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Collection Number: 00798-z

Collection Title: William Wirt Letters, 1816-1820, 1832-1833

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Size 44 items
Abstract William Wirt, lawyer and author of Richmond, Va., and Baltimore, Md., served as United States attorney general from 1817 until 1829. He wrote Letters of the British Spy (1803) and Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry (1817). The collection includes letters from William Wirt to his life-long friend Dabney Carr (1773-1837), Virginia jurist. The letters concern Wirt's book on Patrick Henry and other writings; his activities as attorney general and arguments before the United States Supreme Court; and family affairs and matters of mutual interest.
Creator Wirt, William, 1772-1834.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 William Wirt Letters #798-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed July 2005) available.
  • Reel 1: Folders 1-2
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Wirt Harrison Jr. of Washington, D.C., in 1934.
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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William Wirt (1772-1834), lawyer and author of Richmond, Va., and Baltimore, Md., served as United States attorney general from 1817 until 1829. he wrote Letters of the British Spy (1803) and Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry (1817).

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The collection includes letters from lawyer and author William Wirt of Richmond, Va., and Baltimore, Md., to his life-long friend Dabney Carr (1773-1837), Virginia jurist. The letters concern Wirt's book on Patrick Henry (published in 1817) and other writings; his activities as attorney general and arguments before the United States Supreme Court; and family affairs and matters of mutual interest.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff, 1964

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, June 2005

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