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James Hamilton papers

James Hamilton papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: James Hamilton papers
Creator: Hamilton, James, 1763-1829
Inclusive Dates: 1785-1868
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Collection Number: ms1611
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

James Hamilton (d. 1829), merchant, plantation owner, lived in Charleston (S.C.) and Philadelphia (Pa.) and had land holdings, including Hamilton Plantation, on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of James Hamilton from 1785-1868. Papers concern mostly business matters relating to the Hamilton's merchant/factory businesses of McCredie & Hamilton and Hamilton & Couper of Charleston, South Carolina. Records include receipts, shipping records, accounts for sales, and invoices. The collection also includes correspondence from Paris, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Savannah, Baltimore, Embden, St. Simons, Tybee, Palmetto Grove, Wilmington, N.C., Georgetown, and various inlets. Several letters report on conditions of Hamilton's plantation, including crops and people who are enslaved.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Hamilton papers, ms 1611, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Bills of sale.
Charleston (S.C.)
Enslaved persons -- Georgia
Hamilton & Couper (Charleston, S.C.)
McCredie & Hamilton (Charleston, S.C.)
Plantation life -- Georgia.
Plantation owners -- Correspondence.
Promissory notes.
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
Shipping -- South Carolina.
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Account for rice sales, 1785
12Letter regarding payment for shipments including indigo, 1786 March 6
13John S. Cripps bill from the owners of the ship Caroline for sail twine and barrels of tar, 1796
14Account for sales, 1789
15Letter to McCredie & Hamilton from Francis Morais, London regarding balance due, 1787
16Warrant for Richard Jenkins, 1793
17Bill of sale for an enslaved man named Lewie, 1798
18Promissory note , 1790
19Bill of sales of a Boatman named Jack, 1799 April 1
110Articles and Role D'Equipage & signed affidavits of seamen leaving from the Port of Charleston, South Carolina for Naples and other ports of the Mediterranean, 1800 October
Includes the names of the master, mate, and mariners, place of birth, residence, citizenship, age, height, description, and wages. Lists an enslaved mariner John Bowers, 28 years old.
111Promissory note for William Fiddy, 1797
112Accounts of cash received; bills of sales; freight accounts, 1803
Includes rope and sail makers; beef, butter, veal and tongue; freight on board the Isabella captained by Daniel Greene, includes illustration of freight marks
113Shipping records and manifest (cotton, coffee, rice, and deer skin) of the Ship Isabella; letter to J. Hamilton; agreement with John Couper to purchase seven enslaved people, 1802
114Account with sales; Isabella Shipwrights bill; Articles and Role D'Equipage & signed affidavits of seamen leaving from the Port of Charleston, South Carolina for Liverpool and then to the coast of Africa, 1804
115Legal documents; receipts; shipping records; letters; accounts for sales; promissory notes, 1805
Includes letters from the St. Simon's Hamilton plantation
116Accounts for sales; circular; letters; shipping records; receipts, 1806
Includes receipts for medical attention and clothes for enslaved population at Hamilton and Palmetto Grove plantations
117Shipping records; receipts, 1807
118Letter to James Hamilton from Samuel Mathis, Camden, 1808 May 28
119Account received for tea, sugar, decanters, glasses, and jugs, 1809
120Receipt of payment for porting ship Isabella, 1810 April 4
121Letters, 1811
122Description of the remaining lots of the Wharton estate , 1812
123Shipping records, 1815
124Balance sheets; account for sales, 1817
125Letters, 1818
126Receipts of payment for renting house of Jeremiah Emblen and subscription to Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1823
127Court document, Court of Philadelphia, annual sum for Isabella, Elizabeth, and Richard Corbin, 1837
128Receipts of payment, 1845
Includes indenture receipt of Riley Haimons "free negroe"; receipt for an enslaved woman named Fany; sale of enslaved person
129Receipt of payment for executions, 1843
130Receipt, The Tredegar Company, Richmond, 1868 September 22
131Shipping paper; letter, undated
2Indentures, 1852, 1858