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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.|
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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.Back to Top
Arrangement: Folders 1-84 are in chronological order; beginning with folder 85, materials are filed in order as received.
Lieutenant J. Fergus, Fayetteville, N.C., to William Linnard, Philadelphia, Pa., 18 April 1803 #00516, Folder 7
Timothy Bloodworth, Wilmington, N.C., to governor James Turner, Raleigh, N.C., 17 June 1805 #00516, Folder 8
Thomas Goode, Philadelphia, Pa., to Samuel Johnston, Louisburg, N.C., 4 December 1807 #00516, Folder 10
Sarah G. Sawyer, Elizabeth City, N.C., to Samuel E. Foote, New York City, 9 April 1825 #00516, Folder 19
Martin Shive, Cabarrus County, N.C., to Lewis Shive, York Borough, Pa., 3 June 1826 #00516, Folder 20
Sarah G. Sawyer, Elizabeth City, N.C., to Samuel E. Foote, Cincinnati, Ohio, 18 January 1833 #00516, Folder 22
Thomas Bennett, Charleston, S.C., to Thomas Ustick Walter, Philadelphia, Pa., 3 February 1836 #00516, Folder 24
Mrs. Bossieux, Richmond, Va., to John M. Bossieux, Fayetteville, N.C., 19 July 1838 #00516, Folder 25
Richard Mentor Johnson, Sante Chamber, to an unspecified committee, 12 February 1840 #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
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
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
Lew W. Berrry, Fredericksburg, Va., to Laurence Washington, Westmoreland County, Va., 1 July 1845 #00516, Folder 32
Elizabeth Taylor, Hayfield, Va., to J. P. Aylett, Montville, King William, Va., 4 May 1847 #00516, Folder 34
John T. Jones, Helena, Ark., to Col. Robert H. McEwen, Nashville, Tenn., 18 January 1849 #00516, Folder 36
Joseph S. Hartly, Arong, King and Queen County, Va., to Capt. C. H. Bonham, 15 May 1849 #00516, Folder 36
Anna, Milledgeville, Ga., to John Henry, Hayneville, Houston County, Ga., 9 March 1850 #00516, Folder 37
J. M. Graeber, Salem, Va., to John Fautz, Gold Hill, Rowan County, N.C., 18 January 1851 #00516, Folder 38
Alfred M. Whitsett, Monroeton, Rockingham County, N.C., to George M. Hayes, Thornhill, Grange County, Tenn., 7 October 1852 #00516, Folder 39
Alfred M. Whitsett, Monroeton, Rockingham County, N.C., to George M. Hayes, Thornhill, Grange County, Tenn., 16 January 1853 #00516, Folder 40
Sarah E. F. Womble, Caswell County, N.C., to John Womble, Richmond, Va., 5 January 1855 #00516, Folder 42A
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
A. T. B. Merritt, New Orleans, La., to William H. E. Merritt, Lawrenceville, Va., 12 March 1859 #00516, Folder 46
Junius Wheeler, Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Sarah C. Southall, Columbus, Miss., 20 February 1860 #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
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).
W. H. McRary and Co., Wilmington, N.C., to J. R. Hargrave, Wadesboro, N.C., 19 January 1864 #00516, Folder 49
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
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).
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).
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
Col. Harrison Howell Dodge, Mount Vernon, Va., to Margaret Busbee Shipp, 16 September 1933 #00516, Folder 76
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Photograph (P-516/1)Back to Top
Processed by: Southern Historical Collection Staff,
Encoded by: Eben Lehman, March 2007
Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011
Finding aid updated in January 2009 by Benjamin Bromley because of folder numbers.
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