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Samuel Moore Barclay papers

 Collection 0197-MDHC

Samuel Moore Barclay was a Bedford, Pennsylvania, attorney who corresponded with a number of prominent Maryland individuals and business firms on legal, political, and business matters. Among Barclay's correspondents were William Tiffany and Co., H. P. Hepburn, Jonathan M. Edgar, and C. D. Slingluff. Topics discussed include legal cases, monetary claims, and business arrangements.


  • 1818-1849

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


23 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The Samuel Moore Barclay papers consist of twenty-three letters sent to Barclay and other Bedford County individuals by prominent Maryland businessmen, mostly from Baltimore, between 1818 and 1849. Seventeen of the letters are addressed to Barclay, and six of the letters are addressed to John Young Barclay, John Tod, Humphrey Dillon, Abraham Kerns, and the firm of T. Montgomery and Company. Subjects covered primarily include debt collection and property claims.


Samuel Moore Barclay, the youngest son of Hugh and Hetty Barclay, was born in October 1802. He was educated at the Bedford Academy and, after leaving school, worked in the office of his brother Josiah. He passed the Bedford, Pennsylvania, bar and by 1828 was practicing law with a partner, Francis B. Murdoch, Esq. Barclay's brother, John Young Barclay (1798-1841), was also a lawyer, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Samuel Barclay married Ann Eliza Sophia Morrison on January 3, 1839; she died on November 26, 1839 at the age of nineteen. Barclay may have been married several times, although solid evidence does not exist.

Barclay practiced law in Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Some prominent Bedford County residents read law in his offices, including his brother, John Young Barclay, and another prominent Bedford citizen, John Cessna. During 1833, Samuel Barclay served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly as a Representative from Bedford County.

Samual Barclay was one of the main supporters of the New Jerusalem, or Swedenborgian church in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Samuel Moore Barclay died on January 3, 1852 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The collection is organized in a single series:

Series 1

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the papers of Samuel Barclay from Charles Apfelbaum in July 1991.

Related Material

A collection of Samuel Moore Barclay's papers spanning 1819 through 1851 is housed at Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University. Photocopies of biographical entries and family trees compiled by researchers are available from the curator upon request.

Processing Information

The letters were placed in acid-free folders and stored in an acid-free box.

Guide to the Samuel Moore Barclay Papers
Processed by Christine Lutz.
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742