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Office of the President. Thomas Roderick Dew Records, 1830-1967

Office of the President. Thomas Roderick Dew Records, 1830-1967
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Acc. 1980.122: This collection contains papers of and relating to Thomas Roderick Dew, professor of political law and president of the College of William and Mary. It includes biographical material, a picture of a portrait, correspondence, speeches and writings, and information on his gravesite in Paris and his re-burial in the Chapel in the Wren Building. The collection also contains a letter of introduction written by Dew to Governor W.B. Giles, on behalf of Charles de la Pena.

Acc. 1983.121: one volume, 9" by 13.5", containing lists of stocks and bonds owned by Dew, the college's account with Dew, his personal account, lists of his junior and senior students, lists of graduates, notes on anatomy and farming, and a 2-page diary of an unknown person from 1852.

Acc. 2008.13: one box of material gathered by Dr. Stephen S. Mansfield during the preparation of his dissertation "Thomas Roderick Dew: defender of the southern faith." Includes: photocopy of Dew's diary of European travel, 1825-1826 with transcription by Mansfield; typescript of Mansfield's dissertation (a copy is available in Swem Library's circulating collection and the University Archives book collection); photocopies of Dew correspondence held by other repositories and Dew's 1824 passport; correspondence between Mansfield and persons, including collateral Dew descendants, regarding the dissertation; published article on Dew; and miscellaneous printed matter containing information on the Dew family.

Acc. 2013.026: Letter from Thomas Dew, Williamsburg, Virginia to William H. Harrison, principal of the Academy at the Wigwam in Amelia, Virginia, dated October 18, 1837, defending the institution of slavery in the United States. The letter begins ""I am glad to find that you agree with me on the subject of slavery. Every day convinces me of its blessings in southern latitudes, & I think you are right in regard to Liberia - Man cannot be uplifted from barbarism to civilization without the aid of slavery. All history demonstrates this proposition." Most of the letter concerns a list of books and where they can be acquired related to slavery, including Edmund Ruffin, a strong proponent of slavery. Dew also discusses life at William and Mary, noting the enrollment of 100 students and most of the brightest pupils were sent from Harrison's academy.

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Dew, Thomas R. (Thomas Roderick) (1802-1846)
Mansfield, Stephen Scott (1942-)
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
De la Pena, Charles
Giles, William Branch, 1762-1830
Financial records
Manuscripts (document genre)

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The 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.
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Acquisition Note
 Source: Various gifts, purchases, and transfers..
Letter to Governor Giles purchased from Terry Alfred to George Mason University. Acc. 1980.122 acquired 07/31/1980 and 08/21/1986. Acc. 1983.121 acquired 12/01/1983. Acc. 2008.13 received from Dr. Stephen S. Mansfield on 2/1/2008.
Related Materials
Dew Family Papers, Mss. 65 D51, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Related Publications
Stephen S. Mansfield, Thomas Roderick Dew: defender of the southern faith, Thesis (Ph. D.), University of Virginia: 1968. LD6051 .W517 1836 M3 1980
Preferred Citation
Office of the President, Thomas Roderick Dew Records, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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