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Robert Walton Letter

Identifier: Ms-2009-104

Scope and Content

This letter was written by Robert Walton to his sister Elizabeth McClanahan. In this letter, Walton describes his travels from Abingdon, Virginia, to Augusta, Georgia–his place of residence. He tells his sister of his possible trip to New York in the coming summer, during which he will attempt to stop in Botetourt, Virginia–the area in which his sister lives. In this letter, Walton also makes reference to his intention to marry "E." this is most likely a reference to his marriage soon after to Evalina Sarah Watkins.


  • 1813


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

The author of the letter is most likely Robert Walton, Jr, of Augusta, Georgia. Walton was born to Robert and Blanche (Glascock) Walton on February 1, 1791. He married Evalina Sarah Watkins. Their children were: Elizabeth (1814-1835), Hon. Anderson Watkins (1817-1885), Blanche (July 26-August 3, 1819), Mary Louisa (1820-1903), William Augustus (1822-1882), Leonidas Watkins (1825-1900), Robert (1826-1905), Dr. Claiborne Russell (1829-1857), Evalina Sally Hamilton (1832-1843), and Catherine Elizabeth (1835-1898). Robert Walton, Jr. died in early 1870. He and his wife are buried in the Morris Street Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.


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The collection contains a single letter written by Robert Walton of Augusta, Georgia, to his sister, Elizabeth McClanahan, in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Source of Acquisition

The Robert Walton Letter was donated to Special Collections in 1996.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Robert Walton Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Robert Walton Letter commenced and was completed in July 2009.

Robert Walton Letter, 1813
Lora Settle, Graduate Assistant
2009 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

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