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Henry Ruffner papers

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1-8
Identifier: WLU-Coll-0102

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three manuscript novellas written by Henry Ruffner including a draft of his published work titled "Judith Bensaddi"; six sermons in Henry Ruffner's hand, Washington College student James S. Richeson's handwritten transcript of one of Ruffner's lectures on "Political Economy"(1840); a 20th cenury typescript copy of Ruffner's 1847 pamphlet regarding slavery in Virginia; an 1867 letter relating to property of Ruffner's estate by his widow, Laura Ruffner; Henry Ruffner's bound manuscript for the Early History of Washington College (c.1857) - this volume includes notes of Henry Ruffner's son, William Henry Ruffner; and a letter dated January 20, 1897 written from a Union army veteran to the Washington College library concerning a book he removed from the school's library during General David Hunter's 1864 occupation of Lexington, Virginia.


  • Creation: Inclusive c.1815(?)-1867

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Ruffner was president of Washington College, 1836-1848 as well as a professor, minister, and author.


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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA