J. Thos. Scharf letter to Dear Mr. Dawson, 1883 May 9.
- Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas), 1843-1898
- Physical Description:
- 4 pages
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted access.
- Scharf writes to Dawson, 9 May 1883, acknowledging his letter, reporting on his recent trip to St. Louis and his most recent book, and promising to consider the proposed history of Westchester County when his partner, Mr. Everts, returns from the west; he goes on to describe, confidentially, his plan to write a history of the city of New York, and asks Dawson's opinion of the project. On letterhead of the Sesqui-centennial of Baltimore, Press Headquarters.
- In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (#1975-0185R/VF Lit)
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased from Americanist, 1975.
- Administrative History:
- Historian J. Thomas Scharf was born and raised in Baltimore. He joined the Confederacy as an infantryman, was hospitalized after being wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville, then became a midshipman in the Confederate navy, and later resigned his commission, was arrested as a spy and imprisoned, but pardoned by President Johnson. Scharf worked as a lawyer, a journalist, and a public servant, becoming an aide to Maryland governor Owen Bowie, but spent much of his time writing articles and books about Baltimore and Maryland history. His boundless energy and detailed research resulted in numerous popular historical works, including non-Maryland subjects such as Philadelphia, Delaware, and the Confederate Navy. He had a large collection of documents, and served as commissioner of the State Land Office.
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