The Resource Conway Robinson transcripts of early Virginia records, ca. 1860
- Conway Robinson transcripts of early Virginia records, ca. 1860
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- ca. 1860
- Transcripts, ca. 1860, of various early Virginia records, made by Conway Robinson (1805-1884) from manuscripts in the Library of Congress. Several of the transcribed documents, 1622-1624, deal with the Jamestown settlement, including instructions to the settlers before their departure, and communications between the Virginia colony, King James, and the Privy Council on developments there. Other documents include lists of early land patents granted in the corporations of Charles City, Elizabeth City, and Henrico Counties. This collection is located on frames 481-545 of the reel
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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. With some interruption during 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) on 14 July 1836. The couple eventually had eight children. Robinson died on 30 January 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while on a visit to his brother. He 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.
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- The Huntington Library;
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