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Collection Number: 00516

Collection Title: Miscellaneous Letters, 1786-1982

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract The collection is single or very small groups of unrelated letters, many from the 19th century, to and from various persons, especially southerners who were prominent in the literary and political areas. Topics include family life; travels in North Carolina and other parts of the South; social life and customs; plantation life; slavery and slave sales North Carolina, Maryland, and other places; local and national politics; the Civil War, both military action and the homefront in Louisiana, North Carolina (including blockading the coast and attacking Fort Fisher), Mississippi, and other parts of the South; the University of North Carolina; World War I; literature; and other topics. Among the correspondents are Abiel Abbott, Henry Ward Beecher, Alfred Holt Colquitt, Sherman Converse, Peter Early, Frank Porter Graham, Sam Houston, Washington Irving, Andrew Jackson, Laura Riding Jackson, North Carolina governor Samuel Johnston, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Milledge, Margaret Mitchell, Wilson Cary Nicholas, North Carolina writer William S. Pearson, Isaac F. Shepard, Edward Stanly, Edward Telfair, Albion W. Tourgée, Martin Van Buren, Abraham Bedford Venable, and Daniel Webster.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in Miscellaneous Letters #516, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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The collection is single or very small groups of unrelated letters, many from the 19th century, to and from various persons, especially southerners who were prominent in the literary and political areas. Topics include family life; travels in North Carolina and other parts of the South; social life and customs; plantation life; slavery and slave sales North Carolina, Maryland, and other places; local and national politics; the Civil War, both military action and the homefront in Louisiana, North Carolina (including blockading the coast and attacking Fort Fisher), Mississippi, and other parts of the South; the University of North Carolina; World War I; literature; and other topics. Among the correspondents are Abiel Abbott, Henry Ward Beecher, Alfred Holt Colquitt, Sherman Converse, Peter Early, Frank Porter Graham, Sam Houston, Washington Irving, Andrew Jackson, Laura Riding Jackson, North Carolina governor Samuel Johnston, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Milledge, Margaret Mitchell, Wilson Cary Nicholas, North Carolina writer William S. Pearson, Isaac F. Shepard, Edward Stanly, Edward Telfair, Albion W. Tourgee, Martin Van Buren, Abraham Bedford Venable, and Daniel Webster.

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Contents list

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: Folders 1-84 are in chronological order; beginning with folder 85, materials are filed in order as received.

Folder 1

Three letters, 1786 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 1

James Jackson, Savannah, Ga., to unknown recipient, 1 June 1786 #00516, Folder 1
B. Dickson, Williamsburg, Va., to William Nelson, Richmond, Va., 3 April 1786 #00516, Folder 1
Daniel Morgan to David Allison, Falmouth, Va., 28 June 1786 #00516, Folder 1
Folder 2

Samuel Johnston, governor of North Carolina, to the public treasurer, 3 August 1788 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 2

Folder 3

Two letters, 1790 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 3

Alexander Martin, Danbury, N.C., to Francis Child, 18 April 1790 #00516, Folder 3
Joseph Williams, Surry, to Francis Child, Fayetteville, N.C., 27 November 1790 #00516, Folder 3
Folder 4

Noble Wimberly Jones, Lambeth near Savannah, Ga., to Dr. George Jones, Savannah, 22 April 1797 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 4

Folder 5

John Steele, Hawkins Court House, Tenn., to Edward Carrington, Richmond, Va., 6 May 1798 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 5

Folder 6

Nathaniel Macon, Philadelphia, Pa., to William P. Little, Warrenton, N.C., 17 February 1800 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 6

Folder 7

Three letters, 1803 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 7

Edward Telfair, Savannah, Ga., to governor John Milledge, 1 February 1803 #00516, Folder 7
Lieutenant J. Fergus, Fayetteville, N.C., to William Linnard, Philadelphia, Pa., 18 April 1803 #00516, Folder 7
Lieutenant Colonel Constant Freeman, Fort Johnson, S.C., to William Linnard, Philadelphia, Pa., 9 August 1803 #00516, Folder 7
Folder 8

Two letters, 1805 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 8

Timothy Bloodworth, Wilmington, N.C., to governor James Turner, Raleigh, N.C., 17 June 1805 #00516, Folder 8
A letter, dated 11 August 1805, from J. Hawley of Fayetteville, N.C., to John E. Hawley of Bradalben, N.Y., chiefly about family news and the state of the nation (Acc. 91041) #00516, Folder 8
Folder 9

Seaborn Jones, Princeton, N.J., to William Hart Jr., Mill Haven, Ga., dated 30 September 1806 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 9

Folder 10

Two letters, 1807 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 10

Thomas Goode, Philadelphia, Pa., to Samuel Johnston, Louisburg, N.C., 4 December 1807 #00516, Folder 10
Abraham Bedford Venable, Richmond, Va., to Wilson Cary Nicholas, Washington, D.C., 5 December 1807 #00516, Folder 10
Folder 11

Peter Early, Greene County, Ga., to John Milledge, 14 September 1808 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 11

Folder 12

William B. Sprague, Woodlawn Plantation, Mount Vernon, Va., to Reverend Abiel Abbot, 2 March 1816 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 12

Folder 13

John Holloway, Williamson County, Tenn., to James Leigh, Durant's Neck, Perquimans County, N.C., 10 September 1817 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 13

Folder 14

Rev. Abiel Abbot, St. James Parish, S.C., to John Abbot, Brunswick, Maine, 15 December 1818 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 14

Folder 15

Three letters, 1819 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 15

J. N. Saul, New Orleans, La., to Captain Tichener, Natchez, Miss., 15 May 1819 #00516, Folder 15
John Rodgers, Washington, D.C., to Charlotte Bullis, 20 January 1819 #00516, Folder 15
Rev. Artemas Boies, Wilmington, N.C., to Joseph Boies, Greeenwich, N.Y., 7 April 1819 #00516, Folder 15
Folder 16

Sam Houston to Maj. R. J. Eisler, 1 October 1820 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 16

Arnold Mallinchrod, Elberfeld, Germany, to Dr. Kenan, Sampson County, N.C., 5 October 1820 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 16

Folder 17a

Robert Abbott, Richmond Va., to Edward A. Russell, Petersburg, Va., July 1821 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 17a

Folder 17b

16 April 1822, Andrew Jackson to Richard Keith Call. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 17b

Folder 18

Marcus Brutus Osborn, Plymouth, N.C., to Frances Smith, Petersburg, Va., 28 February 1823 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 18

Folder 19

Two letters, 1825 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 19

Sarah G. Sawyer, Elizabeth City, N.C., to Samuel E. Foote, New York City, 9 April 1825 #00516, Folder 19
Ann M. Phelps, Fayetteville, N.C., to her cousin, Connecticut, 18 April [1825?] #00516, Folder 19
Folder 20

Two letters, 1826 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 20

Martin Shive, Cabarrus County, N.C., to Lewis Shive, York Borough, Pa., 3 June 1826 #00516, Folder 20
Samuel Randall, Montevallo, Shelby County, Ala., to John Turner, Colchester, Conn., 19 July 1826 #00516, Folder 20
Folder 21

Augustus B. Longstreet, Augusta, Ga., to John Cumming, Savannah, Ga., 23 December 1829 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 21

Folder 22

Two letters, 1833 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 22

Sarah G. Sawyer, Elizabeth City, N.C., to Samuel E. Foote, Cincinnati, Ohio, 18 January 1833 #00516, Folder 22
Robert Young Hayne, Charleston, S.C., Benjamin Silliman, New Haven, Conn., 7 June 1833 #00516, Folder 22
Folder 23

J. V. Grigg, Wayne County, Ind., to Charles Banner, Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., 30 September 1834 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 23

Folder 24

Two letters, 1836 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 24

Thomas Bennett, Charleston, S.C., to Thomas Ustick Walter, Philadelphia, Pa., 3 February 1836 #00516, Folder 24
M. Bedford, Mount Hope, to unknown recipient, 18 February 1836 #00516, Folder 24
Folder 25

Three letters, 1938 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 25

William T. Gould, August, Ga., to his wife, Litchfield, Conn., 11 July 1838 #00516, Folder 25
Mrs. Bossieux, Richmond, Va., to John M. Bossieux, Fayetteville, N.C., 19 July 1838 #00516, Folder 25
Mrs. Bossieux, Richmond, Va., to John M. Bossieux, Augusta, Ga., 8 September 1838 #00516, Folder 25
Folder 26

W. N. Todd, Fayette, Miss., to Elizabeth Todd, Carrolton, Carrol County, Ky., 4 February 1839 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 26

Folder 27

Five letters, 1840; 1847 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 27

Leonard Perry, Baltimore, Md., to Thomas B. Evans, 1847 #00516, Folder 27
Richard Mentor Johnson, Sante Chamber, to an unspecified committee, 12 February 1840 #00516, Folder 27
This item unavailable as of 30 April 1991 #00516, Folder 27
Bluford R. Eddings, Rose Hill, Greene County, Va., to Charles T. Graves, Barboursville, Orange County, Va., 15 July 1840 #00516, Folder 27
A. M. Graham, Talladega, Ala., to John Were, Muddy Fork, Lincoln County, N.C., 18 November 1840 #00516, Folder 27
Folder 28

Two letters, 1841 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 28

Susan Allibone to Lucy Byrd, 7 February 1841 #00516, Folder 28
Washington Irving, Tarrytown, N.Y., to Messrs. Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia, Pa., 9 August 1841 #00516, Folder 28
Folder 29

Four letters, 1842 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 29

Elizabeth Hemphill Jones Pope, Oak Grove, near Memphis, Tenn., to Maria Bush, Wilmington, Del., 28 February 1842 #00516, Folder 29
J. G. Warriner, Mobile, Ala., to Edward A. Greene, Providence, R.I., 13 March 1842 #00516, Folder 29
Anna M. Harrison, Canton, Miss., to Mrs. Stannard, Jackson, Miss., 24 July 1842 #00516, Folder 29
William L. Martin, Lebanon, Tenn., to Dr. Syd Smith, Spring Hill, Marengo County, Ala., 20 October 1842 #00516, Folder 29
Folder 30

Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook, N.Y., to Harmanus Bleecker, Albany, N.Y., 22 July 1843 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 30

Folder 31

Six letters, 1844 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 31

Frederick Fitzgerald, Somerset Place, N.C., to Samuel Farmer Jarvis, Jr., Washington College, Hartford, Conn., January 1844 #00516, Folder 31
Jas. S. Ward, Arkadelphia, Clark County, Ark., to Hon. John T. Jones, Helena, Ark., 30 May 1844 #00516, Folder 31
William Dedman, Rutherfordton, N.C., to Silvanus Dedman, Ruckersville, Ga., 8 August 1844 #00516, Folder 31
Junius Wheeler, Raleigh, N.C., to Sarah C. Southall, Columbus, Miss., 14 August 1844 #00516, Folder 31
John Christoph Bluch Ehringhous, Elizabeth City, N.C., to an unknown recipient, 10 October 1844 #00516, Folder 31
Matthais H. Welles, Mobile, Ala., to Charles and George Welles, 31 December 1844 #00516, Folder 31
Folder 32

Four letters, 1845 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 32

Matthias H. Welles, Mobile, Ala., to Charles and George Welles, 8 February 1845 #00516, Folder 32
Lew W. Berrry, Fredericksburg, Va., to Laurence Washington, Westmoreland County, Va., 1 July 1845 #00516, Folder 32
R. G. Lindsay, Asheville, N.C. to his wife, Greensboro, N.C., 22 July 1845 #00516, Folder 32
L. B. Weston[?], South Washington, New Hanover County, N.C., to Eunice E. Pitts, Augusta, Maine, 23 December 1845 #00516, Folder 32
Folder 33

Edward S. Brown, Powhatan Court House, Va., to T. N. Loving, Holly Springs, Miss., 24 April 1846 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 33

Folder 34

Six letters, 1847 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 34

H. Felts, Wentworth, N.C., to Alexander Walker, Independence, Mo., 9 January 1847 #00516, Folder 34
G. W. Jones to B. W. Jones, Salem, Ala., 21 January 1847 #00516, Folder 34
J. L. Lockhart, N.Y., to John Lockhart, Marion, Perry County, Ala., 23 April 1847 #00516, Folder 34
Elizabeth Taylor, Hayfield, Va., to J. P. Aylett, Montville, King William, Va., 4 May 1847 #00516, Folder 34
W. J. Bingham, Hillsboro, N.C., to Dr. Sydney Smith, Dayton, Ala., 1 July 1847 #00516, Folder 34
Senator Henry Johnson, Senate Chamber, to unknown recipient, 14 December 1847 #00516, Folder 34
Folder 35

Jacob F. Holland, Mobile, Ala., to Rev. Evan Roberts, Marengo County, Ala., 3 October 1848 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 35

Folder 36

Four letters, 1849 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 36

John T. Jones, Helena, Ark., to Col. Robert H. McEwen, Nashville, Tenn., 18 January 1849 #00516, Folder 36
This item not available as of 30 April 1991 #00516, Folder 36
Joseph S. Hartly, Arong, King and Queen County, Va., to Capt. C. H. Bonham, 15 May 1849 #00516, Folder 36
This item not available as of 30 April 1991 #00516, Folder 36
Folder 37

Three letters, 1850 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 37

Anna, Milledgeville, Ga., to John Henry, Hayneville, Houston County, Ga., 9 March 1850 #00516, Folder 37
J. Gardiner, Friedensfeld, St. Croix, to Rev. Vogler, 12 April 1850 #00516, Folder 37
Robert C. Winthrop, Washington, D.C., to the secretary of the navy, 16 September 1850 #00516, Folder 37
Folder 38

Two letters, 1851 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 38

J. M. Graeber, Salem, Va., to John Fautz, Gold Hill, Rowan County, N.C., 18 January 1851 #00516, Folder 38
Daniel Webster, Washington, D.C., to J. B. Gardiner, 25 January 1851 #00516, Folder 38
Folder 39

Two letters, 1852 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 39

Alfred M. Whitsett, Monroeton, Rockingham County, N.C., to George M. Hayes, Thornhill, Grange County, Tenn., 7 October 1852 #00516, Folder 39
Washington Irving, Sunnyside, Irvington, N.Y., to George P. Putnam, 27 December 1852 #00516, Folder 39
Folder 40

Two letters, 1853 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 40

Alfred M. Whitsett, Monroeton, Rockingham County, N.C., to George M. Hayes, Thornhill, Grange County, Tenn., 16 January 1853 #00516, Folder 40
George D. Baskerville, W. H. Edwards, and A. W. Venable, Warrenton, N.C., to unknown recipient, 17 April 1853 #00516, Folder 40
Folder 41

Three letters, 1854 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 41

Charles Ward, Washington, to his mother, 17 May 1854 #00516, Folder 41
Daniel Duffy, Salem, Va., to James H. Piper, Wytheville, Va., 21 August 1854 #00516, Folder 41
Thomas F. Keller, Tuscumbia, Ala., to Thomas Warren, New Orleans, La., 24 October 1854 #00516, Folder 41
Folder 42A

Two letters, 1855 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 42A

Sarah E. F. Womble, Caswell County, N.C., to John Womble, Richmond, Va., 5 January 1855 #00516, Folder 42A
Carroll Spence, Constantinople, Turkey, to Mr. Baker, 26 March 1855 #00516, Folder 42A
Folder 42B

Letter, 1855, from R. Tillotson at New River, La., to his sister about his plantation, making sugar, and personal news. He also wrote about the religious practices of his slaves (Acc. 86146) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 42B

Folder 43

Three letters, 1856 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 43

James Dorns, Dorns Mines, near Sleepy Creek, Ga., to J. Slocum, New York City, 6 April 1856 #00516, Folder 43
Henry Ward Beecher, Brooklyn, N.Y., to John J. Foote[?], Hamilton, N.Y., 1 October 1856 #00516, Folder 43
J. Warren Hill, Anderson Court House, S.C., to his mother, Richmond, Va., 12 December 1856 #00516, Folder 43
Folder 44

Reuben Nason, Quitman, Clarke County, Miss., to his mother, [Maine?], 3 October 1857 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 44

Folder 45

Two letters, 1858 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 45

A. Zachary, Jackson County, N.C., to his nieces, 1 July 1858 #00516, Folder 45
Reuben Nason, Quitman, Clarke County, Miss., to his mother, [Maine?], 3 October 1858 #00516, Folder 45
Folder 46

Two letters, 1859 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 46

A. T. B. Merritt, New Orleans, La., to William H. E. Merritt, Lawrenceville, Va., 12 March 1859 #00516, Folder 46
R. P. Lunceford, Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., to David Lunceford and sister Elizabeth, Fulton, Miss., 19 September 1859 #00516, Folder 46
Folder 47A

Nine letters, 1860 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 47A

Junius Wheeler, Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Sarah C. Southall, Columbus, Miss., 20 February 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
Letter, Nannie V. Hale to her Cousin Rosa #00516, Folder 47A

Describes her experiences at boarding school in Jonesville, N.C. Mentioned are examinations, homesickness, outings, and relationships between boys and girls at the school (added November 1986).

T. C. Hanson, Pittsburg, Upshur County, Tex., to John W. and Harriet Hanson, 7 June 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
James Dorn, Dorns Mines, near Sleepy Creek, Ga., to J. Slocum, New York City, 17 June 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
R. P. Lunceford, Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., to David Lunceford and his sister Elizabeth, Fulton, Miss., 21 October 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
A letter, from J. L. Seay of Boydsville, Tennessee, to the clerk of the county court of Barber County, N.C., concerning the property of Winney Watford Morris (added April 1991) #00516, Folder 47A
R. P. Lunceford, Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., to David Lunceford and his sister Elizabeth, Fulton, Miss., 25 November 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
D. W. Hilsabeck, Washburn, Woodford County, Ill., to his brother, 19 December 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
R. P. Lunceford, Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., to David Lunceford and his sister Elizabeth, Fulton, Miss., 31 December 1860 #00516, Folder 47A
Folder 48

Two letters, 1863 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 48

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cambridge, Mass., to Mr. Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wisc., 27 January 1863 #00516, Folder 48
A letter from Edmund Clarence Stedman in New York, to Edwin P. Whipple in Boston, dated 18 November 1863. #00516, Folder 48

Stedman thanked Whipple for his many kind comments about his poetry (added April 1991).

Folder 49

Three letters, 1864 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 49

W. H. McRary and Co., Wilmington, N.C., to J. R. Hargrave, Wadesboro, N.C., 19 January 1864 #00516, Folder 49
Rebecca, Hillsboro, N.C., to her daughter, 9 March 1864 #00516, Folder 49
Philip, Thibodaux, La., to his friends, Philadelphia, Pa., 31 October 1864 #00516, Folder 49
Folder 50

Two letters, 1865 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 50

Ellen Brown, Tuskegee, Ala., to her friends, 16 May 1865 #00516, Folder 50
Dr. William Caldwell Tate, Morganton, N.C., to Catherine Powe, 27 August 1865 #00516, Folder 50
Folder 51

Five letters, 1866; 1868 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 51

Dr. William Caldwell Tate, Morganton, N.C., to Catherine Powe, 11 January 1866 #00516, Folder 51
Solomon Pool, Chapel Hill, N.C., to Sidney Hayden, Sayre, Pa., 27 January 1866 #00516, Folder 51
Kate [Mrs. Hiram H. Yale?], Richmond, Va., to Nellie E. Welles, Wethersfield, Conn., 19 May 1866; and Charles B. Yale, Richmond, Va., to Hiram H. Yale, Meriden, Conn., 20 June 1866 #00516, Folder 51
This item not available as of 30 April 1991 #00516, Folder 51
Bayard Taylor, Kennett Square, Pa., to unknown recipient, 8 November 1868 #00516, Folder 51
Folder 52

Three letters, 1869 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 52

Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber, Chelsea, Mass., to John William Orr, 10 May 1869 #00516, Folder 52
Salmon Portland Chase, Goldsboro, N.C., to Mr. H., 8 June 1869 #00516, Folder 52
M. I. Griffith, Cedar Falls, Iowa, to his niece, near Greenville, S.C., 6 August 1869 #00516, Folder 52
Folder 53

G. W. Quinan, Portersville, Tenn., to W. D. Knox, Davidson College, N.C., 13 October 1870 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 53

Folder 54

Oliver Otis Howard, Howard University, Washington, D.C., to William Still, 29 February 1872 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 54

Folder 55

Two letters, 1873 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 55

Unknown writer, Taylor Springs, Va., to unknown recipient, 10 August 1873 #00516, Folder 55
Lyman C. Draper, Madison, Wis., to Hon. James Chesnut, Camden, S.C., 6 September 1873 #00516, Folder 55
Folder 56

John D. Pemberton, Wadesboro, N.C., to Miss Sallie, 3 September 1875 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 56

Folder 57

H. A. Lilly, Jacksonville, Fla., to Mrs. Billings, 5 March 1876 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 57

Folder 58

128 C. M. Cooke, Raleigh, N.C., to "Dear General," 25 January 1879 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 58

Folder 59

Three letters, 1882 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 59

Two letters, dated 2 and 24 March 1882, from H. Church to the Rev. Wm. H. Fremantle #00516, Folder 59

Church discussed a book by Professor Goldwin Smith, which Fremantle had lent to him. (added April 1991).

Porter Graves, Mebanville, N.C., to Jesse Franklin Graves, 1882 #00516, Folder 59
Folder 60

Two letters, 1883 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 60

J. G. Foster, Greensboro, N.C., to B. F. Hall, 8 November 1883 #00516, Folder 60
H. W. Eno, Ocala, Fla., to Frank, 23 December 1883 #00516, Folder 60
Folder 61

Belton O'Neall Townsend, Florence, S.C., to Francis Warrington Dawson, 10 May 1884 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 61

Folder 62

Two letters, 1885 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 62

Jesse C. Green, West Chester, Pa., to Frederick H. Winston, 31 October 1885 #00516, Folder 62
Corydon C. Merriman to W. Martin Jones, 9 August 1885[?] #00516, Folder 62
Folder 63

Alfred Holt Colquitt, Washington, D.C., to George M. Thornton, Flemington, N.J., 14 June 1886 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 63

Folder 64

Two letters, 1888 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 64

Albion W. Tourgee, Mayville, N.Y., to Joshua Nathaniel Steed, 30 April 1888 #00516, Folder 64
William Lawrence Scott, Washington, D.C., to B. H. Warren, West Chester, Pa., 2 May 1888 #00516, Folder 64
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Folder 65

Folder 66

J. Wilder, Bristol, Tenn., and Virginia to Thomas H. Canfield, 8 Nomber 1890 and 26 May 1895 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 65-66

Folder 67

George A. Hough, Rutherfordton, N.C., to Capt. Caleb Witcher Watkins and others, 21 November 1896 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 67

Folder 68

Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, Mobile, Ala., to Samuel Spencer, 10 February 1897[?] #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 68

Folder 69

Jane E. Ward, London, England, to Margaret Ward, Raleigh, N.C., 30 July 1907 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 69

Folder 70

A letter from Gilbert Dalziel to Frank Redway dated 11 July 1912 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 70

Dalziel discussed two letters from W.S. Gilbert, which he was sending Redway, in which Gilbert talked about his "Bal Ballads" (added April 1991).

Folder 71

Mary, Manatee County, Fla., to her friends, 30 December 1914 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 71

Folder 72

Three letters, 1918 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 72

C. A. Brown of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina to G. F. McAllister of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., about the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod, 21 January 1918 #00516, Folder 72
George Edward Woodberry, Berkeley, Cal., to Miss Crogland[?], 25 June 1918 #00516, Folder 72
Clark Griffith, Washington, D.C., to Frank Daniels, 3 July 1918 #00516, Folder 72
Folder 73

John Sharp Williams, Cedar Grove, near Yazoo City, Miss., to Cecil Johnson, University of Virginia, 14 December 1923 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 73

Folder 74A-74B

Frederick Augustus III, to John Gotthold Kuntsmann, 29 May 1929 and 31 May 1930 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 74A-74B

Folder 75

Col. Harrison Howell Dodge, Mount Vernon, Va., to Margaret Busbee Shipp, 22 February 1933 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 75

Image P-516/1

Photograph of Harrison Howell Dodge at Mount Vernon, 1933 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." P-516/1

Folder 76

Two letters, 1933; 1936 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 76

Col. Harrison Howell Dodge, Mount Vernon, Va., to Margaret Busbee Shipp, 16 September 1933 #00516, Folder 76
Thomas Dixon to Isaac M. Meekins, 12 November 1936 #00516, Folder 76
Folder 77

Margaret Mitchell, Atlanta, Ga., to Miss Martin, 17 February 1932 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 77

Folder 78

Laura Riding Jackson to G. Van Keuren, 1939 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 78

Folder 79

Two letters, 1939 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 79

Unknown writer to W. A. Abernathy, Shelby, N.C., 22 June 1939 #00516, Folder 79
Portia, Durham, N.C., to William E. Payne, Iowa City, Iowa, 24 September 1939 #00516, Folder 79
Folder 80

J. H. Simmons, Gainesville, Ga., to Dr. Charles Lee Smith, Raleigh, N.C., 20 October 1940 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 80

Folder 81

Two letters, 1945; 1947 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 81

Wilbur Daniel Steele, Old Lyme, Conn., to Lester[?] Roberts, 21 March 1945 #00516, Folder 81
Marian Sims, Charlotte, N.C., to Lester[?] Roberts, 3 June 1947 #00516, Folder 81
Folder 82

John Taylor Manning[?], Chapel Hill, N.C., to Benjamin Warren Spaulding, Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C., 17 December 1963 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 82

Folder 83

Chase Howard Webb, Silver City, N.M., to Alexander Lee Smoot, Greensboro, N.C., 23 January 1982 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 83

Folder 84

H. G. Leigh to cousin, no date #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 84

Folder 85

Four letters to Hilde and Alfred T. Brauer #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 85

1 and 11 June 1942 from Archibald Henderson of the Mathematics Department at the University of North Carolina about Alfred Brauer's appointment in the department; 28 June 1947 from Henderson in response to birthday greetings from the Brauers; undated from Betty Smith to Mrs. Brauer about selling a stoker (Acc. 92119).

Folder 86

Letter, 23 November 1888, from William Herbert in Wilmington, N.C., to W. H. Hope in Williamsboro, N.C., about a real estate deal (added October 1992) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 86

Folder 87

Letter of George B. Hanna at the United States Assay Office in Charlotte, N.C., to Stephen B. Weeks at Trinity College, N.C., 20 October 1891 #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 87

About securing a copy of a book on western North Carolina (added October 1992).

Folder 88

One letter, 1928, and three postcards, 1951-1953, from Frank Porter Graham to Mary Brevard Howell on general topics (Acc. 92159) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 88

Folder 89

Photocopies of two letters of William E. Dunstan, a realtor of Elizabeth City, N.C., both apparently addressed to his son Fleetwood about William's father, Edmund Fleetwood Dunstan (1814-1864) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 89

Typed transcriptions of the letters are included (Acc. 93017).

Folder 90

Seventeen letters, 1918, of John H. Smith in training at Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C., to his mother, Annie Alice Smith, in Roxbury, Mass., and his aunt and uncle, Belinda and James Coughlin, in Ashfield, Mass., about his army training #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 90

Smith discussed camp life, including his regular attendance at Catholic masses; told of his introduction to trench digging and gas masks; and, occasionally, offered his opinions on life around Charlotte (Acc. 93032).

Folder 91

Photocopy of typed copy of letter, 9 May 1824, from R. K. Call in Washington, D.C., to "Sir" refuting charges against General Jackson (Acc. 94020) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 91

Folder 92

Five letters and letter fragments from Confederate soldiers #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 92

All apparently related in some way to the Griswold family, at camps and hospitals in Georgia and Virginia, 1862-1864, and one 1889 letter from H. Griswold in Ravenna, Kan., about planting (Acc. 94074).

Folder 93

A letter and a telegram, both dated 1886, to Samuel H. Wiley, relating to land in Salisbury, N.C. (Acc. 95087) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 93

Folder 94

Three letters to Walter J. Norwood of Raleigh, N.C., from politicians thanking him for his support (Acc. 95087) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 94

Folder 95

Letter, 1840, to James T. Green, physician of Strabane, N.C., from [C. A.?] Carpenter in New Berlin, Pa., renewing friendship and describing life in Pennsylvania (Acc. 950870) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 95

Folder 96

Letter from physician and author Joseph Johnson of Charleston, S.C., to historian Benson J. Lossing of New York on the topic of the oldest churches in South Carolina (Acc. 97002) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 96

Folder 97

Letter, 17 December 1850, to William Bland in Rutherford County, N.C., from his son and daughter-in-law in Gwinnett County, Ga., discussing crop prices and family life (Acc. 97192) #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 97

Folder 98

Letter, 16 December 1841, to T. G. Spear of Philadelphia, Pa., from U. J. Jones in Rocky Mount, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 98

Describing Jones's voyage to North Carolina and experiences in "the sunny South, the land of sweet potatoes, sand and turpentine." Jones was apparently in North Carolina with a theatrical company that played in Wilmington and New Bern and planned to play in Raleigh. Although he professed to like the manners and customs of the people, Jones complained of the high prices and referred to North Carolinians as "piney wood Hoosiers (Acc. 98171).

Folder 99

Letter, 8 February 1863, to U. H. Wheeler of Washington, N.C., from Edward Stanly in New Bern, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 99

Stanly was a native of New Bern who had practiced law in Washington, N.C.; had been a Whig member of Congress from North Carolina in 1837-1843 and 1849-1853 and of the North Carolina House of Commons in 1844-1849; moved to California in 1853 and practiced law in San Francisco; and was appointed Union military governor of North Carolina in 1862. This letter was written after Stanly had resigned as governor in January 1863. Stanly wrote to Wheeler that he had resigned because he had told people that the government would restore the property of loyal men and protect their Constitutional rights, but he did not believe that to be true after the Emancipation Proclamation. He also speculated about what kind of successor would be appointed and wrote about his hopes to see some of his friends in Washington after he was no longer governor (Acc. 98477).

Folder 100

Letter, 25 May 1868, from William S. Pearson in Chapel Hill, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 100

Pearson was a student at the University of North Carolina. Pearson wrote to request money to settle an outstanding tuition bill. He indicated that he had been experiencing financial difficulties and would not be able to receive his diploma at graduation the next week unless he received help. William Pearson went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina; served as member of the University's Board of Trustees, 1905-1097; and published several books about North Carolina (Acc. 98665).

Folder 101

Letter, 28 September 1861, from M. P. Robinson, to his family #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 101

Describing his family's health, a recent revival meeting he attended, and his work. Included is a forwarded letter on the same paper, 3 July 1861, from Sallie Miller of Currituck County, N.C., describing her family's health, the raising of volunteers for the Civil War, and her hopes for peace (Acc. 98710).

Folder 102

Letter, 1 July 1811, to Messrs. William Walter and Co., from Enoch Rust, Wilmington, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 102

Discussing his shipping business, including a planned trip to Cuba (Acc. 98763).

Folder 103

Letter, 8 March 1863, to Edwin Keiger in Kinston, N.C., from Joseph Boles in Raleigh, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 103

The letter describes the inflated prices for food, horses, and other goods during the Civil War. Included is discussion of why Boles was not serving in the army; his plan to visit Keiger; and his faith. The letter also has a postscript describing food and other items sent to Keiger by Eliza (Acc. 98932).

Folder 104

Letter, 7 August 1865, to Pamela Bolling West in Frederick, Md., from her sister Sallie in Charlotte, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 104

The letter primarily discusses the whereabouts and activities of family and friends. There is also a brief allusion to the Civil War. Sallie mentioned an ill Captain Pope who delivered "Pa's" letter; the refugees in Charlotte; and the relative quiet of the city, which received little news. (Acc. 99712).

Folder 105

Letter, 12 December 1839, from Sherman Converse in Tuckahoe, N.C., to William Flanders in Woburn, Mass. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 105

Converse, originally from Massachusetts, moved to North Carolina to teach school. He lived on the plantation of Colonel Cox and wrote about his impressions of plantation life and slavery (Acc. 99929).

Folder 106

Letter, 18 August 1863, from Isaac F. Shepard (1816-1889) to Major T. S. Bowers #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 106

Shepard wrote from the Headquarters of the United States Colored Troops, Goodrich Landing. The letter is an intelligence report about the movements of the Confederate Army and its plans to enter Mississippi (Acc. 99930).

Folder 107

Letter, 11 March 1863, from Charles Gard[iepe?] from Memphis, Tenn., to his sister "Mrs. Clarmont," wife of "Gov. Clarmont" #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 107

Gard[iepe?] served in the United States Army during the Civil War and wrote about troop movements related to Vicksburg, Miss. He often mentioned Wisconsin. Commutation Receipt, 30 December 1863, for a Govis[?] Clairmont of Wisconsin. Letters, 21 February 1864 and 20 January 1865, are from C. B. Culver of the United States Navy on the United States steamer Britannica of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, to his brother. Culver wrote in detail about the movements of the ship, his job onboard the ship, and the attacks on Fort Fisher, N.C. (Acc. 99945).

Folder 108

Letter, 6 September 1934, from Sarah Holland to her uncle, K. K. Chapman of New Bern, N.C., consoling Chapman on the recent death of Ease, probably his wife #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 108

Letter, 18 November 1945, from Pauline in Washington, D.C., to Margaret Chapman in Chapel Hill, N.C. Pauline wrote about family, commented extensively on the poetry of a family member or close friend, and made references to Margaret working at the University of North Carolina. Other letters to Margaret Chapman concern friends planning to visit or move to Chapel Hill, N.C., Christmas cards from 1948, and a wedding photograph (Acc. 100010).

Folder 109

Letter, 10 November 1831, from S. G. Husband to attorney Otho Scott of Bel Air, Md., concerning a slave named Rachel #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 109

S. G. Husband was writing on behalf of her friend Thomas Brown, Rachel's owner, who, after returning home after a long absence, discovered that Rachel was about to sold to someone else. There were disagreements as to what should happen to Rachel and the letter relates Husband's fear that Rachel would be freed. Letter is written on paper on which someone had previously written two poems (Acc. 100098).

Folder 110

Slave bill of sale, 19 November 1797, from Dorothy Hall of Onslow County, N.C., to Will[iam?] Hubbard of Duplin County, N.C. #00516, Series: "Letters, 1786-1982." Folder 110

The bill of sale concerns a 45-year-old slave named Hanah [?]. Also includes a note tracing the owner of the bill to a Georgian, in 1887 (Acc. 100165).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Southern Historical Collection Staff,

Encoded by: Eben Lehman, March 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

Finding aid updated in January 2009 by Benjamin Bromley because of folder numbers.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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