Guide to the Battaile Muse Papers, 1726-1891, bulk 1777-1800
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) plantations 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, George Washington, and Warner Washington.
- Collection Number
- Battaile Muse papers
- Muse, Battaile
- 7.2 Linear Feet, 18 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
- Correspondence Series, 1773-1891 and undated
- Addresses and Writings Series, circa 1840s
- Legal Papers Series, 1731-1806 and undated
- Financial Papers Series, 1753-1807 and undated
- Plantation and Land Records Series, 1784-1803 and undated
- Genealogical Materials Series
- Miscellaneous Materials Series, 1801-1865
- Bound Manuscript Volumes Series, 1768-1849
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.
Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Addresses and Writings, Legal Papers, Financial Papers, Plantation and Land Records, Genealogy, Miscellaneous Materials, and Bound Manuscript Volumes.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Battaile Muse Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Mount Vernon, Virginia. Receipt for fifty pounds three shillings of rent.
Battaile Muse (1750-1803) was a planters' agent, of Berkeley Co., Va. (now Jefferson Co., W. Va.).
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- Fairfax family
- Mercer, James, 1736-1793
- Mercer, John Francis, 1759-1821
- Washington, George, 1732-1799
- Administration of estates -- Virginia.
- Land settlement -- Virginia
- Migration, Internal -- United States
- Plantations -- Virginia
- Produce trade -- West Virginia -- Berkeley County
- Real estate management -- Virginia
- Slavery -- Virginia
- Slavery -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century
The Battaile Muse Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944.
Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown