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Edward Southey Joynes Letters and Drawing

Identifier: UA 6.092

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes three letters and a pastel drawing.

The first letter, dated May 29, 1860, was written to former U. S. President and William & Mary alumnus John Tyler, who was serving as Chancellor in 1860, about the views of the faculty and the organization of the curriculum. The second letter, dated November 5, 1863, was written by Joynes to R. G. H. Kean, about Mary Southall of Williamsburg. He states she is a refugee and provides a recommendation for her employment in the War Department, if possible. He describes her character and provides examples of the same, including the following, "When William & Mary College was consumed by fire, she was the leader of a small band of heroic women who, unaided, and surrounded by the threats and insults of a drunken soldiery, made efforts, wonderful indeed, to save the buildings, and actually succeeded in rescuing from the flames a large portion of the valuable library of the College." The third letter, dated July 3, 1866, was written to the Board of Visitors and serves as Joynes' resignation from William & Mary.

The pastel drawing is of Joynes. The artist is unknown.


  • Creation: 1860, 1863, 1866


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.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Southey Joynes served as professor of Modern Languages at William & Mary from 1858-1866.


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The collection was removed from the Faculty-Alumni File Collection in 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository