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Collection Number: 03296-z

Collection Title: Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Letter Fragment, circa 1835-1836

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Abstract Pages 2-4 of a letter to Reverend Van Rensselaer, New York Presbyterian minister, then giving religious instruction to slaves in Virginia, from Samuel S. Davis in Camden, S.C., describing opposition to such work at Savannah, Ga., and other matters.
Creator Van Rensselaer, Cortlandt, 1808-1860.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Letter Fragment #3296-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Munroe D'Antignac of Griffin, Ga., in April 1857.
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Courtlandt Van Rensselaer (1808-1860) was the son of Stephen and Cornelia Patterson Van Rensselaer. After graduating from Yale in 1823 and studying law, he attended Union Seminary at Hampden-Sydney, Va., and was ordained in April 1835. He gave religious instruction to slaves on Virginia plantations for about a year before opposition to him increased to such an extent that he went back to the North in August 1836. He spent the rest of his career in the North as a Presbyterian fund raiser, chief of the Presbyterian Board of Education, lecturer, and writer.

[For further information see the Dictionary of American Biography.]

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Pages 2-4 of a letter to Reverend Van Rensselaer, New York Presbyterian minister, then giving religious instruction to slaves in Virginia, from Samuel S. Davis in Camden, S.C., describing opposition to such work at Savannah, Ga., and other matters.

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Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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