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Correspondence of John Coalter, Frances Lelia, and Elizabeth Tucker Coalter, 1809-1822

Identifier: id173320

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of John Coalter and his third wife while he was serving as Circuit Court Judge; correspondence of their daughters, Frances Lelia and Elizabeth Tucker Coalter, with parents and grandparents. Subseries finishes with the fourth marriage of John Coalter. Interesting comments on the effect of the embargo in South Carolina, and of episodes in the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay area are found in these letters. There is also a report of the destruction wrought in Bruton Parish Church by the "youth of Williamsburg," and remarks of Saint George Tucker (June 14, 1809) upon the occasion of the birth of his first grandson, St. George Coalter, in which he strongly condemns the academies and colleges of that day. Letters include those exchanged by John Coalter with his third wife Frances Bland (Tucker) Coalter from 1809-1811, when John Coalter was serving as Circuit Judge. In 1811 he accepted an appointment as judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals; the family then moved to Richmond. There are many letters received by Mrs. Frances Bland Tucker Coalter between 1809 and her death in 1813, from her father St. George Tucker, and stepmother Mrs. Lelia Tucker, in Williamsburg, from her sister-in-law Mrs. Judith Randolph at Bizarre, and from other members of the family. There also are many letters to the daughters of John Coalter, Frances Lelia and Elizabeth Tucker, from their grandparents, from 1813 to the death of Frances Lelia Coalter in 1821.


  • Creation: 1809-1822


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From the Collection: 12.50 Linear Feet

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