David Outlaw papers, 1847-1855; 1866.
Creator: Outlaw, David, 1806-1868.
Collection number: 1534
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Abstract: Whig congressman from Bertie County, N.C. Chiefly correspondence of Outlaw to his wife while he was a member of Congress, 1847-1853. Subjects discussed are state and national politics, including the Mexican War, the slavery question, sectionalism, the Wilmot Proviso, the Missouri Compromise, and the Compromise of 1850; social life in Washington, D.C.; and Outlaw’s family and his farm in Bertie County, near Windsor, N.C. In his absence from home, Outlaw’s farm was managed by one of his slaves. Also included are a few letters from Outlaw’s wife and daughter and genealogical material on the Outlaw and Anderson families of Tennessee (typed transcriptions).
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Chiefly letters of Outlaw, a Bertie County Whig, North Carolina, written to his wife while he was a member of Congress (1847-1853). During his absences Outlaw’s farm was run by his slave, George. Letters include directions for the hiring-out of slaves (1847) in Folder 1; discussions of the institution of slavery (1849- 1850) in Folders 6-11; and the abolition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia (1849) in Folder 6.
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