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infancy. Of the two who arrived at maturity Henrietta Maria married Josiah Dallam of Harford County, and Elizabeth Waugh married Capt., afterward Col. Lloyd Beall, U. S. A., son of Benjamin and Mary Beall of Prince George County. The second wife of Thomas Jones was Elizabeth McLure, whom he married November 25, 1779. She was the widow of David McLure of Baltimore Town. But three of their seven children married. Philip Jones married Mary Beam, of what is now Carroll County; Thomas Sprigg Jones married Susanna Trotton, daughter of Dr. John Trotton and Sarah (Sollers), his wife; Anna Barbara Jones married Jacob Schley of Baltimore. Thomas Jones died September 27, 1812, at Fort McHenry, while visiting his son-in-law, Col. Beall.

I shall conclude this sketch with a letter of Judge Jones to his wife, which throws light upon the times and the man. The Rev. Mr. Hanna therein mentioned was rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster Parish, from the year 1778 to 1785.

Strawberry Hill, Thursday Night. My Dearest Love.

Thanks to an all gracious supereminent Being, whose mercies are as boundless as his Existence is incomprehensible for the Preservation of your unworthy tho' tenderly affectionate husband, and his permission to address you once more on paper, and the probability of the blessing of revisiting of what is nearest and dearest to his heart on this terrestrial planet his most valuable friend and wife, and offspring.

Pause here, thou best of your sex, and be composed ; and here woud I gladly suspend the relation until I folded you in these arms and pressed you to this bosom ; but you will receive the report from some other hand before that joyful period can arrive -turn over and read with composure.

You are prepared. I will proceed.

We weigh'd anchor from the mouth of the creek an hour after I took leave of you, and after much labour and uneasiness we reached the opposite shore near the mouth of the river, and came to an anchor just at dark. I procured some milk and excel


lent pone bread from a hut near the shore, made a very comfortable supper, afterward wrapp'd myself up very snug in my great coat and the foresail of the boat, and lay down very composedly, and about 12 o'clock wak’d from a comfortable doze considering

a situation, when I discovered the wind had shifted and blew a fine moderate breeze and as favorable as heart coud wish. I then laid my account with being in Annapolis in three hours at farthestcalled up the hands and we all agreed to weigh anchor again, and take the advantage the wind had presented us. We immediately stood out and when we had gain’d the bay, and got the boat on her course, down I went under the forepart of the boat, out of the night air, leaving the management in good hands as I thoughtfour negro fellows, one a skillful pilot belonging to Cap! Pitt, employed in the business. In a few minutes I began to doze, and continued in that state about an hour, when I was alarm'd with a bustle above. I got up and the first sound I coud listen to

e-heave out the wood & stuff, or we must go to the bottom —we cant be sav'd, throw out the wood; and the first view that presented was the boat sinking at the stern—the sea making a breach over and filling her ; the above negro pilot informing me at the same instant, that the pump woud not work. I gave up my hope then and was stripping to take the last chance when the negro revived me by saying, there was a chance of her grounding, if she coud be cleared of the cargo, on a flat ground he supposed

I then with a presence of mind not to be accounted for, went in search of my baggs and found them on a chest floating in the fore part of the boat, but perfectly dry. In about 15 minutes after we struck on the flat, in about six feet water, the sea running high, but by the dexterous management of the negro, we were secured from its fatal effects, and by day light we had beat into two feet water. I then felt myself very sick and prevailed on one of the negros to wade ashore, and get a boat to take us off which he effected about an hour by sun,—when I found myself in the neighborhood of the Rev. Mr. Hanna who received me in the most friendly manner, gave me a good breakfast and furnish'd me a horse and guide to Annapolis. I came over this evening to my friend, when I am much better recover'd than I coud expect to be.—There is, my best belov'd, but little probability of the court rising this week-we have not enter'd on business as yet-to-morrow we expect to begin but it is doubtful to me whether we shall even commence business this week.... I prevaild on myself to give the above detail, that you might not be distressed with the recital from some other quarter-Fairfax may return with my horses Tom and Abingdon-riding Tom, as soon as possible, for I will leave the court as soon as my attendance can possibly be dispensed with. Join your tribute of praise to the omnipotent for the delivery of your

we were near.

truly affte

Thos. Jones. Offer my paternal love

to yours and mine.




The Historical Society of Maryland in its broad and comprehensive constitution embraces the history of literature and science in our State as well as of politics and government. Hence, memoirs of institutions of any public and useful character properly come within its domain.

I have thought that some notice of a society which existed in this city for many years and which exerted a most wholesome influence on a respectable portion of the community, would be very appropriate. It belongs to us as a society to rescue from oblivion all papers, reports and proceedings of such associations and to embody their history as far as the materials within reach will warrant.

Prompted by these feelings, I have taken the trouble to collect and arrange some facts relative to the late Maryland Academy of Science and Literature, a society which was composed of most of the friends of natural science in this city during its existence but which unfortunately was suffered to decline and finally to become totally extinct.

Similar associations had been contemplated and several had actually gone into operation, but they soon disappeared after an ephemeral existence; but the first successful efforts to organize a society of this character were made in the year 1822. Though disheartened by the unsuccessful attempts of their predecessors, yet several energetic gentlemen determined to make one more vigorous trial to redeem the character of Baltimore and to cultivate and promote a taste for scientific pursuits. There was no association of the kind in the State, and yet here were men of considerable attainments in science or of strong inclinations in that direction; some of them were men of liberal means and refined education ; some of them possessed collections of natural history objects, especially minerals and fossils; some of them had libraries of scientific books, and all of them were animated by a generous desire to extend the domain of science abroad in the community as well as to improve themselves. Some of the most prominent men engaged in this enterprise were the late Robert Gilmor, Dr. P. Macauley, Dr. Ducatel, Dr. Sproston Hall, Mons. Girardin, and among those living were Drs. Keener, Cohen, Frick, Buckler, Andrews, Gibson, J. P. Kennedy, P. T. Tyson.

These gentlemen met and organized in the year 1822. Their first place of meeting was in the upper story of a house which occupied the present site of Barnum's Hotel. When that house was taken down, they moved into rooms fitted up in a house previously used as a stable, which stood at the corner of Courtland Street and an alley, north of Lexington.

At this time the academy possessed an extensive collection of minerals and an herbarium and the nucleus of a zoological cabinet. Regular meetings were held and a commendable zeal animated the members, but they were not satisfied with their unaided efforts, and a strong appeal was addressed to gentlemen of the learned professions in the city and throughout the State,


which was in some measure responded to. The number of contributing members soon became sufficiently large to justify the step of procuring an apartment where the meetings of the academy could be permanently held ; furnishing at the same time a place of security for the collection, which was beginning to acquire both extent and interest. Still, difficulties of a formidable character presented themselves. The limited pecuniary means at command, forbade the erection or purchase of a suitable edifice to be appropriated exclusively to the uses of the academy. At length, the academy removed to a spacious hall in the large building then known as the Athenæum, which stood at the corner of St. Paul and Lexington Streets, now occupied by the Law Buildings. The fate of the old Atheneum is well known to us all, who were residents of this city. A new impulse was given to the society and its collections of natural history objects and books were considerably increased.

Here I may pause for a moment in the progress of the history to pay a tribute of respect to its distinguished first president, Mons. Louis Hue Girardin.

He was a native of France, and his real, original name was Louis François Picot. Even as a school boy, he far excelled all his fellow-pupils in classical and aesthetical studies and displayed an uncommon talent for poetry, but he was strongly recommended to direct his researches into history as he grew up. He was patronized by a French nobleman, but he was arrested in his career towards honors and emoluments by the occurrence of the French Revolution. He maintained a constitutional monarchy in the editorial columns of a political journal and was, in consequence, arraigned before a revolutionary tribunal. He was compelled to abandon Rouen where he then lived and afterwards taking a more decided and active stand in favor of the monarchy, he was obliged with many others to seek safety in this country, and he landed near Norfolk. Poor, friendless and in a strange country, he was wretched indeed. A French gentleman, who was the proprietor of a small farm in this State, employed him as a laborer, and the Marquis de Cairon, who escaped with him, was entrusted with the care of the poultry and swine. It was then

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