John Quincy Adams to St. George Tucker, August 5, 1819, sending him 12 bound volumes of the Fifteeth Congress, First session [4 vols. Extant in Tucker's library].
The collection consists of one letter written by Laura Adams to her brother Newton Adams, a Christian missionary working within the Zulu Kingdom. Adams discusses problems reported by her brother and regarding missionaries in Africa in general, and updates Newton on the health of their father, along with other local news.
Letter written from Camp Hamilton (or Fort Monroe) by Col. William H. Allen, 1st New York Infantry, to Captain J. Frederick Pierson regarding the arrest of a husband and wife on suspicion of treason. The following is a transcription of the letter: "You will at once proceed to the residence of Mr. Mussey residing within these lines & search his house and arrest himself and wife or any others whom you may have just cause to suspect of conveying information to the enemy".
A.L.S. of Robert Anderson, Williamsburg, Virginia, to Collector of U.S. Customs, Savannah, Georgia, concerning the brig "Helen" formerly owned by Alexander Macaulay of Yorktown in 1798. Dated 20 December 1825. 2 pp.
Autographs of four Virginians in letters:
John Strode Barbour (1846 letter);
Thomas Henry Bayly (undated);
John Warwick Daniel (1908) and
Charles Triplett O'Ferrall (1897).
A collection of eleven letters dating from 1926 to 1928 addressed to Olive Barnes from her mother, C.M. Barnes. One of these includes a letter addressed to C.M. Barnes from Mildred and Verne Barnes. Mother writes from Opportunity and Dishman, to Olive in Kewa, Newport, Pullman, and Washtuca, Washington state.
Letters include discussion of the act of writing letters, local news and acquaintances, listening to the radio, visits, and advice on Olive’s teaching career.
Letter written on December 4, 1781 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Baron de Watergeul Boom to "Mon Cher Ami" concerning celebration on board French ship after Yorktown Campaign. He writes poetry about the party, particularly talking of bachelorhood. Baron de Watergeul Boom may be a pseudonym. Includes poem with classical allusion which is annotated. Original letter is written in French, but English transcription is included.
Letter written April 27, 1854 from Joseph Beale, U.S. Germantown, Montevideo, South America, to his wife, in care of Col. Blow, Norfolk, concerning his fondness for his wife and child and his wish to leave the Navy as a doctor and enter into private practice. ALS
Letter, 6 August 1785, written by Samuel Beale of Williamsburg, Virginia. In the letter, Beale asks Nicholas Low, a merchant from New York City, New York, for assistance in releasing Neil Jameison from military duty.
Manuscript draft, dated October 30, 1864, written by Henry Ward Beecher comparing Abraham Lincoln to Wendell Phillips, being particularly praiseworthy of Phillips. Typescript included.
Letter, 1788 October 31, Bishop James Madison, Williamsburg, to the Speaker of the House of Delegates of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Concerns Bishop Madison request to the General Assembly of Virginia funds to support the Eastern State Hospital for Lunatics. Also included is a lithograph of Bishop James Madison. The letter and lithograph were given by Harry Krauss in honor of professor David L. Holmes.
Letter from Captain George Bouton to his seven-year-old daughter Mollie from Yorktown, Virginia during the American Civil War. He describes the condition of Yorktown as "an old and dilapidated town", General Daniel Harvey Hill as a commander, describing some of the local families in Yorktown including the Fry family, and having a "free Negro from Madison County for a servant, a very indifferent cook & indifferent servant [in] everyday."
Letters, 1951-1953, written by Kenneth Brady to Mary Brady, his mother, during his service in the Korean War. He serves at Ft. Bragg, Camp Drum, Ft. Hood, Ft. Eustis, and finally Sokcho, Gangwon-do Province, South Korea, as part of the Transportation Corps of the 8th Army.
One box plus oversize diploma of Benjamin Bray, William and Mary class of 1949. He was a Common Glory actor, poet, playwright, teacher and social worker. Papers consist mostly of his poetical writings plus one play written with his brother James.
This collection consists of a letter written by Francis T. Brooke in St. Julien, Virginia concerning the political climate of Virginia in relation to the presidential elections of 1820 and 1824. Brooke describes fractures and shifts in party support, and interprets the reasons for Virginia's support of William Crawford in the election of 1824. The letter is addressed to a Mr. Loring.
One letter from John Brown of Philadelphia to his brother, James Brown. The letter concerns life in the military. Brown describes the conduct of Benjamin Logan, Colonel of the Kentucky County, Virginia militia, the sale of Brown's property on Potts Creek in Virginia, and the possible resignation of General Arthur St. Clair from the army.
One letter from Dabney Browne, a professor at the College of William and Mary, to G. Southall concerning the room and board for members of the Jones family. He states the Jones' would have to sleep in a room without a fireplace and sit in the family sitting room. The charge for board would be 120 dollars each, with a tuition fee of 20 dollars.