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Buckler family papers

Identifier: MS 2786


This collection contains correspondence 1775-1938, receipted bills 1793-1813; 1862; land papers 1770-1860; shipping invoices 1840-50. The bulk of the material is correspondence of the Buckler family, principally letters to William Buckler (1804-70) from his brother, Dr. Thomas Hepburn Buckler (1812-1901), and two sisters Elizabeth Buckler (1793-1849) and Mattie Augusta Lindsay Buckler (1806-86), while William Buckler was abroad on trips to China.


  • 1775-1938


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Biographical / Historical

William Buckler was a Baltimore merchant involved in the China trade; Baltimore physician Thomas Hepburn Buckler lived in Paris from 1865-1911, and commented on medical matters in Baltimore. The Buckler sisters, Elizabeth and Mattie Augusta Lindsay, lived in Baltimore at the family home, "Evergreen".


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 Oversize folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of H. Warren Buckler III, 1984.

Related Materials

MS 166, William Buckler account books, 1788-1832

MS 167, William Buckler autograph album, undated

MS 168, William Buckler papers, 1791-1869

MS 715, Helen West Stewart Ridgely papers, 1868-1919

MS 716, Ridgely-Stewart papers, 1773-1921

MS 1127, Ridgely family papers, 1757-1949

MS 1461, Henry White papers, 1803-1887

MS 1005.2, John Campbell White papers, 1764-1928

MS 2089, Robert Garrett & Sons, Inc. papers, 1818-1964

Scope and Contents

Baltimore issues dot Thomas Buckler's letters. He commented on the extension of Charles, St. Paul, and Calvert Streets and the accompanying land speculation; the Fourth of July celebration in honor of Maryland's new constitution (1851); and Baltimore business gossip (1851).

William and Thomas Buckler's sister, Elizabeth Buckler (1793-1849), carried on a lively correspondence with her travelling brother, William. Her letters (1845-1848) include news of family, friends and neighbors. Her writing is particularly rich in documenting affairs of the hearth, including tea parties (1847), canning (1848), Thanksgiving (1847), and polka parties (1848); also, arsons and robberies in the neighborhood (1846-1847) and the hourly omnibus on the (Reisterstown?) turnpike. Like her brother Thomas, Elizabeth was also interested in world affairs. She, too, comments on the Mexican War, especially the hardships endured by the soldiers and the exploits of General Zachary Taylor. She predicts that Taylor will certainly go on to the presidency. She also comments on the visiting Chinese delegation in New York, and their opinions of women, and describes the election campaign of 1848. Fewer letters survive from the other two sisters, Mattie Augusta Lindsay Buckler (1806-?) and Ann Hepburn Buckler Austin (1798-1866). Like their sister, the two comment on activities of family and friends. One letter to Mattie from her pastor, John C. Backus, discusses religion and contributions to the building of a Presbyterian church.

Buckler's niece, Ann Elizabeth Buckler, carried on the family's literary tradition. Her letters to her uncle, William, contain news of family and friends (1847); Mr. Levin H. Dunkin's shipyard (1847); famine in Europe and its positive effect on the Baltimore flour and shipping business (1847); and the Mexican War celebrations (1847).

A few pieces of miscellaneous correspondence highlight the conditions and spirit of post-Civil War Southerners (J. Chester, Jr. to Charles Ridgely, 1865), as well as the social news in Baltimore (Eliza Ridgely Buckler, incoming correspondence, 1849; 1866).

There is one folder of correspondence (1890-1905) regarding Thomas Hepburn Buckler's purchase of a Paulus Potter painting.

Although the bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, there is a small group of real estate and financial material. The real estate documents include land deeds and plats, 1770-1866; a building permit, 1888; a “Map of Baltimore City, showing lands of the Canton Co. and Patapsco Co.,” undated, and an 1852 appraisal of property belonging to Jane I Buckler. The deeds and plats refer to four properties: Lots 47, 606, and a house on Market Street in Baltimore, and “Parishes Fear” in Baltimore County.

The financial records include shipping invoices, 1840-1850; receipts/bills, 1793-1813, and 1862; an insurance policy, 1829; and a charter for a party of affreightment, 1840.

The genealogical material consists of notes on family history by Helen Ridgely, William H. Buckler's passport, and a brief family tree in an unknown hand.

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  • 2020-03-18: 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