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James Kirke Paulding letter to Thomas W. White

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: ViU-2021-0168

Content Description

This addition to MSS 7223 Papers of James Kirke Paulding contains a four-page letter from James Kirke Paulding to Thomas W. White, a printer and publisher in Richmond, Virginia. Paulding writes to White to thank him for sending selections of speeches of distinguished orators along with a discussion on current events, including Paulding's thoughts and observations on Virginia as the state with the strongest understanding and protection of constitutional principles. James Kirke Paulding was an American writer, Secretary to the Board of Navy Commissioners 1815-1823, Navel Agent in New York 1824-1838, and United States Secretary of the Navy from 1838-1841. As a member of the "Knickerbocker Group," he co-wrote the satirical periodical 'Salmagundi' with Washington Irving: the issue of November 11, 1807, first attached the name 'Gotham' to New York City. Thomas Willis White was a printer and publisher. He began his career apprenticing for the printers of the 'Virginia Federalist' and went on to work in Richmond, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Boston. He returned to Richmond in 1817, established his own printing house, and published books, pamphlets, and legislative journals. In 1834 he founded the Southern Literary Messenger; Edgar Allan Poe joined him the following year.

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Purchased, 20 October 2022. David M. Lesser

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  • Creation: 19 April 1835



.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder)


2 items; [4]pp on 2 sheets