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Label
1812-1825
Inclusive dates
1812-1825
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letters, 1812-1825, of Francis Walker Gilmer (1790-1826) of Richmond and Winchester, Virginia, to William Wirt (1772-1834) of Richmond and Washington D.C. discussing Gilmer's and Wirt's legal careers; their health; family and acquaintances; Gilmer's travels; education and literature; Virginia and United States politics. Gilmer writes about his reading law under Wirt and the education of Wirt's children; Gilmer's law practice in Winchester and Richmond and the possibility of settling in Baltimore, Maryland; Wirt's legal career, including arguing before the Supreme Court, appointment as United States attorney for the Richmond District, and his service as United States Attorney General; and his and Wirt's health. Gilmer writes about authors and literature, including Wirt's biography of Patrick Henry (1736-1799). He comments on the British burning of Hampton, Virginia, during the War of 1812. Gilmer discusses the bar in Winchester, Richmond and Maryland, commenting on the legal abilities of William Pinkney (1764-1822), Littleton Waller Tazewell (1774-1860), John Wickham (1763-1839), and Wirt. Gilmer also mentions the adverse effects of his journey to Europe to hire professors for the University of Virginia upon his health. Gilmer discusses mutual friends and acquaintances like William H. Cabell (1772-1853), Dabney Carr (1773-1837), Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), John Randolph (1773-1833), the Abbe Correa da Serra (1750-1823), and Abel P. Upshur (1790-1844)
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Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Revised
  • Cellulose acetate lamination.
Additional physical form
Also available on microfilm (Misc. Reel 319 and 343).
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 da 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.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Letters
Label
!UNKNOWN LABEL
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00749.xml
Arrangement
Chronological.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
103
Immediate source of acquisition
Anderson Galleries
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000491741
Type of unit
p.

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