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Moses Shepherd (1773-1857) was a Quaker humanitarian and businessman of Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of Nathan and Sarah Shoemaker Sheppard, born outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After their property was confiscated during the Revolutionary War, the family settled in Maryland. Sheppard never married and devoted most of his life to a number of social reforms, including the treatment of the insane and the colonization movement. As a member of Baltimore Monthly Meeting, he was active in a number of committees, including that of Indian Affairs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. He was also involved in the Maryland State and American Colonization Societies and believed strongly in colonization as a means of eliminating slavery in the U.S. At his death, his bequest established the Sheppard Asylum. The collection includes correspondence on the subjects of antislavery and colonization in Liberia, plans for a mental hospital, and on personal affairs. Also includes manuscripts relating to the Maryland State and Pennsylvania Colonization Societies and the Sheppard Asylum, material on the libel trial of William Lloyd Garrison, and other papers. Of particular note is the correspondence of Moses Sheppard with Henry Gassett of Boston on Freemasonry and with Benjamin F. Taylor of Loudon Co., Virginia, on anti-slavery issues and the “spiritual tyranny” of the Catholic Church. Other correspondents include Benjamin Hallowell, John Jackson, Joshua Dungan, Thomas Ellicott, Dr. Nathan Shoemaker, Elisha Tyson, and many others. Collection also includes a list of applicants for Liberia and correspondence from Joshua H. Stewart in Africa and Samuel Ford McGill, a Liberian physician who was sponsored by Sheppard.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Biographical, 1753, n.d.
|General biographical papers
Bound volume containing mss. and newspaper accounts of Moses Sheppard's life, his plans for a mental hospital, and descriptions of the buildings and grounds of the Sheppard Asylum in process of construction. Also, copies of correspondence received by Sheppard from persons seeking charity upon reading of his large bequest to the hospital.
|(bound volume)||Box 1|
|List of visitors to Sheppard during the last three months of his life||Box 1|
|Picture of Sheppard||Box 1|
|Inventory: Moses Shepherd [sic]||1753||Box 1|
|Visit of a previously unknown relative||n.d.||(ms.)||Box 1|
|Clipping re: Geo. S. Sheppard.||n.d.||(with picture)||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous notes containing mention of Elisha Tyson
See accompanying notes by Bliss Forbush.
Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1801-1927
|Miscellaneous correspondence||1801-1927||Box 1|
|Correspondence with Joshua Dungan||1844-1850||Box 1|
|Letters to Thomas Ellicott||1840-1850||Box 2|
|Typewritten copies of letters to Thomas Ellicott||1841-1850||Box 2|
|Correspondence with Henry Gassett, on Anti-Masonry||1847-1852||Box 2|
|Correspondence with and about Samuel Ford McGill and Liberia, 1832-1855, including:||Box 2|
With some letters by Dempsey R. Fletcher, 1845-1854
|1832-1856||(3 folders)||Box 2|
|Photocopies of letters||1832-1856||(3 folders)||Box 2|
|Ms. volume, copies of letters||1835-1838||Box 2|
|Photocopy of ms. volume of letters||1835-1838.||Box 2|
|Bound ms. vol., copies of letters||1833-1853||Box 3|
|Correspondence with Nathan Shoemaker||1835-1855||Box 3|
|Correspondence with and about Nathan Tyson||1846-1849||Box 3|
|Correspondence with Benjamin F. Taylor
re: Catholicism, slavery, etc.
|1842-1858||(in folder)||Box 3|
|Invitations: personal and business|
|ms. copies of letters by Moses Sheppard to various recipients||1851-1855||(bound volume)||Box 3|
|Copied miscellaneous correspondence, ca. 1828-1857||(2 large bound vols.)|
|Volume 1, miscellaneous correspondence
Includes letter to Henry Ward Beecher re: old ring sent from Liberia by S.F. McGill for Beecher's sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe (p. 274); also, essays by Moses Sheppard on such subjects as the Laws of Nature, as the basis for Protestant Christianity: misc. articles such as Puritan marriage ceremony; Papal Bull of Leo X conferring on Henry VIII the title of “Defender of the Faith;” allegory of “Gonzalmo;” the miseries of walking in city streets; genealogy of Moses Sheppard.
|ca. 1828-1856||Box 3a|
|Volume 2, miscellaneous correspondence, Ms. copies of letters with various authors and recipients||1854-1857||Box 3b|
|See also Ser. 4: writings by Moses Shepard|
Ser. 3. Business Papers, 1713-1862
|Business papers and financial statements of partnership with John Mitchell||1794-1819||Box 4|
|Correspondence and legislation concerning Tobacco Warehouse||1820-1827||Box 4|
|Warehouse rental dispute with Elisha Tyson and other papers concerning E. Tyson.||1821-1822||Box 4|
|Notices of meetings of business organizations of which
Sheppard was a director
Includes Savings Bank of Baltimore.
|Baltimore Fire Insurance||1816-1833||Box 4|
|Baltimore and Fredericktown Railway||1819-1822||Box 4|
|Maryland Penitentiary||1817-1824||Box 4|
|Union Mfg. Co. notices||1823-1846||Box 4|
|Maryland State Colonization Society||1831-1841||Box 4|
|Miscellaneous notices of meetings||1818-1848||Box 4|
|Miscellaneous deeds, land descriptions and sales, wills, etc.||1713-1844||Box 4|
|Receipts, promissory notes, certificates of stock, etc.||1809-1862||Box 4|
Ser. 4. Writings by Moses Sheppard, n.d.
|“Mausoleums, Monuments, Tombstones.”||Box 4|
|“Rambles in Green Mount.”||Box 4|
|See also Ser. 2, for essays included in 2 large bound volumes of miscellaneous correspondence.|
Ser. 5. Social Concerns, n.d.
|Material on Sheppard asylum
Includes annual report for 1963-1965.
|n.d.||(2 folders)||Box 5|
|Mss. relating to libel trial of Wm. Lloyd Garrison||Box 5|
|Bound volume of lists of applicants for Liberia||Box 5|
|List of contributors to funds||Box 5|
|Titles of books and pamphlets on Sheppard concerns, names of persons to whom copies were given.||Box 5|
Ser. 6. Reference Material, 1784-1870
|Clippings and other printed material||Box 5|
|Epistles and pamphlets re: the Society of Friends, 1784-1870:||Box 5|
|“The Epistle from the Yearly Meeting held in London
1784. To the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of Friends in Great Britain,
Ireland, and elsewhere.”
Same document included for 1785, 1786, 1790, 1791, 1792.
|“An Epistle from the Yearly Meeting held in Phila... 1821.”||Box 5|
|“The Epistle from the Yearly Meeting held in
Same document included for 1827, 1831.
|“Epistle from Genessee Yearly Meeting of Women Friends...1842.”||Box 5|
|An Appeal to that Society of Friends which holds its Yearly Meetings at Cherry St.. Phila., Merrihew, etc.||Box 5|
|Sixth Annual Report of the Friends' Association of
Phila. for the Aid and Elevation of the Freedman. Phila.
|James Panell, Tract Association of Friends||Box 5|
|Manuscripts, 1858, n.d.|
|A Confession of Faith||1858||(copy)||Box 5|
|Plan to Improve the Condition of the Indians||Box 5|
|Dissertation by John Jackson||Box 5|
|Ground Plan of Friend Asylum near Frankford, Pa.||Box 5|
|Catalogue of books on single subjects||Box 5|
See list in Box 6 for titles of pamphlets filed in RG 5 as well as titles and location of those pamphlets filed elsewhere in FHL.
|Periodicals and Newspapers, 1830-1857|
|The Christian Rationalist||9/2/1848-11/18/1848 with gaps||Box 7|
|The Christian Register||4/29/1848 & 10/7/1848.||Box 7|
|The Colonization Herald||2/1853-1/1857 with gaps||Box 7|
|The Genius of Universal Emancipation||7/1830||Box 7|
|The North Star||5/26/1848, 9/8/1848.||Box 7|
|The Spirit Messenger||8/10/1850||Box 7|
|The Spirit of the Age||7/7/1849-4/27/1850 with gaps||Box 7|
|The Univercoelum and Spiritual Philosopher||1/6/1848-6/30/1849 with gaps||Box 8|
|Scrapbook of Clippings on a variety of subjects||Box 9|