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|Abstract||Prominent members of the Elliott and Gonzales families of Beaufort and Colleton districts, S.C., included William Elliott (1788-1863), planter, state legislator, and writer; Phoebe Waight Elliott (died 1855); Ann Elliott Johnstone (1824-1900); Ralph Emms Elliott (1834-1902); Harriett Rutledge Elliott (1838-1869); Ambrosio Jose Gonzales (born 1818); Ambrose Elliott Gonzales (1857-1926); Narciso Gener Gonzales (1858-1903); and William Elliott Gonzales (1866-1937). The Elliotts owned cotton and rice plantations, houses in Beaufort and Adams Run, S.C., as well as a summer home in Flat Rock, N.C. Ambrose Elliott Gonzales, Narciso Gener Gonzales, and William Elliott Gonzales founded The State, a newspaper published in Columbia, S.C. The collection is chiefly correspondence, but also financial and legal papers, account books, maps and plats, a few writings of William Elliott and others, and a small amount of other material. The bulk of the material before the Civil War is correspondence of William Elliott about South Carolina politics; sectional differences; his travels to Saratoga Springs and other health resorts, the northern states, and Europe; plantation management; rice and cotton crops; slaves; the education of children; summer at Flat Rock, N.C.; and various family matters. Only a few letters document William Elliott's career as a writer; four are from William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870). Correspondence during the Civil War years discusses the lives of civilians and soldiers in South Carolina and in western North Carolina. Post-Civil War correspondence reveals the Elliott's financial difficulties, their struggles to educate the Gonzales children, and their efforts to rebuild their plantations. It also documents the education and early professional lives of Ambrose and Narciso Gonzales. There are a few letters about the early years of their newspaper, The State.|
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William Elliott, son of William Elliott and Phoebe Waight, was born 27 April 1788 in Beaufort, South Carolina, and died 3 February 1863 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was educated at Beaufort College, circa 1803-1807, and at Harvard, circa 1807-1808. Ill health forced him to withdraw from the latter institution, but Harvard, citing his outstanding academic record, awarded him an honorary bachelor's degree in 1810. Five years later, he received a master of arts degree from Harvard.
Elliott owned rice and cotton plantations in Beaufort and Colleton districts in South Carolina and on the Ogeechee River in Georgia. Through marriage, he obtained at least five plantations in Colleton District: Balls (1,083 acres) in St. Bartholomew Parish; Social Hall, the Bluff, and Middle Place (totalling approximately 3,400 acres) near the Ashepoo River and Chehaw Creek; and Pon Pon, later called Oak Lawn (1,750 acres) on the Edisto River. Elliott also owned the following: Myrtle Bank plantation on Hilton Head Island; Bee Hive and Hope tracts on the Edisto River; Ellis, Shell Point, The Grove, and Bay Point plantations in Beaufort District; Farniente, a mountain house in Flat Rock, North Carolina; and houses in Beaufort and Adams Run. According to the 1860 slave schedule, Elliott possessed 103 slaves in St. Helena parish and 114 slaves in St. Paul parish.
Although he spent much time at Oak Lawn, Elliott also traveled frequently to the northern states and on occasion to Europe. His children sometimes accompanied him on trips. In search of improved health, Elliott traveled nearly every year to various mineral springs and health resorts, especially Saratoga Springs, New York, and White Sulphur Springs, Virginia. He also frequently visited Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. In 1853, Elliott took his daughters, Ann and Emily, to Europe, where they visited Paris, Basle, Interlaken. In 1855, Elliott traveled to Europe again, this time as South Carolina's commissioner to the Paris Exposition.
Elliott represented St. Helena in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1814-1815 and in the State Senate in 1818-1821. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 1822. Returned to the South Carolina House, Elliott served from 1826 through 1829. Following a special election in St. Helena for the Senate, he qualified 1 December 1831 for the General Assembly. He resigned his Senate seat, however, in order to avoid voting against the majority of his constituents on the issue of nullification. A Unionist, Elliott opposed nullification and expressed his views on this subject publicly in his "Address to the People of St. Helena" (1832). In addition to his terms in the legislature, Elliott served the public as trustee for Beaufort College (circa 1814-1815) and intendant for Beaufort (circa 1819-1824).
After his retirement from active politics, Elliott turned his attention to agriculture, writing, recreation, and issues of the day. As president of the Beaufort Agricultural Society and vice president of the South Carolina Agricultural Society, circa 1839, Elliott was zealous in his efforts to improve the South's agricultural system. Through articles and addresses, Elliott urged crop diversification and industrialization; he sought the appointment of an agricultural professorship at South Carolina College and the establishment of an experimental farm. In 1855 he represented South Carolina at the Paris Exposition and spoke to the Imperial Agricultural Society of France.
Throughout the years, Elliott remained firm in his opposition to secession, believing the South's economy was insufficient for independence. He defended slavery, however, as "sanctioned by religion, conducive to good morals, and useful, nay indispensable," and supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. Using the pen name Agricola, he expressed his ideas on slavery in a series of letters which were later collected and published as The Letters of Agricola (1852). He frequently contributed other articles on various subjects to newspapers and magazines, including essays on somewhat lighter matters. Assuming the pseudonyms of Piscator and Venator, he wrote sketches depicting hunting, fishing, and other low country recreational activities; these popular stories were published (and reprinted) as Carolina Sports by Land and Water (1846, 1856).
In May 1817, Elliott married Ann Hutchinson Smith, daughter of Thomas Rhett Smith (1768-1829) and Anne Rebecca Skirving. Elliott's father-in-law, Thomas Rhett Smith, was a planter in St. Bartholomew Parish. Anne Rebecca Skirving Smith was the daughter of William Skirving (fl. 1766-1795) and his second wife, Anne Holland Hutchinson (fl. 1769). Some of the land owned by William Elliott was inherited by his wife from William Skirving, who received a Chehaw plantation as a gift from his father, James Skirving; several plantations in St. Bartholomew from his first wife Mary Sacheverell (1750?-1768), daughter of Thomas Sacheverell (1723?-764); and land in St. Bartholomew, in Georgia, and in Charleston on the death of his second wife's father, Thomas Hutchinson (1714-1790?).
William Elliott and Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott were the parents of nine children: William (1818-1832), Thomas Rhett Smith (died 1876), Ann (1822-1916), Mary Barnwell (1824-1900), Caroline Phoebe (1827-1862), Emily (1829-1889), William (1832-1867), Ralph Emms (1834-1902), and Harriett Rutledge (1838-1869). Of the eight Elliott children who survived to adulthood, three married and had children; information on them follows.
Thomas Rhett Smith Elliott married Mary Cuthbert and lived at Balls plantation in St. Bartholomew parish. They had 13 children, of whom Phoebe and William are the only ones whose correspondence appears in these papers.
Mary Barnwell Elliott married a widower, Andrew Johnstone, who had at least one son before their marriage. Johnstone was a rice planter who owned property at Annandale, near Georgetown, South Carolina, and a house, Beaumont, at Flat Rock, North Carolina. Mary Elliott and Andrew Johnstone had six children: Elliott (born 1849); Anne (1851-1869); Frances (born 1853); Mary (born 1855); Emmaline (born 1857); and Edith (born 1858). Andrew Johnstone was killed at his home in Flat Rock in 1863 by Confederate deserters. His widow and children moved to Greenville, South Carolina. In 1868, Mary Elliott Johnstone moved to Baltimore, where she worked at Edgeworth School, a boarding school for girls.
Harriett Rutledge Elliott married, in 1856, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales (born 1816), a Cuban revolutionary in exile in the United States. The Gonzaleses had six children: Ambrosio Jose Junior, (1857-1926); Narciso Gener (1858-1903); Alfonso Beauregard (1861-1908); Gertrude Ruffini (1864-1900); Benigno (1866-1937); and Anita (born 1869). The children of Harriett Rutledge Elliott and Ambrosio Jose Gonzales all used more than one name in the course of their lives: Ambrosio usually signed his letters as "Brosie" and was known in adulthood as Ambrose Elliott Gonzales. Narciso was known affectionately in the family as Nanno, called himself Elliott during his school days, and used his initials, N. G., professionally. Gertrude Ruffini was called Tulita as a little girl, and was later known as Trudie. Alfonso Beauregard was alternately called Fonsie, Beaury, or Bory. Benigno changed his name to William Elliott and was called Minnie as a boy, Willie as a young man, and Bill as an adult. Anita's name was changed to Harriett Rutledge soon after her mother's death, and the family often called her Hattie.
Before the Civil War, Harriett Rutledge Elliott Gonzales and Ambrosio Jose Gonzales lived primarily in Washington, D. C., although Mrs. Gonzales spent considerable time with her family in South Carolina. During the war, Harriett Gonzales and her children stayed at Oak Lawn with the Elliott family while Ambrosio Jose Gonzales served in the Confederate army. After the war, Gonzales bought Social Hall plantation from the Elliotts and moved his family there. In 1869, the Gonzaleses moved to Cuba, where Harriett Elliott Gonzales died of yellow fever in October 1869. After their mother's death, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales took four of his children to Oak Lawn, leaving Narciso and Alfonso in Cuba with friends for a year. In 1870, he moved the two boys to Oak Lawn as well, where all the Gonzales children were raised by their grandmother, Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, and their aunts, Ann and Emily Elliott.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, the Elliotts and Gonzaleses at Oak Lawn struggled to regain title to their land and to make a living from their plantations. Lack of funds limited the formal education of the Gonzales children. The two older boys, Ambrose and Narciso, worked as telegraphers and then as correspondents for the Charleston News and Courier to help support the family in the 1870s and 1880s.
Ambrose, Narciso, and William Elliott Gonzales are best known for establishing and publishing a daily newspaper, The State, in Columbia, S. C. They started the paper to lead the opposition to Benjamin R. Tillman after Tillman was elected governor in 1890. The State took outspoken positions against lynching, for child labor laws, for better education, and for other social and political reforms, but the anti Tillman campaign overshadowed all other issues. In 1903, N. G. Gonzales died from a gunshot wound inflicted by Tillman's nephew, Lieutenant Governor James H. Tillman, who blamed Gonzales for his defeat in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1902. After N. G. Gonzales's death, Ambrose Elliott Gonzales assumed additional editorial responsibilities and, with his brother William Elliott Gonzales, continued to publish The State. William Elliott Gonzales published the paper until his death in 1937.
For additional information about members of the Elliott and Gonzales families, see Lewis Pinckney Jones, Carolinians and Cubans: The Elliotts and Gonzales, Their Work and Their Writings, Ph. D. dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1952, and L. M. Matthews, N. G. Gonzales, Ph. D. dissertation, Duke University, 1971; as well as biographical sketches of William Elliott and Ambrose Elliott Gonzales in the Dictionary of American Biography; of various Elliott, Skirving, and Smith family members who served in the state legislature in Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives; and of N. G. Gonzales in the Encyclopedia of Southern History
A chart illustrating the relationships of some of the Elliott and Gonzales family members whose papers appear in the collection is in the control file, and is available on request.Back to Top
This collection documents the lives of members of the Elliott and Gonzales families of Beaufort and Colleton Districts in South Carolina. Although there is some other material, the majority of the collection consists of correspondence.
The central figure in the collection before the Civil War is William Elliott. The letters to his wife during sessions of the state legislature or when he was travelling in the North or in Europe comprise a large part of the antebellum correspondence. Political observations and discussion are most often found in letters written between 1818 and 1832, the period covering Elliott's tenures in the state legislature. Elliott travelled frequently to health resorts, such as Saratoga Springs, and to northern cities such as New York and Boston. His letters from these places describe customs, economic conditions, and prominent people, as well as the countryside. Similar observations fill letters written during trips to Europe in 1853 and 1855. Letters to William Elliott from his mother, his wife, and his children report on plantation management, crops, and slaves, and give news of relatives and neighbors. Only a few letters about meetings with publishers in New York, two diary volumes, and a few drafts of essays and poems document William Elliott's career as a writer.
Correspondence during the Civil War years documents the lives of civilians and soldiers in South Carolina. A considerable number of letters written by Mary Elliott Johnstone from her home at Flat Rock describe her family's life in western North Carolina during the war years.
Post-Civil War correspondence reveals the property entanglements and financial difficulties of the Elliotts as they tried to rebuild their plantations in the aftermath of the war. Correspondence in these years also documents the education and early professional lives of Ambrose and Narciso Gonzales. Ambrose and Narciso wrote letters filled with wide ranging political observations, details of school and work activities, and laments about the prejudices they encountered against their Gonzales heritage. Few letters about the early years of their newspaper The State are included here. Many letters about the genealogies of the Elliott and Smith and related families are included in files for the 1890s.
There are many undated letters in the collection. The largest number of these are letters of Mary Elliott Johnstone, written to her mother, Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, and her sisters, Ann and Emily Elliott, between 1848 and 1900. These letters are filled with news of her children, friends, and neighbors, but are identified only by place of writing and not by date.
In addition to the correspondence, there are some financial and legal papers, account books, some maps and plats, a few writings of William Elliott and of others, and some other material in the collection.Back to Top
Chiefly business letters of ancestors of Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott and one letter of Josiah Tattnall to a Mr. Elliott. Two letters addressed to Thomas Sacheverell, one written by Thomas Hutchinson, one from James Skirving apparently to William Skirving, one unsigned fragment.
Chiefly correspondence of William Elliott and some correspondence of Thomas Rhett Smith. The early letters in this subseries are Elliott family letters written while William Elliott was at Harvard College, one from his mother dated 5 December 1807 about a duel fought at Camden, South Carolina, some from William to his father and his sister in 1808 about his studies and professors at Harvard. There are also letters to Elliott from Harvard professor Levi Hedge in 1812 about Elliott's receiving his degree and in 1815 about Elliott's brother Ralph who was then at Harvard and about the relative strengths of the Democratic and Federalist parties in Massachusetts and South Carolina.
William Elliott's correspondence of 1813 and 1814 includes letters to and from his sister Caroline Elliott Pinckney and her husband Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Junior. Of particular interest are a letter from Elliott to Pinckney dated 18 August 1814 about land values in Beaufort and other effects of the British blockade of the South Carolina coast and a letter from Elliott to Mrs. Pinckney about fortification of Beaufort and the results of an election in which he won a seat in the state legislature.
Elliott's letters in 1816 and 1817 are primarily love letters to his cousin Ann Hutchinson Smith. There are also a few letters to his sister Mary Barnwell Elliott.
Correspondence of Thomas Rhett Smith in this subseries includes a letter dated 7 June 1810 from William Skirving to Thomas Rhett Smith and his wife Ann Rebecca Skirving Smith about Skirving's will and a letter of 29 October 1813 to Thomas Rhett Smith, Intendent of the City of Charleston, signed with the initials G. H. deN. about control of fishing boats in the harbor while enemy vessels were blockading.
Primarily correspondence of William Elliott, some correspondence of Elliott's sisters Mary Barnwell Elliott and Caroline Pinckney, his uncle Stephen Elliott, his father-in-law Thomas Rhett Smith, and a few letters of other individuals.
The majority of the letters in this subseries are letters that William Elliott wrote to his wife when he was away from home, either travelling for his health or living in Columbia during the sessions of the state legislature. When Elliott travelled he wrote letters to his wife that contain vivid descriptions of the people he met and places he saw. In 1823, for example, Elliott wrote letters from Saratoga Springs describing New York City and the people he met there as well as the fashionable people at Saratoga--Van Buren, Poinsett, Clinton, General Scott, etc. From Saratoga, Elliott travelled to Niagara Falls, Rochester, Lake Champlain, and Quebec, all of which he described to his wife in his letters. (See also the diary in Subseries 5.2.) In a letter of 24 July 1828, Elliott described New York City and contrasted its prosperity to South Carolina's financial problems.
During the years that William Elliott served in the state legislature, he wrote to his wife in November and December from Columbia about the legislative sessions. In 1828, he wrote several letters about the debate on the tariff and in 1831 about the nullification debate. He often described his living situation and the other legislators. In a letter of 28 November 1829, Elliott described a meeting with Vice-President Calhoun.
Elliott received letters about politics from his uncle Stephen Elliott (1771-1830) of Charleston. On 27 July 1820, for example, Stephen Elliott wrote to William about the Missouri question and on 22 July 1822 about the recent slave plot and the differences in opinion between legislators representing the country and the city. Beginning in 1827, Stephen Elliott and his son Stephen Elliott Junior. (1806-1866), both wrote to William Elliott about the Southern Review.
Also included in this subseries are some letters to Ann Elliott from her parents Thomas Rhett Smith and Ann R. Smith. Correspondence between Thomas Rhett Smith and William Elliott is also found here. Several letters in 1824, 1825, 1826, and 1827 discuss the property and financial problems of Thomas Rhett Smith. In letters of 8 February 1827, William Elliott reported to Thomas Rhett Smith and to Ann Elliott on the sale of some of Smith's slaves, Elliott's success in buying some families requested by Mrs. Smith, the sale of Smith's crop, efforts to sell the Social Hall plantation, and Stephen Elliott's plan to edit a quarterly review.
Several of William Elliott's letters to his wife indicate Elliott's confidence in his wife's management of his affairs while he was away. Although Elliott's letters frequently requested reports on the plantations or acknowledged receiving such reports, none of Ann Elliott's letters to her husband during this period are preserved here. The only letter of Ann Elliott in this subseries is one to her mother, Ann R. Smith, dated 12 October 1829, in which Mrs. Elliott advised her mother that the crop at Social Hall plantation would probably not be a good one and that her mother should make only necessary expenditures, hire out some slaves, or cut wood to sell.
Chiefly correspondence of William Elliott, his brother Ralph Elliott, his sister Mary Barnwell Elliott, and his mother Phoebe Elliott. William Elliott wrote to his wife from Charleston and from Hilton Head about fishing there. In 1836, Elliott wrote numerous letters while on a trip north. In a letter of 6 July 1836 to his daughter Annie, Elliott described his first ride on a railroad. In letters to his wife, Elliott commented on the increase of wealth around New York (11 July 1836), described his visit to Mount Holyoke seminary and a Shaker worship service in Lebanon (Boston, 18 August 1836), and told her of labor saving machines he saw in Boston (25 August 1836). In 1839, Elliott traveled north again, this time taking his daughters Annie and Mary with him. Elliott usually left room on his paper for one or both of the daughters to add a note to Mrs. Elliott from Norfolk, Philadelphia, Saratoga Springs, Boston, or New York.
William Elliott corresponded during this period with Ann R. Smith about disposition of property. On 14 March 1834, he wrote to her about land in Georgia. On 10 April and 18 May 1839, he wrote to her about disposition of the Pon Pon property. Other letters appear in 1840 and 1841 about difficulties in settling the Pon Pon property.
Some letters of William Elliott's mother Phoebe Elliott are included in this subseries. One notable letter of Phoebe Elliott, dated 26 July 1833, is addressed to William Elliott and describes her trip to Greenville and the Blue Ridge, the road through the mountains, her stop at Flat Rock, where she stayed at Mitchell King's hotel, and her visit to Asheville, and travel along the French Broad River.
Letters of Ralph Emms Elliott, brother of William Elliott, to William Elliott and to Phoebe Elliott report on Ralph's farming endeavors and financial concerns in Pendleton District, South Carolina. On 20 February 1839, Ralph wrote to William about the advantages and disadvantages of selling "Prairie" and buying a plantation on the Savannah River.
Correspondence of William Elliott and other Elliott family members. As in earlier correspondence, the largest number of letters are from William Elliott to Ann Elliott. In these years, however, William Elliott also wrote letters to and received letters from his daughters. The daughters also wrote to their mother. In 1844-1845, Elliott's daughter Emily wrote from school at the Montpelier Institute in Georgia. Daughters Ann and Mary travelled with Elliott on occasion during these years and wrote to their mother or sisters from Charleston, Saratoga Springs, New York, and other places they visited. Beginning in 1848, Ann Elliott and some of her children spent most of their summers at Flat Rock, N. C., where the Elliotts owned a house they called "Farniente." William Elliott also spent the summer months at Flat Rock when he was not travelling to the North or to Europe.
The publication of William Elliott's book Carolina Sports in 1846 stimulated numerous friends and acquaintances to write to him in 1846 and 1847. Notable is an exchange of letters with Elliott's Harvard classmate William Plumer of New Hampshire about the courses their lives had taken since college and concerning ideas and attitudes of Northerners and Southerners about slavery and slaveholders (Plumer to Elliott, 25 January 1847 and 15 April 1847, draft of Elliott to Plumer, April? 1847).
Elliott occasionally received other letters that contrasted the North with the South or discussed the increasing tension between the sections. A letter from Samuel A. Eliot of Boston dated 10 October 1850, for example, bemoans the precarious state of the Union and expresses the fear that disastrous results would follow a civil war. A letter of 5 February 1854 from Senator Andrew Pickens Butler describes the coming debate on the Nebraska-Kansas bill and what Butler supposed to be the attitude of the northwestern states.
William Elliott travelled in the northern United States and wrote letters to his wife and family in 1844, 1845, 1847, 1850, and 1851. Elliott's letters describe the social scene at health resorts and record his observations of northern life. A letter of 9 September 1844, for example, describes the introduction of the polka at a ball in Saratoga Springs and a letter of 11 September in the same year describes the prosperity and manufactures of New England.
One of the purposes of William Elliott's trip to the North in 1847 was to take William Elliott Junior, to Harvard. His letters to his wife in August and September of that year describe the arrangements he made for his son in Cambridge. In a letter dated 8 October 1847, he advised his son on his studies, behavior, drinking, and expenses. Letters from William Elliott to his son continue in 1848 and 1849 until William Elliott Junior, left Harvard late in 1851. A few letters from the son to the father or to other family members may also be found here.
In 1853 and 1855, William Elliott travelled to Europe. In the summer of 1853, Elliott wrote descriptive letters from Paris and from Interlaken, Switzerland, about his travels with his daughters in France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 1855, Elliott went to Paris as South Carolina's commissioner to the Paris Exhibition. He hoped to promote trade in sea island cotton. Letters written in the winter and spring of 1855 discuss preparations for the Exhibition. His letters to his wife and his children, especially his son Ralph, in July and August 1855 describe Paris, the Exhibition, his address to the Imperial Agricultural Society of France, and his glimpse of Queen Victoria's legs. (See also the diary in Subseries 5.2).
While William Elliott was travelling, he wrote to and received letters from his mother, Phoebe Elliott, giving him news of his plantations, cotton prices, and other business, as well as news of family and friends. In a letter of 25 September 1847, William Elliott urged his mother to apply for his father's Revolutionary War pension. Occasional letters following this mention their efforts to establish her right to the pension. In her reports on plantation affairs, Phoebe Elliott often referred to what she had been told by Isaac and Ben. Letters from Ben (11 November 1848) and Isaac (22 October 1849) to William Elliott appear to indicate that they were slaves who were drivers on Elliott's plantations.
Beginning in 1849, there is correspondence about William Elliott's legal dispute with his neighbors, Haskell and Edmund Rhett, about drainage of his land. Richard DeTreville acted as Elliott's attorney in Elliott's suits against the Rhetts.
The education of the Elliott children is an important theme in the correspondence in this subseries. There are letters from Emily at Montpelier Institute, which she called the "Protestant nunnery," in 1844-1845, and from Bishop Stephen Elliott about Emily's education in 1845 and 1846. In 1847-1850, there are letters about William Elliott Junior's, studies at Harvard. A letter of 26 December 1847 from William Elliott Junior, at Harvard to his brother Ralph at school in Charleston contains brotherly advice on gentlemanly behavior. Ralph Elliott began attending the University of Virginia in 1852 and corresponded with his family about his studies and life in Charlottesville. On 1 January 1855, William Elliott wrote to his wife about the rules and requirements of Madame Togno's school in Charleston, where he had placed their daughter Harriett.
Until her sudden death in 1850, William Elliott's sister Mary (Mancy) was a regular family correspondent. She wrote from Beaufort, Battery, or Rest Park, to William Elliott and to his wife and children. Her letters were usually filled with news of epidemics or lack thereof in Beaufort, of neighbors, and of the families of her brothers Stephen and George Elliott and her sister Caroline Elliott Pinckney.
Chiefly correspondence of William Elliott, some correspondence of Harriett Rutledge Elliott Gonzales, her husband Ambrosio Jose Gonzales, and other Elliott family members. During this period, William Elliott wrote numerous letters to his wife and occasionally to others from his plantations--Bay Point, the Bluff, Social Hall, Myrtle Bank, and Oak Lawn--describing his crops and plantation management. In 1860, Elliott received several letters from his factor William Bee about legal and financial matters. In 1858 and 1859, William Elliott wrote to his wife and family from Saratoga Springs and from New York, where he was meeting with publishers to try to get Carolina Sports published again.
Some letters in this subseries discuss the growing sectional tension in the country. For example, in a letter to William Elliott, dated 8 December 1859, William Plumer, III, son of Elliott's Harvard classmate, wrote from Boston about relations between North and South and about John Brown's raid, and requested Elliott's advice on Plumer's projected move to the South. William Elliott wrote from New York about the political situation in letters to Ann dated 18 September 1860 and to Ralph dated 26 September 1860.
Correspondence of Harriet Rutledge Elliott Gonzales in this subseries includes a few love letters from Ambrosio Jose Gonzales before their marriage in the spring of 1856. After their wedding, the Gonzaleses moved to Washington, D. C. While in Washington, Harriet wrote letters to her mother and sisters and received letters from them. In the summer of 1858, when her son Narciso Gener was born, Harriett Gonzales was apparently at Edingsville on Edisto Island with her mother and sisters, whose letters to William Elliott gave news of her.
Correspondence of Ralph Emms Elliott in this subseries includes mostly letters to and from his father about plantation management. On 25 November 1859, Ralph wrote to his father that he would like to strike out on his own as a planter. His father, as a result, sold him the Pon Pon plantation. Some of Ralph's letters in these years mention politics. In 1860, Ralph Elliott was elected to the South Carolina state legislature. A letter to his mother dated 10 December 1860 gives Ralph's view of the legislature in 1860.
Correspondence of Elliott family members documenting their lives during the Civil War years. William Elliott, his wife, and his unmarried daughters, together with Mrs. Harriett Gonzales and her children lived at the plantation called Oak Lawn near Adams Run, S. C., during the war. The majority of the letters in this subseries are letters they received from Mary Elliott Johnstone, who was living with her family in Flat Rock, N. C., and then in Greenville, S. C., and from Thomas Rhett Smith Elliott, Ralph Emms Elliott, and William Elliott Junior
A number of letters, mostly in November and undated 1861, concern construction of fortifications in the Beaufort and Port Royal area. Other letters of 1861 describe the Beaufort area planters' destruction of cotton to prevent its being taken by the Yankees, the losses of crops, slaves' refusal to work, and concerns that slaves would run away to the Union army.
There are relatively few letters of William Elliott in this subseries. Several letters in 1861 describe his concerns about the approach of Union forces, efforts to protect his property and to retain or, later, to recapture his slaves. Only two letters written by William Elliott in 1862 and none in 1863 may be found here. William Elliott died in February 1863.
All three of William Elliott's sons served in the military during the war. Thomas Rhett Smith Elliott was on General Donelson's staff, but wrote to his mother (4 February 1862) that the general gave him leave whenever needed to attend to the affairs of his plantation. Indeed, Thomas R. S. Elliott's letters throughout the war contain more family, plantation, and neighborhood news than military news, although he did describe the defense of Charleston in a letter dated 18 August 1863 to his sister Emily.
Ralph Emms Elliott also wrote frequently about family business. It was Ralph who was called to Charleston during his father's final illness and who took care of much of his mother's business after that. Late in 1863, Ralph wrote to his mother from Accabee, S. C., about her business and about the shelling of Charleston. In 1864, Ralph continued to write to his mother about business, from Charleston and then from Wilmington, N. C. A letter of 15 June 1864 from Ralph to his mother describes how his sister Mary's husband, Andrew Johnstone, was murdered in his home at Flat Rock, N. C., by deserters.
William Elliott Junior, served in Drayton's company and wrote to his family in 1861 and 1862 from camps in the Beaufort area--Red Bluff, Hardee's Place, Camp Sturgeon (three miles from Hardeeville, S. C.), Camp Mcpherson, and Fort Johnston (on James Island) about camp life, fortifications, maneuvers, and other topics. In April-August 1863, William Junior, wrote from Greenville, S. C., to his mother about catching conscripts and deserters in the up-country. Late in 1863, William Elliott Junior, moved to Georgetown, S. C., where he continued to work as a recruiter of conscripts and deserters.
Mary Elliott Johnstone wrote frequently to her family at Oak Lawn during the war years, first from her home in Flat Rock, N. C., and later from Greenville, S. C. Mrs. Johnstone's letters clearly describe daily life and domestic concerns, such as prices, health, and neighbors.
Elliott family correspondence documenting efforts to rebuild their lives and their plantations after the war. The house at Oak Lawn had been destroyed by Sherman's army. William Elliott Junior, and Ralph Elliott both wrote to their mother in 1866 about their efforts to get clear title to their land, money to buy seed and supplies, and laborers to work on the land. William Elliott Junior, died early in 1867.
Some letters of 1867 and 1868 document the efforts of the Elliott family, especially Ralph and Annie, to raise money from friends in the North. In February 1867 Ralph traveled to Boston to try to borrow money. Several letters in 1867 and 1868 from William Amory of Boston to "Miss Elliott" concern money collected among Boston friends for the Elliott family.
Mary Elliott Johnstone continued to write from Flat Rock and Greenville about her struggle to maintain her home and support her children. She moved to Baltimore in 1868 to live and work at the Edgeworth School for Young Ladies. She lived there until 1885. During this period, she wrote about one letter each week to her family at Oak Lawn. The vast majority of these letters were undated and are filed in Subseries 1.12.15. In the immediate postwar years, Mrs. Johnstone's daughters wrote letters to their mother at her home and to their grandmother and aunts at Oak Lawn from school in Baltimore at the Convent de Notre Dame. Their brother William Elliott Johnstone attended Georgetown College and wrote letters from there in 1866-1867.
Ambrosio Jose Gonzales apparently bought Social Hall plantation from the Elliotts in 1866 (see Gonzales to Ralph Elliott, 7 February 1866). Letters in 1867 and 1868 include letters from Harriett Elliott Gonzales at Social Hall to her mother and sisters. In a notable letter of 9 March 1867 Harriett compared the capability and willingness to work of white and black laborers. The Gonzales family moved to Cuba in January 1869. Mrs. Gonzales's letters from Havana and other places in Cuba describe her life there until her death of yellow fever in October 1869. In November 1869, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales brought four of his children to Oak Lawn, leaving Alfonso Beauregard and Narciso with the Dalcour family near Matanzas, Cuba, for a year before they too were sent to Oak Lawn.
Two major streams of correspondence documenting on one hand the education and early work experience of Ambrosio Jose Gonzales Junior, and Narciso Gener Gonzales, and on the other hand the property entanglements and financial difficulties of the Elliott family in the aftermath of war. Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott and her unmarried daughters, Ann and Emily, are chief recipients of correspondence for this period. Ambrosio and Narciso become its most frequent correspondents, filling their letters from an early age with wide ranging political observations, details of school and work activities, and laments about the prejudices they encountered against their Gonzales heritage. These attitudes, added to an apparent family predilection for nicknaming and ambivalence toward their wandering father, motivated the Gonzales children to change their given names, in some cases more than once. Ambrosio usually signed his letters as "Brosie" and was known in adulthood as Ambrose. Narciso was known affectionately in the family as Nanno, called himself Elliott during his school days, and used his initials, N. G., professionally. Gertrude Ruffini was called Tulita as a little girl, and was later known as Trudie. Alfonso Beauregard was alternately called Fonsie, Beaury, or Bory. Benigno changed his name to William Elliott and was called Minnie as a boy, Willie as a young man, and Bill as an adult. Anita's name was changed to Harriett Rutledge soon after her mother's death, and the family often called her Hattie.
In 1870, Narciso and Alfonso Beauregard Gonzales were living with the Dalcour family near Matanzas, Cuba. Narciso's meticulously written letters to his family in South Carolina provide a glimpse of the brothers' life in Cuba. They rejoined their siblings at Oak Lawn late in 1870. Letters from Ambrosio Jose Gonzales Senior, document his growing estrangement from the Elliott clan.
Ambrosio and Narciso attended various schools in South Carolina and Virginia during the early 1870s. Although Ambrosio was an indefatigable student, letters show that Narciso was a more successful scholar than his elder brother. In particular, Narciso excelled at St. Timothy's Home School for Boys in Herndon, Virginia, administered by David S. Johnston. During the latter half of the 1870s, Ambrosio worked as a telegrapher in Grahamville and Varnesville, South Carolina. His letters often include advice about farming at Oak Lawn in addition to descriptions of long hours and dull routines. Narciso wrote about his work as a telegrapher in Savannah (1877) and Valdosta (1878), Georgia.
Other significant family correspondents include Ralph Emms Elliott, who worked in a sawmill at Altman's Station, South Carolina during the 1870s; Thomas R. S. Elliott who died alone at his Balls plantation in July 1876; Mary Elliott Johnstone, who worked at Edgeworth School in Baltimore (a great deal of her correspondence is undated, see Subseries 1.12.15); and the young Gertrude Gonzales, who entered her aunt's Baltimore school in 1877. That same year Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott died at the age of 74.
Mrs. Elliott, with her daughters Ann and Emily, had spent the better part of the decade fighting to recover clear title to the family estate. Family correspondence offers vivid accounts of financial struggles to maintain their way of life at Oak Lawn. Occasional letters from William Bee, a cousin and former factor for William Elliott Senior, who rescued Oak Lawn from its creditors in 1873, and from William Elliott, Beaufort attorney and eldest son of Thomas R. S. Elliott, who helped the Oak Lawn Elliotts disentangle their property affairs, document legal maneuvers to establish clear title to Elliott lands. In November 1879, Ann and Emily Elliott finally secured title to Oak Lawn, and Ambrosio gave up his unfeelingly job as a telegrapher to help rebuild the Elliott plantation.
Also of interest in this subseries is a letter (29 December 1876) from Edward Stephens, a former slave of the Elliotts, who had sent them a box of oranges to wish the family a merry Christmas.
Chiefly family correspondence documenting the maturing professional lives of Narciso and Ambrose Gonzales; the education of their younger siblings; and schemes to bolster family finances. In 1880, Narciso abandoned his unrewarding career in telegraphy and took a job as reporter for the News and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina. His letters from assignment in Washington, D. C. (1881-1882), and subsequently in Columbia, South Carolina at the state legislature contain many observations about contemporary politics and reveal his interest in learning as much as possible about the newspaper business.
Ambrose meanwhile struggled in vain to revive farming operations at Oak Lawn and by 1881, he abandoned the plantation to work as a telegrapher for Western Union. Except for several months during 1882-1883 when the company sent him to New Orleans, Ambrose lived in New York City. Although the family often complained to him about the brevity of his letters, Ambrose's correspondence reveals an often exhausting work schedule coupled with poor nutrition which significantly weakened his health. See his letter of 29 August 1883 for his description of a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his face and which he treated under a doctor's supervision with electric shock and strychnine. In spite of his usual terseness, Ambrose did sometimes comment about life in the city beyond work, as on 9 April 1882, when he described immigrants of "half dozen nationalities" entering at Castle Garden with their various possessions. In October 1885, Ambrose left his job at Western Union, his health impaired by years of overwork, to become the fourth member of the Gonzales family to join the staff of the News and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina. Ambrosio had been preceded at the newspaper by his brother William (November 1884) and his uncle Ralph (May 1885) in addition to his brother Narciso.
Throughout this period, family correspondence laments the financial difficulties of maintaining Elliott property. Emily and Ann opened their Flat Rock home to boarders for several summers during the early 1880s. In 1883, tiring of the effort to keep intact the family's extensive but unproductive land holdings, the Elliott sisters asked their cousin William Elliott to help them sell the property at Flat Rock, the Bluff, and Middle Place.
This subseries also documents William Elliott Gonzales's education at Kings Mountain Military School in Yorkville, South Carolina (1881) and at the Citadel in Charleston (1883). Harriett Rutledge Gonzales entered Edgeworth School in Baltimore in 1883 and wrote several letters (1883-1886) to her South Carolina family about her educational progress. Mary Elliott Johnstone wrote frequently from Baltimore during this period, but most of her letters are undated (see Subseries 1.12.15). Gertrude Ruffini Gonzales replaces her aunt Emily Elliott as chief recipient of correspondence, but after 1885 family letters become less frequent and less informative. Although Emily Elliott died in 1889, no letters document that event.
Of particular interest for this period are letters documenting the initial relationship between Narciso Gonzales and a member of the Tillman family. Narciso's editorial feud with the Tillmans led to his assassination in 1903. Narciso's early impressions of the Tillmans appear to have been much more favorable than his later opinions proved to be. His letters from Washington (1881-1882) reveal a burgeoning friendship with Congressman George D. Tillman, who occupied rooms adjoining the young reporter's. Narciso wrote his Aunt Emily (25 January 1882) that Tillman had given him "the run of his books and papers, and better than all, his hard sense and legislative experience, which things are of advantage to me." By 1890, however, the Gonzaleses seemed to be less enamored of the Tillmans. Writing from the Headquarters of the Advisory Committee for Straightout Democracy in Columbia, South Carolina, Ambrose criticized the faction of the state's Democratic Party led by Ben Tillman (brother of Congressman George D. Tillman). He complained to his sister Gertrude that "the Tillman party has captured the machinery of the Democratic party in this State, illegally maybe and unjustifiably certainly...." He went on to describe the division between the Tillmanites and the Straightouts within the South Carolina Democratic party (see 23 August 1890). Narciso left the News and Courier after the election of Ben Tillman in 1890.
Chiefly correspondence relating to genealogy. Also included are scattered letters from Ambrose and Narciso Gonzales mentioning activities at their young newspaper, The State. Narciso and Ambrose started The State in pursuit of greater editorial freedom after Ben Tillman was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1890. Their uncle Ralph Emms Elliott continued to work in the circulation department of the News and Courier, and their brother William left the newspaper business altogether to become a real estate developer near Asheville, North Carolina.
Family correspondence for this period is sparse and offers only occasional glimpses of the effort to launch The State. Narciso became the paper's editor and Ambrose worked as general agent, travelling the state to sell stock, advertisements, and subscriptions in a job similar to the one he had held at the News and Courier. In a letter to his sister Gertrude (8 February 1891), Ambrose declared that he expected fundraising for the aborning paper to be "the hardest work of my life." Few such letters about the work of The State have survived in this collection and surviving letters reveal little of the political battles between the newspaper and Governor Tillman. Instead, much of the correspondence for this period concerns Gertrude's collection of genealogical information.
Also included are letters from Johnstone cousins, Emmaline, Edith Johnstone Coleman, and Frances (Fannie) Johnstone Dent. Letters for 1894-1896 relate to Gertrude's marriage to Frank Hampton of Columbia, South Carolina, and the birth of their son in April 1896. In May 1898, Narciso wrote from Cuba as a member of the staff of General Emilio Nunez during the Spanish-American War. Thereafter, family correspondence consists almost exclusively of letters from Gertrude to her Aunt Ann ("Nannan").
Arrangement: alphabetical by writer.
Undated letters and fragments are arranged by writer when the writer could be identified. When individual writers cannot be identified or when there are only a few letters from each individual but a considerable number from a family, letters are grouped by family.
Letters from Mary Barnwell Elliott Johnstone written chiefly to her mother, Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, and to her sister, Emily Elliott, over a period of several decades, beginning before her marriage in 1848 and ending just before her death in 1900. Mary wrote often, especially after moving to Baltimore in 1868; however, she rarely dated her letters, most of which are contained in this subseries. Although Mary failed to date her letters, she frequently noted her residence at the time of writing. Since she moved permanently to Baltimore in 1868; it is possible to estimate a date range for some letters based on her location.
Chiefly letters headed Annandale, Beaumont, and Flat Rock. In 1848, when she was twenty-four years old, Mary Barnwell Elliott married Andrew Johnstone. A widower with a half-grown son named William, Johnstone was a prosperous rice planter of Annandale near Georgetown, South Carolina. Like the Elliotts, he also owned a summer home, called Beaumont, at Flat Rock, North Carolina. The Johnstones' six children were all born before the start of the Civil War: Elliott (born 1849), Ann (1851-1869), Frances ("Fannie" or "Fan," born 1853), Mary ("Mamie," born 1855), Emmaline ("Emma," born 1857), and Edith (born 1858). In 1864, Andrew Johnstone offered dinner to three deserters who returned the favor by murdering him at his Flat Rock home. Mary's letters for this period detail family activities, difficulties caused by war, and problems of supporting and educating her children after her husband's death. In 1868, Mary moved to Baltimore to work at Edgeworth, a boarding school for girls.
Letters written from Baltimore or the homes of Mary's daughters. From 1868 until her retirement in 1885, Mary Johnstone worked at Edgeworth School for Young Ladies at No. 64 Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. Much of her correspondence for this period was composed at that address. After her retirement she moved into the Baltimore home of her daughter Emma, where she lived until her death in 1900. A few letters for this period also originated from Brookland, the Pennsylvania home of her daughter Fannie Johnstone Dent. Mary apparently wrote her mother and sister Emily weekly accounts of her activities and freely expressed her low opinion of Northerners, especially those residing in Baltimore.
Letter of Sallie L. Johnstone, Savannah, to "Grandmother" (possibly Mrs. Ann H. Elliott).
Letters of William Gilmore Simms to William Elliott about Elliott's writings.
Letter of James Skirving to William Skirving about the rice crop.
Arrangement: by type, then chronological.
Unbound materials relating to financial and legal matters. Included are letters that are essentially receipts or confirmations of purchase orders. Other business letters are filed in Series 1. Also included are maps or plats attached to deeds or indentures. See Series 3 for other maps and plats.
Records of Thomas Sacheverell, his son-in-law William Skirving, and William Skirving's father James Skirving. Material prior to 1747 consists chiefly of indentures relating to land in Colleton district, South Carolina, which was eventually acquired by Sacheverell and the Skirvings.
Items relating to Thomas Sacheverell begin in 1747. In addition to records concerning land, these materials include bills for personal expenses, an itemized bill for construction of a brick kitchen, and Sacheverell's will (1764).
Items relating to James Skirving begin in 1764 and include deeds and indentures; documents concerning Skirving's rice crop (1764); and his will (1771, 1785).
Items relating to William Skirving begin in 1769 and consist of deeds and indentures; property taxes (1787) paid for Pon Pon, Ashepoo, and Balls plantations; and Skirving's will (1810).
Records of William Elliott and others, including Thomas Rhett Smith and various Smith family relatives, Stephen Elliott, Phoebe Elliott, and the children of William Elliott. Papers include slave bills of sale, wills and estate papers, other legal papers, bills and receipts, accounts for sales of rice and cotton, passports, and other items.
Documents relating to William Elliott include many bills of sale for slaves, mortgages, bonds, accounts for sales of rice and cotton, bills for supplies and other plantation expenses, an opinion in the case of William Elliott vs. Haskell Rhett (1852), passports (1855, 1857, 1860), bills and receipts for expenses of European trips in 1853 and 1855, a pew assessment (1859), publication agreement and bill for printing Carolina Sports (1859), and a tax return for Hilton Head property (1861). Civil War papers of William Elliott in this subseries include a Confederate War Tax receipt dated 31 July 1862, a pass dated 3 December 1862 allowing Elliott to leave the city of Charleston to go to Adams Run, a Confederate stock certificate, and a list dated 26 September 1863 of scrip in Confederate 8 percent stock sent to William Elliott by Mr. Bee.
Most of the Smith family papers concern settlement of estates. They include papers about litigation concerning the estate of William Skirving, the wills of Thomas Rhett Smith and Ann Rebecca Smith, and papers relating to the estates of Thomas Rhett Smith (1830-1833), Caroline Smith (1850-1852), and Bethia Smith (1858).
A few papers of William Elliott's mother Phoebe Elliott are included in this subseries, e. g., a bill for food in 1842 and a list of her slaves in 1855.
Documents relating to William Elliott's children include a bill dated 12 November 1845 from Montpelier Institute for Emily Elliott; bills and receipts for purchases, notably those made in Paris in 1855; and passports (1855, 1857). Also in this subseries are some papers of Ralph Emms Elliott, including a bill for his uniform in 1862 and an account with his mother dated 15 October 1863. On the back of this account is a list of the Elliotts' slaves and their locations as of that date.
Receipts, bills, mortgages, inventories, and other financial and legal papers of William Elliott's children, Ann Elliott, Emily Elliott, Mary Elliott Johnstone, and Ralph Elliott; his grandson Ambrose Elliott Gonzales; his wife Ann H. Elliott; and others. There are no papers of N. G. Gonzales in this subseries. Many items relate to property lost during the Civil War and to the Elliotts' attempts to recover their property, especially their land. Ann Elliott's application to the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Land for restoration of her land is dated 9 December 1865.
The majority of the papers for the 1870s are papers of A. E. Gonzales, Ann Elliott, and Emily Elliott. There are also a few documents of Mary Johnstone. Papers of the 1880s include tax receipts and bills for supplies. Papers for the 1890s include a brief by the claimant's attorney in the case of Anne H. Elliott vs. the United States (1891), and papers relating to rental of land owned by the Elliotts on Hilton Head Island.
Chiefly slave lists and miscellaneous accounts before the Civil War.
Arrangement: chronological by date of latest entry.
Account books kept by members of the Elliott family. The account books are listed in chronological order by date of latest entry. The keeper of the volume is indicated if known. Most of these books contain financial information only, but a few include copies of correspondence, school exercises, or miscellaneous remarks.
Account books kept by Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, William Elliott, Phoebe Elliott, and Ann and Emily Elliott.
Household account book kept by Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, 1832-1833 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 276
Household expenses and income showing purchases, often in Charleston and Savannah, of food, textiles, personal items, and other goods, and proceeds from sale of land and crops. Also includes payments to Mrs. Snow, the Elliott children's nurse.
Travel and farm expenses kept by William Elliott, 1847-1850 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 277
Travel and farm expenses, including brief memorandum of work performed at Flat Rock in 1849.
Account book possibly kept by Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, 1848-1851 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 278
Accounts of "Miss Elliott" and William Elliott Junior, with A. Johnstone, chiefly for travel expenses for a trip north in 1848. Also includes clothing expenses for 1850 and 1851.
Register of receipts and plantation accounts possibly kept by Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, 1852-1853 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 279
Chiefly plantation expenses. Also includes list of blankets distributed at Pon Pon; instructions for nurses at Cheeha; and a register of receipts on hand (some dating back to 1845).
Account book possibly kept by Phoebe Elliott, 1853 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 280
Household and personal expenses, including an unfinished "List of household articles." This account book appears to have been used by an unidentified person several years after 1853, since purchases appear to have been made for the Gonzales children, the oldest of whom was born in 1857.
Memorandum Book for 1857, possibly kept by William Elliott #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 283
Farm memoranda consisting of calculations for "distance in cotton" and a list of names, probably slaves. Most pages in this volume are blank.
Household, travel, and personal expenses. Also includes a "list of correspondence for 1859," and school exercises in Spanish.
Only one entry in account with South-Western Railroad Bank. Although most of this volume is blank, it contains an undated account of "Anne's expenses," and a "list of articles [food] furnished by Mary."
Travel, personal, and household expenses. Includes a copy of a letter written sometime during the Civil War by "A. H. Elliott" discussing plantation management; an undated "chicken list"; and an undated list of laborers and house servants, showing allowances.
Account Book kept by Mrs. William Elliott, Miss Ann Elliott, Miss C. Elliott, and Miss Emily Elliott, circa 1855-1863 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 287
Travel, personal, and household expenses, including expenses on a trip to New York (probably in 1859).
Esther Lyle Snow account book kept by Ann Hutchinson Smith Elliott, 1822-1838, 1863 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 288
Record of wages, interest earned, and personal expenses of Esther Lyle Snow, nurse to the Elliott children. Includes a narrative of Mrs. Snow's tenure at Oak Lawn written by Ann Elliott upon Mrs. Snow's death in 1863.
Household expenses kept by Phoebe Elliott, 1855, 1866 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.1. 1822-1866." Folder 289
Household expenses. Entries for 1866 were made by an unidentified person.
Account books kept by Ralph Emms Elliott, Ambrose Gonzales, Emily Elliott, and unidentified persons, chiefly containing labor accounts and accounts for supplies, household expenses, and other accounts.
"Daily Labor Account" shows names of laborers and wages paid in food and supplies.
Altman Station account book possibly kept by Ralph Emms Elliott, 1873 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.2 1867-1887." Folder 292
Apparently accounts of boards cut and shipped from sawmill at Altman Station.
Chiefly household expenses.
Account book possibly kept by Ambrose Gonzales, 1875-1878 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.2 1867-1887." Folder 294
Apparently plantation-related accounts, including payments to laborers, list of cattle born, and lumber accounts.
Chiefly farm labor accounts; also includes household expenses for 1884, value of Confederate bonds held by Elliott family members, and a list of roses planted in 1886.
"Miss E. Elliott in account with A. J. Hart and Son, Flat Rock, N. C.," 1886-1887 #01009, Subseries: "2.2.2 1867-1887." Folder 296
Maps and plats, chiefly of land in the Colleton district of South Carolina. Most are dated before 1805 and are of lands belonging to James Skirving, William Skirving, William Bee, and Thomas Hutchinson.
Arrangement: by writer.
Poems, essays, letters to the editor, and speeches by William Elliott. Of particular note is a description of the Battle of Port Royal. See also the diaries in Subseries 5.2.
Poems, songs, essays, quotations, and other miscellaneous writings. Many are unsigned. Included, for example, are an essay, probably a school exercise, by Ambrose Gonzales on "The advantages which the 'Lowlands' of the South have over the mountainous countries of the North," a printed copy of "Ode for the Supper of the Class of MDCCCXLIX" by Julius Henry Stuart, a copy of "Old Black Joe," and instructions for the cultivation of rice.
Arrangement: by type.
William Elliott's Plantation Book for Pon Pon, 1840-1851 #01009, Subseries: "5.1. Plantation Journal, 1840-1851." Folder 301
Description of size and purchase price of Pon Pon plantation and list of slaves bought with the plantation in March 1840. Journal of crops planted, weather, farm work done, with daily entries beginning in March 1840 and continuing in the planting season of each year through 1846. The book also contains memoranda of crop yields and allowance lists for several years.
Travel Journal of William Elliott, 1823 #01009, Subseries: "5.2. Travel Journals, 1823, 1855-1872." Folder 302
A fluently written account of Elliott's trip from Charleston by sea to New York, then through New York State to such places as Saratoga, Auburn, Utica, Rochester, and Niagara Falls, thence to Montreal and Quebec, followed by the return trip via Boston. Elliott describes and reflects on such matters as the Erie Canal (then under construction); the appearance and manners and activities of Indians, French Canadians, and others he encountered; the Canadian governmental and legal systems; historic sites; and the appearance of the countryside. Poetry appears on the last few pages.
Travel Journal of William Elliott, 1855, and lists of expenses, 1872 and undated #01009, Subseries: "5.2. Travel Journals, 1823, 1855-1872." Folder 303
The first fifty-seven pages of this journal record observations Elliott made in Paris where he was South Carolina's commissioner to the Paris Exhibition. He discussed various arrangements for the Exhibition, seeing the Emperor (Napoleon III), giving a speech in French, etc. The writing is in pencil and quite difficult to read. The remainder of the book is given to lists of expenses, with some receipts; one page is dated February 1872; otherwise these lists are undated.
Drafts of resolutions for the South Carolina state legislature?
Small volume of religious writing by Mary Barnwell Elliott. 29 pages.
Reports from Edgeworth School on Edith E. Johnstone, 1870; Gertrude Gonzales, 1877-1879; and Hattie Gonzales, 1884-1886; from J. Peyton Clark's Private School for Boys on Ambrosio Gonzales, 1872-1873; from Saint Timothy's Home School for Boys on N. Elliott Gonzales, 1873-1874; from King's Mountain Military School on W. E. Gonzales, 1881-1883; and from Georgetown College on Elliott Johnstone, March 1867.
Genealogical notes and other material about the Elliott, Smith, Rhett, Hutchinson, Ladson, Moore families. Most material apparently collected by Gertrude Gonzales.
Reviews of Carolina Sports by Land and Water, 1846 and 1867; obituary of William Elliott written by R. B. Rhett Junior, 1863; an obituary of Mary Barnwell Elliott written by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1850; clippings about American entry into the Spanish-American War; and other clippings.
Calling cards of Elliott family members and others, including a few business cards, the card of L' Honorable Wm. Elliott, commissaire de la Caroline du Sud pres l'Exposition Universelle a Paris, and cards apparently received by Elliott during his stay in Paris.s
Advertisements, menus, and other miscellaneous papers.
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