Robert Treat Paine papers, 1830-1900 (bulk 1830-1858).

Creator: Paine, Robert Treat, 1812-1872.
Collection number: 1110
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Abstract: Edenton, N.C., lawyer, state legislator, army officer during the Mexican War, member of the United States and Mexican Claims Commission, and U.S. Representative, 1855-1857. Family, political, and military correspondence of Robert Treat Paine. The bulk of the papers date from 1830-1858 with the greatest concentration in the Mexican War period. Earlier papers include letters to Paine’s wife while he was attending the North Carolina General Assembly. Mexican War papers include letters home and military and political correspondence. A smaller amount of papers relate to the postwar Mexican Claims Commission, his term as an American Party congressman, and, after 1860, to agricultural affairs of Paine and his son-in-law, William Thompson, in Texas.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Family, political, and military correspondence of Paine, an Edenton, North Carolina, lawyer, state legislator, Mexican War officer, and U.S. Representative. Included are scattered slave bills of sale (1842, 1854, 1857-1858); papers concerning a gift to Sarah Paine of an adult slave and slave children (1853); and an inquiry from a former Paine slave about his father (1871).