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Elizabeth Jacquelin Ambler Papers(1780–1832)

  • MS 1954.5
  • Microfilm: M-1120
  • Transcript: TR/53
  • 25 items

Correspondence from Elizabeth Jacquelin Ambler Brent Carrington (1765–1842), elder daughter of Jacquelin and Rebecca Burwell Ambler, includes letters to her friends, Mildred Smith Dudley of Yorktown, Virginia, and Frances Caines of Bristol, England. These letters, Elizabeth’s own copies of the originals, describe her family’s difficulties during the American Revolution; the sudden death of her first husband; and the unfortunate life of one of her childhood friends.

Later letters to her sister, Ann Ambler Fisher, are Eliza’s attempts to describe their family and its antecedents; their life in Yorktown before the Revolution; the hardships of their flight from the British; and the changes the war made in their lives. Included are sketches of their parents and their brother-in-law, Chief Justice John Marshall. Some passages on her later life explain why she retained these letters. Also included is Eliza’s copy of an 1815 letter from John A.B. Fisher to his mother, discussing his parents’ reaction to his desire to become a minister.

Ten of the letters are published, with some editing and alteration, in Atlantic Monthly, LXI, (Oct. 1899), pp. 535–549. Biographical information is available in The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, vol. 3, pp. 35–37.

These letters are also quoted in:

  • Kerrison, Catherine. “By the Book: Eliza Ambler Brent Carrington and Conduct Literature in Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 105, no. 1 (1997), pp. 27–52.
  • Pecquet du Bellet, Louise, b. 1853. Some Prominent Virginia Families, vols. 1–2. Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell, 1907.

Inventory

Date Description
1780 Mildred Smith [Dudley] to Eliza Jacquelin Ambler
1780 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Mildred Smith [Dudley]
1781 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Mildred Smith [Dudley], Richmond
1782 Mildred Smith [Dudley] to Eliza Jacquelin Ambler
1785 February Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Mildred Smith Dudley], Richmond
1785 July 10 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Mildred Smith [Dudley]
1786 January 10 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Mildred Smith [Dudley], Williamsburg
1786 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Miss [Frances] C[aines], Bristol
1792 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Miss [Frances] C[aines]
1795 March Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Miss [Frances] Caines, Bristol, Richmond
1796 October 10 Essay on family, [Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Ann Ambler Fisher]
1802 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Miss [Frances] C[aines]
1807 January 1 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Ann [Nancy] Fisher
[1807–1809] Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Ann [Nancy] Fisher
1809 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Nancy [Fisher]
1809 March Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Ann] Nancy [Fisher]
1810 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Ann] Nancy [Fisher]
1810 November Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Ann] Nancy [Fisher]
[1810] Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Ann] Nancy [Fisher]
1815 May 1 J.A.B. Fisher to Mother [Ann Fisher], Yale College
1820[6] November Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to Frances Caines, Richmond
1823 March 11 Eliza Jacquelin Ambler to [Ann] Nancy [Fisher]
n.d. Variety or the Vicissitudes of Life (7 pp.)
n.d. Binding

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