Guide to the Edward Brodnax Hicks papers, 1800-1913
Collection contains correspondence, legal documents, mercantile records, notes, and other papers, of Edward Brodnax Hicks (1800-1858) and of his son, David S. Hicks, lawyer, planter and judge of Lawrenceville, Virginia. The material relates to legal and judicial activities, Texas land deals, the Atlantic and Danville Railway Co., and other matters. Correspondents include Thomas Ewing, D. J. Claiborne, Jr., Leigh R. Page, and Lewis Taylor.
- Collection Number
- Edward Brodnax Hicks papers
- Hicks, Edward Brodnax
- 4 Linear Feet, 6 boxes; 7 volumes; 3,516 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
Collection includes business, personal, and legal correspondence of Edward B. Hicks (d. 1858), lawyer and planter, and of his son, David S. Hicks, lawyer, planter, and land agent. Papers of Edward B. Hicks include jockey club dues, records connected with his duties as sheriff in 1821 and possibly later, and with Hicks' position as superintendent of schools in Brunswick County in 1847.
Included also is an extensive series of letters and papers relating to the operation, in partnership with John W. Paup, of a plantation at Red River, Arkansas, in 1837 and later. Letters also show that Hicks engaged in the business of selling slaves at New Orleans, Louisiana, during 1852. Other interesting letters are from Lewis Taylor on the War of 1812 and another, in 1817, relative to disturbances at Princeton College, Princeton, New Jersey, caused by refusal of professors to accept state bank notes.
Centering around David S. Hicks after 1858, the papers are largely legal documents, notes, and correspondence concerned with his law practice and the administration of the estate of Edward R. Hicks. The most continuous series among these legal papers is a set of letters from Leigh R. Page, a Richmond attorney. Papers also pertain to the efforts of Hicks and one Turnbull to sell lands in Brunswick County to Northerners.
Included also are records of Hicks's activities as judge of Brunswick County, as dealer in Texas lands, and as an organizer of the Atlantic and Danville Railroad. One letter, June 30, 1866, from D. J. Claiborne, Jr., concerns Southern Negro congressmen. Fifteen letters from General Thomas Ewing are concerned with the Atlantic and Danville Railroad.
The volumes, generally mercantile records, evidently came into the collection as a result of Hicks's legal practice and duties as sheriff.
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Edward Brodnax Hicks (1800-1858) was a lawyer and planter, of Lawrenceville, Va.
[Identification of item], Edward Brodnax Hicks papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Edward Hicks Brodnax papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1943.
Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff
Accessions described in this finding aid: 1943