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

Summary

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 Details

Collection Number
RL.10131
Title
Battaile Muse papers
Date
1726-1891
Creator
Muse, Battaile
Extent
7.2 Linear Feet, 18 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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.

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Arrangement

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.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1773-1784
Box 1
Correspondence, 1785-1790
Box 2
Incoming correspondence from George Washington, 1787-1791
Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1787 Jan. 3

Alexandria, Virginia

Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1788 Aug. 9

Mount Vernon, Virginia. Receipt for fifty pounds three shillings of rent.

Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1788 Nov. 7

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1789 Jan. 18

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1789 Mar. 31

Mount Vernon, Virginia

Folder 2
Washington, George, to Battaile Muse, 1791 Feb. 6

Philadelphia

Folder 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
Oversize contracts and indentures, 1700s
Folder 1
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
Oversize loose ledger pages and accounts, 1700s
Folder 1
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.).


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Provenance

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

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