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Ridgely-Dorsey papers

Identifier: MS 0717


The collection consists of the bills and receipts (1870-1885) of Margaretta S. Howard Ridgely; a log book (1756-1758) of Captain Charles Ridgely; and an account book (1733-1760) of Caleb Dorsey.


  • 1733-1885


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1.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes (1 flat box and 1 full Hollinger box))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of D. Stewart Ridgely, June 1955.

Related Materials

MS 691, Charles Ridgely account books, 1732-1884

MS 692, Ridgely papers, 1664-1882

MS 692.1, Ridgely papers, 1733-1817

MS 693, Ridgely-Pue papers, 1748-1932

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

MS 715.1, Helen West Stewart Ridgely family papers, 1840-1918

MS 716, Ridgely-Stewart papers, 1733-1921

MS 1127, Ridgely family papers, 1757-1949

MS 2891, Hoyt collection of Ridgely papers, 1716-1970

Scope and Contents

Margaretta S. Howard Ridgely papers

Margaretta S. Howard Ridgely (1824-1904) was the wife of Charles Ridgely (1830-1872). Soon after her husband's death her son John (1851-1838) married Helen West Stewart, and Margaretta lived with them at Hampton. She also had a house in Baltimore. The bills and receipts (1870-1885) are for items she purchased while at Hampton and the Baltimore house. The receipts cover repairs to the houses, furniture, many books, clothing, and dry goods. These bills and receipts are supplemented by her bills and receipts for the last years she lived in London (1870-1871) before her husband's death. These earlier papers are found in MS. 692, Box 15. Margaretta Ridgely's incoming letters are in MS. 1127, Boxes 3 and 4.

Captain Charles Ridgely logbook

Captain Charles Ridgely (1733-1790) earned his title as a sea captain in the 1750s and 1760s. His logbook covers the period he was captain of the snow (squarerigged vessel similar to a brig) named Baltimore Town. The vessel traveled from London to Virginia and Maryland in 1756-1758. It was owned by William Dunn and Stockton and chartered by James Russell, a London merchant. (Other records of Ridgely's dealing with Russell are in MS. 691, MS. 692, and MS. 692.1.) Ridgely's logbook records wind direction, weather conditions, and the crew's activites during the voyages.

Caleb Dorsey account book

Caleb Dorsey (1710-1771) was Captain Charles Ridgely's father-in-law, and also an iron master. His account book (1733-1760) includes accounts of dry goods purchased and drafts of letters sent. Some letters discuss pig iron and the Elkridge Iron Works of which he was part owner.

Guide to the Ridgely-Dorsey papers
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  • 2019-09-13: 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