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Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923

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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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278. Agreement between James B. Heyward and John Chadwick -- March 14, 1866
278. Agreement between James B. Heyward and John Chadwick -- March 14, 1866 Article of agreement between James B. Heyward, William Henry Heyward and John Chadwick to replant Fife Plantation. John Chadwick, from New York, agrees to provide $15,500 in capital for two-thirds share in the resulting rice crop. 4p.
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279. James B. Heyward to William (Henry Heyward) -- March 16, 1866
279. James B. Heyward to William (Henry Heyward) -- March 16, 1866 Letter from James B. Heyward to William Henry Heyward about their business agreement with John Chadwick at Fife Plantation. James dislikes the terms of the agreement and doesn't want it extended beyond the one year. He would rather sell Fife "than go into these extortionate bargains for cultivating it." 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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281. A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward -- March 10, 1866
281. A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward -- March 10, 1866 Letter from A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward notifying him that he has been elected an honorary member of the newly formed association of Charleston area survivors of the 1st regiment of South Carolina Volunteers. The association aims to help comrades still suffering from the war and to preserve the regiment's history. 1p.
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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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284. Contract between Thomas B. Ferguson and Freedmen Laborers -- April 12, 1866
284. Contract between Thomas B. Ferguson and Freedmen Laborers -- April 12, 1866 Copy of a contract between Thomas B. Ferguson and freedmen laborers and carpenters to work on Dean Hall Plantation. 1p.
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285. William Henry Heyward to James B. Heyward -- April 17, 1866
285. William Henry Heyward to James B. Heyward -- April 17, 1866 Letter from William Henry Heyward at Savannah to James B. Heyward at Combahee. William Heyward has come to the conclusion that the destruction of slave labor will prevent them from ever turning a profit again on the scale seen in the past. He claims that the bargaining power exercised by the freedmen "makes the Planter a slave, far worse than his slave used to be." Because of the scarcity and high price of labor he believes that he and James should sell most of their properties and concentrate all their efforts on a few. 4p.
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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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288. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 24, 1866 (Second letter)
288. William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson -- April 24, 1866 (Second letter) Second letter of same date from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson concerning operations at Dean Hall. 2p.
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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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