Robert Toombs letter

Robert Toombs letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
Title: Robert Toombs letter
Dates: 1870 April 30
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of one letter to "My dear Sir" from Robert Toombs in Washington, Georgia, dated April 30, 1870. The letter states that Toombs has been busy "attending my courts," has not had time to give attention to other matters, and says to send the Cyclopedia to the Librarian of the Demosthenian Society in Athens, Georgia.
Coll. Number: ms2232

Biographical/Historical Note

"Robert Toombs, one of the most ardent secessionists in the U.S. Senate, helped to lead Georgia out of the Union on the eve of the Civil War. This was surprising; although Toombs was a slaveholding planter, he had dedicated the majority of his political career to preserving the Union. Spanning almost four decades, his career in Georgia politics began in the state legislature, and he later ventured into national affairs as a U.S. congressman and senator. During the early months of the Civil War he became secretary of state for the Confederacy. He concluded his political leadership as one of the major architects of the state Constitution of 1877." - "Robert Toombs." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved September 4, 2008)

For more information, see the article "Robert Toombs (1810-1885)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia and his congressional biography.

Index Terms

Cabinet officers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Courts (judicial bodies)
Courts--Georgia--History--19th century--Sources.
Legislators--Georgia--History--19th century.
Legislators--United States--Correspondence.
Legislators--United States--History--19th century.
Plantation owners--Georgia--Correspondence.
Plantation owners--Georgia--History--19th century.
Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885 -- Correspondence
University of Georgia. Demosthenian Society. -- History--19th century--Sources

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Toombs letter. MS 2232. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1870 April 30