Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
103 Perkins Library
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
30 items and 1 v.
Correspondence, legal papers, and financial papers of the Lucas family of Raleigh, N.C. Early letters (1813-1816) were written by Alexander Lucas to his wife Mary while he visited Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Legal papers pertain to a lawsuit involving William Lucas, Henderson Lucas, and Margaret Lucas and concerning the estate and Revolutionary War military bounty of their grandfather, Thomas Lucas. A letter written to William Lucas from N. Davidson (1857) on an advertising sheet contains descriptions of inventions of 1857, including a counterfeit preventing machine for the printing of banknotes, a windmill, a pump, and a letter-copying press. Also included in the collection are letters (1861-1862) from Henderson Lucas of the 34th Regiment of N.C. Troops, Company G, to his sister Margaret. Lucas wrote from Camp Fisher near High Point, N.C., from Camp Davis near Wilmington, and from Hamilton's Crossing. Clippings include one describing Henderson Lucas' heroism at the battle of Gettysburg. Collection also includes a small account book (1821) in which Mary Lucas made a few brief entries.