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Merchants collection

Identifier: MS-0206

Scope and Contents

The manuscripts in this artificial collection are largely the records of Philadelphia merchants dealing with Baltimoreans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The items are drafts, invoices, and letters from individuals in Baltimore to Philadelphia merchants especially Andrew Clow & Co. and Dutilh & Wachsmuth. The collection does not have the complete records of these two firms, and there are other firms represented such as William Crammond, Thomas Astley, and John Gill also of Philadelphia and John Hargnett of Ligonier. The earliest and largest number of records (100 items) are those of Andrew Clow & Co. (1785-1793, undated). Many of the manuscripts are from Archibald Campbell apparently Clow's agent in Baltimore. These drafts, invoices, and letters are supplemented by some manuscripts (1796-1800) of Arthur Jones who was the executor for the firm. Many of the records (1790-1799) of the firm of Dutilh & Wachsmuth are in French. There is one later letter (1828) written to Charles Dutilh concerning the collection of a debt. In addition to the merchants' records the collection includes several unrelated items. There is an eulogy on Mrs. Samuel Woolman a Quaker who died in 1773. There is a letter (undated) from William Dorsey to John Purviance concerning property around Windsor Mills. There are three letters from A. Murray Stewart in Annapolis writing to George Fenner about arrangements for Stewart's return. In 1864 Charlotte Davis wrote to her cousins about life in Englishtown. She mentions the recent election of Uncle Abe.


  • Creation: 1773-1864

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

This is an artificially assembled collection, so no biographical or historical note is required.


0.167 Cubic Feet (200 items)

Language of Materials



The manuscripts in this artificial collection are largely the records of Philadelphia merchants dealing with Baltimoreans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These manuscripts appear to have been purchased. They might have been acquired with Ms. 205 the Cecil County (Md.) Poor School Fund Records from Philadelphia autograph dealer Frederick Welty. The collection had been shelved with Ms. 14 Collitz (Hermann) Papers as had Ms. 205. It was removed from Ms. 14 in May 1988.

Related Materials

The records of the firms Andrew Clow & Company and Dutilh & Wachsmuth are scattered among Special Collections, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New-York Historical Society, and the Baker Library of the Harvard Business School. See the following RLIN-AMC records: PAHV87-A220, PAHV88-A12, NYHW85-A319, and MHAQ85-A379. There is a large collection of Dutilh Papers in the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library and Dutilh & Wachsmuth materials in the Hagely Museum and Library. See the MS.0206 processing folder for descriptions of these collections.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cynthia H. Requardt.

Merchants Collection 1773-1864Ms. 206
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA