Benjamin Henry Latrobe Collection, ca. 1801-1878, MS 1638

Finding Aid to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Collection,

ca. 1801-1878, MS 1638

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Collection Summary

Title

Benjamin Henry Latrobe Collection

Creator

Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Call Number

MS 1638

Inclusive Dates

ca. 1801-1878

Bulk Dates

ca. 1801-1878

Extent

5 boxes, 1 oversize

Abstract

Contains correspondence, diaries, journals, accounts, newspaper clippings, and sketches all relating to Latrobe’s family and work in architecture and design.

 

Administrative Summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

www.mdhs.org

special_collections@mdhs.org

Access Restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Purchased from Mrs. Gamble Latrobe, June 1960.

Accession Number

 

Processing Note

Finding Aid created by Lorelei Bidwell, March 2014.

 

Scope and Content

Though this collection contains newspaper clippings, biographical sketches, and journals, etc., it mostly consists of correspondence, related to the Latrobe family beginning with Benjamin Henry Latrobe Sr. (1764-1820) who designed the U.S. Capitol. The subjects of the letters and diaries deal with familial matters and the work done by B.H. Latrobe Sr. and his sons, Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. (1806-1878), and grandsons, Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe (1833-1902), after him on architectural structures such as various bridges and the construction of railways with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company among others.

 

Container List

Series 1: Chronological Order, Boxes 1-4

Box 1 

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Hazlehurst to her friend Juliana Miller written prior to her marriage to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Sr. in 1800.

ca. July 31, 17??

1

1

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe expressing his love and longing for her while he is away.

November 10, 1801

1

2

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe briefly discussing a petition from Meadeville for the removal of a Mr. Kennedy and also mentioning a dinner at a Mr. Hopkins’ home along with the Bartons’, apparently family of the Govenor.

March 18, 1802

1

3

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to her brother Richard Hazelhurst in London.

May 3, 1802

1

4

Letter from R. Smith to Benjamin Henry Latrobe discussing communications had with the President regarding Latrobe’s work and compensation.

November 12, 1802

1

5

Copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Henry Latrobe discussing the “probability of a pretty steady employment.”

March 6, 1803

1

6

Copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Henry Latrobe discussing sums “to be applied to the public building.”

March 6, 1803

1

7

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the Waterworks in Philadelphia.

March 28,1803

1

8

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to [John] Senthall reminding him to make a drawing of the rafters for the President’s house.

May 9, 1803

1

9

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning a visit on June 25th and a Baltimore plumber seeking employment from Latrobe.

June 10, 1804

1

10

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Judge Johns.

July 8, 1804

1

11

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the sudden death of his 62 year old mother-in-law.

July 22, 1804

1

12

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his brother C[ristian] I. Latrobe discussing the illness of his son John and his possible exposure to it.

October 22, 1806

1

13

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe mentioning a dinner with the President.

March 18, 1807

1

14

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the “court of inquiry into the conduct of General Wilkinson” where Latrobe apparently testified.

April 15, 1808

1

15

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing various topics such as their son John’s “worms” and Latrobe’s work on John Markoe’s house.

July 25, 1808

1

16

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his work and “detainment” at Washington.

August 21, 1808

1

17

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper thanking Harper for thinking of him whenever he has new work. There is also mention of the “Committee of Rebellion.”

February 22, 1810

1

18

Letter from Robert Goodloe Harper to Benjamin Henry Latrobe in reply to the above letter.

May 1, 1810

1

19

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper apologizing for the check that he had sent him that was apparently lost.

May 4, 1810

1

20

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper further discussing the possible “miscarriage” of Latrobe’s letter containing the check.

July 20, 1810

1

21

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Thomas More discussing the removal of the “shoal in the Delaware,” European engineers, and other seemingly friendly scholarly debate.

January 20, 1811

1

22

Account of Samuel Hazlehurst with Dr. Woodward

1811-1825

1

23

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe mentioning time spent with Godefrois also known as Dr. Crawfod.

January 5, 1812

1

24

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his wife’s “violent attack of inflammatory rheumatism.”

April 28, 1812

1

25

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing some drawings he had sent to him by way of a man who claimed to know Harper well, but not having received a response wondered if they had been lost.

May 11, 1812

1

26

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper following up on the previous letter saying he located the drawings at David’s Tavern where they had been left.

May 13, 1812

1

27

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper inquiring about whether Harper had received the drawings because he still had not heard from him.

June 1, 1812

1

28

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing another parcel and mentioning, “The declaration for war is out. Anything to make one Nation of us.”

June 17, 1812

1

29

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning that he will go to Baltimore in about a week with the drawing of the “Center building” and also mentioning his work on the “U.S. Marine hospital.”

June 29, 1812

1

30

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper apologizing for not having been able to send the drawing due to his busy schedule with the Marine hospital.

July 1, 1812

1

31

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper notifying Harper that he has only read one of his letters but will reply as soon as he can.

July 21, 1812

1

32

Letter from Robert Goodloe Harper to Benjamin Henry Latrobe notifying Latrobe that he has not received any letters from him since July 1st and he has written three more since then with no reply.

July 23, 1812

1

33

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his failed attempts to call on Harper at his home in Baltimore.

August 28, 1812

1

34

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper saying he would call on him after he and his family visit his father-in-law.

September 15, 1812

1

35

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to John D. DeLacy discussing the argument that DeLacy had with someone named Fulton.

October 18, 1814

1

36

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper complimenting him on his talents.

November 28, 1814

1

37

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe from Somerset.

April 10, 1815

1

38

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe recounting his travels, also mentions an exchange between J. Riddle and a Quaker named William Groffey.

April 12, 1815

1

39

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe describing his journey to Washington and the events that transpired upon his arrival.

April 17, 1815

1

40

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his work which includes gardens, refacing houses and furniture.

April 21, 1815

1

41

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing various houses he was working on.

April 24, 1815

1

42

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his “Hemicrania” and his “profitable engagements” including the Capitol.

May 21, 1815

1

43

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his family’s time spent in Washington with a Mrs. Barlow and a Mr. Speake.

June 15, 1815

1

44

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the arrival of his wife’s brother Isaac. `

June 29, 1815

1

45

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper notifying him of his delayed visit due to having to take on the position of paying the men their monthly roll at the Capitol.

June 30, 1815

1

46

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing a Mr. Rob Smith.

July 11, 1815

1

47

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper sending condolences for the loss of Harper’s child.

August 2, 1815

1

48

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing plans to procure an employment opportunity.

August 13, 1815

1

49

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of his young apprentice, Francis, Harper’s son.

August 22, 1815

1

50

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of the aforementioned work opportunity and drawings that require “the labor of several days.”

October 22, 1815

1

51

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing one of his projects, a friend named Bollmann, and an upcoming trip to London.

December 7, 1815

1

52

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of the return of his “old Hemicrania” and of the death of their servant “faithful Kitty” on Christmas Day.

January 2, 1816

1

53

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing drawings to be given to Mr. Patterson and the effect Kitty’s death has had on Mrs. Latrobe.

January 5, 1816

1

54

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper listing the cost of various structures and supplies.

January 12, 1816

1

55

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing a project he is working on with Mr. Patterson for a Godfroi.

February 13, 1816

1

56

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of his daughter Julia being ill with fever and the meeting of the Committee of the Trustees and the Committee of the Corporation.

February 16, 1816

1

57

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper seeking his counsel.

March 7, 1816

1

58

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the “new Italians” (workers) and construction of more permanent memorials and offering to send Harper a drawing of an urn.

April 15, 1816

1

59

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the troubles with his present Commissioner who without consulting anyone limited the mechanics to ten hours a day, thus resulting in all of the workers quitting.

May 3, 1816

1

60

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing lost drawings meant for Mr. Patterson and a meeting with his Commissioner whom he seems pleased with.

May 9, 1816

1

61

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of Bollmann’s sudden departure from Philadelphia, the sailing of the Peacock, and “Hoban will ruin the President’s house.”

May 20, 1816

1

62

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the delivery of pamphlets to Harper by way of Colonel Roberdeau.

May 22, 1816

1

63

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning a large drawing of the “Exchange” and a Mr. Dallas in Philadelphia.

May 27, 1816

1

64

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to the Mayor and Alderman of the City of New Orleans (draft).

June 10, 1816

1

65

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning the Marble Quarry in Montgomery County and his son in New Orleans.

November 16, 1816

1

66

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the relationship between the Latrobe’s and their children to Harper’s daughter.

November 24, 1816

1

67

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning his run in with Mr. Donnell while he was on his way to Baltimore with his son John.

December 19, 1816

1

68

Consecration Hymn by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for St. Johns Church.

December 27, 1816

1

69

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of a visit to Baltimore and Annapolis to see a Mr. Carrol.

December 28, 1816

1

70

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing an accident involving his servant Jack who was thrown from a horse.

January 2, 1817

1

71

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his work and design plans on Bauk house in Baltimore.

January 9, 1817

1

72

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his work for Mr. Donnell and his delay in returning in home among other things.

January 10, 1817

1

73

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper further discussing his work at the Bauk house and explaining his reasoning for being unable to visit in Annapolis.

January 14, 1817

1

74

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his engagement with the President which prevented him from visiting and his drawing and directions for Harper’s monument.

February 15, 1817

1

75

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper responding to his letter to her husband.

March 26, 1817

1

76

Promissory note from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Reverend John Grassi, President of Georgetown College.

April 19, 1817

1

77

Letter from Robert Goodloe Harper to Benjamin Henry Latrobe discussing his monument project with the Baltimore Library Company.

May 30, 1817

1

78

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing meeting the wishes of the Library Company.

June 4, 1817

1

79

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the measures it took to obtain Harper’s monument.

July 9, 1817

1

80

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of some troubles with Mr. Donnell and his attending the meeting of the Potomac Company.

August 16, 1817

1

81

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper describing a quarrel with Godfroi.

September 10, 1817

1

82

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of the loss of his son in New Orleans.

October 6, 1817

1

83

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of leaving his post in Washington.

November 20, 1817

1

84

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of “insults” made of him to the President, trying to convince him to discharge Latrobe.

November 24, 1817

1

85

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper his plan to move to Baltimore with his family and meet with the Trustees of the Exchange.

November 27, 1817

1

86

Georgetown National Messenger, a report of Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s resignation.

November 1817

1

87

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper providing Judge Branch’s opinion on whether or not he can keep his architecture books or if they would be kept as “tools.”

December 10, 1817

1

88

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of the surrender of his professional books for now while Judge Branch “volunteers” for their release. Latrobe also mentions the renewal of his contract with New Orleans.

December 19, 1817

1

89

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper speaking of his upcoming departure from Washington with his family and expressing their excitement and gratitude towards Harper.

January 6, 1818

1

90

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper thanking him for his “kind reception” and “excellent accommodations.”

February 2, 1818

1

91

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the measurements of the bar, presumably down on the Harbor where, in his previous letter, Latrobe said he would visit.

February 9, 1818

1

92

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper mentioning a drawing perhaps that Latrobe had forgotten to give him earlier that day.

March 26, 1818

1

93

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the death of a Mrs. Barron.

April 2, 1818

1

94

Letter from Benjamin Henry and Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper sending their sympathies for a “similar” occasion which happened to them, presumably the death of one of Harper’s children.

April 15, 1818

1

95

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Messenger Douglas discussing the shipping of a machine that grinds seeds and hominy to a Mr. Coiron. 

September 8, 1818

1

96

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his work at the Exchange and expressing his longing for her and their children.

September 10, 1818

1

97

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Cadet John Latrobe discussing Mary’s anxiety at not having received a letter from John among other things, such as a forgotten “great coat.”

October 2, 1818

1

98

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to John H.B. Latrobe discussing what the family has been up to and wishing he was home with them.

December 12, 1818

1

99

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe writing to wish her and their children a “happy Christmas” and further expanding on what he has been up to.

December 26, 1818

1

100

 

Box 2

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his son Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing his education at St. Mary’s College.

January 30, 1819

2

1

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his possible contract in New Orleans.

February 12, 1819

2

2

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe further discussing his work and her many letters.

March 20, 1819

2

3

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing her recent illness.

April 17, 1819

2

4

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing recent letters, weather, and his change in lodgings.

May 8, 1819

2

5

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his son Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing his daily routine at work and a transcription of one of his son’s manuscripts.

May 14, 1819

2

6

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe expressing his anxiety at not having received any letters from his family since March.

May 18, 1819

2

7

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing his recovery from boils.

August 23, 1819

2

8

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe apologizing for his conduct towards their mother during their father’s absence.

October 2, 1819

2

9

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing Colonel Orr’s misconduct.

January 11, 1820

2

10

Letter from Benjamin Henry and Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to their son Cadet J.H. Boneval Latrobe discussing their move to New Orleans and the fact that they will miss him but that he “must be educated.”

January 12, 1820

2

11

Letter from the Trustees of the Catholic Congregation of Baltimore to Benjamin Henry Latrobe expressing their thanks for the building of the Cathedral Church of Baltimore.

January 14, 1820

2

12

Copy of previous letter.

January 14, 1820

2

13

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his family’s journey thus far to New Orleans.

January 22, 1820

2

14

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper, still in Pennsylvania, further relaying the details of their journey.

January 30, 1820

2

15

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his son Cadet John H.B. Latrobe speaking of their family’s travels and the beauty of the country in Wheeling, Pennsylvania. B.H. Latrobe also drew a small sketch of the Ohio River and its proximity to the town.

February 18, 1820

2

16

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his pump sketches for the coal mine and his further unfortunate dealings with Mr. Orr.

February 20, 1820

2

17

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Sr. and Jr. to Cadet J.H.B. Latrobe relaying their journey to New Orleans and their arrival.

April 1, 1820

2

18

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper expressing his happiness at having finally arrived in New Orleans after all of the delays in their voyage.

April 7, 1820

2

19

Letter from the Baltimore Exchange Company to B.H.B. Latrobe [sic] expressing their thanks for the “erection of the Exchange Building.”

May 10, 1820

2

20

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing his confrontations with Mr. Orr and his agent “Rogers” who seemed to be attempting to take Latrobe’s contract with the water company.

May 28, 1820

2

21

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the family’s health and the current competition for work.

July 9, 1820

2

22

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the hiring of a Mr. Hyde.

July 12, 1820

2

23

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper further discussing Mr. Hyde’s proposal and the presence of yellow fever in the city. He mentions two men who have fallen victim to it, Peter V. Agden and William Lampson.

August 27, 1820

2

24

Last letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe to his wife Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing a colleague who is ill, pipe being laid at the Water Works, and that she should not worry, he would be home soon. He died four days later.

August 30, 1820

2

25

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper expressing her grief over the loss of her husband and seeking Harper’s advice.

September 19, 1820

2

26

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing a $600 debt being claimed of her by a Mr. Bellinghood (?).

September 23, 1820

2

27

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper expressing her worry for her son Ben who also contracted yellow fever and her struggles with finances.

October 5, 1820

2

28

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing the workmen suing the Water Company for not paying them.

November 4, 1820

2

29

Letter from Cristian I. Latrobe to her sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Latrobe sending her consolations on the death of her brother Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

December 5, 1820

2

30

Obituary of Benjamin Henry Latrobe from The Literary Gazette or Journal of Criticism from Ackerman’s Repository.

January 1821

2

31

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper notifying him of their arrival at her brother’s home in Philadelphia and the seeking of funds from the Legislature for the continuation of her husband’s project.

January 5, 1821

2

32

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper discussing her son Francis’s arrival and stay with them in Philadelphia.

March 14, 1821

2

33

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to her friend Juliana Miller speaking of her son Ben’s commencement, donations and other topics.

ca. July 25, 1820s

2

34

Letter from Mary Elizabeth Latrobe to Robert Goodloe Harper asking for his “influence with the Library Company” and discussing her dealings with the Board of Canal Directors (Delaware and Chesapeake).

February 26, 1822

2

35

Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. Diploma from St. Mary’s College.

1823

2

36

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing vacancies in the Supreme Court and division of property.

November 30, 1826

2

37

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe speaking of his assistance of their uncle Richard and Ben’s frustrations at court.

December 23, 1826

2

38

Letter from the State of Maryland Baltimore County Court to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. admitting him as an attorney.

January 13,  1827

2

39

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing his work on the Bar among other subjects.

January 31, 1827

2

40

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing his anxieties with his profession and his lack of time to properly study.

March 22, 1827

2

41

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe complimenting John on his Philadelphia campaign and the good luck which his military education has given him. Benjamin also discusses his “woodland operations.”

May 10, 1827

2

42

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing his discontent with their uncle James regarding his feelings towards his cousin Ellen Hazlehurst.

September 25, 1827

2

43

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe further discussing the situation with Ellen, his Aunt Marie’s “disapprobation” and responding to the counsel John had given him.

October 13, 1827

2

44

Letter from Samuel Hazlehurst to his nephew Benjamin H. Latrobe Jr. presumably discussing more of business matters rather than familial.

October 17, 1827

2

45

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe expressing his fears of their mother reading their conversation and learning of his affections for Ellen and also relaying some information regarding lots of land.

October 31, 1827

2

46

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing the Baltimore County Court’s refusal to admit Benjamin to examination because he resided in New Jersey and seeking his brother’s aid in the matter.

November 14, 1827

2

47

Letter from John H.B. Latrobe to Baltimore County Court Judges Stevenson Archer, Charles W. Hanson and Thomas Kell stating his brother’s case in that he was not aware of the regulation which required him to have been a resident for three years. There is also a response from the judges.

November 16, 1827

2

48

Letter from Christian Latrobe to his sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Latrobe discussing various topics such as their children, Christian’s weakening hand and arm, and the death of Mary Elizabeth’s Bishop Kemp who was struck by an “intoxicated coachman.”

March 1, 1828

2

49

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. notifying him that the Maryland Court of Appeals does admit attorneys from other states “provided they be gentlemen of respectable character and standing.”

July 25, 1828

2

50

Certificate from the State of New Jersey to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. admitting him to practice as an Attorney of Law in New Jersey.

September 11, 1828

2

51

Letter from Isaac Hazlehurst to his grandson Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing his happiness at receiving a letter from Ben and a steamboat he had delivered to him

May 11, 1829

2

52

Letter from Samuel Hazlehurst to his nephew Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing payments of some sort.

October 1, 1829

2

53

Letter from Samuel Hazlehurst to his nephew Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. listing charges of the attorney and discussing their “wood operation.”

October 22, 1829

2

54

Letter from Peter Latrobe to his cousin John H.B. Latrobe apologizing for his negligence in responding to John, congratulating him on his marriage, John’s grandmother, politics, and other topics.

April 12, 1830

2

55

Letter from Samuel Hazlehurst to his nephew Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing payments.

April 24, 1830

2

56

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe stating that he had paid off his debt, discussing his journey to New Market, a W. Knight, the brother of R.R. Mayrader who was grateful to John for some previous counsel, and other subjects. 

November 15, 1830

2

57

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing his journey from Buckeye Town to Frederick with W. Knight and Ramney’s party in the hopes of receiving a letter from both his brother John and John McDawell whom he hoped to transact business with.

November 21, 1830

2

58

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing the closure of the fifth divisions and Knight’s interactions with the road engineer to slightly alter the road plan so that neither is interfering with the other. Familial matters are also touched upon such as the health of John’s (?) baby.

December 25, 1830

2

59

Letter from Peter Latrobe to his cousin John H.B. Latrobe speaking of John’s friend W. Purviance, giving his condolences on the passing of John’s wife and sharing his sympathy as he and his wife lost two infants.

March 6, 1832

2

60

Fragment of above letter speaking of Baltimore church music and thanking John for lending him a copy of “Latrobe’s Justices’ Practice.”

March 6, 1832

2

61

Letter from Samuel Hazlehurst to his nephew Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. speaking of George Austen’s (?) wishes to purchase land from them.

March 30, 1832

2

62

Letter from Washington Irving to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. briefly speaking of his thirty day trip down the Arkansas River and back again to New York City.

December 20, 1832

2

63

Letter from Charles Latrobe to his aunt  Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of his time in Baltimore with his companion W. Lawrence visiting with her son John’s wife and son, Charlotte and Henry. He mentions breakfasting with W. Irving and dining with Mr. Kennedy.

March 1833

2

64

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe informing him of his marriage to their cousin Ellen Hazlehurst in Salem, New Jersey.

March 17, 1833

2

65

Letter from Charlotte Louise Latrobe to Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of her son Joseph’s companionship with Washington Irving. She also speaks of her other three sons Peter, John, and Frederic. The former two who were involved in ministry and the last who was busy with his medical studies.

May 27, 1833

2

66

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin John H.B. Latrobe speaking of his tour in the south.

April 16, 1833

2

67

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of his journey to Bethlehem and then his next plans to Nazareth and then to New York.

June 23, 1833

2

68

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of a cold he had contracted and all of his efforts to be rid of it. There are also three small drawings that Charles drew of himself sick.

August 8, 1833

2

69

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe speaking of his time in Detroit, time spent with his friend Count Albert Pourtales and of their cousin Eleanor’s declining health.

September 23, 1833

2

70

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of familial matters, his time at Fort Crawford and Fort Snelling where he interacted with the “Siowe Indians” and administered “cathartic pills” to them. Charles included three drawings of himself passing out pills, witnessing an “Indian girl” dive off a cliff for love, and himself fighting a bear.

November 30, 1833

2

71

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe speaking of his short time in Mexico including three drawings of him dancing with a “Mexican Donna” [sic], an event with the U.S. Army and Charges and Pourtales “going home after a champagne frolic.”

January 5, 1834

2

72

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking further of his time in Mexico during the celebration of Holy Week, his climbing the Andes, dealing with thieves, and experiencing an earthquake. Some of which he provided small sketches for.

March 29, 1834

2

73

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of his family once he arrived back in England. Frederic expected a summons to act as first surgeon aboard the steamer United Kingdom. He also expresses his sadness at seeing his father aged. Charles also expresses how much he had missed England during his travels.

August 3, 1834

2

74

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe speaking of how he misses them, he describes their house at Fairfield, and he also mentions an interrogation which took place at the house of a Dr. Tufts.

September 25, 1834

2

75

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe speaking of the “Directors” who put up their offices for auction and gave them away to the lowest bidder, no doubt influenced by De La Roche, according to Benjamin.

March 15, 1835

2

76

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe speaking of the deaths of his sister-in-law’s sister and their uncle Foster. He also mentions the Latrobeana (?) caricatures and Washington Irving’s new book.

May 4, 1835

2

77

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe discussing his recent engagement to Sophie de Montmollin.

August 6, 1835

2

78

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe informing her of his father’s passing.

May 11, 1836

2

79

Letter from Caroline Colts to her friend Ellen (Hazlehurst) Latrobe.

August 26, 1836

2

80

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his aunt Mary Elizabeth Latrobe speaking of his journey to through the Caribbean.

April 11, 1837

2

81

Letter from Lewis Brantz, president of the Port Deposite Railroad Company, to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking and praising him for his work with them.

December 27, 1837

2

82

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe describing his unpleasant trip to Florida. He included two sketches, one of himself being attacked by insects and the other of him whipping “a savage nigger.”

April 29, 1838

2

83

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe speaking of the sale of their sister Julia’s woodland, investing in city streets, selling of stocks, and the “bullying” conduct of peoples named Lennon Beers, Sullivan and Dawes.

December 17, 1841

2

84

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe speaking of the situation between W.M. Lauer and Colonel Cooke and the meetings/debates held for his memorial by the Committee on Roads.

January 17, 1842

2

85

Letter from Charles J. Latrobe to his cousin Julia Latrobe expressing his sorrow for the passing of his aunt, Julia’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Latrobe.

June 6, 1842

2

86

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his brother John H.B. Latrobe discussing the balance left between the company and a George H. Krebs regarding his mortgage and seeking his brother’s assistance.

September 26, 1842

2

87

Specifications written up by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. for the construction of the railroad from Pittsburgh to Connesville.

April 19, 1843

2

88

Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to the Directors of the “Company” listing the particulars for the construction of the railroad from Pittsburgh to Cumberland.

April 19, 1843

2

89

Letter from John H.B. Latrobe to his brother Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing payments made and/or required for the New Orleans property.

April 20, 1847

2

90

Copy of two railroad patents for Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr.

September 5, 1848

2

91

 

Box 3 

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Letter from Ellen Latrobe to her daughters Mary and Kate Latrobe speaking of various topics including their brother Charles and a night where she thought they were being robbed.

ca. 1840s-1850s

3

1

Letter from M. Lewis Clarke, secretary to the board of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. notifying him of John McRae’s resignation.

August 26, 1850

3

2

Letter from M. Lewis Clarke to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. asking Latrobe to attend a meeting to explain his maps and papers since McRae was no longer there to decipher them. Routes and their costs are also discussed and listed.

August 27, 1850

3

3

Letter from D.H. Mahan to John H.B. Latrobe concerning the appearance of John’s brother Benjamin before the Board of Engineers and complimenting him on his “most untiring zeal.”

October 4, 1850

3

4

Letter from D.H. Mahan to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing briefly the contents of the previous letter and a decision made by the board.

November 20, 1850

3

5

Calculations on the effect of locomotives on the Blue Ridge Railroad done by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr.

April 1, 1854

3

6

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to H. Gorintin (Gouratin?), president of the Blue Ridge Railroad Company, notifying him of his completion of examining his line from the Anderson Courthouse to the – Gap.

April 15, 1854

3

7

Receipt of payment from the Blue Ridge Railroad Company to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. for his services.

May 12, 1854

3

8

Letter from Thomas Seabrook to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. concerning details of the Allegheny Tunnel.

July 5, 1856

3

9

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, Chauncy Brooks discussing the discontinuation of his position as Chief Engineer. Also contains a copy of “resolutions” made by the board, listing the subject aforementioned.

December 1, 1856

3

10

Letter from the Northwestern Virginia Railroad Company to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for his service and devotion.

June 24, 1857

3

11

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his sister Julia Latrobe describing his time spent in St. Petersburg.

November 1857

3

12

Letter from John H.B. Latrobe to his sister Julia Latrobe speaking of their brother Benjamin and John’s time among Russian society and the acquaintances he had made.

January 21, 1858

3

13

Letter and telegraphs from W. Odin Hughart to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing various court settlements and their awards.

January 14, 1860

3

14

George M. Dobbin vs. County of Allegheny. Notice of stocks shared in the Connellsville Railroad Company.

February 1860

3

15

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to the City Council of Baltimore discussing the selling of the capital stock of the company in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

February 15, 1860

3

16

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to Thomas Swann, Mayor of Baltimore, further concerning the capitol stock held by the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company.

March 12, 1860

3

17

Letter from Judge Charles Shaler to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing his preliminary opinion regarding the mortgage of Keyser and Might with the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company.

March 21, 1860

3

18

Letter from Judge Charles Shaler to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing a receipt for coupons sent to Mr. Pearre and when the stocks will go up for sale.

December 31, 1860

3

19

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of a railway accident and repairs he must make.

ca. 1861

3

20

Receipt from J.H. Sewell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for his 2100 shares of stock.

ca. 1861

3

21

Letter from Judge Charles Shaler to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him that the sales of the stocks will not take place until “the sitting of the Court in February.”

January 5, 1861

3

22

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of German emigrants, Brother Barrow and people who have been taken prisoner because they were thought traitors.

January 5, 1861

3

23

Letter from William Lyon to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing the 11,000 shares up for sale from the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad stock.

January 23, 1861

3

24

Telegram from W. Odin Hughart to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. relating the results of a stock purchase, “…not over 51 cents average.”

January 26, 1861

3

25

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of his stress, borrowing money, the Federal Army, and letters from Comley (?) and Charles.

January 27, 1861

3

26

Letter from W.O. Hughart to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing county stocks to be put up for sale.

February 4, 1861

3

27

Letter from A.L. Russell Jr. to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing a letter of credit he received from J.J. Atkinsons, the treasurer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company and asking Benjamin to send a certificate of deposit.

February 9, 1861

3

28

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to A.L. Russell Jr. informing Russell that the letter of credit authorizing a draft is in Pittsburgh and that he must speak with Shaler and Hamilton.

February 9, 1861

3

29

Telegram from A.L. Russell Jr. to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him that he is authorized to draw $7,500 from the Baltimore Exchange.

February 9, 1861

3

30

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe addressing his wife’s “annoyance” with William Blackstone and defending him in the matter. He also discusses his visits with Sally Wicks and her husband and the Robbs.

February 12, 1861

3

31

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to Kate (probably his second daughter, Agnes Catherine Latrobe) describing the streets of Pittsburgh during the address given by Abraham Lincoln (“President elect”) during his inaugural journey.

February 15, 1861

3

32

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe discussing his work on the depot (?) in Pittsburgh and his business dealings in Connellsville.

February 16, 1861

3

33

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his youngest daughter Maria Eleanor Latrobe expressing his sympathy for her tooth pain, a Mrs. Harpers death, and a Mrs. Murray.

February 19, 1861

3

34

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to A.L. Russell Jr. discussing Baltimore and Ohio Railroad matters and asking Russell for a draft for his “February salary.”

February 27, 1861

3

35

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to A.L. Russell Jr. discussing their business with Harrisburgh (?) among other matters.

March 2, 1861

3

36

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to A.L. Russell Jr. speaking of the measures Russell made upon the Pittsburgh delegation in the Senate and the House and reminding him of drafts to be made.

March 2, 1861

3

37

Letter from J.H. Sewell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing the trial of Schenck against their company for damages to property owned by various individuals.

March 5, 1861

3

38

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of a sermon he attended, his investments in Parkersburgh (?) and other topics.

March 17, 1861

3

39

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe describing his introduction to a Russian Officer named Captain Ohman.

March 24, 1861

3

40

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe discussing railroad business and a recent victory of the Confederates and the caution he would take if he felt his family was in any danger.

ca. 186?

3

41

Letter from J.H. Sewell and A.L. Russell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing a report that had circulated stating Latrobe’s men were disloyal to the U.S. Government. Sewell offered his aid to Latrobe and further stated that his friends would help him in any way they could.

April 24, 1861

3

42

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe mentioning troops he had met on his way to Pittsburgh on the Northern Central Railroad between Baltimore and Pennsylvania and recruits he had come across as well.

May 17, 1861

3

43

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe again describing troops, mentioning the “political troubles,” the possibility of selling his property in Western Virginia and expressing his like for Sam Hazlehurst.

May 21, 1861

3

44

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of money given to him by Comley (?), the troops encamped around Pittsburgh, an “admirable sermon from Mr. Highland,” and time spent with his friends Despard and Hoffman.

July 3, 1861

3

45

Letter from S.M. Felton to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. stating that he would pleased to provide Latrobe and his family with an “Annual Pay” for the services he provided to the railroad cause.

July 30, 1861

3

46

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of his bout with cholera, his visit in Harrisburg with Mr. Russell and asking his wife to get in touch with Mary Askhurst (?) and ask her to send his ticket.

August 10, 1861

3

47

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his son Benjamin H. Latrobe III informing him of his plans to return home after his business is concluded.

August 12, 1861

3

48

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe describing his visit with his friend Mr. Steele who was ill at the time and hoping her visit with the Packenby (?) people had been pleasant.

September 8, 1861

3

49

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe speaking of the soon to be completed Pittsburgh railroad and unfortunately the debt that would follow.

October 9, 1861

3

50

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe describing yet another journey to Pittsburgh and some of the passengers he came across such as a young man who was accompanying the remains of his friend who had died in Annapolis of typhoid fever after having only been enlisted for three months.

November 22, 1861

3

51

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his wife Ellen Latrobe describing his first trip to Chicago.

December 10, 1861

3

52

Letter from the Confederate States of America War Department to Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe informing him of his appointment as First Lieutenant in the Provisional Army.

June 6, 1862

3

53

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to Jos. Baugher [sic.] discussing railway stocks.

May 23, 1863

3

54

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to writer Isaac Taylor expressing his “delight” in the author’s works.

June 20, 1863

3

55

Letter from writer Isaac Taylor to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for his letter (above) which gave “evidence of his usefulness,” and expressing his “grateful regard.”

July 9, 1863

3

56

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to writer Isaac Taylor thanking him for replying directly and further describing the pleasure he takes in Taylor’s works.

October 11, 1863

3

57

Letter from John Fleming to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. speaking of the Mayor of Baltimore possibly bringing a suit against the Pittsburgh & Connellsville Railroad if Latrobe was reelected as President of the railroad’s board.

January 20, 1864

3

58

Letter from W.S. Bissell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing Latrobe that he had declined the Presidency for the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad before the election took place because he did not want to betray him and lose his confidence as a friend.

January 22, 1864

3

59

Letter from W.S. Bissell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him of a visit he had from the Mayor’s attorney stating they will go forward with the suit if Latrobe is reelected instead of Bissell.

January 25, 1864

3

60

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to D.H. Mahan thanking him for his kindness and interest in his “humble labors.”

October 1, 1864

3

61

Letter from D.H. Mahan to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for taking notice of his attempts to “preserve the Union at every sacrifice…”

October 13, 1864

3

62

Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company testimonial transcription stating the resolution that B.H. Latrobe Jr. has intended to withdraw from the Presidency and can no longer run for reelection.

December 2, 1864

3

63

Letter from the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company Employees to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. expressing their regret at his resignation and well wishes for his future.

December 3, 1864

3

64

Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company testimonial transcription stating B.H. Latrobe Jr.’s acceptance as Chief Engineer of the company.

December 23, 1864

3

65

Parole statement written and signed by Charles H. Latrobe recognizing his obligation to the United States Government as First Lieutenant Engineer thusly allowing him to return home with all his belongings undisturbed as long as he obeys the Parole.

May 18, 1865

3

66

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to writer Isaac Taylor wondering if he had received his last letter, relating his enquiries into Taylor’s relations with the Reverend William Stone and his family, and stating that they are rejoicing for the end of the Civil War.

June 17, 1865

3

67

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. appointing him Consulting Engineer of the Troy and Greenfield Railroad and the Hoosac Tunnel projects.

August 24, 1866

3

68

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to his son (probably Charles H. Latrobe) informing him of possible work in St. Louis.

September 25, 1866

3

69

Copy of letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to Peter Byers expressing sadness at his friend of more than thirty years’ deteriorating health and thanking him for the good he had on his life.

February 6, 1867

3

70

Estate of Letitia G. Latrobe, first wife of Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe, left in his trust after her death and to be distributed at the time of his death.

May 1867

3

71

Letter from Charles Shaler Smith and to Robert H. Temple speaking of a “coon story,” the St. Louis Convention and measurements for a railroad project.

September 5, 1867

3

72

Letter from Charles Shaler Smith to Robert H. Temple asking him to close up in Kansas City and head to St. Louis immediately and briefly discussing the plans for the Omaha bridge.

1867-1868

3

73

Letter from Governor Alex H. Bullock of Massachusetts to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. notifying him of the “modifications” made to their contract for work on the tunnel and thanking him for his aid in the project.

December 28, 1868

3

74

Letter from Jane Hale to a Miss Mears speaking of the letter B.H. Latrobe Jr. wrote to his friend Peter Byers during his illness and at his death.

October 8, 1869

3

75

A piece about Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. written by the “Pittsburgh Commercial” complimenting him on his talents as an engineer.

December 9, 1870

3

76

Letter from Charles Shaler Smith to Robert H. Temple asking him about his “Cincinnati work,” the selling of North Willbow (?) Road, and who got the New River Bridge.

May 12, 1871

3

77

Letter from A.B. Mullett to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. introducing him to a J.Q. Howard who wishes to speak with him regarding his father’s connection to the Capitol.

February 6, 1872

3

78

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. stating that there is no haste in his gathering the important materials describing his father’s connection with the Capitol as an architect.

February 13, 1872

3

79

Memoranda from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Sr.’s letter books with notes written by his son B.H. Latrobe Jr.

February 15, 1872

3

80

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him that he need not worry about the format of the information he sends him regarding his father for it will all be “adapted” for the magazine.

March 19, 1872

3

81

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for his cooperation with his article and hoping to meet him personally.

March 22, 1872

3

82

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to John H.B. Latrobe requesting he send a “general biography” of his father for Wyeth’s work entitled, Book of the U.S. Capitol.

March 22, 1872

3

83

Information probably typed up by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. for S.D. Wyeth concerning his father’s connection to the construction of the U.S. Capitol.

ca. April 1872

3

84

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. expressing his regret at missing Latrobe’s visit to Mr. Edward Clark’s office in Washington D.C. and that he will make a visit to Baltimore for the sole purpose of visiting with Latrobe and to receive the information regarding B.H. Latrobe Sr.

April 5, 1872

3

85

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for the memoranda, asking him if he might share the Hallet plans, and if he could obtain the truth as to whether or not a Bayard Smith possesses the plans of William Thornton.

April 8, 1872

3

86

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for the documents he sent and assuring him they would be returned to his safety.

April 22, 1872

3

87

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. explaining the layout of the draft he had enclosed (not included) concerning his father and asking him for any personal information regarding Mr. Hallet, and informing him that the Joint Library Committee of Congress was “delighted” with the gift he made of the Hallet drawings.

May 20, 1872

3

88

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. again explaining the corrected proofs he had enclosed (not included), asking which of Latrobe’s sisters married a Roosevelt, and returning all of the borrowed documents besides the one pertaining to Mr. Bulfinch.

June 4, 1872

3

89

Letter from Lot A. Morill, Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Library of Congress, extending their thanks to B.H. Latrobe Jr. for his donation of the Stephen Hallet papers.

June 4, 1872

3

90

Letter from W.O. Hughart to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. stating that he is searching for the letter Latrobe asked for and speaking of the sale of company stock. Also included is a telegram describing the shares along with a smaller paper with the total amount.

June 21, 1872

3

91

Letter from W.O. Hughart to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. speaking of the sale of the Connellsville stocks in February of 1861.He mentions Mr. George R. Hamilton and the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

August 10, 1872

3

92

Copies of correspondence between W.O. Hughart and Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. made by the latter concerning the Susquehanna railway from Columbia to Pennsylvania.

August 10, 1872

3

93

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him that him that his book should be published in October and expressing his sadness that it will not be what he had expected it to be.

August 16, 1872

3

94

Letter from A.L. Russell to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. discussing the resignation of Hughart from the Presidency of the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company.

August 17, 1872

3

95

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to Mrs. Peter Coates expressing his sadness at the death of his wife Maria Eleanor.

October 6, 1872

3

96

Letter from S.D. Wyeth to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. notifying him that his book has yet to be published because artisans have “disappointed in their non fulfilment [sic] of their promises.”

January 27, 1873

3

97

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. which also had enclosed a copy of the International Review magazine (not included) which held Howard’s article. He also included a clipping from the Evening Star which mentioned his article and posed a question about who designed the sculpture “History in the Car of Time.”

October 31, 1874

3

98

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. informing him of the sudden appearance and testimony of Carlo Franzoni’s son, who claims his father had not arrived in America until 1816, meaning he could not have designed the “History in the Car of Time.”

November 27, 1874

3

99

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. claiming that he had received further communication from Carlo Franzoni’s son.

November 30, 1874

3

100

Letter from C.W. Franzoni, Carlo Franzoni’s grandson, to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. affirming that his grandfather did not arrive in the United States until 1816, however he suggested that perhaps the actual design/sketch of the sculpture had been “added subsequently” after consultation with his grandfather.

December 2, 1874

3

101

Letter from O.L. Pruden, clerk to Mrs. William Worrell, a daughter of Carlo Franzoni, to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. requesting he examine his father’s papers for further evidence regarding Franzoni’s connection to the sculpture in question.

December 3, 1874

3

102

Letter from J.Q. Howard to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. notifying him of his article, Galaxy, being reprinted in pamphlet form and asking him for any modifications.

December 10, 1874

3

103

Draft of the Memoir of the Architects of the Capitol of the United States sent to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. It contains small corrections in pencil presumably done by Latrobe.

1874

3

104

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to William J. McAlpine which contained an account of his father’s connection to certain canal and river improvements at the request of McAlpine for a paper he was writing for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

August 31, 1876

3

105

Typed copy of above letter.

August 31, 1876

3

106

Letter from William J. McAlpine to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. thanking him for his contribution to his memoir on public works and asking him if perhaps he could find any documents of his father’s that pertain to the actual “manner” in which the works were constructed. 

October 5, 1876

3

107

Letter from Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. to William J. McAlpine informing him that he could not find such information (see above) regarding his father’s hydraulic works but only a few drawings.

October 16, 1876

3

108

Typed copy of above letter.

October 16, 1876

3

109

 

Box 4 

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Letter from William J. McAlpine to unknown individual acknowledging his receipt of the latter’s memoir.

January 1, 1877

4

1

Letter from E. Larkin to one of B.H. Latrobe Jr.’s sons sending his condolences for the sickness of their father.

September 27, 1878

4

2

Letter from O.B. Green to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the sickness of their father.

October 2, 1878

4

3

Letter from Isaac Hinckley, the President of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company, to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the sickness of their father.

October 4, 1878

4

4

Letter from Albert Fink to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the sickness of their father and describing his own decline in health, especially in his memory.

October 7, 1878

4

5

Letter from E.S. Chesbrough, City Engineer for the Department of Public Works of Chicago, to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the sickness of their father and thanking him for information he sent regarding a Mr. Morris and his project.

October 8, 1878

4

6

Letter and newspaper clippings from John H.B. Latrobe to his nephew, Charles H. Latrobe. The letter briefly speaks about the clippings which are tributes to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr.’s death.

October 19, 1878

4

7

Letter from W.O. Sprigg to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 19, 1878

4

8

Letter from William Glenn to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the sickness of their father, not yet knowing that he had already passed.

October 20, 1878

4

9

Letter from Edward Larkin to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 20, 1878

4

10

Letter from Albert Fink to Charles H. Latrobe (presumably) sending his condolences for the death of their father and stating that all the success he had achieved professionally was due to him.

October 21, 1878

4

11

Letter from Frank Huger to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 22, 1878

4

12

Letter from Charles S. Shaler to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 22, 1878

4

13

Letter from Ella J. St. John to one of B.H. Latrobe Jr.’s sons sending condolences on behalf of herself and her husband for the death of their father

October 22, 1878

4

14

Letter from Charles Macdonald to Charles H. Latrobe Letter sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 22, 1878

4

15

Letter from C.P.B. Jefferys to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 23, 1878

4

16

Letter from Henry Fink to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 23, 1878

4

17

Letter from Edward Larkin to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 24, 1878

4

18

Letter from Martie Edwards to an unknown Latrobe family member. [Missing]

October 24, 1878

4

19

Letter from E.S. Chesbrough to Charles H. Latrobe (presumably) sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 25, 1878

4

20

Letter from Thomas Swann to F.C. Latrobe requesting that he send his condolences to B.H. Latrobe Jr.’s family.

October 25, 1878

4

21

Letter from O.B. Green to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father.

October 27, 1878

4

22

Letter from Lettie G. Beard to one of B.H. Latrobe Jr.’s daughters sending her condolences for the death of their father.

October 28, 1878

4

23

Letter from I.M. St. John to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father and thanking Charles for the letter he sent from a Mr. Holladay.

November 6, 1878

4

24

Letter from E. Larkin to Julia Latrobe thanking her for the picture she sent of her late brother and expressing his sadness at losing a friend.

November 13, 1878

4

25

Letter from John G. Trauturine to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father and expressing his shock for he had not even known he was ill.

November 15, 1878

4

26

Letter from J.R.M.D. Irby to Charles H. Latrobe (presumably) sending his condolences for the death of their father and informing him that he would have written sooner had he not had work in New Orleans.

November 19, 1878

4

27

Letter from Thomas Withers to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father and describing the many opportunities he was given at the hands of his father.

November 19, 1878

4

28

Letter from Charles Ackenheil to Charles H. Latrobe sending his condolences for the death of their father and expressing his respect for him as an “Engineer of knowledge, experience and uprightness.”

November 28, 1878

4

29

Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company resolutions containing the company’s tribute to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. for all his work and dedication to them.

December 2, 1878

4

30

Letter from J.B. Washington, secretary of the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad Company, to Charles H. Latrobe informing him of the certified copy of the proceedings which created the document above.

December 6, 1878

4

31

Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company resolutions containing the company’s tribute to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. for all his work and dedication to them.

December 18, 1878

4

32

Letter from A. Horner, secretary and treasurer of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company, to Charles H. Latrobe informing him of the copy of the proceedings which created the document above.

December 24, 1878

4

33

Statement written by Louis P. Holladay officially appointing Charles H. Latrobe as his attorney.

December 29, 1880

4

34

Poem written by John H.B. Latrobe for his wife’s seventy-first birthday.

August 1889

4

35

Deed of property and money bequeathed to Charles H. Latrobe by his nephew Lawrason Riggs Latrobe.

May 19, 1902

4

36

A short sketch of the friendship and business relationship between Senator Henry Gassaway Davis and Charles Hazlehurst Latrobe briefly discussing the Baltimore and Cumberland surveys and the beginning of the Coal and Coke Railway.

ca. 1902-1903

4

37

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company memo (presumably) containing a list of various positions held by Charles H. Latrobe.

1908

4

38

Correspondence between W.H. Barnes and Gamble Latrobe, grandson of B.H. Latrobe Jr., concerning a letter written by his grandfather on April 19, 1843.

May 1, 1908

4

39

Letter from A. Boyer to John E. Semmes who was going to publish a biography on John H.B. Latrobe. Boyer offered information that he had collected from St. Mary’s College.

November 18, 1915

4

40

Pennsylvania Railroad Company memo listing new appointments to various positions. Gamble Latrobe is listed as having received a promotion.

April 26, 1916

4

41

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings including the obituary of Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr., clippings pertaining to Benjamin H. Latrobe Sr.’s early navigation of the western waters, a review of the biography of John H.B. Latrobe written by John E. Semmes, and many more.

ca. 1800s-1900s

4

42

Scrapbook containing various newspaper articles and announcements relating to the Latrobe family including business and obituaries. Also contained in this folder is an inventory of other Latrobe letters ranging from 1804-1815.

ca. 1867-1902

4

43

Comparison of the Keowee and West Union railway lines.

No Date

4

44

Poem possibly written by John H.B. Latrobe.

No Date

4

45

 

Series 2: Oversize, Box 5

Box 5

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from October 25, 1826 through August 11, 1827.

1826-1827

5

Journal one of fifteen belonging to Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr., concerning various bridges.

1833

5

Journal two of fifteen kept from August 3, 1833 through October 12, 1833.

1833

5

Journal three of fifteen kept from October 13, 1833 through December 27, 1833.

1833

5

Journal four of fifteen kept from December 28, 1833 through March 19, 1834.

1833-1834

5

Journal five of fifteen kept from March 20, 1834 through May 24, 1834.

1834

5

Journal six of fifteen kept from May 25, 1834 through June 19, 1834.

1834

5

Journal seven of fifteen kept from June 20, 1834 through September 28, 1834.

1834

5

Journal eight of fifteen kept from September 29, 1834 through December 17, 1834.

1834

5

Journal nine of fifteen kept from December 19, 1834 through February 19, 1835.

1834-1835

5

Journal ten of fifteen kept from February 20, 1835 through May 17, 1835.

1835

5

Journal eleven of fifteen kept from May 18, 1835 through August 1, 1835.

1835

5

Journal twelve of fifteen kept from August 2, 1835 through October 8, 1835.

1835

5

Journal thirteen of fifteen kept from October 9, 1835 through December 27, 1835.

1835

5

Journal fourteen of fifteen kept from December 28, 1835 through May 4, 1836.

1835-1836

5

Journal fifteen of fifteen kept from May 12, 1836 through March 12, 1837.

1836-1837

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through January of 1862.

1861

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1863

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1865

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1866

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1867

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1869

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1870

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1871

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1872

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1873

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1874

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1875

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1876

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January through December.

1877

5

Diary kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. from January to September.

1878

5

Ledger account book of yearly receipts and expenditures kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr.

1827-1847

5

Professional memoranda kept by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr. starting March 1833.

1833-1834

5

Records of payments made at various dwellings and properties by Benjamin Henry Latrobe Jr.

1845-1875

5

Reference notes.

1884-1915

5