The collection relates to the James River Canal and Kanawha Company, which officially gained a charter in 1835. Included are a list of subscriptions sold to private individuals, a letter to the auditors office discussing current and previous subscriptions, a letter from a prospective surveyor and a list of tollage rates along the canal. Individuals mentioned are John Hartwell Cocke, and his son John Hartwell Cocke Jr.
Letter, January 13, 1781, Williamsburg, Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Jr. to Thomas Jefferson (then Governor of Virginia) referring to British ships on the James River. References to Cobham in Surry, Milchfield, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. Mentions Benedict Arnold. 1 page - address on verso in another hand.