Contents and Arrangement

Glassell, John, Letter to Mildred Smith Covel, 1845 August

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a letter from John Glassell (1780-1850), a Virginia farmer and enslaver, to his daughter Mildred "Milly" Smith Covel (1823-1905). Writing from "The Glebe" farm in Culpeper County, Glassell relays news about family and neighbors, most notably a dispute with his neighbor, a Mr. Pollock, over the sale of an enslaved woman named Eve and the potential sale of another woman named Winny. Glassell states that the sale of Eve "created a rumpus about [his] servants" and that "this has compelled [him] to sue [his neighbor] to prevent any further transgressions."


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Ian Brabner in 2021 (AM 2022-020).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and is regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Glassell, John, Letter to Mildred Smith Covel; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box 19

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Enslaved persons--Virginia--Fairfax County--History--19th century--Sources.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 19th century
Culpeper County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources