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Papers, 1824-1864

 File — Box: Small Collections Box 92, Folder: 1
Identifier: id4383

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29 Oct. 1824. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to "the Hon[ora]ble" Robert S. Garnett, L[l]oyds' [P.O.], Essex Co., Va. Declines the invitation to stay with him and Mrs. Garnett in Washington, D.C., because his wife has recently added a new son to "her" family; also comments that Washington, even under the most favorable conditions "affords but few pleasures for a lady" and that he [WCR] would deny his wife even a "peep at the 'great Babel'" because of the new baby; apologizes for not submitting an article sooner to his Review, but he has been busy this summer building, and clearing up loose business ends before he leaves for Congress in the winter. 3 pp. 19 Sept. [18]36. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to [John Milton], Niles, "Senator U.S. Hartford, State of Connecticut." Thanks him for the financial articles from the Hartford Times; further discussion of finances involving the Whig philosophy; assures him that the "old dominion" will be voting for [Martin] Van Buren in the upcoming election. 2 pp. 28 Oct. [18]37. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to the Hon[ora]ble M[anion] Dickerson, Secretary of the Navy, [Washington, D.C..?]. Recommends appointment of Dr. J.M. Minor of Virginia as Ass[istan]t Surgeon in the Navy. 1 p. 8 Oct. 1844. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to Charles C. Lee, Moorfields, Hardy Co, Va. [W. Va.]. Has been very ill, which has prevented him from meeting him [CCL] in Shenandoah; was able to participate in the District Convention; spirited discussion of converting Virginia to the "Whig faith"; asks him to make excuses for his [WCR] absence at the upcoming Whig meeting to be held at Moorfields. 3 pp. 16 Nov. 1854. W.C. Rives, Alexandria, [Va.], to W[illia]m M. Burwell, Baltimore, [Md.]. Is attending a Directors' meeting of "our Rail-Road"; asks his help in arranging for Mr.[?] Baldwin, editor of the Richmond Dispatch, to lecture before the Maryland Institute. 2 pp. 16 Dec. 1854. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to W[illia]m M. Burwell, n.p. Would be pleased to have him and [Robert A.] Toombs for Christmas; tells that. Toombs is an old college friend of his [WCR] brother; comments on Col. [Thomas Hart] Benton's "Thirty Years," which he doesn't think will be "going down to posterity." 2 pp. 9 Oct. 1859. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to Dr. R[obert] W. Haxall, [Richmond, Va.]. Will be happy to visit; however, Mrs. Rives will not accompany him because their daughter, Amelie, and [her husband] Mr. [Henry] Sigourney are visiting; thanks for the articles sent. 1 p. 18 Oct. 1864. W.C. Rives, "Castle-Hill," [Albemarle Co., Va.], to Doctor R[obert] W. Haxall, Richmond, [Va.]. Thanks him for extra supply of coal for the family's winter use; will buy a gallon of Mr. [?] Kinney's wine if he [RWH] will "taste-test" it first; also enjoys an apple brandy toddy occasionally; comments on the Civil War, stating that he is a "disciple of Macawber, and cannot help hoping that 'something will turn up'." 3 pp.


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