Dates: 1860, 1871, 1878, 1883
Collection Number: MS 43
Extent: 1 folder; 5 items
Biographical/Historical Information: Thomas S. Bocock (1815-1891) was a politician and lawyer from Virginia. He was born in Buckingham County, Va. to John Thomas Bocock and Mary Flood. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College he began a legal practice in Buckingham County. He was a member Virginia House of Delegates from 1842-1844, and of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1847-1861. Bocock was a committed slaveholder and Southern nationalist, even praising Senator Preston Brook's attack on Charles Sumner. Following Virginia's secession, Bocock served in the Confederate States House of Representatives from 1861 to 1865. After the Civil War Bocock moved to Lynchburg and practiced law. He died in Appomattox County, Va., in 1891.
Scope and Content: This collection contains four letters sent to Thomas S. Bocock of Appomattox County and Lynchburg, Va.
(1) ALS from M. M. Miller, 27 January 1860. Millner asks Bocock to send tomato seeds and discusses the Union: “I think the Union will not stand much longer.”
(2) ALS from W. Latham, Jr., 11 October 1871. Sent from Greenwood Depot, Albemarle County, Va. Latham discusses his failed attempt to establish a school and asks for assistance in securing a position with the railroad.
(3) ALS from Richard Smith, Attorney-at-Law, 23 September 1873. Smith apologizes for the late reply.
(4) ALS from L. P. Hodges, April, n.d. Hodges requests book on smithing or farming
(5) Bill from Guggenheimer & Co., Lynchburg, Va., 30 November 1833. Requests payment.