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     MANUSCRIPTS and ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

Box BW 23

 Container

Contains 7 Collections and/or Records:

Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Company annual report of the President and the Directors

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16462
Content Description This collection contains a mimeograph or lithograph copy of annual report of the president and directors of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal Company annual report. This report describes the condition and business of this company for the year from 1888 to 1889.The document is signed by Franklin Weld, President. The report contains a narrative description of the events of the year followed by lists of merchandise shipped through the year, comparative statements of materials shipped, and...
Dates: 1889-09-30

Mary Butler ledger

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS-16463
Content Description This collection consists of one ledger book belonging to Mary Butler, a Catholic woman living in Virginia and North Carolina. The book begins as a school account with a "list of scholars" but quickly transitions to lists of recipes for alloys, solders, and cement and transitions again to mostly original poems. Also recorded is Butler's marriage to Thomas A. Cullen at St. Peter's Cathedral in Richmond, as is their move to Wilmington, North Carolina, and the birth of their child Mary. Additional...
Dates: 1869 - 1873

Mollie Virginia Rinker album

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS-16471
Content Description This collection contains a friendship album for Mollie Virginia Rinker of Leesburg, Louden County, Virginia. The album contains poems, drawings, sentiments and tokens of affection compiled mostly during the Civil War and just after. The final page in the album is damaged; an image or text was cut from the book leaving a large hole in the page.
Dates: 1864 - 1890

Harriet S. Rowley commonplace books

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: MSS 16472
Content Description This collection consists of three commonplace books belonging to Harriet "Hatty" S. Rowley, of Utica, New York. The books are nicknamed the Books of Wisdom and ignorance in part because one notebook was titled "Ignorance Book," by Rowley, while the other two books were labeled with the following note, “Aunt Harriet’s books of wisdom.” These books hold recordings of quotes from famous authors and orators of the late 19th century, and as such they are full of "wisdom" and advice on life. ...
Dates: 1872 - 1888

Amherst County Virginia subscription list

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16475
Content Description This collection consists of five pages of names and amounts of money to pledge support for the Confederate Army in the early stages of the Civil War. The title page says, "The undersigned promise and bind themselves to pay on demand to T.W. Dillard, Henry Loving, Samuel Richeson, John B. Wheeler, William Kent and John D. Davis the sums severally annexed to their respective names to be expended under the direction of Amherst County Court in equipping the volunteers from the said county under the...
Dates: 13 August 1861

Page-Nelson Society Virginia historic documents, 1792 - 1802

 File — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Scope and Contents Note From the Item: Page-Nelson Society of Virginia Historic documents (1790-1805, 0.21 cubic feet) contain an autograph letter signed from John Page (1744-1808) to "Dear Sir," noting that he will be absent from Congress during January 1791 (dated 6 December, 1790); a printed commission on parchment, completed in manuscript, appointing John Preston as Major in the Third Division of the Virginia Militia, signed by Governor John Page (1744-1808), dated 24 December 1802; a printed land grant on parchment (oversize)...
Dates: 1792 - 1802

George Griffin papers

 Collection — Box: BW 23, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16470
Content Description This collection consists of personal and literary letters to George Griffin, as well as his daughter, Caroline Lydia Griffin. Of note, is correspondence with Lydia Sigourney, a significant poet at that time, from Hartford, Connecticut. It includes her poem, "On the death of Zerlina Thorne," and a letter devoted to her efforts to meet Charles Dickens, a poem, "Welcome to Charles Dickens, Esq." which was read to him at a banquet in Hartford two days learlier; a signed holograph poem, "Friendship...
Dates: 1829 - 1855