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William and Thomas Dawson Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 Pst D32

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Scope and Contents

Negative photostats of items from the correspondence of the Rev. William Dawson and the Rev. Thomas Dawson, both of whom were commissaries of the Church of England in Virginia and presidents of the College of William and Mary. Prominent correspondents include Patrick Henry, Samuel Davies, John Blair and Robert Dinwiddie.


  • Creation: 1721-1775


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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.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

William Dawson was a member of the Virginia Council, minister of Bruton Parish, commissary for the Bishop of London, and second president of the College of William and Mary (1743-1752).


96.00 Linear Feet

Electronic Format:

Originals at the Library of Congress.

Related Materials:

See also William Dawson Papers (UA 2. 02); University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection (UA 10)

Guide to the William and Thomas Dawson Papers
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository