SPAIGHT, Richard Dobbs, 1758-1802


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Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1757-1853, 14 items.
The letters and papers of Richard Dobbs Spaight and of his son, establishing the claim of the elder Spaight to a large tract of land in Craven County; and a paper endorsing a political appointment, 1785. There are also papers of his son, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Jr., including a certificate of William Hill’s appointment as secretary of state, 1836, and a letter from William Gaston, concerning a meeting of the trustees of a New Bern theater.


Huntington Library
Manuscript Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the John Francis Mercer Papers, 1783-1814, 10 pieces.
Correspondents include Richard Dobbs Spaight.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: July 2, 1794. 1 letter.
Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


North Carolina State Department of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: ca. 1783-1912, 5 items.
The papers of Richard Dobbs Spaight contain an account of his expenses as delegate to Continental Congress (1783), a letter from Richard Spaight in Washington, D.C., to John S. West of New Bern, giving his views on the Judiciary Act, Sedition Act, and bill concerning trade with France (1801). Also included is a report on a search for Richard Spaight’s name in University of Glasgow records; and discussion of Richard Spaight’s genealogy. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the John Gray Blount Papers, 1706-1900, 19 feet.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Microfilm: In the Refford Cate Collection, 1784, 1 letter.
The collection contains a letter from Richard Dobbs Spaight to Jacob Read with personal and political news (1784).

Papers: In the Walter Clark Papers, 1783-1920, 4600 items.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Papers: In the Thomas Addison Emmet Collection, 1757-1847, 1 volume.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.

Papers: In the Frederick Gregg Collection, 1721-1867, 76 items.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Microfilm: In the Francis Lister Hawks Collection, 1679-1819, 1 microfilm reel.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Microfilm: In the William Hooper Memorandum Book, 1780-1783, 1 microfilm reel.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Papers: In the Charles E. Johnson Collection, 1685-1875, 7.75 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.

Papers: In the Calvin Jones Papers, ca. 1802-1963, 18 items.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.

Microfilm: In the John Oliver Account Book, 1797-1803, 1 microfilm reel.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.

Papers: In the John Steele Papers, 1777-1831, 400 items.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.

Papers: In the George Washington Papers, ca. 1781-1927, 8 items.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the William S. Bryan Papers, ca. 1818-1879, 0.5 linear foot.
Persons represented include Richard Dobbs Spaight.

Papers: In the Ernest Haywood Collection of Haywood Family Papers, ca. 1750-1880, 24 linear feet.
Correspondents include Richard Dobbs Spaight.