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Series 2: Professional Papers of Thomas Ritchie, 1829-1856 & undated

Identifier: id82831

Scope and Contents

Thomas Ritchies professional papers are chiefly letters to him as editor of the Washington Union, the official organ of the Democratic party (the entire collections contains only a few letters by him).The letters cover all the political topics of the day; extension of slavery, Texas, the Mexican War (militarily and politically), internal improvements, Wilmot Proviso, oregon territory, Whig and Democratic politics, transcontunental railroad, Baltimore convention, Nashville convention, Presidential elections of 1844 and 1848, and contain references to Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, Thomas Hart Benton, and Lewis Cass. A few relate to South American affairs, and Ritchie's business papers as a printer are also included. The letters cover a wide geographical range (a number, however, are written from Virginia) and often reflect local political conditions and the opinions of the average citizen. Among the correspondents are: R.M.T. Hunter, Ambrose Dudley Mann, W.D. Wallach, S. Basset French, and Andrew Stevenson.


  • Creation: 1829-1856 & undated


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.


From the Collection: 6.50 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository