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Douglas Southall Freeman papers

Douglas Southall Freeman papers, 1632-1953
Douglas Southall Freeman papers
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  • Papers, 1632-1953, of Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953) of Richmond, Virginia, consisting of materials copied and gathered by Freeman for use in his multi-volume biography of George Washington, including accounts and account books, business papers, correspondence, disbursements, fort plans, guest books, legal papers, letter books, maps, medical accounts, payrolls, petitions, returns, royal charters, sketches, wills, and other papers relating to George Washington, the Washington family, and the Custis family. Papers also contain abstracts of references to Robert E. Lee found in Richmond, Virginia, newspapers, 1862-1865; typescript of the journal of Samuel P. Heintzelman (1805-1880) while at the United States Military Academy; and reference cards for Freeman's three volume LEE'S LIEUTENANTS
  • Papers contain a) royal charter, dated 18 September 1649, from Charles II (1630-1685), King of England, to Ralph, Lord Hopton, Baron of Stratton (1596-1652); Henry, Lord Jermyn, Baron of St. Edmundsbury (d. 1684); John, Lord Culpeper, Baron of Thoresway (ca. 1600-1660); Sir John Barkeley; Sir William Morton; Sir Dudley Wyatt (d. ca. 1650); and Thomas Culpeper (1635-1689), originals in the British Museum; b) transcripts of petition, September 1712, from Micajah Perry (ca. 1651-1721) and Richard Perry to the Board of Trade and Plantations concerning the estate of Daniel Custis (ca. 1665-1710), and papers, 1757, presented to the Committee of Council for Hearing Appeals from the Plantations concerning the suit of Charles Dunbar vs. Daniel Parke Custis (1711-1757), originals in the British Public Record Office; c) letters, dated 5 October 1725 and 19 August 1726, from William Chetwynd of Grendon, Northamtonshire, England, to John England, Cecil County, Maryland, concerning the Principio Iron-Works located in Cecil County, originals in the British Museum; d) order, dated 3 May 1741, from Augustine Washington (1694-1743) to William Fairfax (ca. 1691-1757) asking him to pay 5 pounds to John Grant, original in the Fairfax papers, Huntington Library; e) account, 1632-1637, of Lawrence Washington (1602-1654/5) with Brasenose College, Oxford, England, originals in Brasenose College, Oxford England; and f) record, 1739-1741, of the medical expenses of the son of John Washington (1692-1746) of Gloucester County, Virginia, with Dr. John Carter, originals at Colonial Williamsburg
  • Also contains: g) accounts, n.d., of the Custis family of New Kent County, Virginia; h) letter, dated 12 January 1754, from George Croghan (d. 1782) to Governor James Hamilton (ca. 1710-1783) of Pennsylvania, concerning George Washington's (1732-1799) visit to the French at Fort Duquesne and Croghan's own visit to the indians of the Ohio Valley, original in Historical Society of Pennsylvania; i) guest book, n.d., from Belvoir, home of the Fairfax family in Fairfax County, Virginia, and accompanying notes; j) plan, n.d., of Fort Loudoun in Frederick County, Virginia, originals in George Washington papers, Library of Congress; k) map, n.d., of the line of march of General Edward Braddock's (ca. 1695-1755) army, original in George Washington papers, Library of Congress; l) sketches, 9 July 1755, of the field of battle of Braddock's defeat by Pat MacKellar, engineer, originals in the British Public Record Office; m) scheme, ca. 1755, for forming the quotas of Virginia troops, originals in George Washington papers, Library of Congress; n) return, dated 18 December 1755, of the Virginia Regiment of Foot commanded by Colonel George Washington, original in George Washington papers, Library of Congress; o) payrolls, 1756, of French and Indian War soldiers, originals in George Washington papers, Library of Congress; and p) Disbursement, dated 20 March 1757, of public funds by Colonel George Washington at Fort Loudoun, originals in George Washington papers, Library of Congress
  • Also includes: q) accounts, 1770-1777, of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia, originals in Thom Collection, Mount Vernon; r) sketches, notes, and pictures of Kempsville in Gloucester County, Virginia, Belvedere in Richmond, Virginia, Malvern Hill in Henrico County, Virginia, Newington in King and Queen County, Virginia, Greenway Court in Clarke County, Virginia, Christ Cross in New Kent County, and Seven Springs in King William County, Virginia; s) letter book, 1717-1741, of John Custis (1678-1749) of New Kent County with entries concerning personal matters, business and agriculture, originals at the Library of Congress, transcripts made by Pr. Maud Woodfin of Westhampton College; t) typescript of the journal, 1 January 1825-2 August 1826, of Samuel P. Heintzelman (1805-1880) attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; u) abstracts of references to General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) in Richmond newspapers, 1862-1865; v) reference cards for Freeman's 3 volume LEE'S LIEUTENANTS; w) correspondence and papers, 1752-1799, of George Washington photocopied by Douglas Southall Freemen for use in his biography of Washington, the originals are located in various repositories around the country, and many have been printed in various published volumes of Washington's papers; x) account ledger, 1772-1793, of George Washington; and y) miscellaneous items, including correspondence to and from Washington during the Revolution, military orders for Henry Lee's (1756-1818) Legion, maps of the Pee Dee region of North Carolina during the Revolution, a map of Yorktown, Virginia, will of Mary Ball Washington (1708-1789) and a letter, dated 10 November 1788, from Edmund Randolph (1753-1813) to James Madison (1751-1836) concerning the Virginia legislature's vote for United States Senators
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Douglas Southall Freeman was born 16 May 1886 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Soon after, his family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Freeman attended McGuire's University School. He graduated from Richmond College in 1904 and received his ph.d. from Johns Hopkins University in 1908. Freeman began working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1910 and became editor of the Richmond News-Leader in 1915. An author of several works, his most notable works are his 4 volume biography of Robert E. Lee, his 3 volume LEE'S LIEUTENANTS, and his biography of George Washington. Freeman had retired from the News-Leader to work on the Washington biography in 1949. He had published 5 volumes and was working on the 6th when he died. Besides being an author and an editor, Freeman delivered daily news broadcasts from WRNL radio. He served as a director of the Southern Railroad. Freeman died 13 June 1953.
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Douglas Southall Freeman papers
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Freeman, Douglas Southall
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