John Weatherburn collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of a diary, letterbook, daybook, and two journals of Baltimore merchant, John Weatherburn ranging from 1766-1816. Weatherburn described business affairs, family matters, travel arrangements, climate, and daily events in Baltimore and its environs. Of particular interest are details and statistics related to battles and well-known figures in the Revolutionary War. Weatherburn wrote often to family members in England and described his many activities in colonial America. His journal of 1800 describes a journey to Berkeley Springs, VA for health reasons. Final items in the collection are letters and the will of Dr. Miles Littlejohn, 1816.
- Creation: 1766-1816
- Weatherburn, John, 1750-1811 (Person)
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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.
John Weatherburn was born in the village of Kenton, England, April 23, 1750. Weatherburn was bound by indenture to Robert Milbourne, a grocer and tea dealer, in the Great Market, Newcastle on Tyne. His contract bound him to work for five years until he reached the age of twenty-one at which time, he left England and sailed on the brigantine Lowther & Senhouse to settle in America. He arrived in Alexandria, VA in 1772 and eventually settled in Baltimore, MD. He entered a partnership with John Heatherington in 1773 but later managed a business on his own. In 1775, the beginning of the American War of Independence, Weatherburn became a member of the Volunteer Independent Company of Militia, formed under the command of Captain Mordechi Gist. He was prepared for service, but he never saw action.
Business matters and social obligations required that he travel often to Philadelphia and to areas in the Maryland/Virginia regions. At the conclusion of the war, Weatherburn had financial problems and was forced to give up his merchant business. Around 1800, he took a job as a clerk at the Bank of Baltimore. The family residence was then 6 Albemarle Street, in Old Town. In 1806, he was appointed president of Mechanics Bank of Baltimore.
John Weatherburn died April 21, 1811.
0.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box)
Language of Materials
John Weatherburn was born in the village of Kenton, England, April 23, 1750 and immigrated to the United States in 1772. The collection consists of a diary, letterbook, daybook, and two journals of Baltimore merchant, John Weatherburn ranging from 1766-1816.
The collection was formerly part of the Margaret Donaldson Boehm Collection (MS.0044.A). In 1991, it was removed to form MS.0044.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were a bequest to the University from Margaret Donaldson Boehm in 1956.
Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in 1991.
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