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Guide to the Battaile Muse Papers, 1726-1891, bulk 1777-1800

Abstract

Battaile Muse (1750-1803) was a planters' agent, of Berkeley Co., Va. (now Jefferson Co., W. Va.).

Collection includes correspondence, account books, memoranda, and other papers. The collection concerns the movement from Tidewater farms to western Virginia, the progress of the Revolutionary War, sale of farm produce, the treatment of slaves, business operations, the Mercer (1776-1783), and Fairfax estates, and Muse's career as a rental agent for George Washington in Frederick and Fauquier counties, Va. (1784-1792). Correspondents include W. M. Cary, Bryan Fairfax, Ferdinando Fairfax, G. W. Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, J. L. Gervais, Tobias Lear, Richard Bland Lee, Warner Lewis, Stevens T. Mason, James Mercer, John Francis Mercer, Hugh Nelson, George Nicholas, John Hatley Norton, Thomas Rutherford, Magnus Tate, Hannah Fairfax Washington, and Warner Washington.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Battaile Muse papers
Creator
Muse, Battaile, 1750-1803
Extent
7.2 Linear feet, 18 boxes
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

Collection includes correspondence and papers of Battaile Muse (1750-1803), agent for large Virginia planters and plantation owners, relating to the desertion of Tidewater farms by Virginia planters for the more fertile areas in Loudoun, Fauquier, Frederick, and Berkeley counties; the progress of the Revolutionary War; planting and the sale of indigo and other farm products; the treatment of slaves, the estate of James and John Francis Mercer, 1776-1783; the Fairfax estate; and Muse's career as rental agent for George Washington in Frederick and Fauquier counties; 1784-1792. Included also are account books and memoranda listing rent collections and other business operations. Four letters, 1847-1848, relate to a dispute in the faculty of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1773-1784
Box 1
Correspondence, 1785-1790
Box 2
Correspondence, 1791-1800
Box 3
Correspondence, 1801-1891 and undated
Box 4
Addresses and writings, 1840s
Box 4
Legal papers, 1731-1788
Box 4
Legal papers, 1789-1806 and undated
Box 5
Financial papers, 1753-1788
Box 5
Financial papers, 1789-1803 and undated
Box 6
Financial papers and accounts, 1766-1786
Box 7
Financial papers and accounts, 1786-1790
Box 8
Financial papers and accounts, 1791-1797
Box 9
Financial papers and accounts, 1798-1803
Box 10
Financial papers: receipts, 1771-1786
Box 11
Financial papers: receipts, 1787-1792
Box 12
Financial papers: receipts, 1793-1802
Box 13
Financial papers: receipts, 1803-1807 and undated
Box 14
Plantation and land records, 1784-1803 and undated
Box 14
Plantation and land records, advertisements, 1777-1803
Box 15
Genealogical materials
Box 15
Envelopes, wrappers, and fragments, 1861-1865
Box 15
Volumes, 1768-1782

Includes day books, account books, memo books, and rental books.

Box 16
Volumes, 1782-1833

Includes day books, account books, memo books, and rental books.

Box 17
Volumes, 1834-1849

Includes day books, account books, memo books, and rental books.

Box 18

Historical Note

Battaile Muse (1750-1803) was a planters' agent, of Berkeley Co., Va. (now Jefferson Co., W. Va.).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Battaile Muse Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Battaile Muse Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown