A Guide to the James Brady Papers Brady, James. 38-597

A Guide to the James Brady Papers

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Special Collections Department
Accession number 38-597


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University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection number 38-597
James Brady Papers 1810-1890 Inclusive
265 items
Collector: Innes Randolph Harris

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection bears no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

James Brady Papers, Accession 38-597, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

This collection (# 38-597) was made a gift to the Library by Mrs. Innes Randolph Harrisof Scottsville, Virginia.

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Scope and Content

This collection of 265 items contains correspondence and legal and business papers, 1810-1890, of James Brady, a general merchant and slave dealer in Scottsville, Virginia. In the correspondence to James Bradyare accounts of family matters such as illness from whooping cough (March 7, 1855), and a description of a voyage to Mexicowhere the author participated in the Mexican War ([ ] 28, 1847). Peter Loving, a family friend, discusses the immigrant situation in Missouricaused by the CaliforniaGold Rush (April 23, 1849), and a second letter elaborates on the actual land speculation of the same era (January 17, 1849). The bulk of the correspondence concerns the slave trade, carried on by various Richmond, Virginiainstitutions such as Pulliam & Davis, and Pulliam & Brady, and detailed by market listings. Leather goods, bank transactions, and land deals are also described in letters to Brady. Correspondence of Benjamin W. Brady, as well as some miscellaneous correspondence, typically concerns family matters.

The legal and business papers of James Bradycontain court orders, receipts, and records of his store's daily transactions. Of interest are receipts for slave sales, which give an overview of the development of the slave trade in the period precursory to the Civil War. The business papers of William Campbellconcern most often the daily commerce of his store. Miscellaneous business papers include advertisements (1846, 1890, n.d.), receipts, promissory notes, and a letter asking for credit at a tollgate facility (May 11, 1840).

Miscellaneous material includes an unsigned copy of a "letter" written by a new bride to an unmarried female companion which details her wedding night and present state of marital happiness (April, 1837) and an incomplete manuscript of the ninth chapter from a lost work (n.d.).

Container List

  • Correspondence of Benjamin W. Brady
  • Correspondence of James Brady
    1832-1856, n.d.
  • Miscellaneous Correspondence
    1848-1856, n.d.
Business and Legal Papers
  • Business Papers of James Brady
    1810-1857, n.d.
    (3 folders)
  • Business Papers of William Campbell
    1829-1839, n.d.
  • Miscellaneous Business Papers
    1828-1890, n.d.
  • Legal Papers of James Brady
  • Miscellaneous
    1837, n.d.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Benjamin W. Brady
  • Innes Randolph Harris
  • James Brady
  • Peter Loving
  • William Campbell

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • California
  • Mexico
  • Missouri
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Scottsville, Virginia