Abstract of the Proceedings of the Virginia Company of London, 1619-1624: Papers from the records in the Library of Congress

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Author: Robinson, Conway (1805-1884)

Year: 1888

Publisher: Virginia Historical Society

Place: Richmond


2 volumes: xivii+218 pages; 300 pages with index. Royal octavo (10" x 6 1/2") issued in black cloth with spine labels. Edited with an introduction and notes by R A Brock. Volumes VII and VIII, New Series of The Virginia Historical Society. First edition.

Conway Robinson was born in Richmond on September 15, 1805, son of John and Agnes Conway (Moncure) Robinson. After a six-year apprenticeship to the clerk of two of Richmond's courts, he was admitted to the bar in 1827; he became clerk of the General Court the following year and held the post until his resignation in 1931 to engage in private practice. He ventured briefly into business, assuming the presidency of the faltering Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company in 1836 and resigning two years later after having placed the company back on a sound footig. As an attorney he became so successful that he was admitted in 1939 to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. In 1842 Robinson became reporter to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Together with John Mercer Patton he was selected in 1846 by the Virginia legislature to revise the Commonwealth's civil code and the following year to revise the criminal code; he was elected to the legislature in 1952 to adapt these revisions to the state's new constitution. Robinson's legal works include the three-volume Practice in the Courts of Law and Equity in Virginia (1832-39) and the seven-volume Practice in Courts of Justice in England and the United States (1854-74). After the Civil War he continued to practice before the Virginia Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court; he had resided in Washington, D.C., since 1858. Robinson's wife, whom he married on July 14, 1836, was Mary Susan Selden (Leigh) Robinson, daughter of Benjamin Watkins Leigh (q.v.); the couple had nine children, two of whom died in infancy and two of whom were killed fighting for the Confederacy. Robinson was one of the founder-members (1831) of the Virginia Historical Society; for many years he was chairman of its executive committee; he was elected recording secretary in 1956 and vice-president in 1882. His historical work An Account of Discoveries in the West was published by the Society in 1848. On his death, which took place in Philadelphia on January 30, 1884, the Society received from his estate a valuable collection of books and manuscripts.


Corners bumped and rubbed through, spine hinges rubbed, spine labels rubbed and chipped at edges , some pages read, volume two soiled else a good to very good copy.

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