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Nathaniel Beverley Tucker Papers, 1830-1903


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Collection Overview

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker Papers, 1830-1903
Mss. Acc. 2003.09, 2003.29, 2004.59, 2008.27
0.5 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
Tucker, Nathaniel Beverley (1820-1890)
Other Creators
Brown, Coalter, and Tucker Family, McHenry, James, Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869), Tucker-Coleman Family
Chronologically and by Accession Number.
Date Acquired
Forms of Material
Correspondence, Pamphlets, Tintypes (prints)
English, French


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Scope and Contents of the Materials

Comprised mostly of letters to, from, and about Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890), a Virginian journalist and diplomat, his son Beverley Dandridge Tucker (1846-1930), a bishop, and their friends and family dating between 1830 and 1903.  Family correspondents include Charles Ellis, Thomas H. Ellis, and Powhatan Ellis (brothers of Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker); Virginia Sarah Tucker Brooke, sister of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker ; Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker, wife Nathaniel Beverley Tucker; Anna Maria Washington Tucker, daughter of John Augustine Washington and wife of Beverley Dandridge Tucker;  and Beverley Dandridge Tucker and Charles Ellis Tucker, sons of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker.  Notable correspondents include Franklin Pierce, Jefferson Davis, John Slidell, Sidney Webster, J.G. Blaine, Walker Blaine, Judah P. Benjamin, Stephen Massett, Hamilton Fish, Benjamin Harrison, and Stephen D. Lee. 

Letters with the following dates deal mostly with the Civil War and the attempts of the Confederate  States to raise money in Europe:  December 29, 1861; January 11, 1862; March 2, 1862; March 20, 1862; October 3, 1862; November 27, 1862; December 13, 1862; April 2, 1863; May 12, 1863;and May 21, 1863.

Addition 2008.27 has been filed chronologically with Acc. 2004.59.  This accession consists of letters, 1861-1863, written from Havana, Cuba, Paris, and London.

Biographical Note

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (June 8, 1820 - July 4, 1890), Confederate Agent, was born in Winchester, Virginia, the grandson of St. George Tucker, the nephew of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851) and the son of Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1897).  His mother was Anne Evelina (Hunter) Tucker and John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897) was his brother.  He married Jane Shelton in 1841.  They had eight children.

From 1853-1856 he edited the Washington Sentinel.  In 1857 he became consul at Liverpool.  Upon the secession of Virginia during the Civil War, he returned home and joined the Confederate Army.  He contracted to provide supplies for the army.

After the war, he was accused of complicity in the plot to murder Lincoln. 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/Nathaniel Beverley Tucker ">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Nathaniel Beverley Tucker </a>.

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Series 1: Mss. Acc. 2004.59 and 2008.27 Addition, 1830-1903

2004.59:    Letters primarily to and from Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890);  Two letters written in 1854 by Nathaniel Beverley Tucker,  Jr. to President Franklin Pierce and Jefferson Davis (Secretary of War). One 1888 letter to President-elect Benjamin Harrison. Other correspondence with Dana Marla (Washington)Tucker, Thomas H Ellis, Charles Ellis, Jane L. Tucker, Stephen Dill Lee, Henry St.George Tucker(1780-1848), Hamilton Fish, and John Slidell.  68 items.

2008.27:      Beverley Tucker Letters, 1861-1863, written from Havana, Cuba, Paris, and London.  1861-1863.  12 items.

These two accessions are combined and filed chronologically.

Subseries 1: Tintype of H. Tudor Tucker
Folder 1a
Tintype of H. Tudor Tucker
Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1830-1903
Letters to, from and about Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890), his son Beverley Dandridge Tucker (1846-1930), and their friends and family.
Folder 1b: 19 May 1830

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley (1784-1851) in Franklin, Missouri, to Littleton W[aller] Tazewell.

Memorial presented to U.S. Senate by Tucker and others.  Tucker believes he was slandered by Senator [David] Berton, one Chairman of the Committee on Public Lands, who implied that Tucker is seeking a grant of land.  Western politicians are familiar with fraud and theft.  Accompanying memo not present.  A.L.S. 4 pp.

Folder 2: 17 Nov. 1844

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890] in [Charlottesville], Va., to his wife in Richmond, Va.

Writing to his wife from the University of Virginia expressing his love for her.  Will take stage to Staunton.  Time for managing children is that in which they are most neglected.  A.L.S.  4 pp.

Folder 3: 13 Dec. 1846

Tucker, [Nathaniel Beverley, 1820-1890] in Columbia, Va., to Jennie [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker] in Richmond, Va.

Expresses his love to his wife, attended church that day; Sunday sermon was about the test of Job and efficacy of prayer; his life has been tumultuous in worldly matters.  Rode out to see what is to be his little home.  ALS. 4 pp.

Folder 4: 13 April 1847

Tucker, Maggie [Margaret Nimmo], in Richmond, Va., to father [Nathaniel] Beverley Tucker [1820-1890], in Washington, D.C.

Tells her father that she will read fast by the time he comes home.  She will keep a locket containing his likeness close to keep herself from whining.  Going with Aunt Lizzie’s children and Sanity [?] to see Tom Thumb.  Mr. Ringold just arrived and sends his love.

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)], in Richmond, Va., to husband [Nathaniel] Beverley Tucker [1820-1890], in Washington, D.C.

Daughter Maggie is delighted with the locket with her father’s likeness.  She can be reasoned with even at five years old.  She has a temper, yet is cheerful.  Charm of no female complete without unfailing good temper.  Sorry that Mr. Ringold is leaving Richmond.  Hopes Mexican-American War will not continue too long; describes injuries suffered by Capt. Dimock’s men at celebration of victory at Vera Cruz. 4 pp.

Folder 5: 28 Sept. 1853

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)], in Greenwood, to husband [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, 1820-1890].

Regarding her husband’s acceptance of the position of editor of the Washington Sentinel.  Strong support of husband’s editorial endeavors; pending visit to Carybrook, Va. to visit Lizzie Bryan; Ned Tidballs letter regarding coming wedding; moving with family to Richmond; hopes Tucker will spend some time away from Washington, D.C., Tucker boys enjoy “Pa’s paper”; Fannie Bland [Tucker, 1852-1855, her daughter] is one of the “merriest babies.”  [John Hartwell] Cocke will send list of names; reference to bed lunch at home in Winchester.  ALS. 4 pp.

Folder 6: 12 Aug. 1854

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley, in Washington, D.C., to Franklin Pierce, President of the United States.

Calls President Pierce’s attention to Tucker’s editorial in which he denies a charge by the “Rochester Democrat” that he supported the President’s veto of the River and Harbour Bill in exchange for “executive favors.”  Tucker’s denial acquits any department of the government of the Rochester Democrat “attempting to bribe Tucker’s paper, the “Washington Sentinel.”  He asks that Pres. Pierce will support Tucker’s paper against the Rochester Democrat.  Includes envelope.  A.L.S.  2 pp.

Folder 7: 12 Aug. 1854

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], in Washington, D.C., to Hon. Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War, in Washington, D.C.

Identical to letter from Tucker to President Franklin Pierce (folder 6).  Includes envelope.

Folder 8: 6 Aug. 1855

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)], in Montpelier, to “my beloved children”.

Baby Fannie Bland (Tucker, 1852-1855, her daughter) exceedingly ill; wishes sons to pray for sister; news of children; flood in Winchester, UK; hopes family in Winchester avoided the flood damage; hopes oldest sons Jimmy [James Ellis Tucker 1844-1924]  and Bevy [Beverley Dandridge Tucker 1846-1930]  are not forgetting studies; appeal to sons to remember “God’s eye is always upon you.”  A.L.S. 3 pp.

Folder 9: 24 Sept. 1856

Ellis, Charles, in Red Sulphur Springs, to his niece Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker].

Mentions summer without family illness; hopes to meet his niece in Richmond; writes of family news at Springs, praiseworthy of Spring water; extensive description of scenic views near Virginia Springs.  A.L.S. 4 pp.

Folder 10: 5 Jan. 1857

[Tucker, Nathaniel] Bev[erley, 1820-1890], in Richmond, Va., to his wife Jennie [Jane Shelton (Ellis)], in Washington, D.C.

Waiting to receive letter from Allan Caperton but doubts can do anything “even in Washington.”  Family news.  A.L.S. 1 p.

Folder 11: 8 Oct. 1857

Munford, Lizzie, in Richmond, Va., to “sister” [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker], in Liverpool, England [where husband Nathaniel Beverley Tucker was consul].

News of family and Virginia relatives and friends, including Mat Taylor’s wife, McRae, Munfords, Bollings, Pegram, Powell, Magill, Parker, Binford.  A.L.S. 4 pp.

Folder 12: 20 Nov. 1857

[Ellis, Charles] in Richmond, Va., to his sister “Jennie” [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker], [Liverpool, England].

Heard from Beverley Tucker that the family had moved into home in Liverpool; relative Powhatan [Powhatan Ellis of Richmond, Jane S. Tucker’s father?] went to Mississippi regarding land and labor for clearing; various family members’ news.  AL.  4 pp.

Folder 13: 25 Dec. 1857

Ellis, Thomas H. in Richmond, Va., to his nephew Charles Ellis Tucker, in Liverpool, England.

Lengthy description of Christmas in Richmond, Va. with extensive family including servants; the snowfall; detailed gifts for adults and children; Rev. [Charles F.E.] Minnegerode of St. Paul’s Church and his Christmas visit to female orphanage bringing tree and gifts; family partying; poetry reading and decorated church.  A.L.S. 7 pp.

Folder 14: c. Jan. 1858

Ellis, Charles, to his sister Jane S[helton (Ellis)] Tucker, in Liverpool, England.

Sheet 1 (4 pp) missing.

Visit of Dr. and Sally Davis en route to Alabama, family news, erection of George Washington equestrian statue and other statues by Crawford in Richmond, Va.  Talk of “pressure and panic” and “trouble in making small change” since the banks “suspended special payments.”  Taking daguerreotypes.  A.L.S.  8 pp.

Folder 15

28 Jan. 1858

Ellis, Charles in Richmond, Va., to his niece Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker], in Liverpool, England.

Health and family news, news of parties, describes in detail attendance to duets, plays, and a musical and theater programme (“tableaux”) directed by William Ritchie with patriotic and religious overtones.  Includes envelope.  A.L.S. 8 pp.

Folder 16: 17 Feb. 1858

Tucker, [Nathaniel Beverley, 1820-1890], in Liverpool, England, to “my dear Dick”.

Remarks of the recipient’s illness, comparison of England to United States regarding drinking before dinner and particularly descriptive of House of Commons behavior in comparison to U.S. House of Representatives; reference to family back in U.S.; recent visit to Paris; his disgust with American politics and the “trade and traders” in this “once dignified and admirable vocation”; opposed to his sons going into politics.  He has written a letter to “Washington Union” on the “late attack upon the Emperor’s life” [the assassination attempt on Napoleon III in Jan. 1858].  Also, writes of a poor report about his speech giving to Siamese ambassadors.  A.L.S. 8 pp.

Folder 17: 22 May 1858

Ellis, Powhatan, in Richmond, Va., to his niece Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker] in Liverpool, England.

Admonished niece for not writing; describes trip to Louisville and Cincinnati; news of extended family; [Rev. Charles F.E.] Minnegerode to leave to visit his father; news of Willie Munford, Robert Nimmo [?], and the volunteer regiment for Richmond at encampment; news of coming marriages; references to sale of plantation in Mississippi and buying a plantation in Virginia.  A.L.S. 4 pp.

Folder 18: 7 March 1859

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890] in Washington, D.C., to [John] Slidell.

Appeals for the assignment of Marshall of the District of Columbia; refers to his expenditures and loyalty to James Buchanan; notes friends of Buchanan never repaid for his loans; his financial indebtedness and he is “poor and broken down and broken up”.  A.L.S. 3 pp.

Folder 19: c. May 1859?

Ellis, Ch[arles] to his niece Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker].

Mr. Kent and Mr. Pegram are traveling to Liverpool, England and as an army officer, Pegram will observe powers contending in South of Europe;  Will B[yrd?] Harrison of Upper Brandon has married [Miss Ellen?] Randolph, daughter of Jefferson Randolph;  “Mt. Vernon tableaux” put on by Mrs. Ritchie;  Virginian food delicacies and two visiting circuses.  A.L.S. 2 pp.

Folder 20: May 20, 1859

Ellis, Charles in Richmond, Va., to his niece Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker], Liverpool, England.

Family, social, and Richmond news including parade of Knights Templar; urban renewal in city; Episcopal efforts for African American church and other church buildings; reference to Rev. Richard Wilmer, Bishop John Johns, and Rev. Henry A. Wise and reference to the Virginia way of life.  A.L.S. 4 pp.

Folder 21: 19 Nov. 1861

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], in New Orleans, to his daughter Maggie [Margaret Nimmo Tucker], in Richmond, Va.

Many happy returns to his daughter on her twentieth birthday.  Praiseworthy of his daughter as a “confessed Christian” and “idol of her brothers.”  A.L.S. 3 pp.

Folder 22: 6 Dec. 1861

[Roget, T.H.?] in New Orleans, to [Nathaniel?] Beverley Tucker [1820-1890?]

Confirmation that the sender has received $3,000 from Tucker to be invested in cotton for shipment to Havana.  1 pp.

Folder 23: 29 December, 1861

Gifford at Burlington Hotel to “Bev” [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker 1820-1890].

Writer has left for America.  “…not money enough, that is profit enough in the matter to induce Capitalists to run not only the risk of the blockade, but also the whole of their…”  “I have given authority to Mr. …to act for us…”  Discussion of the war in America and how it will affect their finances, and mention of the Queen and an English blockade.

3 pp. A.L.S.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 24: 11 January 1862

[Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, 1820-1890] in Havana, Cuba to his daughter [Margaret Nimmo Tucker?].

Tucker mentions his “running the blockade” and his journey to Cuba.  Describes the natural beauty of Havana, but complains of the dirty streets and people and poor service from servants.  Describes many fellow Southern diplomats and consuls he has met with there, and “Northerners here are treated with no consideration at all—not one.”  He will soon meet with Captain General Don Francisco Serrano “quietly and privately, because although he and almost every one here, except the scoundrel Shufeldt—Lincoln’s Consul—and his spies, are warmly and quietly active with us, he does not wish it to be known that his is paying attention to Southerners, lest his power to [serve] our interests should be impaired.” Note on top of letter, “I address this letter to your Uncle Charles so that my name shall not appear if it should be captured.”  4 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 25: 15 Jan. 1862

[?] in Echo Dell, to Mag [Margaret Nimmo Tucker].

A female friend writes of her coming wedding on 25 Feb. 1862; white bridesmaid dresses for recipient and others; reference to Mr. Powell, Sally Corbin and Sallie Munford; mention of [American Civil] war: “will have as gay a time as the war will permit”; and mentions Nathaniel Beverley Tucker’s “safe departure” and wishes his speedy return.  4 pp.

Folder 26: 2 March 1862

[Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, 1820-1890] in Piccadilly, London, to his wife [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Must not speak of business, but only of his own health and their sons, who are also in England though he has yet to see them.  Speaks disappointedly of his colleague’s [Gifford] departure from London to the South and worries he may be embarrassed and possibly obstructed in his operations by Gifford’s leaving.  Concerned since he has yet to hear of Gifford’s safe arrival.  4 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 27: 20 March 1862

[Tucker], N[athaniel] B[everley 1820-1890] in Paris (the Hotel Des Deux Montes) to his wife [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker]

Checking in with his wife but “must write no politics.”  Sent letters to his family from Havana and Los Lagos in Cuba, and St. Thomas this past January, and then in England.  Happy to be near his sons (in England) but has not been able to see them, and is looking for a way to get them home.  Distressed about Gifford who supposedly left for America on a steamer in December, “throwing all the business on me."  No news of his (Gifford) safe arrival.  “He left before he received any letter from us or the enclosures we sent him through various sources…I cannot be more explicit.”  Refers cryptically to “the great question, which so interests me” and he is disappointed in not having heard from “Carrington C.” “in reference to the very important matter of extension.”  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 28: 1 Oct. 1862

“Aunt Nannie”, in Afton, to Maggie [Margaret Nimmo Tucker], in Richmond, Va.

Family and social news (of Ellis family); mentions of another call for “conscripts”; music teacher wanted for children; fear of diphtheria epidemic and discussion of different cloth for clothes.  A.L.S. 3 pp.

Folder 29: 3 October 1862

L. A. Eman, Bordeaux, France, to Pecquet du Bellet, Paris, 3 October 1862

Agrees to meet the demands of the Confederate States in the construction of iron-clad vessels.  Includes structural, technical, and financial details regarding the vessels to be supplied.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder also contains a signed copy of the letter in French.  3 pp.  A.L.S.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 30: 27 November 1862

Brault & Brunet, in Paris, to Monsieur Randolph [Minister of the Confederate States?].

Written entirely in French (with reference to Monsieur Tucker).  2 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 31: 13 December 1862

L. A. Eman, Bordeaux, France, to Pecquet du Bellet, Paris, 13 December 1862

Sends regrets that he will not be able to satisfy demands for steam gun boats.  1 pp.  Also includes a copy in French.  1 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 32: 2 April 1863

From Paris to My Dear Friend.  Signature illegible.

Alcae and some “Manchester friends” requesting cotton scrip as part of Confederate loan.  Mentions “balloon system.” “Two English Brutes, Lord Palmarton and Russell…declared…not to recognize the c.v. for some time to come.  The English argument to support this policy is that the South needs foreign help to maintain and conquer its independence which is a fait accompli…” “Oh, I do hope to live long enough to see England chastised for her brutal and anti-Christian selfishness.”  Civilized society of the French Capital has shut their doors on the North per the Charivari. 4 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 33: 12 May 1863

From Paris, 102 faubourg au Honore”, to My Dear Friend. 

Signature “Tbidem”

Most of letter about the Confederate Loan and the war.  Names mentioned are Arnold Wilson, The Count, Weston, Mr. O’Sullivan and Adams.

Relieved when he received a letter from (Beverley) from Bermuda.  Heard that Beverley Tucker had attempted “such a folly” as to run the blockade on a sailboat, the Lone Star; thought the Yankees had captured him.  The Count and Weston split the profit on the Confederate Loan.  “The Count received his full share, pocketed the whole, and never up to this moment ever said Turkey to me upon the subject.”  Definite course needs to be decided.  Pamphlet published by Mr. (John L.) O’Sullivan, late minister of the U.S. to Lisbon (Portugal), against the North.  Sent copies to different French newspapers and to Richmond.  Gunboat battle in Vicksburg.  “Our Old Friend, the old backgammon player, I really think would become a maniac were I not to change now and then the current of his thoughts.”  Adams gave passes to several English vessels carrying arms and munitions of war to Mexico.  “Uncle Sam and John Bull have resumed their friendly intercourse…” 8 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 34: 21 May 1863

Dearest Friend.  Signature illegible – could be “Tbidem.”

Warns Beverely Tucker to never mention the names “C” and “CB” but if already have mentioned them, substitute Wilson. 1 pp.

Accession Number 2008.27

Folder 35: Jan. 1864—Jan. 1865

T[ucker], M[argaret] N[immo].

Account book listing expenses, particularly clothing, washing, church, and groceries.  M.S.V.  8 pp.

Folder 36: 29 July 1864

[Tucker, Nathaniel Beverley, 1820-1890], in Lexington, Va., to his daughter Margaret [Nimmo Tucker], in Richmond, Va.

A friend, naval officer [Burtue?], is held captive at Ft. Delaware.  Hopes his daughter will “exert her influence” with distinguished friends like Judge Ould who could quicken his release.  Tells of his comfortable visit, receiving a package of goods, and news of friends.  A.L.S.  8 pp.

Folder 37: 21 Feb. 1865

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], in Headquarters, OTEY Battery, to “Cousin Mannie."

Discusses the difficulties of writing at camp, assignment to “Cousin Robert’s” detainment and wishes to correspond with “Lucy” and “Aunt Fannie.”  A.L.S.  2 pp.

Folder 38: 10 Nov. 1865

“Sallie,” in Richmond, Va., to Maggie [Margaret Nimmo Tucker].

News of Jennie Pegram’s marriage to Col. McIntosh.  Mentions Maggie’s mother and father in Canada, and “the boys” had been with Maggie’s mother longer than expected before they “sailed out.”  A.L.S.  8 pp.

Folder 39: 15 Nov. 1865

United Church of England Presbyters, in Toronto, Canada

Commending [Nathaniel] Beverley Tucker [1820-1890?], formerly of Richmond, Virginia, to pastoral care of Anglican clergymen wherever he settles in Europe.  Signed by various bishops and officials of the Church.  On the back is a note from [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker?] to her brother written while approaching Farther Point.  Copy.

Folder 40: 18 Nov. 1865

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], “Peruvian,” to Thomas H. Ellis.

Tucker says his goodbyes to his brother-in-law as he leaves for exile.  A.L.S.  1 pp.

Folder 41: 26 Nov. 1865

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], Toronto, Canada, to his parents [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, 1820-1890, and Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker]

Written a week after his parents’ voyage to England.  Assured them that he and his brothers are starting classes well at college and sends news of friends.  A.L.S.  4 pp.

Folder 42: 7 Dec. 1865

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], at the University of Toronto, to his parents [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890), and Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker]

News from school, exams approaching, money being received from Major [Charles] Helm, and news of other family friends.  3 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 43: 17 Dec. 1865
Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], in University of Toronto, to his father [Nathaniel] B[everly] Tucker, in London, England. Parents’ stormy voyage but safe arrival in London;  will spend Christmas with Mr. Dixon  and money expected from Richmond has yet to arrive.  6 pp.  A.L.S.
Folder 44: 21 Jan. 1866

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], at University College, Toronto, to his mother [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

News from school; his brother Jim [James Ellis Tucker] wants to aid “Cousin Spot [Dandridge?]” but needs money to travel; Senior Matriculation exam and news of friends and family.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 45: 15 May 1866

[Family relative], in Winchester, to [Nathaniel] Bev[erly Tucker 1820-1890] and wife Jane [Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Writer has heard that Tucker and his wife are in Mexico; wedding of Lallie Conrad to Dr. Archie [Hauntleroy?] and news of friends and family.  4 pp.

Folder 46: 19 May 1866

[Tucker], B[everly Dandridge], in Niagara, Canada West, to his mother [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Parents’ travels on land and sea and “spoiliation by guerillas” and other difficulties in Mexico.  Will be teaching in the summer.  Mr. Porterfield was arrested in Nashville for alleged complicity with the “Canadian conspirators of assassination.”  His brother Rannie [John Randolph Tucker] wants to enter the Engineering department at Upper Canada College in Toronto.  Sister [Margaret Nimmo Tucker?] is planning a trip to Gloucester.  Has been reading their letters published in the Enquirer.  4 pp

Folder 47: 23 May 1866

[Tucker], Bev[erly Dandridge], in Niagara, C[anada] W[est], to his brother Jim [James Ellis Tucker], [in Mexico].

Thanks his brother for money.  Discusses his studies and gives him news from various friends.  Includes envelope addressed to City of Mexico.  2 pp.

Folder 48: 23 June 1866

[Tucker], Beverley [Dandridge], in Niagara, Canada, to his father [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker 1820-1890], in City of Mexico.

Discusses lack of money and future possible plans for himself and his brothers Ran [John Randolph Tucker] and [Charles] Ellis [Tucker];  offers to leave school in Canada and go into business; mentions the recent Fenian Invasion and hears his father is now the editor of the Mexican Times.  6 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 49: 6 July 1866

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], in Niagara, Canada West, to his father [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, 1820-1890].

His brothers Rannie [John Randolph Tucker] and [Charles] Ellis [Tucker] went to Virginia for the summer.  May displease his father because the government has done so much to embitter his life.  His brothers are doing well in school.  Rannie walked out of a lecture with other Southern students because a speech by Webster on slavery was to be read aloud.  College supported Rannie’s action.  Confederate military men and other Southerners live in the area.  Fenian Raid fiasco over.  Observes tension between Canada and England.  Sympathies divided over Prussia and Italy.  Mentions “renewed trouble in Mexico, the empire is on the wane.”  6 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 50: [? July 1867]

Tucker, Beverley [Dandridge], to his father [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker 1820-1890]

Account of money spent for school, clothes, and board for him and his brothers Rannie [John Randolph Tucker], [Charles] Ellis [Tucker], and Jim [John Randolph Tucker].

Folder 51: 5 May 1868
Ticket for medical lecture at the Medical College of Virginia by Professor D[avid] H[unter] Tucker [c. 1812-1871] [brother of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker].
Folder 52: 22 Sept. 1869

Brooke, V[irginia] S[arah (Tucker)], in Richmond, Va., to her sister-in-law Jennie [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Life difficult in Richmond.  Anxious about the future.  Speaks of trying times, including her “named paraded in the public prints.”  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 53: 24 Sept. 1869

Brooke, Virginia S[arah (Tucker)], in Richmond, Va., to her brother [Nathaniel] Bev[erly Tucker (1820-1890)].

Thankful for money.  Discusses a financial dispute with Coalter, and she has been seeing “the dark side of human nature” and is spiteful towards “snobs.”  Mentions Spot Dandridge [referred to in Folder 34].  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 54: 3 May 1870

Webster, Sidney, in New York, to Cranston[?].

Advises Mr. Tucker to postpone visit to the United States until General Amnesty is legislated by Congress.  Offers to write to Mr. Fish but advises against it because the President and Cabinet would not respond positively.  2 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 55: 6 January 1871

Tucker, Beverley D[andridge], at Mount Ida, to Miss Lilie Washington, “Blakeley."

Musical and other activities of family members taking place in the house with him.  3 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 56: 9 Nov. 1875

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)], to her son Bev[erly Dandridge Tucker] and a copied letter from her daughter Maggie [Margaret] N[immo] Tucker.

Pages 1-3 are Jane Tucker’s copy of a letter from Maggie Tucker describing the marriage of Charles Ellis Tucker (Jane’s son and Maggie’s brother) to Mabelle Morrison on Nov. 4 1875.  Page 4 includes Jane Tucker’s congratulations to Beverley for his birthday and the recent birth of his daughter Eleanor Selden.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 57: 5 Feb. 1877

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)], in Richmond, Va., to Bev[erly Dandridge Tucker].

Jane’s mother has died and Bev’s children are suffering from scarlet fever.  Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890) is in Washington, D.C.  8 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 58: 12[?] Dec. 1878

[Tucker], [John] Ran[dolph], in Washington, D.C., to his mother [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

His father [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890)] is living near him in Washington, D.C.  2 pp.

Folder 59: 21 Jan. 1881

Tucker, Beverley D[andridge], at the Rectory, in Warsaw, Va., to his father [Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890)] and mother [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Congratulates them on their wedding anniversary.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 60: 17 June 1881

Blaine, J.G., in Washington, D.C., to Hon. [Nathaniel] Beverley Tucker [1820-1890], in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

Telegram through the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.  Regrets he cannot come.  “Regards to all who set round your hospitable board.”  Includes envelope.

Folder 61: 1 April 1883

Benjamin, Judah P[hilip]., in Paris, to Stephen Massett.

Sends fond wishes and memories to his old friend Bev Tucker from the old “Washington days.”  Copy.  1 pp.

Folder 62: [18?] March 1884

Tucker, James [Ellis], in San Francisco, to his brother Bev[erly Dandridge Tucker].

Grateful for the borrowed $500 but requests another $1500 from his brother Bev.  Has successfully moved his family but his wife Laura [Harris] is very ill.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 63: 16 June 1884

Tucker, [Anna] Maria W[ashington] Tucker [daughter of John Augustine Washington and wife of Beverley Dandridge Tucker], in Norfolk, to her “dearest sister."

Family news.  Daughter Maria and son Bev may have whooping cough.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 64: 8 June 1886

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], in Clarendon, to his family.

Letter to his family on his 66th birthday.  [His son, John] Ran[dolph Tucker] has left for Emory College in Virginia, to deliver an address.  Reflects that he has led a full life of “light and shadows,” and refers to Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven in the post-script.  2 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 65: 1 Sept. 1886

T[ucker], [Nathaniel] B[everly, 1820-1890], in New York, to his wife [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Upset because of a business disagreement with Belford C[lark]. & Co. [publishers] over a $1300 advance.  3 pp.

Folder 66: 25 Feb. 1887

T[ucker], [Nathaniel] B[everly, 1820-1890], in Washington, D.C., to his wife [Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker].

Arrived in Baltimore and attended the funeral of the wife of General Joseph E. Johnson.  Moved to see attending the service the “most distinguished officers of the old antebellum army.”  “It was the only time…when I felt that the war was absolutely forgotten.”  2 pp.

Folder 67: 10 April 1887

Tucker, B[everly] D[andridge], in Norfolk, Va.

A religious poem entitled “Easter Dawn” written by Tucker at St. Paul’s Church.  Two copies: a printed version, and hand-written version on the back of an advertisement for the Richmond Theater.

Folder 68: 7 July 1887

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., to Hamilton Fish.

Copy of a letter of condolence to Hamilton Fish [former US Secretary of State] on the death of his wife Mrs. [Julia Kean] Fish.  4 pp.

Folder 69: 22 Nov. 1888

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890], in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., to Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tuckers agrees with President Elect Harrison’s “patriotic and conservative sentiments” in regard to the political treatment of Southern states.  He clarifies that the Southern people fear “negro supremacy” instilled by carpetbaggers, not “negro equality.”  A.L.S.  2 pp.

Folder 70: 3 June 1889

Blaine, Walker in Washington, D.C., to [Nathaniel?] Beverley Tucker in Handcock, Md.

Western Union Telegram and envelope: “Yours just received, no immediately necessity for your presence here.  Will wire you when it is required by Secretary direction.”

Folder 71: 27 Dec. 1898

Tucker, Jane S[helton (Ellis)] to cousin Lucy.

Sends Christmas tidings and news from family and describes her brother Charles’ long and serious illness.  4 pp.  A.L.S.

Folder 72: 2 May 1903

Lee, S[tephen] D. in Columbus, Miss., to Margaret N[immo] Tucker.

Lee thanks Margaret’s uncle Major Powhatan Ellis for three Confederate souvenirs (pictures).  Includes envelope.  1 pp.  Printed.

Folder 73: Correspondence, undated

Tucker, [Nathaniel] Beverley [1820-1890] to Mrs. [Julia Kean] Fish.

Enclosed a private letter for her husband [Hamilton Fish].  Hopes that rumors of the Fishes soon leaving Washington are untrue and mentions that daughter Maggie [Margaret Nimmo] attended schools with Fish’s daughters.  A.L.S.  2 pp.

Folder 74: Correspondence, undated

[?] to [Anna?] Maria [Washington?].

A note from a friend encouraging Maria [wife of Beverley Dandridge Tucker?] to read a religious tract and to consider Christian confirmation.  3 pp.

Folder 75: 19 July [no year]
An envelope from Richmond, Va. addressed to Charles Ellis Esqr. care of Col. J. L. Eubank in Warm Springs, Bath Co., Virginia.
Folder 76: 25 Aug. [no year]

Ellis, M. [K?] to “daughter.”

Charles not well, family news including Dr. Tucker.  4 pp.

Subseries 3: Marriage News Clippings, 1873, undated
Folder 77: News Clippings, 1873, undated

April 29: John Randolph Tucker, Charleston, W.Va. to Fannie B. Crump, daughter of Judge Wm. W. Crump

[July] 22 [1873]: Beverley D[andridge] Tucker to Anna Maria, daughter of Colonel John A. Washington, of Mt. Vernon, at Charlestown, W. Va.

Undated: Mr. Ellis, of “Ellis & Allen,” Richmond, Va. To Margaret Nimmo, daughter of James Nimmo, Esq.

Undated: Clipping of tribute to late Mrs. Ann E.T. Magill by Rev. Beverley D[andridge] Tucker

Subseries 4: Empty Envelopes, 1862, undated
Folder 78: Two empty envelopes, 1862, undated
One addressed to [M? Cartret?] in Paris, the other addresses “Letters and papers regarding Business for Confederate States in France 1862” with a seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts: Official Business.

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Administrative Information

Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Method
Mss. Acc. 2003.08, 2003.29, 2004.59 and 2008.27 were purchased.
Related Materials
Mss. 40 T79 Tucker-Coleman Papers
Preferred Citation
Beverley Tucker Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revision History
Accessions combined in one Archon entry and physically in one box in 2009.