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The papers of Col. Otho Holland Williams were used by Johnson in his Life of Nathanael Greene, where he prints Williams' narrative of the defeat of Gates at Camden.1 Various letters are printed in Osmond Tiffany's address on the Life of Gen. Otho Williams before the Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, 1851). A few unimportant papers are in the possession of Otho H. Williams, his great-grandson ; but the more important ones, having been sent to New England for the use of an historical student, were lost on being sent back to Baltimore by water. This was before Col. Williams' death in 1794.
There are some other papers in the possession of the Maryland Historical Society, especially portions of the papers of Daniel Dulany, Judge Samuel Chase, Gov. Wm. Paca, and Gov. Thomas Johnson.3
VIRGINIA. Two manuscript folio volumes of the records of the Virginia Company of London, 16191624, are in the Library of Congress. A third volume, being the correspondence down to 1625, also exists.
It has been recently announced that the original draft of William Byrd's Hist. of the Dividing Line is in the British Museum, and is to be copied for the State of Virginia.“ A copy made for T. H. Wynne is now owned by R. A. Brock.
The printed archives of Virginia include: -
Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates at Richmond (and Williamsburg] Mar., 1775, and May, 1776 (Williamsburg, 1775–76; again Richmond, 1816).
Journal of the House of Delegates, 1776-1790 (Richmond, 1827–1828, in four volumes). This is continued to the present time.
Journal of the Senate, 1778-1779, 1785-1790 (Richmond, 1827, 1828, in two volumes). This is continued to the present time.
Acts of the Assembly (Williamsburg, 1769), Report of the Committee of Revisors (Jefferson, Wythe, and Pendleton), appointed in 1776 (Richmond, 1784), and Public Acts of the General Assembly, passed since 1768 (Richmond, 1785).
Code of Virginia with the Declaration of Independence and Constitution [by J. M. Patton and C. Robin. son] (Richmond, 1849, 1860, 1873, 1886).
W. W. Henning's Statutes at Large, 1619-1792 (N. Y., Richmond, and Philad., 1819-23, in thirteen volumes).
Calendar of Virginia State Papers, 1652–1800. Seven volumes are published, and an eighth is ready for
Something has been said in another place 7 of the depredations which have been made upon the public records of Virginia. To Arnold's raid in 1781 is to be traced the loss of those of Henrico County. They have in the State Library the journal of the Committee of Safety, June 5 to July 5, 1776; of the Council, July 12, 1776, to May 29, 1777; June 2, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1778 ; Nov. 12, 1782, to Oct. 30, 1783, and the journal of the Commissioners of the Virginia Navy, 1776–79.
Recent searches of Mr. William Wirt Henry make it certain that there still exist the letters to and from the Virginia Committee of Correspondence, a large portion of their journal, as well as the journals of the asser blies and conventions which sat during the Revolution, some of which were published, and the executive journals from 1776 forward. These papers were found by Mr. Brock and examined by him and Mr. Henry in the attic of the State Capitol at Richmond. They contain additional masses of correspondence, resolutions, petitions, rough bills, executive communications, including letters from Washington and other officers, Amer ican and French, of the Revolutionary army; journals of the Conventions of 1788, 1829–30, etc. ; journals of the House of Burgesses, 1765-1775 ; a narrative of G. R. Clark's Expedition, with documents pertaining to his life. Mr. Moncure D. Conway has also examined them.
There is in the Sparks MSS. (no. Ixxi.) a volume of Selections from the papers in the Council Chamber, in Virginia, 1773-1796, which were copied in 1826,8 and some, perhaps many, of the originals have since disappeared. Some are still in the Virginia Archives, with a duplicate of Sparks' copy.
There are in the Sparks MSS. (no. xliii., vols. ii. and iv.) copies of the official correspondence of the royal governors of Virginia with the home government (1764-1774), including Lord Botecourt's instructions, 1768, - copied from the records of the Privy Council Office, 1840;” and minutes of the Board of Trade (1768
1 App. B, vol. i. p. 435.
book, and that he uses in his notes 250 others, dated be2 Letter of 0. H. Williams, Sept., 1886.
tween 1617 and 1626. He considers the most important of 3 A portrait of Williams is also in the society's gallery. these last, those which present, as opposed to the records of There is an engraving of him in McSherry's Maryland, the Virginia Company (1619-24), the views of the Sandysas also one of another Revolutionary soldier, John Eager Southampton and Smyth-Warwick factions. Howard.
5 Cf. ante, III, 160; V. 275. * Mr. Alexander Brown announces for publication the 6 Cf. H. B. Grigsby's Virginia Convention of 1770, with Genesis of the United States, a collection of documents characters of its members (Richmond, 1855). Ci. Hist. elucidating the movement in England, 1605-1616, for the Mag. i. 159; and Henry A. Washington's Virginia Con. planting of Virginia, or the region from 34° to 45° North lat. stitution of 1776 (Richmond, 1852). in North America, between the French and Spanish pos- 7 Ante, Vol. III. p. 159, etc. ; V. 278. sessions. Mr. Brown informs me that he will print about $ On the Virginia Committee of Safety, see South Atlas 400 documents, 300 of which are new in an American tic Mag. (Baltimore), Oct., 1881.
1771); also (no. xxxviii.) papers relating to Lord Dunmore’s operations, 1773-1776, which have been printed in the Aspinwall Papers, vol. ii. There are occasional letters of Dunmore in the Trumbull MSS.
The Aspinwall Papers, printed in the Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., xxxix., contain documents relative to the early history of the colony.
Copies of the papers of Col. Theodorick Bland, who had charge of the Convention troops in Virginia, are among the Sparks MSS. (no. xli.) They were found in an out-house at Cawson House in 1833, mouldy and rat-eaten, and were in the main published under the editing of Charles Campbell in the Bland Papers, being a selection from the MSS. of Colonel Theodoric Bland, Jr. (Petersburg, 1840), in two volumes.
The papers of Col. William Cabell of Union Hill, with others (1735-1822) illustrating the settlement and growth of that part of Virginia, are in the hands of Mr. Alexander Brown of Norwood, Nelson County, Virginia.
The history of the papers of Gov. Dinwiddie has been already traced.1
In a report of the librarian of the New York Hist. Soc.,2 the Gates papers were described, in 1847, as consisting of twenty-two volumes, with a large mass of less important papers unbound. In these last there was the bulk of four volumes to be added to the twenty-two, not counting the unarranged drafts of Gates' own letters, which would extend the complete collection to about thirty volumes, and make about six thousand separate papers in all. They were ueathed by Gates to Joel Barlow.3
Some portion of Gates' papers is also in the collection of Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet of New York, a part of which was published in the Mag. of Amer. Hist., Oct., 1880. There are occasional letters in the Trumbull MSS. Copies of some of the papers are in the Sparks MSS. (nos. xxii., xxxix.)
The Papers, military and political, 1775-1778, of George Gilmer, M. D., of Pen Park, Albemarle County, Va., have been printed in the Va. Hist. Soc. Collections, new series, vi. (Richmond, 1887).
The papers of Patrick Henry descended to his youngest son, thence to the present William Wirt Henry of Richmond, who is now preparing a life of his grandfather. The papers include a considerable correspondence with Richard Henry Lee, and some correspondence with Washington, Mason, Gates, Henry Lee, Lafayette, and others. They were in large part copied at one time for the Virginia Historical Society, but the copy is not now to be found. 4
The papers of Arthur Lee have been divided, and are scattered in three different depositories. When Lee became agent of Massachusetts, he received the papers of his predecessor in that office, and thus was possessed of many documents intimately connected with the Revolutionary struggle in that province. His position as London agent of Congress and diplomatic representative on the Continent naturally induced the accumulation in his hands of a great number of important papers. While possessed by Richard Henry Lee, they were used in the preparation of a life of his grandfather, Memoir of Richard Henry Lee, and his Cor. respondence with distinguished men in America and Europe (Philad., 1825, in two volumes) ; 5 and later he published a memoir of his grand-uncle, The Life of Arthur Lee, with his political and literary Correspondence (Boston, 1829, in two volumes). The papers, apparently before the publication of the latter book, were divided somewhat unequally into three portions, as already stated, and with so little judgment that series of documents were broken, and many .papers illustrative of one another found ultimately deposits widely apart. On July 24, 1827, he one portion to the library of Harvard College, and presumably at about the same date the remaining two portions were placed respectively with the University of Virginia and with the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Those in Harvard College library are now bound in eight volumes, and probably contain about 2,000 distinct papers. A Calendar of them was printed in 1882, as No. 8 of the Bibliographical Contributions of that library. Those belonging to the University of Virginia were loosely arranged in bundles when inspected by the present writer, but have since been put into better order. In 1858 some of them were printed in the Southern Literary Messenger, and during the recent war the originals were committed to a gentleman for safe-keeping, and were lost sight of, but were recovered in 1870. The portion in Philadelphia is bound in two volumes, and is not so extensive as the other
Various letters of Lee, and others largely illustrating his captious and suspicious disposition in his dealings with Silas Deane, are among the Sparks MSS. (no. xxxii., vol. ii.), most of them copied " from a book in the state department.” Occasional letters are found among the Trumbull MSS. (vol. ix., etc.)
The papers of General Charles Lee are in the library of the New York Historical Society, and have been printed in vols. iv., V., and vi. of their Publication Fund Series (1871-1873); vol. iv. (1754-1776); v. (1776– 1778); and vi. (1778-1782).7
Sparks, in the preface to the Life of Charles Lee, which he wrote for his American Biography, vol. xvii., says that the papers of Lee fell, after Lee's death, into the hands of William Goddard, and were later preserved by the family of that gentleman, who never carried out his purpose of publishing a part of them.
1 Cf. ante, V. 281, 572.
Proc., 1847, p. 60. 3 N. E. Hist. and Gen. Reg., 1867, p. 255.
5 Letters and other Writings of Madison, iii. 366.
6 A preface of a merely rhetorical character conveys no information respecting the papers.
The two biographies are in fact badly constructed, and unsatisfactory in the use of the materials employed.
* Alexander H. Everett wrote the Life of Patrick Henry in Sparks' A mer. Biog., vol. xi., and Moses Coit Tyler had assistance from the papers in his more recent Life of Henry.
7 The Sparks MSS., nos. xxv., xxvi., and lii., vol. iii., contain such as Sparks copied in 1845, etc.
Sparks (1846) used the letter-books and other papers; and Sir Henry Bunbury, who also published a Memoir of Lee (1838), furnished Sparks with copies of Lee's letters to his sister.1
A considerable part of the volume known as E. Langworthy's Memoirs of the Life of the late Charles Lee, Esq. (London, 1792; Dublin, 1792 ; London, 1797, with an appendix called “ Anecdotes," etc. ; New York, 1813, etc.), is made up of his correspondence.2
The papers of Gen. Morgan were offered for sale in New Orleans in 1879.
The papers of George Mason are furnishing material for a publication now in preparation at Alexandria, Va.3
The Virginia Historical Society, beside having the papers of Governors Spottswood 4 and Dinwiddie and lesser collections which it has printed, has also other store of manuscript material concerning the history of the State and colony yet to be printed. This includes papers of the Lee, Ludwell, Adams, Cooke, and Massie families, beside various orderly-books of the Revolution, and a MS. history of Virginia by Edmund Randolph. Mr. Brock has examined the sources of Virginian history in the Introduction to vol. vii. of the Virginia Hist. Soc. Collections. Dr. Philip Slaughter and Mr. Powhatan Moncure have some of the early Parish registers.
The papers of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe have already been described.
North CAROLINA. The action of the later authorities of North Carolina respecting their records is very satisfactory. Of the first half century of the colony's existence scarce anything remains of its original records. From 1664 to 1712 there is nothing pertaining to the executive department. From 1665 to 1754 there are no records of the Assembly except a fragmentary journal of 1715. The dependence to supply these deficiencies has been upon the record offices of England, and Chalmers was seemingly the earliest to explore them for such material, and he appears to have thwarted Williamson, who attempted to follow him in such a quest. In 1827, Hon. Albert Gallatin, then minister in London, in response to a request of the North Carolina Assembly, caused a list of documents in the office of the Board of Trade and Plantations, relating to North Carolina, to be made, but it was at that time expected that Col. Force would print the documents in his Archires. The list itself was finally printed by the Le in 1843. Later attempts were made to get copies of such documents in 1849, 1855, and 1857; and in 1839 Dr. Hawks and Hon. D. L. Swain. were directed to publish two volumes of the documentary history of the State. Other efforts in 1861 were abortive, owing to the coming on of the Civil War. In 1881, a new attempt to publish the records was instituted; but the commission entrusted with the work asked the legislature to authorize them to fill the gaps then existing by obtaining transcripts from London. This completion of the files was entrusted to M. W. Noel Sainsbury of the Record Office in London, and as a result the publication was begun at Raleigh, in 1886, of a series of large octavo volumes, under the direction mainly of the Hon. W. L. Saunders, secretary of state, and called The Colonial Records of North Carolina. The volumes thus far issued are : Vol. 1., 1662-1712; Vol. II., 1713-1728 ; Vol. III., 1728-1734; Vol. IV., 1734-1752 ; Vol. V., 1752-1759; Vol. VI., 1759-1765.
The sources depended on have been the British Public Record Office, the colonial entry books, colonial papers, Shaftesbury Papers, those of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, of the Board of Trade and its proprietors and journals, of the plantations-general, and the series “ America and West Indies.” Occasionally printed documents are reproduced, and such records as are preserved in the State are availed of. Each volume is preceded by an historical sketch.
The original MS. of the Journal of the Assembly of North Carolina, Apr. 4-7, 1775, devoted mainly to the address of Gov. Martin and the reply of the Assembly, is in the Boston Public Library, where is also the MS. Journal of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina, Aug. 25, 1774, to Sept. 10, 1773.
In the Sparks MSS. (no. xxxvi.) there is a selection from the papers in the office of the secretary of state in North Carolina, made in 1836, including Journals of the Assembly (1762-1775); of the first provincial convention (1774-1775); of the Provincial Congress (1775-1776), partly printed ; 5 of the Council of Safety, 1776. Sparks adds of the records of the Congress of 1776, “ This journal was printed. The original is not found in the secretary's office. Public documents of the colonial assemblies were printed in the North Cara lina Gazette, published at Newbern. There is no evidence that the journals of the Provincial Council and the Council of Safety were printed.” The Sparks volume also includes the correspondence of Gov. Caswell, 1777-1779. The Hon. W. L. Saunders, Secretary of State, Raleigh, tells me that Sparks was in error in supposing that the journals of both Congresses of 1776 were not in the Secretary's office; or at least they are there now (1889). Mr. Saunders also tells me there were five of these provincial bodies : 1, Convention, Newbern, Aug. 25, 1774. 2, Convention, Newbern, April 3, 1775. 3, Congress, Hillsboro', Aug. 20, 1775. 4, Congress, Halifax, April 4, 1776. 5, Congress, Halifax, Nov. 12, 1776. He adds, that in the Secretary's office is a MS. volume containing the journals of all five bodies, except of that which began Nov. 12, 1776, as
1 Cf. Sparks' Washington, ix. 108; his Corresp. of the Rev., iv, 105.
? There is a paper on Lee by J. E. Cooke in Harper's Monthly, xvii., and a sketch in Headley's Washington and his Generals.
3 Cf. Madison's Works, ii. 605, for his opinion that Mason left scant material for his fame.
* See ante, V. 281.
5 Journal of Proceedings, Halifax, Apr. 4, 1776 (Nerbern, 1776); reprinted (Raleigh, 1831).
well as those of the Provincial Council and Council of Safety, which exercised the power of government in the intervals. In the same office is the original journal of the Board of War, 1780-81; that of the Convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1789; a large mass of Revolutionary correspondence, in part local.
Sparks caused extracts to be made in 1829 from Gov. Tryon's letter-book,l when it was in the possession of Obadiah Rich, and this letter-book (Oct., 1764-June, 1771) with a copy of the journals of the Council were bought by Henry Stevens for Harvard College in 1845, and a copy of it was made in 1856 for the State of North Carolina. Stevens says that on comparing the book with the correspondence in the State Paper Office, he found it fuller in some parts.
It appears by a message of Gov. Graham of North Carolina (Jan. 8, 1847) that no letter-books of the executive of that State had been preserved in his office between 1776 and 1784, but that by efforts directed by the legislature he had secured copies, in two folio volumes, of the letters of Gov. Burke between 1776 and 1780; that the papers of Gov. Caswell had been discovered in the office of the Secretary of State; that but few of the papers of Governors Nash and Martin had been obtained, but that such as had been found pertained to the British invasion of 1780-81. He further recommended the publication of the journals of the Provincial Congresses and Committees of Safety (1774-1776), and of the Board of War. The archives were partly burned in 1831. In the Governor's office there are at present copies of the following letter-books, extending beyond their respective official terms : Gov. Caswell, 1777-1787; Gov. Burke, 1774-1781 ; Gov. Martin, 1782-1785.
There are in the Sparks MSS. (xliii., vols. ii. and iv.) copies of the correspondence of the royal governors of North Carolina with the home government (1764-1774), and minutes of the Board of Trade (1762). In Ibid. no. xlix., vol. i. p. 19, etc., there are memoranda from the records in the public offices made in 1826.
The Proceedings of the Committee of Safety of Wilmington, N. C., 1774-1776, were printed at Raleigh in 1844. The original is in the office of the Secretary of State, as are also the proceedings of the Committees of Rowan, Surry, and Pitt counties, and of the District of Newbern.
The earlier laws of this period are in A Collection of all the public acts of the Assembly of the Province of North Carolina and C. Newbern (1752) — made by Samuel Swann for the Assembly; a similar Collection, made by James Davis (1755), and A Complete Revisal of all the Acts of the Assembly of the Province of North Carolina, with marginal notes and references (Newbern, 1773).
The Laws of North Carolina, published by J. Iredell (Edenton, 1791), was reissued as Public Acts of North Carolina, vol. i. 1715-1790, now revised by F. X. Martin (Newbern, 1804).
SOUTH CAROLINA. — The public records in the State House at Columbia were removed - all of them, it was then thought — before the destruction which ensued upon the entrance of Sherman's army in 1865; but there is some doubt upon this point. Some early records and loose papers were certainly destroyed.
Such papers as belonged to the Charleston library were sent to Columbia during the war, and escaped destruction then, but I get no satisfactory account of them since. The manuscripts of the South Carolina Historical Society were also sent to Columbia, but the Revolutionary papers in that society's library consist of little more than the Journal of the Council of Safety (printed in their Collections, ii. 22; iii. 35), with an unarranged mass of the correspondence of the Council (chiefly of 1776).
There are in the Sparks MSS. (xliii., vol. ii.) copies of the correspondence of the royal governors of South Carolina with the home government (1763-1774), and copies (no. xxxvi.) of various papers in the Secretary's office, made in 1826. These last include Council journals, legislative papers (1773-1776), and journals of the Assembly (1768, 1769-1772, 1782-1783).
The manuscript journals of the House of Representatives of the Revolutionary period and the manuscript acts of the legislature are still preserved. The Journal of the Provincial Congress of 1775 is printed in Force's Amer. Archives, 4th ser., i. 1109-1118. The MS. journals are complete from 1721, and fragmentary
The Shaftesbury papers in the Public Record Office in London are rich in material for early South Carolina history. The only considerable use made of them is in J. A. Doyle's Maryland and the Carolinas. The city of Charleston has caused some of these Shaftesbury papers to be copied, 4 and in the Charleston Year Book for 1886 some letters written by the colonists are printed as “ A relation of the voyage of the Colonists, who sailed from the Thames in August, 1669, via Kinsale, Ireland, and the Barbadoes, visiting Port Royal, and finally settling on Ashley River, where they founded Charles Town.”
The collection of the laws are these :-
Statutes at Large of South Carolina, ed. by T. Cooper and D. J. McCord (Columbia, 1836-1841). Vol. iv. covers 1752-1786; vol. ix. contains militia acts; vol. x. is a general index.
John C. Calhoun is said not to have had careful habits with his papers, and of those that were left by him a portion was destroyed in the Civil War.5
William Henry Drayton collected papers while in Congress, and when he died at Philadelphia, Sept. 3, 1779, he left a manuscript in two volumes about the early Revolutionary movements in South Carolina (1773-1776). It is said that many of his papers were destroyed as containing many secrets of state. Of what escaped, his son, John Drayton, made use in his Memoirs of the American Revolution from its commencement to 1776, as relating to South Carolina and occasionally referring to North Carolina and Georgia (Charleston, 1821, in two vols.).1
4 Cf. ante, Vol. V. p. 306.
1 Sparks MSS., no. lxviii.
3 Letter, Sept. 27, 1886, of J. W. Lipscomb. secretary of state.
The collection formed by R. W. Gibbes, Documentary History of the American Revolution, consisting of letters and papers relating to the contest for liberty, chiefly in South Carolina, from originals in the possession of the editor, is in three volumes, issued in this order : vol. i., 1764-1776 (New York, 1855); vol. ii., 1776-1782 (New York, 1857); vol. iii., 1781-1782 (Columbia, S. C., 1853). The originals here referred to, together with such other documents as he had not printed, were burned with Gibbes' house in Columbia during Sherman's march.
The papers of Gen. Peter Horry have afforded material to Weems, James, and Simms in writing their lives of Francis Marion, and contain letters of Lincoln and Greene. The most extensive use of them is by Gibbes in his Documentary History of the American Revolution.
The main body of the Laurens papers is in the keeping of the Long Island Historical Society, which bought them of William Gilmore Simms. Sedgwick, in 1833, in his Life of William Livingston, used them when they were in the possession of Edward R. Laurens of South Carolina. Three volumes are filled with the correspondence of Henry Laurens, and an additional volume constitutes his letter-book. One large folio contains the letters of Col. John Laurens, part of which have been printed by the Bradford Club.3 The collection also contains a large number of loose letters, papers, etc. There are other Laurens papers in the Pennsylvania Historical Society's library, and among the Arthur Lee papers, as printed in Lee's Life of R. H. Lee (vol. ii. 233, etc.).
Mr. Frank Moore edited some of the Laurens Correspondence, 1776-1782, which were published as Materials for history printed from original manuscripts, with notes and illustrations by Frank Moore, first series (New York, printed for the Zenger Club, 1861).4
William Moultrie's Memoirs of the Amer. Revolution, as far as it related to the States of North and South Carolina and Georgia (New York, 1802), is largely made up of documents and public letters.
The General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney papers are not preserved in large numbers. There are letterbooks, chiefly of a later day, in the South Carolina Historical Society, and a considerable mass is said to be in the possession of the Rev. C. C. Pinckney. These were used by Trescot in his Diplomacy, who also had access to those of Gen. Thomas Pinckney.
The Rutledge papers are said to have been destroyed with the family plantation house, many years ago. The collection which William G. Simms had formed was burned with his house in 1865.
Georgia. - The records of Georgia were lodged, after the fall of Savannah in 1778, in Charleston, till, when that city was threatened, they were carried to Newbern, N. C.; and were still further removed, under new dangers, to Maryland, whence such as had not disappeared were returned to Georgia after the conclusion of peace (C. C. Jones's Georgia, ii. 441).
There are in the Sparks MSS. (xliii., vols. ii. and iv.) copies of the correspondence of the royal governors of Georgia with the home government (1766-1774); and in Ibid. (no. lix.) the records of the Executive Council, 1775 and 1776, and of the Council of Safety, 1776; also of the Council, 1777-1780; with letters mainly of Gen. Greene, 1781-1783, and Gen. Wayne, 1782.
Perhaps the largest of the private collections of historical papers gathered in Georgia, that of Mr. Tefft of Savannah, was some years since dispersed. The chief private collection at present is that of Col. C. C. Jones, jr.
It is stated in Miller's Bench and Bar of Georgia that General Blackshear left papers of interest in elucidating the war of 1812 in the South.
WEST OF THE ALLEGHANIES. - Theodore Roosevelt, in his Winning of the West (N. Y., 1889), in two volumes, in his preface enumerates the collections of papers which he found of importance in tracing the history of the Western country from 1769 to 1783, — particularly the papers in the Department of State, vols. 33 and 49 of those marked Letters to Washington, containing many from George Rogers Clark; the Correspondence, etc., of General James Robertson, 1784-1814, belonging to the University of Nashville; the Campbell MSS., belonging to Lemuel R. Campbell of Nashville, and elucidating Dunmore's War, the struggle with the Cherokees, the battle of King's Mountain, etc. ; papers in the library of the Tennessee Historical Society, consisting of those of Sevier, Jackson, Donelson, Hawkins, and others; manuscripts in the library of Col. Reuben T. Durrett of Louisville, embracing the papers and an autobiography of Isaac Shelby, manuscript
1 N. Y. Hist. Soc. Coll., 1878, p. xiii. The portrait and house of W. H. Drayton are given in Harper's Monthly,
lii. p. 1.
? There is a Henry Laurens letter-book in the South Carolina Historical Society, but it contains business letters mostly.
1777-1778, now first printed from original letters addressed to his father, Henry Laurens, with a Memoir by W'. G. Simms (N. Y., 1857), being no. vii. of the series. Some of the letters of John Laurens are in the Sparks MSS., no. lii., vol. iï.
3 The army correspondence of Col. John Laurens,
4 There were 250 copies' printed. Sabin says the club had no existence.