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Papers of Archibald Stuart and Briscoe Gerard Baldwin [manuscript] 1764-1884

Format
Mixed Materials; Archive
Description
4500 items.
Variant title
Stuart Baldwin papers
Organization / Arrangement
The collection is arranged in two series : Series I: Correspondence and Series II: Legal and Financial Papers, including Miscellaneous Papers.
Related resources
GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION AVAILABLE ONLINE
Finding aid note
Guide and alphabetical checklist (card index) of correspondents available.
Summary
Legal and financial papers comprise most of the collection; correspondence consists chiefly of letters to Stuart and Baldwin from clients. Various legal issues covered include land patents, wills, land deeds, land surveys, accounts, slave transactions, and criminal and civil suits.The collection also contains letters from Martha S. Baldwin to her husband, Briscoe G. Baldwin containing news of family and friends. There is some material pertaining to Baldwin's father-in-law, John Brown, Chancellor of the Staunton District.Other material pertains to Stuart's father, Alexander, a Revolutionary War officer and founder of Liberty Hall Academy (now Washington and Lee University), and to his son, Alexander Hugh Holmes, U. S. Representative from Virginia and Cabinet officer. The latter contain some items concerning the Whig party and presidential elections.There are military papers concerning service in the Continental Army. Other topics in the papers include student life at the College of William and Mary, Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, temperance parties, meetings of the General Assembly and Briscoe Baldwin's private law school.Included in the papers are a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Bowyer and a land grant signed by Jefferson to William Curvey(1780 July 14, Sept. 1); and an answer to a bill of complaint given by John Wayles as attorney in a law cases.Major correspondents are generally local people whom Stuart or Baldwin represented in law cases. The following named correspondents are usually writers of one or two letters on Virginia politics or the Whig party. They include Charles Francis Adams, John James Allen, Philip John Brown Baldwin, James Barbour, Philip Pendleton Barbour, Otway Byrd Barraud, James Breckinridge, Arthur Spicer Brockenbrough, Alexander Brown, and John Brown (1762-1826).Also William H. Cabell, James Overton Carr, Augustus Alexander Chapman, John Coalter, James Craik, Peter Vyvian Daniel, Raleigh T. Daniel, William Daniel, Jr., James H. Dooley, A. W. Dunscombe, Thomas Walker Gilmer, William Waller Henning, Chapman Johnson, Zachariah Johnston, and Cyrus Hall McCormick.Also Samuel McDowell Moore, Philip Norbone Nicholas, Isaac S. Pennybacker, Bernard Peyton, John Howe, Peyton, Henry Ruffner, Francis Henney Smith, Daniel Stickley, George W. Summers, John Taylor, Richard H. Toler, George Tucker and Henry St. George Tucker.
Cite as
Stuart-Baldwin Papers, 1742-1832, Accession #228, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesvillle, Va.
Biographical note
Lawyers and judges of Staunton, Va.
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