A Guide to Peachy R. Gilmer Papers, the 1806-1833 Gilmer, Peachy R., Papers, 1806-1833] 18759

A Guide to Peachy R. Gilmer Papers, the 1806-1833

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 18759


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Accession number
Peachy R. Gilmer Papers, 1806-1833
Physical Characteristics
2 leaves and 15 pages
Peachy R. Gilmer
Physical Location
Personal Papers Collection, Acc. 18759

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Peachy R. Gilmer. Papers, 1806-1833. Accession 18759. Personal papers collection. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the Anderson Galleries, New York, New York, 11 December 1923.

Biographical Information

Peachy Ridgeway Gilmer was born 25 November 1779 at "Pen Park" in Albemarle County, Virginia, to George Gilmer (1742-1795) and Lucy Walker Gilmer (1751-1800). He was educated by private tutors and attended the College of William and Mary from 1797 to 1798. In 1800 he began studying law under William Wirt and was admitted to the bar in 1802. Gilmer moved to Henry County, Virginia, in 1806 to practice law, and then moved to Bedford County, Virginia in 1818. Gilmer married Mary House, 15 September 1803, and they had eight children. Gilmer returned to Albemarle County where he died at his plantation "Leigh" between 8 March 1836 and 4 July 1836.

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1806-1833 of Peachy Ridgeway Gilmer (1779-1836) of Bedford and Albemarle Counties, Virginia, consisting of correspondence from Chapman Johnson (1779-1849), Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1848), George Tucker (1775-1861), and William C. Rives (1793-1868); from Francis Preston (1765-1835) to James Breckenridge (1763-1833); and Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851) to Mary House Gilmer (1785-1854). Letters discuss national and state politics, including reactions to the Missouri Compromise and the Tariff of 1824. Beverley Tucker extends an invitation for the Gilmers to visit; Preston discusses legal matters with Breckenridge; and Johnson comments on the Virginia Senate's session including its response to the Missouri Compromise and James Monroe's (1758-1831) part in it. Henry St. George Tucker discusses epitaphs for William A. Burwell's (1780-1821) tomb; George Tucker comments on the Tariff of 1824 and encourages Gilmer to run for Congress; and William C. Rives regrets that he cannot get Gilmer's son an appointment to the United States Military Academy.



Contents List

Letter, n.d.,N[athaniel] B[everley] Tucker, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to M[ary House] Gilmer, [Albemarle County], stating that he is sending his carriage to a shop near her to be repaired, and invites her and her family to use it to return to Woodridge for a visit.
2 p., ALS.
Letter, 2 July 1806, Francis Preston to James Breckenridge, near Fincastle [Botetourt County, Virginia], discussing legal matters concerning a Mr. Russell and a Mr. Cheat. States that he saw Breckenridge's daughter on his trip, and paid the money he sent. Informs Breckenridge that she will return home in the fall.
2 p., ALS.
Letter, 17 February 1820,C[hapman] Johnson, Richmond, [Virginia], to Peachy R. Gilmer, Bedford County, [Virginia], stating that he received Gilmer's of the 2nd. Thanks Gilmer for his attempt to collect Michell's note. Johnson has not be able to do anything on the service of process legislation, transferring the duty from the marshalls to the sheriffs, and reasons for its probable failure. The proposed Missouri Compromise and James Monroe's rumored concurrence has excited the state Senate. Johnson discusses this reaction and his views on the situation. Informs Gilmer that the James River bill passes.
4 p., ALS.
Letter, 31 January 1824,H[enry] St. G[eorge] Tucker, Winchester, Virginia, to Peachy R. Gilmer, Liberty, [Bedford County], commenting on Gilmer's choosing Thomas Jefferson's inscription for William A. Burwell's tomb over his and enclosing a shorter one he had not sent in favor of the longer.
2 leaves, ALS.
Letter, 12 May 1824, George Tucker, Washington, to Peachy R. Gilmer, addressed Lynchburg and forwarded to Liberty, stating that he must stay in Washington to vote on the tariff bill, which he discusses. Recommends that Gilmer run for Congress, analyses his chances and opposition, and describes his probable life-style. Also sends personal business and social news. Comments on the claim of Beaumarchais now in Congress.
3 p., ALS.
Letter, 26 March 1833,W. C. Rives, Nelson County, to Peachy R. Gilmer, Albemarle County, Virginia, regretting he cannot get Gilmer's son a West Point appointment this year because of a previous appointment from the district.
2 p., ALS.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • C[hapman] Johnson
  • H[enry] St. G[eorge] Tucker
  • M[ary House] Gilmer
  • N[athaniel] B[everley] Tucker
  • W. C. Rives