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Bordley letter books

Identifier: MS 0081


This collection contains 5 volumes of letter books of Stephen Bordley's correspondence with his friends and family. Also included is a fee book belonging to John Beale Bordley, and a partial transcription of the letter books


  • 1727 - 1759


Conditions Governing Access

Public use of Letter Books, 1727-1735, Letter Books, 1749-1752 and Letter Books 1756-1759, restricted to microfilm: Manuscripts Department microfilm MS 81.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

Naval officer at Annapolis December 1755; Commissary General, March 13, 1762; Attorney General 1756-1763.


0.82 Linear Feet (7 volumes in 2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward Shippen, 1899.

Scope and Contents

One fee book of John Beale Bordley dated 1759-1761. Partial transcripts of letter books. 5 letter books dated 1727-1735, 1738-1740, 1740-1747, 1749-1752 and 1756-1750 of Stephen Bordley's correspondence to brothers Thomas, William, John Beale Bordley and Matthias Harris; William Hunt; Flowerdewe and Norton. Covers schooling of Stephen and half-brother Thomas; lawsuits over Bordley lands; love of Stephen Bordley and Peggy Shippen; of Elizabeth Bordley and "J. A." (?). Setting up Snowden's Ironworks. Electioneering for Lower House. Appointment as Naval Officer for Annapolis. Effect of privateers and of European wars on Colonial shipping. Much on collecting, selling, shipping tobacco; on ordering goods from England. Letters are between MHS and F. Sims McGrath, who financed the restoring in 1950.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-09-14: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States