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Conway D. Whittle letter

Identifier: SC 01857

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Content Description

Letter to Richmond, Virginia slave traders Davis, Deupree and Co., from Virginia physician Conway Davies Whittle inquiring about the rates of sale of 24 enslaved persons owned by Whittle. Age, gender, complexion, and skills are mentioned to describe the enslaved people.


  • Creation: 1860 November 2

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Biographical / Historical

Conway Davies Whittle (1809-1891) was the son of Virginia merchant and buisnessman Fortescue Whittle. He was raised on a plantation in Mecklenburg County, Virginia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. After attending university, he returned to Virginia to pratice as a physician and dentist.

Davis, Dupree & Co., was owned and operated by William S. Deupree. The company opened in 1860 for the primary purpose of selling enslaved people. William S. Deupree died in a land mine explosion during the Civil War (1861-1865)


.01 Linear Feet (1 legal size folder)




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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with the Nelle Richardson Tonkin Fund.

Guide to the Conway D. Whittle letter
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center staff
2023 November
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