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Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923

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265. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- December 8, 1865
265. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- December 8, 1865 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning negotiations to hire hands for Dean Hall Plantation. 4p.
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267. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- December 13, 1865
267. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- December 13, 1865 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson repeating the contractual terms for the hired hands McBurney is sending to Dean Hall Plantation 4p.
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273. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- February 21, 1866
273. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- February 21, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies for Dean Hall Plantation and a mix up with an order for a mill through Cameron Barkley & Co. He also writes about the labor contract created with the freedmen at Dean Hall and tells Ferguson he should be the first to sign the contract kept at the Freedmen's Bureau and that "the one to be retained should be signed by the Darkies first." 4p.
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274. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- February 26, 1866
274. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- February 26, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies for Dean Hall Plantation including zinc, cement, a hammer and 6 mules. 2p.
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275. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 7, 1866
275. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 7, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning a shipment of supplies that arrived without an invoice. McBurney wants Ferguson to inventory the contents of the shipment to compare later to the invoice. 2p.
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276. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 12, 1866
276. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 12, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson at Dean Hall. McBurney alludes to problems Ferguson is having with the lack of good labor and discusses cotton and rice options for the next planting seasons. 6p.
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277. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 14, 1866
277. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 14, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning Dean Hall Plantation, including news that one of Ferguson's newly purchased mules has lost its tongue. 2p.
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280. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 28, 1866
280. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- March 28, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson at Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney discusses the recurring problem of obtaining a steady supply of labor for Dean Hall and sends Ferguson several bushels of "Fripp" cotton seed. 6p.
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282. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 11, 1866
282. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 11, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies and carpenters for Dean Hall and a load of lumber received from the plantation. 2p.
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283. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 12, 1866
283. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 12, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies and carpenters for Dean Hall. 1p.
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286. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 20, 1866
286. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 20, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson at Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney writes about supplies for Dean Hall and the best strategy of repairing a dam on one of the mill ponds. He claims that they will be able to get enough labor to keep the mill running but reports difficulty in securing "rice hands." He comments that someone has offered to buy Dean Hall or takeover management after Ferguson's agreement to do so expires. 3p.
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287. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 24, 1866
287. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 24, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall Plantation. 1p.
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289. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 26, 1866
289. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 26, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney relates that he has been approached to provide lumber for building houses in town and asks Ferguson if the mill can provide it. 2p.
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290. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 27, 1866
290. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 27, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall Plantation. 2p.
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291. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 2, 1866
291. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 2, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney writes about a mix up in an order for a saw blade and mentions that he visited a laborer in the hospital who had been injured at Dean Hall. 2p.
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292. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 5, 1866
292. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 5, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney writes that he is sending more mill hands that he contracted in a similar condition as previous laborers. He suggests to Ferguson, however, that instead of charging 75¢ for absences he could take some rations away as punishment and, conversely, up the rations for particularly good service. 2p.
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297. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- June 12, 1866
297. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- June 12, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson. McBurney acknowledges Ferguson's letter regarding the theft of a mule from Dean Hall and sends Ferguson supplies and laborers. 2p.
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301. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- June 21, 1866
301. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- June 21, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies for Dean Hall Plantation. Included among the supplies is a barrel of whiskey that is to be mixed with quinine and taken as a prophylactic and McBurney hopes this "judicious use of the preventatives will aid in keeping off sickness." 1p.
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303. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- July 2, 1866
303. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- July 2, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning supplies sent to Dean Hall Plantation. McBurney writes that this is an unplanned trip up the river to Dean Hall for "Cap Christian" and he might expect Ferguson to have something to ship back to town to make it worth his while. 1p.
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304. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- July 5, 1866
304. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- July 5, 1866 Letter from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson informing him that he is sending payroll money to Dean Hall Plantation. The payment of the wages has left McBurney without any money and he fears that the saw mill on the plantation will not generate any profit. 1p.
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