Bank of Maryland dividend book 1809-1821
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The Bank of Maryland dividend book records dividends paid twice a year to its shareholders between September 1809 and September 1821. The bank paid its dividends every March 7 and September 7, and its bookkeepers faithfully kept detailed records of these transactions throughout the period. For each date on which dividends were due, the book contains a list of shareholders, organized alphabetically by last name, their number of shares of stock, number of shares of loans, dividends on stocks and loans, the total payment due to the shareholder, a note recording the date of payment, and the recipient's signature. The bank's shareholders included several women, and a few payments were collected by legal representatives rather than by clients themselves; these include James Neilson, authorized by Charles Carroll of Carrollton to receive money due him in September 1815.