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1818-1827
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1818-1827
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eng
Summary
Letters, 1818-1827, from Francis Walker Gilmer (1790-1826) of Richmond, Virginia, to John Randolph (1773-1833) of Roanoke in Charlotte County, Virginia, discussing politics, social news, Gilmer's legal career, and personal news. Gilmer comments on Spencer Roane (1762-1822) as a potential presidential candidate in 1824; the failure of Thomas Ritchie (1778-1854) to publish a letter from Randolph in the Richmond ENQUIRER; the Virginia-Kentucky commission to settle land claims between the two states; Preston's default and petition before the general assembly, and other political news. Gilmer comments on the scandal surrounding Mrs. Bell; the Virginia springs; Littleton Waller Tazewell's speeches; William Pinkney's skills as a lawyer; and other social news. He comments on a dispute with John Pickering (1777-1846) about the etymology of the word "tote." Gilmer writes Randolph about his trip to Europe to recruit professors for the soon-to-open University of Virginia, and his travels in England and Scotland. Gilmer writes upon his return how the trip adversely affected his health and comments how the university is poor shape because of Thomas Jefferson. Also includes a letter, 26 January 1827, from Peachy R. Gilmer (1779-1836) to Randolph returning some letter to Randolph and stating that Gilmer had seen Randolph's niece Elizabeth Coalter (Bryan) (1805-1856)
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  • Accessioned
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  • Cellulose acetate lamination.
Biographical or historical data
Francis Walker Gilmer was born 9 October 1790 at "Pen Park" in Albemarle County, Virginia, to George Gilmer (1742-1795) and Lucy Walker Gilmer (1751-1800). He received some of his education at Monticello from Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) and at a school run by James Ogilvie (1760-1820). Gilmer attended the College of William and Mary in 1809-1810, then studied law under William Wirt (1772-1834) in Richmond, Virginia. Upon the completion of his legal studies, he travelled extensively along the eastern seaboard with the Abbe Joseph Francisco Correa de Serra (1750-1823) before beginning the practice of law in Winchester, Virginia, in 1816. A year later, Gilmer returned to Richmond to continue practicing law. In 1824, he was chosen by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to travel to Europe to hire professors for the newly established University of Virginia. Gilmer himself was appointed professor of law, but he died before he could assume his position on 25 February 1826 at "Farmington" in Albemarle County.
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Vi
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Letters
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!UNKNOWN LABEL
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http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00750.xml
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Chronological.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Extent
4
Immediate source of acquisition
Anderson Galleries
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000491740
Type of unit
  • leaves and 24
  • p.

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