The collection contains correspondence, a poem, and a portrait. The first letter is dated June 2, 1882 and was written by Wharton to James Lyons of the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary, pleading with him and the Board to not move the College out of Williamsburg. The second letter is dated August 21, 1888 and was written by Wharton to the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary, accepting his appointment as Professor of Languages. The third letter is January 14 [no year] and written by Wharton to Lizzie Tyler at the President's House, describing her as the daughter of "Old Mortality." The poem is called "Jamestown 1900." It was composed by Wharton and "delivered at the celebration of the 193rd anniversary of the landing of the Anglo-Saxons at Jamestown." The portrait is of Wharton as an older man. It is stamped with his signature and was published by Men of Mark Publishing Co. in Washington, DC. It is undated.
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Lyman Brown Wharton served on the faculty at the College of William and Mary. He was Professor of Grecian and German History in 1870, Professor of Ancient and Modern Languages from 1888-1892, Professor of Latin from 1892-1906, and Secretary of the Faculty from 1897-1898.