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  • Papers, 1871-1923, of the Page family of Hanover County and Richmond, Virginia, including certificates, correspondence, deeds, literary manuscripts, promissory notes, and poetry. Includes marriage agreement between Thomas Nelson Page and Florence Lathrop Field; deeds for land in Lexington, Virginia; and certificates for plots in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. Also includes dividend and stock certificates, dated 1880-1903, for a number of companies including, Richmond and St. Paul Land and Improvement Association; Old Dominion and Duluth Land and Improvement Association; and Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical Society
  • Of note are a number of literary manuscripts by Rosewell Page, and possibly Thomas Nelson Page. Unfortunately many of the manuscripts are unidentified. Includes the autobiography entitled, "When I was a Little Boy", an unfinished comic opera, "The Groom of Scak-Posset" and poetry by Rosewell Page
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The manuscript of "When I Was a Little Boy" was printed in 1970: "When I Was a Little Boy," by Rosewell Page, with illustrations by Ellen Bruce Baylor, and foreword and afterword by Harriet R. Holman (Coconut Grove, Fla.: Field Research Projects, 1970).
Biographical or historical data
  • Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922) was a lawyer, businessman, diplomat, and author. He practiced law in Richmond with his kinsman, Thomas Nelson Carter, as international business representative for Minnesota real estate and mining options, was patron-adviser to Southern writers, and wrote nostalgic tales of plantation life. He also served as the United States ambassador to Italy, 1913-1919. After the death of his first wife, he shared his home in Richmond, Va., with his brother, Rosewell, also a widower. His second marriage was to Florence Lathrop Field of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rosewell Page (1858-1939) grew up at "Oakland," the Nelson family plantation in Hanover County, Virginia. He was educated as a lawyer, and after the untimely death of his wife on their honeymoon, joined his brother in Richmond and practiced law. Also in the household was Thomas' sister-in-law, Ellen Bruce Baylor and her three children. Ellen Baylor illustrated Rosewell's literary manuscript, "When I was a Little Boy." Rosewell married his cousin, Ruth Nelson, in 1898, and returned to "Oakland" to live and commute to his office in Richmond. He served two terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, became Second Auditor, and ran for governor. He was a writer and published a history of Civil War campaigns in verse form, a daily newspaper column, local histories, and a memoir of his brother.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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  • State Treasurer's Office
  • Hamblett, Gus
  • Hamblett, Gus
  • Blackford, James
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