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Papers of the Randolph family of Edgehill and Wilson Cary Nicholas, 1765-1869.

Author: Edmund BaconJohn BarnesHenry I BowditchJames BreckinridgeAchilles BroadheadAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English
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The collection correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and the following: Francis Eppes, Thomas Walker, Maria Jefferson Randolph, Francis Walker, James Strange, Matthew Maury, Thomas Mann Randolph, Wilson Cary Nicholas, John Barnes, Dabney Carr, Edmund Bacon, Patrick Gibson, James Madison, Martin Dawson, and John Steele.
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Genre/Form: Commissions
Contracts
Deeds
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Financial records
Letters (Correspondence)
Maps
Orders (Military records)
Plats
Returns (Military reports)
Surveys
Wills
Constitution
Pictorial works
Personal narratives, Confederate
Named Person: Ambler family.; Nichols family.; Randolph family.; John Armstrong; Anne Cary Randolph Bankhead; Chas L Bankhead; Aaron Burr; Richard Corbin; Patrick Henry; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; George Logan; James Madison; Francisco de Miranda; George Nicholas; Richard Oswald; John Rodgers; Littleton Waller Tazewell; Henry Somerset Beaufort, Duke of
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Bacon; John Barnes; Henry I Bowditch; James Breckinridge; Achilles Broadhead; William Brockenbrough; Andrew Bryan; William A Burwell; Joseph C Cabell; William H Cabell; Dabney Carr; Isaac A Coles; Joseph Coolidge; Martin Dawson; James Dinsmore; Francis Eppes; Maria Eppes; Albert Gallatin; Patrick Gibson; William Branch Giles; Thomas W Gilmer; John Guerrant; George Hairston; John Hollins; Thomas Jefferson; James Leitch; James Madison; John Marshall; John Mason; Matthew Fontaine Maury; R K Meade; James Monroe; James Morrison; George Nicholas; Margaret Smith Nicholas; Nelson Nicholas; Philip Norborne Nicholas; Robert Carter Nicholas; Wilson Cary Nicholas; John Page; John M Perry; Bernard Peyton; Cornelia J Randolph; Edmund Randolph; George Wythe Randolph; Martha Jefferson Randolph; Peyton Randolph; Richard Randolph; Sarah N Randolph; Thomas Jefferson Randolph; Thomas M Randolph; Thomas Ritchie; Spencer Roane; Albert G Ruffin; Eliza Roane Ruffin; George William Smith; John Smith; Robert Smith; Samuel Smith; William Starke; John Steele; Andrew Stevenson; James Strange; John Taylor; John Charles Randolph Taylor; Martha Randolph Taylor; Abram Trigg; Thomas Walker; James Wood
OCLC Number: 647846245
Reproduction Notes: Also available on microfilm as Manuscript Division microfilm reels #M118--M125.
Description: 787 items.
Other Titles: Edgehill Randolph papers
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The collection correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and the following: Francis Eppes, Thomas Walker, Maria Jefferson Randolph, Francis Walker, James Strange, Matthew Maury, Thomas Mann Randolph, Wilson Cary Nicholas, John Barnes, Dabney Carr, Edmund Bacon, Patrick Gibson, James Madison, Martin Dawson, and John Steele.

Also included are maps of Germany, a map dividing Albemarle County, Jefferson's map of the James and Fluvanna Rivers from Richmond to Monticello, Jefferson's notes on Monticello, his deed of slaves to Thomas Mann and Martha Randolph, and a marriage contract between Charles Bankhead and Anne Cary Randolph.

The Nicholas papers contain letters to Robert C. Nicholas, discssing his business and shipping endeavors, particularly from John Norton of the firm John Norton and Son, merchants of London. There are occasional references to the political situation, including an apology from Norton for signing an address in support of the King. Other topics include the introduction of copper coinage and slave hiring. The Duke of Beaufort, Coloniel Richard Corbin, and Richard Oswald are mentioned briefly.

Correspondence of Wilson Cary Nicolas discusses Nicholas's increasingly distressed financial affairs, business endeavors, family matters, western (Kentucky) land, national politics including the elections of 1800, 1804, and 1808, governorship of Virginia, foreign affairs including the War of 1812, high taxes caused by the War of 1812; the Second Bank of the U.S.; and the settlement of George Nicholas's estate. Of interest are letters from Joseph C. Cabell on Jefferson's trade embargo; John Guerrant on the Virginia Militia; James Monroe discussing his plans to travel to the 'western country' and purchase of land near Charlottesville; Nelson Nicholas on studies at the College of William and Mary; Peggy Nicholas on a rumored slave uprising and correct punishment for a young girl; Robert Carter Nicholas on the situation at Fort George; Wilson Cary Nicholas, Jr., on a county fair; Richard Randolph on a shipment of flour stopped by the Committee of Safety and a claim on the same rejected by Patrick Henry; Edmund Randolph on changes to the Constitution which would extend its powers, and Samuel Smith on the Miranda affair and the Burr trial. Several letters mention slaves and slave sales.

Other correspondents include James Breckinridge, William Brockenbrough, William A. Burwell, Joseph C. Cabell, William H. Cabell, Dabney Carr, Thomas Fairfax, Albert Gallatin, William B. Giles, George Hairston, Bishop James Madison, John Mason, James Morrison, George Nicholas, Philip Nicholas, Peyton Randolph, Thomas Mann Randolph, Spencer Roane, George William Smith, John Smith, Robert Smith, Samuel Smith, John Taylor of Caroline, Abram Trigg. There are brief mentions of George Logan, James Madison, John Marshall, Commodore John Rodgers, and Littleton Waller Tazewell.

Legal and financial papers include bills of sale, bills of exchange, bills of lading, receipts, invoices, promissory notes, land grants, indentures, wills, lottery tickets, speeches on the salary and compensation of the keeper of the penitentiary, and on internal improvements, and notes by Wilson C. Nicholas on militia, currency, military bounties, pardons, slaves and land. Document signers include Isaac Coles, James Leitch, and John Page. Also includes a biographical sketch of George Nicholas and information on the Ambler family.

Militia papers include commissions, returns, orders, lists of fines and instructions regarding an Indian campaign, 1775. Several pertain to the 47th Virginia Militia Regiment from Albemarle County.

Papers of the Randolph family of Edgehill concern land sales, legal matters and family news, Of interest are a copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson; a letter to John M. Perry and James Dinsmore re plans for the University of Virginia; a letter from Richard Kidder Meade on the morality of dancing; letters from Joseph Coolidge on publication of Thomas Jefferson's works and possible arrangements by Lafayette for translation and publication in France; letters from Robert C. Nicholas on the Sub Treasury bill; G.W. Randolph on his Civil War service together with receipts from the Quartermaster's Dept. signed by T.J. Randolph; and letters concerning the Soldiers' Christian Association. Correspondents include H.I. Bowditch, Francis Eppes, Thomas W. Gilmer, Martha Randolph (Patsey), Bernard Peyton, Sarah Nicholas Randolph, Thomas Ritchie, William Starke, and Thomas Jefferson Randolph Taylor.

The collection also contains an announcement of the first session of the University of Virginia; a photostat of a list in Jefferson's hand [1811?] of current prices for tobacco from Virginia, Maryland and Kentucy, cotton and rice found with a John Barnes letter; an undated petition to the General Assembly for education slaves before manumission; draft articles/ notes on military bounties and presidential pardons; a Jefferson lottery ticket; and a ghost story.

Drawings, maps and surveys include drawings of stands or tables, a plan for a well winch and two views of an unidentified piece of machinery and a hand-painted woodcut of Adair, Ireland. There are also maps and/or surveys of lands in Albemarle and Bedford counties, particularly Jefferson's survey surveys of his property in Albemarle; plat of Edgehill as surveyed by Achille Broadhead; a map of Albemarle County, showing St. Anne's Parish, 1777; and a a survey and plat in Bedford county.

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