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

Summary

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.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10031
Title
William A. J. Finney papers
Date
1849-1876
Creator
Finney, William A. J.
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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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[Identification of item], William A. J. Finney papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

William A. J. Finney papers, 1849-1876
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

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


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Accessions described in this finding aid: 48-2003