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 Details

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 Overview

Collection Overview

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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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1800-1849
Box 1
Correspondence, 1850-1859
Box 2
Correspondence, 1857-1861
Box 3
Correspondence, 1872-1877
Box 4
Correspondence, 1878-1894
Box 5
Correspondence, 1895-1913 and undated
Box 6
Account book, 1826-1869
Volume L:1740
Day book, 1820-1835
Volume F:1741
Day book, 1835-1844
Volume F:1742
Day book, 1850-1854
Volume F:1743
Day book, 1866
Volume F:1744
Ledger, 1821-1828
Volume F:1745
Ledger, 1827-1850
Volume F:1746
Ledger, 1850-1857
Volume F:1747
Ledger, 1867
Volume F:1750
Ledger, 1868
Volume F:1751

Historical Note

Edward Brodnax Hicks (1800-1858) was a lawyer and planter, of Lawrenceville, Va.

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The Edward Hicks Brodnax papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1943.

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Accessions described in this finding aid: 1943