Inventory of the Powell Family Papers 1775-1927 Powell Family; 1775-1927. Mss. 65 P875

Inventory of the Powell Family Papers 1775-1927

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Collection Number Mss. 65 P875


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Repository
Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 65 P875
Title
Powell Famiy Papers, 1775-1927.
Extent
682 items and 2 manuscript volumes.
Creators
Powell Family, Johns Hopkins, Agnes Lee, Fitzhugh Lee, George Washington Custis Lee, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, Hunter Holmes McGuire, James Monroe.
Language
English
Abstract
Letters and papers of the Powell family which originated in Loudoun County, Virginia, but subsequently lived in Henry [Marshall County], Illinois; Winchester, Virginia; and Alexandria, Virginia. This family of school teachers was dislocated and separated during the Civil War and lived in various locations in the state until re-uniting in Alexandria.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Powell Family Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 682 items and 2 MsV., 1952.


Biographical/Historical Information

The central figures in this collection are Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849), his son, Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), Charles Leven Powell's wife, Selina (Lloyd) Powell (d. 1871), and their children.

Cuthbert Powell
Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849) was born in Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia to parents Leven Powell (1737-1810) and Sarah (Harrison) Powell. He was one of eleven children. Cuthbert made his fortune alongside his brother, Leven Powell, Jr. (1772-1807), as a merchant and ship owner. He retired to "Llangollen," Loudoun County, Virginia in 1812 after a decline in business. Later he was elected to serve in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly; the Virginia State Senate in 1829 and the Virginia House of Delegates in 1840. In 1788, Cuthbert married Catherine Simms, daughter of Col. Charles Simms. The couple had ten children including; Anne Maria Powell (1800-1885), who married 1st cousin Dr. William Levin Powell; Dr. Llewellen Powell (1802-1870), who married cousin Sarah Elizabeth Harrison; Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), who married Selina Lloyd; Mary Emily Powell (b.1807), who married cousin Cuthbert Powell and later Rev. George Adie; Ellen Douglas Powell (1813- 1862) who married Judge William H. Gray; Cuthbert Harrison Powell (1814-1897); and Jane Simms (Fanny) Powell, who married Wellington Gordon.

Charles Leven Powell and Family
Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896) married Selina Lloyd (d. 1871) in 1830. The couple had six children, including; Rebecca Powell (1831-1921), Harriet Lee "Hattie" (Powell) Smoot (1833-1870), Lloyd Powell (1834-1861), Charles Leven Powell, Jr. (1835-1862), Minna Powell (1837-1854), and Selina "Nina" (Powell) Hepburn (1842-1918). Harriet Lee "Hattie" (Powell) Smoot (1833-1870) married Rector Smoot. In 1871, Selina "Nina" (Powell) Hepburn (1842-1918) married Sewell Stavely Hepbron. At some point, the last name Hepbron was changed to Hepburn.

Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896) graduated from Yale College in 1825. After unsuccessful attempts at starting a law practice in Alexandria, Virginia, he was able to support his family as a teacher. Still hoping to advance his law career, the family moved to Henry, Illinois in 1850. After the death of their daughter, Minna Powell (1837-1854), the family returned to Virginia leaving the two sons behind. The parents opened a girls boarding school in Winschester, Virginia, but at the start of the Civil War in 1861 were forced to shut down. Lloyd Powell (1834-1861) returned to Virginia to enlist in the war and was killed at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, 21 July 1861. Following his death, Charles Leven Powell, Jr. (1835-1862) returned to Virginia to enlist and was killed in a skirmish in August 1862. The rest of the family scattered across the state to live with various relatives until the end of the war. The family reassembled in Alexandria, Virginia and opened another school for girls called the "Arlington Institute." The teachers on staff include Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), his wife and his three remaining daughters. This school supported the family for 30 years until its closure in 1894.

Scope and Content Information

Letters and papers of Charles Leven Powell, his wife Selina (Lloyd) Powell and children of Loudoun County, Virginia; Henry, Illinois; Winchester, Virginia; and Alexandria, Virginia. There are also included papers of Charles Leven Powell's father, Cuthbert Powell. Prominent correspondents include Johns Hopkins, Eleanor Agnes Lee, Fitzhugh Lee, George Washington Custis Lee, Mary Anna Randolph (Custis) Lee, Hunter Holmes McGuire and James Monroe.

Letters concern Robert Young Conrad, Hunter Holmes McGuire, civilian affairs during the Civil War, the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, freedmen, Reconstruction, and the education of women. Many letters are written by women. In addition, there are a number of letters from and concerning members of the Dupuy family of Prince Edward County, Winchester, Virginia including Robert Young Conrad (president of the Virginia Secession Convention) and his son Holmes Conrad (U. S. Congressman).

Arrangement

Organization

This collection is organized into 5 series. Series 1 contains papers of the Powell Family; Series 2 contains copies of historical letters; Series 3 contains legal papers; Series 4 contains cartes de visites; and Series 5 contains diaries, record books, and other miscellaneous volumes.

Arrangement

This collection is primarily arranged chronologically by date.

Related Material

Leven Powell Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary; include the correspondence of Leven Powell (1737-1810), who was the father of Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849). Leven Powell served in the American Revolution, Virginia House of Delegates and U. S. House of Representatives.
Leven Powell Papers, 1774- 1806.93 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 P87

Separated Material

Tabb-Powell Family Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Tabb-Powell Papers, 1797-1894.1,847 items.Collection Number: Mss. 65 T14Geographic interest includes; Alexandria, Leesburg, Winchester, and central Virginia; and Henry [Marshall County] Illinois.


Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Dupuy family.
  • Persons:

  • Conrad, Robert Young, 1805-1875.
  • Hopkins, Johns, 1795-1873.
  • Lee, Agnes, 1841-1873.
  • Lee, Fitzhugh, 1835-1905.
  • Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913.
  • Lee, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, 1806- 1873.
  • Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
  • McGuire, Hunter Holmes, 1835-1900.
  • Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
  • Subjects:

  • Reconstruction--Virginia.
  • African Americans--Virginia--History--19th century.
  • Freedmen--Virginia.
  • Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, 1864.
  • United States- -History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Women--United States--History- -19th century.

Additional Related, Separated, Bibliographic Material

Bibliography

Graydon, Katharine Virginia."Those Who Are Compelled To Be Employed: Women, Work, and Education In The Powell Family of Virginia."1992.Master's Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1992, G73 Hopkins, Frank Snowden."The Powell and Lloyd Families of Virginia."1988.Manuscript and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Collection Number: 1889.55 Wahrsager, Kay Fierman."Network: A Sturdy of the Civil War South Through An Analysis of Letters Written By The Powell Family of Winchester, Virginia, 1861-1865."1990.Honors Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1990, W3

Bibliography

Graydon, Katharine Virginia."Those Who Are Compelled To Be Employed: Women, Work, and Education In The Powell Family of Virginia."1992.Master's Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1992, G73 Hopkins, Frank Snowden."The Powell and Lloyd Families of Virginia."1988.Manuscript and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Collection Number: 1889.55 Wahrsager, Kay Fierman."Network: A Sturdy of the Civil War South Through An Analysis of Letters Written By The Powell Family of Winchester, Virginia, 1861-1865."1990.Honors Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1990, W3

Components List

Papers of the Powell Family, 1785-1927, n.d.
Box-folder: 1-6
Series 1: Papers of the Powell Family
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Series A: Papers, 1785-1839.
    29 items.
    • Box-folder 1:1
      Will of Thomas Hepborn of Kent County, Maryland in which he bequeaths property to his sons John, Thomas, and Joseph, his wife Ann, and his daughters Sarah Woodall and Ann Briscoe, 19 March 1785.
      2 pages.Cy of DS.

      Including Cy of DS, 8 April 1786, a statement by J. Nicholson that the witnesses Joshua Lamb and John Lamb (both Quakers) and Joseph Greenwood affirmed and swore that this was the last will and testament of Thomas Hepborn.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Hunt, Newman and Rooper [?], Porto, to Mr. Cuthbert Powell, Merchant, Alexandria, [Virginia], North America, 1 June 1813.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Reports on the status of the ship the Rising Sun; says she will dispose of her cargo as soon as possible; says the ship was detained by the British [War of 1812], but given up.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Legal document giving details about a case in which it was decided that Capt. George Coleman had no claim on C[uthbert?] Powell,22 October 1813.
      1 page.Cy of DS.

      Signed by W[illia]m Hodgsonand Tho[ma]s Van Le, Jr.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      N. Simms, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Elizabeth Trist, Birdwood, Henry Court House, Virginia, 6 February 1814.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Her daughter [?] Nancy, had a healthy baby boy who is nursing well; Nancy is staying with her now, and her husband Mr. Wallach, spends almost every night there also; is concerned that Nancy will live a hard life because of her husband's financial situation; on the other hand, her daughter Catherine [?] will be "free from the trials attended on a state of poverty," being married to [Cuthbert] Powell,who owns a large farm in Loudoun County; much Simms family news; mentions Mrs. Trist's grandson, Nicholas Trist.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Account of John Lloyd for tuition for Selina [(Lloyd) Powell,Cuthbert Powell's daughter-in-law], 1 October 1819.
      2 pages.ADS.

      Signed by B. Cottinger.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Cuthbert Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Charles L. Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], 28 November 1828.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Fatherly letter giving his opinion of a certain young lady and marriage, as well as general advice.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      John Lloyd, Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to C[harles] L[even] Powell,n.p., 27 December 1828.
      2 pages.AcyS of L.

      Discussion of his engagement to this daughter [Selina], and the seriousness of the matter, especially in concerning finances; tells of his poor financial state as related to a dowry, or the lack thereof, for his daughter; gives his approval of the "alliance," but hopes they will delay the marriage for some time.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, "Oakhill", Loudoun County, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, Loudoun County, [Virginia], 31 December 1828.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Has given great consideration to his claim against the French government, and has turned the case over to Stephen Pleasanton, who is the auditor for the Dept. of State, and who is now handling all claims; since Mr. Pleasanton is a personal friend, and he [James Monroe] is greatly interested in his [Burr Powell] case, he knows he will get an answer soon; will also be returning the agriculture pamphlet.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, "Oakhill", Loudoun County, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, [Virginia], 8 January 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      Sends extract of Mr. Pleasanton's reply concerning the claim against the French government, and asks that he reply with the necessary information; will also do anything he can to help.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Legal document in which Burr Powell, executor of the estate of his father Leven Powell, names Isaac Coxe Barnett, Consul at Paris, as his legal attorney in litigation process against a Rotterdam Co., Stephen Pleasonton is intermediary, 12 January 1829.
      2 pages.DS.
    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, "Oakhill", Loudoun County, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, [Virginia], 15 January 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      Further discussion of his claim against the French government, and dealings with Stephen Pleasanton and Issac Coxe Barnett.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, "Oakhill", Loudoun County, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, Loudoun [sic] County, [Virginia], 20 January 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      More instructions about the claim being made against the French government.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      S[tephen] Pleasonton,Washington, [D.C.], to [James Monroe ?], n.p., 30 January 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      Further discussion and explanation of the case involving [Burr] Powelland his claim against the French government.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, "Oakhill", Loudoun County, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, Loudoun [sic] County, [Virginia], 4 February 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      Continued information concerning Powell's claim against the French government.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      J[oh]n J. Lloyd,Baltimore, [Maryland], to his sister, Selina Lloyd, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 21 May 1829.
      4 pages.ALS.

      The new court system has kept him extremely busy; social life has slowed down; the fashion these days to relieve boredom is to ride horseback; expresses concern for his own colt in the country; inquires after Br. Nelson and his medical career; also asks about a large, gay party at South River; recommends books for good reading including Schegel's History of Literature.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      James Monroe, Oakhill, [Virginia], to Burr Powell, Middleburg, [Virginia], 10 August 1829.
      1 page.ALS.

      Has received the results of his claim from Mr. Pleasanton, and regrets the outcome, which he disagrees with; does not feel anyone is to blame.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      M[ary Anna Randolph] Custis,Arlington, [Virginia], to Selina Lloyd, Salisbury, near Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, 17 [?] [ante 1830].
      3 pages.ALS. Including Xcy.

      Asks her to come visit over Christmas; describes the social events in Arlington; mentions her cousin George Calvert; says the big event is the fair for the benefit of orphans.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Selina Lloyd, "Mount Vernon", Fairfax County, [Virginia], to Charles L. Powell, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 14 April 1830.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Describes a walk she took and the surrounding countryside, including the wildflowers and startling a herd of deer; have had many visitors, including a very graceful lady who is said to have been "addressed" by Mr. Van Buren, a "jolly goodnatured ... commodore and some of the ugliest officers," and Mrs. Porter and her scholars; tells of books she has read, including Tales of a Grandfather, The Sorcerer, and The Talisman; loving memories and looking forward to their next meeting.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Selina Lloyd, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Charles L. Powell, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 9 June 1830.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Have just returned from a visit to her grandmother's and her cousin, Ann Marshall; they all are saddened by the death of Mr. Fitzhugh; describes the country from South to West River, where she had visited, and comments on meeting a lovely girl, Bella Carter; mentions the jealousy of another male [suitor?], Seldon Page; mentions Mary Custis.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Jno. J. Lloyd, Baltimore, [Maryland], to "sister," Selina Lloyd, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 23 July 1830.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Sends his best wishes for her new life with [Charles L.] Powell; will be able to attend the wedding as well as "Brother Nelson"; is uncommonly warm; is sending a bonnet for her and a small diamond breast-pin for Father by the steamboat Franklin, commanded by Amr. Nevitt; describes the long ribbons attached to the bonnet, which are for going once all the way around the bonnet before knotting them by the ear, not for tying a bow under the chin; also includes a diagram of how to tie them in the current fashion; admits to having been helped in choosing the bonnet by Miss Olivia Donaldson.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Mary [Ann Randolph Custis],n.p, to Selina Lloyd, Salisbury, near Centerville, [Fairfax, Virginia], 14 [?] [ante 1830].
      4 pages.Xcy included. ALS.

      Discusses events in Washington D.C.; says she went to "the President's" on New Year's day; discusses Mr. Marshall's sermons; mentions books she is reading; asks Selina to come visit her.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      A[nn Hariotte (Lee)] Lloyd[stepmother?], n.p., to Selina Powel[l],Llangollen, Virginia, 30 November 1830.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Says her health is improving; encourages her to ask her for help when she needs it; discusses the articles she is sending her including a lemon tree, curtains, a mattress; discusses how these things will get to her; gives news about the children; Bec, Nanny, Frank, and Fred.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Charles L. Powell, Upperville, [Virginia], to "wife," Selina Powell, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 20 March 1833.
      3 pages.ALS.

      His mother-in-law has told him of the wonderful news of the birth of another daughter [Hattie], and that both mother and baby are safe; will be up to visit in about a week; comments on balancing the sexes in the family, and that he has "no notion of supplying my brother's and sister's children with wives"..."we shall hate to transport them [his daughters] to the wilds of the west"; all is well at home, a new hen house is being built, but the garden is too wet to work; is lonely but is visiting neighbors; family news; religious sentiments expressed about her, their new daughter, and their family.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Charles L. Powell, Wheeling, [West Virginia], to Selina Powell, Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia, 4 April 1835.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Gives account of his trip to Wheeling, including a sweet good-bye from daughter Rebecca; was not able to locate Robert Gray or [?] Throckmorton at Harper's Ferry, but later met them at Point of Rocks; detailed description of a railroad and train cars; tells poignant story of a dog on the train searching for his master.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Selina [L. Powell],Bellefield, [Virginia], to "husband" Charles L. Powell, Louisville, Kentucky, 15-19 April 1835.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Has had many family visitors since his departure and family news; there is a measles outbreak at "Llangollen," and all of the negroes have it; she had her teeth filed by Dr. Overfield[?]; a fire in Upperville destroyed Robert Armistead's new store and the adjoining saddle shop; they have had a beautiful snowfall, covering all of the blossom-filled trees, which melted quickly, doing no harm to the fruit; had a letter from brother John, who advises that he [Charles L. Powell] "go directly to Texas"; loving stories about their daughter's activities.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Charles L. Powell, Upperville, [Virginia], to "wife," Selina Powell, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 11 July 1835.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Had a bad thunderstorm the day she left; inquires about her trip and her relatives; details of children's activities; has let Becca sleep with him.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Ellen [Lloyd],"Llangollen," Loudoun County, [Virginia], to her sister Selina Powell, Louisville, Kentucky, 12 April 1836.
      4 pages.ALS. Incomplete.

      Their father will be taking a trip West this spring, accompanied by cousin William; family information; social life in Leesburg very quiet; misses her and her family.

    • Box-folder 1:1
      Statement signed by Thomas Hepbron that Ezekiel F. Chambers pay Richard Lynch the sum of $44.79 for the hire of the Negro boy Pere Butler, the question having come before Thomas Hepbron, James Hepbron, and Joseph Redue, 29 December 1836.
      1 page.Cy of DS.
    • Box-folder 1:1
      Charles L. Powell, n.p., to "wife," Selina Powell, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 5 March 1839.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Details of his trip from Alexandria; spent the night with relatives; warns her about catching a cold on a windy day; tells of conversations with their young son.

  • Box-folder 1:2-3
    Series B: Papers, 1840-1849.
    42 items.
    • Box-folder 1:2
      Cuthbert Powell, Washington, [D.C.], to his son, Ch[arl]es L. Powell,Upperville, Virginia, 9 July 1841.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Private financial matters; tells of his busy schedule as a representative from Virginia. to the U.S. legislature; gives his negative opinion concerning a [bank?] bill introduced by [Henry] Clay,which he feels the President would veto; [Daniel] Webstershares his opinion; life insurance inquiry.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Cuthbert Powell, Washington, [D.C.], to "wife," C[atharine] Powell,Upperville, Virginia, 9 September 1841.
      1 page.ALS.

      Will not be home when expected because the House [of Representatives] is not going to adjourn until Monday; the Congress received their second veto from President Tyler regarding the Bank Bill; describes an assault made by Sen. [Henry A.] Wiseupon Sen. [Edward] Stanlyin Congress.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Charles L. Powell, Clifton, [Virginia], to "wife," Selina Powell, Alexandria, D.C. [Virginia], 10 January 1842.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Asking about her visit to Washington and the Chamber of National Institute; speaks of floods, bad weather, but comfortable where he is, because of Margaret's[?] kindness; describes lifestyle and "humorous remarks of Charles Lamb", sexual relationship with her.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Cuthb[ert] Powell,Washington, [D.C.], to "wife," Catharine Powell, Upperville, Virginia, 15 June 1842.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Wishing thumb to heal; speaks of cattle and other animals at "Llangollen" that he misses; asks about children; saw Ann[?] mentions Virginia Taylor's visit; will visit wife before harvest; reference to brother, Leven, and his wife, and Sarah[?].

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Cuthbert Powell, H[ouse] of Rep[resentatives],Washington, [D.C.], to "wife" Catharine Powell, "Llangollen," [Loudoun County, Virginia], 17 August 1842.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Hustle and excitement of the House of Representatives; hoping to adjourn on Monday the twenty-second, but difficulties cause many night meetings; political discussion about Tariff Question and Tuck bill.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      [Catharine Powell], Llangollen, [Virginia], to "husband" [Cuthbert Powell], Washington, D.C., 24 August [1842].
      3 pages.AL.

      Discusses her story at "the Springs;" tells about the politics the company there discussed; gives her own view of these issues; gives news about family and friends; hopes that Congress will soon adjourn so that he can come home.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Cuthbert Powell, Washington, [D.C.], to "granddaughter," Rebecca Powell, Clifton, [Virginia], 21 February 1843.
      3 pages.AS.

      Compares episode of thief robbing hen house to thieves in Washington trying to rob "public treasures"; wants to buy books for her; tells how he wishes to be with her and the rest of his family.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to [Re]Bec[ca] Powell, n.p., 6 March [1844].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Writes of the bad weather and that they are able to get out very little; says Mr. Powell went to the Inauguration on horseback; tells what books the family members are reading; mentions the issue of white servants; discusses Rebecca's feelings of becoming a young lady; says that they could not get the house they wanted for next year; mentions Mr. Powell's feelings of frustration for not being able to better provide for them; gives more news about the Inauguration; news of family and friends.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Selina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Fauquier County, Virginia, 21 August 1846.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Daughter, Harriet, left with Uncle William to spend holidays with them; daughter, Minna, had a birthday party, inviting Aunt Mary's children and Eskridges; much family news; death of Maria Lee.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Daughter [Rebecca Powell], [Baltimore, Maryland?] to "Mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., 15 November [1846?].
      2 pages.AL.

      Discusses her religious feelings; discusses her traveling plans; describes her relationship with each of her relatives where she is staying; says she is staying with Fan and helping her with her wedding.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell], n.p., 25 April [1848?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses the housekeeping and how Rebecca is taking care of the house while she is away; discusses the health of family members; tells how they are altering last year's dresses; says "Mother" is quite weak and "Father" is very dependent on her; gives news of Brother Nelson and Jeanie (sister?); gives travel plans of family; says Mr. Powell has gotten six teeth put in and looks much younger.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Selina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],[Gloucester, Virginia], 2 October [1848].
      3 pages.ALS.

      Describes their arrival home with her brother Nelson; gives news of "little Nan"[?]; asks about Rebecca and Minna's trip; tells her to be happy and to follow God; says Charlie is doing well in school.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Bec," [Rebecca Powell], [Gloucester, Virginia?], 14 October [1848?].
      4 pages.AL.

      Much family news; mentions Laura's[?] wedding.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Harriet L. Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "sister" Rebecca Powell, Gloucester C[our]t House,Virginia, October [1848?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells what she did during her visit to Locust Hill; tells what is going on in town; gives news of family and friends. Including news from ALS from "Mother" S[elina] Powellto Rebecca Powell telling of her many activities.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Selina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "child," Rebecca Powell, n.p., 8 November 1848.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses Jesus and how one must search for and do things that please Him; asks that she watch her sister, Minna, closely so that she will not overexert herself; Ariana[?] had a baby boy; describes son, Charlie, and daughter Nina's, reactions to reading school and learning; much family news.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Minna [Powell],n.p., to Nina L. Powell, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 13 November 1848.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Speaks of John's[?] carriage and velocipede that once was Minna Lloyd's, describing how she rode the vehicle; describes what a Holly tree is; (has genealogical information about M[inna] Powell,Lloyd Powell, and Charlie Powell in a different hand, which appears to have been added later.)

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Devoted Mother," [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "child," Rebecca Powell, 29 November 1848.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Gloucester C[our]t House,Virginia. Speaks of her "companion in Matilda Lee[?]; received visit from Nannie Guy and Maria Harrison; describes celebration in honour of General Taylor's election; describes Mrs. Janney's travels; town gossip and family news.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Devoted Mother" [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "daughter," Rebecca Powell, Gloucester C[our]t House,Virginia, 19 December 1848.

      Much family news; speaks of going to Locust Hill; inquires and tells about adventures of many townspeople; obliged to Mrs. Tabb for taking care of her and other daughter, Minna.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      "Devoted Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to Min[na] Powell, n.p., 26 December 1848.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Speaks of Cousin Lucy's[?] party; describes Christmas scene around her house and gifts that the children received; describes Cousin Elizabeth Janney and compares to Cousin Harriet; much family news.

    • Box-folder 1:2
      Harriet L. Powell, Leesburg. [Virginia], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 27 December [1848?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses who has come to visit her; describes Cousin Lee's wife, Maria, and their wedding; asks about her Christmas; describes the book marks she made for Christmas presents; asks how Minna is doing.

    • Box-folder 1:3
      Papers, 1849.
      22 items.
      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 3 January 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of snow and bad weather; notes that daughters, Rebecca and Minna, have been gone for almost three months; Fanny (Powell) Gordon is going to visit Fredericksburg; mentions a letter from Jeannie[?] who found General Jones, in Washington, quite "agreeable and handsome"; Cuthbert Powell is much better, and he speaks of going to Gloucester to join a Mr. Hale; Nina is afraid of everything; much family news; mentions hiring of a slave, Margaret.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Grandmother," Catharine Powell, "Llangollen," Loudoun County, Virginia, to "granddaughter," Rebecca Powell, Gloucester C[our]t House,Virginia, 13 January 1849.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Rebecca's description of her Uncle Tabb's [Dr. John Prosser Tabb] house seems far in advance of Old-Virginian architectural styles; speaks of death of Mrs. Douglas Gordon.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted father," C[harles] L. Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "daughter," Rebecca Powell, Gloucester C[ourt] House,Gloucester County, Virginia, 16 January 1849.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of dancing as a family as a "social amusement," but says that it does offend some "in the religious world"; says that one must respect the public opinion of the community where one lives; have had severe weather; family news.
        Including ANS from Hatty Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Min[na] Powell,Gloucester C[ourt] House,for letter and "glove-knots" and sending love to Aunt ReBec[ca]and Uncle [John] Prosser. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to Minna Powell, n.p., 6 February 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Her brother, Charlie, and sister, Nina, have sore throats, and her father has a bad cold; snowy weather; Hatty went with Aunt Ellen to Selma and Raspberry Plain; Mr. Armistead Rust is to be married before March 4; much family news.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        Lloyd Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister" [Rebecca Powell], [Gloucester, Virginia], 13 February 1849.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Reports on the snow storms they have had; mentions the coming wedding of Armistead Rust and Lilly Lawrence; tells how he likes working at the store; describes one of their customers; describes the house they may rent next spring.
        Including ALS from S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],[Gloucester, Virginia]. Says she is glad to hear Minna's health is improving; gives news of family; says her brother Nelson soon sails for California to dig gold, and may not be back for five years; reports on how he expects to live; says that there are measles and mumps in town. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 20 February 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Maris's[?] father announced as candidate for re-election; General Rust's family going to New York to attend a wedding; father is renting Carper's house; bad weather and snow causing many colds and illnesses; Mrs. Eskridge's father died; father may go to the "Inauguration"; much family news.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        Cuthbert Powell, "Llangollen," [Loudoun County, Virginia], to Charles [L. Powell],24 February 1849.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Saw [Representative John S.] Pendletonat the House [of Representatives]in Washington, [D.C.]; Pendleton wants a senate appointment; he will not go to Leesburg because he does not want to "meddle with party movements"; mentions "County Repeal of the dog law."

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Sister," Harriet L. Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Minna [Powell],n.p., 27 Febuary [February] 1849.
        1 page.ALS.

        Mother and Father are both sick; "brother" has gone to inauguration; describes how to make eggnog, and gives her opinion of it; describes riding horses to the cliff and tells of adventures.
        Including AL from [Harriet Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], [Gloucester, Virginia], 27 Febuary [February] 2849, incomplete letter concerning outbreak of the mumps and family and town news. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to daughter, Rebecca Powell, Gloucester C[our]t House,[Gloucester County], Virginia, 20 March 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Father suffering from piles; mumps are still prevailing; do not have parties during Lent; much family news.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted father," C[harles] L. Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], [Gloucester, Virginia], 26 March 1849.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of gossips saying that Mr. Benedict is having an affair with Mrs. Henderson; describes procession in Washington, [D.C.] and the inauguration; much family news.
        Including ALS from S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to [Re]Bec[aa] Powell,[Gloucester, Virginia], 26 March 1849, concerning family news and the time of year. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to [Rebecca Powell], [Gloucester, Virginia?], [October 1848 - March 1849].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses joy that Minna's health is till improving; says she is recovering from her cold; says Lloyd and Hattie have been ill as well; Discusses the issue of Rebecca's upsetting her Aunt Rebecca by being late for a meal; says her Aunt is easily vexed in "her condition"; gives news of friends and family; describes their new servant Robert.
        Including ALS from C[harles] S. Powell,to [Re]Bec[ca] [Powell],n.p., n.d., concerning Uncle Prosser's desire to put Minna on "short allowance," and Minna's consumption of beef.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" Selina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Minna [Powell],[Gloucester, Virginia], 4 April [1849].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Describes their move to another house which she says is comfortable but small; hopes that the Gloucester air is getting rid of her cold; says their father is busy with court dealings; says many in the area have mumps including Hattie; says that Hattie is getting a tooth plugged; says she does not want Lloyd to leave to live so far away; discusses mesmerism (hypnotism).

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted Mother," [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "dearest child," Rebecca Powell, Gloucester Court House, Virginia, 10 April 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of her bad health; her husband is busy preparing for court; mentions a party at Exeter; Mrs. Fontleroy had a girl so Mrs. Knox is a grandmother; much more family news and information.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted sister," Harriet L. Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "sister," Rebecca Powell, Gloucester Court House, Virginia, 26 April 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Rebecca Powell will be coming home within a week or so; Fanny[?] is at Locust Hill with the mumps; much family news; Uncle William [Gray]persuaded Father to go to Gum Springs, [Virginia], until after the election; election day things seemed to be going against Father.
        Including ANS from Nina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister Minna" [Powell],Gloucester Court House, Virginia, 26 April 1849, concerning family news. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 5 October [1849?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes Minna's cough and how they are treating it; tells her what clothes Lloyd and Charlie should wear if it gets colder; says she has been doing little except taking care of Minna; discusses new dresses for the winter and corsets; gives news of friends and relatives; discusses travel plans, to come home for the winter.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Leesburg, Virginia, [8 October, 1849?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Discusses dresses, materials and costs; discusses bonnets; gives news of family; thanks her and Hattie for taking care of the household duties while she is away.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, 12 October [1849?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Says Minna is now well and that they are anxious to come home; gives news of Jeanie (her sister?), and Rebecca; gives news of "Mother" and "Father"; discusses books.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, n.d. [October 1849?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Says Mr. Powell had his "likeness taken" at the Daguerreotype rooms; says Minna's health continues to improve but that she may have one tonsil taken out; discusses the remedies she is taking; says she feels stronger also; gives news of friends; gives news of Rebecca, Jeanie, and "sister" Ann; discusses walking shoes.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Min," Mary E. Powell, Gloucester C[our]t House,Virginia, 4 December [1849].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives advice on her health and over-exertion; describes the illumination that took place in the neighborhood; tells of visits she has made; tells stories about Minna's sister, Nina; gives news of family and friends; says Hattie has lost her "excess of fat" and is walking three times a day.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, [7 December, 1849].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells what each family member is doing; discusses bonnets; discusses appearance versus reality as concerning materialism; discusses the opportunities for her in Alexandria; discusses the role of children in the family; gives news of friends and family; mentions that "brother" John may move and that if they move to Illinois, they will be closer to him.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Mother" Selina Powell, Locust Hill, [Leesburg, Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, care of John Lloyd, Esq., Alexandria, Virginia, [20 December 1849].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Says they got there a few days ago and that Mr. Powell, Mr. Grey(?), and "brother Llew have gone to "the sale of the negroes; discusses her visit in Alexandria with her grandparents; Discusses the bad weather in Leesburg and the bad condition of the roads; says their family must economize rigidly; says Mr. Powell found the law business in Alexandria too small, so they will not be moving there; expresses her disappointment at the outcome; gives news of family.

      • Box-folder 1:3
        "Devoted sister," Harriet L. Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 29 December 1849.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reviews Christmas gifts received by everyone; describes a "reading party"; describes Christmas decorations of the Church; Family news.
        Including ANS from S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to [Re]Bec[ca] [Powell],n.p., 29 December 1849, concerning when daughter, Rebecca, is to return home. 1 page.

  • Box 1-2
    Series C: Papers, 1850-1859.
    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Mother," S[elina] Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, [7 January, 1850].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells of the recent social events of the area; describes the format of a reading party; says her mother-in-law could not make it to their home because of the snow; asks her how her mother is doing; says there is still small pox in the area; discusses how many servants she has and what each does; says that Rebecca's Uncle George took Cuthbert to an asylum in Baltimore and hopes he will be happier there then when he was "out."

    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Mother" Selina Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, [21 January 1850].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Gives news of Rebecca's Uncle Richard and Aunt Elizabeth who live in Illinois; says she plans to get a description of the Illinois life from them; gives news of Ellen[?] who is unwell and is going to a doctor in New York; discusses how Rebecca can get home; describes family activities; says they have been able to do little because of the rain and mud; says she lies on her back all day sewing while her children read to her.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Devoted Sister," H[arriet] L. Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister," Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 26 January 1850.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Reading parties are the only way she can socialize; reports Maria [Grady's]death; reports about a big baptist meeting going on there headed by Mrs. Lucket; much town news.
      Including ALS from S[elina] P[owell],Leesburg, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 26 January 1850, concerning Rebecca Powell's trip home and Maria [Grady's]"triumphant death." 1 page.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Devoted Sister," Minna [Powell],Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sister," Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, January 1850.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Speaks of terrible weather; boats of learning to spin [rolls of cotton on a spinning wheel]; reports death of Rebecca Gray, Robert Gray's daughter; describes her daily routine; discusses Mary Grady.
      Including ALS from "devoted mother," [Selina Powell], Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Bec," Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, January 1850, concerning bad weather, family news, and attendance to the convention. 1 page.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Mother" Selina Powell, Leesburg, Virginia, to "daughter" Rebecca Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, [1 February 1850?].
      3 pages.ALS.

      Says many in the family have been very sick for a couple of days and that she has had to nurse them; says Minna is now sick; and never had fully recovered from the chicken pox she had before; gives advice of how to be a good guest; advises her on her studies.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      H[attie] L. Powell,Leesburg, [Virginia], to "Sis" [Rebecca Powell], Alexandria, Virginia, 16 February [1850?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Says she has a toothache but must wait until May to get them pulled; describes a humorous reading party; says there was a case of small pox in the area and that many are being revaccinated.
      Including ALS from "mother" S[elina] Powellto Re[Bec]ca [Powell]. Discusses her travel plans home; fells her to follow her grandparents' advice; gives news of family.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      H[arriet] L. P[owell],Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Leesburg, Virginia, 26 May [1850].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Expresses joy that her younger siblings are recovering from the measles so well; reports on health of "Grandma" and "Grandpa" Lloyd; gives news of Aunt Rebecca, Jeanie, and Minnie; Tells what she had done each day.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      "Grandmother," Catharine Powell, Alexandria, "Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],[Leesburg, Virginia], 28 February [18]51.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Inquires about many weddings in Leesburg and about who will need new dresses; speaks of ball thrown by Maria Washington; other city news.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., 26 April 1851.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Gives general description of Henry and discusses the family's move there; discusses the house they will build; advises what they should bring; reports on the emigrants in the area; discusses their travel plans in detail; asks Charlie to bring Newfoundland puppies; gives news of family there.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      [Catharine Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to Rebecca Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], 27 December [1851].
      1 page.AL.

      Describes presents sent to grandchildren; tells of Christmas scene in Alexandria; wants granddaughters to meet a polite gentleman that impressed her.
      Including poem, 1852, by R. C. Powell, beginning "'Ours the cross.' Yes it is ours," giving a religious viewpoint. 1 page.

    • Box-folder 1:4
      Papers, 1852.
      11 items.
      • Box-folder 1:4
        "Grandmother," [Catharine Powell], Springdale, [Virginia], to "granddaughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., January [1852].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of how she makes embroidery patterns and what colors are preferred; inquires about some of her friends; John Leven [Powell]says that Brooke[?] looks badly; aunt Fanny trying to match Brooks with Lucy Gordon; speaks of a Mr. Beverley breaking out around his face and "bleeding profusely".

      • Box-folder 1:4
        "Grandmother," [Catharine Powell], Waverley, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],n.p., 25 February 1852.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mr. Gordon[?] will be a delegate to the democratic convention in Richmond, [Virginia]; much use of her eyes results in inflammation of her eyelids; "Llangollen" property is deteriorating; much town news and family news; mentions her Dower right.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        "Daughter," S[elina] P[owell],Henry, [Illinois], to "Mother," 3 August 1852.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of helping Frank and Lucy[?] with their new baby; describes female servants and her experiences with them; describes health of her daughters, Harriet, Rebecca, and Minna; reports of a few cases of "cholera"; reports of a good garden.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        S[elina] Powell,Henry, [Illinois], to "child" [Rebecca Powell], Leesburg, Virginia, [?] September [1852].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives a detailed report of Minna's health, expressing hope tat her headaches are definitely getting better; tells about people who have visited the family; mentions a desegregated school in "abolition ground"; tells what her sisters have been doing since she left; discusses Rebecca's journey.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        [Selina Powell], Henry, [Illinois], to Rebecca [Powell],n.p., 18 October 1852.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Mrs. Janney's baby died while she was ill; a Mr. Anderson, a Presbyterian Minister, says that his wife, Miss Harper, is a relative of Selina's (her father's Aunt); speaks of Fred's[?] wedding; tells of episode when she goes to visit a Mrs. Brown[?]; describes a visit they made to some neighbors; describes Mr. Lombard's house that is being built; reports on the food they are preparing and what is available to them; says the winter goods have still not come in; mentions sewing that her daughters are doing; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        Selina Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "child," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 1 November 1852.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Mentions Fanny's[?] wedding; family news; possibility that Rebecca's Uncle Gordon[?] might be elected to legislature; family does not wish Rebecca Powell to return home this winter.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        [Selina Powell, Henry, Illinois] to [Rebecca Powell], n.p., [November 1852?].
        2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Describes a visit they made to some new neighbors; describes Mr. Lombard's house that is being built; reports on the food they are preparing and what is available to them; says the winter goods have still not come in; mentions sewing that her daughters are doing; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        [Selina Powell], Henry, [Illinois], to "child" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 20 November [1852].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes their busy preparations for winter; describes their daily routine; says she is glad to have Lucy and Fred stay with them; describes their Sunday school; reports on Scholastics (a servant) who is now reading well; news of family and friends; discusses dresses and styles; asks about Rebecca's Uncle Nelson; mentions that Rebecca's Uncle Gordon was elected; asks about Fan's[?] wedding and hopes she and William will be happy.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        Charles L. Powell, Henry, [Illinois] to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 17 December 1852.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of his daughter's trip, whom she should visit, and money matters; hopes to soon reap the financial benefits of his store; mentions Bishop Whitehouse's determination to give the college broad foundations; much family news.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        S[elina] Powell,Henry, [Illinois], to "child," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 27 December 1852.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; sleet and bad weather; religious discussion and viewpoints; Lucy and John[?] have a daughter now.

      • Box-folder 1:4
        Document signed by Jno. M. Harrison, John A. Carter, and Geo[rge] Ayreinvolving the dispersal of Cuthbert Powell's estate, including lots in Alexandria by a commission appointed by Circuit Court of Loudoun County, [Virginia], 1852[?].
        4 pages.D.
    • Box-folder 1:5
      Papers, 1853.
      19 items.
      • Box-folder 1:5
        Selina Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "dear Father," [John Lloyd], n.p., 19 January 1853.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mr. Powell, [Charles]and Richard Lloyd]are busy with new business as "Land Agents"; town of Henry, [Illinois] now has a newspaper and a steam mill; hopes to have a railroad passing through soon; there is not a decent Church and she wishes to see one built; Lloyd [Powell],son of Selina, studies German because there are so many Germans in their town to do business with.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Minna Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to [Rebecca Powell], 7 February 1853.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Sarcastically teases her sister about differences between lifestyles of "Far West" and the East; Uncle Fred [?] went to Springfield to see that railroad went from Peoria through Henry, [Illinois]; mentions problems with scarlet fever; family news.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Jane Janney, Baltimore, [Maryland], to "Becca," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., [28 February] 1853.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of liquor laws and problems with drinking; describes lectures; such family and town news; mentions other religious lectures.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        S[elina] P[owell],Henry, [Illinois], to "dear child," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 1 March 1853.
        4 pages.ASL.

        Expresses desire for daughter Rebecca to return home; Minna Powell still having problems with headaches; much family news; Fred[?] went to Chicago to see stockholders of the Peoria and Rock Island Railroad; asks for Rebecca to send asparagus seed and large lima beans; mentions Thackery's lectures, and gives her opinion about his books and religious teachings.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        S[elina] Powell,Henry, [Illinois], to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 11 March 1853.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; "land business" will provide many opportunities for travel; Rebecca planning to go to Leesburg soon.
        Including ANS from C[harles] L. Powell,Henry, [Illinois], to "darling," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 11 March 1853, sending his daughter ten dollars and writing her as to how to handle her expenses and requesting her to bring home her Grandfather's papers. 2 pages.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Minna [Powell],Henry [Illinois], to "Brother" [Lloyd Powell], [Lacon, Illinois], 22 March [1853].
        4 pages.ALS.

        States that even though he just left yesterday, she wanted to put a letter in the books to be sent to him; comments on their inability to see each other even though he is only seven miles away.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Lloyd [Powell],Lacon, [Illinois], to Minna E. Powell, Henry, Illinois, 28 March [1853?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Mentions his job as a traveling salesman and how he hopes to soon be Uncle Richard's [Lloyd]administration; resolved in town meeting to build the Railroad Peoria and Chicago.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        [Jane Janney], Baltimore, [Maryland], to Re[Becca] [Powell],n.p. 24 [April] [18]53.
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Expresses her disappointment that she cannot see Rebecca before Rebecca returns to Henry, Illinois; describes the friendship between them; news of friends in Baltimore.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Minna [Powell],Henry, [Illinois], to "Brother," n.p., 29 April 1853.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of carriage accident involving Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dulaney, where their horses were scared by the Clifton Mill and threw Mrs. Dulaney; she and father attended Dr. Rutherford's lectures; emphasizes that ladies got to vote, as well as gentlemen, on whether they were satisfied with the lectures; new wharf boat has arrived.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        "Brother" Lloyd [Powell],Rushville, [Illinois], to Minna [Powell],[Henry, Illinois], 6 May 1853.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes the towns of Rushville and Pittsfield; said he enjoyed Pittfield more, but that Uncle Rich[ar]d [Lloyd]sent him an assignment for Rushville; says he will be there about a month; asks about friends and family.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        S[elina] Powell,Henry, [Illinois], to "son," [Lloyd Powell], n.p., 11 May 1853.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Rebecca has come home; Minna joined the church with her family; gives religious views; family news.
        Including ALS from Minna [Powell],Henry, [Illinois], to "brother," n.p., 11 May 1853, referring to Rushville, as location of brother; tells of beautiful spring weather and describes scenery. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Minna Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Brother," 19 May [18]53.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Will soon be coming home; complains of sore throat and headaches; has had scarlet fever; family information.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        John Smith[?], n.p. to [Jane Janney], n.p., 30 May 1853[?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells a story about "Miss Jane" - a mutual friend; says he and Dr. Winslow found her in her parlor with a man; says the servant did not want to let them in and that it was an uncomfortable situation.
        Including ALS written in margins from "Cousin" Jane, n.p. to Re[Becca] [Powell],n.p. concerning religious publication, an Episcopal convention. 4 pages.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Minna E. Powell, n.p. to "Brother," [Lloyd Powell], n.p., [June 1853?].
        4 pages.ASL.

        Expresses how much she misses him; discusses reading material.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Harriet Powell, "Locust Hill", [Loudoun County, Virginia], to "sister," n.p., 30 August 1853.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Describes Aunt Ellen's [Powell Gray] recovery from an illness; much family news; describes wedding that she went to ; expresses romantic interest in a Dr. Claggett; includes printed poems.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Harriet Powell, "Llangollen," [Virginia], to [Sister], n.p., 4 October 1853.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes physical appearance of "Llangollen" as well as her feelings towards the place; reminisces about when family lived in Virginia. And tells about all of old friends; much family news also.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        Harriet Powell, "Llangollen," [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 10 October 1853.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Tells her little sister Nina about old friends and family; gives details of things she has been doing.
        Including ALS from "Hatty" [Harriet Powell], "Llangollen," [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina Powell], n.p., 10 October 1853. Concerning warmer clothes; advantages of "flannel draws" over a "wadded petticoat." 1 page.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        M. C. Lee, Arlington, [Virginia], to Selina Powell, Louisville, [Kentucky], 10 October [1851-1853].
        3 pages.ALS. Including Xcy.

        Says she has been extremely ill and so have many in the area; says she has been traveling in order to improve her health; tells of her problems with Custis and his lessons; says Robert is still holding his office in Washington but wishes to leave; asks how she likes "the West" and if her husband is finding success; news of friends.

      • Box-folder 1:5
        "Hatty" [Harriet Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to "Sister," n.p., 5 November [18]53.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports Lucy's[?] death and grief everyone feels; Nelly[?] is to be baptized; other family news.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      Papers, 1854.
      15 items.
      • Box-folder 1:6
        Charley [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] [Marshall County?] to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], [Baltimore, Maryland], [January, ante 1854].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Tells of their Christmas and New Years celebrations.
        Also includes ALS from "mother" S[elina] Powell,to [Re]Bec[ca] [Powell]. Expresses job that Rebecca can be with her relatives in Baltimore; discusses the nature of receiving advice and making her own decisions concerning her travel plans.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Harriet Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "sister," n.p., 3 January 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of attending a party; mentions "matching up" procedures at party; family news; details Christmas gifts.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Catharine Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to "son," n.p., 16 January [18]54.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions religious feelings; speaks of a railroad being built nearby; Virginia[?] had her annual get-together on December 26; of family members; mentions a friend's visit to the Crystal Palace[?]; Mrs. Augustine Washington had the first male child born at Mt. Vernon recently; much family news; mentions [Rear Admiral] Leven Minn Powell.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        "Hatty" [Harriet Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 9 March 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions Brooks'[?] wedding; describes details of the wedding; much family news.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        [Jane Janney], Baltimore, [Maryland], to [Re]Becca [Powell],n.p., 14[?] [March] 18[54].
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Tells of her day spent with Lizzie King and Jane Norris; describes a dinner given for a couple about to get married; news of other friends.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        C[harles] L. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter," [Rebecca Powell], [Henry, Illinois], 30 March 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions sicknesses of Nelson [Lloyd]and John [Lloyd]; speaks of a Douglas Forrest who attends Yale College; has to take a boat to Washington, [D.C.]; gives price rates per acre of land at that time; gives prices for a lot of land.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        "Mother," [Selina Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],Henry, Illinois, 12 April 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news about cousins Nannie and Fanny[?]; mentions Uncle Nelson's [Lloyd]recovery; travels by omnibus.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Rebecca Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "father," [Charles L. Powell], Loudoun, [Virginia], 21 April 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; describes her garden and its contents; Regina[?] was married; Mr. Livingston[?] requests influence of Charles L. Powell to obtain the Consulship of London through General Baercel[?]; mentions Mr. McFaddin as being the mayor of Henry.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Charles L. Powell, Locust Hill, [Virginia], to Nina Powell, [Henry, Illinois], 1 May 1854.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; describes the scenery at Locust Hill; some of Uncle George's[?] children have chicken pox.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Description of Minna Powell's death bed by her sister, Rebecca Powell, [May 1854].

        [Identified as much of note added in unknown handwriting, possibly that of Selina Lloyd Hepburn.]

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Lloyd Powell, [Henry, Illinois], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], [post May 26, 1854].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Description of Minna's gravesite; tells what he's doing to improve its appearance.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        C[harles] L. Powell[Brother], East Hampton, [New York], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 8 October 1854.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Describes trip to Niagara Falls; describes places visited in New York and where he lives; describes his studies.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        C[harles] L. Powell,brother, East Hampton, [New York], to "Nean," [Nina Powell], n.p., 14 October [1854].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Describes courses he is studying at school; describes the first time he saw a man dive under water and the suit he wore below water; staying at a boarding house.

      • Box-folder 1:6
        Closing portion of father's sermon given at funeral of John Lloyd, Selina Lloyd Powell's brother, 1854.
        4 pages.AMS.
      • Box-folder 1:6
        List of articles for Mrs. Selina Powell left in the estate of her father, [ca. 1854].

        John Lloyd who died in 1854; estimated price value are given.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      Charles L. Powell, brother, East Hampton, [New York], to Nina [Powell],[Henry, Illinois], [7?] January 1855.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Describes study habits and classes; mentions prices of a ring and a clock; describes his financial situation.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      [Jane Janney], Baltimore [Maryland], to [Re]Becca [Powell],n.p., 13 [January] [18]55.
      4 pages.AL. Incomplete.

      Describes in detail her Quaker wedding on December 14, 1854 in which she married Frank[?]; describes the festivities following the wedding.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,brother, East Hampton, [New York], to Nina [Powell],Henry, Illinois, 21 January [1855].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Nina's Christmas gift from Charles arrived safely; mentions wedding of a fellow student; serenaded the couple with a "horse fiddle"; describes his activities in his spelling class; mentions plans to return home in the spring.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,brother, Williston Seminary, East Hampton, [New York], to Nina [Powell],[Henry, Illinois], 8 February [sic] [March] 1855.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Expresses religious beliefs; lists prices for renting his room.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,Hartford [Connecticut], to Nina [Powell],[Henry, Illinois], 3 April 1855.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes Charter Oak, an attraction in Hartford; describes his visit to an armory; staying with a Mr. Parsons and describes his family.

    • Box-folder 1:6
      Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Father" [Charles L. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 7 November [18]55.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses financial settlements he is making for his father concerning the house, lands, furniture; says Uncle Fred and Uncle Neb are leaving Henry and they are all "disgusted" with Henry and that he thinks his (father's) decision not to come back was wise; mentions the family move to Winchester, Virginia.

    • Box-folder 2:1
      Papers, 1856.
      12 items.
      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 14 January 1856.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes their Christmas which was spent at Uncle Fred's and Aunt Lute's; describes a Christmas ball and a New Year's ball in detail; says he has had some problems with dyspepsia; asks about cousin Kate's wedding to a senator.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Alton, Illinois, to "Mother," Selina Powell, [Winchester, Virginia], 22 January 1856.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Reports on Aunt Lib and Uncle R[?]'s new son, Richard; says he rented out their house in Henry; says he has been away from "home" now for three months; and will not go to New Orleans, Mobile, and Augusta; describes how he decorated Minna's grave, and expresses hope that her resting place will soon be Virginia; asks about their school; sends money from a large profit he made selling land.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Cairo, Illinois, to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 25 February 1856.

        Describes his visit to Louisville where he visited cousins and went to many social events; says that the train ride from Kentucky was very rough traveling; says he will be in Vicksburg in a week and then will go to Wilmington, North Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans; and Memphis, Tennessee; asks about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Lake Ponchartrain Steamer California [en route to Mobile, Alabama], to Hatty [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 12 March 1856.

        Describes his stay in Vicksburg, and his visit with Mr. And Mrs. Eilbeck Mason and Miss Louisa Fox; says that he did not see Cousin John Russell while in New Orleans; discusses his travel plans; asks about Hatty's teaching.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, New Orleans, [Louisiana], to "sister," [Rebecca Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 14 April 1856.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses joy that she is well from the influenza; says he has recently traveled to Portsmouth, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi; says he will now go to Texas; discusses travel plans; asks her to pick out one of her friends for him; discusses Charlie's new job in St. Louis.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        "Charley" [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Saint Louis, [Missouri], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 4 May [18]56.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes St. Louis and the Virginia House Hotel; inquires about the new scholars the family has taken on; harasses Nina for not writing.
        Including ANS from C[harles] L. Powell,Saint Louis, [Missouri], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 4 May [18]56concerning his happiness about Nina joining the Church. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Frank [George Francis Lloyd], Henry, Illinois, to [?], 9 May 1856.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Describes hard times in Illinois; intent to move back to Virginia when business picks up; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Catharine Powell, Bellvue [sic], [Alexandria?], [Virginia], to "granddaughter," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 15 May [18]56.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of influenza and other illnesses prominent in the town; reports the death of Mr. Adies [?]; Ellen [Powell]is in Washington Infirmary; house is being renovated; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, St. Louis, [Missouri], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia]. 7 June 1856.
        4 pages.

        Says he just returned from Henry; says Charlie is on his way to Henry to start his new job in Uncle Fred's store; describes Henry and the house they used to live in; reports that Uncle Fred is building a house; gives new of Scholastics and Monsieur Carlo; says he will go to Pennsylvania next and then visit them.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        "Charles" [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],Winchester, Virginia, 20 July 1856.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Lloyd [Powell]is on his way to Virginia; describes their yard and home in Henry; yellow fever is not a problem this year in Illinois; he went to a concert given by the Baleis.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Llolyd Powell, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to "Sister" [Hattie Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 9 November [18]56.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Inquires about the "weddings fair"; discusses his travels and the loneliness involved in his job; mentions his relief that the campaigns and elections are over; sends messages to friends at home.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],Winchester, Virginia, 17 November 1856.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Nina has begun studying Latin and learning how to draw; mentions the extension of the Chicago and Pern canal down to Henry; much family news.

    • Box-folder 2:1
      Papers, 1857.
      16 items.
      • Box-folder 2:1
        "Mother" [Selina Powell], Winchester, [Virginia], to Charlie [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 15 February [1857].
        6 pages.AL.

        Tells what each family member is doing; discusses religion and the duties of a Christian; gives news of friends who have joined the church; discusses Minna's grave; discusses letter writing; tells of recent marriages and engagements; gives her philosophy on why he should not begin to chew tobacco; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, Jr.,Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 22 February 1857.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Makes reference to Valentine's Day and Washington's Birthday; mentions last year's parade and the marching continentals; reports of bad rain storm that tore up the railroad track and caused problems with mud and flooding; much family news.
        Including ANS from C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 22 February 1857, telling her to turn to their one friend for strength and advice [God?]. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 22 February [18]57.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes a storm which kept him in Henry, Illinois, unable to travel; gives recent travel plans, including a trip to Philadelphia by boat; gives news of friends and family in Henry; says many river towns are flooded.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Charleston, South Carolina, to "Mother" [Selina Lloyd Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 12 April [18]57.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of relatives in Alexandria; tells his travel plans; says he finds the women of Virginia far more appealing than those of South Carolina.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 14 June [18]57.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Uncle Fred[?] and Aunt Lucy[?] are leaving for Virginia; sending his mother his daguerreotype, a photograph; reports that Lloyd is in St. Louis; Bridget, a past boarder, had a little girl; much family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        S[elina] Powell,Capon Springs, [West Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], [August 1857].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes the family vacation and adventures; describes the baths; mentions the parties they have attended; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        S[elina] Powell,Capen [sic] Springs [Capon Springs], [West Virginia], to "Charley" [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 7 August 1857.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family is on vacation; describes activities and scenery at Capon Springs; much family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois], to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 9 August [18]57.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Speaks about taking inventory at the store; much family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Selina Powell, Winchester, [Virginia] to Nina [Powell],22 August [1857?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Says they just got back from Capon; asks her not to take nitrate of silver for her headaches; says they have all improved their health by the visit to Capon; says "brother" Nelson is now there hoping the springs will help him; says they did not get the house that they wanted to rent; gives news of friends; says Rebecca, Hatty, and Lloyd are there.
        Including ALS from C[harles L.] Powellto Nina [Powell]. Says that he misses her and wishes she could have been at Capon; asks about her headaches.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Mother" [Selina Lloyd Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 12 October [18]57.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes his travels from Baltimore to Henry; mentions shortage of money due to bank failures; gives detailed news of the town, including improvements being made; news of Henry relatives; mentions that the bank failures will result in fewer land dealings and therefore, less work for him; asks about the young ladies of Winchester.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, Jr.,Henry, Illinois, to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 15 November [1857?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Inquires about Mr. Waler's[?] lectures; now attends the Methodist Church; reports of the adventures during hunting season; mentions the new idea of pavement sidewalks.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Sister" [Hattie Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 1 December 1857.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes a severe snowstorm and its effects on Henry; tells how he spent Thanksgiving day; describes their new cook with whom he is infatuated; mentions the death of Robert Conrad[?]; gives messages of friends in Winchester.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 9 December 1857.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports of Nina getting her teeth straightened; describes method; reports that the number of scarlet fever cases is greatly reduced; she is very busy with the boarding school; tells of a fight between Charlie McCormick and a police officer; mentions Hunter Holmes McGuire; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell] n.p., n.d. [1857?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the death of Robert[?] and the reaction of the town; gives news of friends; sends her love to her mother and relatives; wants to know what Dr. Chase said about her teeth.

      • Box-folder 2:1
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., n.d. [1857?].
        1 page.ALS.

        Writes about Nina's plans to go home; says she is concerned about her traveling when her teeth are in such a condition.

    • Box-folder 2:2
      Papers, 1858
      20 items.
      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],Winchester, Virginia, 17 January 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Refers to the general "hard times" everyone is experiencing; describes farm activities; much family news; describes how to make a mousetrap.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Mother," [Selina Lloyd Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 22 January [18]58.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes midwest weather and the usual fall-like temperatures; says that they are all much healthier because of the mild weather; says ties are hard and the bank in Henry just closed, but that the town is continuing to improve; asks about Mrs. Powell's occupation, teaching; mentions the death of Rob[er]t Conradand describes his character; messages to family members.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],Winchester, [Virginia], 1 March 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports of freezing temperatures of -15 F and snow in Henry; mentions of sleighing in the snow; reports story of a bank robbery.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], [Winchester, Virginia], 15 March [18]58.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports of Lloyd's [Powell]trip to St. Louis to try and find Charles a job; much family news; mentions a Mr. Lombard who plans to return to Henry and open a bank of issue.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, aboard steamer J. C. Swon[?] at Cairo, Illinois, to "Sister" [Hattie Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 28 March [18]58.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses who owes him letters from home; says he could not find a job for Charley [Charles L. Powell, Jr.?] in St. Louis because of the poor economy; gives news of Randolph Powell, of St. Louis, and John Webb Powell, of Utah; says he will be home during the summer.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 3 April 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions that she missed his birthday with a card but thought of him that day; expresses religious feelings and beliefs; family news; lists people recently confirmed in the Church; outbreak of typhus fever at the University[?].

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, Mobile, Alabama, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 22 April [18]58.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of his travels; describes Memphis, Tennessee; gives news of "cousin" Will[ia]m Powellwho resides in Memphis; gives news of Mr. And Mrs. Mason, residing in Vicksburg; describes Leake County where he sold some of his Uncle Nelson's land; gives news of "cousin" john Wilson of New Orleans and of "cousin" John Chilton, who may send his daughter Sarah to school in Virginia; tells his travel plans, stating he will be in Virginia in a month; gives news to family and friends.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 10 May 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes scenery where he is; tells of a May party that some school girls had; describes his boat riding trip; family news; mentions arrival of Mr. Winn, the new Presbyterian minister.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia] to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 6 July 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports having been sick with a bad cold; much family news; Nina has problems with other schoolgirls because her parents operate the school; trying to plan Charlie's return home for the summer.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 7 July 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Asks about fourth of July entertainment; Mr. Winn gave an exceptional sermon; Uncle Richard[?] bought a piano and a side-saddle; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 27 August 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Inquires about boarding students; inquires about vacations at Capon [Springs, West Virginia]; tells of his success at duck hunting; family news; mentions [Stephen A.] Douglas.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Mother" [Selina Lloyd Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 29 August [18]58.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of Uncle R[ichard]'sand Uncle Fred's families; says that Frank's baby is still ill; gives news of Hammond and Min[na]; comments that he will not see his family for another year; gives news of Charlie [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] and his employment possibilities; asks about Uncle Neb of Clark, [Virginia?].

      • Box-folder 2:2
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 26 September 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives her opinion about chewing tobacco, smoking, and other bad habits; incorporates religious duty into her opinion; some family news.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to Charlie [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], n.p., 28 September [1858?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Discusses his habit of chewing tobacco and how he should discipline himself to quit.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Sister" [Hattie Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 20 October 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the weather; reports on Hammond; reports that Mr. Chandler of Henry is getting married in Boston; says they will stay at Mrs. Taber's for the winter; gives news of Charlie [Charles L. Powell, Jr.]; comments on the involvement of women in politics in Henry; news of friends; comments on the decreased enrollment at the family school, saying they will at least have a lighter workload; mentions Stephen A. Douglas.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 28 October 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses her disappointment in Charlie's having tasted tobacco; tells him that he is doing wrong to continue this habit; voices many religious views.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 5 December 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that river is flooding the town; talks of Christmas holidays; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 16 December 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        A birthday letter for Nina's sixteenth birthday; describes the weather; much family news; Min[?] is the "editress" of the "Minnehaha"; tells of the affairs of a Miss Amanda[?].

      • Box-folder 2:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to "mother," [Selina Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 19 December 1858.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives account of how he spends his days with emphasis on his Sunday activities; tried to quit chewing tobacco but couldn't; tells of episode where Uncle Richard[?] lost his saddle bags in the town of Bradford; river was frozen and people are ice skating; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:2
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to Charlie, Charles Powell, Jr., [Henry, Illinois], [December 1856-58].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells where the girls boarding with them are going for Christmas; describes their Christmas plans; recollects their last Christmas with Minna; gives religious advice; sends her love to Lloyd.

    • Box-folder 2:3
      Papers, 1859.
      18 items.
      • Box-folder 2:3
        Johns Hopkins, Balti[more], [Maryland],to "Cousin Rebecca," Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 10 January 1859.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Would love for her to stay with him; mentions a sister Hannah.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina L. Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 13 February 1859.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Lloyd [Powell]and Uncle Richard[?] have gone to Memphis, [Tennessee]; tells of the building of a road for $10,000; describes a surprise party he attended; mentions Valentine's Day and how many he has received; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Memphis, Tennessee, to "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 13 February [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Uncle Richard and Frank are with him in Memphis, to see if they want to move there; says that he does not believe Uncle Richard will leave Illinois, but that Frank probably will; says that they tried to look up W[illia]m Powellbut he had moved to Arkansas; discusses the possibilities of his parents establishing a school in the area, and the risks involved.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Father" [Charles L. Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 19 March [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of Uncle Richard and Uncle Fred; says Uncle Fred and Frank will close their business and leave Henry; tells of a conversation with Bishop Otey of Memphis on the subject of establishing a girls school there; gives details of the proposal in case his father is interested; gives news of the private school situation in Arkansas; reports on his business dealings in Arkansas; discusses financial matters.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 7 April [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of Uncle Fred who has been ill; says that the women of the town are all inspecting the new spring goods brought in from Saint Louis; discusses his daily schedule; says Charlie [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] is in singing school; asks about Nina's walks and lectures on the benefits of exercise to health and appearance.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 22 May [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes spring in Illinois; inquires about relatives in Alexandria; comments on Uncle Nelson's helpless state; discusses the chances of recovering Uncle Nelson's lands in Arkansas; describes the area of Henry where the family used to live; comments that she now weights 108 " lbs., which is more than her daughters weigh; sends his love to Grand Ma Powell, Aunt Ann, and Uncle Neb.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina L. Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 5 June 1859.
        4 pages.ALS.

        A baby girl was born who is Nina's cousin [Uncle Richard's daughter?]; describes a fishing trip; mentions finding several Indian graves with skeletons and other items; tells story of a "mad" dog who bit many people.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Sister" [Hattie L. Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 13 June [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of Illinois relatives; describes a trip that he and Uncle Richard took through Stark County, emphasizing the changes that have taken place in the last five years; comments on Charley's [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] development into a young man; reports that Uncle Richard will leave the land business on September 1st; discusses his involvement in the business and his desire to visit Virginia.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 10 July [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses his relief that his brother Charles arrived safely in Virginia; comments on how scattered the family is at present; mentions Cousin Fanny Cochran's wedding in Middleburg, [Virginia]; discusses Mr. Hyde's trip in the "aerial vessel" Atlantic from St. Louis to New York, as reported in the "Republican"; reports that Frank has another son, Horatio Nelson; news of other Illinois relatives; describes the July 4 festivities.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Father" [Charles L. Powell], [Leesburg, Virginia], 23 July [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses an unprofitable year for his business; discusses a business proposition made to his brother Charles and Harry and Benton Janney by Uncle Richard, concerning the opening of the store; gives news of Illinois relatives; comments that his Uncle Richard, who just turned 43, may begin to use his middle name again and become Richard H. Lloyd; comments on how, in the past twenty years, the Powell family has spread from "New York to Salt Lake City, and from the 'Lakes' to the Gulf of Mexico."

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 8 August [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Uncle Richard, Min[na]will stop at Fulton County to visit relatives; gives his opinion about Minna not returning to Winchester [Virginia] for school, stating that she has become too undisciplined and used to complete freedom in Illinois to be effectively taught in a school; describes Frank's son Horatio Nelson; comments on the family's health, saying that his father [Charles L. Powell] weights twenty pounds more than he does and his mother [Selina L. Powell] weighs only six pounds less, and also weighs more than any of her three brothers in Illinois; asks her if she is finished school and will make her debut.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 11 September [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Charley [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Harryand Benton [Janney]have begun their business named "H and TB Janney and Co."; asks about the boarding school and discusses the difficulties of running one; reports that Frank's family and Mrs. Hammond[?] are on their way to Memphis to live; reports that Uncle Fred is planning an extended visit to Virginia, and then will probably move to Memphis; says he and Uncle Richard dissolved their partnership and that Uncle Richard plans to move to Memphis as well; reports that crops are poor, so his business will be slow; plans to see them for Christmas.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Sister" [Rebecca, Hattie, or Nina Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 18 September [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that there is a County Fair next week; describes in detail an incident of a burning well; expresses sorrow that the family school will be so small this year; reports that the 'W S Fair' in Chicago is now over.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        H. and T. B. Janney and Co., Henry, Illinois, to Miss Nina L. Powell, [Henry, Illinois?], 27 September 1859.
        1 page.PM.

        Discussing fall and winter goods being stocked at "Lloyd's Big Brick" in Henry, Illinois.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Sister" [Nina Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 30 October [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; mentions marriage of Miss Hutchins, and deaths of 2 children of Mrs. Clara Ferguson; received invitation to wedding of "Miss Mittie"; gives his opinion of marriage.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        S[elina Lloyd] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie" [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry], [Illinois], 29 November 1859.
        4 pages.ALS.

        A french teacher at the boarding school died; mentions excitement due to 'John' Browne's execution and that there are 26 companies of soldiers at Charlestown, [West Virginia]; mentions growing discontent of slaves; describes how men have loaded pistols ready in their homes; tells how many people are being imprisoned; tells of other strains between North and South; some family news; mentions [Robert Young] Conrad.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 2 December 1859.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Uncle Richard's baby has been christened Elizabeth Jenkins [Lloyd];comments that this is the day that [John] Brownis to be executed; comments on the number of arrests in Virginia of strangers traveling through the state.
        Including newspaper clipping, n.d., of a poem about infants.

      • Box-folder 2:3
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "mother," [Selina L. Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 20 December [18]59.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Professors Wise and LaMountain's attempt to establish daily balloon transportation from the "western" states to the East Coast; family news; says he is anxious for the family in Illinois to move southward; mentions the execution of "Cook and his confederates" [involved in John Brown's attempted insurrection] on December 16.

  • Box 2-3
    Series D: Papers, 1860-1869.
    • Box-folder 2:4
      Papers, 1860.
      17 items.
      • Box-folder 2:4
        Mary L. Boice, Henry, [Illinois], to Lloyd Powell, [Henry, Illinois], 2 February [18]60.
        1 page.ANS.

        Invitation to a "Leap Year" party.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, [Illinois] to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 6 February 1860.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions and encloses invitation to a "Leap Year" party; describes events at the party; describes weather and reports of a sleighing party; reports marriage of Mary Ann Hoyt, friend of the family.
        Including ANS from Maggie J. Richmond, Henry, [Illinois], to Charles [L.] Powell, [Jr.],[Henry, Illinois], [February 1860], inviting him to a "Leap Year" party.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Mother" [Selina Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 16 February [18]60.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Talks about Uncle Richard's[?] baby girl; gives report of Charles L. Powell and some family news.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to Nina L. Powell, Loudoun County, Virginia, 14 March [18]60.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses "spring fever" concerning work; describes weather; speaks of Uncle Nelson's Lloyd death and how it should be a happy time; thanks his father for "Alex[andria] Gazettes"containing articles about the Whig convention; much family news.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        [Selina Lloyd Powell], Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Carles L. Powell, Jr.], [Henry, Illinois], 21 March 1860.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Writes about her feelings during the time following her brother Nelson's death; recounts the last days she spent with Nelson Lloyd.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Father", [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 14 April 1860.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Talks about assessed value of some land or property and makes reference to Lloyd Brothers and Co.; speaks of crops and the effects of the weather; mentions how road being finished would provide trade with those on the other side of the river; township will vote on how to acquire additional funds to complete the road; mentions the whig convention and how they now represent such a small minority of people.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Rebecca C. Powell, Winchester, [Virginia], to Charles [L. Powell],n.p., 24 April [18]60.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Talks of spring dresses and bonnets; mentions hearing address by William McDonald; discusses opening of a shoe and book manufactory; speaks of beating "the Yankees with their own men"; family news; religious advice; mentions use of telegraph.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Sister," [Virginia], 18 May 1860.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses agriculture and effects of weather on crops; talks of visiting New England and of dislike of their attitudes; expresses extreme negative opinion of Yankees.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],Winchester, Virginia, 22 July [1860].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; mentions work at the store; discusses events around town.
        Including [poem?] written in Latin on both sides of envelope. Locks of hair also enclosed.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 30 July [18]60.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses crops and agriculture; describes Illinois scenery; family news; inquires about trip to Capron [Springs]; mentions "Uncle Richard's" card selling tour.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 26 August [18]60.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Congressional race; mentions Cassius M. Clay of Kentucky and his visit to Illinois; talks about rise in crime; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to "sister," n.p., 28 October 1860.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses confusion about having joined the church; religious discussion; some family and neighborhood news.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 16 November [18]60.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Inquires about trip to New England; mentions "Alexandria Sentinel"; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        S[elina Lloyd] Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie" [Charles L. Powell, Jr., Henry, Illinois], 3 December [1860].
        11 page.ALS.

        Discusses climate and busy season of Christmas; debates issue of [Civil War] and effects; gives religious advice; family news; [Robert Young] Conrad.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Father" [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 11 December [18]60.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses problems due to political and financial situation of the country; talks about boils on his hand; family news; mentions kindness of Mayor Turner.

      • Box-folder 2:4
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 16 December 1860.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Nina's eighteenth birthday; discusses the weather; talks about sleighing and skating; mentions " "Pickwick Papers""; describes hunting interest; makes reference to several literary works.

    • Box-folder 2:5-6
      Papers, 1861.
      35 items.
      • Box-folder 2:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to "sister," n.p., [?] January 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Talks of trade being slow; election of a Mr. McFadden as "Justice of the Peace"; mentions sleighing and the weather; describes hayride in snow and people he went with.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to "Father" [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 14 January 1861.
        1 page.ALS.

        Discusses his indebtedness to his father and his financial situation.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, [Henry, Illinois], to [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 15 January [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses political situation and "imminent danger of civil war"; comments on government involvement and troops in a war; mentions social life.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Catharine Powell, "Bellvue", [Loudoun County, Virginia.?], to "son," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 20 January 1861.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the imminent war and that it will be the third one in her lifetime; talks about effects of a war from past experience; family news.
        Including ANS from "Grandmother," Catharine Powell, Belvue, [Virginia?], to Rebecca [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 20 January 1861, inquiring about being able to paint for her. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Henry, Illinois, to Nina [Powell],Winchester, Virginia, 20 January [18]61.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Describes his dog and its habits and actions; talks about a fight at a warehouse; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, [Illinois], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 1 February 1861.
        5 pages.ALS.

        Discusses pros, cons, and possibilities of a war; talks about being able to cross North/South Line if comes to Virginia; describes weather; mentions indoor winter activities; refers to marriage and courting habits; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        "Grandmother Powell," [Catharine Powell], "Bellvue", [Loudoun County, Virginia?], to "granddaughter," n.p., 11 April [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Briefly discusses the Navy; describes wedding of Nelie Hall and a Mr. Kellogg; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        C[harles] L. Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "wife," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 18 [April] 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Information concerning troop movements around Harper's Ferry; mentions a Col. Bowen, superintendent Barbour, and a Col. Moore.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Rebecca Powell, Winchester, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 20 April [1861].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses explosion of armory at Harper's Ferry; speaks of united southern forces; mentions involvement of friends including Powell Grady; Powell and Holmes Conrad; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois to "Father,"Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia, 21 April [18]61.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Suffering from inflammation of eyes; discusses possibility of Illinois and Virginia residents being separated during the war; Virginia's succession from the Union; Democrats opposition to the war with the South; talks about surrender of Fort Sumter; confusion about whether to leave or stay in Henry; some family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        C[harles] L. Powell,Winchester, [Virginia], to "wife," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 23 April 1861.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Col[onel] Robert Leeand movement of troops; mentions Georgetown Heights, Alexandria Heights, and the Valley counties; some family news; mentions Rockingham Rifles.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, Henry, Illinois, to Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia, 12 May [18]61.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Blockade established at the mouth of the Ohio; southern trade suspended; some family news; inquires about situation in Virginia concerning the war.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Llewellyn Powell, Louisville, [Kentucky], to [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Winchester, Virginia], 18 May [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses a proclamation of Lincoln; politics and effects of the [Civil] War; dominance of Lincoln's party in Louisville, [Kentucky]; some family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        S[elina] P[owell],Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr., Henry, Illinois], 26 May [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Orders to stop mail from Virginia.; Alex[andri]aoccupied by North; Fairfax cavalry taken prisoner; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, Winchester, Virginia, to "Charley," Charles L. Powell, Jr., Henry, Illinois, 10 June [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Wars effects on postal service; family news.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, in camp near Martinsburg, Virginia, to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 28 June 1861.
        7 pages.ALS.

        Thanks her for package of food and lists contents; speaks of newspaper Richmond Dispatchas a rare luxury; describes camp life; enemy is at Williamsport, [Maryland].

      • Box-folder 2:5
        Lloyd Powell, in camp near Martinsburg, Virginia, to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], Winchester, Virginia, 30 June [18]61.
        7 pages.ALS.

        Discusses camp life and its required adjustment; mentions accidental shooting of two men as their only pessimistic experience so far; gives account of battles reported in the Balt[im]o[re] Sun [Baltimore Sun]; majority of men in army are under 21; describes how soldiers try to get food from surrounding farmers and their families.

      • Box-folder 2:5
        [Selina L. Powell], [?], [Virginia], to [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Henry, [Illinois], [June 1856-1861].
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete, first and last parts missing.

        Discusses uniforms, saying that they are everywhere, and that a "John Brown" has increased the "military spirit" in Virginia; asks about Lloyd; discusses books he has read and that she recommends; describes their daily schedule and when she has time to read; discusses food in season; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Lloyd Powell, near Martinsburg, Virginia, to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 3 July [18]61.
        1 page.ALS.

        Prepares for battle; states that he is ready to do his duty for his country; mentions that the Continentals lost two men in the engagement the day before.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        J[?] B[?] W[?], Winchester, Virginia, to Hattie Powell, [Winchester, Virginia], 14 July 1861.
        1 page.ALS.

        Regrets that he cannot keep their date for the afternoon due to Army business.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], n.p., 17 July 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions her husband's attack of dysentery; much family news; gives news of friends and family; hopes war will soon be over so that the family can all be together; expresses religious feelings; wishes that they could write more freely; tells him to send his letters to E. J. Lee in Maryland who will forward them South to them.
        Including AN, from [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], n.p., relating more family news. 1 page. 22 July [1861].

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Lloyd Powell, [Piedmont Station, Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 18 July [18]61.
        1 page.ALS.

        Asks for specific items of clothing to be sent because he does not know when he can return home; refers to Haresack[?] and asks that she make him a smaller one.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Obituary of Lloyd Powell who died in the battle at Manassas, July 1861.
        1 page.NwsCl.

        Includes description of L. Powell.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell?], n.p., to [?], [post July 21, 1861].

        Description of how Lloyd Powell was shot in battle [of Manassas]; details of his personal characteristics and attitudes.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        P. Bedinger, Lexington, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 29 July 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses sympathy in regard to Lloyd Powell's death; offers comforting words from the Bible.
        Including ALS, from Sue P. Lee, [Lexington, Virginia] to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 29 July 1861, offering condolences on the death of her brother, Lloyd Powell. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Lizzie [?], Forest Hill, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 4 August [1861].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Thanks Nina for her letter of sympathy concerning the death of her mother; gives news of her brothers and sisters; says that she has terminated her relations with cousin R.[?] because she could not marry a first cousin; discusses their friendship.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        S[elina] P[owell],Winchester, [Virginia], to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], n.p., 15 August [1861].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Complains of poor postal service; tells him of Lloyd's [Powell]death; remembers about Lloyd's characteristics and qualities; says that typhoid fever is spreading in the town; talks about her servants; family news; reports of Willie Lee [Chilton's]death, a second cousin; expresses religious view.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        George Finley, Co. G, Camp Mississippi, Loudo[u]n County,Virginia, to Miss [Rebecca] Powell,[Winchester, Virginia], 10 October 1861.
        7 pages.ALS.

        Love letter to her; proposes marriage to her and her guardian and asks for a reply.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Document signed by J[efferson] T. Martin,C. S. Marshal for the western District of Virginia, appointing Charles L. Powell, [Jr.]as a Deputy for the third Receivers District including counties of Berkeley, Clark, Frederick, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan, 22 October 1861.
        1 page.ADS.

        Signed also by J. R. Bowen, J[ustice] [of the] P[eace],stating that Charles L. Powell, [Jr.]has taken necessary oaths to become Deputy Marshal.
        Including on verso ADS, from Brig[adie]r Gen[era]lJames H. Carson, 24 October 1861, Charles L. Powell, [Jr.]permission to cross back and forth over enemy lines.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Hol[mes?] Conrad,Camp Cooper, [?], to "Cousin Rebecca," [Rebecca Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 9 November [18]61.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Thanks her for package she sent him; describes his situation and effects of the [Civil] War.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        George Finley, Camp near "Leesburg, Virginia," to Miss [Rebecca] Powell,[Winchester, Virginia], 29 November 1861.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Thanks her for cap she sent him; his company is located at the "Big Spring" near Mr. Gray's.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Texana Lucas, Cold Spring, [Jefferson County, Virginia. (now West Virginia)], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 1 December 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        States that Yankees were in Shepherdstown, [West Virginia] a few nights ago; family news; sends condolences on loss of her brother [Lloyd Powell].

      • Box-folder 2:6
        Ellen Lucas, Cold Spring, Jefferson County, Virginia, [now West Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 2 December 1861.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Sympathizes upon loss of Nina's brother, Lloyd Powell; relates her story of when her father died; expresses indebtedness to Nina's mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell]; mentions sickness prevalent in Winchester, [Virginia]; discusses her brother's [Bob Lucas] experiences as a soldier; Charles L. Powell, Sr., has accepted position in Richmond; news of spending summer at Col. LaRue's in Clarke to escape the Yankees.

      • Box-folder 2:6
        C. Powell Grady, Locust Hill, [?], to "Cousin Nina," [Nina Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 11 December [18]61.
        1 page.ALS.

        Thanks her for a cap she made and sent to him; expecting to go to camp soon; some family news.

    • Box-folder 3:1-3
      Papers, 1862.
      63 items.
      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, Virginia, to [members of his family], [Winchester, Virginia], 14 February [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of explosion that a Mr. Hubard caused trying to perfect something like "Greek fire" to sell to the government, similar to a powder to use in shells; describes condition of Mr. Hubard, his subsequent operations and death.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        [Charles L. Powell, Jr.]. Fairfield, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 9 May 1862.
        4 pages.Incomplete.

        Wanted to give her news from Winchester, [Virginia], but "the spy" had to burn his information for fear it would fall into Enemy hands; tells stories of houses being searched by soldiers; news of friends and relatives; decorated with "Confederate States of America" seal.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Pendleton County, Virginia, to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Richmond, Virginia], 13 May 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Trying to catch up with [Stonewall] Jackson'stroops; describes camp life and strategy concerning the Yankees.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Rebecca Powell, "The Wilderness," Prince Edward C[our]t House,Virginia, to "Charlie," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Rockbridge Artillery, Gen. T. J. Jackson, Staunton, Virginia, 14 May [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Possibility of Yankees taking Richmond; discusses importance of trust in God during battles; inquires about Robert Lee.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, Virginia, to Hattie [Powell], n.p., 23 May [18]61.
        2 pages.ALS.

        General information on troop movements; mentions Battle of Williamsburg.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Mr. Gordons, [?], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 26 May 1862.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Describes being a member of Jackson's Army; mentions "Rockbridge Artillery" being full; family news. Decorated with "Liberty and Union" seal.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, Virginia, to "daughter" [either Rebecca, Hattie, or Nina Powell], n.p., 26 May [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        [Stonewall] Jacksoncaptured two entire enemy regiments; enemy took part of Central Railroad; troop movements.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Mr. Gordon's, [near Gordonsville, Virginia], to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Richmond, Virginia], 28 May 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Family news; disappointment about not being able to be with [Stonewall] Jacksonin his last fight.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        "Mother" S[elina] P[owell],n.p. to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 29 May [1861].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the family's living arrangements; thanks her for finding a home for her to stay in, but feels it would be less imposing if she stayed where Nina is teaching in Prince Edward County; hopes that they can all live together soon; rejoices over Jackson's victory in retaking the "old town"; says that the Garlands have been very kind during her stay with them; discusses her traveling plans.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 10 June 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Death of friends, Willie Gray and Marshall Barton; death of various others in war including [Turner] Asby; talks of having made herself a sun-bonnet; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Gordonsville, [Virginia], to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Richmond, Virginia], 10 June 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Speaks of getting a job as a clerk in Major Vaun's office; information about [Stonewall] Jackson'svictories; reports Colonel Ashby's death.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie [Powell],Rome, [?], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 14 June 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Reviews routine activities; much family and friend news; discusses [Stonewall] Jackson'stroops.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie [Powell],Rome, [?], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 26 June [1862].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Everyone feeling ill and weighing less; Family news; possible fighting in Richmond, [Virginia]; [Stonewall] Jacksonis at Hanover Junction, [Virginia]; problem with fleas.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to "Charley," [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], n.p., 27 June 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        He cannot get into the Rockbridge Artillery; she is staying with a Col. and Mrs. Tucker; battle of Richmond has begun; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Gordonsville, [Virginia], to "sister," Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 June 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Got position as a clerk in the Quarter Master's Office under Capt. Irwin, first cousin of [Selina (Lloyd) Powell]; [Stonewall] Jackson'sarmy passed through Gordonsville about a week ago; talks of deserters from both sides wandering in mountains west of Winchester, [Virginia]; South won battle in Richmond, [Virginia].

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],[Rome], [?], 29 June [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Fighting around Richmond, [Virginia]; [Stonewall] Jackson'sArmy arrived to help; describes strategies and events of war.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        S[elina] (Lloyd) Powell,n.p., to [Hattie Powell], n.p., July [?] 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Details about progress of the war; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Charlottesville, [Virginia], to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], n.p., 1 July 1862.
        1 page.ALS.

        Personal experience in Army.
        Including NCl of a poem by Jno. R. Thompson, entitled "Ashby" from a Richmond, [Virginia] newspaper dated 13 June 1862, about the war. 1 page.
        Verso bears Becca [Rebecca Powell] to Selina (Lloyd) Powell. 1 page. ALS.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Charlottesville, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 1 July 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Makes reference to [Stonewall] Jackson'sArmy and his efforts in Richmond, [Virginia]; relates events of war and involvement of friends and relatives; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie [Powell],Rome, [?], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 4 July 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses people she knows who have been wounded or killed in the war; refers to battles at Richmond and Chickahominy, [Virginia]; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        W[illia]m H. Crank,Capt. and Enrolling Officer, Charlottesville, [Virginia], signs note exempting Charles L. Powell, Jr. from Military Duty, 23 July 1862.
        1 page.NS.
      • Box-folder 3:1
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], [Winchester, Virginia], 26 July 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses disappointment that her parents didn't get to visit her; complains of "M's" temper; gives list of supplies that she has purchased or ordered.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Charlottesville, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Winchester, Virginia], 2 August [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Preparing to go to Gordonsville to join Braxton's Battery; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Camp between Gordonsville and Orange C[ourt] H[ouse],[Virginia], to "Father," C[harles] L. Powell, Sr.,Richmond, Virginia, 13 August 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Has joined Braxton's Artillery; give details of battles and accounts of those wounded and killed.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        [Charles L. Powell, Jr.], Camp near Orange C[ourt] H[ouse],to "sister," [Hattie or Rebecca Powell ?, n.p.], 14 August 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes battle between his Battery and the Yankees; describes Capt. Braxton.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, [Virginia], to one of his daughters, [Hattie or Nina Powell ?], n.p., 17 August [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        He has jaundice; personal account of stay in Richmond; discusses salary; accounts of the war.

      • Box-folder 3:1
        S[elina] L[loyd] Powell,n.p., to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia?], 24 August 1862.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Charles L. Powell, Jr. was killed; [added to letter later] her husband is still yellow with jaundice; saw the President [Davis]and his wife; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Capt. Carter M. Braxton, near Leesburg, [Virginia], to Cha[rle]s L. Powell, [Sr.],Richmond, [Virginia], 4 September 1862.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Explains events of Charles L. Powell, Jr.'s death near Warrenton Springs, [Virginia]; includes sketch of battlegrounds.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Sarah [Jane] (Powell) [Conrad],Winchester, [Virginia], to "Cousin," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Richmond, Virginia?], 6 September 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Town gossip; tells story of a Dr. Conrad's arrest and ordeal; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 12 September 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Talks of our troops making it into Maryland; family news; prevalence of typhoid fever; discusses southern attitudes about the Civil War, and northerners.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        C[harles] L. Powell,Richmond, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Either Rebecca or Nina Powell], n.p., 15 September [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Religious account and explanation of Charles L. Powell, Jr.'s death.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        S[elina] (Lloyd) Powell,Pr[ince] Edward,[Virginia], to [Hattie Powell, Rome, [?]], 16 September [1862].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Informs her of "Charley's [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] death; encloses a copy of Capt. Carter M. Braxton's report of the events leading to Charles L. Powell's death.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        "Sister" A[nn] M. Powell,"Locust Hill", [Loudoun County, Virginia], to "Brother" [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], n.p., 17 September [1862].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Offers sympathy for the loss of his son, Charles L. Powell, Jr.; describes the death of their sister Ellen [Powell Gray]; reports on the welfare of Ellen's family - Mr. [William Gray], Kate and Arthur; news of family.
        Including ALS from "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], n.p. to [Hattie Powell], n.p. Discusses the state of their belongings [in their former house in Winchester] and what will be sold through cousin Sarah [Powell Conrad]; says if they do not intend to return, then it should all be sold. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Rebecca C. Powell, P[rince] Edward C[our]t House,[Virginia], to "Cousin Sarah," [Sarah Jane (Powell) Conrad], n.p., 25 September 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Thanks her for her sympathy upon death of Rebecca's brother, Charles L. Powell, Jr.; expresses religious views; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        "Mother," [Catharine Powell], "Locust Hill", [Loudoun County, Virginia], to "son," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., Richmond, Virginia], 25 September 1862.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Responds to news of Charles L. Powell, Jr.'s death; family news; reports on her own health.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Obituary of Charles L. Powell, Jr., who died in the battle of Warrenton Springs, September 1862.
        1 page.NwsCl.

        Includes description of Charles L. Powell and the battle.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Sarah [Jane (Powell) Conrad], Winchester, [Virginia], to "Cousin," [?], n.p., 13 October 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family and town news; mentions that army is located near her in Winchester, [Virginia].

      • Box-folder 3:2
        S[elina] Powell,Kenmuir, [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 16 October 1862.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Gives her daily routine schedule; involved in knitting for the soldiers; doesn't seem to think Yankees will approach Richmond, [Virginia]; remembers her son "Charley" [Charles L. Powell, Jr.] often.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        J. J. Dupuy, Americus, Georgia, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 19 October 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses their friendship and situation of the Civil War.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        "Cousin" Kate S. Gray, "Locust Hill", [near Leesburg, Virginia] to Nina [Powell],n.p., 20 October [1862].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses sympathy for the death of her brother, Charles L. Powell, Jr.; describes in detail the death of her mother, Ellen Powell Gray and reveals her feelings concerning it; gives news of their Powell relatives.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Hattie [Powell],"Rome", [?], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 24 October 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses daily routine; problem with typhoid fever; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 24 October 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 27 October 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Comments on incidents of typhoid fever; family news; discusses her minister and baptism of a baby.

      • Box-folder 3:2
        M[ary] C[ustis] Lee,Richmond, [Virginia], to Selina [(Loyd) Powell],n.p., 30 October 1862.
        4 pages.ALS. Including Xcy of ALS (same). 4 pages.

        Describes circumstances of her daughter Annie's sickness and death; offers sympathy for death of Charles L. Powell, Jr.; family news; including recital of Fenella's funeral rites; "Earth to Earth, Dust to Dust...".

      • Box-folder 3:2
        S[arah] J[ane (Powell)] Conrad,Winchester, [Virginia], to "Cousin" Charles L. Powell, "Kenmuir", Trevillion's depot, Louisa County, Virginia, 31 [October] [1862].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses business matters in Winchester that she is taking care of for Charles L. Powell; discusses the ear and the situation in Winchester; sends him some books, stating that the Yankees carried off the rest of them; reports of a proposed armistice.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], "Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 4 November 1862.
        4 pages.AL.

        Describes sickness causing a delirious state for a few days; family news; knitting as a popular pastime; discusses weather; Yankees still have Gloucester Point as a fort; soldiers suffering from "rot" that kills them.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],"Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to "darling," [one of his daughters, Hattie or Rebecca Powell], n.p., 5 November [18]62.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses [John] Milton'sworks; family news; Longstreet's Corps has occupied many points near Culpeper Court House.
        Including ANS from Nina Powell, Kenmuir, [Louisa County, Virginia] to "sister," [either Hattie or Rebecca Powell], n.p., 5 November [18]62,reporting family news. 1 page.
        Also including ANS from S[elina] P[owell],Kenmuir, [Louisa County, Virginia]. Expresses grief over Annie Lee's death; asks about Robert E. Lee; prevalence of typhoid fever; describes weather and landscape; Yankees did not disturb Charles L. Powell, Jr.'s grave; family news. 2 pages. ALS.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        "Friend" Getty McGuire, "Home" [Winchester, Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 12 November 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Sends this letter with a letter from Hunter, her brother; comments that Hattie has now been gone from Winchester eight months; says life ins find when Confederate soldiers are in Winchester, but that it is miserable when the Yankees come; says General Jackson has visited them and has his headquarters on the road to Front Royal; says he gave her his photograph and se will send a copy; writes that they are working very hard because the few servants in town are cooking for the soldiers; lists people who will leave town if the Yankees return; says Cousin Betty look unwell because she works so hard in the hospitals ; writes that they only have 500 sick beds in the hospitals; mentions the destruction by Yankees in other counties; fears they will soon suffer.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Hunter [Getty] McGuire,Camp, H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs, Virginia D[istric]t,to "Friend" [Hattie Powell], n.p., 12 November 1862.
        1 page.ALS.

        Sends thanks for present he received because [it] will be useful during the winter; expresses desire for peace in the country.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], n.p., 16 November 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses concern that the southern army is suffering from a lack of clothes and the elements.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Rebecca Powell, "Springfield", Virginia, to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 16 November [1862].
        6 pages.ALS.

        Expresses her feelings of loneliness, as she lives among strangers; expresses other worries of disease and of the war; discusses problems with diphtheria in the neighborhood; comments on the shortage of men in the neighborhood, in particular healthy, attractive ones; discusses the hardships of Uncle Prosser and Aunt [Re]Bec[ca]whose former servants burnt much of their property; news of friends and family.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        S[arah] J[ane (Powell)] C[onrad],[Winchester, Virginia] to "cousin" [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], ["Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 22 November [1862].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the condition of Charles L. Powell's estate and what business has been transacted; lists what articles from their home have been sold, commenting that most people in Winchester are not buying things because they are leaving to journey "up the Valley"; reports that 4000 men are guarding Winchester, that some tobacco has been burned, and that preparation for evacuation is underway; describes Yankee attacks in Charlestown; comments on the effect of the fear of attack on everyone in the town; gives news of friends.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        "Grandmother" [Catharine Powell], "locust Hill [sic]", [Loudoun County, Virginia], to "granddaughter" [Nina, Rebecca or Hattie Powell], n.p., 2 December [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on problems with influenza; refers to a Capt. Duff and his defense of Leesburg, [Virginia]; gives news of town since troops have arrived; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],"Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to "darling," [Nina Powell], n.p., 12 December [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Makes references to the Clarke Cav[al]ry and a Capt. Carter; possessions have been pillaged and towns have been ruined; has to quit farming because of war.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        S[elina] P[owell],"Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 12 December 1862.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Wishes Nina a Happy Birthday; refers to God and task to enter his Kingdom; mentions a friend who died from diphtheria; discusses [Stonewall] Jackson'sopposition to the "enemy" [Yankees] at Port Royal, [Virginia]; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Rebecca Powell, "Springfield", Virginia, to "Mother," Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Kenmuir?, 15 December [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses everyone's fear of diphtheria; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        H[attie] L. Powell,Rome, [?], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 16 December 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Makes references to Gen. [Robert E.] Lee'svictories; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Kate Gordon, "Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 17 December [18]62.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses the difficulty of losing so many brave men in the [Civil] war.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?] to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 19 December 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Reminisces about their last Christmas together; discusses the servants and their ability to be dangerous.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        Hattie L. Powell, Rome, [?], to "Father," [Charles L. Powell, Sr., "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 21 December 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Expresses desire for peace and to return to Winchester, [Virginia]; much town and family news; sorry they can't spend Christmas together.

      • Box-folder 3:3
        H[attie] L. P[owell],Rome, [?], to "Sister," [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 24 December 1862.
        2 pages.ALS.

        She has been ill with a cough and cold; family news.

    • Box-folder 3:4-5
      Papers, 1863.
      57 items.
      • Box-folder 3:4
        S[elina] (Lloyd) Powell,"Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to daughter," [Nina Powell], Pr[ince] Ed[war]d [County, Virginia],2 January 1863.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Inquires about a John Tabb; tells activities of Kate [Gordon]who is staying with them; mentions a bombazine [fine twilled silk fabric]; people looking for teaching positions; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca C. Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 2 January 1863.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Much town and family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 12 January [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Problems with smallpox; much family news; mentions Judge Lee's[?] suicide.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], "Kenmuir", [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 16 January 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Her husband, Charles L. Powell, Sr., is still looking for a teaching job; recommends reading as a worthwhile hobby.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Agnes [Lee],Hickory Hill, [?], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., January [1863?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes how her family spent Christmas; thanks her for the cap she made for her brother Rob; discusses the sadness of Hattie's Christmas; discusses friendship; reports that she heard from Mary[?] who is living behind Yankee lines in King George.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, "Kenmuir", Louisa County, Virginia], 2 February [18]63.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Mentions a Col. Tucker[?]; talks about her personal health; refers to the "conscript act"; gives impressions of deaths resulting from the [Civil] Warand ideas of a forthcoming peace; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        C. Powell Grady, H[ea]d Q[ua]r[ter]s,Valley District, New Market, Virginia, to "Cousin Nina" [Powell],n.p., 7 February 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; refers to robbery of all servants; tells stories of confrontations with the enemy and experiences while at war; discusses food he has to eat; mentions has heard news of Grandma's death; mentions William Edmonson Jones.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 17 February [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; discusses her pay for tutorial services.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca [Powell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., 1 March [1863].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Mentions their father's new employment in Greenville; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        "Lou," [Brooker?], n.p. to Nina Powell, n.p., 13 March 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; describes some of daily activities.
        Including ANS from N. C. E.[?], n.p., to Nina Powell, n.p., post 13 March 1863, giving neighborhood news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca C. Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Mother," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 22 March 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on Cavalry's victory in Culpepper [sic], [Virginia]; describes poverty situation in Winchester, [Virginia], as result of [Civil] War; discusses situations in Romney, West Virginia; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Powhatan County, [Virginia], to "darling," [one of his daughters - Hattie, Rebecca, or Nina Powell], n.p., 1 April [18]63.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Found a teaching job in Powhatan; describes location and plans to build a house.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        W[illie] J. [?] Hull,"Camp Washington," H[ea]d Q[ua]r[ter]s,N. W. Virginia Brigade, to "Cousin Hattie" [Powell],[Rome], 6 April [18]63.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Comments on his activities in the Army; refers to "the Picketts"; tells of damage and destruction in Winchester, [Virginia], as a result of Yankee invasion.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        [C.] Powell Grady,H[ea]d Q[ua]r[ter]s,V[irginia] D[istrict],to "dear cousin" [either Hattie, Rebecca, or Nina Powell], n.p., 10 April 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on experiences in Army; expresses sadness that young men can't receive education during the war; family news; states that Tip[?] Powell and Frank Grady were captured in Loudoun, [Virginia].

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Agnes Lee, Richmond, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 12 April 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses clothes; family news; says they will visit Shirley [Plantation]soon; says Mary[?] must remain within the Yankee lines because the only way to leave is to walk eighteen miles at night, carrying baggage; mentions Robert E. Lee, George Washington, and Custis Lee.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca C. Powell, Springfield, [Virginia], to "Sister" [Hattie Powell], n.p., 24 April [18]63.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Mentions interest in soldiers, especially the South Carolina gentlemen; talks about sources of entertainment; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        C[harles] L. Powell,Powhatan County, [Virginia], to "daughter" [either Hattie, Rebecca, or Nina Powell], n.p., 26 April [18]63.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Describes his house and surroundings; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        S[elina] (Lloyd) Powell, Pr[ince] Edw[ar]d [County, Virginia],to "precious Hattie" [Powell],n.p., 29 April 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions "taking bitters (a tea) made of sarsaparilla root" for strength and to purify her blood; expresses hopes for war to soon be over; Yankees now have Fauquier under their control; family news; refers to receiving news through the Enquirer.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Rebecca [C. Powell],n.p., to "Mother," [Selina Lloyd Powell], n.p., [?] May [1863].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses when the family members will see each other; gives news of Powell relatives at Locust Hill; says that goods cannot be sent to them from Locust Hill [Leesburg, Virginia] because of a blockade; inquires about the fighting in Fredericksburg.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        C. Powell Grady, H[ea]d Q[ua]r[ter]s,Jones Cavalry Brigade, near Culpeper Co[urt] Ho[use],[Virginia], to "cousin Nina" [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia], 5 June 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Talks about General Stuart's decision to review his Division; refers to great loss at Battle of Chancellorsville in the death of Gen[era]l ["Stonewall"] Jackson; describes events of war near Rowlesburg, [West Virginia]; comments on his troops various attacks on different Railroads; gives details about other battles.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Hattie [Powell],"Prestwood" [sic], [Mecklenburg County, Virginia?], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia?], 13 June 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; comments on how quickly her chickens are dying.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        "Cousin" Sarah [Jane (Powell) Conrad], Winchester, [Virginia], to "Hattie" [Harriet Powell], n.p., 8 July [18]63.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Discusses fighting [in the Civil War] and loss of servants; family news and sick and wounded from Battle of Gettysburg.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Powell[?] [Grady?],n.p., to "cousin", n.p., 18 July [1863].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on war, pestilence and famine; discusses the [Civil] War.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        H[orace] Stringfellow,Rector, St. Martin's Parish, Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia, to N[ina] L. Powell,[Winchester, Virginia?], 21 July 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        States that Nina Powell has been recommended to him to take care of his children as well as tutoring them; requests response to his offer.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        [?] L. [?], "White Marsh", [Gloucester County, Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 24 July 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses pillaging by the Yankees; comments on men who have given their lives for the southern cause; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        H[orace] Stringfellow,Verdon, Hanover County, [Virginia], to Nina L. Powell, [Winchester, Virginia?], 3 August 1863.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Comments on scarcity of various staples; offers her $300 to come and teach his children.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        Emily [Powell?],Cousin, Richmond, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 4 August 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses "keeping house" and how much it costs to do so; family news; comments on the Battle of Manassas.
        Including AN from [?], n.p. to Hatty [sic] [Powell],n.p., n.d., discussing delivery of enclosed note to Custis [Lee]. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        H[orace] Stringfellow,[Hanover County, Virginia], to Miss [Nina] Powell,[Winchester, Virginia?], 14 August 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Attempts to appease Nina's apprehensions about coming to Hanover County if the enemy is there; wants her to begin working the first of October.

      • Box-folder 3:4
        [Charles Leven Powell, Sr.?], to [?], 17 August [18]63.
        1 page.N. Incomplete.

        Offer to substitute himself [for William Henry Fitzhugh Lee as a Northern prisoner of War].

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Rebecca C. Powell, "Clover Plains," [?], to Nina [Powell],[Winchester, Virginia or Hanover County, Virginia?], 26 September [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; questions Nina about her "beaux" and his courting ways; discusses education.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        "Cousin Powell" [C. Powell Grady], H[ea]d Q[ua]r[te]rs,Lomax[?] Brigade, [?], to Nina [Powell],[either Winchester of Hanover County, Virginia], 1 October 1863.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Refers to burning her previous letter in case of a fight whence it could become public; relates news of troops; family news; discusses fight from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan [Rivers].

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hattie L. Powell, Prince Edward [County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],Hanover County, Virginia], 3 October 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Lettie[?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 12 October 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; stats that a man named Taylor Johns has fallen in love with Nina Powell; discusses situation at the Stringfellow's, where Nina now lives.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        C[harles] L. Powell,Albemarle County, [Virginia], to "wife," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 21 October [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses in detail his new teaching position; family information.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hattie [Powell],Prince Edward [County],to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 22 October 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives cotton prices as $3.75 a yard; discusses Battle at Manassas; much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        "Mother," S[elina] (Lloyd) P[owell], Charlotte [County, Virginia?],to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 24 October 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on her husband's new position in Albemarle; much family news; mentions some events in reference to the Civil War.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Rebecca [C. Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Mother [Selina L. Powell], n.p., 26 October [1863].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Says she saw her father [Charles L. Powell, Sr.] on his way to move into Cousin R's[?]; describes her trip to Charlottesville; expresses satisfaction that her mother is able to stay with Uncle Fred and Lute; reports she has eleven scholars.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hattie L. Powell, "Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 7 November 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; discusses her job as a teacher; discusses "preserving with molasses"; expresses anger and confusion about Nina's beaux David [?].

      • Box-folder 3:5
        [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "wife," [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 12 November [18]63.
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Discusses his teaching position.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        [Hattie Powell], Greenwood [Depot?, Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 12 November [18]63.
        4 pages.Incomplete.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Lettie[?], Linden, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 16 November 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives opinion on attitudes of young people; family news; expresses interest in religion.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Depot, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 23 November [1863].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses plans for Christmas, including costs involved and where they can stay; discusses death of [Cousin?] Temple Grady and its effect on other relatives; discusses teaching and their role in the war effort.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Nina [Powell],Forest Hill, [Hanover County, Virginia], to Mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], n.p., 25 November [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Refers to a battle at Chattanooga, [Tennessee]; and [General] Longstreet; discusses cotton and its discount price of $18 a bale; comments on young gentlemen who have come to visit her; other town and family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hunter McGuire, Camp near Orange County, Virginia, to Hattie [Powell],[Albemarle County, Virginia?], 26 November [18]63.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Thanks Hattie for her kind gift of The Bible; gives details of present experience as a soldier in the [Civil] War; expresses sadness for those who died in the battle.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hattie L. Powell, Blenheim, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Forest Hill, Hanover County, Virginia], 29 November 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Mentions a Carrie Hobson's death resulting from a "perforation of the bowels," (typhoid fever); family and town news; mentions Temple Grady's [brother of C. Powell Grady?] death; refers to having some corsets made.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to wife [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Prince Edward County, Virginia?], 2 December [18]63.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Lettie[?], Danville, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],["Forest Hill", Hanover County, Virginia], 3 December 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; expresses concern about "national affairs"; discusses religious point of view.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        [Nina Powell], "Forest Hill", [Hanover County, Virginia], to Mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], [Prince Edward County, Virginia?], 4 December [18]63.
        4 pages.AL.

        Much family news; discusses General Bragg and his great ability as a leader.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to wife [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], [Prince Edward County, Virginia?], 5 December [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; states that he met Mr. Seddon, Secretary of War and they discussed [Judah] Benjamin; gives some views of what is happening with the [Civil] War.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        S[elina (Lloyd) Powell],Charlotte [County, Virginia], to [Nina Powell, "Forest Hill", Hanover County, Virginia], 8 December 1863.
        10 pages.ALS.

        Mentions [General] Longstreet's retreat from Knoxville, [Tennessee]; comments on giving Nina some linen for "sleeves or sleeve bands", family news; discusses harvesting of crops; comments on threats that "Yanks" are making.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Cousin Emily [Powell?], Richmond, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],["Forest Hill", Hanover County, Virginia]. 11 December 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses insufficiency of cotton crops; mentions that her son is on a war vessel, in the ocean, "larger than the Floridaand the Alabama."

      • Box-folder 3:5
        H[attie] L. P[owell],Blenheim, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],["Forest Hill", Hanover County, Virginia], much family news, 15 December 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.
      • Box-folder 3:5
        H[attie] L. P[owell],Blenheim, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 16 December 1863.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Refers to travel by carriage; discusses mailing "bleached cotton"; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to wife [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 17 December [18]63.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions story where Yankees come into towns and arrest southerners; refers to daguerreotypes; writes a poem/prayer to God about grief he and others have experienced.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 19 December [1863].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Wishes Nina a Merry Christmas since she (Nina) will be together with her parents; family news.

      • Box-folder 3:5
        S[elina (Lloyd)] Powell, Charlotte [County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 December 1863.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the inclement weather; states that she had butter and tea for celebration on Christmas morning; gives price of calico as 6 dollars per yard.

    • Box-folder 4:1-4
      Papers, 1864.
      83 items.
      • Box-folder 4:1
        Rebecca [Powell], Greenwood [Depot, Albemarle County, Virginia],to mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 3 January [18]64.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Comments on her friends spending New Year's Eve at the President's; mentions walking to the University [of Virginia]in Charlottesville, [Virginia]; family news; refers to cotton vs. bleached cotton; discusses typhoid fever; comments on subject of religion.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Lettie[?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia?], 4 January 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses hopes for an end to the [Civil] War; mentions a book "Home Influency" that deals with raising children.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hattie Powell, Mill Quarter, [?], to Selina [(Lloyd)] Powell,Charlotte C[ourt] H[ouse],Virginia, 6 January 1864.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Mentions losing her heart to a Lieutenant Blackford; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 9 January 1864.
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Mentions having forgotten Nina's birthday and becoming more absentminded; states that demonstrating affection ins public is not good practice; gives advice and opinion on men and courting; has put "vie dollars in gold and $25 in Virginia. Bank notes"; and discusses school teaching; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hattie [Powell],[Mill Quarter?], to Mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 21 January 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Has been suffering from sickness similar to typhoid fever; mentions that many servants have the measles; states that the key to her watch is worn out and she cannot wind it.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Mother [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 23 January 1864.
        4 pages.AL.

        Offers advice about teaching; has seen [John C. Pemberton]; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hattie [Powell],Mill Quarter, [?], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 25 January 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses her illness [typhoid fever?]; describes her Christmas diversions.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to wife [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 27 January 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on how he misses having the women in his family at home; family news; discuses some aspects of the [Civil] War; mentions Robert Young Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Nannie [Anne Harriotte (Lloyd) Sterns], Pittsfield, [Illinois], to "sister" [Rebecca (Lloyd) P. Tabb], n.p., January 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses hope that the [Civil] Warwill soon end; expresses grief of her Mother's death.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        S[elina (Lloyd)] P[owell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 4 February 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses concern about Hattie Powell's sickness; much family news and town gossip; mentions some of the types of food they've been eating; talks about "yanks" and their disruptiveness; mentions Robert Young Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 7 February [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives Nina advice on how to terminate her engagement with [John Dupuy]; writes of the death of Hunter McGuire's sister, May; says she now has twelve scholars; news of family and friends; discusses books and mentions Robert Young Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        H[attie] L. P[owell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Says she has been busy knitting gloves, sewing, teaching, nursing, and being sick; says she is nearly "well and fat" again; says that her hair has not started to come back yet, but that when it does, she has been told to shave it; asks who Nina's friend Lizzie is; describes people she has met; reports where troops are; discusses ways she is trying to get cotton.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        "Sister" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia], to Minnie [Mary Lee Lloyd], n.p., 9 February [18]64.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Advises Minnie not to be grieved about their mother's death; some family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Article from The Sentinelentitled "Address of the President to the Army,"10 February, 1864.
        1 page.NwsCl.

        Article in which Jefferson Davis praises the Confederate soldiers for their "devotion and self-sacrifice," and assures them of their capabilities against the declining enemy; also includes a commentary about Davis' speech, stating that the present spirit of the South has never been paralleled in history.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Lizzie [Stringfellow?],Forest Hill, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 11 February [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Congratulates Nina on her engagement to [John J.] Dupuy; discusses their friendship; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to "child" [Nina or Rebecca Powell], n.p., 14 February 1864.
        2 pages.AL.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "wife" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 16 February 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions a girl's death from diphtheria; refers to traveling by train; discusses blockade of the Potomac River; comments on greenbacks and their value; refers to the Yankee Congress; general Civil War news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Charles L. Powell, [Sr.],Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia, to Lt. John J. Dupuy, Prince Edward County, [Virginia], 18 February 1864.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Gives consent for him to marry Nina after listing the pros and cons of the situation.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        [Hattie L. Powell], "Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 18 February 1864.
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Much town news and family news; refers to knitting as a pastime; states that her hair has not begun to "come out yet".

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hattie L. Powell, "Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 19 February 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses her new beau; much family and town news; refers to events of the [Civil] Warand the Powhatan troop.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Nina [Powell],Forest Hill, [Hanover County, Virginia], to "mother" [Selina Powell], [Charlotte County, Virginia], 22 February [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Says that her employer, Mrs. Stringfellow, has offered to allow her two weeks for Easter; asks permission to come home; gives detailed plans on how she could get there cheaply; says the "troop" will return before Easter; asks if her father is coming home for the holiday.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        S[elina (Lloyd)] Powell, Charlotte [County, Virginia],to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 23 February 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses selection of a minister; comments on her knitting for the soldiers; town gossip and family news.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Frank [Lloyd Powell?],Rich[mon]d, [Virginia],to "sister" [?], n.p., 23 February 1864.
        1 page.ALS.

        Discusses sale of a draft on New York for $625.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hugh H. McGuire, Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Hattie [Powell],[Blenheim, Albemarle County, Virginia], 23 February 1864.
        1 page.ALS.

        Thanks her for gloves she knitted and set to him.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Lettie[?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 23 February 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on her sister's problem with inflammatory rheumatism; much town and family news; tells stories of soldiers who have returned home; comments on lack of patriotism in the country; mentions readying.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Depot, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 23 February 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of a shopping trip she took to Charlottesville, and the people she saw; describes a visit to see their father at Cousin R. Nowland's; discusses the new tax law, the "panic," and the new monetary issue; news of friends and family; mentions reading.

      • Box-folder 4:1
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], 28 February [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Makes reference to needing a straw-splitter; discusses financial situation; comments on Nina's engagement to "Brother John" [Dupuy?].

      • Box-folder 4:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "wife" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 5 March 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions interruption of communications due to Yankee Raid; states that he sat near Gen. [Robert E.] Leeand Mr. Edmund Lee on a train car and talked with them; describes conversation; discusses the events of the [Civil] War[including Lee's near capture by Custis' divisionary raid through Albemarle County, during the Kilpatrick - Dahlgren Raid on Richmond]; mentions Holmes Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Rebecca [Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia], 9 March 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much town news; discusses Yankees and their progression; comments on her attempts to hide her silver on her body in order to keep it from the Yankees.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 13 March 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses religious views.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia] to "wife" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 20 March 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; discusses events of the [Civil] War; including raid by Custis on Albemarle; mentions Homes Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Hattie L. [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 21 March 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        S[elina (Lloyd)] Powell, Charlotte [County, Virginia],to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 24 March 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the weather; much town and family news.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County, Virginia?], 25 March [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Says her Easter plans have been cancelled because of the snow storm; mentions how close she (Nina) has been to the Yankees; says she feels much better and now weights 114 pounds; reports on fatal measles in the area; reports on how she has spent her time with Captain Morgan.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        H[attie] L. P[owell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 31 March [1864].
        1 page.ALS.

        Sends her a letter from Kate[?].

      • Box-folder 4:2
        S[elina (Lloyd)] Powell, Charlotte [County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell, Hanover County, Virginia], 2 April 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses buying and selling cotton; comments on college opportunities; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        R[ebecca] C. Powell,Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Hanover County?, Virginia], 6 April [18]64.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news and town gossip; comments on gold lace on the coats of those who make rank of Captain.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Fannie Mac [or Mae?], n.p., to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 11 April 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; refers to Nina's grandmother's [Anne Harriotte (Lee) Lloyd] death; discusses Yankees and their progress; mentions Robert Young Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        S[elina (Lloyd)] P[owell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 15 April 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on reading as a pastime and mentions [?] Cooper's novels; much family news; refers to Yankees taking hostages; mentions Robert Young Conrad.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Rebecca [C. Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle, County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 19 April [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her daily schedule; reports how their Aunt Jeanie Lloyd and Aunt [Re]Bec[ca]are doing in relation to the war; describes social visits; mentions an Aunt Nannie; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        S[elina] P[owell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 3 May 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses weather and its effects on gardens and crops; comments on Yankees and news about the [Civil] War; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Rebecca [Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 5 May [18]64.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; comments on news of the [Civil] War.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        [Rebecca Powell] [?], "Forest Hill", [Hanover County, Virginia] [?], to "sister" [either Nina or Hattie Powell], n.p., 13 May 1864.
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Gives detailed description of fighting near Beaver Dam, [Virginia], as told to her by some of the soldiers; mentions visit by Gen. Stuart; describes other events of the war from personal point of view.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Rebecca [Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 17 May [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; discusses struggle on the Rapidan [River]; tells of other [Civil] Warnews.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 19 May 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses general battle news; expresses concern about struggle in Hanover County, Virginia.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        Hattie [Powell],"Forest Hill", [Hanover County, Virginia], to [Nina Powell, Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia] [?], 20 May 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses events of the war; comments on actions of Yankees.

      • Box-folder 4:2
        S[elina (Lloyd)] P[owell],[Charlotte County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 24 May 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Comments on armies being at Hanover Junction and expresses her concern and fears; refers to burning of Powhatan depot by Yankees.
        Including AN from [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], to Nina Powell, [Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 24 May, 1864, correcting some spelling errors. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        "Mother" S[elina] P[owell],Charlotte, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Taylorsville, Hanover County, Virginia], 5 June 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Expresses relief that the Yankees did not come through the area where Nina is; says that her father wants her [Nina] to leave soon because of the danger; says things are so scarce in Charlotte that there would not be enough to feed her; expresses relief that Nina is not living between the two railroads; says the news they get about the war is encouraging, but she thinks the conflict will be a long one; discusses plans to get the family together.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Ivy Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "wife" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 6 June 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Refers to battle of Vicksburg; tells of other developments of the [Civil] War.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Emily [Powell],Richmond, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 24 June 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Refers to a cousin, Mrs. Randolph Tucker whose house is at the corner of Grace and Adams street in Richmond; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        "Mother [Selina Powell], n.p. to Nina L. Powell, Belvidere, [?], [October 1863 - June 1864?].
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Asks about Nina's daily schedule and when she says prayers; expresses sorrow that Hattie's teaching position near Nina did not work out; tells her she must be self-reliant; says she is waiting to find out if she can join Mr. Powell; discusses the fashions of hats; sends her respects to Mr. Stringfellow.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow],"Forest Hill", [Hanover County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 13 July [18]64.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much town and family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Lizzie [?], Petersburg, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[care of James M. Booker, Moores Ordinary, Prince Edward County, Virginia], 23 July [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her social schedule; encourages her to pursue a relationship with Willie Booker; news of family.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        "Uncle Edmund" [?], Danville, Virginia, to Re[becca Powell],[Greenwood Depot, Albemarle County, Virginia], 26 August 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Recounts all he has been doing for the past two years (has been in charge of a prison.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        C. Stringfellow, [Hanover County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 4 September [1864?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Asks Nina to change her mind and work for them another year; claims they are safe from the Yankees and that the war will soon be over; praises her teaching of their three girls.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Rebecca C. Powell, "Kenmuir," [Louisa County, Virginia], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 18 September [18]64.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Yankees' burning of houses in Richmond; gives views on death; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Madison River Station, [?], to "wife" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 18 September 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Comments on typhoid fever; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Rebecca C. Powell, "Kenmuir," [Louisa County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia], 21 September [18]64.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much Family news. mentions not being able to find a nail-brush in the city and forgot india ribbon; comments on Yankees treating people badly; refers to buying lip-glue at Randolph's Book Store; discusses her, Nina's, new house.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        S[elina] P[owell],Mr. Redd's, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 24 September [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Describes Mr. Powell's teaching position with the Scott family; says he is trying to find a place near him for her to stay; says there was a Yankee raid near where he is staying; discusses where friends who are soldiers are stationed; mentions families who are looking for wounded soldiers to employ as teachers.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 29 September 1864.
        2 pages.AL.

        Much family and town news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Lettie[?], Linden, [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 29 September 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Comments on symptoms of the "fever"; expresses religious beliefs concerning deaths resulting from battles; much family news and town news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        S[elina (Lloyd)] P[owell], Charlotte C[our]t House, [Virginia],to Nina [Powell],n.p., 7 October [1864] [?].
        4 pages.Incomplete.

        Much family news; discusses teacher's pay.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte C[ourt] H[ouse],Virginia], to Nina [Powell],Richmond, [Virginia], 10 October [1864?].
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Much family and town news; inquires about her new home in Richmond, Virginia.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Hattie L. Powell, "Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 13 October [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses one of Nina's pupils and how Nina should act towards the family that is employing her; mentions arrangements to exchange a pair of shoes; reports on friends and family; reports on "her Willie," and where he is stationed; mentions soldiers for whom she has knitted gloves.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Greenwood [Depot],[Albemarle County, Virginia], to "Father" [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], n.p., 17 October [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the suitability of Mr. Starke's teaching offer for her mother.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        "Sister" Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to [Nina Powell], [Richmond, Virginia], 24 October [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Chides Nina for not writing her; asks if she is spending all her time with Willie Dupuy] who has a wounded shoulder; reports on what she has done socially; asks her to get some cartridges for her pistol when she buys some for her own gun; says Minna Booker is to be married November fourth; discusses sewing.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Charlotte [County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 26 October 1864.
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Complains about difficulties in the teaching profession; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle, County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 27 October [1864?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her situation at the Garrett's, teaching Lizzie and others; emphasizes the importance of letter writing now that they are apart; discusses Mr. Irving's[?] failing health; says Lizzie has diphtheria; describes social events; discusses Nina's problems with teaching Blanche; reports on friends who have been wounded or killed in the war; asks bout Cousin Mary Lee and Cousin Emily.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow],[Verdon, Hanover County, Virginia, to Nina Powell, [care of Dr. James Powell, Richmond, Virginia], 27 October [1864?].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Reports that her brother Rob has been wounded and may have to have his leg amputated; says her brother Jimmie is in Charleston where there is much yellow fever; says they work all day without rest; more family news.

      • Box-folder 4:3
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 31 October [1864?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives advice on how Nina should manage one of her pupils; reports on what she is doing; discusses clothes; mentions Minna's wedding.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Lettie [?], Linden, [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 2 November 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives reasons why she hasn't written of late; describes her brother's episode of being shot in the hand and its effects; comments on amount of men that are off at war and those who remain are "quaking"; much family news; expresses hope that God will get them through "these difficulties."

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Rebecca [C. Powell],Greenwood Depot, [Albemarle County, Virginia] to Nina [Powell],n.p., 7 November [1864?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her social activities; discusses balancing work with pleasure; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "Mother" [Selina Powell], [Richmond, Virginia], 10 November [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Asks about her "new home" in Richmond and her "new occupation" with Mrs. Paleski; describes Minna's wedding; says the weather was so bad that no one could go home, so the reception lasted all night; reports what she has done socially; describes in detail a dress she just made.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia?], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 16 November [1864].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Expresses joy that Nina and their mother can live close to each other; reports on her social activities; discusses plans for Christmas; mentions how well the Confederate Cavalry is doing; discusses friends that are soldiers, and which of them she has knitted gloves for.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Rebecca [C. Powell], Greenwood [Depot, Albemarle County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],n.p., 24 November [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes a preacher, Mr. McGill, who is visiting; describes social events; discusses clothes she is making; questions Junius Powell's decision to go to Bermuda instead of joining the army; mentions Harry Harrison [Mrs. Huge's brother] who came home after a prisoner at Fort Delaware.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        "Fancy"[?], n.p. to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 28 November 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses how her home was destroyed; details experiences with the Yankees; comments on incarceration of many Southerners in northern prisons and their suffering; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Rebecca [C. Powell],Greenwood [Depot],[Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 5 December [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her trip to Charlottesville and the people she visited, including cousin Gert; mentions Sally's[?] death; says she must soon accept an offer for teaching from Mr. Frank Cabell; discusses depreciation of money; mentions a cousin Ann and a cousin Laura; reports that Tip Powell was taken prisoner.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia] to Nina [Powell],n.p., 11 December [1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the bad weather and muddy roads, says she has not heard from Custis Lee, for whom she made gloves; discusses clothes; discusses Christmas plans; tells Nina to "change her dress" whenever she desires, since she will always mourn inside; says she and Rebecca will change theirs in the spring; discusses the problems Winchester is having with the Yankees; mentions Minna's wedding.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        N. F. Cabell, Nelson County, near Willow Bank, [Virginia], to Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Station, [corner of Washington and Duke Streets], [Albemarle County, Virginia?], 17 December 1864.
        1 page.ALS.

        Discusses a prospective teaching job for her and his plan for her.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Lettie[?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 17 December 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; begs her to spend Christmas with them.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Hattie L. Powell, "Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Charlotte County, Virginia], 18 December 1864.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses happiness that her mother and father will finally be able to live together again; comments on Nina Powell's loss of hair; refers to suffering Loudoun County, due to Yankees; family news; describes how a friend spends time trying to find hiding places for her possessions.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell], Greenwood [Depot, Albemarle County, Virginia],to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 22 December [18]64.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes a "homespun" dress that she has; family news; describes weather; tells her to go to a Christmas get-together where she can met many people, including Robert E. Lee, Custis Lee, and perhaps "our beloved President" [Jefferson Davis]; later mentions rumors that President Davis may be dead.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 27 December 1864.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Mentions pastime crocheting a cap; comments on delay of mail; discusses ordering some supplies from her sister; refers to troop movement on "the Danville road"; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:4
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],n.p. to [Nina Powell], [Verdon, Hanover, County, Virginia], [1863-1864].
        2 pages.ALS. Incomplete.

        Describes social activities; urges Nina to spend Christmas in Richmond with Cousin Emily; discusses cotton and where to buy it.
        Including fragment of ALS from "cousin" Laurence B. Taylor, to [?], n.p., n.d., stating that he hopes they will see much of each other in Albemarle [County].

      • Box-folder 4:4
        Rebecca [Powell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., [1863-1864].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the difficulties of sending mail; inquires about their mother's health; news of friends and the war.

    • Box-folder 4:5-7
      Papers, 1865.
      65 items.
      • Box-folder 4:5
        W. D. Storke, Pickett's Division, to Hattie [Powell],[Blenheim, Albemarle County, Virginia], 4 January [18]65.
        1 page.ALS.

        Thanks her for the gauntlets, testament, and book of psalms that she sent him.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Willow Bank, P[rince] G[eorge],[Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 6 January [18]65.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells what she did during Christmas holidays; discusses her job as a teacher as well as who and what subjects she teaches; family and town news.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 8 January 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on Robert E. Lee's thoughts that the South is in danger; discusses her knitting and whom she has made gloves for; states how she doesn't understand men; family news.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        S[elina] P[owell],Norwood, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell], [Richmond, Virginia], 13 January [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the possibility of Nina being engaged to Willie Dupuy; says she would like to know him better before she can consent; would like for her to make the final decision herself; says their engagement would last indefinitely because they are both poor and Willie was "disabled" from the war; asks her to consider these issues.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Tye River Ware-House, [Nelson County, Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell, Richmond, Virginia], 14 January 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Responds to her requesting permission to be engaged to Mr. [William] Dupuy[?]; gives feelings about entire situation; refers to evacuation of Richmond, [Virginia].

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 15 January 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Family news; asks her to send her stamps and black glazed cotton and to look for strawsplitters; describes episode of being thrown from horse.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],[Blenheim, Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 17 January 1865.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses how busy she is making gloves; mentions Nina's engagement/involvement with a "brave, Christian soldier".

      • Box-folder 4:5
        "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Norwood, [Nelson County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 20 January 1865.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses possibility of Nina moving to Norwood if Richmond is given up.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        "Mother" [Selina (Lloyd) Powell], Norwood, [Nelson County, Virginia], to "child" [Nina Powell, Richmond, Virginia], 28 January 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; discusses the bond between two who love each other.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 30 January 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses happiness about Nina's now official engagement to Mr. [William] Dupuy; other family news.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],Blenheim, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 1 February 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Nina's engagement and her fiance's [William Dupuy] financial status and personality.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        S[elina (Lloyd)] P[owell],Norwood, [Nelson County, Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell], n.p., 2 February 1865.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives advice on how to express feelings of love to her fiance, in her correspondence.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        "Mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., to [Nina Powell], n.p., 5 February [1865].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Gives her advice about her situation with Mr. D[upuy]; tells her to make up her own mind and to be sure of his character and their love; advises that if she is certain that she wants to be engaged to him, then not to hold back her feelings and to show her trust; gives more advice.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        [Selina (Lloyd) Powell, Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia], to "precious darling" [Nina Powell, Richmond, Virginia], Post 10 February 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses her approval of William Dupuy as Nina's fiance.
        Including Cy of L, 10 February 1865, from [William Dupuy], n.p. to "Sir" [Charles L. Powell, Sr.], n.p., discussing his and Nina's relationship and betrothal. 4 pages.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],n.p., to "darling" [Nina Powell], n.p., [January-19 February 1865?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives advise on Nina's relationship with a young man [Willie Dupuy?]; says that if they ever get married they would always be poor; discusses what he will want in a wife; discusses Nina's fear that her ways are not elegant enough for him because he was brought up in higher society; reveals her philosophy on how to act in society, how to view oneself, and how to act towards men to keep them interested.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        C[harles] L. Powell, [Sr.],Alexandria, [Virginia], to "darling" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 19 February 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on attempts to regain some of their family possessions; discusses the break-up of Nina Powell's engagement; mentions Hattie Powell's arrival in Goochland, [Virginia], family news.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Rebecca [Powell],Willow Bank, P. G.[?], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 20 February [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Nina's problem with an employer, Mrs. Powell, and suggests other families she could work for; says she can spend $350.00 on material for summer clothing; discusses the plight of the South; reveals her feelings about Nina's engagement; describes a visit to Norwood where her parents are working for Mr. Cabell; reports that cousin Lizzie Powell, fourth daughter of Uncle Llew, is to be married; news of family and friends; mentions teaching.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        Hattie [Powell],Blenheim, [Ballsville, Virginia?], to Nina [L. Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 23 February [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses materials for sewing dresses; expresses her anger at how Mrs. Powell (an employer) treated Nina; discusses her neighbors where she is teaching, saying none are suitable for Nina to live with and teach for; gives news of friends and family; says they have a soldier staying there; mentions teaching.
        Including newspaper clipping advertising for teachers.

      • Box-folder 4:5
        S. R.[?] Pickens,H[ea]d Q[ua]r[ter]s,Battle's Brig[ade],Army A. N. V., to "Miss Powell" [either Rebecca, Nina, or Hattie Powell], n.p., 24 February 1865.
        1 page.ALS.

        Thanks her for presents she sent him; expresses hope of seeing her again soon.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Liberty Hall [sic?] [Liberty Hill, Virginia?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 18 March [18]65.
        4 pages.

        Much family news; discusses Yankees.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        [Selina L. Powell], Norwood, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],"Bremo", [Fluvanna County, Virginia], 19 March [1865?].
        2 pages.AL.

        Says Mr. Philip Cabell is stopping by "Bremo" on his way to Richmond, so she is taking this opportunity to send a letter; discusses opportunities for her to work with other families and how she should set this up; wishes she could come to see them but says it is impossible because the canal is "broken up," the roads are bad, and the Yankees destroyed the carriage; hopes that she is comfortable at Gen[eral] Cocke's; hopes that he doesn't mind her being there since he is a wealthy man. Letter is continued on a small slip of paper - advises on the different uses of "shall" and "will" in writing letters.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Norwood?], [?], 21 March [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses relief that she is safe after traveling through dangerous area; says that their Mother and Father had some trouble when traveling, and that they lost some clothes; discusses an offer to teach in Keysville, Charlotte County; reports battle action in the area; asks what she thinks about her giving her silver cup to "the government"; mentions the death of their Aunt Ann's baby, Fannie.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 31 March [18]65.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Mentions sending carpet bags to her parents filled with necessary items she could spare; comments on Yankees being on southside of the James [River], [Virginia] and dreading a raid.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        "Cousin" Bettie F. Colston, "Hill and Dale", [?], to "Cousin" Beck [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 17 April [1861-1865].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Send the key to her bonnet box; mentions a cousin Kate Noland and an Aunt Bettie Conrad; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        [?], Richmond, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],[Goochland, Virginia], 18 April 1865.
        4 pages.AL.

        Discusses surrender of Confederates in detail; expresses religious beliefs about result of the [Civil] War; describes battle in Richmond, [Virginia].

      • Box-folder 4:6
        S. F. Brent[?], L. Bremo, [Fluvanna County?], [Virginia], to Nina Powell, Norwood, [Nelson County, Virginia], 24 April [18]65.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Comments on prohibition from traveling North; mentions recognition by France and the French position; gives religious opinions; describes some of the remnants left by Yankees.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Agnes Lee, Richmond, Virginia, to Hattie [Powell],n.p., 27 April [1865].
        6 pages.ALS.

        Reports news of post-war events since Hattie receives no news in the country; expresses the sentiments and anxieties of those in an occupied city, discusses [Robert E. Lee and his sons]; reports rumors about Booth, Jefferson Davis, and the surrender of the army of [Joseph E.] Johns[t]onto [William T.] Sherman; discusses the sacrifices of the last four years and where it has led.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        [Selina Powell], n.p. to "darling" [one of daughters - Hattie, Rebecca or Nina], [Richmond, Virginia], n.d. [1861-April 1865].
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete, beginning of letter missing.

        Describes the people with whom she is staying; expresses joy that she feels comfortable in Richmond; says she hears rumors about whether Richmond will be given up or not; tells her to come to them if there is any danger; news about friends.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        "Friend" G[etty] McG[uire],n.p., to [Rebecca Powell], n.p., n.d. [June - July 1865].
        3 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Describes a battle at Fort Jackson that she was able to witness from her cousin's house; says Hunter [?] is the medical doctor of Ewell's Corps; mentions lack of provisions; says she had to work very hard last winter.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia], 4 May [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Refers to "free negroes" and the fall of Richmond; tells stories of robbers in various neighborhoods; discusses difficulty to have faith in God where there is so much suffering; also refers to bands of negro robbers and describes their actions.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],"Blenheim", [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Minnie [Lloyd],[her aunt], n.p., 7 May [1865].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; expresses sorrow and grief about living through these times.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],Blenheim, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], 15 June 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; comments on problems with servants; refers to death of Lincoln and memorial service for him.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Liberty Hall, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p. [June 1865?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that Mr. Cabell bought a horse from a Mississippi soldier; reports that a Yankee soldier came to the house asking for brandy; says that she and Fan [?] are closing school for the summer; says she will soon come to Norwood to visit them.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        M[ary] C[ustis] Lee,[Richmond, Virginia], to Selina Powell, [Alexandria, Virginia], [post April - ante July 1865].
        4 pages.ALS. Xcy included.

        Discusses health, says she has rheumatism; says they will stay in Richmond until July; tells their options of where to go; considers the cost of the Civil War; discusses the condition of President Davis, prisoner at Fort Monroe; says the Yankee officers are being kinder to Richmonders; says Pierrepont has just arrived in Richmond.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Lizzie [Stringfellow?],"Retreat", Raccoon Ford, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 3 August [1864-1865?].
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete, last part missing.

        Reports she is staying with relatives but that it is so crowded, she will leave soon; says the house has been burned down, so they are living in log cabins; tells that she will soon go to Canada to visit her brother Horace; discusses where Nina could set up a school in that neighborhood.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Lettie [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia], 4 August 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of her religious belief about the [Civil] Warand how she prays daily; discusses subject of white vs. black labor; much family new; comments on cruel treatment of "our" President [Jefferson Davis]; refers to a Dr. Hoge who denies trying to begin a colony in Brazil.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Nannie [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia], 5 August 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses difficulty in accepting downfall of Confederacy; family news; discusses Nina's engagement to Willie Dupuy.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie [Powell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],[Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia?], 9 August 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        [?], Cumberland C[ourt] Ho[use],to [?], 10 August 1865.
        2 pages.

        Poem entitled The Bachelor's Consolationwritten by "Goodman A. Bachelor."

      • Box-folder 4:6
        L[ettie][?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Louisa County, Virginia], 14 August 1865.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; comments on Nina's engagement; discusses situation with Negroes; comments on elections and how soldiers were put into many of the civil offices; plans for jousting tournament.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Hattie L. Powell, Mt. Ida, [?], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 31 August 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the family's moving to a new house and how they all can be reunited once again.

      • Box-folder 4:6
        Mary] C[ustis] Lee,[Richmond, Virginia], to Selina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], [June-August 1865].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses where they may move; says the Yankees have possession of her home in Arlington; says the situation in Richmond is better since Pierrepont [Pierpont] arrived; gives news about family; mentions Robert E. Lee (1843-1914) and William Henry Fitzhugh Lee.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        Hattie [Harriet Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [L. Powell],[Leesburg, Virginia], 3 September [1865?].
        6 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Nannie's [?] wedding; says their father will need her [Nina] home for the opening of school; tells how she has been spending her time; discusses the school; reports that Mary [?] is there; expresses fear for her Aunt Mary because of the threats of Negro uprisings in southern Virginia; asks if everything is going well between Nannie and Willie B[ooker].

      • Box-folder 4:7
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Cliver Plains, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 5 September [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the continuing uncertainties of where their family will live; says she will return to work at Mr. Cabell's because she cannot depend on family plans; describes her visit to Greenwood.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Pale Blossom" [Lettie ?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 8 September 1865.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Discusses a horse riding [jousting] tournament and social event that followed; much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],Greenwood, [Albemarle County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 9 September [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports travel plans; lists social events; news of friends; says she will begin at Mr. Cabell's in two weeks.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Mother" [Selina Powell], Mr. Booker's, [Prince Edward County, Virginia?], to "daughter" [Nina or Hattie], n.p., 30 September [1861-1865].
        2 pages.AL.

        Says that she just realized that it is her 56th birthday; discusses some issues on etiquette; says that she is glad that she is pleased with her new house; has heard that the Yankees are advancing on Charlottesville; says Gloucester is having problems with the Yankees, so she will not return there; expresses disappointment that Mr. Powell did not secure a certain job that would have allowed them all to live together; says that the Redds and the Bookers have been very kind to her and do not want her to leave; writes that the Dupuy's son [Willie?] has bullet wounds in both thighs and in the foot.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Pale Blossom" [Lettie?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 24 October 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        Rebecca [Powell],Liberty Hall, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 27 November [1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes a boat trip she took with Sallie [?] to Norwood; gives news of Mr. William Cabell; discusses literature; news of friends and family.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        G[etty] M[cGuire],[Winchester, Virginia], to [Rebecca Powell], n.p., [November 1865?].
        5 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part of letter missing.

        Says Hunter has a small (medical) practice; gives news about what her other brothers[?] are doing; says Willie is doing well despite the time he spent in prison; tells how he was marched by their home last winter by the Yankees and taken to prison; tells how their house was used as a hospital, her family was put under arrest, and they were forced to live with the Yankees for six months; expresses her hatred of the Yankees; discusses how the last four years have changed her; tells how Gert [?] was working in the hospitals and on the battle field, caught a disease and has been bedridden for the last thirteen months; says she was very weak last winter because of the hard work and anxiety; says she could no longer work in the hospitals because of how the sights of war affected her.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        Douglas F. Forrest, Richmond, [Virginia], to "cousin" [Nina Powell?], [Alexandria, Virginia], 4 December 1865.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Much family news; comments on the meeting of Congress and its result on the restoration of southern property.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Pale Blossom" [Lettie?], Danville, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 12 December 1865.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Writes about Presbyterian Conference she is attending; gives town and family news.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "daughter" H[attie] L. P[owell],n.p. to [Selina Powell], [Charlotte County, Virginia?], n.d. [1861-1865?].
        Page three of three-page letter.ALS.

        Gives history of a family, telling which troop each son is in; comments on the scarcity of paper, which is why she is writing on the back of a letter written to her by her mother.
        Including on back: S[elina Powell],Charlotte C[ourt] H[ouse],[Virginia], to "daughter" [Hattie Powell], n.p. Asks her about her fever and if it is interfering with her teaching; says Mr. Powell visited her for a week; says she will stay in Charlotte all winter; mentions death of Carry Hobson. 1 page. ALS.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        [Selina Powell], n.p., to "darling" Selina Powell [daughter Nina], General Lee's, Richmond, [Virginia], n.d. [1861-1865].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Sends her a pair of slippers which she made the best she could with the materials available; says she wanted to do something for her during "these war times"; says her father is not home yet; gives list of things Rebecca needs.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], n.p., to one of daughters [Rebecca, Hattie, or Nina], n.p., [1861-1865].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses the importance of having nice handwriting; describes Kate's [?] studies; grieves over how many have lost their homes and hopes that her daughter could have a couple years holiday (from teaching); says those who must have employment are happiest; writes of family and friends; discusses her Uncle G's [?] method of teaching.
        Incomplete (first part missing). Including attached insert saying that Mr. H. [?] declined her father's services.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Cousin" S[arah] J. (Powell) C[onrad],n.p., to [Re]Bec[ca] [Powell], n.p., [1861-1863].
        4 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Describes the scene when the Yankees came into the home of Dr. Robert Baldwin; says Dr. Baldwin was kicked out of town because he refused to pay a servant; describes how the town has changed since the Yankees have taken over; mentions a man named Milroy who seems to be their leader; gives news of family members many of whom has been sick; describes a puppy he has gotten; describes a battle in which many Yankees were taken as prisoners; says Milroy has escaped and has gone to Washington; says all of her furniture is not sold and that they cannot try to sell it while the Yankees are here; discusses Dr. Daniel Conrad's practice.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Sister" S[elina] Powell,n.p. to Mary (Mrs. Frank Lloyd), Charlotte C[our]t House,[Charlotte County, Virginia], n.d. [1861-1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Asks what Jeanie [?] will do all summer; says she has heard that all the carriage horses in Gloucester have been carried off; says she will go to Powhatan to join her husband who is working for Mr. Michaux; says the Yankees are in Shepherdstown but that the Confederates have Winchester.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        [Mary Custis Lee], Lexington, [Virginia], to Selina [(Lloyd) Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 10 January [post 1865].
        2 pages.AL. Xcy included.

        Speaks of the last four years, the excitement and the trials; discusses "the college" that Robert is involving with; discusses the difficulty of finding good help; describes their house, saying it is handsome to "confederate eyes"; expresses sadness that her home is still used by the Yankees; discusses Alexandria.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        S[elina] Powell,Prince Edward [County],[Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 15 June [1861-1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Comments on the postal problems and hopes she has been receiving her letters; gives news of the Bookers; writes of her anxiety over how she [Nina] is and discusses her travel plans to Prince Edward; discusses where the Yankees are stationed; writes of the family's plans for the summer.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        S[elina] P[owell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],[Richmond, Virginia], [1861-1865].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Sends her cotton for stockings; comments on postal problems; discusses the safety of Richmond; discusses sewing and fashions; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        [Selina Powell], n.p., to [?], n.p., [1861-1865].
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Discusses the dilemma of Southerns taking the "oath" with the Northerners so that they can protect their property.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,n.p., to [Nina Powell], n.p., [1861-1865].
        2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Reports that Captain Watkins and Willie Dupuy have been wounded; says she does not know which battle they were in; news of friends; says she has heard from Mr. Powell recently; discusses dresses.

      • Box-folder 4:7
        R[ebecca] P[owell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., [1861-1865].
        1 page.ALS.

        Says that she sent socks to Willie [?] who is in the army; mentions the death of James M[coughty?].

      • Box-folder 4:7
        [Selina Powell], n.p., to [one of her daughters], n.p., [1861-1865?].
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Describes how to make Mrs. Sharpe's [?] hat; describes Lute's hat; says she will get two or three hundred dollars in Northern money from an Uncle William.

    • Box-folder 5:1
      Papers, 1866.
      34 items.
      • Box-folder 5:1
        Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Depot, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 10 January [18]66.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses teaching; describes trip to Charlottesville and adventurous train ride; mentions Sandy Pendleton's [?] wedding; discusses Trip's [?] health.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        M[ary] C[ustis] Lee,Lexington, [Virginia], to [Rebecca C. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 20 January [1866].
        2 pages.ALS. Including Xcy.

        Sends Rebecca a picture of Robert E. Lee, taken during the war (picture is dated 20 January 1866); writes of Lexington where they have just moved; gives news of family.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Rebecca [Powell],Liberty Hall, [Willow Bank, Virginia?], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 27 January [18]66.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her social activities; gives teaching position that Hattie is considering; reports that Yankees are being strict in their town.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        C[harles] L[loyd] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter" [either Rebecca, Nina, or Hattie Powell], n.p., 28 January 1866.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses poor mail service; describes Alexandria as dull town with spirit of despondency, town may be forced into the District of Columbia; describes visit of Henry Hallowell [?]; much family and town news.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Becca [Rebecca Powell], Greenwood Depot, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 January.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses crocheting, books they have read; much family news and gossip.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Cousin" Emily [Forrest?],Baltimore, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 2 February 1866.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Discusses family news; speaks of financial situation of buying a house in Baltimore; discusses problems of retrieving household items (portraits, furniture, etc.) and where to put them.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Cousin" E[mily] D. [Forrest?],Baltimore, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 7 February 1866.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Discusses details of retrieving family possessions from the Office of Confiscation; includes list of objects missing.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie L. Powell, Richmond, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, 8 February 1866.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Describes her trip and her stay with Cousin Lee; tells of relatives and other people she has seen; will continue traveling.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie L. Powell, n.p., to Nina [Powell],"Rolling View", [?], 18 February 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses daily life and schedule; family news.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie L. Powell, "Rolling View", [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 6 March [1866].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her trip to Dr. Wights' and tells of the people she met there; discusses dresses; asks about the family.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        C[harles] L. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughters" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 11 March 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Description of the political happenings in Washington D.C.: the disputes between President Johnson and the "Radicals", Mr. Johnson's veto message, the South's need to have representation in Congress; tells his view of these happenings; discusses attempts to retrieve articles from the confiscation office; family news.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Friend" Mary G. Palcoke, Solitaire, [Richmond, Virginia?], to Nina [Powell],Duke Street, Alexandria, [Virginia], 12 March [18]66.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of difficulty she has dealing with hard life of times, "Yankee" rule, and free Negroes; much news about friends in the neighborhood.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Rebecca C. Powell, "Liberty Hall", [Nelson County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 14 March [18]66.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes dinner at New Market and the people she saw there; describes conditions of roads, outlawing carriage rides; much news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Sister" H[attie] L. Powell,"Rolling View", [?] to [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 18 March [18]66.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of people she has seen or heard from.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 18 March 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses family news and news of friends; talks of sewing projects.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie [Powell],"Rolling View", [?], Nina [Powell],n.p., 4 April [1866].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives an account of her "Easter excursion," reporting what she did and whom she met; says Mrs. Atkins has no servants, so she will have to clean her own room.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 24 April 1866.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Describes events of neighborhood; tells news of friends; tells of religious happenings, Mr. Wharey's [?] reform in the church, and her religious sentiments; writes of her gloomy feelings about the South, her distrust of the Yankees, and her rebellious feels toward them; congratulates Nina on having her own "home."

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Cousin" Emily [Forrest?],Cumberland, [Maryland], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 19 May 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of stay in Cumberland with her "sister and brother"; tells of problems in retrieving household items lost in war; Douglas' [Forrest?][her husband?] law practice is improving.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Sister" Hattie L. Powell, "Rolling View", [?], to Nina [Powell],Corner of Washington and Duke St[reet]s,Alexandria, Virginia, 21 May 1866.
        1 page.ALS.

        Asks Nina to welcome her friend, Mr. Henry T[heodore] Wight, who brings the letter, and make his stay in Alexandria pleasant.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie [Powell],"Rolling View", [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 May 1866.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Tries to convince Nina to take a trip next summer; describes new bonnet styles; describes her friend [Henry] Theodore Wightwho will be taking a trip to Alexandria; discusses clothes.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie [Powell],"Rolling View", [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 1 June [1866].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives her view on the family taking in boarders, saying children would be easier for their mother to handle; asks about the "Council"; reports on what she has done socially; discusses the dresses she has made; says that yesterday the people of Richmond decorated the Confederate soldiers' graves; says she wishes she had gone; says Mrs. Adkins did not go, but sent flowers to Richmond.
        Written on ALS from J. Walker, Dover [?], to Hattie [Powell],Rolling Views, n.d. Sends her flowers and asks her to come to visit him. 1 page.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie [Powell],"Rolling View", [?], to "sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 12 June 1866.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Describes her visit to Richmond, people she visited, and how many commented on how well she looked compared to last winter; describes clothes she is making.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        R[ebecca] C. P[owell],"Liberty Hall", Nelson County, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 15 June [1866].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Asks her to send ribbon for a dress she will wear to a day-long affair at Norwood; news of friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Hattie L. Powell, "Rolling View", [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 18 June [1866].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses their plans to go to Prince Edward County; discusses what clothes she has and what she may need; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 11 July 1866.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Explains why she cannot attend the gathering at Mr. Redd's that night; says she must listen to her head and not her heart so that she may get well; says she is tired of feeling ill and weak.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],Falkland, [?], 16 August 1866.
        1 page.ALS.

        Invites Nina and Hattie Powell to come stay with them; says she feels better and is very excited to see them.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavelette][?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 22 September 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses her joy that she arrived home safely, and her regret that her mother [Selina Powell] has taken ill; describes a [jousting] tournament among young boys or "knights," in which the girls were honored as Queens and Maids of Honor; news about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina L. Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 10 October 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives her condolences for her uncle's death and her mother's illness; tells her of Nancy's [Lettie's sister] engagement and tells Nina not to leave her to marry a man; much news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Friend" Nannie [Nancy] [?] [Lavalette's sister], Linden, [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 3 November 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Thanks Nina for her letter congratulating her and Willie Booker on their engagement; news about her fiance; tells her adventures of keeping the house while her mother was gone; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Mother" [Selina Powell], Charlotte, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 7 November 1866[?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Writes that her father is looking for board for her [Selina] and until then she will stay in Charlotte; recommends that Nina not write to men unless she is engaged to him or unless he is an old family friend; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Rebecca C. Powell, Greenwood Depot, [?], to "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], n.p., 22 November [1866?].
        4 pages.AL. Incomplete, last portion of letter missing.

        Discusses how far they are apart but thinks it is best that she (her mother) stay at Uncle Fred's; says she will stay at school for Christmas; writes of family and friends; tells that her health is very good and that she weights 106 pounds; discusses her school duties and her sewing.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden" [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 November 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes the parties she has had at her home recently; speaks of the engagement between Willie Booker and Nancy [her sister], and Lou Edmunds and Captain Hill; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        "Friend" Nannie [Nancy] [?], "Linden" [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 12 December 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells how she and her friends have been together for three weeks now, staying at different homes; wishes Nina could be there; news of courting, engagements and weddings; tells Nina that she will not become an old maid; much news about family and friends; discusses Reading Societies and books read.

      • Box-folder 5:1
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina L. Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 18 December 1866.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of courtings, engagements and weddings; tells of Christmas plans; discusses the struggle in the Christian life to be pure.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      Papers, 1867.
      15 items.
      • Box-folder 5:2
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 10 January 1867.
        8 pages.ALS.

        Describes Christmas holidays; discusses the Christian struggle for purity; says she is having more headaches; discusses poor financial situation with no patrons paying for her teachings.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Nannie [Nancy], "Falkland", [Prince Edward County], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 1 February 1867.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Describes the changes taking place: their Uncle Joe has died and she, Lavalette and her mother have moved to Falkland to take care of his children; she and Lavalette will teach the children; Lavalette is feeling worse; her brother and sister May will take care of Linden; news of engagements, weddings, family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Falkland", Prince Edward County, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 16 February 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her new home and her new schedule; news about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Nannie [Nancy] [?], "Falkland", [Prince Edward County], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 21 March 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells about her fiance's [Willie Booker] work in [Medical School]; describes reactions to the Territorial Bill and to Gen[eral] Scofield[s]; wonders if Lavalette will keep her promise to become an old maid; says the weather is so bad that they will not be able to go to Church for a month because of the roads; says she is trying to guess when weddings will be by who is making their wedding clothes.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Falkland", [Prince Edward County], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 22 March 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes her teaching job with her sister Nancy; describes her students; tells how spirits have been low since the passage of the Territorial Bill, says their district is commanded by Gen[eral] Schofield; describes the "demoralizing" incident of one of the county men running off with a Negro girl and marrying her; news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        M. C. Lee, Lexington, Virginia, to Rebecca [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 18 April 1867.
        2 pages.ALS. Xcy included.

        Sends this letter through a friend and asks Rebecca to mail a package to Washington, D.C. for her; may have some frames sent to her, which could then be sent to them by steamboat to Richmond and canal boat to Lexington; says Mildred is in Richmond; Rob and Fitzhugh may go to Jennie's[?] wedding.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Nannie [Nancy] [?], "Falkland", [Prince Edward County], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 14 June 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes the commencement exercises that she and Lavalette attended at Hampden Sydney; describes the fashions she saw there; says the scrub worm is seriously damaging the tobacco crop; describes their summer bonnets bought in Richmond.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Falkland", [Prince Edward County], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 8 July 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Says that Nancy [her sister] has been ill; says that she, Nancy and their mother will take a trip North for their health; says she dreads to be among the Yankees; tells that Lou Booker has typhoid fever and so her wedding must be postponed; discusses the advantages and disadvantages of being an old maid and whether they will be one.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Hattie [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],[Berryville], [?], 21 August 1867.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives news of gentlemen who are courting her; says that John Smith has been visiting her every other night; tells Nina that it is becoming serious and that she better come home soon or she will be gone; gives advice on the gentlemen that Nina is seeing.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Nannie [Nancy] [?], Danville, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 11 October 1867.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Describes their stay in Danville; tells that her engagement with Willie Booker has been terminated; discusses their plans of where to live next year; news of family and friends; discusses fair.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        "Grandmother" Catharine Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 22 October 1867.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Thanks Hattie for her announcement of her "change of condition" [marriage or engagement?]; gives her best wishes for her health and happiness.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        [Mrs. Robert E. Lee], Lexington, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 28 October [1867?].
        4 pages.AL. Including Xcy.

        Discusses which furniture and portraits she would like to be sent to her.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        M. C. Lee, Lexington, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, 16 November 1867?.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses details of sending furniture from Alexandria to Lexington and of having portraits framed and sent.
        Includes notes to Selina and Nina. Including Xcy.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        M[ary] C[ustis] Lee,Lexington, [Virginia], to Rebecca [C. Powell],n.p., 24 December [1867?].
        2 pages.ALS. Xcy included.

        Discusses her transactions to acquire more furnishings for their home; news about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:2
        Hattie [Powell],n.p., to [Nina Powell?], n.p., [1862-1867?].
        2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

        Asks about her interactions with Mr. D[?]; says Nina's happiness is the only bright spot in their lives; says she hasn't been to church much; says she has seen a lot of Willie S.[?]; regrets that she can't say everything she would like to, because the letter must go through so many hands; writes of the broken Southern spirit; asks if there are any "situations" near them that she could take; says that she cannot write much because it works her "into such a state".

    • Box-folder 5:2
      Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 29 January 1868.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells of their new life at Linden, helping to take care of "Sis" May's children; comments on Nina's sister Hattie's marriage; discusses religion; describes a trip to Richmond; news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      Hattie [Powell],n.p., to Nina L. Powell, n.p., June [1865-1868].
      3 pages.ALS.

      Recommends that she or Rebecca go with her to visit friends in Prince Edward County; tells her that since Mrs. B[ooker's]house was used as headquarters for them during the war, they must make a pleasure visit to her since the war is over.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      "Cousin" Emily [Forrest?],87 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 6 February 1869.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Thanks Nina for sending her the objects repossessed from the war; comments on their sentimental value; gives news about Baltimore's social events and her husband Douglas' work.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      S[elina] Powell,Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to "daughter" [Nina], n.p., 13 February 1869.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Tells what family has done since she left for her trip; says everyone is feeling remarkably well on account of the warm weather; tells her to enjoy her visit with Lizza and Aggie [?].

    • Box-folder 5:2
      Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 15 February 1869.
      4 pages.

      Tells what each person in household is doing that evening: Mamma, Papa, Lute[?], Lewis[?], Fan[?]; says she visited Hattie who is feeling well "under the circumstances"; news about neighborhood.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      S[elina] P[owell],Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to Nina [Powell],n.p., 21 February [1869?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes the health of each family member; says Mr. Powell had dyspepsia for which she gives him a raw onion; says Hattie is the same and cannot leave her room; gives news of friends; discusses a fire at Lee's [?] house; hopes she is enjoying her visit with Lizzie and Aggie.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      "Sister" Rebecca C. P[owell],Alex[andria], [Virginia],to Nina [Powell],n.p., 26 February 1869.
      6 pages.ALS.

      Gives news about family and neighborhood; says that Cousin Lee's house burned; writes that Bob [Robert] Powellis now a doctor; news about her school.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      "Sister" Hattie L. P. Smoot, Alexandria, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],n.p., 28 February 1869.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses news of neighborhood and people who have come to visit her; tells Nina to enjoy her stay with Lizzie and Agnes [?]; says she is still flat on her back but hopes to be better in a few weeks.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      "Cousin" Samuel Hopkins, White Hall, [Maryland], to Nina [Powell],care of Charles Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 29 May [18]69.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Regrets that he could not make the picnic that Nina planned; says that he had to pick up Josie [?] that day, who traveled flat on her back; says that he saw "Cousin Rebecca" in town.

    • Box-folder 5:2
      Nannie [Anne lefevere Dupuy], Farmville, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 2 October 1869.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells how she had been preserving many foods last summer because of the possible food shortage during the coming winter; describes her stay with "Sis" May in Farmville; describes the situation of the churches and Sunday school in her area; news about family and friends; one of Nina's students, Emma Henry, is getting married.

  • Box-folder 5:3-5
    Series E: Papers, 1870-1879.
    • Box-folder 5:3
      Papers, 1870.
      18 items.
      • Box-folder 5:3
        A. M. Randolph, Baltimore, [Maryland], to Nina [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, 15 January 1870.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Apologizes to Nina for not calling on her while she was in Baltimore; expresses her job in their friendship.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        [Getty McGuire], Winchester, [Virginia], to Rebecca [Powell],n.p., 8 January [1866-1870?].
        8 pages.AL. Incomplete, last part of letter missing.

        Writes of their sorrow at the death of Hugh [Holmes McGuire] (brother of cousin); whose wife just had a child; asks Rebecca to come visit, since the war is over; gives news about who owns the Powell's old home; tells what each of her relatives is doing; gives news about friends; discusses the death of her aunt who never recovered after the Yankees burnt her house down; mentions how many soldiers cannot find employment. [Hugh Holmes McGuire MW battle of High Bridge.]

      • Box-folder 5:3
        "Cousin" E. H. Crenshaw, Baltimore, [Maryland], to [Nina Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 15 [February] 1870.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses Magie's wedding [her niece]; says she has been alone in the evenings since Nina left her; describes her friends who have called during the day.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Kate [?], Richmond, [Virginia], to "Cousin" [Nina Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 12 May 1870.
        6 pages.ALS.

        Apologizes for not writing; describes her schedule to taking care of a family of ten people; gives news about her gentlemen friends.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], "Linden", Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 5 July 1870.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Extends sympathies to Nina and her family in the death of her sister, Hattie Powell Smoot, who died in childbirth; offers comfort through religion.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Jane P. Norris, Berryville, [Virginia?], to "Sister" [Selina L. Powell], n.p., 7 July [1870].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Offers her sympathy for the death of her daughter Hattie; discusses Hattie's character; mentions how Hattie has been looking forward to the time of childbirth.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Mary Custis Lee, Lexington, [Virginia], to Selina [Powell],n.p., 15 July [1860].
        2 pages.ALS. Xcy included.

        Gives her sympathy for the death of Selina's daughter Hattie; speaks of her husband Robert, saying she thinks he may never be entirely well again; gives news of family.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        "Cousin" Maud P[owell?],Fairfield, [?], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 18 July 1870.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of her mourning for her cousin Hattie's death; offers her sympathies; gives news of family.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        "Friend" Belle [Smith],Cedar Mountain, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 4 August [18]70.
        7 pages.ALS.

        Offer her sympathies for Hattie's death; describes her stay in her Uncle Phil's home in the mountains; says she will return home to Alexandria in the Fall.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        R[ebecca] C. Powell,Mountain House, [?], [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 5 August [18]70.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Describes the mountain inn and how they spend their time; says the mountain air is helping their mother's health.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow?],Springbank, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 16 September [1870].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Expresses her joy that Nina is engaged; discusses Nina's mother's health; says she is confined to bed and in much pain; says the treatment causes much suffering and that she is anxious to leave for home.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], n.p. to "darling" Selina Powell, n.p., [29 September 1870].
        3 pages.AL.

        Says she is glad Nina gets a chance to enjoy herself, and visit with her cousin Lizzie, without worrying about daily duties; says her Aunt Lute is taking good care of her.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        "Mother" Selina Powell, n.p., to "darling" [Nina Powell], n.p., 3 October [1870?].
        3 pages.ALS.

        Gives a report on everyone's health; says she is feeling better; gives news of friends and family; hopes that she is enjoying her stay with "cousin" Lizzie.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Belle [Smith],Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 5 October 1870.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses grief and religion; teases Nina about her engagement [to Sewell Hepburn]; tells her to enjoy her stay and to get well soon; news about Alexandria.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow],Petersburg, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 8 December [1870?].
        4 pages.ALS.

        News of friends and family; describes the trouble of giving a party for a couple to be married, and wonders why people have marriages in such poor times.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow],Verdon, [Hanover County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 20 December [1865-1870].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Pleads with her to visit them for Christmas.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        Lizzie [Stringfellow],Mountain House, Botetourt County, [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., [1865-1870].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports that they have been trying both the "Alleghany Springs" and the "Yellow Sulfur" springs; says the water has helped her health; describes the social life at the springs.

      • Box-folder 5:3
        [?], n.p., to [?], n.p., [1865-1870?].

        Inquires about her friends in Alexandria; asks if Mrs. Cassius Lee has information on household goods stolen from her.

    • Box-folder 5:4
      Papers, 1871.
      18 items.
      • Box-folder 5:4
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], Danville, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, 23 January 1871.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Tells of her and Nancy's stay in Danville; discusses Nina's wedding; says her brother Abner will be in the Legislature until it adjourns; news about family and friends.
        Envelope included with list of bridal attendants on the back.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Cousin" Kate Powell, Richmond, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 28 January 1871.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Discusses her daily schedule; describes a sewing machine that she bought; discusses Nina's wedding; news about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Cousin" Sue A. Grady, 69 M[oun]t Vernon Place,[?], to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 15 March [1871].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Expresses her job in hearing Nina is engaged; reports that she has heard Mr. Hepburn described as "intellectual" and "pious"; says Capt[ain]. Grady sends his love; sends her a gift.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Cousin" Kate S. Powell, Richmond, [Virginia], to [Nina Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 20 March [18]71.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Regrets that she cannot come to Nina's wedding; hopes that Nina will be happy living in the parsonage; news about family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        Lettie [Lavalette] [?], Farmville, Virginia, to Nina [Powell],Alexandria, Virginia, 5 April 1871.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Apologizes that she cannot be there for the wedding; sends her money to buy a wedding present; tells that she had to refuse a gentleman who revealed his feelings for her; wishes her happiness in her new life.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Friend" A. M. Fitzhugh, n.p., to Nina [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 11 April 1871.
        1 page.ALS.

        Note accompanying a wedding present, wishing Nina happiness.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Mother" S[elina] Powell,n.p., to [Nina Powell Hepburn], n.p., 14 April [1871].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives a report on her health, saying she is much stronger; tells what remedies she is taking; says they have given most of her wedding cake away; says that everyone thinks her wedding was beautiful; gives her philosophy on marriage and its importance; tells her how lucky she is to have found such a "good man."
        Including ALS from R[ebecca] C. P[owell]to Nina giving a report on their mother's health.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        Belle [?], Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 17 April [1871].
        8 pages.ALS.

        Describes how she spent her Easter vacation; describes the events that took place after Nina's wedding; describes a visit to Georgetown.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], Alex[andria], [Virginia],to "darling [Nina Powell Hepburn], n.p., 19 April [1871].
        4 pages.ALS.

        Reports she is feeling better but that Rebecca has neuralgia from a bad tooth; tells Nina that she should call her husband "Mr. Hepburn"; says it is Nellie's wedding day; advises her to obey her husband now that she is no longer there to control her.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Sister" Rebecca C. P[owell],Alexandria, Virginia, to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 21 April 1871.
        4 pages.ALS.

        Gives news about home and tells Nina that they miss her greatly; says the relationship between herself and John [?] is growing stronger; hopes that she is enjoying her stay in the country with her husband.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        Rebecca C. P[owell], Alexandria, [Virginia],to Nine [Selina Powell Hepburn], n.p., 9 June [1871].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Discusses their mother's health, noting improvements; expresses eagerness to visit her in her own home; asks about Sewell.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        "Mother" [Selina L. Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia],to Nina [Powell Hepburn], n.p., 22 June [1871].
        3 pages.AL.

        Discusses her arrangements to come see them; says she is feeling better but she is still weak; tells her to ask for what she needs just like when she lived at home; gives news of family and friends.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        S[elina] Powell,n.p. to Miss Selina L. Powell, n.p., [1870-August 1871?].
        2 pages.ALS.

        Writes to tee her that her health has improved since she left home; gives a report on her health and what she has done there [at a resort?]; says her father will be home soon.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        Obituary of Selina Powell who died August 4, 1871; August 1871.
        2 pages.NwsCl.

        Includes description of S. Powell.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        Ch[arle]s L. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Mr. R. H. McKim, n.p., 10 August 1871.
        3 pages.ALS.

        Thanks him for the letter of sympathy concerning his wife, Selina Powell; gives a detailed description of her death and a tribute to her life.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        M. C. Lee, n.p., to Rebecca [Powell],[Alexandria, Virginia], 21 September 1871.
        2 pages.ALS. Xcy included.

        Offers her sympathy in the loss of her mother; says that her mother [Selina Powell] was one of her earliest friends.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        C. B. R[iddick?],Blackwater Boat, [?], to Cousin Mollie and Uncle Ed, n.p., 27 October 1871.
        2 pages.ALS.

        Entreats them to warn his wife Lizzie against a woman named Mrs. Hubard who he is convinced is seeking their ruin.

      • Box-folder 5:4
        [Selina L. Powell], n.p., to one of daughters [Rebecca, Hattie, or Nina], n.p., n.d. [January 1864-1871].
        2 pages.AL. Incomplete.

        Tells of friends' illnesses and other afflictions; discusses preachers; says she will wait to buy cotton until the price goes down.
        Including incomplete AL (written on top of) of 8 January 1864 from [?] Danville, Virginia, to "sister." Says she would like to visit her and also to see her whole family but that she cannot leave because of her duties; says she can only leave on "official business."

    • Box-folder 5:4
      Lettie [Lavalette] [?], Princeton, [Massachusetts], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 12 August 1872.
      6 pages.ALS.

      Describes their summer in the North; describes the Grand Jubilee held in Boston; describes Newport, [Maine] and the historical sites there; discusses Nina's life in the parsonage; gives news about family and friends back home.

    • Box-folder 5:4
      Lavalette [?], "Dixie," [Prince Edward County, Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 10 December 1872.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Says she is very happy to return from the North, though she was treated kindly there and it did improve her health; says many people at home are ill with an influenza that follows the Horse Disease; much news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Lavalette [?], Prince Edward County, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 31 July 1873.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Asks Nina how her little boy is; reveals that she thought she would be getting married this fall, but that the gentleman, Dr. Cole, has been suffering from an illness; news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Cousin" E. S. Hopkins, Whitehall, Maryland, to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Waterford, Loudoun County, Virginia]. 26 November [1873?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Expresses hope that she will visit them in Maryland soon, and bring her child; comments on Nina's settling in Waterford, Loudon County; news of family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Nina [Powell Hepburn],Waterford, [Virginia?], to "Sister" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 15 February 1874.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes the baby Sewell's features; tells how the family is adjusting to new baby.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee,Lexington, Virginia, to Miss Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 27 October 1874.
      1 page.ALS.

      Discusses tuition for Mildred.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Rebecca C. P[owell],[Alexandria, Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[n.p.], 22 December [post 1874].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Reports news of her school; discusses the bonds that their father sold, and his financial situation.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      R[ebecca] C. Powell,[Alexandria, Virginia], to [Nina Powell Hepburn], n.p., [post 1874].
      4 pages.ALS. Incomplete.

      Reports that they are taking of Uncle Lev[en],including paying for his board with Sallie Withers, and giving him clothes; expresses disappointment that other relatives are not helping him; says Uncle Lev had a drinking problem at one time and his wife will not see him.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Cousin" Rebecca L. Jackson, Blacksburg, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],Waterford, [Loudoun County, Virginia], 8 January 1875.
      6 pages.ALS.

      Describes the town of Blacksburg, and the College [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University]; describes her new baby; says that when the College is on vacation, her husband must travel far to find a congregation; news about relatives.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Rebecca C. P[owell],[Alexandria, Virginia] to Nina [Powell Hepburn],Kent County, Maryland], 21 March 1875.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells Nina their plans to visit her; says they will travel through Baltimore and then by boat across the Chesapeake Bay.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      G[eorge] W[ashington] C[ustis] Lee,New Orleans, Louisiana, to Miss Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, Virginia, 30 March 1875.
      1 page.ALS.

      Sends a check for Mildred's tuition.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      C[harles] L. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina Powell Hepburn], n.p., 12 May 1875.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Hopes that Mr. Hepburn has recovered from his fall and hopes he will stick to taming men's spirits rather than taming men's horses; much news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Sister" R[ebecca] C. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Kent County, Maryland], 13 June [18]75.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Gives news about family and friends; says that they will visit her in a few weeks.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Cousin" I. E. White, Edgewood, [?] to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Kent County, Maryland], 13 February [18]76.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Sends Nina a fur cape and muff; congratulates Nina on her pregnancy and hopes she feels well; sends a present for the coming baby; asks Nina for her preferred style of dress so that she can make her some.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Cousin" I. E. White, Baltimore, [Maryland], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Kent County, Maryland], 25 March [18]76.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells of the death of her father-in-law and the effects it has had on the family.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      S. S. Hepburn, [Kent County, Maryland], to "Sister Beck" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 24 May 1876.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells of birth of another boy and that Nina is doing fine; says they have not named it because he wanted a girl; tells story of how his errand boy spilled into the well some fish he was cleaning and how he [Sewell] had to go down and fish them out.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Kent County, Maryland], 4 June [18]76.
      6 pages.ALS.

      Gives advice on how to take care of oneself after childbirth; thinks that she should have more than one servant; says that she is having some dresses made for her; news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      R[ebecca] C. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Fairlee, Kent County, Maryland], 11 October [1876?].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Gives news of friends in Alexandria; mentions Centennial celebrations; says her school is doing well, with 21 scholars; mentions that Robert Powell has a new daughter.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      "Sister" Rebecca C. P[owell],Alexandria, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p. Gives news about Powell and Lee cousins in Philadelphia; says tat a few neighbors have scarlet fever; discusses politics, 11 February [18]77.
      6 pages.ALS.
    • Box-folder 5:5
      Charles L. Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Selina Hepburn, Fairlee, Kent County, Maryland], 9 September 1877.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Tells of his stay at Selma in Leesburg where he visited relatives; tells of weddings in Leesburg.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      Newspaper clipping of article entitle "Rev. Mr. Rainsford on Salvation by Christ,"November 1877.
      2 pages.NwsCl.
    • Box-folder 5:5
      [Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, Virginia], to Nina [Powell Hepburn,Kent County, Maryland], 18 March [18]79.
      4 pages.AL.

      Says she is glad the children are recovering from their illness; says Nina must take tonic and Lager Beer herself to say well; recommends ways to rid the house of the illness; describes a visit to Baltimore to see an art exhibit.

  • Box-folder 5:5-6
    Series F: Papers, 1880-1889.
    15 items.
    • Box-folder 5:5
      Ch[arles] L. Powell,Catlett, [Fauquier County, Virginia], to "daughter" [Nina P. Hepburn], [Kent County, Maryland], 18 August 1880.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Wishes he had a mountain house where his grandchildren could go, especially to recuperate; discusses controversy between two Churches, St. Stephens and Grace Church, in the neighborhood where he is; says they both want Mr. Jackson from Charleston, South Carolina, to be their minister.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      R[ebecca] C. Powell,Alex[andria], [Virginia],to Nina [Powell Hepburn],n.p., 27 October 1880.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Gives a long description of her boarders and her school; gives news about neighborhood, friends and family.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      [Rebecca C. Powell, Alexandria, [Virginia], to Sewell [Hepburn],[Kent County, Maryland], 5 November [18]80.
      4 pages.AL.

      Teases him about his "Destitute condition," having to take care of himself while Nina is in Baltimore; scolds him for not taking good care of himself and says she does not want Nina to become a widow; tells of a surprise visit by Mrs. Beck of his parish to visit one of her students, Hallie; discusses past election and Hancock's defeat.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      C[harles] L. Powell,Rectory, [Kent County, Maryland?] to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell], n.p., 5 August 1883.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Is happy that she is enjoying her travels in the North so much; thanks her for her detailed descriptions which allow him to see the places through his "mental vision"; discusses his routes home; says he will be home soon with two boys [grandsons].

    • Box-folder 5:5
      C[harles] L. Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia],to "daughter" [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 15 August 1883.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses her travels in the North; tells of his grandsons' (Charles and Sewell) visit to Alexandria; discusses news at home.

    • Box-folder 5:5
      C[harles] L. Powell,Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Bethlehem, New Hampshire], 23 August 1883.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses the town of Bethlehem; says her Uncle William is visiting him; discusses his health; tells news of neighborhood.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      C[harles] L. P[owell],Alexandria, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell], n.p. 17 August 1885.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Says that her "Scotts Nephew" has arrived and has settled in a room; says he may go to Orange [County, Virginia?]soon.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,n.p., 25 August 1885.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Describes a visit by her cousins Kate Powell and Carrie; gives a long and detailed description of Carrie, her immediate family and her experiences.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Fitz[hugh] Lee,Evergreen, [?] to Rebecca [Powell],n.p., 5 December 1885.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Discusses Ellen's tuition; says they are pleased with her education; says that their move to Richmond means that they will have to find another teacher.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,Old Church, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Capon Springs, West Virginia], 8 July 1888.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes his journey to Nina's; describes an account between Bishop Randolph and Meta Stuart on the train concerning Amelie Rives; gives a description of each of his grandchildren.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      C[harles] L. Powell,Old Church, Virginia, to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell, Capon Springs, West Virginia], 17 July 1888.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Hopes that she and Mrs. Wailes are steadily improving their health while at the springs; tells her of the death of Mrs. Braxton and the prospects of Ingleside; gives news of grandchildren and neighborhood.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      C[arles] L. Powell,Old Church, [Virginia], to "daughter" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Capon Springs, West Virginia], 26 July 1888.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Expresses joy that her health is improving; tells of the death of General Wickham and how it affected the area; gives news of family and neighborhood.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      "Nephew" Charley Hepburn, "The High School," [Episcopal High School?], [?], to "Aunt Beck" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Arlington Institute, Alexandria, Virginia], 28 September [18]88.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes the school; says he may join the Blackford Society; tells about a grammar exam.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charley Hepburn, E.H.S. [Episcopal High School?], [?] to "Aunt Beck" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 18 November 1888.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Describes the taking of an arithmetic exam which exempted him from taking any more; says he got some demerits; tells about football and how he is playing well.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charley [Hepburn],E.H.S. [Episcopal High School?], [?], to "Aunt" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 3 February [18]89.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Tells about his schedule and about his exams; says he had tea with Mr. Hooffs; discusses demerits.

  • Box-folder 5:6
    Series G: Papers, 1890-1927.
    13 items.
    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charles Hepburn, Old Church, Virginia, to "Aunt Beck," [Rebecca C. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 20 September 1891.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Says he cannot teach this week because his nose is going to be operated on; says his mother and Sewell will occupy the children until then; says Sewell will go back to school soon; discusses the structure of his classes and asks her advice.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charles L. Powell, Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to "Granddaughter," [Selina L. Hepburn], n.p., 6 March 1893.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Discusses the nature of geometry and gives advice on how to learn it.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Lloyd Hepburn, E.H.S. [Episcopal High School?], [?], to "Aunt Bec" [Rebecca C. Powell], n.p., 14 March 1893.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Says he has been ill; discusses activities at school and grades.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Gerard Hopkins, Waverly, [Gloucester, Virginia] to "Cousin" Nina [Hepburn],Yorktown, Virginia, 2 July [18]93.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Thanks her for the invitation to come visit while they are in Yorktown; says his two boys will come by sailing a canoe to Yorktown.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charles Hepburn, Old Church, Virginia, to "Aunt" [Rebecca C. Powell, 714 Queen St., Alexandria, Virginia], 24 December 1893.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Says they are all home for a week holiday; describes how they all got home; says Richard Cook came home with Selina; describes a real old timey Virginia country dance; says Selina likes Alexandria and the new home; describes what each person in the family has been doing; gives a description of the College of William and Mary; says he has overloaded himself with schoolwork this year; tells how the Alumni are reorganizing the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity; gives a description of the fraternity; mentions the burning of St. Paul's Church in Hanover; thanks her for the presents she sent.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charles L. Hep[burn],College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to "Aunt" [Rebecca C. Powell], [714 Queen St., Alexandria, Virginia], 11 March 1894.
      10 pages.ALS.

      Discusses examination schedule and work load; questions validity of mid-term examinations; praises the College for its level of academia; praises Dr. Hall, a professor of English; says that main event at the College now is the contest between societies for the society medals; says he is in the Phoenix society and may debate for it; says he took a trip to New Kent to see his "girl" and to visit friends; discusses the Daughter of the Revolution and the Organization of the descendants of the Cincinatti; says he saw Cousin Laura and her husband Mr. Roberts, a preacher, who are in Williamsburg.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Lloyd Hepburn, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, to "Aunt Bec," [Rebecca C. Powell], [714 Queen St., Alexandria, Virginia], 30 May 1894.
      6 pages.ALS.

      Discusses the new house which he is anxious to get home to see; says he and Charles will not finish exams until the end of June; discusses the social events of the "final week"; discusses his exams; discusses Selina' academic progress; says one must experience College life to understand the strength of its temptations.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Charles Levin Hepburn, Charles Town, West Virginia, to "Aunt" [Rebecca C. Powell], [714 Queen St., Alexandria, Virginia], 15 November 1894.
      8 pages.ALS.

      Says he has spent much time with Nanna Powell McCormick, a cousin; describes her and what they have done together; says he is in love with her; discusses love and cupid; describes a card club he belongs to, and a German club.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Lloyd Hepburn, [College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia], to "Aunt" [Rebecca C. Powell], [Alexandria, Virginia], 28 February [18]96.
      12 pages.ALS.

      Hopes that she doesn't feel isolated from his immediate family; says that their "great mutual loss" has brought them all closer together; asks about her plans for the future; says he went to York to see Charles; discusses his housing at College; talks of recent fires in Richmond and Baltimore; speaks of his cousins and some girls that he has met.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Rev. John J. Lloyd, 704 Pearl Street, Lynchburg, Virginia, to "Cousin," n.p., 12 December 1896.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Discusses their family's genealogy; mentions Nicholas Lloyd, John Lloyd, and Sarah Lloyd.

    • Box-folder 5:6
      Mrs. Robert C. Powell, Townend House, Braddock Heights, Alexandria, Virginia, to Selina [Mrs. Snowden Hopkins, Nuttall, Gloucester County, Virginia], 15 March [1927].
      6 pages.ALS.

      Discusses the Presbyterian drive in Alexandria to save the old church; discusses church events; expresses joy to hear of Nina's marriage; mentions the fact that her [Selina's] father is over eighty years old.

  • Box-folder 6:1-2
    Series H: Papers, n.d.
    32 items.
    • Box-folder 6:1
      "Friend" Lizzie (Stringfellow) Watkins, Culpeper, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell],n.p., n.d. [ante 1871].
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

      Describes a house nearby; writes about her relatives that are staying there; asks her to come visit.
      Including ALS from S[elina] Powell,n.p. to Nina [Powell]. Asks Nina to write Lizzie about the house, if it can be rented, and who they should talk to.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      S[elina] Powell,n.p., to one of daughters [Rebecca, Hatty, Minna?], n.p., n.d. [1841-1862].
      2 pages.ALS.

      Wishes her a Merry Christmas; tells what family members are making for presents; asks about her trip to Alexandria and the people she has seen; discusses the propriety of accepting a book for a gentleman; tells her to be happy and not to think too much.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      [Selina Powell], Charlotte, [Virginia], to "darling" [Rebecca or Nina], n.p., 18 October [1850-1870?].
      2 pages.AS.

      Discusses offers she has had for teaching, saying she will take the offer closest to where Mr. Powell teaches; advises her to get her teeth fixed; discusses styles; gives advice on how to motivate one of her students; says he will not go to Gloucester because of the recent "outrages" there; says she has a "horror of drunken negroes."

    • Box-folder 6:1
      "Mother" S[elina] Powell,Alexandria, [Virginia], to "darling" [Nina Powell], Petersburg, [Virginia], 5 March [ante 1870].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Advises her to come home after her visit with Lizzie Watkins; gives a report on the health of family and friends; says almost "all black and white" went to the "procession" in Washington the day before; says her cousin Jinny Taylor's family is ill; sends her money.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      Lizzie [Stringfellow], "Violet Banks", [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 6 July [ante 1870].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses her poor health, saying she has been diagnosed as having a diseased heart; says she is staying with her sister Aggie who just got married; news of family.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      "Friend" Cary M. B.[?], Winchester, [Virginia], to Nina [Powell, [Leesburg, Loudon County, Virginia], 28 August ante [1870].
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses Nina's visit with her friends and her trip to the "Bear's Den"; writes of the many parties there have been since Nina left; says she has not seen Nina' sisters since they got back from Capon; discusses their friendship.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      [Selina L. Powell], Pr[ince] Edward [County],[Virginia], to Hattie [Powell],n.p., n.d. [ante 1870].
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, last part missing.

      Says her father still has not come home; describes a trip Nina and Rebecca made and the people they visited; writes of young men and friends who have come to visit Nina; news of friends and family.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      Nina [Powell],n.p. to "mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., n.d. [ante 1870].
      4 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part of letter missing.

      Discusses dresses; writes of a "Mr. C.," assuring her mother that they are not romantically involved; says Mr. And Mrs. Stringfellow left them to the care of the housekeeper; gives news about friends.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      [Selina L. Powell], n.p., to "darling," [one of daughters], n.p., n.d. [ante 1871].
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part of letter missing.

      Says that Uncle J. Powell does not think Lexington is a good place to open a school and Lynchburg would be better; discusses prices for boarding; says that her Father may have to look for a tutoring job for a family and then she will have to find work as close to him as possible; discusses sewing she has done; gives news about family and friends.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      S[elina] Powell,n.p., to [daughter] Mary E. Powell, Gloucester Court House, Virginia, [1835-1854].
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first portion missing.

      Discusses the remedies "Mother" has tried for her sore throat; describes Mrs. Wildman's receipt for asparagus; says "Ma" is experimenting on her throat and then will tell Minna how to treat hers.

    • Box-folder 6:1
      Nina L. Powell, n.p. to "mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., [ante 1871].
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first portion of letter missing.

      Describes her daily schedule, including teaching for "the girls"; says the "Captain" and the girls included her in a visit to Mrs. Cooke's; describes the people she met there and the house.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],Upperville [?], to Nina [Powell],n.p., 6 January n.y.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Says he spent Christmas at Uncle Frank's and Aunt Jane's; reports on what he has been doing.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Jane E. White, Baltimore, Maryland, to Nina [Powell Hepburn],[Fairlee, Kent County, Maryland], 17 February n.y.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses whether Emily [?] will move to Fairlee [as a servant?]; asks if she will take someone from the "Home for Fallen Women," if Emily declines.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      "Grandmother" [Catharine Powell], Alexandria, [Virginia], to Becca [Rebecca Powell], n.p., 5 March n.y.
      1 page.AL.

      Says she went shopping for her and is sending her some articles; discusses fashions; says her Aunt Ann is still unwell.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      "Mother" [Selina Powell], n.p., to "daughter" [Rebecca, Hattie or Nina], n.p., 15 March [?], n.y.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Tells her to take of herself while she is sick; discusses whether she should come home; tells of people there that are sick.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      S[elina] Powell,Alex[andri]a, [Virginia],to "sister" Minnie [Lloyd?], n.p., 25 September [?], n.y.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses Mary's furniture and which of it she can use; discusses Frank [?]'s health; says Mrs. Hammond has died after being very ill; discusses health of friends and family; gives news of what her family is doing.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Rebecca Tabb, Withcley, to "my dear brother," n.p., 22 December, n.y.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Tells of safe arrival of Maud's baby daughter and her appearance; sends greetings to Becca, Nina, and herself.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      [Selina Powell], n.p., to one of daughters, n.p., n.d.
      1 page.AL. Incomplete.

      Gives advice on letter writing and spelling.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      [Selina Powell], n.p., to [Nina Powell], n.p., n.d.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Advises her not to work too hard; discusses board prices in Albemarle, where Mr. Powell is teaching; discusses hair styles; encloses a sample of material of Rebecca's berage [?]; writes of the crowded conditions in Mrs. Sharpe's [?] home; mentions reading.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      S[elina] Powell,n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., n.d.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Sends this note with a letter she is forwarding; hopes she is enjoying her visit; says she is feeling better.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      "Mother" S[elina] P[owell],n.p., to one of daughters [Nina or Rebecca], n.p., n.d.
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first portion missing.

      Discusses dresses and asks what else she will need for the summer; sends her a poem.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Hattie [Powell],n.p., to Nina Powell, n.p., n.d.
      1 page.ALS.

      Consoles her in her time of "troubles"; says she has heard from their mother that she "bear[s] them bravely"; urges her to take an interest in life and to try to be happy again.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Hattie [Harriet Powell], n.p. to [Nina Powell?], n.p., n.d.
      2 pages.ALS. Incomplete, first part missing.

      Describes a dress that Minnie is making; discusses other dresses.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Rebecca [C. Powell],n.p., to Nina [Powell],care of Mr. Redds,[?], [n.d.]
      2 pages.AS.

      News of family and friends.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      C[harles] L. Powell, [Jr.],to Nina [Powell],n.p., n.d.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Describes a walk he took from North Hampton to East Hampton; discusses Thanksgiving vacation.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      R[ebecca] P[owell],n.p., to Nina Powell, care of George Redds, n.p., n.d.
      1 page.ALS.

      Asks her to send socks.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      [Cousin] Ellen [?], n.p., to Nina [Powell],n.p., n.d.
      1 page.ALS.

      Tells about her dolls; mentions some Powell relatives.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      "Cousin" Millie, 201 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Virginia, to Selina [Powell Hepburn or Lloyd Hepburn ?], n.p., n.d.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Thanks her for the donation for the restoration of a church on Fairfax St., near Selina's Aunt Rebecca's home; mentions a celebration for the laying of the corner stone of the District; describes a light hose that the government gave the Mount Vernon Chapter D.A.R.; mentions more historic work.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      "Cousin" Jeanie, n.p. to "dear girl" [?], n.p., n.d.
      4 pages.ALS.

      Discusses religious matters; lists social events.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Text of a wedding, in the handwriting of Rebecca C. Powell [?], sent to Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, n.d.
      8 pages.

      Describes duties and responsibilities of husband and wife; describes the state of marriage; pronounces the couple as husband and wife; states Benediction.

    • Box-folder 6:2
      Poem written by S.[?] H.[?] Powell, Leesburg, [Virginia], entitled "Written at the Line of the Yellow Fever," n.d.
      3 pages.
    • Box-folder 6:2
      A short story entitled "A Walk," about an encounter with fairies in Scotland, n.d.

      Signed as written by Laura [?]; added note in different handwriting states "written by Minna when eight y[ea]rs of age."

Copies of Historical Letters, [1775-1798.]
Box-folder: 6:3
4 items.
Series 2: Copies of Historical Letters
  • Box-folder 6:3
    G[eorge] Washington,Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], to Burwell Bassett, Eltham, New Kent County, Virginia, 19 June 1775.
    3 pages.ACY of ALS.

    Tells of his appointment as Commander of the Continental Army, and his reluctance to accept the position due to hopes of a more peaceful solution and reluctance in leaving his family; gives information as to other Congressional decisions, such as the striking of 2 million dollars in Continental currency to pay troops.

  • Box-folder 6:3
    Arthur Lee, Challiot, to Benjamin Franklin, n.p., 16 November 1777.
    1 page.ACY of LS.

    In answer to a previous letter, he feels that the only principle that will affect them [the British?] is fear, and that treating them cavalierly will make them despair of their undertaking. [Statement on verso: Copy is in handwriting of Rebecca C. Powell of Alexandria].

  • Box-folder 6:3
    General [George] Washington,Mount Vernon, [Virginia], to Sarah Fairfax, widow of George William Fairfax, n.p., May 1798.
    2 pages.Cy of L. Incomplete.

    Wishes to spend remainder of his life in "rural amusements"; prediction of what a great city Washington, D.C. will become, "though not as large as London," and description of how Alexandria, [Virginia] has grown; feels that if the United States can steer clear of European politics, it could become "one of the greatest and happiest nations in the world."

  • Box-folder 6:3
    S. Pleasonton, n.p., to W[illia]m H. Winder,Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], n.d.
    2 pages.ACY of ALS, first part missing.

    Discusses how he saved the papers of the Revolutionary Government by taking them to Leesburg, [Virginia] before the British burned the District of Columbia [in the War of 1812]. These papers included the Declaration of Independence, the journals of Congress, letter of Gen[eral] [George] Washington,letters of Gen[eral] Greene and papers of the State Department.

Legal Papers, 1713-1886.
Box-folder: 6:4-8
Series 3: Legal Papers
  • Box-folder 6:4
    Letters concerning land business of Powell family, 1852-1894.

    Mainly letters written from Illinois to Charles L. Powell dealing with land transactions. Also includes land certificates and letters to Lloyd Powell.

  • Box-folder 6:5
    Indenture between Richard Scrugges of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, [Virginia] and William Bassett, Blissland Parish, New Kent County, [Virginia], 10 December 1713.
    Physical Location: See Oversize file.
    1 page.DS. Including Pst of DS.

    Concerning the transfer of 100 acres of land in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, [Virginia].

  • Box-folder 6:5
    Deed of sale between Darby Ryan and Edward Dorsey for land in Frederick County, Maryland, Witnessed by John Hepborn, 20 June 1750.
    Physical Location: See medium oversize file.
    2 pages.DS.
  • Box-folder 6:5
    Copies of land grants and deeds dealing with Illinois and the County of Alexandria, District of Columbia, 1812-1831.
  • Box-folder 6:5
    Land deeds dealing with Peoria County and Mercer County, Illinois, 1840.
  • Box-folder 6:5
    Land deeds, copies of land deeds and abstracts dealing with Hampton County, Virginia; Fulton County, Illinois; Marshall County, Illinois; Mercer County, Illinois, 1850-1861.
  • Box-folder 6:5
    Land deeds and business letters dealing with Mercer County and Peoria County, Illinois, 1881-1886.
  • Box-folder 6:5
    Descri