




World War I - medical affairs