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James Barron Hope Papers (II)

Identifier: 01/Mss. 93 H77

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence and literary works, chiefly 1861-1874, of James Barron Hope (1829-1887), soldier, author (poet, orator, and novelist), and newspaper editor, of Norfolk and Williamsburg, Virginia. The papers deal mainly with his 1849 duel with Jonathan Pembroke Jones; his West Indies naval cruise (1851-1852); his Confederate military service (1861-1865); and the aborted 1874 William Mahone-Bradley Johnson duel, in which Hope was Mahone's second. The majority of correspondence with his family is with his wife Annie Beverley (Whiting) Hope, and his mother, Jane Armistead (Barron) Hope. Prominent correspondents include Benjamin S. Ewell, John Goode, Hugh Blair Grigsby, John Lesslie Hall, John Blair Hodge, General Bradley T. Johnson, General John B. Magruder, President John Tyler, William F. Vilas, and Robert C. Winthrop. The collection also contains numerous newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1820-1923


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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:

James Barron Hope was born 23 March 1829 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the grandson of Commodore James Barron (1769-1851) and son of Wilton Hope and Jane Armistead (Barron) Hope (1791-1862).

James Barron Hope attended and graduated from the College of William and Mary (1846-48). He practiced law and was the commonwealth's attorney for Norfolk.

He married Annie Beverley Whiting (1825-1920) in 1857. The couple had two daughters, Jane ("Janey" or "Jennie") Barron Hope (b. 1859?) and Ann ("Nanny") Hope.

James Barron Hope is known primarily for his poetry, serving as the official poet of the 250th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. He published several volumes of writings and also edited newspapers. Hope died in 1887.

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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into 3 Series. Series 1 contains personal correspondence; Series 2 contains the writings of James Barron Hope; Series 3 contains miscellaneous material. Arrangement: This collection is arranged by subject and then chronologically by date.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 195 items, 1961.

Related Materials:

There are two collections within the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary that relate to this Collection. They include the Samuel Barron Papers and the James Barron Papers.

The Samuel Barron Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary; include papers and correspondence of three generations of Samuel Barrons, all of whom were involved in naval affairs. Samuel Barron Papers, 1793-1942. 538 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 B29

The James Barron Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary; include correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur. James Barron Papers, 1776-1899. 2,759 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 B27

The James Barron Hope Papers (I), Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. James Barron Hope Papers (I), 1835-1907.993 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 H77 Materials include correspondence, manuscript poems, editorials, stories, and sketches.


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Processing Information:

Processed by Douglas V. Griffith in 1993.

Guide to the James Barron Hope Papers (II)
Finding Aid Authors: Douglas V. Griffith.
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository