Papers of the Garnett family, 1773-1888.


Garnett family. Papers of the Garnett family, 1773-1888.

Papers of the Garnett family, 1773-1888.

Include correspondence, 1773-1866, pertaining to the settlement of George Washington's estate, mercantile business, with a letter detailing merchants' ships at sea and potential profits, sale of corn and flour, family affairs, Washington, D.C., Henry Clay, politics, a political appointment and letter (1832) describing a slave woman and her child. Also include marriage license, 1773; copy of orders, 1799, for George Washington's funeral; indentures, 1801-1805, relating to settlement of George Washington's estate; account, 1830, for furnishing support of Afro-Americans of George Washington's estate; and will, 1871, of Mary P. Lewis. Also include letters, 1835-1838, of Robert E. Lee concerning cost of bricks for building a wall and attempts to buy big horn sheep horns for a relative. Also include letters, 1861-1863, from Lee to R.M.T. Hunter concerning building of a battery near Norfolk, Va., the need for laborers, raising troops, and provisioning army troops (Feb. 1863). Correspondents include George Washington Parke Custis, W.H. Fitzhugh, James Mercer Garnett, James Hunter, Fielding Lewis, Lorenzo Lewis, and a note from James Madison. Also include ledger, 1795, of estate of James Mercer, with material, 1887-1888, relating to game cocks, with pedigrees; genealogy, n.d., of Hunter family; and material pertaining to the crest and coat of arms of Garnett family.

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