Guide to Research CollectionsDuke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Papers: 1817-1848, 19 items.
The papers of Francis Everod Rives document early railroading in North Carolina and Virginia, and the fight for the possession of the Weldon bridge over the Roanoke River and seventeen miles of track belonging to the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad, the sale of which Francis Rives believes caused the dissolution of that railroad. Also included is a letter to Francis Rives from his nephew, Colonel R. B. Heath, describing his travels in Berlin and the Revolution of 1848; and a slave sales book of Francis Rives and his partners, Peyton Mason, Sr., and Peyton Mason, Jr.