Michael Plunkett, Editor
University of Virginia Press
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Washington and Lee University
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Kept by an unidentified planter from Rockbridge County. It contains a record of days worked by slaves and diary entries referring to the freeing of slaves.
Contracts for the "hire of Negroes" from Ackerly's estate.
Personal, business, and legal correspondence of this family of Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. Although the material is primarily personal, an 1858-59 farm diary kept by William Alexander lists the slaves and clothing allotted; a March 22, 1844, letter concerns the hiring of slaves; and a letter from Andrew Alexander to William
Included is his will which disposes of slaves.
Memorabilia mainly relating to the South during the Civil War. Included are some bills of sales for slaves.
Includes a printed broadside, January 5, 18G3, issued by President Davis in answer to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Owned by William Weaver of Botetourt County, the account book contains materials on slaves, such as entries for January 31, 1855, concerning the hiring of slaves.
Includes twelve items, 1806-55, concerning the sale and hiring of slaves and a license to sell slaves.
Signed by Rockbridge County citizens for the release of Jackson, a free black blacksmith, from service with the Confederate army.
Personal papers including an undated petition to the House of Delegates advocating gradual abolition of slavery.
Tax books recording the taxes levied on slaves owned by Rockbridge County residents.
(Acc. RHS ledgers)
Receipt for the sale of a slave.
(Acc. RHS Misc)
Personal and business papers of this Rockbridge County family, including three letters, November 7, 9, 17, 1850, from R. W. Bailey to S. Mcd. Reid concerning Liberian colonization; a May 8, 1851, letter from a colonist in Liberia; and a May 13, 1850, list of subscribers for the removal of fifty free blacks to Liberia.
Miscellaneous papers including an 1841 list of slaves exempt from taxation; an 1844 list of slaves in a district of Rockbridge County; 1862 and 1863 requisitions of slaves by the Confederate States of America; a January 24, 1863, valuation list of slaves in the county for use of the CSA; and miscellaneous 1863 certificates of exemptions of sick slaves.
In the board of trustees records is an 1849-59 folder about the Colonization Society in Lexington and in the faculty minutes an 1878 entry denying blacks the use of the mess hall.