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Baytop-Fitzhugh Papers: Letters, 1853-1861 and undated

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Author: Baytop, Lucy Ann; Baytop, Lucy Taliaferro Catlett; Macon, Edgar; Fitzhugh, George; Shields, James W.; Stubbs, Lucy; Fitzhugh, Mary F.; Baytop, J.C.
Issued Date: 1853
Subjects: Baytop family
Fitzhugh family
Farm management
Agriculture--Virginia--History--19th century
Gloucester County, Virginia--History--19th century
Greene County, Virginia--History--19th century
Marriage--Virginia--Gloucester County
Slavery--Southern States--History
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
United States--Slavery
Women--Virginia--Social life and customs
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10288/22335
Citation: Baytop-Fitzhugh Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Description: Item 1: A. G. G, Christiansburg, Virginia to Rufus K. Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County,Virginia, 27 August 1853 1 page. Autograph Letter Signed. Has surveyed land tracts of 100,000 acres and 40,000 acres near which there is coal; encourages Fitzhugh to buy land; expects to be in Charlottesville, Virginia by Friday; asks him to send his horse to Charlottesville. Item 2: A. G. G, Madison, Virginia To Rufus K. Fitzhugh, no place, 9 October 1855 2 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Admonishes Fitzhugh for not keeping his word on a business deal involving the purchase of land. Item 3: A. G. G, Madison, Virginia to Rufus K. Fitzhugh, no place, October 1855 1 page. Autograph Letter Signed. Complains of Fitzhugh not sending a deed on the "Hettick" land which he had promised to do. Item 4: Lucy Ann Baytop, Gloucester County, Virginia to Hetty Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia, 4 April 1857 2 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Is busy making soap, tending geese and fowl; Mr. Rose and Dr. Williams are going to the Worlds Fair; news about births and deaths and visits of family and friends; a camp meeting is being organized and the date will be announced at the quarterly meeting. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Including Autograph Letter Signedfrom T. C. Baytop, no place, no date, to "Hetty" Fitzhugh, no place, telling her that her friends inquire about her well being; has planted corn and will plant marl soon; has planted watermelon for the camp meeting; Brook, a slave?, "is the most industrious fellows we have." 1 page Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. Item 5: Edgar Macon, Richmond, Virginia to Rufus King Fitzhugh,Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia, 20 July 1858 1 page. Autograph Letter Signed. Acknowledges receipt of check for $1,000.00; sends deposit slips from the Farmers Bank and the Planters Savings Bank; quotes prices for manufacturing tobacco; "Millers are anxious" to buy wheat stock. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. Item 6: George Fitzhugh, Port Royal, Virginia to Rufus K. Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia, 1 October 1858. 1 page. Autograph Letter Signed. Acknowledges receipt for a check of $50.00; is writing for DeBows Review and can "make a fortune by my pen"; planning visit for following year; transfers "title and interest" in estate of Haywood Foote to Rufus K. Fitzhugh. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 7: James W. Shields, Christiansburg, Virginia to Scott, 15 April 1859 3 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Letter has caused "no little trouble"; Grayson Estate sale pending; Crocket Farms may be sold and is an "active farm in perfect order in every respect"; description of land. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 8: Lucy Taliaferro Baytop,Springfield, Gloucester County, Virginia to Hetty Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia, 25 March 1860 2 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Has been sick with a "congestion of wind"; relates loss of a slave girl who died from burns sustained in a fire; elaborates on struggle between Mr. Booth and Mr. Sinclair establishing ownership and value of the slave girl; comments, "disunion War or abject submission. I am a wonder to myself how I stand so well, once the mere talk of an insurrection would fill me with terror, now we have a white war and a servile one to dread..." Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 9: Lucy Stubbs, Valley Front, Virginia to Hetty Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Virginia, 19 March 1861 4 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Unexpected snow storm has killed the fruit; "since Virginia has acted so ridiculously I almost wish that I could forsake her borders..." "The Old Dominion is endeavoring to throw off the galling yoke of Old Lincoln"; secession is impending; "abolitionists certainly can't flourish among us"; Rufus Fitzhugh is considering moving to Arkansas; mother has finished her quilting; cold weather and quilting should never go together; news of family and friends. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 10: Mary F. Fitzhugh, Fredericksburg, Virginia to Rufus K. Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County,Virginia, 19 February 1 page. Autograph Letter Signed. Arrival in Fredericksburg has been harried; invites him and family to visit; their mother's health is bad - lists symptoms and treatments by Dr. Wallace. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 11: Mary F. Fitzhugh, Fredericksburg, Virginia To Hettie Fitzhugh, Standardsville, Greene County, Virginia, 30 December 3 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Friends and family have made them feel welcome; inquiries about Cousin Mary's "delicate health"; Ma's heath has improved; does not know if their income will support them; lists costs for rent and food. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Item 12: "Bun" Baytop, Springfield, Virginia To Mrs. Hetty Fitzhugh, Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia, December 3 pages. Autograph Letter Signed. Party given in honor of Tom Field and his bride; accident with carriage left them in a muddy ditch; Christmas festivities. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed. 1 page. Including Autograph Letter Signedfrom James C. Baytop, n.p. to Hetty Fitzhugh, n.p., n.d. thanking her and Rufus Fitzhugh for recommending him to Mr. Taliaferro; will wait to make a decision until Taliaferro sends him an offer. 1 page. Including Typewritten Copy of Autograph Letter Signed.


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