Scope and Content of Collection
The Thomas Family papers consist of eleven letters and six documents which span the period 1793 to 1816; the bulk of the materials fall between 1804 and 1810. All but one of the letters were written to or received by Philip Thomas Junior. The other letter was received by his father, Philip Thomas Esquire. The six additional documents in the collection are a bond, a bill of sale, a land indenture, a military certificate, and two wills. There are also records that indicate the Thomas family enslaved up to 45 people. Major topics include family concerns, the Napoleonic wars, social life in the early nineteenth century, and business concerns in Maryland and Holland.