Robert Augustus Toombs letters, petitions, and writs
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Robert Augustus Toombs letters, petitions, and writs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Toombs, Robert Augusts, 1810-1885.
Title: Robert Augustus Toombs letters, petitions, and writs
Dates: 1834-1871
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0804

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Augustus Toombs (1810-1885) was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, the son of a Revolutionary War major. He studied at the University of Georgia, but completed his degree at the University of Schenectady, New York. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the bar in 1830. That same year, Toombs married Julia DuBose. He was elected to the Georgia legislature in 1837 and to Congress in 1844. He served as Secretary of State of the Confederate States of America; in 1861 he accepted a military commission and commanded a Georgia brigade. A bullet shattered his left hand while his troops were defending a bridge at the battle of Antietam.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of petitions and writs concerning court cases in the Inferior Court of Wilkes County, in which Robert Toombs was Plaintiff's Attorney. The Writs of Assumpsit's include promissory notes; the judgments are on the back of the writs. Also included are three letters from Toombs: to E.A. Palmer, Jr., 1859, stating that he has received Palmer's note; to Johnson (last name only), 1861, notifying that Col. David Hubbard goes forth as Indian Commissioner; and to Captain S.W. Mays, 1871, regarding their settlement at Augusta.

Index Terms

Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Indians of North America--Government relations.
Letters (correspondence)
Toombs, Robert Augusts, 1810-1885.
Wilkes County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 1 purchased from Forest H. Sweet, Battle Creek, Michigan. Item 2 purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, S.C.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Robert Augustus Toombs letters, petitions, and writs, MS 804, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Gift of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1961 (Items 3-58). Purchased, 1952; 1954 (Items 1-2).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Letters of Robert Toombs, 1859-1871 ( 3.0 items. )
To E.A. Palmer, Jr. Washington, Ga., June 14, 1859. 1 p. ALS. Has received Palmer's note. To [?] Johnson. Confederate States of America, Department of State, Montgomery, May 14, 1961. 1 p. ALS. Notifying that Col. [David] Hubbard goes out as Indian Commissioner. To Capt. S.W. Mays. Washington, Ga., March 4[?], 1971. 4 p. ALS. Statement re their settlement at Augusta with memoranda explaining it.


2Petitions to the Inferior Court of Wilkes County, Ga., 1834-1840 ( 16.0 items. )
Presented by Robert Toombs as Plaintiff's Attorney. They are in his and and/or signed by him.


3Writs of Assumpsit's and promissory notes, 1835-1843 ( 39.0 items. )
Most of them are in Toombs' hand and/or signed by him as Plaintiff's Attorney; judgments are on the backs of the writs.