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Allston family papers, 1761-1924.

Author: Allston family.; Charles Petigru Allston; Robert F W Allston; Octavius Theodore Porcher; E B Washburne
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Chiefly family correspondence and other papers (1761 and 1807-1924) dating to antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, and later eras; business papers; receipts for taxes, plantation expenses, and rice sales; reports on crop conditions and works completed at multiple plantations, medical bills for family and slaves; other topics include politics and Reconstruction; other places represented include Arsenal Academy;
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Records and correspondence
Personal narratives, Confederate
Named Person: Benjamin Allston; Charles Petigru Allston; Alston family.; Joseph Blyth Allston; Robert F W Allston; Washington Allston; Edmund Burker; James P Lesesne; Pettigrew family.; Thomas A Edison; James Louis Petigru; Octavius Theodore Porcher; E B Washburne; Elizabeth W Allston Pringle
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Allston family.; Charles Petigru Allston; Robert F W Allston; Octavius Theodore Porcher; E B Washburne
OCLC Number: 40721742
Description: 1.75 linear ft.
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Chiefly family correspondence and other papers (1761 and 1807-1924) dating to antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction, and later eras; business papers; receipts for taxes, plantation expenses, and rice sales; reports on crop conditions and works completed at multiple plantations, medical bills for family and slaves; other topics include politics and Reconstruction; other places represented include Arsenal Academy; S.C. Female Collegiate Institute; and College of Charleston.

Plat, 31 Dec. 1761, for land adjacent to Black River and Weehaw Creek, purchased by Paul Trapier, "750 acres part of a Plantation called Windsor formerly belonging to John Waties, Esq., dec[ease]d & now sold to Paul Trapier, Esq.," marking location of several buildings, listing names of adjacent property owners and route of "the new road to George Town."; List of livestock owned [ca. 1835] by 13 African American slaves identified by name on an Allston plantation: "Cattle belonging to the Negroes at Waverly ... The above is a list of those who have had permission to own cattle."

Report, 22 Nov. 1847, Georgetown, S.C., R.F.W. Allston to Edmund Burker, Committee of Patents, Washington, D.C., re S.C. agricultural products; 2 letters, 22 Feb. and 13 Mar. 1863, Charleston, S.C., from "Mother", to [C.P. Allston], Wilmington, N.C., re plans to evacuate Charleston if attacked and death of her brother James L. Petigru; letter, 9 Apr. 1864, "Mother", to C.[P. Allston], re the death of his father R.F.W. Allston.

Freedmen's labor contracts, 2 Jan. 1869 and 18 Jan. 1870, of Col. Benjamin and C.P. Allston, executors for Adele Petigru Allston; dance cards, 1869, for St. Cecilia Society; letter, 13 Aug. 1870, Baltimore, Md., Jos[eph] Blyth Allston, to C.P. Allston, re crop conditions in S.C., and opinion of the Federal Judiciary, and U.S. legal system; and letters, ca. 1870s, to Octavious Theodore Porcher, at school.

Letter, 26 Feb. 1871, Butler's Island, Ga., Ben Allston to C.P. Allston, re Butler estate, and plans to move to Ga. to instruct Miss Butler's black workers; 2 reports, 31 Mar. and 14 May 1879, "President's Annual Report of the Piedmont Manufacturing Company."

Comments on politics during Reconstruction appear in a letter, 16 Sept. 1874, is from Elihu Benjamin Washburne to Jane Pringle, the mother of John Julius Pringle, who had married Elizabeth Allston. A former member of Congress, Washburne was a leading Radical and an advisor to Lincoln. In 1861 he had been responsible for granting a brigadier's commission to U.S. Grant. He served briefly as Grant's Secretary of State in 1869 before resigning to take the appointment as U.S. Minister to France. In this letter, written from Carlsbad, Bohemia, where he was "seeking health and recreation," Washburne comments on political and social conditions in the South, parts of which were still under Republican control. "I earnestly desire to see peace, harmony and prosperity prevail over the entire South," he assured Mrs. Pringle. However, he faulted white Southerners for not joining with the "colored people" to "rule the state honestly and faithfully, to the exclusion of the vagabonds and thieves who have brought such disgraces upon the commonwealth."

Letter, 1 Sept. 1879, Saratoga, N.Y., E[lizabeth] W. P[ringle], to C.P. Allston, re lecture given by [Thomas A.] Edison about the telephone; letter, 14 Jan. 1882, Georgetown County, S.C., C.P. Allston, to N.J. Davis, Marion, Ala., re cultivation of upland rice; letter, 8 Jan. 1894, Windsor Plantation, Georgetown County, S.C., C.P. Allston, to [Robert] Lowdes, re 1893 thunderstorms and impact on the rice industry, local Jewish population, share cropping, and keeping John [Allston] out of school due to financial reasons.

Letter, 20 Sept. 1894, Union, S.C., Benjamin Allston, to C.P. Allston, re a job offer and his ministerial duties; letter, 23 Jan. 1900, Badwell [Plantation], Jos[eph] Blyth Allston, to C.P. Allston, re Ben Allston's death, his childhood with R.F.W. Allston's household, and emigration of African Americans to Alabama and Mississippi; papers re the Georgetown County Drainage Commission, and genealogical information on Allston and Petigru families.

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