Letters and Papers

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Letter from Wythe to Samuel Huntington, dated February 21, 1780. Image from The Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, ed. John P. Butler (Smithsonian Inst Pr, 1978), M247, r104, i78, v24, p183.


Although Wythe's lecture notes from his teaching days at William & Mary are thought to have been extant as late as 1810, no collection of George Wythe's papers or correspondence has survived to the present day. Instead, the list below derives from Wythe's contemporaries. As a leader of the Revolution, Wythe exchanged correspondence with many of the notable men of his time and it is from their papers that we piece together the Chancellor's collection.

Letters

John Adams

Samuel Adams

Robert Alexander

William Alexander, Lord Stirling

Joseph Blewer

Thomas Burke

Robert Carter

George Rogers Clark

Nicholas Cooke

Tim Danielson

Alexander Donald

Benjamin Franklin

  • Wythe to Franklin, 23 June 1766, in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 13: January 1, 1766 through December 31, 1766, eds. Leonard W. Labaree et al. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1969), 321, available at [5].
  • Wythe to Franklin, 6 September 1777, in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 24: May 1, 1777 through September 30, 1777, eds. William B. Willcox et al. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984), 506, available at [6].

Thomas Greenough

John Hancock

Benjamin Harrison

George Hay

Moses Hazen

Patrick Henry

  • Governor Henry to George Wythe, 24 May 1777, in Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, vol. 1, The Letters of Patrick Henry, ed. H. R. McIlwaine (Richmond: Superintendent of Public Printing, 1926), 151-152.

Samuel Huntington

Anthony Irby

John Jay

Thomas Jefferson

Joseph Jones

Henry Laurens

Richard Henry Lee

Christopher Leffingwell

Abraham Livingston

James Madison

George Mason

Philip Mazzei

James Mercer

Richard Montgomery

George Morgan

Robert C. Nicholas

John Norton

John Hatley Norton

William Paulding

Edmund Pendleton

Beverley Randolph

Edmund Randolph

William Alexander Rind

Everard Robinson

Philip Schuyler

Peter Simon

John Tabb

Charles Thomson

Jonathan Trumbull

St. George Tucker

Samuel Tyler

James Warren

Bushrod Washington

George Washington

Thomas Whiting

  • Thomas Whiting to Wythe, 22 November 1777, in Michael J. Crawford, ed., Naval Documents of the American Revolution, vol. 10, pt. 2, American Theatre Oct. 1, 1777-Dec. 31, 1777; European Theatre, Oct. 1, 1777-Dec. 31, 1777 (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1996), 572-573.

Nathaniel Woodhull

David Wooster

Letters regarding Wythe

  • Jefferson-Carr correspondence, seven letters dated between December 30, 1786 and May 29, 1789, most appear in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974).
  • Jefferson-DuVal correspondence, twelve letters between June 4 and December 10, 1806, in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), available at [92].
  • Jefferson-Peale correspondence, six letters dated between November 22 and December 24, 1806, in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), available at [93].
  • Jefferson-Tyler correspondence, two letters dated November 12 and 25, 1810, in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), available at [96] and [97].
  • Jefferson-Sanderson correspondence, three letters dated between August 19 and November 24, 1820, in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), available at [100].
  • Jefferson-Du Ponceau correspondence, two letters dated December 28, 1820, and January 3, 1821, in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), available at [101].

Papers

1740-1769

  • Remonstrance to the House of Commons, 8 December 1764, in Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1761-1765 (Richmond, VA: Colonial Press, Everett Waddey Co., 1907), 303-304.

1770-1779

  • Land Title Opinion, 15 December 1773, George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 4 General Correspondences, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1999), images 25-27, available at [102].
  • Tucker's Certificate of the Admission, 4 April 1774, St. George Tucker's license to practice law in the county and inferior courts of Virginia, signed and sealed by John Randolph and George Wythe.
  • Agreement of Secrecy, Continental Congress, 9 November 1775, in Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, Record Group 360, National Archives.
  • Address to the Foreign Mercenaries, [May 1776], in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1 General Correspondence 1651-1827, (Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1974), images 651-652, available at [103].
  • Address to the Indians, 6 June 1776, in The Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives, Washington, D.C., available at [105].

1780-1799

  • Anti-Slavery Petition, inhabitants of various parts of Virginia, 16 November 1795, Legislative Petitions microfilm reel 233, Library of Virginia.

1800-1806

See also