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Hall collection

Identifier: MS 2810


This collection consists of two ledgers belonging to the partnership Ridgely and Goodwin, a letterbook belonging to the firm Goodwin and Russell, an account book which seems also to belong to Goodwin and Russell, and another account book which may or may not be related to the other two firms.


  • 1768-1785


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

Captain Charles Ridgely was a mariner, merchant, ironmaster, planter, and politician in Baltimore and built "Hampton" in Baltimore County as his country seat. William Goodwin was a Baltimore merchant and ironmaster, and Thomas Russell was also a Baltimore merchant.


3.0 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jacqueline Blunt Hall, November 5, 1988.

Scope and Contents

The Ridgely and Goodwin ledgers are in two vols., the first dating 1768-84 and the second 1770-75. Among the names listed are those of several Dorseys. Charles Ridgely and William Goodwin were married to daughters of Caleb Dorsey of "Belmont". Accounts for the Northampton Furnace are listed as well. The Goodwin and Russell letterbook covers the dates 1774-84. Thomas Russell became a warden of the Port of Baltimore in 1783. At least one of the ships mentioned, "Beggars Benison" was a privateer.

An account book running 1774-1781 also seems to belong to Goodwin and Russell. It lists sales of cargo from various ships, including the privateers Donia Antonio and General Gates. Thomas Russell, John McClure, and William Hammond were listed as owners in the General Gates' letters of marque and reprisal. Another account book 1783-85. Names included are Sam Smith, R. & A. McKim, Robert Gilmor & Co., and Charles Carroll.

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  • 2020-03-19: 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