The Resource Ambler family papers, (manuscript)

Ambler family papers, (manuscript)

Label
Ambler family papers, 1748-1939
Title
Ambler family papers
Inclusive dates
1748-1939
Contributor
Correspondent
Recipient
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The collection consists chiefly of the personal and business papers of John Ambler, John Jacquelin Ambler and John Jacquelin Ambler, Jr
  • Earliest correspondence includes business letters to Edward Ambler from Samuel Athawes, William Dabney, Thomas Ludwell Lee, Robert C. Nicholas, George Shaw and John Shaw. Of interest is a 1748 letter that mentions moving to Jamestown because of smallpox
  • Letters, 1748-1752, from Richard Ambler to his sons Edward and John provide fatherly advice on the proper education for them at Wakefield Academy in England
  • Letters, 1820's, to Colonel John Ambler pertain mostly to agriculture, especially tobacco. Of interest are letters, 1824 December 5, on whipping slaves and clearing land for tobacco crops
  • Letters to John Jacquelin Ambler concern his education; the election of 1824; social concerns, particularly temperance; politics; agriculture, particularly wheat cultivation; local and state politics; and the Louisa Railroad
  • Letters to John Jacquelin Ambler, Jr., concern his education at the University of Virginia. The death of a servant from consumption is mentioned
  • Barbour family letters chiefly concern family matters but include a letter from Martin Van Buren offering Philip P. Barbour a judgeship. Also of interest are an 1830 letter on party politics and the Virginia General Assembly election; an 1835 letter on a contested Albemarle County election; an 1831 letter from Thomas W. Gilmer on Barbour as a potential vice-presidential candidate, and an 1832 notice regarding a runaway slave
  • Miscellaneous correspondence of interest includes an 1821 memorandum on the hiring of an overseer; a 1774 letter from Edmund Randolph to Robert Carter Nicholas on the Revolutionary War; a letter from James Monroe to John Brockenbrough regarding John Ambler; and letters from Henry Clay and Washington Irving
  • Legal papers of Philip Pendleton Barbour concern cases in which he acted as counsel; and also include the wills of Matthew Miller, John Hopkins, David Rodes, Michael Carpenter, Thomas Payne, William C. Wibby, and Philip P. Barbour, all of which mention slaves; and documents concerning his judicial appointment. There are also land grants for King William County, petitions from the freeholders of Madison and Louisa Counties, and a legal action over the death of a slave in Rockingham County
  • Financial papers of Col. John Ambler and of the Barbour family include a detailed physician's bill; property lists for crops and slaves; and papers concerning plantation management, including accounts and tobacco sales; and inventories of the farms Cottage, Mill Farm, and Lakeland, in particular livestock, tools, tobacco, and slaves
  • The collection also contains travel notes, 1831, by John Jacquelin Ambler on a trip to Richmond and Baltimore seeking a cure for an illness; addresses by Philip P. Barbour; an 1841 slave sale broadside; a broadside of the Catalogue of the Law Library of the Late Judge Barbour; the appointment of Philip P. Barbour as associate justice of the U. S. Supreme Court signed by Andrew Jackson; and genealogical notes by Beverly Gish
  • The collection also contains a lock of Mrs. John J. Ambler's hair and a fragement of "Jacobs Pillar" (a.k.a. the Stone of Scone, Jacob's Pillow, the Stone of Destiny, the Coronation Stone) with a note identifying it as such
  • Correspondents include Thomas Ludwell Lee, James Maury,and Robert C. Nicholas
Biographical or historical data
Orange and Amherst counties, Va., family, particularly active in state politics.
Cataloging source
VA@
Label
Ambler family papers, (manuscript)
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/uva-sc/vivadoc.pl?file=viu03527.xml
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • Special Collections
Cumulative index finding aids
Guide available.
Extent
400 (ca.)
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u2512161
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ALZ1275
  • (OCoLC)647877228
Type of unit
items.

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Library Locations

    • Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections LibraryBorrow it
      160 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22904, US
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