Guide to the Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy, August 14, 1855

Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy C0367


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Mason, J. M., (James Murray), 1798-1871
Title Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy
Date August 14, 1855
Physical Characteristics 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy, written August 14, 1855.
Collection Number C0367
Language English

Biographical Note

James Murray Mason, born on November 3, 1798, was a U.S. Senator, representing Virginia from 1847 - 1861. He was the son of John Mason, the grandson of George Mason IV, and the brother of Maynadier Mason. Mason vehemently supported southern states' interests, introducing the Fugitive Slave Act on January 4, 1850, which eventually was passed. Upon the advent of the Civil War, he joined the Confederacy, and was eventually expelled from the Senate. Mason was a key player in the Trent Affair, in which the U.S. arrested him and former Senator John Slidell for acting as diplomats to Europe from the Confederacy. After his release from prison, he continued to represent the Confederacy until its downfall, and then resided in Canada until 1868. He then returned to Virginia, passing away April 28, 1871.

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Scope and Content

Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy, written August 14, 1855. The bulk of the letter reads as follows: "Will the Secretary of State oblige me, by causing the [illegible] letters to Mr. Mason [ampersand] Mr. Buchanan, to be sent with next mails for his departure."

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center holds other items related to the Mason family, including the Mason family manuscript account book and the George Mason letters to John Augustine Washington III. It also holds the Letter from Senator James M. Mason to U.S. President James Buchanan.

The Virginia Military Institute holds the James M. Mason papers. The Library of Virginia holds the James M. Mason Papers.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

United States. Congress. Senate

Document Types:

Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

A digitized version of the letter can be found here: Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy.

Preferred Citation

Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy, C0367, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

The donor is unknown.

Processing Information

Reprocessing completed by Amanda Brent in July 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in July 2019. This collection used to be a part of the Virginia historical documents collection, C0034.

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Bibliography

"James Murray Mason: A Featured Biography." United States Senate. https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/Featured_Bio_MasonJamesMurray.htm (accessed June 28, 2019).

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Contents Lists

Box Folder
1 1 Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy, August 14, 1855
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