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1825-1836
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1825-1836
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eng
Summary
  • Letters, 1825-1836, from William Leigh (1783-1871) of Halifax County, Virginia, to Peachy Ridgway Gilmer (1779-1836) of Albemarle County, Virginia, discussing Leigh's judgeship of the Virginia General Court and the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery; politics; John Randolph (1773-1833); Leigh's son Thomas; and Gilmer's sons George (1810-1875) and (Peachy) Harmer (1813-1872); and personal news. Leigh writes Gilmer about his election to the General Court; his serving as the judge for the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery circuit which includes Halifax County, and about the various courts he attends. Leigh informs Gilmer about John Randolph's running for Congress in 1831, and later about Randolph's death and the controversy surrounding Randolph's wills, including a provision to emancipate his slaves. Leigh offers Gilmer a private legal opinion regarding the will of James Breckinridge (1763-1833) of Botetourt County, Virginia. Leigh laments the current political scene, stating that he is an advocate of states rights and secession. He fears for civil liberties and criticizes President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), politicians, and political parties. Leigh regrets the expansion of suffrage in Virginia, and informs Gilmer of the election of his brother Benjamin Watkins Leigh (1781-1849) to the United States Senate by the Virginia legislature. Leigh updates Gilmer on George Gilmer's legal career in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and Harmer Gilmer's medical career in Halifax County. He asks Gilmer to check on his son Thomas Leigh at the University of Virginia, expressing concerns over his studies
  • Collection also includes a letter, 17 August 1825, from Benjamin Watkins Leigh of Richmond, Virginia, to Gilmer, then living in Bedford County, Virginia, concerning efforts to prevent a call for a state constitutional convention
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  • Cellulose acetate lamination.
Biographical or historical data
William Leigh was born in 1783 in Halifax County, Virginia, to William Leigh (1748-1787) and Elizabeth Watkins Leigh (d. 1799). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1804 and was admitted to the bar in 1805. Leigh practiced law and served as a judge for the Halifax County Court. He represented Halifax, Charlotte, and Prince Edward Counties in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830. Under the new constitution, Leigh was appointed a judge of the Virginia General Court and the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery in 1831, holding the former position until the General Court was abolished in 1851 and holding the latter position until he retired. Leigh married Rebecca Selden Watkins (1786-1852) 15 December 1807, and they had seven children. Leigh died at "Leighwood" in Halifax County 19 July 1871, and was buried at St. John's Episcopal Church in Halifax 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=vi00748.xml
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54
Immediate source of acquisition
Anderson Galleries
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000505067
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p.

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