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Endorsement of Gerrard Hopkins will, 1743

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 1

Scope and Contents note

From the Collection:

This collection contains manuscripts, photographs and printed material by or about Johns Hopkins and his ancestors, 1743-2005. It is an artificial collection created to draw together the various Hopkins related materials that were donated to or purchased by the Library. The earliest papers in this collection are legal documents such as land deeds, wills, and the marriage contract of Hopkins's parents. There is also a 1807 indenture apprenticing Jeremiah, age 10, and Thomas, age 7, to Samuel Hopkins "with the consent of their mother," Phillis. There are also four letters (1826-40) written by Hopkins's mother Hannah Janney Hopkins and the family bible in which she recorded the names of her children with their birth and some death dates. Other related items are a copy of a book (1844) owned by Joseph S. Hopkins and a group of 39 carte de visites and 13 ferreotypes dating from the mid- to late nineteenth century. Only one of the images is identified, that of Pricilla Hopkins (b. 1785). The items were donated by a grand-niece of Hopkins's and presumably are Hopkins family members or friends. The papers of Johns Hopkins are largely personal letters he wrote which were later donated to the University. These include letters (1855) to Emily Turpin and letters (1858-61) to [Margaret] Beyere. A brief glimpse of Hopkins's business life comes in the letters (1870-73) he wrote to W.H.D. Alcock. Other items include a few incoming letters, his will, a deed to a lot in Greenmount Cemetery, resolutions passed on his death, and signatures clipped from letters or documents he signed. There are several portrait photographs of Hopkins and his home "Clifton." The collection also includes material about Johns Hopkins such as reminiscences, newspaper clippings, and genealogical material. In 2008, a ledger from the company of Alexander Reid was added to the collection. The ledger documents some business transactions with Johns Hopkins by Reid.


  • Creation: 1743


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.


From the Collection: 1.19 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box, 1 custom box (14 x 13 x 6 inches), 1 custom box (9 x 5 x 3 inches), 1 over-sized folio box)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA