Genealogy of the Mercer-Garnett Family of Essex County, Virginia: Supposed to be Descended from the Garnetts of Lancashire, England. Comp. from Original Records, and from Oral and Written Statements of Members of the Family (Google eBook)

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Whittet & Shepperson, printers, 1910 - 62 pages
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Page 14 - The lectures, especially those addressed to young ladies, had a wide circulation and were highly valued. Just before the meeting of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829, Mr. Garnett compiled and issued a volume of Constitutional Charts, or comparative views of the legislative, executive and judiciary departments, in the Constitutions of all the States in the Union, including that of the United States...
Page 17 - I need not attempt any description of Elmwood, I will only say that it has suggested some of the fine old English houses to me, and for years after I lived there, when I would be reading an English novel, Elmwood with its fine hall, its library and parlor, its corridors and general spaciousness, would rise up before me." Mr. Barbour gives an interesting account of the school, and particularly pays a warm tribute to his friend and schoolmate, MRH Garnett. This sketch may fitly close with the following...
Page 3 - Convention — the best account of it that we have — delivered before the Virginia Historical Society, December 15, 1853, and contained in the Virginia Historical Reporter for 1854 (Vol. I., pp. 81-83), a very rare pamphlet. Mr. Grigsby says: " Although as the contests of the Convention the lines of division were strictly drawn between the friends and opponents of the old constitution, now that those strifes are past, and most of the active spirits of those exciting times are no more, it may not...
Page 3 - ... Convention of 182930, called to amend the State Constitution. He opposed many of the changes in the Constitution made by that Convention, and was thus frequently found on the opposite side to his brother-in-law, Hon. Charles Fenton Mercer, who acted as chairman of the Committee on Resolutions, Mr. Madison, the appointed chairman, from his age and infirmities being unable to take a very active part in the work of the Convention. Mr. Garnett, a gentleman of "the old school...
Page 9 - Fredericksburg Agricultural Society," strongly advocating protection for American manufactures. Of the society just named Mr. Garnett was President for twenty years and delivered to it annual addresses. He was a founder of the Virginia State Agricultural Society, and it is stated in Lippincott's and in Appl'eton's Biographical Dictionaries that he was one of the principal founders and the first President of the United States Agricultural Society, but the correctness of this statement I cannot verify....
Page 2 - James M. Garnett, Esq., of the county of Essex, Virginia, a member of the grand jury, and also of Congress during Mr. Jefferson's administration. Our friendship commenced soon after he took his seat in Congress, and has continued uninterrupted by a single moment of coolness or alienation during three-and-twenty years, and very trying times, political and otherwise. I take a pride in naming this gentleman among my steady, uniform, and unwavering friends. In Congress he never said an unwise thing,...
Page 23 - Aunts) was born the zoth day of last January. So that I have still six young children to provide for. Your Sister Fenton has got a better person to take that care off my hands, she got the start of you, being married on the ninth day of July last to Mr Muscoe Garnett of Essex county, a match every way so agreeable to me that I solemly declare I dont know one that coud have offerd in Virginia or Maryland that I shoud have preferr'd before it, & tho she then seem'd indifferent, I am very much mistaken,...
Page 10 - Virginia Georgics, written for the Hole and corner club of Powhatan, by Charles Carter Lee . . . and published by the club.
Page iv - Cheshire, that had settled in Dublin, and was the first of that family who came to this country. His ancestry is traced back through his father, John Mercer, and mother, Grace Fenton, and his grandfather, Robert Mercer, to his great-grandfather, Noel Mercer, of Chester, England. John Mercer, of...
Page 23 - ... ninth day of July last to Mr Muscoe Garnett of Essex county, a match every way so agreeable to me that I solemly declare I dont know one that coud have offerd in Virginia or Maryland that I shoud have preferr'd before it, & tho she then seem'd indifferent, I am very much mistaken, if she is not now as well pleased with it as I am. He is in possession of a very large fortune, of an agreeable person, good natured, sober, industrious, well acquainted with his plantation affairs, & I think I may...

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