Estate Records of William D. Wilson
James V. Brooke
R. Taylor Scott
Brooke & Scott
Attorneys at Law
Practice in the court of
Faquier, Londoun, Prince William, Culpepper
Rappakansack and Alexandria Counties
In the United States Court and in the Court of Appeals of Virginia
Warrenton, VA, December 2rd, 1892
W. F. Foster Esq
It may be that a client of
ours will need the services of an attorney in your city to look after her interest in the
estate of her deceased brother. Her name is Lydia Phillips and her brother
is W. D. Wilson, both people of color.
We think he was connected with the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. G. W. Campbell was his adm. Letter in our possession from the adm. and from Warren Logan, teacher of the institute, leads us to believe that he was possessed of considerable estate real and personal--certainly $3500 of life insurance-besides personal property & large interests in lands. Offers of compromise was made to her, which she could not accept being ignorant of the status of her brother's estate. Of late, she has heard nothing. She was informed she was the only heir and distributor--since <illegible> death. She has <illegible> with one Jane Phillips.
Of course she is not in circumstance to pay a cash fee. But if you will trouble yourself so far as to glance at the records and ascertain the condition of matters as it now stands. You may be able to inform us in a general way as to the chances of a recovery upon her part; and as will communicate with you further.
It is possible that we may have written you before on the subject of this letter. If so, excuse the repetition.
Tuskegee, Ala Dec 22, 1886
On or before the 1st day of January 1891 we promise to pay to Mrs. Eliza J. Campbell and Mrs. Lucy A. Wright or order the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars with interest from the 1st day of January 1887 as a part of the purchase money of a tract of land lying in Macon County Alabama known as the "Johnston Place" this day sold and conveyed by them to us.
J. A. Washington
W. C. Ferguson
B. T. Washington