These papers include letters to, from, and about Davie and his family. Two long narratives pertain to Davie's Revolutionary War experiences as a cavalry officer in North and South Carolina and as commissary general to Nathanael Greene. Other papers, of scattered dates, relate to Davie's varied activities and to his family and the related Crockett family, with only a few items later than 1805. Also present is a copy of a report of William Richardson, Presbyterian minister, on his mission to the Cherokee Indians, 1758. Collection is, in part, photostatic and typed transcript copies. The Addition of March 2009 consists of a land survey and a land grant signed by Davie. The Addition of November 2012 consists of a 14 June 1787 letter from Davie to Mary Edwards concerning the case of "Bayard versus Singleton," which helped establish the principle of judicial review
Typescript copy of Davie's will, 17 Sept. 1819 (Chester District, S.C.), naming as executors his son Hyder Ally Davie and son-in-law William F. DeSaussure; remainder of material documents a proposal to remove Davie's remains from Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, Lancaster County, S.C., for reinterment on the campus of the University of North Carolina, and objections to this plan among descendants, historians, and church members. Correspondents include John J. Parker, Alexander B. Andrews, and Gov. J. Melville Broughton
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Papers of William Richardson Davie (1756-1820), lawyer, Revolutionary soldier, and governor of North Carolina, include a letter from DeBretigney concerning Davie's marriage; a land grant; a letter from William Polk concerning the Blount Conspiracy to invade Florida and Louisiana; and a letter from James Holderness of Rockingham County, North Carolina, concerning a legal matter invovling W. Ricks
Letter, 7 Apr. 1811, written from "Catawba" [York County?, S.C.], to A[bram] Blanding, re payment of a debt owed by Davie's father to a Mr. Burdeaux, noting that his father died intestate, and reporting that during a recent visit to Camden, S.C., he had attempted unsuccessfully to call upon Blanding to discuss the matter
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Introducing him to the "mother of a young man convicted of Horse Stealing - Charity induces me to say he was found guilty on testimony too doubtful to take away the life of any person - which I believe was also the opinion of the Judge who sat upon this Trial.".
Letter from W.R. Davie at Tivoli (Lancaster County, S.C.) to his son, A.J. Davie in or near Roanoke (Va.) discusses crops and the drought from June 5th to August 10th. Davie commends the conduct of Stone, Cheves, Lowndes, etc. in relation to the "present crisis" (i.e., the War of 1812). Letter includes discussion concerning the payment of certain bills and advice given on the possibility of his son marrying