Publisher / date: The John Hopkins University Press, 1991
Hardcover & paperback editions
Before readers think I recommend only British diaries and letters, this book proves that’s not the case! Edited by Margaret Law Callcott, Mistress of Riversdale: The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert, 1795-1821 has so much to offer. Our protagonist, Rosalie Stiers Calvert, grew up in Belgium, and emigrated during the Napoleonic Wars. You can visit one of the houses she lived in at Annapolis, although the house keep the Stier history rather silent: the William Paca House. (Info on the House and the Paca Gardens.)
The Stiers moved to Annapolis from Philadelphia; after marriage Rosalie remained in the States while her family returned to Europe. The letters are between those families members and make for fascinating reading! Whether Rosalie writes of politics, homelife, buying land or making investments, her letters will open you eyes about this period. Callcott gives a fine introduction to the family.
Granted there are British roots here: Rosalie married George Calvert, a natural son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. And the letters cover the period of the War of 1812.
It was here I first learned of the wonderful book entitled Mrs Hurst Dancing… more on that book later!
- A useful write-up about the family and all their homes: Riversdale: The House and its Families
- The Riversdale House Museum, which includes a nice photo tour
- Riversdale Historical Society, which also has a Mrs Calvert twitter account! November 2011 News was about the restored Salon, following an 18-month restoration
- Please note: The house Riversdale is in the municipality of Riverdale Park, Maryland
- Mary Ann Jung “impersonates” Rosalie at History Alive!
- Rosalie and Quilting c1812
- Rosalie’s Gardens