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Collection Number: 04291

Collection Title: George W. Burwell Papers, 1786, 1800-1884.

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Size 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract George W. Burwell was a physician, planter, and businessman of Mecklenburg County, Va. He had family and business connections to Henderson, Granville County, N.C., and other locations along the North Carolina-Virginia border, largely through his brothers H. H., Louis, William, and Armistead R., and the family of his wife Elizabeth Gayle Burwell, particulary her parents Thomas Gayle (d. 1855?) and Elizabeth Gayle (d. 1868?). Correspondence, 1849-1883; financial and legal materials, 1786 and 1800-1884; and other papers relating to the Burwells, Gayles, and members of related families. Business letters chiefly document lending money and collecting debts, purchasing and selling land, managing tobacco plantations, and selling tobacco and other crops through commission merchants in Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Some letters document plantation life, including buying and selling slaves, work performed by slaves and others, and hiring out of slaves. Scattered throughout is a small number of family letters, chiefly dealing with health and other routine matters. During the Civil War, there are a few letters relating to slaves forced from their homes by Union soldiers during a raid and a letter probably dictated by a slave who was sent to work at a Confederate camp near Richmond. Financial and legal materials include agricultural records--overseers' accounts, slave bills of sale, contracts with freedmen and other laborers, and household bills and accounts. Other financial and legal items relate to money lending and debt collection. Also included are deeds, wills, and papers relating to the estates of Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle and of John S. and Frances Gregory. There are also a few printed advertisements and related items, 1860s- 1870s; documents relating to Burwell's exemption from conscription during the Civil War; and a few medical notes and accounts.
Creator Burwell, George W., d. 1873.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the George W. Burwell Papers #4291, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. A. Augustus Zollicoffer of Henderson, N.C., in October 1981 (Acc. 81139).
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Correspondence, 1849-1883; financial and legal materials, 1786 and 1800-1884; and other papers relating to the Burwells, Gayles, and members of related families. Business letters chiefly document lending money and collecting debts, purchasing and selling land, managing tobacco plantations, and selling tobacco and other crops through commission merchants in Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Some letters document plantation life, including buying and selling slaves, work performed by slaves and others, and hiring out of slaves. Scattered throughout is a small number of family letters, chiefly dealing with health and other routine matters. During the Civil War, there are a few letters relating to slaves forced from their homes by Union soldiers during a raid and a letter probably dictated by a slave who was sent to work at a Confederate camp near Richmond. Financial and legal materials include agricultural records--overseers' accounts, slave bills of sale, contracts with freedmen and other laborers, and household bills and accounts. Other financial and legal items relate to money lending and debt collection. Also included are deeds, wills, and papers relating to the estates of Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle and of John S. and Frances Gregory. There are also a few printed advertisements and related items, 1860s- 1870s; documents relating to Burwell's exemption from conscription during the Civil War; and a few medical notes and accounts.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated.

About 160 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters and other items relating to George W. and Elizabeth Gayle Burwell and members of the Burwell, Gayle, and related families living along the North Carolina-Virginia border. Many items are business letters between George W. Burwell in Mecklenburg County, Va., and Granville County, N.C., and his brothers H. H., Louis, William, and Armistead R., chiefly in Henderson, N.C. Members of Elizabeth's family, largely in Mecklenburg County, Va., were also active in these business activities, particularly Elizabeth's father Thomas Gayle. Note that there is virtually no mention of George's medical activities in these materials.

Early business letters chiefly relate to land purchases and sales, but there are also letters about managing tobacco plantations and about selling tobacco and other crops through commission merchants in Richmond and Petersburg, Va. Some of these letters document daily work. For example, on 5 February 1851, Thomas Gayle in Mecklenburg County, wrote to George in Warrenton that he was sending "Wallis to cut wood in the place of lewis. he dose not under stand malling well." On 8 January 1852, there is a letter from brothers H. H. Burwell and Armistead R. Burwell to George about hiring out a slave in Raleigh, N.C.

Also included among the early materials are non-business family letters discussing routine matters, chiefly from Elizabeth's sister Sarah A. S. Gayle to Elizabeth. These letters are particularly plentiful in 1850, but appear with decreasing frequency throughout the collection. In 1855, there are letters from George, on a tobacco-selling trip, to Elizabeth about Thomas Gayle's ill health and other family issues.

Beginning in the late 1850s and continuing throughout the collection, letters show that George and his brothers spent a good deal of their time negotiating money-lending deals and collecting from those to whom they lent money. George was particularly active in this area, but he often asked his brothers for assistance. For example, there is a series of letters, 1860-1861, in which George solicited Armistead's help in dealing with John S. Overby, who may have served as George's collection agent. This same Overby turns up in August 1862 with a letter he wrote to George upon hearing about George and Elizabeth's daughter Mollie, who died of diphtheria on 15 August (handwritten obituary included). A letter of 27 June 1859 documents a dispute over damage to a neighbor's property allegedly done by George's team of oxen.

Letters in the 1860s contain few references to the Civil War until 1864 when there are some to Elizabeth from relatives who wrote about homefront concerns and battle news. Note that materials relating to George's exemption from conscription are filed in series 3.

Letters of interest in 1864-1865 include the following:

10 May 1864: a letter from James Burwell, apparently one of George's slaves, from a camp near Richmond, Va. The letter, probably dictated by James has two parts: the first part is addressed to "Mr. Master" and requests food and other supplies; the second part is addressed to James's wife Mary and sends his love and respect.

1 July 1864: a note from Blanche W. Sydnar to George with the news that Sam, claiming that he had been forced from George's home by Yankees, had arrived at her house and that she had written him a pass to get home.

8 July 1864: a letter from J. G. Hood to George saying, "I suppose I have in my possession a Neg[ro] Boy that belongs to you. his name is Peter." The letter describes Peter as 12-14 years of age and in good health.

12 August 1864: an invitation to George to attend an "investigation of the conduct of the negroes of the neighborhood during the Yankee raid."

16 December 1864: a letter from a cousin to George about the cousin's being wounded.

19 December 1864: a notice from the Richmond and Danville Railroad hiring hands at $450 and $400 per annum.

29 December 1864: a letter from brother William A. Burwell to George about the situation in North Carolina, where men up to 50 years of age had been called to service.

11 September 1865: a note from Captain M. L. Kellogg to George ordering him "to settle with John (colored) at the rate agreed upon by him and you."

Circa 12 December 1865: George's note about wanting to hire a man to manage his house and a woman to cook, wash, iron, and milk. The couple could bring their children, especially if among them a girl old enough to nurse and a boy old enough to wait table and tend the horses and cows.

Circa 1865: a note from Captain M. L. Kellogg to George stating, "You are hereby directed to bring the woman 'Milley' before me to answer to charges preferred against her."

In 1866, letters chiefly relate to land deals; debt collection efforts; and agricultural sales, especially to the dismal state of the tobacco market. On 25 June 1866, there is a letter indicating that Otis F. Manson, George's brother-in-law and frequent business partner, was experiencing financial difficulties.

In 1867, there are many letters about court decision relating to collecting debts and to George's interest in finding new investments. There are also letters about difficulties in hiring help, including one, dated 11 March 1867, in which a cousin told George that "...it is hard for me to get off from hom[e] as I have not had a han[d] since Lee surrendered. [M]ine all left except 2 women & children."

On 31 December 1867, there is a letter from brother H. H. Burwell about brother Armistead's death. H. H. wrote that Armistead had been summoned before the Henderson Freedmen's Bureau "on account of a worthless negro." Leaving the Bureau late at night, Armistead caught the cold that led to his death two weeks later.

Materials 1868-1875 are chiefly business letters, largely from H. H. Burwell, with a few non-business items interspersed. Loans, collections, crops, and real estate deals are chief topics of conversation. Beginning in 1870, George had dealings with T. D. Jeffress, grocer and commission merchant of Richmond, including major loans to Jeffress in 1870 and insurance and other business with him in the following years. In a letter to George, dated 20 January 1873, Jeffress noted that there were "...false rumors in circulation in your county with reference to my financial condition" (see Series 2 for a broadside dated 1873 relating to the bankruptcy of Thomas D. Jeffress). Beginning in 1870, there is evidence of business deals involving Blair Burwell, George's nephew who moved to Baltimore in 1872 to join A. L. Huntt & Co. (see Series 2 for materials on the failure of this company).

Non-business letters include one on 15 August 1870 recording the death of another of George and Elizabeth's daughters; one on 28 March 1871 that mentions Elizabeth's feeble health and several relating to her death in August 1872; and one on 21 February 1872 summoning George to a meeting organized to lend support to a neighbor wrongly imprisoned in the local jail. There is also a letter, dated 18 January 1872, from one of George's friends who was traveling in Texas, where he observed that heavy agricultural work was usually performed by the non-white population; the letter concludes with the statement: "I have seen an eagle."

The few items dated 1880-1883 are minor business letters addressed to H. H. Burwell. Undated items include a note from one of George's neighbors apologizing for his drunken behavior and another that reads: "Cousin George, Send me the measure of your head, and a piece of morocco to put in your hat. Cousin Bettie."

Folder 1

1849-1850 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1851 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1852-1857 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1858-1859 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1860-1861 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1862-1863 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1864-1865 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1866 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1867 January-September #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1867 October-December #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1868 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1869 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1870 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1871 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1872 January-February #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1872 March-May #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1872 June-December #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1873-1875 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1880-1883 #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Undated and fragments #04291, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1849-1883 and undated." Folder 20

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About 1,600 items.

Arrangement: chronological; sorted by year.

Chiefly plantation, loan collection, household accounts and receipts, deeds, and estate papers of George W. and Elizabeth Gayle Burwell, with a considerable number of items relating to the administration of the estates of Elizabeth's parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle, and the estates of John S. and Frances Gregory. A few items pertain to George's medical practice; to the settlement of the estate of William A. Burwell; and to the financial affairs of Blair Burwell, who was a partner in the failed A. L. Huntt & Co. of Baltimore. Miscellaneous items also pertain to the lands owned and the financial dealings of Obediah Coleman and Otis F. Manson.

There are no items dated 1801, 1804-1810, 1812-1817, 1820-1828, 1830-1831, 1837-1839, or 1845-1846. Note that undated materials include items relating to the estates of Thomas Gayle, John S. Gregory, and George W. Burwell; accounts with laborers; and miscellaneous items that are mostly George's receipts, accounts, and loan notes.

Folder 21

1786, 1800, 1802-1803, 1811, 1818-1819: Deeds and surveys for lands purchased by Obediah Coleman and John S. Gregory in Mecklenburg County, Va., and an 1819 receipt for taxes Obediah Coleman paid on land, slaves, and horses in the county. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1829, 1832-1839: Surveys and deeds for Mecklenburg County lands owned by Jackson Gregory, John S. Gregory, Thomas Gayle, and Frances Elizabeth Coleman (daughter of Obediah Coleman); 1832 price list produced by the "practicing Physicians of the County of Granville" for "establishing a System of Medical Ethics and establishing a regular System of Charges"; John Coleman's 1832 bill for day labor done by K. Puryear; George W. Burwell's 1838 bill for hardware and dry goods items; and Frances Gregory's 1839 tax receipt. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1840-1843, 1847-1849: Frances Gregory's 1840 dry goods bill; Mecklenburg County tax receipts, 1841-1843, for John S. and Frances Gregory; accounts, receipts, and promises to pay, 1847-1849, for medical services rendered by George W. Burwell; Elizabeth Burwell's 1847 milliner's account; and miscellaneous notes and accounts relating to George. See also medical materials for a book containing medical accounts, 1846, in Series 3. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1850-1852: George W. Burwell's debt collection accounts, medical accounts, and loan notes; a deed for Warren County, N.C., land that George purchased from his father-in-law Thomas Gayle; and George and Thomas's receipts and accounts with railroads, blacksmiths, dry goods and other merchants. Of note is an 1850 overseer's agreement made by George. See also medical materials for a book containing a few medical accounts, 1851-1854, in Series 3. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1853: George W. Burwell's accounts and receipts for hardware, dry goods, and groceries; Thomas Gayle's account with tobacco factor Morton Booker & Company of Richmond; John S. Gregory's 24 November will; a deed for Warren County land sold by George; a plat of land George purchased in Mecklenburg County, Va.; and deeds for Warren County lands George purchased from Thomas. See also medical materials for a book containing a few medical accounts, 1851-1854, in Series 3. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1854-1855: Loan notes, tax and other receipts, and accounts, mostly relating to George W. Burwell, with scattered items of Thomas Gayle. Accounts are with dry goods merchants, tailors, blacksmiths, and others. Of note are a 16 September bill of sale signed by Thomas for four slaves (Harrison, Amy, and two unnamed children) and a 21 November overseer's agreement made by Thomas. See also medical materials for a book containing a few medical accounts, 1851-1854. in Series 3. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1856: Estate papers of Thomas Gayle consisting chiefly of bills and accounts, receipts for slaves and tobacco sold, and an overseer's agreement. There are also miscellaneous financial items relating to George W. Burwell, including loan notes and accounts and receipts for wheat sold and for dry goods, clothing, shoes, hardware items, toys, and furniture purchased. Of note are a 23 April receipt for a slave boy named Lewis purchased by George and an 18 March "Price of Negroes Sold This Day," which lists slaves sold by name. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1857: mostly George W. Burwell's receipts and accounts, additional estate papers of Thomas Gayle, and estate papers of John S. Gregory. Accounts are mostly with blacksmiths, grocers, dry goods merchants, wagonmakers, and tobacco haulers. There are also a few medical accounts with George's patients. Thomas's estate papers include papers relating to his wife Elizabeth Gayle and an overseer's agreement. John S. Gregory's estate papers consist of Frances Gregory's grocery accounts. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1858: mostly receipts and accounts of George W. Burwell and additional estate papers of Thomas Gayle and John S. Gregory. George's accounts are chiefly with grocers and clothiers. Estate papers are mostly accounts and receipts for household items. Thomas's papers include accounts of tobacco sales and an overseer's agreement. Also included is a will of Matilda Boyd of Mecklenburg County, dated 30 October, bequeathing slaves and property to her children. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1859: chiefly estate papers of Thomas Gayle and John S. Gregory, including household accounts, loan notes, and tax receipts, with scattered plantation and household accounts and a few loan notes of George W. Burwell. Of note is a 21 November bill of sale for a slave named Harriett and her two children, Emma and Moses. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1860: mostly loan collection, household, and plantation accounts and receipts of George W. Burwell, with scattered estate papers of Thomas Gayle and John S. Gregory. The latter consist primarily of household, day labor, and tax accounts and receipts. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1861: chiefly loan collection, household, and plantation accounts and receipts for George W. Burwell, with scattered accounts and receipts of the estates of Thomas Gayle and John S. Gregory. Of note is a 21 February bill of sale for Warren and Jack, two young slaves who George purchased. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1862: primarily loan collection, household, and plantation accounts and receipts of George W. Burwell, with significant estate papers of Thomas Gayle and both John S. and Frances Gregory. Thomas's estate papers include accounts of his daughter Sarah. Of note are a 13 May bill of sale for Sam and Daniel, slaves who George purchased, and a bill of sale for Molly and Carolina, two women slaves who George purchased, with their children, from Elizabeth Gayle. Also of interest are slave hire agreements, 18 February and 6 October, and a bond in the Gregory estate that insures the care of an old slave named Moses by Thomas Morris. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1863: chiefly estate papers of Thomas Gayle, including tax records, accounts, and receipts; George W. Burwell's loan and plantation accounts; and scattered medical accounts with George's patients. Two deeds appear for land purchased in Prince William County, Va., by George's brother-in-law Otis Manson. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1864: mostly estate papers of Thomas Gayle, including tax and property records, and receipts, and George W. Burwell's loan collection and plantation accounts, including bills of lading with the Richmond and Danville Railroad. A few receipts appear for the estate of Frances Gregory. Included in Thomas's estate papers is an affidavit to George's position as overseer of Frances Gayle's estate as an exemption from military service. See also Confederate States of America materials in Series 3 for other items relating to conscription. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 35

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Folder 37

1865: chiefly estate papers of Thomas Gayle, including tax, household, and plantation accounts; receipts relating to Elizabeth Gayle and her children; and George W. Burwell's plantation and household accounts and receipts. Of note are work contracts signed by Elizabeth Gayle and George with freedmen and a broadside announcing the theft from George of a horse and mules. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 36-37

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Folder 39

1866: mostly George W. Burwell's plantation, household, and loan collection accounts, including bills from tobacco factors, railroads, blacksmiths, and dry goods merchants, and Thomas Gayle's estate Papers, consisting mostly of plantation accounts. Of note is a work contract between Elizabeth Gayle and two freedmen, John and Daniel Gayle. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 38-39

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Folder 42

1867: chiefly plantation, household, and loan collection accounts of George W. Burwell, many of them for tobacco sales, and scattered estate papers of Thomas Gayle. Of note in George's papers are two work contracts with freedmen, an account sheet with a washerwoman, and an account book with laborers, 1865-1866. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 40-42

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1868: mostly estate papers of Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle and additional plantation and household accounts and receipts of George W. Burwell. Of note in George's papers is an account book with laborers, 1866-1868. Gayle estate papers include accounts with workers, receipts and bills, and legal agreements. Also included are a few items relating to the George's brother William A. Burwell's estate. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 43-45

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Folder 47

1869: mostly estate papers of Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle, including a number of items relating to legal suits over estate administration. Also included are George W. Burwell's plantation, household, and life insurance accounts and receipts. A few items appear for the William A. Burwell estate. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 46-47

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Folder 49

1870: mostly George W. Burwell's loan collection, plantation, and household accounts and receipts. There are also estate papers of Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle, a land agreement with I. A. Gregory, and scattered medical accounts with George's patients. Several items in the Gayle estate papers pertain to a legal suit concerning division of the estate after the death of the Gayles's daughter, Sarah Gayle Bruce. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 48-49

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Folder 51

1871: chiefly George W. Burwell's loan and rent collection, bank, plantation, and household accounts and receipts. There are also school reports for his children at Finneywood School and Otter Creek School, and two deeds for land George purchased in Mecklenburg County. There are only scattered Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle estate papers. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 50-51

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Folder 54

1872: mostly George W. Burwell's loan collection, plantation, and household accounts and receipts for Burwell, with scattered grade reports for his children and a deed for lands purchased in Mecklenburg County. There are also a few Thomas and Elizabeth Gayle estate papers. Of note is a summons for George and others to appear in the County Court of Mecklenburg. The estate papers include articles of agreement resulting from the suit concerning settlement of the estate. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 52-54

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Folder 57

1873: estate papers of George W. Burwell, maintained by his brother H. H. Burwell. Included are plantation, tax, bank, and household accounts and receipts, as well as an inventory of bonds held by and monies collected from the sale of estate properties. Also included are George's bank account book, 1870-1873, with the State Bank of Virginia and deed for Mecklenburg County land that George sold Otis F. Manson. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 55-57

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Folder 60

1874: mostly George W. Burwell estate Papers, consisting primarily of accounts and receipts for the upkeep and schooling of his children. A number of items in folder 61 concern George's nephew Blair Burwell and the failure A. L. Huntt & Co. of Baltimore, of which he had been a partner. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 58-60

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1875-1879: George W. Burwell estate Papers, consisting primarily of accounts and receipts for the upkeep and schooling of his children. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 61-70

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Folder 75

1880-1882: George W. Burwell estate Papers, consisting mostly of accounts and receipts for the upkeep of his children, with scattered items pertaining to a suit brought by H. H. Burwell against Thomas Burwell. Also included are several items relating to the Gayle estate, for which H. H. Burwell served as an acting trustee. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 71-75

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Folder 77

1883: George W. Burwell estate Papers, consisting primarily of accounts and receipts for the upkeep of his children. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 76-77

Folder 78

1884: One George W. Burwell estate receipt. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

Undated: Thomas Gayle estate and John S. Gregory estate, circa 1856-1872. Gayle estate papers include an inventory and appraisal of Thomas Gayle's estate. Gregory estate papers include a sale notice of the residence of Frances Gregory and a John S. Gregory tax receipt. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

Accounts with laborers, circa 1866-1873. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

George W. Burwell estate Papers, circa 1874-1884. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

Miscellaneous items, circa 1850-1870s, mostly George W. Burwell's receipts, accounts, and loan notes. #04291, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1786, 1800-1884 and undated." Folder 82

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About 50 items.
Folder 83

Advertisements and related items: broadsides advertising land sales in Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties, Va., including one dated 1873 relating to the bankruptcy of Thomas D. Jeffress, and three advertising broadsides for Richmond commission merchant R. King & Co. and Richmond apothecaries Meade & Baker; issues of Richmond Price Current and other Virginia lists, late 1860s and 1870s; notices and business cards of various merchants, especially dealers in guano; and an undated circular letter encouraging participation in the Kentucky State Lottery. (about 30 items) #04291, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1844-1873 and undated." Folder 83

Folder 84

Confederate States of America materials: items, 1862-1865, chiefly relating to George W. Burwell's exemption from conscription, including his "Certificate of Exemption as an Agriculturist." Also included is a copy of the oath of alliance to the United States that George took on 3 June 1865. (10 items) See also 1864 estate papers of Frances Gregory in Series 2. #04291, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1844-1873 and undated." Folder 84

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Folder 85

Folder 86

Medical materials: a notebook and three loose sheets of notes on diseases and other medical notes, 1844-1845 and undated (note that the book also contains a few medical accounts, 1851-1854) all in George W. Burwell's hand and George's medical treatment and account daybook, 1846. (5 items) See also 1832 price list produced by the "practicing Physicians of the County of Granville" for "establishing a System of Medical Ethics and establishing a regular System of Charges" in Series 2. #04291, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1844-1873 and undated." Folder 85-86

Folder 87

Miscellaneous: an article from the Semi-Weekly Inquirer, 13 February 1866, asserting that "[President Johnson's recent speech] ... positively fixes the position of the President against negro suffrage"; an undated tract on "Heaven" from the American Tract Society; and a handwritten recipe for pickled beef. (3 items) #04291, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1844-1873 and undated." Folder 87

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