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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 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.)
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 sales, 1785
12Letter, 1786 March 6
13John S. Cripps bill from the owners of the ship Caroline, 1796
14Account for sales, 1789
15Letter to McCredie & Hamilton from Francis Morais, London regarding balance due, 1787
16Warrant, 1793
17Bill of sales of a "negro" 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, 1800 October
111Promissory note, 1797
112Accounts of cash received; bills of sales; freight accounts, 1803
113Shipping records and manifest of the Ship Isabella; letter to J. Hamilton; agreement to take "negroes", 1802
114Account with sales; Isabella Shipwrights bill; Articles and Role D'Equipage & signed affidavits of seamen leaving from the Port oF Charleston, 1804
115Legal documents; receipts; shipping records; letters; accounts for sales; promissory notes, 1805
116Accounts for sales; circular; letters; shipping records; receipts, 1806
117Shipping records; receipts, 1807
118Letter to James Hamilton from Samuel Mathis, Camden, 1808 May 28
119Account received, 1809
120Receipt of payment, 1810 April 4
121Letters , 1811
123Shipping records, 1815
122Description of the remaining lots of an estate , 1812
124Balance sheets; account for sales, 1817
125Letters, 1818
126Receipts of payment, 1823
127Court document, "In the court of Human Pleas for the Court of Philadelphia", 1837
128Receipts of payment, 1845
129Receipt of payment for executions, 1843
130Receipt, The Tredegar Company, Richmond, 1868 September 22
131Shipping paper; letter, undated
2Indentures, 1852, 1858