1835 - 1955 ORIGINAL, LARGE ARCHIVE OF LETTERS AND EPHEMERA OF ONE OF MARYLAND'S MOST NOTED LEGISLATORS AND HIS FAMILY

DR. JOHN HANSON THOMAS et al

Date d'édition : 1835
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On offer is a very large, significant 1835 - 1955 multi-generational family archive of correspondence and ephemera beginning with patriarch Dr. John Hanson Thomas, of Baltimore, Maryland, renowned Maryland Legislator, arrested during the Civil War for voting for Secession, grandson of John Hanson, President of the "United States in Congress Assembled". The correspondence consisting of 285 letters [985 or so pages], plus over 240 pieces of paper and manuscript ephemeral material, all dated from 1835-1955, includes four generations of the family: mainly, Dr. John Hanson Thomas, his son Douglas Hamilton Thomas, and his grandson Douglas Hamilton Thomas, Jr., all three of the men's wives, and Douglas Hamilton Thomas, Jr.'s daughter Alice Lee Whitridge Thomas, which is presumably the line that the collection came down from, as Alice's children Katherine and Alice Lee are represented in this collection, and in particular the son of Katherine L. Thomas (1901-1972) and her husband Count Mathias Oppersdorrf (1899-1969) of Germany, is represented, Mathias Oppersdorff (b. 1935) of Wakefield, Rhode Island, a published travel writer and photographer. There are also other letters from various friends and family, as well a large collection of both printed and manuscript ephemera pertaining to the family. Here are some snippets: A letter written from a friend of Mrs. John Hanson Thomas concerns her husband's incarceration by the Union Army at the start of the Civil War: "Sept 18, 1861 My Dear Mrs. Thomas, I would not at first intrude upon you but I cannot long defer expressing my true sympathy in your great trouble. It is a sad distress and God alone knows how far these wicked and insane men will be allowed to pursue these courses, or who will be their next victims. Our weak and fainting hearts skip under the apprehension of all that may come upon us before God's purposes are accomplished, but I have firm faith that the arm of the Lord will be stretched forth to deliver us at the right time. I sincerely pray that your anxiety for your husband may be sooner relived than you know how for, dear Mr. Thomas for I know it must be a terrible trial. Sympathy in this case is of little avail, but believe that you have it fully from your sincerely attached friend." The collection includes nine letters written to Dr. John Hanson Thomas when he was under arrest as a Maryland legislator who supported secession. One example is this letter from Samuel K. George, who wrote four letters to Thomas when he was imprisoned. George is probably Maj. Samuel Knox George (1809-1871), who served as a Lieutenant in the Eutaw Infantry Co., Maryland, and Militia and was commissioned major and served on the staff of Gen. George H. Stuart: "Baltimore, 19 Sept 1861 My very dear friend, If I could greet you with a cordial embrace instead of writing a few lines under restraint, how happy I would be. I did not know until now how much I valued you, or how much I could miss your kind words & manly bearing - I cannot say I have prayed for you; my sinful heart has not looked to God for any consolation in these times of trouble - but I feel as if I could give up my worthless life, if I could save you from humiliation & suffering - I shall not find any fault with you, but I felt deeply pained that you did not send for me on the night of your arrest, if for nothing else than to say in deep & heartfelt sorrow, adieu my friend. The sad days of separation which have passed since the Celebration of the 12th Sept, have been long & weary - each hour has been a period of distress, & the only bright face, of all that you lived to gaze upon, is that of your own heroic wife - I trust her woman's courage may not fail her - be assured my dear friend that she will not be forsake in any hour of trial - come what may, your household will not want protectors or friends. I cannot believe that you will be deprived of your liberty very long, for I have not heard of any hostile act of yours against the Gov. N° de réf. du libraire

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Date d'édition : 1835

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