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Patrick Henry Papers, 1778-1927

Patrick Henry Papers, 1778-1927
Mss. 39.2 H41, 2006.59
0.05 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Includes letters, 1778-1792, of Patrick Henry while living in Prince Edward County, Virginia and including letter, 28 May 1778, to Richard Henry Lee. Also includes copies of letters received by William Wirt from persons to whom he had written seeking biographical and anecdotal material concerning Henry (including one letter from George Wythe); prints and engravings of Henry; and an article concerning Patrick Henry's mother, Sarah Henry from the "Journal of American History".

Mss. Acc. 2006.59 Addition:

Agreement, July 3, 1780, stating Habersham, of Georgia, will loan Patrick Henry twenty slaves, thirteen men and seven women, at a monthly rate of 24 schillings for the men and 16 schillings for the women.  Agreement has further conditions for use and treatment of slaves.

Other URL

This collection has been organized into four series. Series 1 contains portrait engravings and prints, Series 2 contains letters written to and from Patrick Henry, Series 3 contains photostatic copies of papers, and Series 4 contains material relating to Patrick Henry's mother, Sarah Henry. 

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acc. 2006.59 is filed at the end of the main collection.

Henry, Patrick (1736-1799)
Habersham, Joseph
Continential Congress
House of Burgesses
Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794
Legal documents.
Slave labor
Slavery--Virginia--18th century.
Slavery--Virginia--History--18th century.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--Lawyers.

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note

29 items, in the possession of Swem Library before 1939.

1980.12:   6/3/1980.  Purchase.  1 item.

2006.59:   9/1/2006.  Purchase.  1 item.

Preferred Citation
Patrick Henry Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary
Finding Aid Revisions:
Acc. 2006.59 was added as an addition to the Patrick Henry Papers in Archon and filed in the same box as the original collection.
Collection Material Type:
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