A Guide to the Edward B. Hicks Letter, 1845 Hicks, Edward B., Letter Ms2010-081

Edward B. Hicks Letter, 1845

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-081


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Processed by: Julia Viets, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-081
Title
Edward B. Hicks Letter, 1845
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Hicks, Edward B., (Edward Brodnax), 1789-1857
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains a letter dated December 16, 1845, postmarked in Lawrenceville, VA. It is written by Edward B. Hicks to fellow attorney, William Townes and laments about Polk’s mismanagement of Virginia’s debt and eagerness to go to war with Britain over the Oregon Territory.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Edward B. Hicks Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Edward B. Hicks Letter, Ms2010-081, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Edward B. Hicks Letter was completed in November 2010.


Biographical Information

Edward B. Hicks was an attorney based in Lawrenceville, VA. He was born on July 11, 1789 and died on November 27, 1858 at the age of 69. Edward was the eldest son of Daniel (died in November of 1857 at age 99) and Fanny Hicks (died on April 12, 1840).

On November 3, 1822, Edward married Elizabeth Stone, the daughter of Governor and Senator David Stone of North Carolina. The couple had many children together, but unfortunately Edward survived most of them. However, one son named David Stone Hicks, who was born on May 11, 1826, attended the University of Virginia and became a lawyer and judge. Edward also survived his wife, who died on Febuary 12, 1837 after a long illness; in the Hicks family diary, he describes her as, “my most affectionate and devoted wife.”

Barringer, Paul, James Mercer, and Rosewell Page. University of Virginia: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics, with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Founders, Benefactors, Officers and Alumni. Vol. 2. New York: Lewis, 1904. Print.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single letter from Edward B. Hicks in Lawrenceville, VA to William Townes in Clarksville, VA. The last page serves as the letter's envelope and contains a postage mark, sending address, and the remnants of a red wax seal.

The letter's contents rant against President Polk's presidential administration, blaming him for not helping Virginia's debt as well as for having the audacity to try to go to war with Britain over the Oregon Territory. The following quote is indicative of Hicks' contempt for Polk: "Does he believe that he can bully England, when Napoleon with Europe at his back, could neither alarm or conquer her."

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Townes, William, Clarksville, VA
  • Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1845.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Hicks, Edward B., (Edward Brodnax), 1789-1857
  • Townes, William, Clarksville, VA