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  • Papers of the company's president, Alexander Dudley, include letters, copies of several deeds and agreements, finances, construction reports, blank stock certificates, shareholders lists, and extracts of petitions submitted to the Richmond City Council. Includes contracts with the Confederate States government concerning the removal of iron from the company for war purposes and damage claims. Included is a detailed letter, 1862, to the Confederate States regarding damage to the railroad lines by both the Confederate and Union troops. Also included is a letter, 1867, from Hugh McCulloch, Secretary of the Treasury, regarding damage claims made to the U.S. government
  • Included is a copy of the act of incorporation of the Virginia Land, Trust and Immigration Company (1866), correspondence and stockholder notices related to Dudley's duties as president, and extracts of stockholder and board of directors meeting minutes. Also included is correspondence and a policy booklet from the North American Transit Insurance Company; a circular letter, 1868, to the West Point Land Company regarding the settlement of West Point, Virginia;statement on the Richmond and York River Railroad Company, 1868; and correspondence from the European General State Agency of Immigration, for the State of Virginia, 1868, regarding attempts to encourage immigrants to settle in Virginia and North Carolina. Also included are two route maps of the California Pacific Railroad
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Biographical or historical data
The Richmond and York River Railroad Company was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly passed January 31, 1853. Subscription commissioners named in the act were Robert S. Apperson, John D. Christian, C. Dimmock, R.B. Haxall, James Lyons, R.H. Maury, Bernard Peyton, James Stamper, Abraham Warwick, and Edward J. Wilson.The company was authorized to construct a rail line from Richmond to West Point, Virginia. In 1860 the name was changed to the Richmond and York River and Atlantic Steam Navigation and General Transportation Company. The road was sold under foreclosure on May 2, 1872 and reorganized by the purchasing bond holders as the Richmond, York River, and Chesapeake Railroad Company. In 1894 that company was consolidated into the Southern Railway Company.
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Citation source
Available for purchase: Edwards, Conley L., III et al., comps. A Guide To Business Records In The Virginia State Library And Archives. Richmond : Virginia State Library and Archives, 1994
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  • The Library of Virginia
.25 cu. ft.
Immediate source of acquisition
Dudley, Mrs. Sidney Johnston

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