The Resource Papers of William Cabell Rives, (manuscript)

Papers of William Cabell Rives, (manuscript)

Papers of William Cabell Rives, 1824-1842
Papers of William Cabell Rives
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William Cabell Rives papers
  • The collection consists chiefly of letters to Rives from constituents, friends and family members. Most of the correspondence was written while Rives was serving as U.S. Senator from Virginia and discusses political matters
  • Specific topics in letters to Rives include Lewis Cass, Duff Green; William Henry Harrison; Andrew Jackson; John Tyler; Abel P. Upshur; "instruction" of Senators; a national bank; the currency question; the public debt; taxes and tariffs; politics in Virginia, Maine and New York; the Loco-focos; the Whigs; diplomacy and the Quintuple and Webster-Ashburton Treaties in regards to the slave trade; the U.S. Navy; the American Colonization Society; agriculture in Albemarle County;and the University of Virginia Board of Visitors
  • Correspondents include John S. Barbour, William M. Burwell, Virginia R. Cary, Edward Coles, Charles Augustus Davis,Charles Duncombe, Robley Dunglison, Samuel Dyer, James M. Garnett, John Thornton Gilmer, Thomas W. Gilmer, Isaac Hull, John Letcher, Nathaniel Niles, Jr., Richard Pollard, Francis O. J. Smith, and James Tallmadge
  • Topics in the general family correspondence include Dolley Madison; William Branch Giles' gubernatorial chances; the elections of 1828 and 1844; the Whigs; John Tyler; Henry Clay; the National Bank; and politics in Albemarle County and in Virginia. Of interest is a typescript copy of a letter from Judith Page Rives describing her impression of Charles Dickens
  • The papers also contain political essays, hymns, newspaper clippings of a series of articles on the slavery question by Judge S. Wilkeson, and some legal and financial documents including a petition to the House of Representatives on the Bankrupt Law from 50 citizens of New York City, mostly tradesmen, 1842
  • Essay topics include indirect taxes;a fiscal agent of the United States government (national bank); national revenue from tariffs vs public land sales and the compromise of 1833 (amendments to resolutions by Henry Clay); and Thomas Jefferson's letter to Peter Carr on travel
Biographical or historical data
U. S. Representative and Senator from Virginia.
Cataloging source
Papers of William Cabell Rives, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
190 (ca.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a2765214
  • (OCoLC)53004443
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