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Papers, 1834-1882, of Conway Robinson (1805-1884) of Richmond, Virginia, and Washington D.C. consisting of legal papers, including accounts, checks, opinions, orders, receipts, some being papers relating to Robinson's role as trustee for Lancaster, Denby, and Company; and correspondence regarding cases in which Robinson is involved, his legal opinions and advice on matters, the boundaries of Richmond, Virginia's colonial history, efforts to track down records in England referring to Virginia, Virginia and United States history, and the Virginia Historical Society. Papers also include unofficial notification that Robinson had been elected an honorary member of the Maryland Historical Society, letter of regret that he will not be able to attend a meeting from William Cabell Rives (1793-1868), and notes possibly for a speech by Chauncey Goodrich Griswold (1802-1883) made on a letter sent to him by Robinson
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Conway Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia, on 15 September 1805 to John Robinson (1773-1850) and Agnes Conway Moncure Robinson (1780-1862). He served as deputy clerk of the Virginia General Court in 1826, and was admitted to the bar in 1827. In 1828, Robinson began practicing before the Virginia Supreme Court and in 1838, began practicing before the United States Supreme Court. Robinson was appointed to the board of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad in 1834, and when the railroad was in fiscal trouble in 1836, he was appointed president. Robinson brought the RF&P out of debt in two years. He served as reporter of the Virginia Supreme Court from 1842 to 1844, and revised the Code of Virginia in 1849. Robinson was elected to the House of Delegates for one term in 1852. In 1858, he moved to the District of Columbia to work on a seven volume legal history. Except for the Civil War, Robinson practiced law before the Virginia and United States Supreme Courts and wrote several works on the law. He married Mary Susen Selden Leigh (1816-1900) 14 July 1836, and they had eight children. Robinson died 30 January 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while on a visit to his brother. Robinson was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
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Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
Location of originals duplicates
The Huntington Library;
  • This collection forms part of the Robert Alonzo Brock Collection at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
  • The Robert Alonzo Brock Collection was filmed by The Huntington Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia with funding provided by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation
  • Microfilmed as arranged by The Huntington Library
  • Reel includes Chauncey Goodrich Griswold Papers, 1826-1872, and John H. Guy Papers, 1850-1885
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safety base polyester
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
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silver halide
service copy
Immediate source of acquisition
The Library of Virginia Foundation, The Roller-Bottimore Foundation, and The Robins Foundation
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low reduction ratio
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microfilm reel
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