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James Touchstone scholarship letter

 Collection — Box: Multi 03
Identifier: MS-0082

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains to a letter of recommendation to the Orphans Court of Cecil County for admittance of James M. Touchstone as a student to Washington College from James McCauley, esq., Principal of Port Deposit Academy. There is no record of James attending Washington College.


  • 1861 November 12

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Collection is open for research.

Publication rights

Copyright has not been assigned to Washington College. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Washington College as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical Information Note

James Monroe Touchstone (1846-1886) was born October 31st in Reading, Pennsylvania to James Touchstone (1821-1872) and Virginia Ann “Virdy” Owens Touchstone (1828-1905). The family moved to Port Deposit in Cecil County, Maryland around 1846 where his father set up a blacksmithing business. He attended the Port Deposit Academy. James’ father served as quartermaster of the 6th Maryland Regiment, United States Army during the Civil War. James continued on with the family’s blacksmith business and was also active in democratic politics. On January 25, 1876 he married Sarah “Sallie” Davis, together they had two sons, Walter (1876-1953) and James Hazelet (1882-1940). James died June 7, 1886 in Port Deposit, MD.


.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Finding Aid to the James Touchstone Scholarship Letter
L. Sheldon
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

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Part of the Washington College Archives & Special Collections Repository

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