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Guide to the Fielding Lewis Papers 1783-1900

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Lewis, Fielding. Papers

Dates:

1783-1900

Size:

1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Fielding Lewis, plantation owner. Papers contain business records, legal documents, tax receipts and other records that document the management of an ante-bellum plantation on the James River. The collection also includes receipts for purchase of slaves as well as daily expenses.

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Biographical Note

Fielding Lewis (d. 1834) owned a plantation on the James River, where he raised corn and wheat. Lewis was the son of Col. Warner Lewis and Eleanor Bowles of Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia. He was also a great uncle of the famed Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Around 1788, Lewis married Agnes Harwood, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Woddrop Harwood. With that marriage came the estate of Weyanoke on the James River.

Scope Note

Fielding Lewis, plantation owner. The Fielding Lewis Papers contain business records, legal documents, tax receipts and other records that document the management of an ante-bellum plantation on the James River. The collection also includes receipts for slaves as well as daily expenses. Lewis practiced advanced methods of agriculture at that time and some of the papers detail his actual operations in this regard.

The collection contains material relating mostly to Weyanoke plantation but also another property Lewis owned called Belle Farm. The invoices and receipts include Lewis’s business and personal expenses, arranged chronologically. Included are receipts for food, clothing, equipment and slaves.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Invoices and Receipts, 1783-1789

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Box 1   Folder 2

Invoices and Receipts, 1790-1794

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Box 1   Folder 3

Invoices and Receipts, 1795-1799

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Box 1   Folder 4

Invoices and Receipts, 1800-1801

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Box 1   Folder 5

Invoices and Receipts, 1802-1803

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Box 1   Folder 6

Invoices and Receipts, 1804-1805

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Box 1   Folder 7

Invoices and Receipts, 1806-1808

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Box 1   Folder 8

Invoices and Receipts, 1809-1810

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Box 1   Folder 9

Invoices and Receipts, 1811

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Box 1   Folder 10

Invoices and Receipts, 1812

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Box 1   Folder 11

Invoices and Receipts, 1813-1816

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Box 1   Folder 12

Invoices and Receipts, 1817-1820

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Box 1   Folder 13

Invoices and Receipts, 1821-1822

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Box 1   Folder 14

Invoices and Receipts, 1823

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Box 1   Folder 15

Invoices and Receipts, 1824-1825

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Box 1   Folder 16

Invoices and Receipts, 1826

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Box 1   Folder 17

Invoices and Receipts, 1827

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Box 2   Folder 1

Invoices and Receipts, 1828

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Box 2   Folder 2

Invoices and Receipts, 1829

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Box 2   Folder 3

Invoices and Receipts, 1830

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Box 2   Folder 4

Invoices and Receipts, 1831

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Box 2   Folder 5

Invoices and Receipts, 1832

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Box 2   Folder 6

Invoices and Receipts, 1833

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Box 2   Folder 7

Invoices and Receipts, 1834

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Box 2   Folder 8

Tax Receipts, 1790-1832

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Box 2   Folder 9

Insurance, 1798-1828

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Box 2   Folder 10

Purchase Inventiories, 1805-1834

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Box 2   Folder 11

Estate Inventories, 1778-1830

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Box 2   Folder 12

Legal Correspondence, 1789-1833

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Box 2   Folder 13

Farming Instructions and Records, undated

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Box 3   Folder 1

Recipes, undated

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Box 3   Folder 2

Diary (fragment), undated

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Box 3   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1786-1827

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Box 3   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1828-1834, and undated

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Box 3    Folder 5

Receipts and notes, undated

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Box 3   Folder 6

Material relating to Robert Douthat, 1832-1859

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Box 3   Folder 7

Material relating to Robert Douthat, 1860-1900

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