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William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers
Creator: Few, William, 1748-1828
Creator: Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854?
Inclusive Dates: 1782-1844
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 2 document boxes
Collection Number: ms3245
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Few (1748-1828), politician and lawyer, was born in Baltimore County, Maryland to William Few and Mary Wheeler. At age 10 his family moved to North Carolina and later to Georgia. Few served in numerous political positions including delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787), surveyor general of Georgia, Judge of Richmond County (Ga.), and U.S. Senator (1789-1793). In 1788 he married Catherine Nicholson (1764-1854?) fo New York, daughter of Commodore James Nicholson. Their children were Frances (1789-1885), Mary (1790-1872), Matilda (1794-1878), and Albert (d. 1810). in 1799 William Few's health declined and he decided to move his family to New York for a visit. But they remained in New York where he continued his career in politics and commerce, serving as state prison inspector and bank president. In 1803 Few returned to Georgia for the last time to dispose of his plantation (Hesperia) near Augusta, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters that were exchanged between William Few, his wife Catherine and their children. Catherine Few also wrote letters to her sister Maria Few Montgomery, her grandchildren and her friend, Harriett Woodward Murray. There are several letters written by Joseph Hopper Nicholson (1770-1817), cousin of Catherine Few, to Frances Few. Writings and a biographical sketch of William Few are included. These are family letters describing such topics as children, health, social activities, local and foreign travel and weather, there is also commentary on political and military matters. Some of the letters of Joseph Nicholson mention his part in the War of 1812 bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers, ms3245, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Few, William, 1748-1828 -- Correspondence
Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.) -- History.
United States -- History -- War of 1812.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in other repositories: Murrays of Woodstock Farm, West River Collection of Family Papers, MSA SC 2301

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence - Catherine Nicholson (Few) to William Few, 1787-1788
12Correspondence - William Few and Catherine Nicholson (Few), 1785-1798
13Correspondence - William Few and Catherine Nicholson (Few), 1800-1822
14Correspondence - William Few to Frances Few, 1802-1826
15Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few (Chrystie), 1805-1822
16Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie, 1823-1826
17Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and Albert Chrystie, 1826-1831
21Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and Albert Chrystie, 1832-1841
22Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and grandchildren, 1842-1844
23Correspondence - Catherine Few to Mary Few, 1805-39
24Correspondence - Catherine Few to Mary Nicholson Montgomery, 1793-1833
25Correspondence - Catherine Few to Harriett Woodward Murray, 1782-1824
26Correspondence - Catherine Few to Harriett Woodward Murray, 1824-1840
27Correspondence - Joseph H. Nicholson to Frances Few, 1809-1817
28Biography - William Few
29Writings - William Few
210Miscellaneous papers