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Collection Overview

Title
John Marshall Papers, 1755-1835
ID
Mss. 39.1 M34
Extent
434.0 Items
Primary Creator
Marshall, John (1755-1835)
Arrangement
Organization: This collection is organized into 4 series. Series 1 contains correspondence and papers of John Marshall, family members and other individuals; Series 2 contains printed material, poems and charts; Series 3 contains prints, engravings, and artifacts; and Series 4 contains manuscript volumes. Arrangement: This collection is primarily arranged chronologically by date.
Date Acquired
01/11/1935
Forms of Material
Correspondence
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access
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.
Use
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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Original letters and copies of letters from other repositories, chiefly 1788-1835, of John Marshall's correspondence with his wife, Mary Willis (Ambler) Marshall, other family members, James Monroe, Joseph Story, Bushrod Washington, and others. The correspondence reflects Marshall's wide range in interests including law, Virginia and U. S. politics, international affairs, agriculture and social events. Also included are letters by family members and descendants; a charcoal sketch and copies of visual representations of John Marshall; and places and events associated with him.

All papers in this collection have been published in the Papers of John Marshall.

Biographical Note

John Marshall (1755-1835) was born near Germantown, Prince William (currently Fauquier) County, Virginia on 24 September 1755 to parents Thomas Marshall and Mary Randolph Keith. From 1775-1781, Marshall served in the Continental Army and fought in the Revolutionary War. During the spring and summer of 1780, Marshall attended classes at the College of William and Mary and received his license to practice law. After the war, he moved to Richmond, Virginia and began his practice. Marshall married Mary Willis Ambler in 1783. 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/John_Marshall">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John_Marshall</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Papers of John Marshall, Family Members and Other Individuals],
[Series 2: Printed Materials, Poems, and Charts, 1789-1959, No date],
[Series 3: Prints, Engravings, and Artifacts, 1825-1937],
[Series 4: Manuscript Volumes, 1780-1795],
[All]

Series 2: Printed Materials, Poems, and Charts, 1789-1959, No date
Box 5, Folder 3. 14 items.
Box 5
Folder 3
Item 1: Letters of George Washington, James Madison and Edward Everett submitted to various newspapers in which American Freemasony is attacked and defended, 25 September 1789, 24 January 1832, 29 June 1833
3 items. Newspaper Clippings.
Item 2: "The Home Life of Chief-Justice Marshall" by C.N.S. in the Richmond Dispatch, reprinted from the Louisville Age. Reminiscences of Marshall's personality, treatment of his wife and servants, and his leisure activities, 18 April 1879
3 pages. Newspaper Clippings.
Item 3: Articles describing various statues of Chief Justice John Marshall, 6 August 1881, 1925, and undated

3 items. Newspaper Clippings.

One was a wax portrait in basso-relievo donated by Horace Edwin Hayden to the Virginia Historical Society in 1881; another was the bronze monument by W.W. Story which stands on the terrace of the U. S. Capitol; the members of the Marshall family who attended the dedication of this statue are listed in a third article.

Item 4: Anonymous poem attacking John Marshall's decision in the Supreme Court case of Cohen vs. Virginia; the author, a proponent of state sovereignty, threatens that Marshall will be replaced by the Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Spencer Roane, [May-June 1821]

2 pages. Photostat of Poem.

Original is located in the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Item 5: "Lines written for a lady's album", [February 1829?]

1 page. Poem.

Poem written on the request of a lady to inscribe his name in her autograph book.

Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter. 1 page.

Item 6: Handwritten copy [ca. 1900] by Mrs. John K. Mason of a poem by John Marshall entitled "From the Chameleon to the Mocking Bird", [1829?]

3 pages. Copy of Poem.

Poem honors the splendid singing voice of Miss Eliza Lambert, the sister of Richmond's Mayor William Lambert.

Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter. 1 page.

Original is located in the Westover Library, Arlington, Virginia.

Item 7: Poem by Innis Randolph, [1869?]

1 page. Poem.

"Lines on the occasion of the raising of the bronze statue of Chief Justice Marshall, at Richmond in 1869(?) - while Brig. Gen'l Terry was in command of 'District No. 1'"- which included the state of Virginia.

Item 8: "Case of Chief Justice Marshall", [1831]

2 pages. Photostat of Article in Volume 9 of the American Journal of Medical Sciences. Printed Manuscript.

Discusses tr. Physick's operation on John Marshall.

Item 9: Penciled note describing order of John Marshall's funeral procession and other arrangements for the day, 9 July 1835

2 pages. Autograph Note.

Lists his pall-bearers: Henry St. George Tucker, John B. Clapton, Benj[amin] W [?] Leigh, Tho[ma]s Rutherford, Cha[rle]s Copland, Rob[er]t Popllard, Chapman Johnson, Robert Stanard, [?] Scott, and [?] D. Wren[?]; also lists the Marshalls: Col. Geo[rge] M. Carrington, [?] General [William] Lambert, General [?] Peyton, and Col. Armistead.

Item 10: Account of John Marshall's 1831 operation by Doctor Physick written by J.[?] Randolph, M.D. and printed in A Memoir of Dr. Physick, [1839]

6 pages. Photostat of Printed Manuscript.

Mentions the results of an autopsy on Marshall's body after his death in 1835.

Original is located in the Library of the College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Item 11: "Chief Justice Marshall and his Work,"by Robert H. Hughes, 1887

24 pages. Printed Manuscript.

Published by the Reformed Church Publication Board in Philadelphia. The Centennial Address delivered before the Franklin and Marshall College of Lancaster, Pennsylvania on 14 June 1887.

Item 12: Genealogical chart of the Marshall Family by W. M. Paxton, [ca. 1890]

2 pages. Photostat of Printed Manuscript. Including index.

Medium oversize file.

Item 13: "The Political Ideas of John Marshall," autographed by the author, Saul K. Padover, in the Spring 1959 issue of Social Research, 1959
Subsequently published by McGraw-Hill in a 1960 book, Fountain of Freedom.
Item 14: Copy of an address by Alfred Harris Bright entitled "John Marshall,", No date

10 pages.

Original is located in the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Papers of John Marshall, Family Members and Other Individuals],
[Series 2: Printed Materials, Poems, and Charts, 1789-1959, No date],
[Series 3: Prints, Engravings, and Artifacts, 1825-1937],
[Series 4: Manuscript Volumes, 1780-1795],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Physical Access Note:
When available, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents. All of the papers in this collection have been published in the Papers of John Marshall. The originals may not be photocopied, but users may capture images using personal cameras.
Acquisition Source
Various donations and purchases.
Acquisition Method
This collection is comprised of materials obtained in numerous batches between 1935 and 1984 by donation and purchase. Acc. 1986.02 was purchased and received on 1/17/1986. Acc. 1986.30 was received on 6/30/1986. Acc. 1987.16 was purchased and received on 3/6/1987.
Separated Materials

Books owned by John Marshall have been removed from this collection. For more detailed information about the books please see the Library's Catalog as well as the Association Collection in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library.

Newspapers have been transferred from this collection to the rare books collection in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library.

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Related Materials

The majority of the copies, comprising approximately 50% of this collection, are from the Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia; the Library of Congress; or the Massachusetts Historical Society, but other depositories are also represented. For information concerning the location of original materials please see the components listing below.

See also John Marshall file in the University Archives Faculty/Alumni File.

Some manuscript volumes located at the end of the collection are also available in microform in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. [Reels M-104, M-105(a-c), and M-106]

DVDs from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Related Publications
The Papers of John Marshall
Preferred Citation
John Marshall Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Other URL
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/wm/viw00076.frame