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Guide to the William A. J. Finney papers, 1849-1876

Abstract

William A. J. Finney was a member of a firm of slave traders, of Museville (Pittsylvania Co.), Va. This collection contains business, Civil War, and political correspondence, giving a detailed picture of methods of conducting and financing the slave trade, with accounts of purchases in Virginia, Louisiana, and Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama. Included are notices regarding the slave market in Richmond. Civil War letters show that many members of the Finney family were in the Confederate Army. There are references to Finney's attempts to raise a company, his hiring of a substitute, the battle of Big Bethel, the maintenance of the Danville Railroad, and appeals for food. Letters of the 1870s pertain to Finney's political activities in Virginia.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William A. J. Finney papers
Creator
Finney, William A. J.
Extent
0.1 Linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains business, Civil War, and political correspondence, giving a detailed picture of methods of conducting and financing the slave trade, with accounts of purchases in Virginia, Louisiana, and Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama. Most of the letters relating to slave trading are dated 1858-1860. The letters frequently report the prices and state of the market for slaves in Richmond. Many of the letters are between William A.J. Finney and Phillip Thomas, another slave trader; these letters give a detailed picture of methods of conducting and financing the slave trade.

Civil War letters show that many members of the Finney family were in the Confederate Army. There are references to Finney's attempts to raise a company, his hiring of a substitute, the battle of Big Bethel, the maintenance of the Danville Railroad, and appeals for food. Letters of the 1870s pertain to Finney's political activities in Virginia.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

William A. J. Finney was a member of a firm of slave traders, of Museville (Pittsylvania Co.), Va.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William A. J. Finney papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff

Accessions described in this collection guide: 48-2003