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Collection Number: 02778

Collection Title: William Lowndes Papers, 1754-1941

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract William Lowndes was a lawyer, planter, and United States representative from South Carolina. The collection is chiefly William Lowndes's correspondence while in Congress, 1811-1821, including letters written from Washington, D.C., to his wife, Elizabeth (Pinckney) Lowndes, discussing his personal and social life; and letters he received from notable politicians, including John Quincy Adams, Joseph Alston, John C. Calhoun, Langdon Cheves, William H. Crawford, William Drayton, Hamilton Fish, John Forsyth, James Hamilton, Robert Y. Hayne, Daniel H. Huger, Hugh S. Legare, James Monroe, Thomas Pinckney, Eldred Simkins, and William Wirt. Among other items are letters, 1758-1799, between William Lowndes's father, Rawlins (1721-1800), of Charleston, S.C., and English and West Indian merchants; a fragment of a diary of Charles Lowndes, 1754-1755, chiefly concerning social life in London; detailed reminiscences of William's grandson, Thomas Pinckney Lowndes (1839-1899), concerning antebellum life, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in Charleston; copies of speeches by William Lowndes; and his notebooks on law and congressional matters.
Creator Lowndes, William, 1782-1822.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Lowndes Papers, #2778, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1944
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Lowndes was a lawyer, planter, and United States representative from South Carolina.

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The collection is chiefly William Lowndes's correspondence while in Congress, 1811-1821, including letters written from Washington, D.C., to his wife, Elizabeth (Pinckney) Lowndes, discussing his personal and social life; and letters he received from notable politicians, including John Quincy Adams, Joseph Alston, John C. Calhoun, Langdon Cheves, William H. Crawford, William Drayton, Hamilton Fish, John Forsyth, James Hamilton, Robert Y. Hayne, Daniel H. Huger, Hugh S. Legare, James Monroe, Thomas Pinckney, Eldred Simkins, and William Wirt. Among other items are letters, 1758-1799, between William Lowndes's father, Rawlins (1721-1800), of Charleston, S.C., and English and West Indian merchants; a fragment of a diary of Charles Lowndes, 1754-1755, chiefly concerning social life in London; detailed reminiscences of William's grandson, Thomas Pinckney Lowndes (1839-1899), concerning antebellum life, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in Charleston; copies of speeches by William Lowndes; and his notebooks on law and congressional matters.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1754-1941 and undated.

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Folder 10

Speech on South America #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-13

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Miscellaneous notes #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 11-13

Folder 14

Envelopes #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 1: 1754-1755 #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 15

Fragment of a diary of Charles Lowndes, about his travels in Europe. Describes daily life of gentlemen in London, games, theatres, and various happenings to friends.

Folder 16

Volume 2: 1800 #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 16

Notebook of William Lowndes. "Notes on different parts of the Law of England, South Carolina."

Folder 17

Volume 3: 1812-1815 #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 17

Notes taken by William Lowndes on Congressional matters.

Folder 18

Volume 4: Undated #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 18

Account of early childhood of Mrs. Elizabeth Downes Frost. Typed copy.

Folder 19

Volume 5: 1860 #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 19

Account of the capture of the Charleston Arsenal by the Washington Legion, written by Private T. Pinckney Lowndes. Typed copy.

Folder 20

Volume 6: Undated #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 20

Sketch of Lt. J. E. McPherson (d. 1861, age 24). Typescript.

Folder 21

Volume 7: Undated #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 21

Reminiscences, Thomas Pinckney Lowndes (b. 1839). Manuscript copy.

Folder 22

Volume 8: 1892 #02778, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1754-1892 and undated." Folder 22

Notebook, T. Pinckney Lowndes, chiefly about William Lowndes.

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Processing Information

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

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