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Correspondence of Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge [manuscript] 1810-1861.
Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph,
- Mixed Materials; Archive
- 251 items.
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- Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge correspondence
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- GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION AVAILABLE ONLINE
- Finding aid note
- Annotated list available.
- The collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Ellen Coolidge and her mother Martha Jefferson Randolph, and sisters Virginia Trist, Cornelia Randolph and Mary Randolph.
- They discuss family and friends; trips to Richmond, Philadelphia and Baltimore; life in Boston, and at Monticello and Poplar Forest; the University of Virginia students, faculty and Board of Visitors; Thomas Jefferson's illness and death, debts, the proposed lottery, and the sale of Monticello and his slaves.
- Also Martha Randolph's life in Washington and continuing financial problems; the careers of Joseph Coolidge in the China trade, Nicholas Trist in the diplomatic service, Benjamin Franklin Randolph in medicine and George Wythe Randolph in the navy; and the publication of "Memoirs, correspondence and private papers of Thomas Jefferson."
- Other topics of interest include Richmond dentistry, 1819; the panic of 1819 and financial ruin of Wilson Cary Nicholas; Thomas Mann Randolph's strained relations with his family; Lafayette's visit to Monticello; the sale of Jefferson's paintings; Harvard College politics; historian Jared Sparks; Nat Turner's rebellion; the Hemings family, Ellen's maid Sally [Cottrell Cole]; and contrasts between slaves in the South and domestic servants in New England.
- The collection also contains autobiographical reflections by Ellen Coolidge and a volume of copies of correspondence between Ellen Coolidge and Henry Stephens Randall concerning Jefferson and his family.
- Cite as
- Correspondence of Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 1819-1861, Accession #9090, 38-584, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
- Biographical note
- Granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson.
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