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Collection Number: 03247

Collection Title: Larkin Newby Papers, 1796-1884.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Larkin Newby (1781-1824) was a merchant and state legislator of Fayetteville, N.C. The collection is chiefly personal letters received by Newby from friends and relatives, some of whom were also merchants, discussing business, personal matters, and public affairs. Most correspondents were in Georgia, particularly Vienna, and other places in the South, but some were Newby's wife's relatives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among them her grandfather, Benjamin West (1730-1813), Revolutionary leader and astronomer, chiefly concerning family affairs. Also included are miscellaneous business papers; Newby's autobiography (3 pages) up to 1793; a religious notebook, 1816; a diary by Newby of a sojourn at various Virginia springs, 1823; anonymous reminiscences of school days in Fayetteville in the 1820s and 1830s; and family letters of Newby's children.
Creator Newby, Larkin, 1781-1824.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
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 Larkin Newby Papers, #3247, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Mrs. W. C. Newby of Asheboro, N.C., November 1956.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Larkin Newby (1781-1824) was a merchant and state legislator of Fayetteville, N.C. In 1806 he married Cecilia Pearce, daughter of Mary West and Oliver Pearce, granddaughter of Revolutionary leader and astronomer Benjamin West (1730-1813). They had four children: Blakely, Mary (born 1819), Thompson, and George Clinton (born 1822) Newby.

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The collection is chiefly personal letters received by Larkin Newby from friends and relatives, some of whom were also merchants, discussing business, personal matters, and public affairs. Most correspondents were in Georgia, particularly Vienna, and other places in the South, but some were Newby's wife's relatives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, among them her grandfather, Benjamin West, chiefly concerning family affairs. Letters after 1824 are addressed to Larkin Newby's wife, Cecilia, and his daughter, Mary, and are primarily from family and friends. Also included are miscellaneous business papers; Newby's autobiography (3 pages) up to 1793; a religious notebook, 1816; a diary by Newby of a sojourn at various Virginia springs, 1823; and anonymous reminiscences of school days in Fayetteville in the 1820s and 1830s.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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