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Member of the Virginia General Assembly from Campbell County from 1853 to 1858. Letter written June 28, 1857, to William Ballard Preston (1805-1862), a Montgomery County, Virginia, lawyer who rose to the office of Secretary of the Navy (1849-1850) under Zachary Taylor. In 1858 Preston was involved in the negotiations to establish a line of steamers from Norfolk, Virginia, to the west coast of Africa, which failed to materialize due to the Civil War. Deane writes Preston about the possibility...
Letter from James Morris Hicks, a student at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) to his father, discussing cadet drilling, his recent election to the position of vice president of the freshman class, and replies to news from home.