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Legacy Library: Dabney Carr

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About meDabney Carr (26 October 1743 - 16 May 1773) was a close personal friend and colleague of Thomas Jefferson. He was educated at the College of William and Mary, studied law, and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses (representing Louisa County) to great acclaim from 1771 until his death.

Carr was selected by his fellow legislators to propose the establishment of intercolonial committees of correspondence in the spring of 1773; his speech doing so was hailed as "remarkable for its force and eloquence." Thirty-five days later, Carr was dead; he is buried in the graveyard at Monticello.

On 20 July 1765, Carr married Thomas Jefferson's sister Martha, and left several children, including a son (also Dabney Carr) who served as a Virginia lawyer and judge for many years.

In an 1816 letter to Dabney Carr, Jr., Thomas Jefferson described his childhood friend this way: "His character was of a high order. A spotless integrity, sound judgment, handsome imagination, enriched by education and reading, quick and clear in his conceptions, of correct and ready elocution, impressing every hearer with the sincerity of the heart from which it flowed. His firmness was inflexible in whatever he thought was right: but when no moral principle stood in the way, never had man more the milk of human kindness, of indulgence, of softness, of pleasantry of conversation and conduct." (TJ to Dabney Carr, Jr., 19 January 1816).

About my libraryCarr's library is listed in an inventory of his estate made at the time of his death, and printed in W.G. Stanard, "Library of Dabney Carr, with a Notice of the Carr Family." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 2:2 (October 1894), 221-228.

The estate inventory includes little information about the books, but in many cases a specific title (if not a specific edition) can be determined. See the Comments field of each record for qualifying statements about the titles included here.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Do you know of additional books which should be included here? Please contact Libraries of Early America coordinator Jeremy Dibbell.

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Real nameDabney Carr

LocationGoochland, VA

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