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McHenry family papers

Identifier: MS 0647


This collection contains the correspondence of various members of the McHenry family of Baltimore, Maryland from 1774-1876.


  • 1774-1876


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2.085 Linear Feet (5 full Hollinger boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Gaylord Lee Clark, Mrs. James Bruce, Mrs. Robert Brent, and Mr. Peter Keyser on Dec. 17, 1953

Related Materials

MS 544, James Howard McHenry papers, 1810-1885

MS 544.1, James Howard McHenry journals, 1836-1878

MS 544.2, James Howard McHenry account books, 1843-1901

Scope and Contents

James McHenry papers

Incoming letters, 1774-1816 and undated, (roughly 300 items) of James McHenry, with some copies of McHenry's replies. The letters cover the period McHenry was in the United States Congress, the Secretary of War, and his interest in politics after his retirement in 1800. Correspondents include his wife Margaret Peggy (Caldwell) McHenry, son John, brother John, William Allison, John Caldwell, Daniel St. Thomas Jenifer, William Smallwood, John Eager Howard, John Bleakley, Felix de St. Hilaire, Edward Livingston, David Stodder, William Pinkney, George Salmon, John McKee, Etienne Raphel, Library Company of Baltimore, James Carroll, and Henry Dearborn. Also includes Domestic Bagatelles written by James McHenry in 1805; a copy of Observations sur le Commerce entre la France et les Estats Unis, ca. 1790; and a short essay by McHenry on religion and morality, undated.

Margaret (Caldwell) McHenry papers

Incoming correspondence, 1783-1822 and undated, (roughly 50 items). Largely letters from her husband, James McHenry, especailly before their marriage in 1784. Other letters are from her daughter Anna (McHenry) Boyd wihle at Sulphur Springs in 1808. Also a notebook of religious thoughts and a religious poem by Margaret. Margaret's letters to her husband, 1783-1798, (roughly 140 items) are filed with James' correspondence.

John McHenry papers

Largely correspondence, 1813-22, between John, son of James McHenry, and his cousin, John McHenry of Allegany County, Maryland. These letters discuss business and farming, especially raising sheep, and family news. A few other letters to John are from his sister, Anna (McHenry) Boyd, discussing activities in Baltimore, Maryland, with one 1819 letter addressing Baltimore banks. Letters written by John are found in his parents' incoming correspondence.

Mary (Galloway) Maxcy letters

Letters, 1806-1821, (roughly 11 items) from or about Mary's cousin Juliana (Howard) McHenry, John McHenry's wife.

James Howard McHenry family papers

Seven incoming letters, 1862-1876, from James Howard McHenry, son of John and Juliana (Howard) McHenry. His letters are from the War Department concerning the imprisonment of his uncle, Charles Howard, at Fort Warren in Massachusetts. Other letters were written by his children with one letter to his wife, Sarah (Cary) McHenry. The bulk of this family's papers can be found in the McHenry Papers, MS. 544.

Anna (McHenry) Boyd papers

Incoming letters, 1808-36, (roughly 20 items) from her mother, her children, and her sister-in-law, Sophia (Ramsay) McHenry [Mrs. Daniel William McHenry].

Guide to the McHenry family papers
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  • 2019-09-06: 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