John McPherson Brien Manuscript Collection, MS 3215


Finding Aid to the John McPherson Brien Manuscript Collection, MS 3215

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

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Collection summary 

Title

John McPherson Brien Manuscript Collection

Call number

MS 3215

Inclusive dates

1836-1847

Extent

1 box

Abstract

John McPherson Brien Manuscript Collection consists of letters from Baltimore merchant Robert Gilmor (1774-1848) to John McPherson Brien (1807-1849), owner of Antietam Iron Works and Catoctin Furnace & Iron Works

Administrative summary 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201 

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

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Provenance

Purchase, May – June 2017

Accession number

Acc# 2017-066-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Special Collections Volunteer Judy Hallfrisch, May 2018


Biographical note

Robert Gilmor (1774-1848) was a Baltimore merchant, ship owner, East India importer, and collector of art, rare books, autographs, coins, and antiquities. He was one of the most significant art collectors and patrons in the United States before 1850. In 1807, he married Sarah Reeve Ladson, daughter of Major James Ladson, of Charleston, SC.

John McPherson Brien (1807-1849) owned the Antietam Iron Works and the Catoctin Furnace & Iron Works, taking over the companies after his father’s death in 1834. The enterprises came under heavy financial pressure, and Brien became indebted to Robert Gilmor form an amount in excess of $100,000 which were secured in Mortgages held by Gilmor on the Antietam Iron Works, the Catoctin Furnace & Iron Works, 54 slaves, mule and horse teams, real estate, and more.

Scope and Content

The John McPherson Brien Manuscript Collection consists of one box of 38 letters from Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien. The letters date from 1836 to 1847, with one letter undated, ca 1830s-1848. The correspondence deals with business matters surrounding the Antietam Iron Works and Catoctin Furnace & Iron Works, as well as personal family matters. The letters are arranged chronologically. All letters have a typed transcript provided by the seller except where noted in the container list.

Container List

Description

Date

Folder

Notes

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

January 26, 1836

Folder 1

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

April 4, 1838

Folder 2

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 23, 1838

Folder 3

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

July 16, 1839

Folder 4

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

September 5, 1838

Folder 5

Copy of only page 1, no transcript

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

January 13, 1840

Folder 6

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

June 16, 1840

Folder 7

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

December 20, 1840

Folder 8

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 11, 1841

Folder 9

Bill of debt to Mr. Hopkins enclosed, no transcript

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 25, 1841

Folder 10

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

November 10, 1841

Folder 11

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

November 15, 1841

Folder 12

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

March 20, 1847

Folder 13

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

April 20, 1847

Folder 14

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

April 21, 1847

Folder 15

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

April 25, 1847

Folder 16

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

April 28, 1847

Folder 17

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 1, 1847

Folder 18

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 12, 1847

Folder 19

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

May 13, 1847

Folder 20

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

June 3, 1847

Folder 21

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

June 8, 1847

Folder 22

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

June 30, 1847

Folder 23

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

July 6, 1847

Folder 24

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

July 21, 1847

Folder 25

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

July 23, 1847

Folder 26

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 17, 1847

Folder 27

Copy of only page 1, no transcript

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 18, 1847

Folder 28

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 23. 1847

Folder 29

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 24, 1847

Folder 30

copy of letter to R Gilmor from W & H McKim appended

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 26, 1847

Folder 31

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

August 31. 1847

Folder 32

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

September 2, 1847

Folder 33

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

September 5, 1847

Folder 34

Original letter only, no transcript

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

September 21, 1847

Folder 35

copy of letter to R Gilmor from W & H McKim appended

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

October 8, 1847

Folder 36

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

October 24, 1847

Folder 37

 

Robert Gilmor to John McPherson Brien

ca 1830s-1848

Folder 38