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Collection Title: Foote (Henry Stuart) Letter and Autograph

Collection Number: M69

Dates: August 20, 1853

Volume: 2 items

Provenance: Purchase from Shorey, 1969

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Henry Stuart Foote was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on September 20, 1800. After graduation from Washington College, he was admitted to the bar in 1822 and practiced law in Alabama. Because of controversy over the dueling laws in Alabama, in 1830-1831 Foote left the state and stopped in Natchez, where he decided to remain. He was defeated in a bid for election to the 1832 Mississippi Constitutional Convention. A practicing attorney and part-owner of a Jackson newspaper, Foote also became interested in Texas and participated in a number of expeditions to the state during the 1830's. He was successful in a bid for the United States Senate in 1847, resigning his seat in 1852 after defeating Jefferson Davis for the governorship of Mississippi. During the Civil War he was a member of the Confederate Congress, even though he was opposed to slavery and secession. After regaining citizenship, he became superintendent of the New Orleans Mint. Foote died in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 20, 1880. In addition to legal and political interests, Foote was also an author. His books include Texas and the Texans, History of the Southern Struggle, Reminiscences, and Bench and Bar of the South and Southwest.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of two items relating to Henry Stuart Foote. One item is a letter written August 20, 1853, by Foote in response to George H. Morrow's request for information about the relationship between Lynn Boyd and Henry Clay, who had just died. In the letter Foote explains how he had worked since 1850 to bring about a reconciliation between Boyd and Clay.

The second item is a short biographical sketch of Foote with his signature, apparently clipped from another document, affixed to the top of the page.

Books:

Copies of materials written by Henry Stuart Foote are available in the Cook, McCain, and Cox Libraries:

Henry Stuart Foote, Texas and the Texans: or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the South-West, including a History of Leading Events in Mexico, from the Conquest by Fernando Cortes to the Termination of the Texan Revolution [microform] (Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1841), call number Z1236 .L5 LAC 22357 (Cook).

Henry Stuart Foote, Texas and the Texans, or, Advance of the Anglo-Americans to the South-West (Austin, Tex.: The Steck Co., 1935), call number F389 .F66 1935 Vol. 1, 2 (McCain).

Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Majority Report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs [microform], signed H.S. Foote (Richmond, Va.: s.n., between 1861 and 1865), call number Z1242.5 .C7 (Cook).

Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Report of the Committee on Foreign Relations [microform], signed H.S. Foote (Richmond, Va.: s.n., 1862), call number Z1242.5 .C7 (Cook).

Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives. Special Committee on the Recent Military Disasters. Report of the Special Committee on the Recent Military Disasters at Fort Henry and Donelson, and the Evacuation of Nashville [microform] by H.S. Foote and H.C. McLaughlin (Richmond, Va.: Enquirer Book and Job Press, Tyler, Wise, Allegre and Smith, 1862), call number Z1242.5 .C7 (Cook).

Confederate States of America. Congress. House of representatives. Special committee on the recent military disasters. Report of the Special Committee, on the Recent Military Disasters at Forts Henry and Donelson, and the Evacuation of Nashville [microfiche], Hon. H.S. Foote, Chairman (Richmond, Va.: Enquirer Book and Job Press, 1862), call number E18 .S46x (Cook).

Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives. Special Committee on Fall of Fort Donelson, etc. Report of Special Committee on Fall of Fort Donelson, etc. [microform], by Mr. Foote (Richmond, Va.: s.n., 1863), call number Z1242.5 .C7 (Cook).

Henry Stuart Foote, War of the Rebellion; or, Scylla and Charybdis. Consisting of Observations upon the Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Late Civil War in the United States (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866), call number E459 .F69 (Cook, McCain).

Henry Stuart Foote, War of the Rebellion: or, Scylla and Charybdis, Consisting of Observations upon the Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Late Civil war in the United States [microform] (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866), call numbers Z1236 .L5 and Z1236 .L5 LAC 11461 (Cook).

Henry Stuart Foote, Casket of Reminiscences (Washington, D.C.: Chronicle Publishing Company, 1874), call number E415.7 .F68 (McCain).

Monroe F. Cockrell, After Sundown: Those Duelling Editors of Vicksburg, 1841-1860: and "Casket of Reminiscences," by Henry S. Foote, 1874 (Evanston, Ill.: M. Cockrell, 1961), call number CR4595.U6 C63 1961 (McCain).

Henry Stuart Foote, Casket of Reminiscences (New York: Negro Universities Press, 1968), call number E415.7 .F68 1968 (Cox).

Henry Stuart Foote, The Bench and Bar of the South and Southwest (St. Louis, Mo.: Soule, Thomas & Wentworth, 1876), call number F396 .F68 (McCain).


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