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William Patterson account books

Identifier: MS 0904


The four account books of the prominent Baltimore businessman William Patterson (1752-1835) relate primarily to his merchant and shipping activities. Patterson's Will is also included in this collection.


  • circa 1787-1837


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is restricted to microfilm. See reel 1 of the Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations microfilm.

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1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The account books are in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of two account books from Dr. Wilbry P. Morgan in May 1919. Patterson's Will donated by the New-York Historical Society in February 1965 (acc.59406).

Related Materials

MS 0145, William Patterson collection, 1798-1835

MS 1084, William Patterson papers, 1777-1836

Scope and Contents

These four account books of prominent Baltimore businessman William Patterson (1752-1835) relate primarily to his merchant and shipping activities. They chronicle merchant shipping matters, plantation affairs, services performed, the education of his children, ground rents, and debts owed to estates. Patterson's Will is also included in this collection and it contains a preface, written in 1827, that recounts his life in County Donegal, Ireland, his shipping business in Philadelphia and the West Indies, his arrival in Baltimore during 1778 and investments in real estate, and his involvement in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

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Revision Statements

  • 2019-09-19: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock .

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