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Scope and Contents of the Materials
Letters written to Gustavus A. Myers, lawyer in Richmond, Va. Includes letters, 1858-1861, from John Augustine Washington, concerning his sale of "Mount Vernon" to Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; and Washington's Civil War service. The collection includes letters written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Park Benjamin, and Conway Robinson.
Gustavus Adophus Myers was born 9 August 1801, the son of Samuel Myers and Judith (Hays) Myers. He was a lawyer in Richmond and served as president of Richmond Publishing Co., and director of Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and Mutual Assurance Society. He was member of Richmond City Council. He married Anne Augusta (Giles) Conway and was father of artist, William Barksdale Myers. Myers died 20 August 1869 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery. He was considered Richmond's most prominent Jewish citizen. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gustavus Adophus Myers">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gustavus Adophus Myers</a>.