Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence from Dew as well as an account book.
Note, dated October 16, 1837, written by Dew to Judge Abel P. Upshur, concerning the granting of credit to students by merchants. The note is handwritten on a printed Resolution by the Board of Visitors, adopted July, 1836.
Letter, dated October 18, 1837, written by Dew to William H. Harrison, principal of the Academy at the Wigwam in Amelia, Virginia, and defends the institution of slavery in the United States. The letter begins "I am glad to find that you agree with me on the subject of slavery. Every day convinces me of its blessings in southern latitudes, & I think you are right in regard to Liberia - Man cannot be uplifted from barbarism to civilization without the aid of slavery. All history demonstrates this proposition." Most of the letter concerns a list of books related to slaver and where they can be acquired, including Edmund Ruffin, a strong proponent of slavery. Dew also discusses life at William & Mary, noting the enrollment of 100 students and that most of the brightest pupils were sent from Harrison's academy.
Letter, dated July 13, 1842, written by Dew to George Southall, concerning violations of the law prohibiting the dealing with students on credit.
The account book includes stocks and bonds owned by Dew (1833-1846), notes on anatomy, the account of William & Mary College with Dew (1836-1840), personal accounts of Dew (1836-1844), names of students in Dew's junior and senior classes (1836-1846), the diary of an unknown person (Sept. 1, Oct. 9, 1852), a quotation from Thomas Moore, notes on farming, and William & Mary College graduates (1835, 1839-1846).
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