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Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923

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067. J. Harleston Read to James B. Heyward -- 1838
067. J. Harleston Read to James B. Heyward -- 1838 Letter from J. Harleston Read, in Charleston, to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. In his letter, Read asks James to inquire about several outstanding bills he owes in Boston. The bills were apparently to be paid by a friend who died enroute when the steam-packet "Pulaski" sank off North Carolina. Read also writes that the "City is very sickly, people dying like rotten sheep - nothing keeps me here, but a desire to be admitted to the bar." 4p.
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189. J. Keith Heyward to James B. Heyward -- November 4, 1862
189. J. Keith Heyward to James B. Heyward -- November 4, 1862 Letter from J. Keith Heyward to his uncle James B. Heyward. Enclosed in the letter from J. Keith Heyward is a note signed by several individuals claiming that they found and reburied the body of James' son, Nathaniel, per James' instructions. 4p.
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191. J. Robert Coburn to James B. Heyward -- January 28, 1863
191. J. Robert Coburn to James B. Heyward -- January 28, 1863 Letter from J. Robert Coburn, missionary, to James B. Heyward requesting refreshments for himself and his pony during his stay at Fife Plantation. 1p.
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192. Frank Myers to James B. Heyward -- February 27, 1863
192. Frank Myers to James B. Heyward -- February 27, 1863 Letter from J. Robert Coburn, missionary, to James B. Heyward requesting refreshments for himself and his pony during his stay at Fife Plantation. 1p.
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106. J.M. Perneau to Charles Heyward -- February 9, 1846
106. J.M. Perneau to Charles Heyward -- February 9, 1846 Letter from J.M. Perneau to Charles Heyward enclosing a release outlining the final disposition of the will and testament of James Heyward (1764-1798) upon the recent death of his remarried wife, Susan, on September 7th. 1845. 5p.
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223. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- December 6, 1864
223. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- December 6, 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward at Combahee to his wife Maria Heyward. James has traveled back down to his Combahee plantation from Columbia with the hope of being able to check on the condition of his Fife Plantation near Savannah, if the news of the enemy is favorable. He apparently enjoys being back on his own plantation writing "it is delightful here." 3p.
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224. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- December 7, 1864
224. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- December 7, 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward at Combahee to his wife Maria Heyward. James was unable to travel to Savannah as planned due to skirmishes at "Coosahatchie." He mentions the death of an "Edward" at the "Church Creek encampment" and bemoans his inability to get news on local troop movements and battles writing "Sunday night the enemy made a raid on the other side of Combahee and I never heard of it until Tuesday. I fear sometimes they may capture me in bed." 6p.
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108. James B. Heyward to Charles Baring -- December 18, 1847
108. James B. Heyward to Charles Baring -- December 18, 1847 Letter from James B. Heyward at Hamburgh plantation to Charles Baring at Bee Hive plantation, Pon Pon, in reply to Baring's letter concerning a delinquent tax bill. James refuses to pay, claiming his grandfather paid the bill in Charleston instead of Walterborough, but will "give immediate attention" to the mix up. 2p.
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174. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- January 3, 1862
174. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- January 3, 1862 Letter from James B. Heyward at Hamburgh Plantation to his wife Maria Heyward. James writes Maria about a battle at Port Royal Ferry "full of danger to our property" and his anxiety over the dangers of the war. 4p.
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175. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- February 17, 1862
175. James B. Heyward to Maria Heyward -- February 17, 1862 Letter from James B. Heyward at Hamburgh Plantation to his wife Maria Heyward in Columbia. James writes Maria about troubles in Savannah and fears the city will fall soon depending "upon the time it will take to reduce the Fort." He continues to mull over the fate of Fife Plantation and its slaves but speaks optimistically about plans for next summer. 8p.
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225. James B. Heyward to Dr. D.W. Ray -- December 19, 1864
225. James B. Heyward to Dr. D.W. Ray -- December 19, 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward in Columbia to Dr. D.W. Ray, trustee for the late owner whose land James had verbally agreed to rent. James is anxious to move his slaves there for safekeeping but is worried the trustee had no knowledge of the agreement between James and the recently departed owner. James also mentions that he must hasten back to the low country "as my property there is in peril from the proximity of the enemy." 2p.
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120. James B. Heyward to Francis D. Quash -- January 1, 1851
120. James B. Heyward to Francis D. Quash -- January 1, 1851 Letter from James B. Heyward on behalf of his infirm grandfather, Nathaniel Heyward, to Francis D. Quash about an offer to invest his property in some unspecified manner. 2p.
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170. James B. Heyward to (unknown) -- November 12, 1861
170. James B. Heyward to (unknown) -- November 12, 1861 Letter from James B. Heyward to an unknown recipient carried by one of his overseers, C. R. Hains, who is reporting for duty. In his letter, James protests the conscription of plantation overseers into the Confederate army claiming they "have large numbers of negroes under their charge" and that "in his absence the timid become panic struck and the bold mischievous." He also argues that the overseers "by means of espionage know every thing that is going on" and that well run plantations can better provide supplies to the war cause. 4p.
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349. James B. Heyward to [cousin] Marie -- May 20, 1923
349. James B. Heyward to [cousin] Marie -- May 20, 1923 Letter from James B. Heyward to cousin Marie (last name?) containing extensive Heyward genealogical information and family anecdotes. Heyward also gives his opinion on marriage between Heyward cousins and its effect on the children's intelligence. 8p.
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376. James B. Heyward to Daniel Blake Esq. -- April 21, 1857
376. James B. Heyward to Daniel Blake Esq. -- April 21, 1857 Letter from James B. Heyward to Daniel Blake Esq., concerning the return of a plat detailing a canal dug on some unnamed plantation. 1p.
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222a. James B. Heyward to Dr. James H. Boatwright -- November 14, 1864
222a. James B. Heyward to Dr. James H. Boatwright -- November 14, 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward to Dr. James H. Boatwright concerning rent for the house occupied by James. James accepts the offer of $8000 to rent the house owned by Boatwright, but asks him to put in writing that it is okay to pay in Confederate currency adding, "difficulties with other parties must be offered in excuse for requesting what may otherwise seem to you to be so unnecessary a stipulation." 2p.
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214. James B. Heyward to Frank Myers -- September 18, 1864
214. James B. Heyward to Frank Myers -- September 18, 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward to Frank Myers informing him that he most likely will rent his property again but wants time to look for another place "where I may have greater hopes of health and profit." 2p.
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215. James B. Heyward to Frank Myers -- 1864
215. James B. Heyward to Frank Myers -- 1864 Letter from James B. Heyward to Frank Myers concerning an ongoing dispute about a rental agreement and the use of present currency. 1p.
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325. James B. Heyward to Daughter -- December 11, 1874
325. James B. Heyward to Daughter -- December 11, 1874 Letter from James B. Heyward to his daughter, Mrs. William E. Haskell, about a $5000 gift to her. 2p.
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318. James B. Heyward to Joseph Daniel Pope -- December 27, 1870
318. James B. Heyward to Joseph Daniel Pope -- December 27, 1870 Letter from James B. Heyward to Joseph Daniel Pope concerning a recent monetary judgment against him. Heyward asks Pope to look into the matter and thinks it may have something to do with an ongoing dispute with Frank Myers concerning property Heyward rented during the war. 4p.
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