Blanding, Magdalen Gordon, 1823-1885
Vice Regent for California 1858-1884, Mrs. William Blanding
Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:
Ann Pamela Cunningham to Magdalen Blanding, 1859
Draft in writing of her secretary. Re the Vice Regents' work and general condition of Mount Vernon cause. ER-11, p. 100
California Appeals, 1859
Various news clippings and one printed circular, appeals by Magdalen Blanding, Vice Regent for California.
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1873 February 4
A.L.S. San Rafael. Illness interrupts her work. Will publish every statement that can do justice to Mount Vernon cause. Received report of last Council. ER-8, p. 252
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1859 December 19
A.L.S. San Francisco. Received call to Council, and Capt. Meigs' plan of wharf which she approves. Reports John A. Washington has been "bitterly denounced in all our papers for…hard terms imposed," have reported also his failure. VR Blanding has given a "positive public denial" to latter. ER-8, p. 250
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1874 December 9
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1873 July 15
A.L.S. San Francisco. Realized arduous duties of Regent had encroached too much on her time and health, but still was "startled" at idea of change of Regent. Assures Miss Cunningham her official and personal relations with her have been most pleasant. ER-8, p. 253
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1860 July 20
A.L.S. San Francisco. Devereux mistaken in statement that the Vice Regent of California ordered 1000 cop. of Washington portrait--it was 200. Rec'd 200 "Everett's no." which were distributed among Lady Managers, also some boxes from Devereux, 500 (portraits?) lacking and she has kept accurate accts. Two illuminated Addresses paid for and not rec'd. "Shocked and pained Congress refuses aid". ER-8, p. 251
Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 1874 May 25
A.L.S. San Francisco. Received Miss Cunningham's letter, wrote immediately to Vice Regents Harper and Barry, encloses copy of letter. Miss Cunningham's confidence is sacred and her letter destroyed, regrets her troubles and is indignant that her labors are so poorly rewarded. Pamphlets not yet arrived. Hopes Miss Cunningham will approve the course she has taken. ER-8, p. 254
Magdalen Blanding to Elizabeth Barry, 1874 May 25
Magdalen Blanding to James Lick, March 17, 1876
Tells him what a wonderful idea the acquisition of Mount Vernon in private hands was. Tells of the solicitation of contributions in small sums from the whole people of the United States. Talked of Edward Everett who delivered many addresses on Washington to raise money. Started an endowment fund for the care and maintenance of the grounds. Wishes him to make a contribution toward restoring Washington’s tomb.
Magdalen Blanding to Laughton, May 1, 1880
Sends her belated condolences and looks forward to meeting all the ladies of the Council.
Magdalen Blanding to Margaret Comegys, 1873 April 21
A.L.S. San Rafael. Not able to attend next Council so asks Mrs. Comegys to be her proxy. ER-17, p. 186
Magdalen Blanding to Margaret Sweat, 1881 July 14
A.L.S. San Francisco. Pleased to receive word the Council approves gateway and awaits drawings promised, to take matter in hand. To have work harmonize with surroundings must leave choice of form, dimensions, and material to those closely in touch with Mount Vernon. Work must be done in East, but desires estimate of cost be sent with drawings. Asks also if there is to be a celebration of surrender at Yorktown. ER-8, p. 259
Magdalen Blanding to the MVLA, 1869 November 3
A.L.S. San Francisco. Appoints Mrs. Halsted her proxy at coming Council. ER-8, p. 150
Nancy Halsted to Magdalen Blanding, ca. 1870
Draft. Each session of MVLA Council opened with readings from Bible and Episcopal Prayer book. All votes unanimous, save one: the embellishing of the Mount Vernon Banquet Hall with Rembrandt Peale's "Washington Before Yorktown." Asks Mrs. Blanding to aid in appeal for funds for this.
Papers of Lily Macalester Berghmans Laughton
Receipt, payment from Magdalen Blanding to Ann Pamela Cunningham, 17 August 1859
Receipt for payment from Magdalen Blanding, Vice Regent for California, to Ann Pamela Cunningham for $1163.64.
ER 1; p. 135, AS
Series 1.1 Correspondence to Laughton
- Archival Object 17
- Collection 1