Joseph Hallett Burroughs to John Macpherson
Berrien"The Burroughs Family" pg. 60
Savannah, 10th Jany. 1845.
My dear Sir-
Since I last wrote to you our Rice
market has been very dull & the accts from the various markets have been so
unfavorable as to admit of no improvement either in the demand or price. Of your
last parcel we sold 10 Casks at 2-3/4 but could not get on with sales at that
price or even 2-5/8. We got several samples from the mill in the hope that the
quality wd improve, but it seemed that every successive sample proved worse than
the former. The color is good but the grain is shockingly broken. We sold a
2/9/16 & have seen no time since when we could have done better. Samples are
retained that you may see the quality on your return. We send within sales of
428 Casks & 5 half Casks to your Cr 6704 25/100 dolls. Also your a/c showing a
balance due you of 3562 40/100 dolls. Amounts paid Mr. Heddleson on a/c
53 38/100 dolls. As the amt in our hands is large you had better let us apply
such amounts as you wish paid at once, & remit the balance or pay it over as you
wish. You have two notes one for 520$ in the Marine Bank & 400$ in the State
Bank, former due 18th & latter 17th inst. The note with P.H. Behns
endorsement has been paid. The difficulty between Mr. T.B. King & C.
Spalding resulted fortunately in bad shooting & amicable adjustment. We are
all well. Munsfula Lovell is here. Love from all. There are 1030 bushels
of rice in the mill.
Yrs. Very truly,
Jos. H. Burroughs
The Honorable John Macpherson Berrien Washington D.C.
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Joseph Hallett Burroughs to John Macpherson
Berrien"The Burroughs Family" pg. 61
Savannah 28th Feby 1850
My dear Sir-
I have nothing from you for some
time, but suppose your time is very much occupied, in the present excited state
of things in Washington. I am glad to find that some of the people at the north
are disposed to take a more rational view of matters & things than those who
represent them. The Resolutions passed in Philadelphia seem to be rational &
Mr. Best brought down on the 25th
3000 bushels of Rice & I was surprised to learn from him that it was the last of
the crop making only 8269 bushels with 1000 bushels reserved for seed, 9269
bushels against 12000 which he thought he made, he says the ricks have not
turned out as much as he expected they would, this is a mistake of nearly 1/4. I
asked him about his provisions &c & he told me that he had made 1000 to 1200
bushels of Corn but would be obliged to buy before the next crop would be in for
use. Tonight I recd. the enclosed note which I presume was dated yesterday &
seems to indicate that when I asked him about his provisions on the 25th he must
have been ignorant of what quantity he had in his barn.
As soon as the 3000 bushels are
rounded and sold I will send you your account. Mr. Austine has promised
to bring it on the mill as soon as he can.
We are all well & Val,
Berrien & the boys send much love to you.
Yrs. Very truly,
Jos. H. Burroughs
My dear Father-
My little daughter sends a kiss which
she would be most happy to give, as she does in a very sweet way--she is talking
very prettily and beginning to walk, now that her dear Aunty Baber has
shortened her garments. Charlie has joined the Hussars, & told me the
other day when I called him in that his company was waiting for him--Johnnie
returned from Macon very much improved, & quite ready for another journey--Bill
pursues the noiseless tenor of his way as usual--& Berrien is working
very hard in the Compting room & trying to make himself a useful man--while
Dick at gives [sic] us satisfactory accounts of himself weekly. Amanda
Whitehead took tea with us this afternoon & mentioned that Eliza had
dined with her Mother today. The weather is warm and oppressive, but nature is
looking lovely & our beautiful woods very attractive. Mr. Burroughs has
just reminded me that you may be tired, & so I will say good night. Believe me
as ever my dear Father
afftly your child
Valeria G. Burroughs
To The Honble John Macpherson Berrien Washington City.
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Thomas Savage Clay to Dr. W.B. Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 71
Savannah, Ga., April 22, 1915.
Dr. W.B. Burroughs,
My dear Doctor:
I have your letter of 17th inst. and
beg to hand you the following information in reply to your request.
I understand that my aunt Leila
was married at Clarksville, Ga. hence the certificate of her marriage is
probably not of record in the court house of this county.
I am told however that your brother
Berrien died on the first anniversary of his marriage to my aunt.
The date of his death as given on the
stone in Laurel Grove is August 25, 1854, which would make the date of his
marriage to my aunt Alethea S. Law as August 25th 1853.
My aunt Alethea S. Law
(afterward Munford) died January 24th 1891.
I have never been able to learn what
college if any Judge Wm. Law was graduated from.
He was reared in old Liberty County,
and when 19 years of age went to Savannah, Ga. where he taught in the High
School and read law at night.
The mother of Aunt Alethea S. Law
(Burroughs, Munford) was Alethea Marbury Jones, the second wife of
my grandfather Judge Wm. Law.
My reply has been somewhat delayed in
order that I might visit both Laurel Grove and Bonaventure.
With my best wishes and kind
remembrances to the different ones of the household, I am,
Very sincerely yours,
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Valeria G. Burroughs to Alethea (Laws) Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 72
Wednesday Night [about 30 August 1854]
My precious child--now doubly
precious--now doubly my child--I leave you, God knows how reluctantly, to meet
alone the terrible secret that has been weighing like lead upon my heart--I
leave you because the lives of so many dear to us both, depend upon my going.
What I have suffered in this last dreadful week your own crushed heart will
reveal to you--but my poor stricken one--you will have the privilege of weeping,
which was denied to me--you will not be denied the luxury of tears, or compelled
to wear a calm & cheerful countenance with a fainting spirit. Oh my
daughter--think when this blow falls upon you, think when the "cross has entered
your soul" that I have suffered for you as well as for myself. Remember how I
have striven for your precious life, to crush back the agony, --that was welling
up in my soul--and Lea--you know how I loved him. Oh how willingly I
would have laid down my worn & suffering life, child of my tears & my
prayers--to have saved you to each other. Do you not think that after what I
have endured, on me the second death has no power?
I am so worn and faint that I have
scarcely the power to tell you all that is in my heart--or how inexpressibly
dear to me, you are & ever will be. Your precious child is growing in beauty &
strength, & has aided me to bear my heavy load of anguish--I trust we shall soon
meet--We go to Bath to meet my children, & even that anticipation has not cause
one throb of pleasure--there seems a deadly torpor creeping over my heart, & I
scarcely know that I shall ever feel again. And now my beloved, my cherished
one, may God bless & sustain you--Do not blame us for calling you back to
life--live for me live for your child--for his idolized boy--Oh my daughter, God
has given you a mission--live to fulfil it & let us strive together. I hope to
bring him to you to bless & comfort you. Always faithfully & afftly yr mother,
Valeria G. Burroughs
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William Berrien Burroughs to Valeria G.
"The Burroughs Family" pgs.125-132
Amelia C. House
1st June 1864.
It is (10) ten days since I wrote
you. We have been traveling through the country. We left the R.R. about 7 days
ago. We travel 10 more miles this afternoon & reach Richmond tomorrow night. We
hear that Col. Millen of Savannah lost his life while leading his command
against heavy odds. Lt. Col. McAllister I expect will make a good Col. if
he should be promoted. He is by no means as cool as Maj. Anderson I think
Anderson will be the calmest of all our officers in an engagement. I
expect Johnie tomorrow. I will both be sorry and glad to see him. He is a
noble fellow. We will love each other all the better.
I have not had a word from Brother
Dick or Charley, tell them both to write me at Richmond. We will go
immediately into action I expect. We must trust in a wise over ruling power for
protection. God alone can determine our fate. I am very often obliged to do as
Aunt Lise does vis wipe my hand with the back of my mouth. I have lost
all my handkerchiefts [sic] I only brought two from home.
The sun is hot & I am burnt as black
as a negro you would hardly know me now. Excuse this pencil it is all I can get.
We & our horses are worn out from this march.
The country through Virginia is
perfectly beautiful & lovely. The women are the prettiest I ever saw & the
hospitality is abundant. Our horses stand the trip well. I loaned John's
horse to Little Bill as both of his became disabled & he has been riding
him for a week past. Give my kind regards to Uncle B. & family. Tell him
Bill is well & doing well as is Dick. Our rations are very slim
now, all I have eaten today is a small piece of sour corn bread yesterday I ate
rice & cherrys [sic] all day most all the rations have been shipped to Richmond.
My letter is so illegible you can
hardly read it. We can hear the big guns at Richmond very plainly. Tomorrow we
sleep (if we do sleep) in sight of the city. Last Sunday I took dinner with a
Mr. Towns at Clarksville, Va. He told me that he had served with grandfather
in a private convention in 1831 in Philadelphia. Tell Charley to be a
good boy & stay at home in the signal corps. Give my very best love to Sister
Lee & Ella all my aunts & cousins & anyone who, should ask after me.
Ever your attached son,
(Addressed, Mrs. Jos. H. Burroughs, Savannah, Ga.)
On the Road from Amelia to Richmond
June 1st 1864
I am a little in advance of our
waggon [sic] train & sit down to write you a moment. I suppose you feel lost
without Johnie. I shall carry the Testament in my breast coat pocket. I
know you pray for our protection both night & morning. We will have warm work at
I will try & write you every
Wednesday hereafter. Yesterday I ate some of the largest cherrys [sic] I ever
saw they were growing wild as large as a plum. My health is excellent. I am
suffering very much with a sore mouth & tongue & my whiskers give me a good deal
of trouble. I intend to have all my hair cut off again when I get to Richmond.
Clover Hill Pit 20 miles from Richmond
2 day of June 1864
We are now on our march to Richmond
will arrive there about 10 o'clock today. Tomorrow we will get arms, the next
day shoe our horses, the next day get saddles & enter upon duty about next week.
We camped last night in sight of a large coal pit the first I ever saw. It is a
curiosity to backwoodsman like myself.
The Yankees visited the section of
the country through which we passed yesterday, about 3 weeks ago. They took two
stations on the Danville R.R. burnt them up & burnt up considerable rations of
meat. The climate here is delightful & I love the soil of Virginia next to that
of Georgia. The women strew our paths with flowers daily & wave the
handkerchiefs. We marched 36 miles yesterday & lost 4 horses.
Good by may we soon meet
Your attached son
W. Berrien Burroughs
7 Brig. Geo. Cav.
Bivouac Near Richmond 3d June 1864
We have at last arrived at our point
of destination. We marched 40 miles yesterday & arrived at camp about 10 o'clock
P.M. in a miserable rain. We are now (6) six miles N.E. of Richmond & in two
miles of the Yankee line. The firing has been incessant ever since we got in
hearing distance. Last night for the first time since the war began I slept with
my clothes on & my horse where I could reach him at a moments warning. This
morning I was aroused by the rain dripping through my blanket into my face. Very
few of the furloughed men have come. I hear that the cars are unable to bring
them & that they are at Petersburg. It seems an age since Johnie left.
Gen. Young is reported mortally wounded. He commands our Brigade & Brigade
is composed entirely of Georgians.
Ever your attached son,
Saturday 4th June 1864
We arrived here about 10 o'clock last
night & are now awaiting orders what to do. I was very glad to see Johnie
yesterday & to see him looking so well, he is in good spirits. We are encamped
on the road and a batch of Yankey [sic] prisoners have just passed under guard
of two of our men. They were taken yesterday. They continue to pass, some
without any guard nearer than 40 yards. They seem perfectly disgusted with the
war & would willingly stop it if they could. The firing is modified today. We
are between the Yankees & our brigade which is about two miles in the rear. They
do charge Cavalry now they are dismounted & fight on foot. Our troops have
fought well, driven the Yankeys [sic] about 2-1/2 miles, they were under the
influence of liquor & charged our battery 14 times but were repulsed every time,
we captured 800 prisoners. Tell Charley his letter came to hand & I will
(write) him very soon. Tell Brother the same.
Your attached son,
Tell Uncle Bill that Bill is well. Please send him some money
to pay for our letters. I am out of money & have no stamps & can't buy one.
(Addressed Mrs. Jos. H. Burroughs, Savannah, Ga.)
[Written on the back of this letter was a note written by John Whitehead
Burroughs dated "In Camp Saturday", see below]
Bivouac Meadow Bridge Road
Six miles Northwest of Richmond
12th June 1864 Sunday Morning
My very dear Mother,
I will relate to you how I have
passed the last two hours, as I know it will gratify you, I was sitting in
company with two men, who were busily engaged in playing cards, when a gentleman
called me, Willie, which I thought was very familiar, I turned to see who
it was, & to find out his business, he remarked to me that he was going to
attend divine service & wished me to go with him; sayd that he had taught me at
school & felt as if he might have some influence over me, remarking at the same
time that it would delight my Mother so much if she could know where I was, for
a few moments, I could not recognize him & was obliged to ask his name, he was
Wm. H. Baker, an Elder of our Church, he is now a Sergeant in Millen's
Battalion. Yesterday I went to Richmond saw Cousin Hatty Cone & her
little daughter on the street, walked home with her, she sent her love to you,
she is the only person I know in Richmond. I asked to leave a small package
belonging to Johnie at her house, but she could not take care of it. In
your next tell me if you know any friends in Richmond where I could leave it.
Mrs. Gwathney is out of town, I
would not go to see her if she was here for I only saw her once in 1861 & I am
sure she has forgotten me. Johnie & Bill went off with our (Young's)
Brigade on the night of the 8th after Sheridan's Raiders. We have not
heard from them since the 9th, they were with in two miles of the Raiders. They
are many [sic] rumors afloat as to what direction our Brigade took, the
prevailing opinion seems to be that they have gone to Pennsylvania. Sheridan
has 8000 men is pursuing Morgan who has about six thousand men & had
started for Pennsylvania. Hampton has 1,000 men is pursuing Sheridan.
I do wish very much I could have gone with them but they would not allow me.
13th June 1864 Monday Morning
I was prevented from finishing my
letter yesterday by a visit from Big Bill who spent the afternoon with
me, he is now with Gen. Hampton's secret signal Corps & is doing well,
looks remarkably well, sends his love to you. Our regiment carried about 600
men, left all the negroes who are almost starving for something to eat. I have
Sam and Dick to feed, they are both good boys. One mess of 2 men
have 10 negroes to feed, the consequence is that they have nothing to eat half
the time, & nothing can be brought in this part of the world. We have moved
about every day since our arrival but now we will remain stationary until our
Regiment returns. The country about here for miles around is cup up in every
imaginable army roads running to every point of the compass.
There is but one fence between our
camp & Richmond, nevertheless you see large fields of oats, wheat & other grain
growing in the greatest luxuriance. They are guarded by day by boys to keep
cattle out & by night the cattle is penned up. Maj. Farley is stationed
only about 4 miles from us, he has command of the discounted men, he bears a
high reputation for bravery.
Dear Mother, write me when ever you
can & get Charley to write, we have not had a line from home since our
arrival in this state, our mails are very irregular. Jimie Nesbit of
Burke is sitting by side & sends love. We have news from our Raiding party to
the effect that they have captured all Sheridan's wagon train between 500
& 1000 prisoners & 5 pieces of artillery with slight loss. God grant it may be
so. Yankee prisoners pass here in droves every day. We see them walking
barefooted over the sharp rocks & on enquiry we find that the captor has
relieved the captured of his shoes to put them on his own foot. I rejoice to see
The army is in excellent spirits. Our
soldiers feel the greatest confidence in our ability to hold the Capitol. The
army is fed better now than it has been since 61. We get a half pound of bacon
per day with flour, sugar coffee, &c. I hope our boys will soon return for I
know they will suffer terribly. They were only allowed to carry one blanket, not
even saddle bags. I gave Johnie a haversack of biscuits & sent him some
two days after. This life will be the making of us. I have met a great many of
my old college boys here in Millen's Battalion. It is very pleasant for
us to be together. The nights here are very cool & the days are very hot.
When you write brother Dick &
Sister Ell give them my best love.
Your attached son,
W. Berrien Burroughs
Ask dear Sister Lee to write me & give love to Aunts.
Asst. Qu. Mr. Office 7 Geo. Cavalry.
11th December 1864.
My very dear Mother.
Last night's mail brought me your
pleasant letter of the 2d. ins. to Johnie and myself.
Johnie left us on the 8th ins.
for Georgia, in com- with Col. Anderson and about 23 other officers. I
need not say more for he has by now given you all the particulars of his trip. I
am truly glad he has gone for the winter out here I feared would have been too
much for him. Night before last the snow fell to the depth of 3 or 4 inches, &
now the whole face of the country is white, the sight is magnificent. Today I
had occasion to ride about 4 miles on business & was struck with the beautiful
picture presented. The country is very hilly about here & the snow from the tops
of the tall trees was a grand sight. Winter has shaken his icy scepter and the
balmy voice of summer is heard no more.
Capt. Henry has gone off with the
detachment and Burroughs as a matter of course was compelled to remain.
They received 60 days, but I do not expect to see any of them before the middle
of April or May so you will have a splendid opportunity to talk to your dear boy
over his hardships & his many bearings through last falls campaign. Mother he is
a noble boy & you have reason to be proud of him. Wish to God I had half his
good traits. I never can say that he taught me evil, no never, he has always
endeavored to put me in the right path. I only wish I had set my younger brother
a like example.
Johnie will tell you all about me
& his likely boy Sam. Mother I now for once in my life occupy a very
responsible position. I am acting Quartermaster for my Regiment until Capt.
Henry returns. Upon my exertions is the Regiment dependent for clothing,
forage &c. I can't but feel the responsibility. I have funds at my disposal but
am obliged to account for every cent & of course have to be particular what I
spend. Capt. H. has granted me with full power to sign & use his name, so
you see that at least one man has full confidence in mine integrity & honesty.
Sister Ella mentioned in a
letter to John that Dick had resigned his commission, was it
accepted? How is Sister Ella's little ones? (Dick has written me
but twice since I came here.) I have received but two letters from him.
I wish I could show you a letter I
received from a young lady in lower Georgia last night, it was only 10 pages. I
think after reading it you would have a better opinion of Bill, she
evidently loves him, but I must not use self praise. I received a very pleasant
letter from Cousin Mary of Columbia a few days ago, what a charming girl
she is & writes like a philosopher. I wrote her to give me some advice, being
absent from your maternal roof, I, like most young men had lost my respect for
every good deed.
Capt. Burroughs, known at home as
Little Bill, spent the morning with me. He was much disappointed at not
going home with Anderson, & well he might be, for no officer or soldier
has been more constant at his post than he has. I feel proud of him. He comes to
my tent four or five times a day.
Well Mother I now have two of the
finest horses in the Southern Confederacy. I sold Stonewall a few days ago, for
$2600.00, gave $200.00 to my horse jockey for selling him so well. My largest
horse is about Stonewall's size, and as white as the driven snow, all over
except her mane & tail which are of a dark grey in color, her mane is very long
& glossy, her tail sweeps the ground, her hair is very fine, you can imagine so
when I tell you that I combed it all out with the fine part of my hair comb
today. Her eye is like the hawk's & she is beautiful under the saddle. I do not
know when I ever was so much pleased with a horse & to cap the climax she trots
the mile in three minutes, & draws beautifully in harness. She is worth two like
Stonewall, but I will stop for I know my horses do not interest you, but what
shall I write about.
Make Johnie tell you about his
valuable slave. I wrote you I had visited Richmond & dined with cousin Sallie
& Dr. Semmes. My Mess is small now among whom are, Maj. Davies &
Dr. Williamson, Johnie's admirer. Davis being sick Bill
Burroughs is in command of the gallant little 7th. On Friday night we got
orders to repair to the battle ground, as a fight was expected, & the snow was
falling fast & it was very cold, being about 4 A.M. Out of the whole Regt. only
21 men were collected. I was so glad Johnie had gone. The weather is
dismal & dreary & the camps are very sloppy & snowy & present a confused look,
men are seen only here and there.
My health dear Mother is excellent,
never better. Today is Sunday & two weeks today will be Christmas. It is getting
bed time, & I thought I would read a chapter in the bible before I retired, for
I seldom do so I am sorry to say. I know it is my own fault for you have taught
12th December, 1864. I will write you
a long letter this time for I do not know when I shall write again. Do not think
of me out here except as being & faring well. The Judge can tell you what sort
of a domicile I inhabit, lately occupied by my employe [sic], in the chimney
burns a large oak fire throwing out its heat all over the room. I have just
supped, I ate some very nice biscuits with orange preserves & drank two cups of
Rio, [blank space] [W]illiam has not forgotten his old man. Look our for
Mother you cannot imagine how much I
regret & feel the want of an education now, more so than ever for Davis &
Williamson being men of highly educated minds I am left to take every
thing for granted about foreign powers, finance, commerce &c, knowing nothing
about them myself. The little that I have read about the history of England has
long since been forgotten. I would give all I have got for an education, the
little I learnt in Oglethorpe has been forgotten & I feel frequently in
conversation like a fish out of water.
Do give my best love to dear Sister
Lee, Aunts & Cousins, do not forget Lilly. Tell Charley he
owes me a letter.
And now trusting in the God of battle
to watch over our little City, & keep the vile foe from entering therein.
I remain with much respect your
W. Berrien Burroughs
7th Geo. Cav. Garys Brigade,
I am in Richmond. Cousin Sallie sends much love. God bless you.
(Addressed Mrs. Jos. H. Burroughs 73 Congress Street between Abercorn
& Drayton, Savannah, Georgia.)
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John Whitehead Burroughs Burroughs to Valeria G.
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 127
Saturday [4 June 1864]
My dear Mother--
I reached here yesterday & found
Bill quite well & glad to see me.
We came to the Front yesterday noon &
rode with in a mile of the Battle Field. We heard the firing distinctly. The
Yankees have lost heavily--we have lost but few.
Genl. Young was wounded two days
ago in the right breast but not mortally. We will enter the fight it is thought
today sometime. I hope that I will come out all right. If I should not then I
hope that God will save my soul which can never die. Sam is quite well. I
saw Major Anderson this morning, tell his wife he was well. He was much
obliged for the letters that I brought. While I am writing the fight is still
going on, has been uninterrupted since we came to this Front.
Bill wrote yesterday. Every body
is cool & ready for the fight. I hope that our regiment will distinguish itself
the first time it fights.
Ever your sincerely att. son,
Love to dear Aunt Helen my little Sweethearts Charley, brother
Dick's family & kind regards to Miss Scottes.
(Addressed Mrs. Jos. H. Burroughs, Savannah, Ga.)
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William Berrien Burroughs to Charles Jenkins
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 129
[am assuming this was to Charley, as he was the only one referred to in other
Bivouac 6 miles S.W. of Richmond
16th June 1864
My dear Brother--
Your very pleasant epistle of the
27th ins was received by Johnie, with much pleasure, in company with one
from Sister Ella. I have had no intelligence from home since that time. I
am awaiting with anxious suspense to hear definite news from the battles of the
10th & 11th ins. We hear that Col. McAllister was killed, Maj.
Anderson wounded & taken prisoner with half our Regt., about 4 hundred
horses & all our wagons, & that they were all recaptured. The Yankee prisoners
pass our camp every day on our march to Richmond. Yesterday six were brought in
& six horses by one of our scouts. I conversed with them a half hour. They
seemed to be disgusted with the war & sayd that they would never reenlist if
they got out, one a young boy about 17 years old sayd that his time was out on
the 27th ins.
I do not think that I have a pair of
shoes that would suit your friend, Massy has all the shoes that I have,
she can tell you the price.
Take good care of yourself & of
Mother there is no telling whether we will ever see home again & as you are the
only unmarried son much devolves upon your shoulders. Brother has his own family
to occupy him & he has a hard time getting them enough to eat. We depend upon
you & know you will do the best you know how--do not get angry but always be
kind and obliging.
The climate differs very much from
that of Georgia Savannah, it being extremely cold at night & very hot in the
day. We now draw corn flour & bacon & I am getting very tired of eating the same
so often. Big Bill I see nearly every day, he is stationed only about 400
yards from our camp in Gen. Hampton's Secret Signal Corps & is doing
remarkably well, he does not drink a drop now. This is the only camp that we
have not found good water at. Give my kind regards to all my friends. Write soon
and often to
Your attached friend & affectionate brother
7 Regt. Geo. Cavalry
P.S. Sgt. Maj. Guerard & others who have come from the battle field,
report that Johnie & Little Bill are both well. Johnie &
horse were captured, he afterwards endeavored to escape by running from them,
when a volley of musketry was fired at him, one ball grazing his hair, he was
then retaken by the Yanks & kept about 7 hours & was recaptured by our troops
with his horse. Little Bill had his horse a very fine animal killed by a
piece of shell, he bought him just before leaving home. I have Dick & his
other horse with me.
Lt. Col. McAllister died a hero,
he was surrounded & ordered to surrender which he refused to do & shot his
pistol as fast as he could load it & after being wounded he threw it at the
enemy. He had his boots, hat & every thing taken, the stars & buttons of his
coat were cut off.
Maj. H. was captured, having
received a wound in the hip. He hid his watch & made out that his wound was more
severe than it really was so that he could not walk & finally escaped from the
Yankees. He is said to have covered himself with glory. He is now at the
Hospital doing well, was seen on Tuesday riding on a horse. We had 14 officers
taken prisoners, our senior Captain Russell was killed. I give you
this news as I hear it. I was not in the fight. We have much to be thankful for.
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William Berrien Burroughs to John
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 131 & 132
Asst. Quar. Mr. Office 7th Geo. Cavalry
8th January 1865
My dear Brother,
Your most welcome note was received
last night enclosed in one from Aunt Lou, who was thoughtful enough,
also, to enclose Charley's letter to her. I regret exceedingly to hear of
the sufferings you have endured, & hope you have entirely recovered from the
effects of you long walk. L.J. Strickland was in my tent when I read your
letter and he exclaimed, "Well Sergt. I will go $100.00 towards buying John
a horse", so you see you have friends left behind. If you cannot buy a cheap
horse, say $800.00 or under I would not advise you to buy for I will buy you one
here for that price, & save you the tedious ride. I wrote Charley on the
6th & directed to Aunt Lou's care. It gave me much pleasure to hear from
him as it was the first tidings of home since 3d December. Sam was
present during the reading & sayd Mass Bill tell Mass John heap of
huddy, that I mighty sorry he half to walk so far & if he was here, I give him
some of my rations to eat.
For the past few days I have been
living well, having purchased some sausages, fresh beef, butter, molasses &
potatoes & fresh pork & this gorgeous display, together with the rations we draw
has increased our scanty table & filled every vessel.
Jim Nesbit has been staying with
me for a week ever since he arrived from Georgia. The first night he swore to me
that he had not reported me to Davies, & had used his influence in my
behalf. Be this as it may, I had no right to doubt his word, though I told him I
was informed by good authority that he had reported me. I have saved you one
blanket & two flannel shirts which I recently drew, say nothing about this in
the command. If you need money ask Captain Henry to advance you $500.00
in my name. I send you my note, be careful not to lose it.
Capt. Henry has not written me a
line, so you can readily imagine what a troublesome time I have had settling up
quarterly papers & winding up the old year. Forage has been very very scarce,
our horses are actually dying of famine. We have not averaged one pound of corn
a day this year & only about two pounds of hay. We have lost many horses & send
many away to the dead line.
Maj. Davies left us on Christmas
on 30 days furlough & Bill is in command. Bill went to town
yesterday to try & sell Billy Wilson's mare, & his own (the Roane I kept
awhile). He was bid at public outcry 1/4 of a cent for Wilson's mare & so
he concluded not to sell. Last night he started out & as Dick was well
laden with a variety for the inner man & the night being very cold, he left
Dick & rode on ahead, & this morning Dick returned with the saddle on
his head & his face twice its natural size, minus saddle bags, goodies & horse.
Dick says Wilson's mare fell down & was unable to rise & while
standing by her two men knocked him down, took the saddle bags & provisions &
made off, that the mare died & so he was left alone far from any house & in the
dead of night. Bill himself is quite sick today, so hoarse he can hardly
speak. He spends half his time with me. Dr. Williamson expects to leave
on the 10th for Georgia.
With love to all, I am your attached
John W. Burroughs
Jany. 9, 1865
Tom Ulmer, Co. B. & Davis, Co. G. deserted last night & took seven
horses. It is thought they went to the Yanks. Bill sick with cold, is
staying with me.
Pasted to this letter is the following:
Asst. Qr. Mr. Office 7th Geo. Cavalry
9th January 1865
One day after date I promise to pay Capt. B.C. Henry A.Q.M. five hundred
dollars for value received. $500 W. Berrien Burroughs.
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Ida May (Hartfelder) Burroughs to Mac
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 155 & 156
[Excerpt--Ida May died on 3 February 1911 in Savannah, Georgia]
19 October 1934
"She was crossing the street car
track in company with another child--had her doll tucked under her arm. She
dropped it, and upon missing it she darted back to find it on the track, and
rushed to save it from an approaching car. The motorman, whose attention was
elsewhere, did not see Ida May until the car was almost upon her. No
fenders on car--faulty brakes, and the car was not stopped until it had rolled
40 feet, (two car lengths beyond her). She had not been away from her mother
more than 4 minutes when accident occurred. She was never allowed to play in the
square unless an older cousin was with her, but this day she had picked up a new
acquaintance, and this child enticed her into the square.
"I was called by a neighbor, and ran
to the square where I found her lying between the tracks, with a mob of people
around her. I fought my way through and picked her up in my arms--some man
helped me to my feet and I was followed by the crowd of people to our home. I
was taken next door to the home of my brother Edward Hartfelder. Police
were called to clear the street. About 50 children, I was told later, gathered
before the house, sobbing and refusing to leave until they had seen Ida May.
When she was bathed and her head bandaged, they were told that if they entered
in twos, passed quietly by the bed out into another room and on into the street,
they could see her. They told little stories of her none of us knew--she had
shared candy with this one--or cake--or fruit with another. Walked to the corner
with some on their way to school, etc. One boy, older and twice as large, Ida
May had thrashed with a stick for interfering with and molesting her, he had
come crying and sobbing to see her. My sister told me it was a most beautiful
although heartbreaking scene--to see those children forming in line and in twos
coming down the hall into the room and passing the bed where Ida May lay
crying as though their hearts would break--they went through another room--out
the front door and away.
"You will overlook any mistakes in
spelling, etc. It all comes back to me so vividly--my body is all in a tremble.
Ida May was friendly and generous to all. She was deeply attached to her
dolls. One day one fell and broke its head--she came running and screaming. She
cried so little I went running to her--she sobbed herself ill and went to bed
that night with a temperature of 103. Next morning she said to me, 'Mama you
know what was the matter with me, my heart was broke'. She loved her own people
especially, each of them had a place in her heart, and she had funny little
names for some of her cousins: Emma was Err, William was Weer,
Aunt Josephine was Aunt Josefsheen. Leighton told me once she was the
most original child he ever knew, and it was conceded by many persons. She was a
most aristocratic one, she carried herself like my mother--shoulders back, head
up--and she did not tolerate familiarity from anyone."
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A.M. McCool to Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs"The Burroughs Family" pg. 157
[Upon the death of Leighton Hazlehurst Burroughs]
Hoboken, Ga. October 20, 1931
Mr. M.H. Burroughs
Dear Mr. Burroughs:
Please accept my deep and most
sincere sympathy in the passing of your beloved brother. The many years of
separation from your family dulled my memory of the names and ages of you
children, but the name Leighton Hazlehurst brings back to me golden
memories and blessed associations of past years. It is so sad that he should
have been called at so early life.
Cordially and sincerely,
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Col. Lachlan McIntosh to George
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 259 & 260
[Reproduced from "Historical Collections of Georgia" by Geo. M. White]
Savannah, in Georgia, Feb. 16, 1776.
Sir, -- My country having honoured
me with the command of the Continental Battalion ordered to be raised by the
General Congress for the protection and defence [sic] of this Colony, (though I
fear too partial to my poor abilities,) it becomes my duty to inform your
Excellency of the stats of our Province, as far as it concerns the service, as
well as of the troops to be immediately under my command.
Our Province has a front along the
sea-coast of above one hundred miles, covered by a range of islands, divided
from each other by eight rivers from the mainland, which makes as many good
inlets and harbours, most of them capable of receiving any frigate, and, as some
say, much larger ships. Our parts to the southward not above ten, and very
thinly inhabited; indeed, this large space of land, altogether, has not more
than three thousand men, chiefly in the back country, and many disaffected and
doubtful in our cause, especially the men of the greatest property among us. Our
slaves will be above fifteen thousand souls, mostly within twenty miles of the
sea-coast, and make above thirty-five thousand tierces of rice annually, besides
many other articles of provision, which, with our fine harbours, make the
security of this colony, though weak in itself, of the utmost consequence to the
whole continent of America; and we have every reason to think our enemies intend
to make it a place of general rendezvous and supplies.
We are bounded south by the
garrisoned Province of East Florida, who have now, as I am well informed, five
hundred regulars in St Augustine, and one thousand more expected there daily
from Europe. On the west of us is the Province of West Florida, the numerous
nations of the Creek, Choctaw, and Cherokee Indians, besides lesser tribes,
supposed to have at least ten thousand gun-men, brave, intrepid, and eager for
war, whom we will have the utmost difficulty to keep at peace with us, as we
want every article of their usual supply, and now furnished them in great plenty
from the two Floridas. Our metropolis is situated in the south corner of the
Province, upon a bluff, or sandhill, thirty feet high or more above the water,
and fifteen miles up the river Savannah, from the inlet of Tybee, where five
ships of war, the Syren, the Scarborough, the Raven, the Tamar, and Cherokee,
besides tenders, are now lying, and two large transports, having, it is said,
above three hundred men on board, and expecting more in daily, with what design,
whether for this Colony or Carolina, or both together, we are not yet informed.
Our Province has declared itself in a state of alarm, and resolved not to supply
the men of war with provisions, and ordered a draft of half the militia to the
town of Savannah to oppose the landing of any troops.
Our Provincial Congress having
accepted the battalion ordered for their protection and defence [sic], chose the
officers the 29th and 30th ultimo, (a return of whom shall accompany this,) and
made them sign the enclosed test before their commissions were delivered; and I
have this day issued general orders for recruiting, which has been hitherto
prevented by many obstacles in providing money for that and other necessary
service, and I fear will yet be attended with some difficulty. We expect very
few in our own Province; that of South Carolina is said to be already drained of
such people as will enlist, by their Provincial regiments, besides their bounty,
subsistence, &c., are so much better than ours.
Therefore, I expect we must have
recourse, distant as it is, to North Carolina, with this additional
disadvantage, that our currency passes in no other colony than our own, and we
have received very little Continental money as yet.
I have received no kind of orders or
instructions from the General Congress or your Excellency; nor have I yet been
able to obtain even a copy of the American articles of war, which makes me at a
loss how to act in many cases; therefore I shall wish any orders or directions
your Excellency will please to send me, to be as full and frequent as possible;
also, to be informed how far we are under the control of the Provincial
Congress, &c., of this or any other Province where we are upon duty, and what
rank we hold when acting with militia, or Provincial troops.
I shall take the liberty of
appointing surgeons to the battalion, which are so indispensably necessary, that
I suppose the neglect of not naming any must be owing to our delegates; and also
to make Capt. Colson's a rifle company, when raised, which I think will
be useful, and hope will meet with your Excellency's approbation; and I doubt
not but we will be obliged to arm more with such guns, for want of others, which
are very scarce.
I have the honour to be your Excellency's
Most obedient and most humble servant,
To his Excellency, George Washington, Esq., Commander-in-Chief of the
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Col. L.V. Fuser to Col. John McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 285
[About November 1778]
Sir:--You cannot be ignorant that four armies are in motion to reduce this
Province. The one is always under the guns of your fort, and may be joined when
I think proper, by Colonel Prevost, who is now at the Medway
meeting-house. The resistance you can or intend to make will only bring
destruction upon this country. On the contrary, if you will deliver to me the
fort which you command, lay down your arms, and remain neuter until the fate of
America is determined, you shall, as well as all of the inhabitants of this
parish, remain in peaceable possession of your property. Your answer, which I
expect in an hour's time, will determine the fate of this country, whether it is
to be laid in ashes, or remain as above proposed.
I am, sir, your most obedient, &c.,
Colonel 60th Regiment, and Commander of his Majesty's Troops in Georgia, on his
P.S. Since this letter was closed, some of your people have been firing
scattering shots about the line. I am to inform you, that if a stop is not put
to such irregular proceedings, I shall burn a house for every shot so fired.
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Col. John McIntosh to Col. L.V. Fuser"The Burroughs Family" pg. 285
Fort Morris, Nov. 25, 1778.
Sir:--We acknowledge we are not ignorant that your army is in motion to
endeavour to reduce this State. We believe it entirely chimerical that
Colonel Prevost is at the Meeting-house; but should it be so, we are in no
degree apprehensive of danger from a junction of his army with yours. We have no
property compared with the object we contend for that we value a rush ----, and
would rather perish in a vigorous defence [sic] than accept of your proposals.
We, sir, are fighting the battles of America, and therefore disdain to remain
neutral till its fate is determined. As to surrendering the fort, receive this
laconic reply, "COME AND TAKE IT." Major Lane, whom I send with this
letter, is directed to satisfy you with respect to the irregular, loose firing
mentioned on the back of your letter.
I have the honour to be,
Sir, your most obedient serv't,
Colonel of the Continental Troops.
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Sarah (Swinton) McIntosh to John McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 290
Bellevue, Florida, May 25, 1794.
My Dear Mr. McIntosh:--Three
days ago I received your letter of the 30th ult., but have heard nothing of the
one directed to the care of Dr. Traverse. Nothing, my dear husband, in
life would have given me half the satisfaction I experienced in hearing from
you, and, in the midst of my afflictions, I rejoice to find you so resigned to
the will of God, who will, I trust, shortly deliver you from captivity, and
restore you again to your unhappy family. But why, my dear husband, do you
mention my settling any of your business? Rest assured I have not the smallest
doubt but you will be permitted to return as soon as your trial is over, which,
I have the best reason to believe, will be soon. Innocence and justice are on
your side; you have, therefore, nothing to fear from laws which, when
administered justly, never oppress the innocent. Cheer up your spirits,
therefore, dear husband, and look forward to brighter prospects and happier
days, which I hope will shortly present themselves to your view. I truly regret
you did not receive your trunk earlier; you must have wanted for every
necessary. We are all as well as we can be in your absence.
Adieu, my dear husband; and may that
merciful God, who so often shielded you in the day of battle, guard and restore
you in safety to your unhappy family, is the sincere and constant prayer of your
truly affectionate wife,
Sarah S. McIntosh
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Sarah McIntosh to his Excellency the
Capt.-Gen. or the Island of Cuba, Louisiana, and the two Floridas"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 290-292
East Florida, May 25th, 1794.
May it Please Your Excellency:--I
should before the present time have done myself the honour of addressing you,
embolden to do so from your generous, humane, and benevolent character; but I
hitherto declined it, in expectation of first receiving a copy, agreeable to the
translation into Spanish, of some papers, which, on the 21st day of March last,
I had laid before his Excellency, the Governor of this Province, with a letter
from myself respecting my husband, Mr. John McIntosh, who unfortunately,
though innocently, fell under some suspicion, as I am told, of having views
inimical to the government, and who, I understand, is now in confinement in the
Moro Castle. Having at length, this day, received the above-mentioned copy, I
take the liberty of doing myself the honour of transmitting it to you, and of
candidly laying my unfortunate story before you, humbly entreating your
Excellency's attention to it. Being informed by a friend that nothing would be
done respecting my papers without a formal petition from myself to the Governor,
I, in a weak and infirm situation, without loss of time, went to St. Augustine,
and on the first of April, laid a petition before his Excellency, the Governor,
praying that the papers already laid before him respecting my husband, Mr.
John McIntosh, should be justly translated into the Spanish language; that
such translation, with the original, should be annexed to the proceedings
against him; also that I should be furnished with a copy of said translation and
petition, which was granted; but whether anything more has been done in the
business, I have not been able to learn. This is, therefore, with all imaginable
respect and due submission, to petition the favour of your Excellency to order
the charges (if any there are) against my husband, with the proofs annexed in
his vindication, should be transmitted to your Excellency, that he may the more
speedily be brought to trial.
By those papers you will be able to
judge of the character and connections of my unfortunate husband. Is it then
reasonable or probably to suppose that a man who for forty years has pursued a
life of the strictest honour and most undeviating rectitude, should in a moment
descend from every sentiment that was honourable and just, to unite with a set
of desperate and unprincipled men, who had nothing to hazard, and whose only
views could have been to enrich themselves by the property of others? One who
had been for upwards of fourteen months previous to his captivity labouring
under a consumptive habit, whose life had been several time during that time
period despaired of by his friends and physicians, with a wife who, I may
without vanity say, he most affectionately loved, deprived of sight, and who
still is under the influence of the same painfully distressing complaining,
added to all which, the loss of a lovely infant, his only daughter, on whom he
doted. Can it, indeed, as I have before observed, be reasonable to believe that
aman of such character, in such circumstances and situation, could have designs
inimical to a government under which he enjoyed perfect peace and tranquility,
his happiness being only disturbed by the afflictions with which it had pleased
the hand of God to visit himself and his family?
What I have advanced is literally
true, and what I can prove readily by my neighbours. To your Excellency's
humanity and justice I submit my cause. Justice is all I ask; all I require.
Justice from your humane hands I have not a doubt I shall receive; and justice
will, I trust, restore my dear partner to his (at present) wretched and
disconsolate family. Suffer, O sir! my miserable situation to touch your
generous and noble breast with pity and compassion. Allow you imagination to
paint my distress in the most lively colours. Imagine you behold before you an
unhappy female deprived of sight, labouring under a continual series of bodily
pain, unused hitherto to experience the iron hand of want, whose mental anguish
is far more poignant, with six small children around her, the eldest of whom
does not exceed twelve years, with a very slender property to support them, and
that daily diminishing for want of its head to direct and manage it to the best
advantage. Let me, O sir! for pity's sake, for justices' sake, and for God's
sake, entreat you in the most earnest manner to take into consideration my most
unhappy case, and as you find no cause for longer detention, restore to liberty
your innocent and suffering prisoner, and thereby add new lustre to a character
already dignified by acts of liberality, justice and humanity. And what is still
more, your generous heart will exult in the pleasing reflection, that you have
snatched from misery and ruin an unhappy family, who will to their latest breath
feel the highest sense of gratitude for your goodness.
I should be wanting in gratitude to
the best of husbands, who ever since our union has reposed the most unbounded
confidence in me, did I not declare, that since his residence in this Province,
he has been a warm friend, and upwards of two years a faithful servant of the
Spanish government, which he served in the office in which he was placed without
reward or emolument, to the apparent satisfaction of his superiors, and all
others with whom concerned in business. I have further to petition that your
Excellency will permit my husband to write to me by every opportunity that may
offer, and allow him to receive my letters. Resting in the fullest confidence of
your justice and goodness.,
With the highest respect, I have the honour to be,
Your Excellency's most obedient,
And very humble servant,
Sarah S. McIntosh
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Sarah McIntosh to John McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 292-294
Bellevue, East Florida, Oct. 24, 1794
Your favours, my dear Mr.
McIntosh, of the 6th July and 2d of August, were handed to me two days ago.
Nothing, in my present situation, could have given me so much real pleasure as I
experience in observing your resignation to the will of Providence, and that you
had again recovered your health, for which I am truly thankful; although I must
confess I am still fearful respecting your consumptive complaint--pray be more
particular in your next. I shall most undoubtedly call on Colonel Howard
with your letter, and apply to him for a certificate, as you requested, knowing
he has it fully in his power to give it, having myself delivered him a letter in
March last, from Major Berrien, containing some information (with his
newspapers) interesting to this Province, which letter the Major read to myself,
and then entrusted to my care. I should make no delay in calling on Colonel
Howard, but at present he is on a visit at the Battery below; but on his
return shall pay my respects to him, after which you shall hear from me, as I
expect another conveyance will offer in a few days. I am very happy to find you
have received my letters of the 19th and 25th of May, which I feared had
miscarried, having written also by the same opportunity to his Excellency the
Captain-General, stating facts, and petitioning for justice from his humane
hands. I also inclosed him a Spanish translation of the papers that I received
from Georgia, likewise entreating that his Excellency would have the goodness to
order to Havana the accusations against you, (if any there are,) with the proofs
annexed in your favour, those papers being collected by me, in consequence of
being informed by some of my friends in St. Augustine that there was some
suspicion of your having views inimical to this government. The charges against
you, with the proofs annexed in your favour, were, I am told, sent by the
Governor in the month of August; but not hearing from his Excellency the
Captain-General, and being impatient of such long delay, which is indeed the
severest punishment both on yourself and your unfortunate family, and this
punishment, too, without a crime to merit it, has at length determined me to
apply to the King, and by a memorial in my own name, entreat a redress of those
grievances under which we have too long laboured. For this purpose, therefore,
when I was last in town, from whence I returned about three weeks ago, I made
application for a power of attorney, to be drawn out in the name of the American
Ambassador at the Court of Madrid, empowering him to authorize another to act,
under his direction, in your business. This power I found great difficulty in
obtaining, nor should I ever have received it but through the dint of
perseverance and resolution; for after being amused with frequent promises for
near three weeks, and becoming more impatient and solicitous, (having not other
business in town,) I received the categorical answer, that as the power was
desired in favour of a foreigner, it could not be granted. Roused with
resentment at so flagrant a violation of law and justice, I, without loss of
time, memorialized his Excellency the Governor, to direct that I should be
furnished with the above-mentioned power, which was finally done; although I can
assure you, I met with many obstacles before my point was gained. My memorial
and power of attorney go to Court well supported, my friends being no less
powerful than willing to serve me.
I have also the promise of our friend
Major Berrien, to write respecting your business to his Excellency,
Done Diego de Gardoquie, one of his Majesty's Ministers of State, formerly
ambassador from Spain to the United States, with whom the Major had the honour
of a personal acquaintance when in New-York. When I memorialized the Governor, I
requested he would return your papers as well as my own, which had been seized
on your imprisonment. This was likewise granted, except your agreement with
Mr. Wagnon, to bring in your cattle from Georgia, and four letters from
Colonel Samuel Hammond, which he (the Governor) informed me he had forwarded
to the Captain-General. This intelligence was far from being unpleasant, knowing
full well the contents of all the letters you ever received either from him or
any other friend since you left Georgia; one of his being written years ago, and
containing nothing more than might naturally be expected from an old
acquaintance and brother officer; and although it has been represented by some
mischievous character, that he had long ago joined General Clarke, who
has possessed himself of the Yazoo land, it can easily be proved that this very
man is still pursuing his own private business in Savannah. However, be that as
it may, Colonel Hammond's letters will speak for themselves, and I
rejoice they are placed in the Captain-General's hands, who, if he does not
fully understand the English language himself, has, I hope, a better interpreter
than some of the Spanish Provinces can boast of.
You flatter me, my dear husband, in
saying I would make a good lawyer. I claim no merit; shining abilities are not
very necessary to plead well in a good cause; but I must truly acknowledge, it
requires brightness of genius to transform a bad cause into a good one. Your
letters inclosed to Dr. Traverse have never reached my hands; that dated
the 10th May I received and answered. I am much surprised at your hearing so
seldom from me, this being the ninth letter I have written to you since our
painful separation, which, God grant, may not be of much longer continuance. I
am sorry you missed your morning-gown. I shall send you another by Captain
Dominic, by whom this also will be forwarded. I hope to hear from you by his
return. I feel the deepest sense of gratitude and obligation to the
Captain-General, for his humanity in permitting you to write to me, and to
receive my letters, which I shall, in future, send under cover, as directed. May
the Supreme Discloser of all human events reward him for every mark of
indulgence he is pleased to bestow on his innocent but suffering prisoner.
Don Sanctos Roerique, the Commissary at the Bluff, goes in a few days to
Havana. I shall furnish him with money to purchase your tobacco. Agreeably to
your desire, I have sent our son William with $100. to his uncle, and
requested he should be sent on to New-York. My eyes are considerable mended, but
as I think Dr. Baron may still be serviceable, I shall, with the
Governor's permission, go to Charleston in the course of a fortnight; my stay
there I do not expect will exceed more than two months.
I trust, in the goodness of God, the
justice of the law, and the humanity of his Excellency the Captain-General, to
restore you again shortly to your unhappy family, who all unite in an
effectionate remembrance to you.
Adieu, my dear husband, and may the
Guardian of innocence protect and restore you to liberty again, is the sincere
and daily prayer of your truly affectionate wife,
Sarah S. McIntosh
N.B.--Your passport is undoubtedly in the Captain-General's hands. We are all
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John Milledge to John McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 311
City of Washington
8th Decr. 18??
The Senate this day confirmed the
nomination of the President appointing you first Lieutenant of Capt.
Telfair's company of artillery.
I am sir your ob. set.
To Lieut. John McIntosh
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A.W. Thornton to John N. McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 312
Plattsburgh, 2d. June 1816
Captain John N. McIntosh
The sentiments of gratitude and
respect which have been excited by the firm Military[?] and at the same time
gentlemanly and delicate course that you have pursued as our Commanding Officer,
are too ardent to be felt in silence. We beg you will receive this not
only as our friend and brother-officer, but as referring particularly to your
official capacity as our late Commanding Officer. The improvement of the
regiment, while under your command, both in point of its discipline, police, and
interior regulations, bears ample testimony of the strict and military course
you have adopted, and the personal feelings of every individual in the Regiment,
bear testimony to the delicate and gentlemanly manner in which this vigorous
discipline has been enforced.
We are all sensible that in
[illegible] of Peace as in War, a vigorous discipline must be enforced, and it
has been not only enforced but equally participated by you, for you have
enforced your orders by the weight of your example.
Accept, Sir, the assurance of our
warmest wishes for your welfare, and believe us most sincerely,
A.W. Thornton, Capt.
M.[?] Ketcham, Capt. L.A.
J.P. Badolet, Lieut. L.A.
Lewis Dunham, Surgeon
?.H. Livingston, S.M.L.A.
J.H. Wilkins, Lieut. L.A.
Nelson Freeland, Lieut. L.A.
S.M. Mackay, 1st Lt. and Adjt. L.A.
Geo. E. Wells, 2nd Lt. L.A.
E. Lyon, Lieut. L.A.
H.M. Giles, Lt. L.A.
G.G. Dreene, Lt. Lt. A.
Wm. Wells, Lt. Lt. Artly.
Th. J. Baird, Lt. L.A.
J. Parkhurst, Lieut. Lt. A.
R.L. Armstrong, Lt. L.A.
(Note: Some of these signatures are very hard to decipher, and there may be
some mistakes in this transcription--MHB)
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Winfield Scott to Wm. H. Crawford
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 314
Bristol, Penn. Novr. 9, 1820
Major McIntosh of the Army is
desirous of obtaining the office of Collector &c at Darien, Georgia and has very
naturally applied to me as a Senior officer who has long been personally
acquainted with him, for a letter stating his character and qualifications.
It gives me great pleasure to state
that Major McIntosh has always been considered an officer of great zeal,
activity and ability and that his character for honour and probity is perfectly
unimpeachable. His talents for the Bureau are also highly in his favour and I am
fully persuaded that he would, if successful in his present application, make a
most useful and respectable Collector.
I pray you to excuse the liberty I
have taken in behalf of an old Brother officer and associate in whose welfare I
cannot but feel the liveliest interest.
With great respect and consideration
I have the honour to be
Sir yr. most obt. servt.
Winfield Scott U.S.A.
To The Honourable Wm. H. Crawford
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Winfield Scott to John N. McIntosh
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 314
My dear Major:
Your letter was received and
mislaid--that is, left among my papers. I have been expecting to find it daily
and thus have not written earlier.
I hope the enclosed will be received
in time. I returned from the South via Norfold [sic] and Baltimore and thus was
not in Washington.
With the best wishes for your health
and happiness, I remain
Nov. 9th, 1820
To Major McIntosh, U.S.A.
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John N. McIntosh to J.C. Calhoun
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 315
30th November 1820
My private affairs render it
necessary that I should quit the wandering life of a Soldier, which I have led
in my Country's service for nearly fourteen years, for one of a more permanent
and domestic character; I therefore beg leave herewith to tender you the
Resignation of my Commission as Major of the 8th Regiment of Infantry of the
Army of the United States; and at the same time to assure you that although
nothing in the line of the Regular Army, I shall be equally ready in war to get
the first call to arms which our Country may make for the Defense of its Rights,
its Liberty and its Soil.
I have the honour to be Sir
With considerations of the Highest respect
Yr. mo. obt. & very Hble. Servt.
John N. McIntosh
Major 8th Regt. U.S. Infty.
To The Honble. J.C. Calhoun Secty. of War.
Adj. & Insp. Gen. Office
14th December 1820
The resignation of Major John N.
McIntosh of the 8th Infy. is accepted to take effect the 31st of December 1820.
D. Parker A. & I. Genl.
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Ida (Talley) McIntosh to Mac Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 329
Sept. 28, 1933
I was born and reared in Columbia
S.C. Our home was on the North West corner of Gervois[?] and Pickens Streets,
and was not burned by the Yanks. It was not occupied by the U.S. Troops. My
mother invited two officers to stay there as Sherman had his headquarters
opposite our house. She had my grandfather and grandmother and my Brothers with
her. My Father moved to Savannah after the War. I lived there for several years
before meeting your grandfather. We lived at [illegible] Street. We moved
several times. My Father was cashier of a Bank.
I was married on May 7th 1878 at
Mrs. George Walters (Cousin Fannie[?]). We started housekeeping on the Ridge
where your Mother was born. This house is a short distance from the one you know
as the "Ridge House" I was born on Oct 10th 1850 and soon be 83 years old.
Ida Talley McIntosh
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Nicholas Anciaux to Edward Telfair
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 392
Savannah, August 26th, 1795
I shall send Sunday, by Carpenter,
the six barrels of rice to New York, according to your desire, to M. Peter
Schermerhorn, as I have sold two--one at 5 dollars & one at 4 & 50c. I have
sold also your tobacco at 4d. 65c. & your corn at 3 for 62 1/2 c. I will deliver
100 Ts. corn to Mr. Th. Gibbons & the remainder I will deliver to your
Sir, Your most obedient serv't,
Excuse my half sheet of paper. I had not taken any notice till my letter was
[Original letter on file at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah,
Chatham Co., Georgia]
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Thomas Gibbons to Nicholas Anciuax
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 398
Letter Addressed Mr. Nicholas Anciaux
To be forwarded Morton Hall
by Mr. Petit
In the hurry of departure for New
York your letter of the 19th inst. was handed me. With respect to the taxes you
have paid for the lands devised to my Children, by my late Brother, I certainly
am willing to refund you the amount you have paid. With regard to other lands
and other parts of the Estate certainly the Estate of one Devisee is not liable
for the taxes of another. I spoke to Mrs. Joseph Gibbons some weeks ago,
she then promised to show what taxes she had paid, and seemed willing to adjust
everything rightly, what she will do I cannot say. It appears to me that the
case would be extremely hard on my Children that they should be liable to pay
the taxes on Lands belonging to Mrs. Gibbons' family.
I am willing to confer with Mr.
Berrien; and so far as I may take any part in this business, it shall be on
fair principles. It will be with great reluctance that I shall at all interfere
in the affairs of the Estate. You have qualified as an Executor, and no doubt as
Executor you will sacredly preserve the rights of the several minors, and not
permit the interest of one to be sacrificed to another, that as they severally
attain their ages of 21 the Estate of each will be delivered entire. My stay
abroad will be as short as possible, and I shall be glad that an understanding
be had as soon after my return as can be made convenient.
I am very respectfully
Yr. most ob. st.
Sava. 21 July 1806.
[Letter property of Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs]
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Eliza (Anciaux) Berrien to Lydia (Richardson)
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 401
Richmond Bath August 21 (probably 1812 or 1813)
My dear Mamma--
Mr. Berrien sends William
through Bullock to afford me an opportunity of writing you. I should have
written to you before but it appeared to be such a way of getting a letter that
I thought it hardly necessary. I was in hopes I should have heard from you. I
have been quite unwell but am much better. Major Berrien has been sick
but I hope he is recovered. He is in Louis Ville. Sally is here and
Louisa is spending some time with us. I hope you will come as you have
promised and spend some time with us. We have got a chimney in the hall and that
difficulty will be over. Mrs. Allen has been here to see me. She was
quite disappointed at not seeing you. Her mother is up but I have not seen her.
I expect to go there next week.
The children are well. Margaret
and Valeria are at Miss Hornby's. We shall send for them on their
Father's birthday. We have kept Valeria's and they were quite delighted.
Poor things, some amusement is necessary for them.
I have had a visit from Mrs. Evans.
She made a great many apologies for not calling last summer, but said she hoped
you would come and she would have an opportunity of seeing you herself. Poor
Mr. Jones is dead and she ahs lost her only child, it died a few days before
his father. I feel very much for Mrs. Jones, her situation is indeed a
melancholy one to be deprived of her Husband and Child in so short a time.
Mrs. Lamkin is also dead, she died very suddenly. I hope it is a happy
release for her for her sufferings must have been great in this world and I hope
she has gone to a better one.
Mrs. Berrien is well. They all
desire to be remembered to you.
Adieu my dear Mammam, and believe me
Your affectionate daughter
Since writing the above, my dear
Mama, Major Berrien has been very sick but is now better and I hope will
soon be quite well. I received your letter and am happy to hear that you are
well. I shall expect you by the first of next month, although you say nothing
about it in your letter.
I have seen Mrs. Allen and her
Mother, also old Uncle Garvy who has inquired very particularly after you
and wishes to know if you are coming up. He will be very much disappointed if
you do not. I think he is a very smart old gentleman.
I expected you would have received
this some time ago, but we have been prevented. It was three weeks before our
things arrived from Savannah, and we had to send to Augusta for them.
Sally is not confined yet, she is
expecting every day. Mrs. Berrien is still in Louis Ville. You will
receive letters from the Children. Mrs. Jenkins is here with Sally.
Richard is in Louis Ville with his father. I wish you would write by
William and I shall get it by mail. John has been a little indisposed
but is better.
Adieu my dear, and believe me your
Mrs. Lydia Anciaux
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William Berrien Burroughs to Josephine
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 433
Brunswick, Ga., 7 March 1911
My dear Josephine-
As you are soon to move into your new
house on Union Street, I am sending you a mahogany table that has been in our
family over 100 years. It belonged to my grandfather's grandfather, Judge
John Berrien, and came from his historic Mansion at Rocky Hill, New Jersey,
where General Washington and his wife were the guests of the Berrien
Family. A distinguished writer, Francis B. Lee, wrote "possibly no house
in New Jersey is worthy of greater interest, than the old home of Judge
Berrien, here Gen. Washington & Mrs. Washington and his
military suite passed August, September, October, and part of November 1783,
while the Continental Congress was in session at Princeton. Here, Gen.
Washington wrote and delivered his farewell address to his army, which bears
date Rocky Hill near Princeton Nov. 2d, 1783. Local historians yet point out the
room in which Gen. Washington wrote the lines worthy of immortality".
My mother's father, Hon. John
MacPherson Berrien, was born in this house Aug. 23, 1781. The war ended,
Maj. John Berrien who had served on Gen. Washington's staff, brought
the name to Georgia. Moved to Liberty County where he administered on the Estate
of his Uncle William LeConte & carried the name to Savannah. I am sending
you a picture of this house. Let your children remember, that when Gen.
Washington delivered his farewell address to the Army of the U.S. from this
house, it was his final official act as Commander in Chief of the American Army.
An article in the Sun, 31 May 1896 dated New Brunswick, N.J. says, "The
Berrien Mansion acquired its name from the original owner and occupant,
Judge John Berrien, one of the Judges of Nova Caesarea in Colonial times.
The sloping green in front of the Berrien Mansion still held the camps of
soldiers when Washington signed on Sept. 3d 1783 the treaty of peace with
Great Britain. Washington's study on the second floor is still
preserved". This house has been purchased by an historic association &
preserved, and is known as the "Berrien Mansion, Washington Rocky
I am also sending you a picture of
the MacPherson Mansion, the home of Maj. John Berrien's wife,
where he courted this charming heiress. The house was sold to Benedict Arnold
for L16,240 or over $80,000. Arnold leased it to Don Juan Mirailles,
the Spanish Minister. Under "An Act for the attainer of Traitors" Arnold's
property was forfeited, notwithstanding he had given it to the beautiful &
accomplished Peggy Shippen whom he had married. But my letter has grown
Your affectionate father,
Wm. Berrien Burroughs
Mrs. Josephine Burroughs Taylor,
923 Union Street,
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William Berrien Burroughs to War Department
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 443-444
Brunswick, Ga., 27 Nov. 1906.
Hon. Military Secretary,
Will you please give me the military
record of Maj. John Berrien, Brigade Major of Gen. Lachlan
McIntosh's Georgia Brigade. He was wounded at Monmouth. I am particularly
anxious to know if he was on Gen. Washington's staff. The General and
Mrs. Washington were the guests of his family at the home of Judge
Berrien at Rocky Ford, four miles from Princeton, N.J.
Col. F.B. Heitman referred me to
you. I can give you the dates of his commissions as 2nd Lieutenant, 1st
Lieutenant, Captain, &c., and date of death. Any way I can serve you call on me
for information about Maj. Berrien's service in Georgia.
W.B. Burroughs, M.D.
Communication No. 1186723
Washington, December 1, 1906.
Dr. W.B. Burroughs,
The records of this office show
that in an order dated Valley Forge, January 8, 1778, John Berrien was
appointed brigade major of the North Carolina Brigade, and in a letter signed by
himself dated at Philadelphia, February 24, 1784, he stated that he was
appointed to the office January 8, 1778, and "retired the 10th of April '79."
The service of this officer is stated
in Heitman's Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, an
unofficial publication entitled to credit, as follows:
"Berrien, John (Ga.) 2d
Lieutenant 1st Georgia, 7th January, 1776; 1st Lieutenant, ___ December, 1776;
Brigade Major North Carolina Brigade, 8th January, 1778, and served to ____ ."
The Military Secretary
Brunswick, Ga., 3 Dec. 1906.
Col. F.C. Ainsworth,
The Military Secty.,
I thank you for your favor received
today, subject Brig-Maj. John Berrien. Would you kindly send me a copy of
order Jany. 8, 1778, dated Valley Forge appointing him Brigade Major.
Gen. Washington's orderly book at
Valley Forge says, "Brigade Major John Berrien, Inspector from late
Convoy, on duty 23 May 1778". Did he serve on staff of both these generals?
Where can I find his record after he returned to Georgia with Gen. Lachlan
I have his commission as 2nd and 1st
Lieutenants of the 1st Georgia, and his appointment as Aid to Gen. McIntosh,
and his oath of Allegiance taken in North Carolina where Gen. Lachlan
McIntosh went to recruit his brigade.
I am anxious to get his record from
10 April '79 retired. In what capacity did he serve in Georgia? Your kindness I
will appreciate, and am willing to pay for any copies that you might send me.
W. Berrien Burroughs, M.D.
Communication No. 1186723.
The Military Secretary's Office,
Washington, December 7, 1906.
Dr. W. Berrien Burroughs,
The text of the order within
referred to, dated at Valley Forge, January 8, 1778, is as follows:
"John Berrien, Esq., is
appointed Brigade-Major to the North Carolina Brigade, and is to be respected as
Nothing has been found of record to
show that Major Berrien served on the staff of General Washington
or on the staff of General Muhlenburg.
The records of this office afford
very little information relative to the services of this officer, and it is
suggested as a possibility that the desired information can be obtained from the
Adjutant General of the State of Georgia, or from the Adjutant General of North
The Military Secretary
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Mary Berrien Whitmore to William Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 448 & 449
[Extract of letter]
"Grandfather removed from Savannah to Louisville, afterwards he removed to
his plantation near Louisville, and which was his home at the time of his death.
The place was named 'Oakland' and was a beautiful home where hospitality
reigned. Cousin Val. told me that she often spent her summers there and
that it was not unusual to awake in the morning and find the family augmented by
two or three carriage loads of kin who had arrived some time during the night.
This open house was kept up after the Major's death. You know perhaps that
Major Berrien was wounded in the head during the war----and was on his way
north to have the bullet removed, but it caused his death when he had proceeded
only as far as Savannah on, his way. He was a devoted husband - my grandmother
he always addressed as 'Willy my love'. I am pleased to say that this
beautiful trait has been inherited by all of his descendants, as far as I know.
I have often heard my father quote to his little boys this truth, 'he who lays
his hand upon a woman save in the manner of kindness is a wretch whom it were
base flattery to call a coward."
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Julia MacPherson (Berrien) Belt Whitehead to
William Berrien Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 462
Millen Feb. 14 1907
I have just read your kind letter of
Feb. 12th & hasten to answer it. I will be pleased to have you stop over at
Millen & see us.
I have but one child living my
youngest Dr. Lloyd Jones Belt & one Grand Child Charles Inman Belt
of Bellwood, Burke Co.
I don't think either Gen.
Henningsen or his wife did much for the Confederacy. our Cousin Carleton
told me she had come to Richmond & brought some Quinine & Morphine sewed in the
dress she wore--In 1869 I met her in Washington City--she told me the United
States Govmt had paid her several thousand dollars for an interest she had in a
distillery in Richmond---
Copy of the first page of a letter written to Dr. William Berrien
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Mary Berrien Whitmore to William Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 465
[Extract of letter]
Berrien, Rome, Ga.
May 9, 1895
James Weemys Moore, the
youngest child, was born in 1807, and died in 1859. My father's first wife was
Catherine Jane Casey, a South Carolinian by birth, but at the time of
their marriage living in Mobile, Alabama with her father, Dr. Thomas Casey.
Her mother was Jane Noble, a sister of Governor Patrick Noble of
South Carolina. One daughter survived, but for only a short time. The second
wife, my mother, was Catherine Jane Noble, a first cousin of the first
wife. She was born in "Old Willington", Abbeville District, South Carolina in
May 1852 near Rome, Ga. They were married at the home of her mother, Mrs.
Alexander Noble, near Willington. She was the older of two children; her
brother Dr. John Noble died in 1843. Her parents were Mary Handy
Harris and Alexander Noble; her grandparents were John Harris
(a Revolutionary soldier) and Mary Pickens; her great grandparents were
Gen. Andrew Pickens and Rebecca Calhoun (a first cousin of John
C. Calhoun). Her father Alexander Noble was a son of Major Noble
and Catherine Calhoun, a sister of Rebecca.
There were eight children: John
Alexander, died in infancy; Mary Noble, your humble servant;
Williamina Sarah Eliza, died in infancy; Thomas Moore; Catherine
Casey; Julia Maria; (both the girls died young), John McPherson,
died aged thirteen; and Rebecca Noble.
My father's name should have been
spelled Wemmys, but for some reason it was spelled Weems.
Original letter was destroyed in a house fire in 1935.
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Laura Maria Berrien to Mac Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 465 & 466
[Extract of letter]
Jan. 22, 1938
You say you have the family of
James Weemys Moore Berrien. That was my grandfather and I am sure my aunt,
Mrs. Whitmore, gave you the correct information, for she knew it forwards
and backwards and my father, who died before Auntie, did too. I have heard my
father talk often of the Burroughs kin. I remember there was a William
Berrien Burroughs. What relation are you of his?
There were five of my father's
children--Richard Noble, Margaret (now Mrs. E.S. Hanahan-he
a Charlestonian but they now living in New York) myself, unmarried, and a sister
Mary Noble and a brother John MacPherson-the sister and brother
died before reaching maturity. My mother's name was Elizabeth Palmer. I
can not give the date of the marriage nor of the birth of either my father or
mother. If my sister knows I will write you after I come back from New York next
You speak of "Cousin Dick". He
died some time ago-about twenty years ago. He married Anna Davant and she
still lives. They had only one child-a son, Manor Davant Berrien. He died
about five years ago and left one daughter Anna Kathrine Berrien, who
lives in Atlanta. She is about twenty-one now.
My brother had only one child a
daughter, Elizabeth. She married Reynolds Trent Harnsberger and
they have a little son five years.
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Laura Maria Berrien to Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 466
Washington, D.C., April 20, 1938
Dr. M.H. Burroughs
513 Gloucester Stt.,
I am (and I ought to be) ashamed of
the long delay in answering your letter. I have heard so often of your father,
Dr. William Berrien Burroughs, and in fact, of you and his other
children. The name Valeria Berrien Burroughs is entirely familiar to me.
I did not know you had the Badge of the Society of the Cincinnati but we have a
photograph of it. I had the sword with which Major John Berrien fought in
the Revolution, and it is now in the possession of my niece, Elizabeth
Berrien Harnsberger, who lives here.
I have numbered your questions 1, 2,
3, & 4. In explanation of question one I want to say that my aunt, Mrs. Mary
Berrien Whitmore, was an authority on family relations. I, therefore, feel
sure you made a mistake in reading her writing. There was no Rebecca Noble.
The last name which you have as Rebecca Noble should be Richard Noble
and everyone called him Dick. He is the one who married Anna Davant.
Her granddaughter is living with her now at 551 St. Charles Street, Atlanta,
Georgia. I am sure they will be delighted to have your son call on them. The
daughter, Anna Kathrine, is an adorable girl and my aunt, Mrs. Anna
Davant Berrien, is one of the most charming women I have ever known.
Coming to question two, Richard
Noble Berrien, who married Florence Austin, is the son of Thomas
Moore Berrien and he is the one who was a student at Emory College and was
connected with a bank in Waynesboro, Ga. He always used Junior after his name
though, of course, it was in error since the Senior was his uncle and not his
Question three: My father married a
second time, a widow, Mrs. Godbee. There were no children by this
marriage. My grandfather, J.W.M. Berrien married first Catherine Casey,
and second, Catherine Jane Noble, who was my grandmother. After her death
he married a third time, Louisa Shelton, and there were two children. The
oldest one was Sarah Shelton, who married George F. Chidsey. There
were five children by this marriage--William Berrien, George F., James
Berrien, Robert Shelton, and Frances. The girl Frances died at
16 years of age.
If these answers are not clear, I
will be glad to furnish any other information that I have. I have not yet made
my trip to the South and you may be assured that when I do go, I shall call by
and make your acquaintance.
With regards, I am
Laura M. Berrien
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John MacPherson Berrien to Dr. Ambrose
Baber"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 477 & 478
Savannah 25th July '40.
My dear Sir,
Your letter of the 22nd inst. reached
me yesterday afternoon. The view taken by the Committees of the Tippecanoe Club
of Macon, is entirely unexpected to me. I was hesitating as to the propriety of
my going to the Convention. You are well aware of the many reasons which
situated as I am, especially at this season forbid my leaving Savannah. To these
are super-added at this moment, the pressing consideration, that this is
emphatically missionary ground; that here the hardest battle is to be fought,
since here we have to encounter the great power of Federal patronage, and to
feel the want of a Registry law, which exposes us to defeat from the number of
illegal votes, which are polled at every election. All personal considerations
must however yield to the requisitions of duty. I have enlisted for the war, and
mean to entitle myself to an honorable discharge, whether victory or defeat be
reserved for us in the counsels of Providence. Favente Deo, therefore, I
will go to Macon, but I should much prefer to go as the Guest of your club
rather than as the Presiding Officer of this assemblage. Such seems to me to be
my proper position and that of every other visitor. Even in this, however,
though reluctantly, I will yield my wishes to those of my associates,
stipulation only that the wish of the club shall be submitted to our assembled
fellow citizens for their sanction, and that you will give me such a programme
of your intended proceedings as will enable me to understand what is expected
In communicating to your associates
of the club, my views on this subject, I beg you to assure them in my behalf,
that I am very sensible of the honor of presiding over such an assemblage of
freemen as I hope to see convened in our sister city.
I am very Respectfully yrs.
John Macpherson Berrien
To Doct. Ambrose Baber
Chairm. Corr. Comm. Tip. Club of Macon
[letter in possession of Mac H. Burroughs]
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John MacPherson Berrien to Dr. Ambrose Baber
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 478
Savannah, 2nd Feby. 1841.
My Dear Sir:
I have been absent for some ten days
in attendance upon the Court in August, and on my return found your letter, to
which I hasten to reply.
Let me begin by saying, that while I
sincerely regret the cause which induces you to desire a residence abroad, I can
add with equal sincerity, the accomplishment of your wishes. Feeling thus I do
not hesitate to state to you what occurs to me. The Consulate at Havana will no
doubt be sought after from various States, and qualifications being equal, the
applicant who can unite the recommendations of his delegation will probably
succeed. I am aware that you have an apponent [sic] in Mr. Calhoun of
Columbus, whose application I understand will be sustained by Mr. Dawson.
Without knowing your relations to this gentleman, I make the enquiry whether you
cannot through the agency of some of your friends in the interior, prevent this
collision, which it will readily occur to Mr. Calhoun may be fatal to the
views of both. I think you would find him prepared for this, as in answer to a
letter which I received from him sometime since, I stated to him frankly my
disposition to sustain your application, and suggested to him the propriety of
endeavoring to avoid a conflict. Do not however suffer yourself to be drawn into
any sacrifice of your views, from an idea of embarrassing your friends, at least
of embarrassing me. On this subject my duty is so obvious, and is so entirely in
unison with my inclination that I can feel none. I propose to leave this for
Washington on the 15th inst and shall be happy to hear form you either here or
I regretted not having an opportunity
of seeing Mrs. Baber before her departure for Charleston. In a note
addressed to her by Mrs. Berrien I requested her to say that I would take
an early opportunity of calling after her return.
I will keep in mind your wish in
relation to Mr. Napier, whose application with the required certificates
will, I presume, be in the hands of some member of the delegation, who will be
requested to confer with me. I had thought from our former correspondence that
your views as to Mr. Tyner had undergone some change, and have been
disposed to express my acknowledgments to the late Senator of your County, for
his active support which he gave me at Milledgeville.
I hope your health is improving, and
am always my dear Sir,
Very Respectfully & sincerely yr. friend,
Jn. Macpherson Berrien
To Dr. A. Baber
[letter in possession of Mac H. Burroughs]
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John MacPherson Berrien to Edward Curtis"The Burroughs Family" pg. 479
Washington, 4th June '42
Mr. Bruce has informed me that
you would probably be willing to give to his son an appointment in the customs.
If such a measure be approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. At his request
therefore I write to say, that I will very cheerfully unite in endeavoring to
obtain the approbation of the Secretary, and that I have assurance of a cordial
support from Gov. Woodbridge of the Senate, by whom young Mr. Bruce
was formerly employed as a secretary.
I be you not to consider this letter
as intrusive. It is induced by a desire to serve a worthy man, and written in
the hope that unless it may consist with your own views of propriety, you will
at once discard the suggestion.
I have the honor to be
Very Respectfully yrs.
Jn. Macpherson Berrien
To the Hon. Edward Curtis City of New York
[letter in possession of Mac H. Burroughs]
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John MacPherson Berrien to Joseph Halett
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 479
22nd June '44.
My dear Sir:
Immediately on receiving your last
letter, I wrote to Professor Winy, and got yesterday on my arrival here,
the accompanying answer, which I send you, as being calculated to afford the
information which you desire. I hope it will induce you to send Berrien
there speedily, for I have a very favorable opinion of the school, and think the
position in every respect a desirable one.
We found our children here all well;
the younger ones have he whooping cough, but is has been so slight as not to
have prevented them from profiting by the climate. I do not think I have every
seen a greater improvement in any person than in little Sally, who was so
feeble when she left Savannah. As I looked at her yesterday, I wished most
earnestly that Valeria whit her babies was similarly situated. Mrs.
Thompson and the children have a comfortable chamber and a small adjoining
room, at nine dollars the week for the whole. I dare say some similar
arrangement might be made in Princeton for Valeria and the children,
which would have the double benefit of placing her near Berrien at the
commencement of his academic course, and of renovating her own and your
Give my love to Valeria, and
tell her, I will write to her soon. I am yet so worn out by the labors of the
session and by the fatiguing journey here, that I am very much disposed to be
idle. Remember me to Miss Welman and give my love to the children. Don't
let them forget me. Mrs. Berrien unites in remembrances, and I am yours
Jn. Macpherson Berrien.
P.S. What is the story, of which we have an indistinct account, of an affray
between Edwd. Anderson and Doct. Nicoll, at his brother's, about
young Griffin? I see Roser & Driscoll advertises some very old brandy. If
it answers the description, pray get me five gallons. I shall remain here for a
week and hope to be with you about the middle of July. Write to me directing to
New York, American Hotel.
To Joseph Hallett Burroughs
[letter in possession of Josephine Burroughs Taylor]
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John MacPherson Berrien to Valeria G. Burroughs"The Burroughs Family" pg. 480
Rockingham, 17th Sept. '55.
My dear Valeria,
The last mail brought me your letter
of the 11th, but there is none leaving Clarkesville until tomorrow. I was
looking for one to advise me of the time of your coming. Dick ought to
have been with you by this time as well on your account as his own. If he does
not come soon I shall begin to think he has been entrapped by some pretty
Floridian and can't come.
Poor Sarah White's death
shocked us very much from its suddenness, as well as other circumstances. Except
Eliza West, who watched her with the care and tenderness of a sister, she
must have missed many whom it would have been a comfort to her to see at her
bedside, in her last terrible struggle.
Alethea writes to her father,
that Mr. Wells and Mrs. Wells were going to Europe, and that she
would be left alone. She asked therefore that one of her sisters might come on
to be with her, and Mary has gone under the escort of her brother Eben.
I do not understand that she was worse, but she wanted the company of her
Willie, Mr. Williams and
the children arrived here on Monday last. She looks thin, but her health seems
good. Thorne and Mae are recovering from the effects of their
whooping cough, but poor little Lilly is suffering sadly from boils. She
runs about however, and seems in good spirits. I wish dear Lize was here
to play with her. If that little lady won't trust the telegraph, tell her to
make haste and jump onto the rail cars. Kiss her for me.
We are all well here, and unite in
love to you and the household at Kalmin. If Eliza, as well as Mary
would come with you, I would be glad. Col. Carroll, I suppose is too much
engaged from what you say, to leave his books.
Louisa is here, but leaves us on
Thursday to go to Mrs. Bartow in Floyd. Farewell my dear child. I shall
look anxiously for a letter from you to advise me of your coming, and am always,
Your affectionate father,
Jn. Macpherson Berrien
P.S. My own dear little Sally has given me a good deal of anxiety. She
is considered too feeble to resume her studies at present. I have written to
Doct. Meigs of Philadelphia, under whose care I desired she should be
placed, and am anxiously awaiting his answer. J.M.B.
To Mrs. Valeria G. Burroughs
[letter in possession of Josephine Burroughs Taylor]
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Andrew Jackson to John MacPherson Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 483
Washington, April 6th, 1829
On the 3rd instant, I received a
letter from Mr. Toywell in which he informs me, that for reason of a
private nature, he is compelled to decline the mission to England. He at the
same time diminishes the regret occasioned by his decision, by pointing my
attentions to you, as a person uniting in an unusual degree, the qualities
proper for that place, and I fully concur with him, (on which account and the
consideration that by committing this important and delicate trust to a member
of my Cabinet, I offered increased evidence of my desire to accommodate the
existing difference between the two countries), I have determined to ask you to
I communicate my wishes to you thus
promptly, because upon your acceptance will depend, probably, other arrangements
of your private affairs, than will be required by your removal to this City, and
the public interest also requires that there should be as little delay as
possible in commencing the negotiations. Leaving, however, to your own pleasure,
your determination on the subject, I have only to request that you will advise
me of it, as soon as you can.
I remain with great respect your
most obedient servant
The Honorable John Macpherson Berrien Atty: Gen: United States.
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Honorary Letters to John MacPherson Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 484 & 485
(June 6, 1844 Certificate of Membership to the Maryland Historical Society)
THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY at
a meeting held in the city of Baltimore on the VI day of June A.D. MDCCCXLIV
elected J. McPHERSON BERRIEN of Georgia an honorary Member of said
Witness its seal hereunto attached
and duly attested.
Jno. Spear Smith, Presdt.
P.T. Streeter, Rec. Sec.
Brants Mayer, Cor. Sec.
In testimony of Honorary
Membership in THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA, These presents are granted
JOHN MACPHERSON BERRIEN.
Done at Philadelphia the first day of
June in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty-one.
Peter S. DuPonciaux, President
J. Francis Ticker
Job R. Tyson
Jno. Pennington, Secretary.
Upper Alton, Dec. 7th 1843.
I have the honor to inform you that
at a regular meeting of the ILLINOIS LITERY [sic] AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY you
were unimously [sic] elected an Honorary Member.
Referring to the Constitution,
By-Laws and Circular accompanying this, and soliciting your aid and influence in
forwarding the great objects held in contemplation by the Society,
I am Sir, very Respectfully,
Your Obedient Servant,
Adril Sherwood, Co. Sec.
To Hon. J.M. Berrien, Savannah, Georgia.
Boston, Jan. 23rd, 1849
Hon. John Macpherson Berrien,
The "Rough and Ready Association" of
Boston, formed July 1, 1848, intend celebrating in Faneuil Hall, (the "old
Cradle of Liberty"), by a Public Dinner, the Birthday of the First Washington--The
Anniversary of the "Battle of Buena Vista"--and the election of ZACHARY
TAYLOR to the Presidency of the United States.
The honor of your presence as a Guest
on that occasion will be highly gratifying to the Members of the Association.
With sentiments of high regard,
Yr. Obt. Sevt.
B. Hammatt Norton,
President of the Rough and Ready Association.
New York City, N.Y.
March 12th, 1855.
Hon. John Macpherson Berrien,
The Clay Festival Association of the
City of New York will celebrate by their Tenth Annual Festival - the 12th of
April next - the Birthday of Henry Clay.
The members of the Association
looking upon you as almost the last of these, who with Mr. Clay, were
always found contending for conservatism and Constitutional Rights, have
directed me to invite you to be present at the Festival and to join with them in
perpetuating the name of one who died as he lived - Great, Good and Honest.
With the sincere wish, Sir, that you
will be present at our Festival, and that the Great Ruler of Events will allow
us to repeat our invitation to you for many coming years,
We are, most respectfully,
Your obedient servants,
James S. Berrien,
John H. Ormsbee, Jr.
A. Cady to John MacPherson Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 494
Fort Brooke, Tampa, E.F.
Dec. 3, 1840.
A painful and melancholy duty has
been assigned to me. To announce the death of the young, under any
circumstances, excited emotions of Sorrow. I feel how difficult it is to apprise
a Father of an event that calls upon him for the exertion of his utmost
fortitude. Your son William is no more. He died at this post yesterday at
12 o'clock M after an illness of seven or eight days.
His brother officers condole and
sympathize with you and with your family in this bereavement. They feel,
however, that no expressions of their [sic] can alleviate your loss.
When he was taken sick there was
nothing to excite apprehension of danger. He complained of a severe cold, but
did not call in medical aid for several days. For the last two days he was
delirious, though not so much so, as to prevent his recognizing his friends,
until within a few hours of his death. He was attended by Surg. Randall
and Asst. Surgeon Leonard, U.S.A. with unremitting care and kindness, an
his friends may be assured that whatever medical skill or personal attention
could effect was done. His burial took place today, with the usual honors.
Enclosed is an Inventory of his
effects made as required by the Articles of War. All his papers, that I found,
and every thing of value that could be, are packed in his trunk, which will be
sent to you as soon as practicable. The remainder, which are of no great value,
are left with the Asst. Qr. Master, at this post, for such disposition as you
may direct. No money was found in his possession. It is believed that he is
somewhat indebted to the Sutter (?) at this post, and possibly to other persons.
If my services should be required in
any matter relating to him, they are at your command. My address will be, to
I have the honor to be, With much
Yr. Obt. Servt.
Capt. 6th Inf.
Hon. J.M. Berrien
Inventory of the Effects of 1st Lieut. Wm. D. Berrien, late of the 6th
Regt. U.S. Infantry, who died at Fort Brooke, E.F. on the 2nd day of December
|1 Gold Watch
||1 Silk handkerchief, old
|1 Gold Ring
|1 Gold Brooch
|1 Dress Coat
||1 Looking Glass
|1 Frock Coat
||1 F. Cap
|1 Fustian Coat
||1 Pr. Silk Gloves
|3 Prs. Woolen Pantaloons
|3 Prs. White drilling Pantaloons
|1 Pr. Blue drilling Pantaloons
||1 Rifle, stock broken
|1 Black Silk Vest
||1 Shot Belt
|1 Black Silk Stock
||2 Prs. Saddle Bags, old
|1 Linen Shirt
||1 Pr. Spurs
|2 Cotton Shirts, linen bosoms
||1 Map of Florida
|1 Calico Shirt
||2 Memorandum Books
|2 Flannel Shirts
||A number of books
|2 Cotton Shirts
||1 Sett Small Seals
|3 Linen Jackets
||Several Sheets of Music and Prints
|2 Prs. Socks
||A Quantity of Mess and Kitchen Furniture
|2 Prs. Boots
||1 Concert Flute
A. Cady, Capt. 6th Inf.
[letter in possession of Mac H. Burroughs]
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Eliza Anciaux (Berrien) Carroll to William
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 496 & 497
58 Gervais St.
Columbia, So. Ca.,
June 4th, 1883.
It gave me great pleasure dear
William to get your "postal" yesterday evening - not having heard from
John or Richard though I wrote to them likewise - I did not to
Charlie, not being altogether sure of his address.
Now for y'r questions. In January
1882, when y'r Aunt Lou and I were in Savannah, your dear Mother told us,
she had in her possession, a very old piece of family Silver, a Silver flagoon,
with I think the date of the year, and the name Amy Bliss engraved on it.
My recollection is, that (she told me) Grand Mother Anciaux had given it
to her - that it belonged to some of Grand Mother's ancestors.
Aunt (Valeria) Gibbons
was Grand Mother Anciaux's Sister - and their maiden name was
Richardson - of "New Ports" Rhode Island, and Mrs. Richardson was
Elizabeth Eatton, their Mother. Grand Father Anciaux's Father was
Chevalier De Wilthiem. Grand Father Anciaux was born at Frankfort on
the Main in Germany, though his commission in the Army was signed by Louis
16th of France. He came to this country with the French Army during the
"Revolution" under the command of Count Duponte and met Grand Mother,
then Miss Lydia Richardson, at Newport, Rhode Island.
Please copy for me, with the dates,
the letter of Gen. Jackson tendering to my dear Father the mission to the
Court of St. James. Colonel Hunter's (Mamma's Father) told me he had
received this letter. It is never mentioned by your Grand Father's Biographers.
Give my love to Lillie - I
wish I had photographs of her lovely children. I hope one of these bright days
you will bring them all to see us. Sophie has been in Georgia for the
last six weeks at Scottsboro, near Milledgeville, with a descendant of one of
the Eatons, a Mrs. F.C. Furman, a daughter of Professor Joseph
Le Conte, now of the California University.
What have you all done with the dear
old Homestead in Congress Street? Do you know, dear William, I think now
is the time for Charlie to move into Savannah, with his interesting
family. His children will have to be educated, and Eugenia is such a
charming woman in Society as well as at home. Indeed I am sure we ought to be
grateful for such lovely nieces as you four Brothers have given us. My precious
Sister Valeria was very proud of them, and devoted to their little
Cousin Charles Jenkins is very,
very feeble we hear. Loulie Williams and her Aunt Catherine passed
through Columbia within the last day or two, on their way to "Caesar's Head"
near Greenville, So., Ca.
Write soon, dear William. I am
very sad without my dear Sisters. With love to Lilla and family.
Always affectionately your Aunt,
Eliza B. Carroll
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Sophie Parsons Carroll to William Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 497-498
(No date, the preceeding pages of this letter have been lost or destroyed--MHB)
"---find your copy I shall be
sorry, but I will look up my copy and give you all the information I can.
"Mamma was born (Eliza Anciaux
Berrien) June 30, 1826. She must have married General Bartow in 1844,
for she was 18 when she married him. I have heard Mamma say she was born at
"Social Circle" in Bullock county, where her parents were spending the summer.
"Papa and Mamma were married in
Savannah, at home in Grandfather's house, by Bishop Elliott April 7,
1842. Their eldest child Mary Parsons was born February 10, 1843. Their
second Eliza Anciaux, October 3, 1844. The third Sophie Parsons,
October 25, 1846. The fourth, Margaret Macpherson Berrien, was born
November 19, 1849, and the fifth child, Williamina Moore October 4, 1852.
"The address of Loulie is
Mrs. T.D. Kendall, 1500 Gervais St., Columbia, S.C. Loulie is living
just one square from us, in a pretty house that Dr. Kendall has just
rented from Mrs. Julius Walker. Loulie is well, and is looking
remarkably well. We don't see much of each other, but when we meet we are always
very friendly. I am glad your health is good, and that you have Lilla and
Leighton living with you.
"Your Cousins Sallie Wallace
and Kate Taylor are both well, I believe.
"Let me hear from you again, my dear
Willie. Lilla joins me in love to you and your dear children.
"I am always your attached cousin,
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Louisa Catherine Shaw to Jane Elizabeth Johnston
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 499-500
Glasgow, June 23, 1815
I know my dearest Jane you
will participate my joy when I tell you that our dear friend is improving
rapidly in health, he has walked near a mile and a half this morning without any
shortness of breath & Dr. Couper says he only wants a Scotch summer. We
are preparing for a trip to the Highlands and shall expect you to join us
immediately on our return. While we were at Manchester I got excessively
allarmed, I almost feared for his life, however I thank to Almighty he seems now
to get stronger every hour.
We found his friends quite well, and
his poor mother in a perfect extacy at his return to her arms. You may conceive
the rapture of my heart at a prospect so delightful as the one which now opens
to me of his being spared to protect and give a charm to that life which would
be almost a curse if deprived of his tenderness. We travelled one day seventy
six miles and he was the next day better than he had been for months. You would
be quite charmed to see how much better he is.
Imagination can present nothing more
lovely than the scenery of the lakes. You must come by them for I fear it will
be too cold for Mr. Shaw for us to go by them when we return to England,
and I would not have you lose the delightful prospect from the mountains on any
I am just preparing to dine at Dr.
Couper's who I like very much. Mrs. Couper is no more to be compared
in point of manners to our dear friend of the same name than light is to
darkness. Miss Couper is very pretty and appears quite the lady. I can
not tell you my dearest Jane how much I regret our seperation. I have not
enjoyed a thousand scenes of enchantment half as much as if you had been with me
to participate in my pleasure.
Have you seen anything of Mrs.
Carruthers, and how is she? I have not time to write her today, I pray you
therefore to give her my love and tell her to try the Quakers Black Drop for her
cough, it has acted like a charm on Mr. Shaw and is highly approved of by
From what I can understand of the
Physician's opinions here I think we shall spend the summer here and the winter
in Bristol. Recollect then to get our chess men for the long winter evenings,
ask Capt. Low for them.
I still think with delight of the
charming Mrs. Dixon and the pleasant hours I spent in Liverpool. Give my
love & kiss her sweet children for me.
God bless you my much loved friend. I
am very much disappointed that I have got no letter from you but I judge your
feelings by my own and attribute your silence to anything but want of affection.
Mr. S. joins me in truest love.
Miss Jane Johnston
Care of Ogden Richards & Shelden
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Louisa Green Shaw Berrien to William Berrien
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 500-502
1329 Gervais St., Columbia, S.C.
16th February, 1899
My dear William:
I am suffering from an affection
[sic] of the kidneys, which affects my eyes and makes writing a positive pain.
Besides, I have had so often to confess ignorance to you, that it really
mortifies me. But I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, and if
I seem short, attribute it please to the pain in my eyes.
1st. I was called after General Greene's daughter because she was
a much loved friend of both my parents. Mrs. Shaw was in no way related
2nd. I do not know where you could find a portrait of Grand Father
Anciaux. Your Mother had the only portrait of Grand Mother Anciaux
that I ever saw. It was in her drawing room.
3rd. My Mother's picture was sent to your Mother's home with the
portraits of my Father and Grand Father and Grand Mother Berrien for safe
keeping during the war. I learned that these portraits were divided among your
Mother's children after her death, with the rest of her effects. We on this side
of the river have been entirely shared out of the family portraits. And I have a
real longing for my Mother's picture, and I have a better right to it than any
one else, I think.
4th. Cousin Charles (Jenkins) was no relation to us.
5th. My sisters M. and V. were in the home of Dr.
Montgomery who married one of Grand Father Berrien's sisters, when at
school in Philadelphia. I do not know where that school was.
6th. Sister Margarette left a son Berrien Kennedy who I
heard went to Texas, and died there during the Civil War.
7th. We are related to Dr. J.B. Lindsley through the marriage of
another of my aunts, I forget which, or whom she married.
8th. Mrs. Berrien entertained Henry Clay when he was a
candidate for the Presidency at our home on Broughton street, corner of
Habersham. She never entertained any of the presidents.
9th. I think Major Berrien lived in the house on Broughton street
afterwards owned by Mr. Dunning. I have nothing belonging to him or any
of his relatives.
10th. I am afraid the graves of Grand Mother and Grand Father Anciaux
are in the old plantation in Bullock County in a very neglected condition.
11th. George Macpherson, whose address Kate Anderson can
give you, I think may be able to tell you something of the Macphersons.
12th. I know nothing of Amy Bliss.
I have told you all that I know as well as I could in my present condition.
With love for you and yours,
To Dr. William Berrien Burroughs, Brunswick, Georgia
#22 West Harris St., Atlanta, Ga.
22 April (probably 1905)
My dear Child:
I am so sorry that your dear children
are such invalids. You know I am one of the same sort, now, though Ih ave been
fighting hard against it all my life. I so often think of what the poor little
child said, "I don't want to be cross, but I am just that miserable I can't help
it". Think of your long suffering Auntie. Ten weeks on Saturday since I was
gripped by La Grippe, and from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet
there's no soundness in me. At the end of five weeks I was persuaded to take a
ride, and enjoyed out a doors for four days. And then I came back to my room and
was tortured for eight days and nights with Muscular Rheumatism which even now
has me by the neck. Dear! I thought Inflammatory Rheumatism was a pain, but
Child Muscular Rheumatism is a torture. I am still shut in and only enjoy out a
doors from looking through the windows.
But let's think about something
pleasanter. Our landed Estate in Bullock. Oh Child, how well I remember it.
Coarse sand and pine saplings, squash water melons, nubin corn, and wormy
peaches, all presided over by our good Puritan Grand Mother, who played the
thimble rig on my unhappy head, because I did not knit as many rows on my
stockings, or do them as well, as my sainted namesake Louisa Greene Shaw.
Ah well, there is such a thing as compensation, even in this life. And if this
aforesaid Estate can be made to produce even a few thousands, they shall cover
up the painful memories of thimble rig. I think you have made a wise selection
of lawyers as I am told they are considered the best, and I am sure you will do
the best that can be done in this matter. Don't let the lawyers enjoy the Law's
tedious delays, or this old woman may not have the satisfaction of transferring
her share of the landed Estate in Bullock to Atlanta.
Darling, excuse this stupid scratch,
and with love and sympathy for all your sick and suffering.
Believe me always in love
Your sister Lou.
There would be messages of love from both Kate and Louisa, but
they are both out preparing for Louisa's birthday picnic, which comes off
tomorrow. Thank you so much for the stamps. They are a great satisfaction.
Please tell your dear child that why I wrote so briefly I did not want to say
anything of suffering in a note that should have told only of gladness.
To Dr. William Berrien Burroughs, Brunswick, Georgia
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Francis S. Bartow to Ann M. (Johnston) McNish
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 502
The necessity of making many
arrangements has prevented me from personally conveying to Mrs. McNish
the accompanying deed of trust.
It is drawn so as to accomplish both
the purpose I was instructed to effectuate. The blanks in the deed are to be
filled with the names of Roswell King or whoever may be selected as
Trustee, and this should be done before the execution of the deed.
The deed is to be signed first by
Mr. H. then by Miss McNish and then by the two Trustees opposite the
seals. These signatures should be witnessed by two persons not parties to the
instrument and not interested in its trusts, one of whom had better be a
judicial officer or notary public for the convenience of registering the deed,
as otherwise it cannot be recorded without very great inconvenience. The deed
should be recorded within three months from its execution, in every county in
which any property conveyed by Mrs. McNish and Miss McNish should
be at once recorded in the books of Chatham County. This would add to its value,
and would be a great security in case of the loss or destruction of the
original. I consider this important because this deed is referred to in the
settlement, which in some parts is explained by it.
Francis S. Bartow
Savannah, March 26th 1843.
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Stewart Huston to William Berrien Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 550-554
Coatsville, Pa., June 10th, 1935
Mr. M. H. Burroughs,
Dear Mr. Burroughs:
My mother, Mrs. Charles L. Huston,
has asked me to reply to your letter of June 4th, as I have been interested for
a number of years in family history.
I think my aunt, Mrs. Judkins,
(formerly Mrs. Leaken) of Savannah, has the correspondence you referred
to between Dr. Wm. B. Burroughs and my grand aunt "Madgie" Reid. I
have a letter he wrote to my uncle, Wm. R. Leaken, in 1913, but cannot at
the moment lay my hands on some correspondence I personally had with him.
For several years I have hoped to
find one of the Burroughs connection who might furnish a few clues
through which we could discover the early history of the Eirich family.
Often they turn up in the form of deeds, wills, letters, Bibles, unexplained
Christian names, traditions and even furniture and silver.
I will give you below what we have
gathered together to date:
On April 29th, 1763, Adam Eirich
of Charles Town in the Province of South Carolina, Planter, acquired a town lot
in Savannah, known as No. Eight Second Tything Anson Ward. This property, either
then or later, contained a house, mentioned in 1776, 1809 and 1827, when it was
sold by the Burroughs Estate to the Owens family. For a long time
it was Mrs. Thomas's (nee Owens) garden and stood just across from
the beautiful Owens house on State Street. It was sold a number of years ago and
is now occupied as an apartment house. Miss Meta Thomas tells me that the
house must have been torn down at the time their family purchased it, or shortly
afterwards, as she has no old photographs or pictures of it.
Adam Eirich's wife's name was
Catherine and he had two sons, Alexander, (our ancestor), and Adam,
On May 3rd, 1768, Adam Eirich
made application for a Crown grant for 500 acres on the Ogeechee in St. Phillips
Parish, and affirmed that he had been in the Province of Georgia five years, had
a wife, two children and five negroes, and was entitled to 250 acres for his
family and 50 more for each negro. This was granted to him on Dec. 6th, 1768, on
the North side of Black Creek, on a cane branch about two miles from the lands
of Rev. Frink (who I find was one of the prominent men of that period).
About 1924 I took my aunt, and
Mrs. Leaken's colored butler (at her insistence) on an expedition to the
Black Creek neighborhood and found, through a lawyer in Statesboro, who knew the
local traditions, the probable site of the Eirich plantation buildings.
It is near "Iric's" Branch (a corruption of the name Eirich). The country
is absolutely unromantic.
Other Crown Grants were made to
Adam Eirich on April 14th, 1769 and May 5th, 1772, the form being "George
the Third by the Grace of rod of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King,
Defender of the Faith, and so forth to all of to whome these presents shall come
Greeting, Know ye that we of our special grace, etc., etc., etc., do grant unto
Adam Eirich, his heirs and assigns all that tract of land, etc., etc. "
The grant Of May 5th, 1772, of which I have a copy, was signed by "his honor,
James Habersham, Esq., President in Council".
On April 27th, 1771, the name of
Adam Eirich, Planter, appears in a List of prominent members of the German
Lutheran congregation in Savannah, to whom a lot was conveyed for what is now
The Lutheran Church of the Ascension.
On Nov. 10th, 1776, Adam Eirich
having died intestate, Catherine, his wife, was made Administratrix by
the Council of Safety (one of its first acts).
He appears to have been a man of
considerable ability, for his sons divided between them 1050 acres of Georgia
land, situated principally near the Ogeechee River, and thirteen slaves. His
son, Adam Jr., in 1777 was a messenger for the Council of Safety.
Where his South Carolina property was
is still to be learned. From a clue I shall mention later, it is possible that
Catherine Eirich's maiden name was Sturges.
Numerous Eirichs and Iricks,
in both North and South, to whom I have written, do not know anything about the
Colonial history of the family. The name is to be found in both Germany and
England and is believed to have been originally "Eric".
On October 20th, 1775, the name
John Adam Eirich appears on a petition from Prince William's Parish, South
Carolina, to the S. C. Council of Safety, to have officers appointed for their
Company, which became known as Capt. Charles Frown's Volunteer Company of
This spring, while in Summerville,
South Carolina, I learned of a number of negroes in the neighborhood of the name
Eirick or Irick, which would indicate the former existence of a
white family of slave owners by that name in the locality. So far inquiries
around Summerville have not been fruitful.
Alexander Eirich, who inherited
part of his father's plantation property and the house and lot in Savannah, is
traditionally supposed to have been a member of the "Colonial Parliament". I
have never been able to verify this, although I have to date never located a
complete list of members of either the Georgia or South Carolina Assemblies. He
is described in 1777, 1779, and 1788 as a "planter", and is said to have been
shot by mistake for another man while coming out of the Assembly building in
Savannah. In 1788 he was appraised with one horseman's sword, which would
indicate that he was a gentleman.
His wife was Ruth Erwin and
they had three daughters, Catherine, the wife of Benjamin Burroughs,
your ancestress; Isabella, the wife of Dimas Ponce, and Ruth,
the wife of Francis Harvey Welman, my great great Grand-mother.
Adam Eirich, Jr., had a son,
John Adam Eirich but the family disappeared from the Savannah records
shortly after 1800.
Ruth Erwin was born in County
Antrim Ireland, June 8th 1754, the daughter of Christopher and Ruth
Erwin. According to family tradition, after Christopher's death,
Mrs. Ruth Erwin came over to Charleston, S. C. about 1770, with at least
five daughters. One of them, Christiana, married Capt. Loyer of
the French Army, ancestor of the Davants; another Isabella (?) married
General Jared Irwin, Governor of Georgia, her cousin; another married a
Mr. Dennard; another a Mr. Livingston, and of course, Ruth
married Alexander Eirich.
Mrs. Irwin owned a 300 acre tract
of land in Bulloch County which was divided after her death in six parts, so
that she may have had another child whom family tradition hasn't accounted for.
Her daughter, Ruth, was
married twice, the first time to Alexander Eirich and, after his death,
to John Armour, by whom she had Jane Armour, who late
in life became Mrs. Bryan, of Mt. Zion, near Sparta, and is buried in
our family lot in Bonaventure Cemetery, and Hugh Armour, who died while
still a young man at the Red Sulphur Springs, Va., in 1821. Judging by the
quality of the books he left, some of which we have, he possessed
considerable literary taste.
After her marriage on Jan. 1st, 1793,
to John Armour, Ruth Erwin Eirich moved from the Eirich
house on State Street to an interesting little building on Congress Street,
which remained standing until twenty years ago. It was one story with brick
walls, but had a pink plaster front cut to imitate stone, and was surrounded on
three sides by a garden. In the back was the old slave quarters with a quaint
arched door for Mrs. Armour's riding vehicle.
It was from this house that she
married off her three oldest daughters.
In 1914, in order to satisfy some of
my Reid cousins, who owned an interest in it, this property was sold and
the house pulled down for the Cooley Laundry.
Mrs. Ruth Armour seems to have
had a well developed business and social sense. She owned over 650 acres in
Chatham, Bulloch and Early Counties, and some Savannah property. The tax records
are interesting. In 1809 she is taxed by the city of Savannah with
several properties, 1 chair (a riding vehicle) and five slaves.
I have not gone into the Erwin
family history very thoroughly so far. A branch of the family who spelled their
name Irwin came from Ballymany, County Antrim, to Alexandria, Va., about
1790, and they have always maintained a relationship with ourselves.
Some of this family moved to
Baltimore and are represented by the Careys, Cousin Charles Carey
told me that the Irwins were among the gentry of Antrim County.
You will be interested in hearing
about a trip Mrs. Judkins and I made two years ago to Pleasant Valley,
the home of Aunt Ponce (Isabella Eirich). The portraits of Aunt
and Uncle Ponce were given by Uncle Ponce to my great grandaunt,
Isabella Ponce (Welman) Stewart, some of whose clothing, as
you know, mother and I have recently presented to the Telfair. For about
fifty years they hung in the ball room at "Stewartfield", my granduncle's estate
Isabella Welman was a younger
sister of my great grandmother, Ruth Erwin Welman (Mrs. J. H. Reid),
and her husband was the oldest brother of my grandfather, Major J. T. Stewart,
which made our relationship to their daughter, Mrs. Field, who died in
1933, a complicated one.
About nineteen years ago, Mrs.
Field presented the Ponce portraits to my mother, and ever since then
I have wanted to see Pleasant Valley.
Aunt Ponce's portrait is of a
very aristocratic old lady, with a sort of Mona Lisa smile and, after seeing it,
one can well believe the tradition about her.
We located "Pleasant Valley" through
Mrs. J. S. Wood of Savannah, who is a great niece of Governor Jared
Irwin, and thus a sort of remote connection of our family,. It was near
Sparta and Mt. Zion.
The house in 1933 was standing in the
middle of a wilderness. The porches had both fallen down and some of the windows
had been blown in. Uncle Ponce, after Aunt Ponce's death, had
distributed her possessions among her family and friends, and had married as his
second wife, according to the local account, a woman who was considerably
younger than himself. By Isabella Eirich he had had at least three sons,
Alexander Sturges Ponce (buried in Augusta); Dimas, Jr., said to
have died during the Mexican War, and Francis, who is said to have left
home after a quarrel with his father.
The second wife refused to live on
the Plantation, and they moved to a house with tall columns in Sparta, selling
"Pleasant Valley" to a family by the name of Underwood, just before the
War between the States. Miss Underwood was still living in one room of
the building in 1933; The house was quite spacious and they told us that it had
at one time been considered a show place of the neighborhood.
The hall and drawing room still had
the original French scenic wall paper, that in the drawing room being
particularly fine. The design was of a river flowing around the room. There were
some fishermen's boats on the river, and on the near bank several gentlemen in
the costumes of 1830 were having a horse race. On the far bank were grouped
famous European buildings. The colors were still fresh. The paper was pasted to
linen and then tacked to the wall. I tried to purchase it, but couldn't come to
terms with Miss Underwood's nephew. In 1934 the house burned down.
As Dimas Ponce was a Spaniard,
the name of their son, Alexander Sturges Ponce, may help eventually to
solve the mystery of who Adam and Catherine Eirich were.
Trusting that this rather lengthy
letter will give you some slight information you have not already had.
Very sincerely, your cousin
(Signed) Stewart Huston
P.S.: Items in the Welman branch of the family which I know to have
come from Ruth Erwin and Alexander Eirich are as follows:
An old Bible printed in the early
1600s belonging to Mrs. Judkins. This, to my recollection, has no records
in it of value. It has been rebound and I have what I think is the fly leaf. On
one side of the page is written "Mrs. Armour's Rook". On the other side
are given the dates of the marriage and birth of John Armour and of his
children (no Eirichs).
A large oval drop leaf mahogany
table, with biscuit feet, of the period 1730, belonging to Mrs. Judkins.
A large mahogany box or chest, with
brass Chippendale handles, of the period 1780, belonging to Mrs. Judkins.
A smaller mahogany box of identical
design, including the handles, of the period 1780, belonging to Stewart
Huston. (This used to hold the more valuable family jewelry). We have always
called it "The Box".
One decorated silver tea spoon marked
R. E. (Ruth Erwin or Eirich), belonging to Stewart Huston.
Six decorated silver tea spoons
marked R. A. (Ruth Armour) belonging to Stewart Huston.
Five plain silver tea spoons marked
R. A. (Ruth Armour) belonging to Stewart Huston.
One plain silver tea spoon marked R.
A. (Ruth Armour) owned by the late Josephine Stewart (1st wife of
J. Irby Gibson of Savannah.
One pair of decorated silver sugar
tongs marked J. R. A. (John & Ruth Armour) belonging to Stewart Huston.
Coatsville, Pa., June 21, 1935
Mr. M. H. Burroughs
Dear Mr. Burroughs:
Thank you for your letter of June
l8th. The photographs of Uncle and Aunt Ponce were, of course, for you to
The name seems to have been spelled
in several different ways. The earliest form seems to have been Eirich,
and I think in one case it was Eirich. In the old flyleaf in my
possession, mentioned in my letter of June 10th, there is noted the marriage of
John Armour and Mrs. Ruth Eirick.
I have seen my great, great,
grandmother's signature spelled Ruth Irick and her daughter Catherine
Welman, who married Robert Reid of Mobile (no relative of John
Hope Reid, his brother‑in‑law) appears in the flyleaf of an old book as
Catherine I. Welman, (the "I" probably standing for Irick).
Your quotation about the division of
Adam Eirich's property is interesting and I believe outlines the share
Alexander Eirich received from his father's estate. There is another list
which I have not been able to locate recently, signed by Alexander, and
which I think gives Adam, Jr.'s share. There is a doubt about the Battle
Creek property being 2100 acres, some of my notes (made by Wm. R. Leaken
and others) giving 2100 acres and some 210 acres.
The tablet on the site of the family
vault in Colonial Cemetery was placed there by my grand‑aunt, Margaret Welman
Reid ("Madgie"), who seems to have had the unfortunate habit of
placing erroneous inscriptions on gravestones. This is responsible for two
mistakes in Bonaventure. It is one of my ambitions to have the stone removed and
an appropriate monument of the period substituted, with a more accurate
inscription. We have no positive information that any of the persons mentioned
on the stone were buried there with the exception of Ruth Welman and
John Hope Reid. It was found more convenient to remove the interesting old
brick vault, which probably looked like the neighboring Burroughs' vault,
than to repair it.
When you are in Savannah the next
time, I know my aunt, Mrs. Wm. D. Judkin who lives at 14 East 37th St.
will be glad to see you. I wrote to her about your letter. She has a pastel
portrait of Ruth Eirich (Mrs. F. H. Welman in her wedding dress,
which, although not a work of art, is interesting in giving details. The very
elaborate set of pearls she is wearing (originally consisting of necklace,
earrings, hair ornaments, etc., but now combined in one necklace) is still in
the family, as well as a handsome watch and chain, shown in the picture, and the
wedding veil and lace from the dress.
The Welman family has narrowed
down to the children of my grand‑uncle, Capt. W. A. Reid, who live in
California, but will leave no descendants; the children and grandchildren of my
uncle, the late Mayor, Murray M. Stewart, of Savannah; Mrs. Judkins,
who has no children, and my mother and her children and grandson (my brother's
The family has, curiously enough,
taken no outstanding political part in Savannah (in the sense of Senators,
Ambassadors, Justices, etc., but as far back as we can trace, and at least from
the time of Ruth Erwin's marriage to Alexander Eirich in the 1780s
they seem to have been popular socially. The Irwin family took a very
similar position in Baltimore.
Very sincerely, your cousin,
(Signed) Stewart Huston
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Robert Hazlehurst Deas to Leighton Wilson
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 645
Buzzard Roost, Nov. 12, 1852
My dear Leight.-
It is a long while since I have
written to you. More than two years I believe, no matter, this must make up, and
may be you will think more than make up for it, before you get through.
I have been in bad health, indeed
threatened with lung complaint this winter, and am now so sick that I am obliged
to leave my work. I have been sick here for a week, and yesterday George
came very kindly to see me, he advised me to leave and more than that to come
and see you, it seems to me to be making rather too much of a convenience of
you, but he said I must go anyhow, that you would be glad to have company to
help out some of the long winter days. He urged me so strongly that I concluded
if you have room for me and would be glad to see me I would come and spend a
part of the winter with you. I have been wishing some time to make Cousin
Mary and Marie acquainted and have not had the opportunity until now.
I wish also to pay Uncle Robert a visit so that I can do both at the same
I have been steadily at work at my
profession since I left you 5 years ago and as much pleased with it, and I
assure you it goes hard with me to be obliged to leave it, particularly as the
Location, the pleasantest part you know is about to begin. I have been making
surveys for the last two months, and have had charge of the party which was
quite pleasant. I I [sic] wonder you sometimes dont turn out at it again, it
certainly is a very fascinating profession, but I suppose Cousin Mary
would put her veto on that.
George tells me you have moved to
the Satilla and turned rice planter, much to your comfort and prosperity. Where
abouts is your place, and how can I hear of you? I think I shall stop at Uncle's
for a short time and see him and then come over to you. Bob also I hear
is at Brunswick. You have got all together by some means.
George is sitting by me, I asked him if he wanted to put a postscript,
"No", says he, "I wrote a long letter to the rascal Leight and he has not
answered it yet". Fine account of you.
I must stop now, as I feel tired and
have several letters to write this afternoon. Write me to "Columbia, South
Carolina" as I shall be there by the time I can hear from you.
Give my love to Cousin Mary
and the children, and my best regards to Mrs. McNish and Miss Johnston.
Hoping to see you soon I am, My dear
L.W. Hazlehurst, Esq., care of R. Hazlehurst, Esq., Bethel, Glynn
Forwarded to Waynesville, Wayne County, Ga.
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Mary Hazlehurst to Leighton Wilson Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 646-651
Philada. 20th Augt. 1832
I wish you happy returns of this
day my dear Leighton, & as many of them as may be for your good, both
temporal & eternal.
I am happy to be able to say that I
perceive much improvement in you during the year, especially in your manners. I
am very desirous to see you more attentive to your religious duties, & I trust
if we both live to see another anniversary of your nativity, I may be permitted
to remark on your taking greater heed to the "one thing needful". It is my daily
prayer for you my dear boy that you may "grow in grace" doubt not that God will
answer it for Jesus Christ's sake.
I enclose what will purchase you a
pocket Comb, which I have searched for in vain in the neighbourhood. Some fine
morning you must look for one yourself.
Your affecte. Aunt
To Master Leighton Hazlehurst Sky-parlour
Philada. 29th Augt. 1843
My dear Leighton,
The receipt of your long expected
letter afforded me the sincerest pleasure, & as an opportunity offers of
replying to it free of Mail charge I readily improve it, although it will so
soon leave you again in my debt, the only alloy I presume you will experience by
this new proof of my love & attention!!
I am gratified that you still honour
me as "a Confessor", I allude to the subject "procrastination", but this is not
sufficient, & I want you, & exhort you to turn from your evil ways. When once
sensible of our defects there is no excuse for not endeavouring to overcome
them. Stir yourself up therefore, & place the goad in your own Mary's
hand who will use it gently I doubt not, & with judgment will prompt you to
punctuality & method, both of which are necessary thro' life. I am happy to hear
you read so much altho' of a miscellaneous description. I send you some numbers
of "the Cabinet" which have afforded me real pleasure in perusing, & I am sure
the farming hints at least will be useful to you. The little seal I saw at a
store a few weeks ago, & was so fortunate as to find it still there yesterday.
It contains our family crest, & as you are the eldest grand-son, are entitled to
the use of it. I observed no inscription on your seal, & hope you will find it
useful. The little emery cushion for Mary is in new style & I hope it may
remind her of one who though distant, feels that she is near to her as being so
closely connected with a beloved relative, & that it will prove serviceable
auxiliary to her work-basket. The little roll for Abbott Brisbane
contains the notice by Bp. White of our Grandfather Hall, with a
facsimile of his writing, & which he was so anxious to have that I copied it for
him, & he promised to call for it. I send it thinking you may see & hand it to
him. He went away in haste from Phila. as his father informed us. The latter
spent an evening with us. He is unchanged excepting in the outer man, which bids
fair to rival Shakespeare Alderman, if the increase of flesh progresses.
I am not surprised to hear the regret
expressed respecting dear Elizabeth's expected removal from your
neighbourhood. She is deservedly loved & respected. I wish my dear Leighton
you would find out & let me know why she had her commissions executed by the one
to whom she entrusted them. It caused the most profound amazement to every
member of the family. I cannot think why she should have put such a slight upon
me. I have pondered in vain to discover the reason. In the choice of what is
fashionable, even the ladies of the best taste have to consult their
Mantua-makers & Milliners. As respects economy in expenditure I know not that
there is more carefulness, in short it is a mystery I cannot solve. Do not say
anything to her about it, as I would not mar her present felicity in one iota,
but try to discover & let me know her reasons, as I feel curious to learn what
has swayed her mind.
The day after I received your letter
I took a charming ride with Mrs. Drayton, accompanied by Miss Rutledge
& M. Warley. A handsome Barouche drawn by fine horses conveyed us to
Gray's ferry, Hamiltonville & Fair Mount, passing over the wire bridge (a view
of which I send you) in an hour & a half, on one of the finest afternoons
experienced this Month, which has been a very warm one. She expressed great
pleasure in hearing such recent accounts of your happiness. The interest for you
seems in no measure to decrease. The Col. is in his usual health, but is
arranging his affairs as his disease of which he is well aware, may take him
away suddenly. At present he is in N. York. Henry is travelling [sic] &
has visited the White Mountains in N. Hamp. He appears much pleased with his
medical studies under Dr. Morris, & improves fast.
I called to Pet for an answer
to your query, "does she like pets?" her reply is "I hate pets of all sorts",
Juliana adds "because they are his rivals",
I hope the crop of your setting next
year may yield an hundredfold & relieve you of all embarrassments! The planting
business is truly a precarious one. Earnestly do I trust my dearest Nephew that
in the momentous charge of the souls & bodies of so many of your
fellow-creatures you may be found faithful, & kept from the odious aim of
tyranny so hateful to God & man. Watch dilligently [sic] against it, and at the
same time require your people to do their duty as your perform yours. And may
the grace of God be abundantly bestowed on you whereby alone we can discern, &
perform our allotted task in the state of life in which we are placed, & a
blessing attend you & yours continually, is the prayer of
Your affect. Aunt
For L.W. Hazlehurst, Esqr.
Bethel, Glynn Co., Georgia
(a portion of the following letter is torn away and the last sheet is
Phila. 1st Octr. 1858
My dear Leighton:
Our dear Father's portrait was
brought home yesterday perfectly restored. You would think it had just been
taken by an artist. I hope it will not be long ere you see it, as you spoke so
strongly of bringing your dear wife here next season. The cost of the
restoration is $30., re-gilding the frame $5.00. Postal $35.00. I have written
to George as he desired me, stating that "he would immediately write to
Mr. Plant to remit the amount when I informed him what it cost".
It gives us great pleasure to have
our loved [torn] more among us, [torn] so life-like a manner [torn]. Mr.
Barlo is an enthusiast in his profession, & so gentlemanly & amiable in his
manners. He admired the countenance of our dear Father, & listened with interest
& respect to the delineation of his character. He met my views & feelings
exactly when I wished to know if the frame also could be preserved. Undoubtedly,
he said. "I would have no other. Every portion must be restored."
The portrait is to hang in the recess
occupied when you were here by the piano, which is to be removed into the back
parlour. We have decided my dear Leighton that you & George are to
claim this memorandum of this bequest (as we shall do also) that there may be no
dispute hereafter. The picture was presented to us after the death of Uncle
Hazlehurst by Cousin Sam's family, so we have a right to dispose of
How often I think of your pleasant
visit! It was only too short. I met Isaac Hazlehurst who expressed great
regret at not seeing you. He & James called at the Girard as soon as he
heard of your being in Phila. intending to take you & [torn] to spend the night.
[torn] nut Grove, but the [torn] told
him you had all left.
Give my love to Mary & say I
hope it will not be long ere I have the pleasure of meeting her, as you spoke so
strongly of bringing her on next season.
We feel anxious about George.
I hope he may remain in Macon until the epidemic ceases.
Juliana has been quite feeble
lately, but trust the cold weather may restore her. We took a drive with Mrs.
Vanx this week & she felt the fatigue several days afterwards.
Philada. 20th May 1861
My dear Leighton,
Your letter of the 13th Inst. was
received this morning, & we were much gratified at your affecte. anxiety
expressed in our behalf, so much so, that I answer it forthwith to calm your
fears on our behalf, & to give you a true statement of affairs. There have been
no mobs, no riots. Abundance of drilling, which, together with the thousands of
flags make the City very lively in appearance. The only cause of sadness &
depression is, that the 100,000 troops mustered at the call of the President,
(75,000 in one week) are for the unnatural warfare of brother against brother.
These things ought not to be. Mr. Edwin Stevens is raising and equipping
a regiment at his own expense, & his sister Sophia has presented a 1000.
Bond of the Cam. & Amby. R.R. to N. Jersey for the furtherance of the War. Our
millionaires give without stint, & others according to their ability. Money &
men will not be wanting here, as more offer than are accepted. It is the cause
of the people, & each man be his station high or low is equally interested. A
Canadian colonial regiment was offered, but declined by the Administration, and
Gov. Curtiss refused leave for them to pass thro' Pennsyla. The moneyed
colored men of this City offered their services & $1,000,000 besides; all were
refused, as there are white men enough, & money also.
The feeling here is the absolute
necessity of self-defence now, after long hoping that the South would see their
error, but there is no bitterness, no rancour. The prayers which are daily
offered in our Churches & individually are for all, & not a portion of the
people. I could not pray otherwise. It is rather singular that at the beginning
of the hostile feeling, your mild face was constantly before me day after day; &
I cannot abide the thought that the lineaments should ever bear the impress of
hatred to your brethren. God grant that peace may soon be restored!
I am happy to learn of the
uninterrupted health of your family, & hope the summer may be passed in the
enjoyment of this special blessing. I dare say you will see Harriet, as a
drive to the Sand Hills can vary the monotony of Brunswick where she now is, but
with "nothing to wear", as the dress purchased by her direction here can not be
forwarded. She says she "never was in such a quandary in her life'. Her letter
breathes much thoughtfulness, & grateful feelings to her Aunts.
Your faithful Preceptor A. Bolmar
died on 27th Feby. He was found dead in his bed. His Exr. W. Townsend
sent me an invitation to his funeral. He was buried in Oakland Cemy. Mrs. B.
is in feeble health. She came to the City immediately, Mr. & Mrs.
Thosbecke receiving her, Lucie & Sophie at their house, &
showing them tender attention. Anthony is learning farming near W.
Chester, the younger boys are at boarding school in Phila.
It must be a great disappointment not
to be able to send John to school. It was one of my first thoughts &
regrets that the Sewanee University would suffer by the intestine feuds. It was
such a deside-ratum in the South. With $4,000,000 indebtedness to the North, all
such schemes must at present be given up.
Julia Good has been making us a
pleasant visit of 8 weeks. She is so cheerful, & equal in disposition, well
read, & willing to be pleased. She will return from W. Chester in Octr. & has
engaged lodging in Walnut St. James' course of studies will finish in a
year. 3 Medl. Lectures in the day, & drilling in the evey, keep him very busy.
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Mary Hazlehurst to Mary (McNish) Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 649
Philada. 22d Octr. 1859
My dear Mary,
I have been making enquiry for a
Governess according to your request, & hearing yesterday of Miss Gertrude
Taylor, I called upon her this morning & was much pleased with the
interview. I read three letters of recommendation from Mr. Peter the late
British Consul, his wife, & the gentleman in Albermarle Coy., Virginia, whose
family she last instructed. All highly satisfactory, & my own impression is very
favourable. She seems to have no doubt of her abilities as a Latin & French
Teacher, was a scholar of Mrs. Gardelle when you were there. She
described your appearance exactly, & remembers you as a pattern scholar & a
great favourite of Made. Gardelle. She was French Governess in Margt.
Cox's school in Cincinnati for years. Leighton remembers the Cox
family of Burlington with which we were on such sociable terms, & Margt.
had to exert herself after the loss of their fortune, by school-keeping.
I was pleased with the frank & candid
deportment of Miss T., her amiable manners & those of her mother. She
will write you to-day according to my request, & you may thus judge of her
abilities in a great measure. She will also tell you the particulars of Mrs.
Gardelle's death & burial at Damascus in Syria. From her & Mr. Picot
(also dead) she could have referred you with confidence.
I took your letter myself to Miss
Bayard, fearing the "Despatch" might prove faithless. She read your letter,
& promised to look out for a teacher, although she thinks there are few who
combine all you require. Your omission to mention the salary is a difficulty, as
she says that is the first question asked. I was at a loss also when Miss T.
made enquiry. Miss Bayard will write if she hears of a suitable person.
Her school-room is really stylish. The young ladies seated around as in their
own elegant parlour. Maps adorn the walls, & tables occupy the center. They all
rose as I was introduced, & bowed. In the drawing room above a young lady was
practicing & showed great proficiency. She was undisturbed by my presence &
several other visitors, and I was much pleased to listen to such sweet sounds
while waiting for Miss B. She has one of the Blight houses which
Leighton will remember, in Chestnut below Schuyl. 8th.
Should I hear of any other teacher I
will inform you.
Thank you for your kind invitation to
spend the winter with you. We are now comfortably fixed, & both Harriet
and I prefer a cold climate. I wish with all my heart we were in nearer
proximity. You would then find me a frequent visitor in your loved & interesting
Give much love to Leighton &
Lilla & a kiss to the little ones.
Mrs. & Miss Taylor
enquired anxiously about the healthiness of your place. Be sure if you write to
mention your experience of the climate.
Mrs. M. Hazlehurst Care of Leighton W. Hazlehurst
Waynesville, Wayne Coy., Georgia
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Mary Hazlehurst to Leighton &
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 650 & 651
Philada. 20th May 1861
My dear Leighton,
Your letter o the 13th Inst. was received this morning, &c. we were
much gratified at your affecte. anxiety expressed in our behalf, so much so,
that I answer it forthwith to calm your fears on our behalf, & to give you a
true statement of affairs. There have been no mobs, no riots. Abundance of
drilling, which, together with the thousands of flags make the City very lively
in appearance. The only cause of sadness & depression is, that the 100,000
troops mustered at the call of the President, (76,000 in one week) are for the
unnatural warfare of brother against brother. These things ought not to be.
Mr. Edwin Stevens is raising and equipping a regiment at his own expense, &
his sister Sophia has presented a 1000. Bond of the Cam. & Amby. R.R. to
N. Jersey for the furtherance of the War. Our millionaires give without stint,
& others according to their ability. Money & men will not be wanting here, as
more offer than are accepted. It is the cause of the people, & each man be his
station high or low is equally interested. A Canadian colonial regiment was
offered, but declined by the Admini9stration, and Gov. Curtiss refused
leave for them to pass thro' & $1,000,000. besides; all were refused, as there
ware white men enough, & money also.
The feeling here, is the absolute necessity of self-defence now,
after long hoping that the South would see their error, but there is no
bitterness, no rancour. The prayers which are daily offered in our Churches &
individually are for all, & not a portion of the people. I could not pray
otherwise. It is rather singular that at the beginning of the hostile feeling,
your mild face was constantly before me day after day; & I cannot abide the
thought that the linements should ever bear the impress of hatred to your
brethren. God grant that peace may soon be restored!
I am happy to learn of the uninterrupted health of your family, &
hope the summer may be passed in the enjoyment of this special blessing. I dare
say you will see Harriet, as a drive to the San Hills can vary the
monotony of Brunswick where she now is, but with “nothing to wear”, as the dress
purchased by her direction here cannot be forwarded. She says she “never was in
such a quandary in her life”. Her letter breathes much thoughtfulness, &
grateful feelings to her Aunts.
Your faithful Preceptor A. Bolmar died on 27th Feby. He was
found dead in his bed. His Exr. W. Townsend sent me an invitation to his
funeral. He was buried in Oakland Cemy. Mrs. B. is in feeble health.
She came to the City immediately, Mr. & Mrs. Thosbecke receiving
her, Lucie & Sophie at their house, & showing them tender
attention. Anthony is learning farming near W. Chester, the younger boys
are at boarding school in Phila.
It must be a great disappointment not to be able to send John
to school. It was one of my first thoughts & regrets that the Sewanee
University would suffer by the intestine feuds. It was such a desideratum in
the South. With $4,000,000. indebtedness to the North, all such schemes must at
present be given up. Alas! for the cause.
Julia Good has been making us a pleasant visit of 8 weeks.
She is so cheerful, & equal in dispostition, well read, & willing to be
pleased. She will return from W. Chester in Octr. & has engaged lodgings in
Walnut St. James’ course of studies will finish in a year. 3 Medl.
Lectures in the day, & drilling in the evey. keep him very busy.
The remainder of my paper I must devote to Lilla, with love
from Harriet united with mine to your wife, believe me affecty.
Yr. Aunt Mary Hazlehurst
I must give you a condensed letter in answer to yours of 14th Feby.
as I have nearly filled my paper in scribbling to you Father, but I may not soon
have the opportunity. We have been taking some pleasant excursions lately with
our friend Mrs. Vanx & her son. Point Breeze, Tristicum, crossing the
new bridge at Penrose’s Ferry, then up Darby Road, stopped for ice cream at the
Hotel, continuing to the Garret Road, alighted at John Hazlehurst’s where
we were greeted by shouts & hurrahs, & passed a half hour delightfully,
Elizabeth & her pretty daughter with the children giving us a hearty
welcome, the latter dragging us to see their pets, chicks, calf, fish, pups &
garden. We had good appetites for supper after a 20 mile drive.
Our visit to Haverford was also very pleasant. Returning, the cars
stopped at Marion Station & took up Isaac Hazlehurst & family, so we had
the added pleasure of their company. They move to Walnut Grove this week, where
we have been urged to visit them this summer, also our other Cousins at their
charming country seats. So if we wish to leave the City we shall be at no loss.
My scarlet cactus has 10 full blown flowers on it, each as large as
my fist. It is a splendid sight. M. Plant carried some leaves. I hope
they took root. She writes me frequently, & improves fast. You say nothing of
your Governess. I should like to hear of your, & the children’s educational
pursuits as well as of their pets.
Give each of them my warmest love. I hope Mary will soon
begin to correspond with me. There never was such a turn out of Citizens as
that in honour of the Hero of Ft. Sumpter, & his modest demeanour delighted
every eye. Order & decorum prevailed everywhere.
The drilling furore has reached the young Quakers, a company
exercising daily. One elderly man said to one in authority, “Thee knows Friends
do not fight, but the money will not be wanting”. (For the war.)
Let us hear from your family as often as possible, & be assured of
the affection of
Yr. Aunt, M.H.
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Sarah Harriet Hazlehurst to
Leighton Wilson Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 652 & 653
Phila. 27 July
My dear Leighton,
You do not know how much I was gratified at receiving your
affectionate & sympathizing letter, it served to cheer me more than I can
express to find your love unabated by years of absence. I have indeed been
called to undergo a most severe operation, one so unexpected to me, but as soon
as I found that it was required to undergo it from our valued & skillful family
physician Mr. Morris I at once consented. I had for two or three months
previous had a slight swelling in my right breast, but as it was attended by
very little pain did not heed it, fearful too of distressing Aunt M., and
I have very much to attend to as she now cannot attend to many matters, & on
Thursday I consulted Dr. M., on Friday he brought his son a skillful
Surgeon and Dr. Sam Ashurst to see me. They all seemed to think it was
local as my health was so good, my skin also so clear, no glandular swellings, &
the free use of my arm, on Monday they decided on having the breast removed & on
Tuesday it took place. Dr. M. procured an experience nurse, two other
physicians were in attendance, I was under the influence of Eather [sic] for an
hour & half, & thank God was totally insensible to anything that went on, sat up
in a chair during the time, & when they laid me on the bed I soon recovered from
the effects of the Eather.
I had skillful devoted Christian Physicians, men who I know begged
to be blessed in the operation; & so far I am doing well they remarked that it
seemed a miracle to them my speedy recovery, not one night did I lose my natural
sleep, never had to disturb the nurse for even a drop of water, no fever or
headache, my valued pastor was with me the day previous & prayed so fervently
for me, & that the Physicians might be endowed with skill & the prayers of those
Christian friends have been heard, for I have been most mercifully dealt with &
if my life is spared may every walk be closer to my God.
My friends have been devoted to me & every delicacy sent to me, I
did not know I had so many friends until this trial. My breast is now well,
able to use my hand and arm carefully, & my fingers still a little stiff as you
may perceive from the tight bandages. I have rode out but the weather is so
intensely hot that I think home is the best place, at present one of my feet is
swollen so as to prevent my putting on my boot, but the Dr. thinks it will pass
off, he comes to see me about once in ten days & says “you are perfectly well”.
I have written you the particulars thinking you would like to hear.
Aunt Mary has not been able to assist me in any way as her
eye sight is so impaired, & she is so entirely unused to a sick room, & I have
to care for her. The Dr. wanted me to go in country for a short time, but
indeed, I do not know how I can leave home for Aunt M. could not go, & I
do not like to leave her.
Do thank dear Lilla for her affectionate letter which I
received yesterday, & will try & reply to it soon. How blessed you are my dear
L. in your family. What a cause of thankfulness to a parent, how happy
you must be to have Mac with you, & then he is such a fine young man. I
wish we could have one or two of your girls with us this winter to cheer us up,
if I am spared. I think Lilla would enjoy a winter North. Love to all
your circle in which Aunt M. joins & believe me your affect.
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Robert Hazlehurst to Leighton
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 655 & 656
Augusta, 24th June 1862
My dear Son—
I was most happy to receive your kind letter of the 15th inst on my
return yesterday from Macon, as I had long wished you to write me separated as I
am so far from you, and often thinking of you all. I left Mac quite well
and found him much grown and improved in every way. He is very gentlemanly in
his manners and affectionate as ever. Lilla was not looking or feeling
well. She was often troubled with headaches while I was with her, and altho’
cheerful as usual, was not looking as ruddy fresh and fair as she used to do.
Elizabeth told me she had written to Mary to ask her to let L.
remain the summer with her, and to accompany Mary to the Springs, which I
hope she will do.
I saw Irene and Harriet off before I left and
anticipating much pleasure. The latter I fear will have but a limited field in
which to muster her forces for a conquest as I learn that there are few if any
beaux abroad. The --- (illegible) is still hanging on to her skirts, and I
imagine my presence at Macon was not very agreeable to him as he kept out of gun
shot range while I was there. He is a shabby dog and I have no respect for him
having forfeited it by his own bad conduct when I ordered him from my door.
Carrie received a letter from Col. Wright a few days
since informing her of his promotion. He is now a Brigadier Genl. and I think
will wear his honors creditably and well. He wrote that his regiment was
engaged in a skirmish with the enemy lately in which both William and
Fred behaved well. William was much mortified that his musket would
not fire but kept snapping all the time until he got hold of one from a dead
Yankee with which he thinks he did good execution.
I had heard from Will that you had retired from military life
and I think under the circumstances you are right to do so. As you say you may
do a greater good to the cause incidentally by attending to your domestic
duties, than scouting about the neighborhood when nothing active can be done
until the fall. We are all comfortably housed here, but enduring many
inconveniences one of which, the greatest, is, that I have to send every day to
Augusta 5 miles there and 5 back for letters and papers. All are so deeply
interested about those most dear to them in these times that nothing but the
receipt of the mails daily will satisfy them.
I have not been well a day since I have been here. Soon after my
arrival I had to go to Marietta and Atlanta twice and each time took a bad cold,
the last a very severe one which nearly killed me. Thinking a change would
benefit me after leaving my room I ventured a trip to Macon, where I contracted
another cold and was complaining while there. Altho’ able to go about now am
far from feeling well. I think if I could take a few baths at Brunswick and
inhale a little salt air I should feel revived. I thank you for your invitation
to visit you and will do so if I possibly can but cannot think of it just now as
I should like to be near Carrie during her trouble which is expected in
about a fortnight’s time.
I am glad that you saw Mr. Couper on your visit to Valdosta
and wish you to make my most friendly regards to him when you next see him and
to Mrs. Couper and family also. The Miss Wylly’s and Mrs.
Fraser also. I would give anything to be near Mr. C. again and often
grieve over my lost opportunities when I could have done so. He and his are fit
“to tie to”. Make my congratulations to them on ---- (illegible) marriage which
I have seen announced. Clinch and Hopkins I should think are
bound to fight if unbridled abuse on both sides can bring it about.
Give much love to Robert and family. I am sorry to learn
that the former is looking so thin. He wrote me that he might make a visit here
and one to Macon in the course of the summer. I hope he may do so. Can you not
come also we would all be most happy to see you. Am sorry to learn that Mary
ahs been so sick with the mumps but hope she is well again.
With much love to Mary and the children and best regards to
Mrs. McNish and Miss Johnston, believe me ever my dear son
Most affectionately yr.
Wright referred to above was Gen. A. Rouse Wright, husband of
Carrie C. Hazlehurst. William and Fred were sons of Robert
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Robert Hazlehurst to Sarah
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 663
Memphis, Tenn. June 3, 1894.
Having written last to Mamie, I write now to you,
acknowledging the receipt of her very welcome letter in reply to mine. It gave
me all the desired information about you, such as I expected to receive. It was
satisfactory to learn that you were both well, and getting along aw well as
could be expected under the pecuniary difficulties and struggles for existence
in these hard times, felt by many others besides yourselves. From what Mamie
writes, I think your industry and efforts to stem the tide of adverse fortune
will bring success in paddling your canoe, till I hope you may get to smooth
water, and be free from any anxiety as to future difficulties, and from
necessity of resorting to any disagreeable shifts of earning money to live, felt
the more by you both who have seen better times.
I do not see how many Brunswick householders are going to meet this
extraordinary expense of sewerage. I do not know how much it will be, but no
doubt it is heavy enough, and will make owners of houses, *with that and other
expenses) put them in the way of thinking it better to rent than to own houses
in Brunswick. It will be probably an additional expense, without any increased
value of property.
I suppose there will be a great exodus of citizens this summer fro
Brunswick for fear of an Epidemic. I do not apprehend any cases of fever early
in the summer, but judging from the experience of ’76 it is possible there may
occur a few cases late in the fall. In that Epidemic, the late cases occurred
in October and November. If you conclude to remain in B. this year I think you
would incur but little risk, as you are Southern born, and have been for some
time resident citizens of B. At present I reside in Memphis, but feel uncertain
yet as to my future. This complication of sewerage expense in addition to other
expenses attending my moving to Brunswick, puts a veto on my return thither, at
least for the present. For occupation sake, I have been influenced in choice of
a residence chiefly by the existence of a Public library here, which does not
exist in Clarksdale or Bayou Sara. The weather here lately has been very
unseasonable, fires having been comfortable on several days.
Kind remembrance to Mrs. Wilder and other enquiring friends.
Leight. Expects to visit Brunswick on law business this court, on
compulsion. I hope the business will be wound up so that he may not have to go
If you have leisure—not otherwise—will be glad to hear from you.
With best wishes and love to Mamie & yourself, very affect.
Yr. Uncle Robt. Hazlehurst
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Elizabeth (Hazlehurst) Plant to
Mary (McNish) Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 664 & 665
(Macon, Ga.) May 10th, 1873.
My dear Sister,
I hope that you have heard of dear Irie’s illness, that you
may be in so a degree prepared for the sad tidings that I must now give. Her
illness lasted 9 days, when her gentle spirit returned to God who gave it.
These few words, so easily written, bear with them the crushed hopes of many
hearts, and a loss that no time can fill; she was buried yesterday next to
little Leighton; and in the same grave with her, Anne’s little boy
who died from the effects of the Measles, a few hours after our dear Irie.
The winter brought to Isie much care & sorrow, her Father’s death Anna
Lou’s distressing situation called for her energy and love, and each day we
feared that she would lose her infant, but she seemed to weather the storm of
calamity that had settled beneath her roof, and looked well & strong, but news
came last week that she had miscarried, with a little babe of 6 months, but was
doing well. They kept her very quiet, & I did not see her until Monday, (she
was first taken sick on Thursday,) she then complained of great thirst, & had
been very much nauseated—her limbs very sore to the touch, & sore throat; all of
which we thought from cold, and the effects of Laudanum she had taken to prevent
the first trouble; the fever commenced on Sunday, and continued on, with only
slight moisture & no entire remission. She did not complain of much pain
generally said she wanted nothing, and had none. Gradually the brain seemed to
be affected, & it was hard to rouse her. Drs. Born & Hammond were
called in to aid Dr. Nottingham, who is their attendant physician. An
eruption was discovered on her body & arms, & strangely enough that of the body
was Scarlet fever, on the arms the peculiarities of Measles. Remedies were then
used to throw out this eruption, but all too late, —the throat became much
swollen, the fever scorching, and the chest more & more filled, until with a
sorrowful struggle, the weary spirit was at rest, and freed from the suffering
We blame no one, for all was done that human love & aid could do,
for no one dreamt of Scarlett fever, there have been but a few cases in town, &
she could only have been exposed to it in the street cars, or in the only time
she has shopped since her Father’s death—we all thought her miscarriage was the
latent cause of all. The day she died, little Fanny sickened with the
same eruption her Mother had, it is better today, but it is either scarletina or
Scarlet fever, not determined which. It is all so strange that I walk even now
as in a dream and wonder if it is indeed so.
Poor George is heart-broken, and the dear children know not
yet what a great grief is before them for life—the little George Wingfield
is again motherless—Mrs. Nesbit’s cup’s so full of sorrow—Anna is
very little better, and the dear babe in its wasting death seemed to look to all
for help, and water for its burning thirst, it seemed a comfort to see it
resting in its narrow home, among the flowers, and clothed in the robs that
Irene’s own hands prepared for its Baptism, little Leighton too was
interred in his. Irie’s mind as much affected by a dream she had of her
Father lately, she was weeping at night, & he appeared to her, saying weep not
dear Irie, for it will not be long, and you will be the next called, dear
Irie. George says she never shook off its vividness, for the
voice & all were as clear—then she dreamt lately of Pet, & felt she was
to die as she did—she was no believer in dreams, but these were so vivid that
they must have been premonitions of the last—at first, these I thought the worst
features of the case, & George too was fully imbued with the feeling; and
told me days before to prepare for the worst—she said she was not afraid to die,
& took leave of her children two days before her end. The other world must be
very near, when we see such fulfillment of its passage.
You know the house that George has belongs to the Hines’,
who wish it this month, so the next sad step will be to pack up and move
somewhere. Mr. Plant is going to ask George to make this his home
with the children, until at least, he can make arrangements that may be more
satisfactory. I would willingly take the children & do my best for them, & dear
George has ever been one of us, & we would love to have him come in and
out again among us. At any rate, our arrangements would be for the present.
How many orphans there are everywhere. Dear Sally with her little ones
has her hands full, I feel that my work is done with my children, as they are
grown, and would gladly shelter these little ones from the storms of life.
And now dearest sister, let me turn to your happier home where I
hope happiness may long dwell,—kiss the dear little stranger for me, she has
passed through the first months, and each day will bring her closer to your
hearts. Love to Lill and the dear girls, Leight & the Doctor, I
hope to know him some of these days. Agusta [sic] seems a little better
lately, was able to walk in the garden this morning.
We would have written you earlier about Irie, if you could
possibly have come, but the end came quickly, & we would not delay the
interment, on account of her violent illness. Mr. Clisley[?] (the new
minister) performed the services, at 1/2 past two yesterday afternoon, the hour
was earlier than we wished, had to delay on account of old Mrs. McKinlin’s
(Mrs. Boisfeuiellet’s mother’s) death, & burial at 5 o’clock, she ahs
been sick very long, and lost her mind, so her release is a blessing.
Good-bye—tenderest love to you all. George is writing to
Mac today. Write soon to dear George.
Your attached sister,
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Harriet O. (Hazlehurst) Fleming
to Mary (McNish) Hazlehurst
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 667-669
Pulaski House (Savannah, Ga.) Apr. 7th (1867?)
My dearest Mary:
Your welcome letter has just reached us, and I hasten to reply to
it. Many thanks dear Sister to one and all of you for your kind invitation, and
wish to see us, but much as I should love to see you all and make you acquainted
with my dear little boy, I feel, in the absence of the railroad, that it would
be too great an undertaking to transport Mother, nurse, child & luggage over
those long weary miles, besides putting you to so much trouble and
inconvenience. Besides dear Mary, I have been knocked about so much of
late that I long for a rest, a lull, an exemption from the necessity of packing
and repacking which literally makes my life a burden, and makes me long for a
shelter of my own, where I can bestow everything in rightful drawers and
wardrobes, banishing my trunks for evermore to the attic as relics of a byegone
[sic] period of unrest. As soon as we can obtain a house this desire of my
heart will be gratified, and then too we shall hope to have many a pleasant chat
together under my own vine and fig tree, returning in some degree the many
hospitalities you have so kindly extended to us in times past. For a reunion
then dear Mary, we must look in the future, and accept for the present my
warmest love and thanks, and exercise a lively belief in Julian’s
perfections which to me are manifold, and which I hope to exhibit to you some
And now to business. I have brought Lilla a beutiful [sic]
blue muslin dress from Philadelphia together with a crimson ivory set, little
acorn breastpin & earrings which are very fashionable there just now, so the
purchase of a blue dress of the same material in Savannah would be useless.
Write me then whether I shall procure a dress for her of another color or simply
the hat. I went into the stores today, but saw nothing pretty, they are all
expecting goods next week when if I see anything very pretty I may get it,
without waiting for your reply.
Where on earth did Lilla pick up that antiquated scrap of
blue ribbon? Tell her if she expects to get a dress of that shade she will be
grievously mistaken as it is a tint that has completely vanished from the world
of fashion, emphatically “out”, the Coburg blues having taken their place these
years past. All the other articles I fancy I can get without difficulty. Now
tell me how I am to get them to you, as I have not the faintest idea. I hope
Leight. will come to Savh. As I should enjoy seeing him once more; and my
doubts would then be at an end. Mr. F. says he does not remember any
“old debt”, that there is nothing of the kind, all Confederate claims being
extinguished with the enemy. So let us have no more about it.
Excuse this miserable scrawl, a man is playing on the piano down
stairs in such a frantic manner as completely to upset my ideas, and I have
written hurriedly too, having to write to Aunts before the steamer calls. Love
to all. Write soon. Mr. Flemi—unites with me in love. When L.
comes send the baby’s likeness. As ever Your attached H.
Mystic River, Conn., June 2d (1866)
I am ashamed to think dear Mary of the length of time that
has elapsed without my sending you a line of acknowledgement, or thanks for your
most kind and valuable present to Mr. F. and myself, which is safely
stored away for future housekeeping, having been rendered useless for the
present by my sudden departure for the North, of which ere this you have
doubtless heard, with as much surprise as it occasioned myself, having had but a
few hours of preparation for so long an absence from home. On my arrival at
Lincoln, where I had intended passing the summer, I found that the depredations
of the negroes among our poultry and stock had been so great as to present but a
slight prospect of chickens & provisions for the summer, while but few
vegetables had been planted as we were note expected, for the season, and as it
is a country where nothing in the way of provisions can be bought, every one
planting barely enough for his own use, I saw nothing but starvation staring us
in the face if we remained, so determined to leave for Madison where I heard
board could be had for a small sum at the Hotel, but on my return to Savannah to
consult with Mr. F. he thought it too warm a place, and finally decided
that we had better go North, as he would be obliged to do so himself in the
course of the summer, and we could live for less, and far more comfortably than
in any Up Country town or watering place. So here I am delightfully established
at Mystic, a town in Conn., beautifully situated on the Sound, with plenty of
sea breeze, lobsters, fish, ice, fruit of all sorts, and mnay luxuries that we
have been deprived of for years. Mrs. Anderson a friend of ours is with
me, and we congratulate ourselves every day on our escape from the heat of Geo.
which Mr. F. writes me is terrible—ther. 98 in the shade. He writes me
he will be on in a few weeks, and meantime I hear frequently from him and dear
Aunts, and have the satisfaction of seeing Julian grow and improve daily
in this fine air & climate. It has been so cold ever since we came that we have
had to wear flannel and thick winter clothing. I have two large fine roots in
the neatest of houses, and the table is excellent. I am delighted now that I
came, though I was opposed to it at first, from dislike at leaving Mr. F.
And how are you all getting along? I heard through Irene
of Lilla and Mac, who were both well. I have been hoping to hear
from Lilla, but have been such a Nomad of late that I suppose she does
not know where to locate me.
Julian is beginning to talk very fast, and says and does so
many amusing things that I can never feel very lonely. I have a very fine white
nurse for him who is a treasure to me. Do write to me, I shall be so glad to
hear from you. Direct Mystic P.O., Conn. With renewed thanks to Leight
and yourself for your kind present, accept my warmest love for all, not
forgetting your dear Mother & Miss Johnston.
Tell Leight. Cousin Emily is dead. Has had a cancer
As Mr. Plant always says, Julian “would send love if
aware I was writing”. Here is a kiss from him to dear Aunt Mary. X
As ever, yours affectionately, H.H.F.
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Leighton Wilson Hazlehurst to
Mary Jane McNish
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 677 & 678
Richland, Feby. 28, 1843
Had I not so frequently exercised your patience, My Dear Mary,
with long accounts of my fears when disappointed in the receipt of a letter from
you, I would most certainly devote these pages to this interesting subject. But
think not Miss Mary that I shall be thus mercifully inclined another
time; I will give you the full benefit of my griefs in detail—I know I must
touch a respondent chord.
I strolled yesterday halfway to the P. Office to meet the
mail—perhaps you can imagine my feeling when I found that my darling Mary
had—(shall I say, forgotten me? no, I cannot think so.) I wrote you a long
letter two weeks, today, requesting a reply by the following mail. I suppose I
must attribute your silence to “a great press of business”! I will however not
content myself with the supposition of so important a fact. I will go on and
see with my own eyes what can justify your cruel treatment of me.
I will not attempt to express, my dear Mary, my joy at the
prospect of being with you in a few days. As the coming month will convince
ourselves and the world, that the future is to be passed with and for each
other, it will be necessary for me to see you as soon as possible to make the
necessary arrangements for cet heureux evenement.
If nothing happens I shall be with you the latter part of this week,
As my visit is a hasty one, Lib will not be prepared to
accompany me, but I’ll promise to take her on the next time. She, like others
of my acquaintance, complain much of busy times! Rob. has not arrived.
I hope to have the pleasure of introducing him myself at the Hermitage, as he is
expected here next week.
I suppose you know all the gossip of the County through the
attention of your female correspondents. I am glad to inform you, however, that
your dear Leight is not so guilty of heart-breaking by one as you
endeavored to persuade him. Report has given Miss E. Gignilliat to a
Mr. Pelot. This I think clears me of that case.
Tomorrow the ladies appear bent upon a visit to the “rich widow”,
where it will be my sad lot to accompany them.
Give my love to your Mother & Tante, and
Believe me, my
I live for you alone—
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Letters attesting to Mary
(McNish) Hazlehurst’s Generosity During the War
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 678 & 679
Camp Semmes, Brunswick, Oct.
Mrs. Maj. Hazlehurst,
I acknowledge in the name of the principle Surgeon and myself, the
receipt at the Brunswick Hospital, a box of Sheets and pillow cases for the use
of our sick soldiers. For which we return to you Madam, our sincere thanks and
ever ready to receive with gratitude any favor convenient for you to render with
your fair hands and willing heart. I have the honor to be
Your most obedient Servant,
Wm. B. Folks, Assistant Surgeon, 13 Regt. G.V.
Head Qtrs. 14th Regt. Geo.
Camp Davis on Occoquan River,
Feby. 13th 1862
C.B. King, Esq.
Having recently assumed command of the 14th Geo. Regt. I have been
engaged in overhauling the papers, Books & letters &c. belonging to the Regt.
Among the letters I have discovered one from yourself bearing date Decr. 11th
1861, notifying the former Col. of this Regt. (Brumby) of the shipment
per Express of a Box of supplies for the sick & destitute of this Regt.
contributed by the good ladies of Waynesville, Geo. & I am informed that through
gross neglect the receipt thereof has never been acknowledged, & I take the
liberty as present officer in command to inform you that the box came to hand
some time since, & it affords me much gratification to be able to state that its
contents have contributed very materially to alleviate the sufferings of many
poor soldiers who lost their all in the Mountains of N.W. Virginia. You will
please return the thanks of the Regt. to the noble & patriotic ladies of
Waynesville, with the assurance that the lively sympathy for our sufferings &
the kind interest in our behalf evinced by our lady friend in Old Georgia, will
infuse new vigor into the spirit of determined resistance to Northern
aggression, with which we left our home, and add tenfold strength to our arms &
nerve to our blows, when called upon, (as in all probability we soon shall be)
to stem the swelling tide of Abolition fanaticism on the battle field.
With many thanks Sir for your kindness in taking charge of &
forwarding the box.
I am very respectfully
Your obdt. servant
Robert W. Folsom Lt.
Col. Comdg. 14th Geo.
C.B. King, Esq., Savannah, Georgia
Hospital Sept. 3d, ‘65
Allow me on behalf of sick in Hospital to return you their sincere
thanks for the nice jelly you sent them. It was the very thing they needed.
Such kindness will never be forgotten.
Your obt. servt.
J.W. Hicks, Surgeon.
Mrs. Major Hazlehurst,
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Katie to Elizabeth Pettingale
Wilson (Hazlehurst) Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 694
Saturday Night, January 13th 1872
Ah Lilla! Carissima mia! With sweet music floating over &
around me as carrys me back to those hours slow, sweet and still, so lately
passed at your side, do I take this unfeeling paper to try and speak to you.
As, one by one, we turn from those with whom we have talked and wept, and smiled
out life’s joys and sorrows, we drop bitter, sometimes scalding tears, so I,
dearest, as I see you pass to the keeping of another, drop a tear upon this
page. Forgive this selfishness! but it has never seemed to me before that I
could lose you. Your voice falls upon my ear with no mean reminder of days that
must, henceforth, be to us, as the bright things in life we clasp to our hearts
just once, ere we turn from them forever! For this I weep tonight.
Do not misunderstand me, darling, when I say, that marriage is the
tomb of friendship. And naturally so; for a great, absorbing love, such as
fills your whole being, can admit of no division, and again, as the years roll
on, other loves—other ties must take the place in your heart which was once
mine. I speak from sad experience, Lilla. Marriage has robbed me of
first one and then another of my girlhood friends, the distance ever widening
between us, until now, we are nothing to each other. I feel satisfied that, as
far as you are concerned, this can never be, yet somehow or other, I feel as if
I had not the same hold upon you, as a few months ago.
Dear, dear Lilla, I can never tell you how sweet and precious
your love has been to me. You took me to your heart at a time when I was weary
of the burden of my life, and whispered peace and hope to my desolate spirit.
There have been times during our friendship when life seemed insupportable—then
came your letters, so many white-winged messengers with healing on their wings.
It is so refreshing, in this world of change, to find something always true;
something that clings to us through all our unworthiness. For this, dearest, I
I have no fears for your happiness, Lilla. He, to whom you
have pledged your heart & hand, is rich indeed, and I think, knows the value of
the prize he has won. The wealth of a true woman’s heart, few men appreciate as
they should. I had hoped to witness your marriage, but were the arrangements
otherwise, circumstances would detain me here. But I shall be near you in
spirit, my love, with a kiss for your pure forehead and a blessing for all your
Lilla, mine, I rejoice in your happiness, and though a
sadness is over me at this moment that I cannot dissipate, I exult in the love
that has blessed your sweet life—in the years of joy and peace that, I trust,
the Future holds for you and yours. May the Angels visit upon your bridal, and
Love walk with you, hand in hand, even to the end!! God bless thee, dear one,
and keep thee in His love is the prayer which I invoke for you tonight. A long,
warm kiss from
If convenient, please let me know when you arrive & where I shall
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Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs to the
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 695 & 696
Brunswick, Ga., September 13,
My sisters have asked me to write you concerning a dress made by our
mother which they very much desire to have preserved in a museum or other place
of like nature.
The dress was made shortly after the Civil War and all the work on
it was done by our mother. The thread was spun by her from cotton from her
father’s plantation, and the cloth was woven by her from this thread. There are
two colors of thread, white and brown, the brown having been dyed by her with
the stain of walnut shells, or hulls.
We believe the dress is worthy of preservation as showing what the
women of the South could, and did, do when they were thrown upon their own
resources following the freeing of their slaves. The dress was made by Lilla
Hazlehurst at her home “The Lodge”, near Waynesville, Ga., before her
marriage to Dr. William Berrien Burroughs.
We would like to have the dress remain in Georgia, and in Savannah,
if possible, as our father was born and reared in Savannah, and we are hopeful
that you might have a place for it in your galleries. It, of course would be a
The dress is in need of cleaning, which we would have done, but
would prefer that it be done in Savannah under expert direction.
Savannah, Ga., September 14,
Mr. M.H. Burroughs
513 Gloucester St.,
My dear Mr. Burroughs:
It is very nice of you to think of the Telfair Academy of Arts &
Sciences in connection with the historic dress of your mother.
Mr. Charles Ellis, President of the Telfair is away on his
vacation, but your letter was immediately referred to a member of the Committee
on Permanent Collections, and have directed the writer to say that they will be
very happy to receive this dress, which will receive our best care and
As to cleaning. The Telfair will be very glad to pay for this, but
would prefer to have this work done under your supervision and if you will have
this done will appreciate it very much.
It may be that Mr. Ellis will not return to the City before
about the middle of October, but immediately upon his return you will receive
his official and personal thanks for your generosity.
Yours very truly,
TELFAIR ADACEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
By J.E. O’Neal
Copy to Mrs. B.F. Bullard
Brunswick, Ga., September 23,
Mr. J.E. O’Neal
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences
My dear Mr. O’Neal:
Under separate cover I am sending you today the dress about which I
wrote you on September 13th and which you so graciously accepted on behalf of
the Telfair in your letter of September 14th.
The dress did not respond to cleaning as well as we had hoped it
would, and shows the result of the neglect which it has been allowed to suffer
over a long period of years.
I enclose a memorandum written by my sister, from which the
information for the identifying card may be gathered.
We are indeed glad to have this article placed where it will be
preserved, and are grateful to The Telfair for giving it a permanent home.
Yours very truly,
Savannah, Ga., October 22,
Mr. M.H. Burroughs
Dear Mr. Burroughs:
Since my return to the city we have had a meeting of the Trustees of
the Telfair Academy and I am requested to express to you their unbounded thanks
and appreciation for the dress that you have given.
It is a valuable thing to possess and the history of it is most
remarkable and I think you can safely feel it will be held in the proper place
I hope it will not be long before you will see it yourself on
Yours very truly,
TELFAIR ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
By Charles Ellis,
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Mary Rowena Hazlehurst to Mac
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 701 & 702
I am almost ashamed to write after leaving your letter so long
unanswered. Of course it would be useless for me to attempt to explain, as you
never think we have anything to do, or that any circumstances could arise in our
house which would prevent our doing exactly what we ought to do! I am sorry it
has happened so, and hope you will forgive and forget.
We certainly appreciated your writing and inviting us to be present
at your marriage. Of course you have heard that Fussie is in Tulsa
again, but even if she had remained at home we could not have been present for
many reasons. I shall be thinking of you at that time, with all my heart
wishing that every happiness may be yours thru life! I am so glad you are
coming to Brunswick so that I can meet my new niece, who I [am] sure I will love
dearly not only for your sake but for her own. I am sorry Fussie will
not be here to greet her too. She spoke of, and regretted it before she left,
but her trip had to be made then.
I feel pretty lonely of course, and certainly miss your coming in as
you did before. I often think how good and sweet you were to me then, and how I
used to watch for your coming.
Good bye dear Boy, I hope to see you and yours very soon. Excuse
this hurriedly written letter.
Always devotedly ,
Mr. M.H. Burroughs
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Sarah Evelyn Hazlehurst to Mac
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 702
Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 4, 1912
My dear Mac,
You have been thinking some hard thoughts of me, I know, but do
please be a sweet boy and forgive me for not writing sooner. It is not that I
do not love you and think of you, for you have a very, very warm corner of my
heart all to yourself, but I just put off writing to everybody.
Coming out here was a kind of a surprise, but don’t think, dear
Mac, that is [sic] has interfered with my going to your wedding, for much as
I would love to do so, I could not have gone if I had remained at home. We are
just too dead poor to get suitable clothes for such an event, or meet the
expenses of the trip. That is hard to believe, but it is the truth. Of course
this visit out to Oklahoma is a treat to me.
My thoughts are with you constantly as the time draws near, and tho’
I hate to give up our boy Mac, I try to be reconciled, and wish you all
the happiness that one life can hold. I am sure Lila must be sweet and
lovely, or you would not have chosen her, and I expect to love her very much
some day, as your wife, and my dear little niece. Am so sorry to miss your
visit to Brunswick, but you must think of the absent when you are there.
Please excuse pencil, I am writing on a book in my lap, where I can
enjoy the delightful breeze that is blowing.
Send me a card anyway, to tell me you forgive and lover your
Mr. Mac H. Burroughs
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George Walton to Thomas Johnston
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 723
As I presume you intend to continue keeping House during the absence
of Mr. Thompson; and as I imagine you would have no objection to Company;
and as I would wish to Diet in some gentele private House, I have taken the
liberty of enquiring whether it would be Convenient, and to your liking, that I
should Diet with you. I assure you that I am badly off in that respect, having
no person of Character to associate with. I should be happy in taking common
Fare with you; for which I would pay you £50 for the year, or so long as it
might be convenient and agreeable to you. Or I would pay such a part of the
expences of the House, but rather the former, which would particularly oblige.
Your very humble servt.
20th March 1772
Mr. Thomas Johnston,
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Unknown to Thomas Johnston
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 726
St. Simons 19th April 1817
Mr. Thomas Johnston
I wrote you on the ulto upon receiving your letter of
the 20th January enclosing your two dfts of that date drawn upon your Sisters
for the sum of five hundred dollars each at 15 & 20 sgt [?] which amount to one
thousand dollars, together with one hundred & thirteen dollars borrowed from
your Sister Ann in Savannah—say in all eleven hundred thirteen
dollars—you agree to receive in full payment of your one fourth of the Hermitage
Plantation, and authorize me to give a receipt for the same &c.
Your sisters being in Savannah I wrote them on the subject and by
some mistake in the post office—only received their answer yesterday—of the 2d
Inst. wherein they accede to your proposal, and agree to accept your bills at 60
days to which I have agreed well knowing that they will have difficulty to make
up the amount even then, when received your directions shall be followed viz to
remit 956# [?] say nine hundred and eighty six dollars to you in New Orlean—& in
case of no bills being procurable to Mr. George Johnston of New York. I
shall be in Savannah soon & if your sisters’ acceptance can be discounted I will
have it done & forward the amounts. The fourteen dollars will also be paid to
Mr. Morrison who as your attorney give formal Titles in your behalf.
The widow Johnston’s 1/4 of the Hermitage was sold lately at
public Sale and bought by your sisters for two hundred dollars. Her estate
being insolvent—had that property been valuable the creditors would have bid it
up. Your sisters now holding 3/4ths it becomes an object to hold the whole
which will enable them to sell when they can—but I assure you that in my opinion
they will not over $3000 for the whole.
I am Dear Sir
Your mot Obt St
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John Couper to Jane Elizabeth
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 736 & 737
St. Simons 10th Feby. 1819.
I can not, my
amiable young friend, see you quit a house where I have long viewed you with the
affectionate feelings of a Father, without some regret at parting, tho’ I hope
not finally. Indeed it is some consolation to know you are going to a situation
that will be more conducive to your happiness; in spite of reason however, we
Your sister is now happy with the husband of her choice, the
connection I only notice as it bears upon you, tho’ independent yourself and at
the age of discretion, still your sex are doomed to some degree of dependence,
you are now happily placed under the protection of a kind Brother-in-law. And
tho’ I hope, expect and believe you will soon have a husband equally reputable,
yet I now consider you in the single state and presume to advise, which I am
sure will not be taken amiss.
In every situation of life we are rendered more respectable by
independence, even amongst our nearest relations and dearest friends our own
feelings are so interwoven with this object that the idea constitutes the
reality. I know you will ever find the most cordial welcome in your sister’s
family. And indeed to be deprived of your society would be to her a serious
affliction, yet I wish to see your company considered (even by them) as a
favor. I therefore advise you to improve The Hermitage, I hope jointly, but as
a home for you and to call you the mistress whilst you remain Miss Johnston.
When tired of the dissipation of a town life a few days in your garden would
renew your health and spirits—a ride on Sunday would make a pleasant family
party. I yet hope to pop a few more bottles of Champaign with you all. Now I
see you sneering at me, “Well let that again pop”. If you are engaged elsewhere
so much the better, Mrs. & Mr. Mac. and myself will drink your
health at the Hermitage.
This introduction is meant to say that whenever you wish to withdraw
a part or the whole of your people it will occasion no inconvenience to me, I
shall only deduct from their years hire the months they are absent. Prince
can manage a small plantation, with him you would require no overseer. You will
recall there is $700 due you now for hire of 1818. The sooner you gradually
commence improving the better. I wish I was better acquainted with your land
and nearer to give you advise.
I can not relinquish the hope that you will spend part of your
summers with us on St. Simons which will enable us to retaliate on you in
Savannah in Winter. Poor Bell will be the severest sufferer by your
leaving us. Mrs. Mac requires no assurance of my respect—tell her I
won’t again have that black look by calling her Mrs. Daubignon [sic].
My sincerest wishes attend you in every situation and my wishes that
you may be as happy as you merit, and I remain,
My Dear Niece,
Your affectionate Uncle,
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Thomas Johnston to William
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 741-743
Mr. William Johnston
London 4th Septr. 1780
I hope on your arrival at home you found your family and friends all
well. I arrived here on Wednesday afternoon, in perfect good health altho some
what fatigued with the journey. But have now got the better of it as also of
the fatigue I had for some days before I left Scotland. I have met with more of
my acquaintances here than I expected, there is Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid,
a Mr. Powell, a Mr. Ingliss and a Mr. Jamieson, (all from &
going for Savannah in Georgia,) as also Mr. Warweek and as far as I can
learn it will be two months before a convoy sail from this for that country. As
Mr. and Mrs. Milligan are gone for Scotland, I had not the
pleasure of seeing them, but when you meet I beg my compliments to them both.
Mr. & Mrs. Clark is well as also Mr. James.
I have had some conversation with Mr. Clark & some of my
acquaintances with respect to the application, and its there [sic] opinion that
it should be done, therefore if you can procure the letter or letters mentioned
in oure [sic] conversation recommending the matter either to the Minster Lord
North or Lord George Germain or some of the Lords of the Treasury, I
make no doubt but it would have some affect, and the sooner the better.
I hope Mr. Couper got safe home, please remember me to him,
Mrs. Couper & Miss Jeanie as also to Mr. & Mrs. Lamont
and all there good family. I shall put both these good Gentlemen to the expense
of postage in a short time, Direct for me at No. 1 New Court, Throgmorton
Street, London. I am with compliments to you, my sisters, and all your family,
Mr. William Johnston
Savannah 14th December 1786
I read yours by Mr. Dickson & am sincerely sorrie [sic] to
find that you have not read any of mine since June ’85. I have wrote you twice
since that time, one in Octobr. and the other in April ’86. This is the only
one I have read from you since either of these. I informed you in the last of
mine of my then having altered my situation in life and repeated my former
requests of having one or two of your sons sent me. I am truly in want of
assistance not being able to transact the whole of the business I have to do. I
have been obliged to have an assistant for some time past to whom I give seventy
five pounds Stg. a year, and God knows when I shall be able to bring my afares
[sic] into the compass of my Plantation the manigement [sic] of which takes up
the gratest [sic] part of my attention.
The miscarriage of our letters is truly distressing and I can only
impute it to the present moad [sic] of conveyance, there being seldom an
oppertuinity [sic] from this to Britain, and no regular post from this to
Charles Town. Letters go by privit [sic] persons, & as I live nine miles out of
town, of course must leve [sic] mine with a friend to go by any oppertunity
[sic] that offers either by land or water. To those circumstances I impeut
[sic] the miscarige [sic].
I see you have given up your former line of Business which I’m glad
of, as I alyes [sic] thought the fatigue too grate for you. I am also glad that
you are fixed on a spot so to your mind & hope that it will answer your
expectations. I had a letter a few weeks ago from your son George. He
said that at the request of his Uncle Mr. George Pottie he left Scotland
in August ’85 but had the misfortune not to arrive til after his Uncle had
sailed for England, for the benifite [sic] of his health, and that it had
pleased God to call him off in ten days after he sailed. He says he is at
present along with his Uncle’s partner, a Mr. Dick, who he speaks much in
favor of. He ways he expects to live with him a while, but is not serton [sic]
how long. In case of his leaving that Gentleman, I have requested him to come
Your desire my advice with respect to your disposal of your son
William, mentioning at same time that you had wrote Mr. B. Couper on
the same head. Should he have recommend any part of the world for him before
this reaches you, I must give up my request of his coming this way, but at any
rate I hope to see my name sake Tom in a short time. Be ashured [sic] it
will give me grate [sic] satisfaction to see any of my family or connections,
especially one from the house where my son makes one of the family. I hope you
don’t flatter me when you tell me that John’s behaviour is such as is
approved of, & that he pays attention to his Education, which is the gratest
[sic] wish I have, for on that depends his own happyness [sic] and my
satisfaction. And happy am I to have a Brother to whome [sic] I could send a
child such a distance without being under any uneasyness [sic] with respect to
the care of his person or Education, which while with you & my sisters &c I am
But there is sumthing [sic] which give me much consern [sic]
respecting my not showing my gratitude to you, not only for his disbursments
[sic] but for my own support on a former day. But I do assure you on the faith
of a man & a Brother that it proceeded from nothing else than the veries [sic]
failures and disappointments I have met with (since I have been here) in
collection of old debts. I have at last ben [sic] obliged to have recourse to
Law for the recovery of those old matters, and even then obliged to purchase the
property that mae [sic] be attached, or go half unpaid, on account of the
scarsity of cash amoungst [sic] us. I have lately ben obliged to make a
purchase of one half of an Island, which I hope will turn out to good account,
and in a few mounths [sic] the other half (I expect) must be sold on and of our
consern [sic]. I mean to purchase it if I can, the whole of the Island consists
of one thousand acres of the furst [sic] quality, which will make a prety [sic]
property for John.
In the course of the months of March and Aprile [sic] I must travel
in each three hundred miles (with books of accounts) to attend Sirquit [sic]
Courts, for the recovery of large sums, in one county there is upwards of two
thousand pounds Sterling depending at that time. Thus I have given you a sketch
of my disagreeable situation. But I still hope to have it in my power to write
you more favourably & pay more attention to you and other matters.
I had a letter some time since from your son John acquainting
me of his being fixed at Dumfries on your joint accounts. I hope the business
answers both your expectations. He at the same time mentioned the death of his
Grandmother Mrs. Pottie, which leads me to inquire after the health and
welfair [sic] of the whole of your family as well as the young folks, as my tow
sisters and son. As you don’t say that our sister is better, I’m afraid poor
N. is worse.
(Here five lines
are torn off—MHB)
-----to a Miss
Dewes, a respectable younge [sic] ladie [sic], in whom I enjoy the blessings
of the married life and by whom I have a little girl of two months of age. I
must conclude by requesting that you deliver the enclosed letters, and accept my
compliments and best wishes for yourself, family and all friends, in which I am
joined by my wife who desires to be mentioned to you all. I am, Dr. Brother,
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William Johnston to Thomas
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 743 & 744
Mr. Thomas Johnston
Hermitage by Savannah, Georgia
Kirkeudbright Novr. 5th 1791
We had the pleasure of writing you very lately by a gentleman who
was to take his passage from London. To which we refer.
Our friend Captain Wright was so friendly as to wirte me the
other day that he intended to sail about the 20th for Savannah desiring I would
send over to Liverpool any letters that me or my friends had for your quarter.
I have only to inform you that all our friends here and at Dumfries
are in their ordinary state of good health. I have often thought that you (as
many others have done) ought to have applied to Government for Redress for what
you suffered by being a Loyalist and a keen Government man. I wish you to make
a real state of your losses, properly authenticated and vouched, with a petition
from you to them. I don’t know whether it will have any effect or not as I am
afraid you are too late. But send them over to me with the first sure hand, and
if it does not good I am sure it can do no harm.
Mrs. Lamont and family, James Couper and family are
all very well. Betty and family join me in compliments to you and
I am Dr. Brother,
Your affectionate Brother,
(On the bottom of this letter,
in the hand-writing of Thomas Johnston, is the following, evidently a
draft of his reply—MHB)
I doubt not of
your being long ere now informed of Miss Dewes’ marige [sic] with
Capt. Ried. His sister is at present talked of with a Mr. McKenan,
and about two months ago Miss Dawson and Mr. Dewes coupled in
Holly [sic] bonds of wedlock. So you see we go on rapidly, and for further
information I refer you to newspapers herewith sent by Capt. Middleson of
the Ship Hannah for Kirkoudbright, who has favoured me in taking in his cabin
half a barrle [sic] of Rice for a pouding [sic] for the Johnstons and
Jordans and a little Cotton wool for my sisters to spin into a cotton ball
or candle wick. These articles are as a sample of the production of Hermitage
which I doubt not will make them the more acceptable.
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William Johnston to Ann Mary &
Jane E. Johnston
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 744 & 745
Miss Ann & Jane Johnston
Hermitage by Savannah, Georgia
Marwhern 10th April 1812
My Dear Nieces:
From my long silence I am really ashamed to address you, but I can
assure you it did not proceed from the want of filial respect, but from other
causes unnecessary to mention. My family and friends here are well myself
excepted who at present am much reduced both in body and mind. For about these
four months past I have been affected with a prodigious cold which produced a
considerable coughing and discharge from my breast, particularly at night, and
also a complaint on my bowels. These have reduced my body very much—what the
issue may be God only knows, to whose pleasure and good will I desire and here
to be resigned. I think I have nor real desire to live longer in this world if
it was not for a great attachment and strong feelings for my dear Daughter’s two
infant children which it has pleased God in his Providence to commit to my care,
and for them and them alone I could wish that it would please God to spare me a
little longer that I might have the pleasure to see their dear young minds
opening to virtuous and liberal sentiments. They are really two sweet, engaging
children, and I have great hopes that the great parent of us all will bless and
enable them to be a comfort to their fiends and a blessing and ornament to
society such as their dear Mother was, who daily gained the love and esteem of
all who were acquainted with her. I presume you will have heard of their
Father’s death also.
I have made a decent and liberal provision for these two Orphans,
the interest of which will do more than pay for their maintenance and education
which I have directed and ordered to be Liberal and the best that the Kingdom
can afford, with powers to send them elsewhere if necessary for that purpose.
As is said before, the state of my health makes life very
uncertain. I have judged of a duty encumbent upon me as a Parent and a
Christian to arrange and settle my worldly affairs so that I may be in some
measure fitter to leave this world when the decisive hour arrives. I have got
the particulars of that business over with a degree of anxious and filial care
to do what appeared to me to be right. In this last settlement which is almost
modeled anew from the former ones, I have taken the liberty to put down your
names for Five hundred pounds as a memorandum of your Uncle’s respect. I am
sorry to say that your Brother’s behaviour by no means was satisfactory to me,
for which cause I have taken no notice of him, and I know he is under the care
of my son George who is much inclined to serve him, if he have prudence
to improve, which I wish from my heart he may.
My dear Nieces, as this probably may be the last time I may
have the pleasure of addressing you in this world, there is still a duty that I
owe you as your near relation, which is that it is my heart’s wished prayer that
you live in Peace and Love with God, and your Redeemer, with yourselves, and
with all those whose affections and friendships you wish to cultivate. But my
Dears let these be few and well chosen, for in great measure on that your
happiness in this world depends. As I feel interested in your happiness I most
earnestly beg that you will take care to serve God daily with cheerful hearts by
Prayer and reading, and attending with Sacred Reverence the Ordinances of His
word. By these with His blessing your hearts and souls will be prepared to meet
your friends and dear relations in a blessed and happy Eternity where friends
meet to part no more.
My dear Nieces, I pray that God’s blessing and my blessing may ever
remain with you. My wife joins in most dutiful respect to you both. I remain
Your affectionate Uncle,
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John Johnston to Thomas Johnston
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 747
Mr. Thomas Johnston
Dumfries, 14th Novr. 1790.
By the present opportunity I have only to mention that I am well. I
hope you and your family continue in good health. From the number that are
writing I dare say nothing for fear of repeating[?]. I have been very
neglectful in writing, but in future I shall be more attentive and I shall take
care to write when no body else is doing it so as I may have the praise to
John continues to observe his friends’ approbation—he writes
you himself to which I refer.
Mr. Wm. Muir was here lately and mentioned[?] many things to
your credit which I knew was only your due. To Mr. Cochran[?] you are
little obliged, but his character is so well known here that his word has small
weight. He said nothing particular that would hurt you but he can speak good of
no man and therefore he is below your notice. If you can do Mr. Muir a
service be so kind as do it and mention me kindly to him if you chance to meet.
I have nothing to mention only that I have lately got a son named
William. The mother and son are doing well. All our friends are also in
good health. I am sorry I have no particular news. Nelly joins me in
kind wishes for you and Mrs. Johnston’s welfare, and will be glad to hear
so by every opportunity meantime. I am, Dear Uncle,
Your most affectionate Nephew,
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George Johnston to Thomas
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 747-749
Mr. Thomas Johnston,
Dumfries, 26th Augt. 1790
I had the pleasure from London the day before I left it per
Ritchie. I arrived safe here at the time mentioned and went to Millthird
next day. It would naturally suppose. My Mother poor woman I thought was going
to take leave of the little sense she has. I found them and they continue to be
all well except my aunt who is still frail.
I am convinced if I had not wrote them from London and they had been
expecting me some days before I came they would not have known me. My Mother,
Aunt and Miss Pert are vastly pleased with their presents. My Aunt (your
wife) has established her good name with them for ever. She’s a wonderful woman
says one, she’s this and that says tother, and my Mother is more pleased with
her than them all because she thinks she’s one of her own kidney. I made a
shift to smuggle a little tobacco for my Aunt which I presented her with the
pope and she thought she was getting rich all of a sudden. The pipe is laid
carefully up and she is to be in great company, she says, when she smokes it. I
believe she would take it to heaven with her if she could, to take a whiff with
some of the Angels.
No person could have behaved to me better than my Father has done.
When I was in London I could not deny myself the pleasures of the place, which
you know is attended with a good deal of expense. That, with what I paid for my
coming down, when I told him I had occasion for, he only said, "Since you're
well George, it makes no odds." He asked me what I wished to do, if I wished to
be pushed forward for myself. I told him I did not, that I was unacquainted with
the mode of doing business in this country and that I would prefer looking round
me for a little, till I saw what I turned up. For that reason I have fixed here
as a clerk to Murray Rae & CO., a house lately established in the wholesale
spirit and wine line.
When I was
mentioning to my Father how you had been maltreated in Georgia he wondered he
said how I could think of settling among such scoundrels in fact I wonder at it
now myself. The only reason he did not send out the goods I wrote for was
because he thought I could do much better here. Numberless letters, it seems, he
wrote us, but we were peculiarly unfortunate.
Your Son came
down here 8 days ago for to stay. He is bound to one Hannah, a Cabinet
Maker, for five years the least time possible to be got here without paying an
extravagant apprentice fee. My Father never would have bound him if he had not
been very anxious and solicitous about it himself. I confess it meets with my
approbation, and I am pleased to see a boy of his age act with so much Judgment.
It can be attended with no ill consequences, unless in case of your death, and
as Uncle Toby said, "By God you shan't die".
We all mess
together at John's. We are the majority of the house now and Tom
who was formerly Premier, is now turned out of the Administration. That worthy,
generous, good-hearted fellow John has got an amiable girl to wife. She
is tolerably handsome in the face and seems as if she once could have boasted of
a handsome person, but he has put her cursedly out of shape. This just puts me
in mind to wish you Joy on the birth of my young Cousin. Tell him that though I
cannot boast a personal acquaintance with him, yet I have a good deal of
friendship for him, and since I love those I have seen I may be allowed to love
those I have not seen.
I can tell
you nothing of my own knowledge of your Son's disposition as I was no time in
Kirkcudbright and he has been but a short time here, but I will inform you
candidly what his Uncle and Aunt say of him. They say he is one of the best boys
without exception they ever saw. He is very much attached to this country. He
says if you were but here he would not go back for 500 Guineas in gift.
My Father is
to be down here shortly and means to write. It seems my Cousin and him are to do
it conjunctly. I could not inform my Father of this opportunity as I only heard
of it today myself and the young gentleman expects to sail from Greenock on the
30th. Our whole family are much attached to Jamieson; it seems my Aunt
and Sister were crying on account of his coming all the way here. I flatter
myself he has found in my Parents what I experienced in you and my Good Aunt. I
have fifty things more to say to you but am not admitting at present. I will
embrace the first opportunity that offers again.
Be pleased to
make my best respects to my Aunt, Cousins, Miss Lawson, Miss Reid, Mr.
& Mrs. Adams and Mr. D. Johnston and receive yourself the best
wishes of, Dear Uncle,
Your affectionate Nephew,
P.S. Jamieson is six feet high
without his shoes. Compliments to Jas. Johnston and family. Tell him
the parcel with which he entrusted me for his Brother I am pretty confident he
received safe from the mode I took of conveyance. G.J.
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John Macpherson to Paul Benfield
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 782
March 4th, 1786
My dear friend,
Trusting to the daily intelligence sent you, by Mr. W. whom I
constantly see, I have not written to you for some time, although matters are in
a most critical situation. I am not apt to despond, but I do not, I assure you,
like the aspect of the times. A certain Ld., it is true, through an exertion,
which was successful as it was well-tired, has failed in his object; but he has
so shaken the minds of the Hd. Of G..l or rather the mind of its leader, that
matters hang by a slender thread. As I know the ground to a nicety, you may
believe that nothing shall be neglected on my part. Mr. W. is to dine
with me today; and I shall give him my ideas, which he will communicate to you
at full length.
The unfortunate dilemma into which we have been reduced, by the
neglect of sending us information, can better imagined than expressed. I fear
we shall never be able fully to repair such a grieveous misfortune. I shall do
my best, although my hands are most confoundedly weakened, by the want of
support as well as intelligence. Unless both are on the way in the most
satisfactory manner, we as well as they must be ruined. Much has been done;
indeed, so much that, I fear, certain persons here think they have listened too
far to our state of matters. I shall not willingly yield a single point! To
yield an inch is to lose the field.
Let me recommend it to you, my friend, to secure in the best manner
you can. Your own private affairs. The opinions of man will be ever variable,
with respect to the (blank), as to what concerns myself, I need not urge your
best endeaverers. Wisdom as well as justice should induce them to what is
proper and right. I refer you to Mr. W. being most faithfully
[copy of actual signature—ALH]
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Major John Macpherson to William
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 786 & 787
Phila. June 26th 1771
I am just setting
sail for England. Pray write me and direct to me at Penns Coffee House, London.
London 30 Sept. 1771
I wrote you a short letter just before I left Phila. And arrived in
Scotland the 10th ult. I stayed but six days, so cannot be supposed to have
seen much of the Country. We sailed along the Coast from the North West part of
it to the Firth of Forth, & for two thirds of the way, I did not see a single
tree; but when we came within a hundred miles of Edinburgh the Country is very
fine & well improved.
The City stands partly upon a very high hill & partly in an
adjoining valley; so that the prospects are very good, and the town very
inconvenient. The sixth or seventh story of a house on one side will sometimes
be just equal to the ground on the other. I shall attempt no description of
London, as you must have seen better accounts of it than I am able to give; but
will give you a little idea of the Temple, which is a collection of houses owned
by different men. Every student hires his Chambers at the best rate he can, and
is under no controll [sic] at all, either as to study or behaviour. The gate is
always open and we carry our keys in our pockets. Those who are admitted into
any of the Societies of Court are obliged to dine so many times every term, for
three years in the hall, if they mean to be called to the Bar, and this is the
only restraint the Templars are laid under. Westminster Abbey is the most
venerable pile of buildings I ever saw, and strikes the beholder with solemnity,
not felt from other objects. I have been twice to visit it, & the trifling
circumstance of being obliged to enter it uncovered added to my reverence for
the place which indeed was great enough before. You see there
sounding aisles and intermingled graves.
“There the dim windows shed a solemn light,
“And awful arches make a noonday night.”
Cathedral is very grand, & the whispering gallery pleases me very much. It is
about 140 yards around, & a whisper on one side is distinctly heard on the
other. The Drury-Lane and Convent Garden Theatres have just opened. I have
been to neither of them, as there has been no plays of consequence performed.
While Foote’s Summer Theatre was opened, I was several times there; but
as he performs only farces & trifling comedies, I have no opportunity to judge
of the actors of tragedy there. Foote you know is only a mimic & it is
therefore impossible to make any remarks upon him, intelligible to one who never
(Copy of this letter furnished
by Rosa Berrien Burroughs—MHB)
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Major John Macpherson to Capt.
John Macpherson [father]
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 787
(He wrote his father a letter
the night before the assault on Quebec, addressed to be delivered only in case
My Dear Father:
If you receive this it will be the last this hand shall ever write
you. Orders are given for a general storm on Quebec this night, and Heaven only
knows what will be my fate. But whatever it may be, I cannot resist the
inclination I feel to assure you that I experience no reluctance in this cause
to venture a life which I consider as only lent to be used when my Country
demands it. In moments like these such an assertion will not be thought a boast
by any one, by my Father I am sure it cannot. It is need-to tell that my
prayers are for the happiness of the family and for its preservation in this
general confusion. Should Providence in its wisdom call me from rendering the
little assistance I might to my Country, I could wish my brother did not
continue in the service of her enemies.
That the all-gracious Disposer of human events may shower on you, my
Mother, brothers, and sisters, every blessing our nature can receive, is, and
will be to the last moment of my life, the sincere prayer of your dutiful and
Headquarters before Quebec
30th Dec. 1775
Permit me, sir, to
mingle my tears with yours for the loss we have sustained—you as a Father, I as
a friend. My dear young friend fell by the side of his General, as much
lamented as he was beloved; and that I assure you, sir, was in an eminent
degree. This, and his falling like a hero, will console in some measure a
father who gave him the example of bravery.
General Montgomery and his corpse were both interred by
General Charleton with military honors.
Your most obedient and humble
Albany, 14th June 1776
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William Macpherson to James
"The Burroughs Family" pg. 790
Philadelphia, January 6th,
Immediately on the receipt of your letter covering the commission in
the cases of the Schooners Herald and President, I put the papers into the hands
of Mr. Bache attorney at Law, requesting him to take the necessary steps,
which he accordingly did. I am however sorry to inform you that Hillchop &
Watson had both sailed from this Port previous to the receipt of Mr. McClames
letter. We are however in hopes of getting hold of Kelly, and a Subpoena
was procured; but he was gone off to New Orleans, as his master says without
consent of knowledge, from which circumstance I am led to believe he has been
induced to go out of the way; it is however said he is to return in March.
With respect and esteem,
I am yr hble sert
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George Macpherson Wiltbank to
William Berrien Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 795 & 796
(George Macpherson Wiltbank
later had his last name changed to Macpherson—MHB)
Philadelphia, Pa., December
My dear Sir:
It affords me pleasure to answer your letter of the 9th inst. which
I have just received.
For some time past I have been collecting material for the purpose
of writing a sketch of the life of my great grandfather Capt. John Macpherson,
and have now on hand very valuable material. If I am ever able to finish my
sketch, and have it in print, it will afford me great pleasure to send you a
Before answering your questions allow me to say that Capt. John
wrote his name thus—Macpherson and not McPherson as you have it,
and this is important, for he was a nephew of the Chief of the Clan, and a
cousin of the Chief Cluny of the rebellion of 1745. This Cluny has always been
noted for his sufferings and devotion to the cause of Prince Charles.
The Clan always wrote Macpherson.
John Macpherson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1725, and
came to this country 1745. He married Margaret Rogers, the sister of a
then noted divine. His wife died June 4, 1770 in the 38th year of her age, and
is buried in this city.
Capt. John Macpherson had four children, two sons and two
daughters; John M. Jr., and William M. The daughters’ names I
have not been able to trace, having written to one of the Berrien family,
and not receiving answer; in this you may be able to assist me.
Young John Macpherson upon arriving in this Country followed
the sea, and having passed through the graduations of service, took command of a
vessel. He took command of the “Britannia” under letters of Marque issued by
the British Government 1757, and did splendid service in the West Indies. The
Council and Assembly of Antiqua considered him a defender, and voted him a
sword. Capt. John Macpherson died Sept. 6th, 1792 and is buried in this
I think I have answered your questions as to my great grandfather.
Did time permit I could tell you much more—rest assured of this, he was a brave
honest fighter all his life and never knew what fear meant. His son John
was Aide to Genl. Montgomery in the operations against Canada, and fell
with him in the assault upon Quebec 1775[?].
William Macpherson, my grandfather, at the age of 13 was a
Cadet in the British Army; then he held a Lieutenant’s Commission, and was made
Adjutant of the 16th Regiment. At the breaking out of the war, he declined
bearing arms against his countrymen, and resigned. He joined the American Army
on the Hudson 1777, and received a Major’s Commission from Gen’l. Washington,
who was always a true friend to him.
The telling of the life of Capt. John Macpherson sounds like
a romance. I have written this very crude letter in great haste, my time not
allowing more care, pray pardon it, and consider it a private letter, not to be
You and I have much to be proud of when we think of the noble stock
we come from.
Should you desire any more information, rest assured it will give me
pleasure to furnish you with such as I may have.
Now allow me to ask you a question relative to a point that puzzles
me very much. You will notice I say on sheet 2 “he married Margaret Rogers—his
wife died June 4, 1770”. John Adams, who dined at Mount Pleasant (the
home of John Macpherson) said of John M.—“he had the most elegant
seat in Pennsylvania, a clever Scotch wife, and two pretty daughters”. This was
October 1775[?]. The question I would ask you, is this—were the two daughters
mentioned by John Adams, the daughters of Margaret M. (Rogers) who
died in 1770, and could the wife mentioned by Adams have been a second
wife, and the mother of the two daughters, or in other words, was the
Margaret Macpherson, who married Major John Berrien, the daughter of
Margaret Rogers, or was she the daughter of the second wife. Can you
give me the name of the other daughter.
I remain very truly yours,
8 Walnut St., Philadelphia
To Dr. W. Berrien Burroughs,
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William Macpherson Horner to
William Berrien Burroughs
"The Burroughs Family" pgs. 796-798
Bryn Mawr, Pa., March 1, 1902
I take great pleasure in acknowledging receipt of your two letters,
containing so many interesting facts in regard to the Macphersons.
The children of Capt. John Macpherson by his first wife
Margaret Rodgers [sic], I am of the opinion were as follows:—
1. John Jr. b. about 1754; Alumnus of Princeton College,
N.J. 1766; studied law in the office of John Dickinson, author of the
famous “Farmer’s Letters”, and at the “Temple” London, England; Major, and A.D.C.
to Gen’l Montgomery; killed at Quebec, 1775. Unmarried.
2. William, b. 1756, ensign 16th Reg. Foot (British) 1769;
Lieut. July 1773; Adjutant July 1773. By Act of Congress Sept. 16, 1779 “Brevet
Major in the Army of the United States”. Commander of the “Macpherson Blues”
and other distinguished military and civil offices. Died Nov. 5, 1813. He was
married twice, first to Margaret Stout, only child of Lieut. R.N.
(Joseph Stout—MHB) and Mary Keen. From this first marriage I am
3. Peggy (so called in the old letters) stated by Capt.
John M. Sr. to be his eldest daughter. Your kind letter states that you are
descended from this lady, and I have incorporated your facts in my record. I
should highly appreciate additional information, especially place of birth, date
thereof, date of marriage to Major Berrien (his mother’s name), place and
date of death, &c.
4. Polly (so called in old letters) stated by Capt. John
M. Sr. to be his younger daughter, of her we know nothing. Presume her name
was Mary. Tradition tells us that she also married a Berrien. An
old letter from William M. to one of his children, dated Aug. 12, 1812,
speaks of “Dr. Berrien and your Aunt”. Can you tell me anything about
this lady and her descendants? Capt. John Sr. married secondly
Marianne Macneal, I think in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 1771 and 1773
during which time his son John Jr. was studying law at the “Temple”,
London, as the old letters intimate that they went abroad together. Said to
have been a daughter of “Macneil of Caskay” and a niece of the Countess
of Dugale. As to the spelling of the name the old signatures show that the
descendants of Capt. John Macpherson, Sr. of Mount Pleasant, spelled it
as here written, as one word with the “a”.
Maj. Genl. James Birdseye McPherson, killed in the Civil War
July 22, 1864 was born in Sandusky, Ohio Nov. 14, 1828, and John Roderic
McPherson, Senator from New Jersey was born in Livingston Co., New York.
Neither of them are so far as I know, of our family, nor of the family known as
the “Gettysburg, Pa. McPhersons”. These last have numbered many of the
most distinguished citizens of our Commonwealth among them. They take their
origin from Robert, b. 1747, who I am informed was not an emigrant but
born here, but must have been of the “Clan Chattan” (as we are) in Scotland, for
an ancient tomb stone to a member of this family in the Gettysburg, Pa. cemetery
has upon it, the crest of the senior branch (ours) of the Macpherson to
wit: “a Catt segant proper” and the motto “Touch not the Cat but a Glove” A
very prominent representative of this last family is the Hon. John Bayard
McPherson, L.L.D., Judge of the United States District Court, well known as
an eminent jurist, profound scholar and courteous gentleman. This gentleman had
two ancestors in the Revolution, Lieut. William Mcpherson (1737-1832) of
Albright’s Co. Penna. Rifle Reg., and Col. Robert McPherson (1730-1789)
Second Battalian, York Co. Associators.
The spelling of the name in Scotland seems to follow no fixed rule,
we find Macpherson, McPherson, and McPhersone.
The origin of the name “Macpherson” is as follows: Ewan
or Eugine, called Baan from his fair complexion, lived in the reign of
King Alexander the Second, and as sirnames [sic] about that time were become
hereditary, he was called (and his posterity after him) Macparson (Macpherson)
the son of the parson, for the reason that his father was Muriach or
Murdoch being a younger son had been bred to the church and was parson of
Kingousie, but this parson’s elder brother, the Chief of the Clan, having died
without issue, he the parson obtained a dispensation from the Pope, Anno 1173,
and married a daughter of the Thane of Calder, and had Ewan Baan and four
other sons; hence Ewan Baan was called Macparson, or the son of
Some of these facts have come to me since writing you: many of them
no doubt are already known to you, a few however I hope are new to you and will
I trust be of interest.
Permit me in closing, to ask your attention to my desire for
knowledge of Mary Macpherson and her descendants, and for dates, &c. of
your own line from and including Margarette Macpherson.
Very truly yours,
Wm. Macpherson Horner
To William Berrien
Burroughs, M.D., Brunswick, Ga.
Wm. Macpherson Horner,
Attorney at Law.
Bryn Mawr P.O. Montgomery
Sept. 29, 1910
Dr. Wm. Berrien Burroughs,
Lieut. Gov. Soc. Colonial Wars in Georgia
My dear Sir:--
I owe you an apology for not replying to your kind favour of Aug.
27. On our return from Europe in the early summer, my four sons (eldest 12
years old named William Macpherson,) became ill, and on their recovery I
was obliged to take them away for change of air, hence my correspondence has
fallen greatly behind.
I am greatly pleased to know that you are identified with the
Colonial Wars, it is a strong, patriotic and energetic society. I hope that I
shall have the pleasure of meeting you and Mr. Neely at some future
meeting. Last June the General Council met in Portland, Maine, where we were
the guests of the Maine Society, which is composed of the most prominent men of
There is no portrait known to me of our distinguished ancestor
Capt. John Macpherson. The following will however give you some idea of his
appearance. It is taken from the original record, Division of Public Records,
Penna. State Library, Harrisburg, Pa., and has never as far as I know been
“I hereby certify that JOHN MACPHERSON was commissioned
Commander of the Armed Boat Anti-Traitor May 17, 1781, said Armed Boat being his
personal property and carrying Two Carriage Guns, Four Swivels and Forty Men,
being of Ten Tons capacity.”
Description of Captain is as follows:—“—age 55 years, statue [sic]
five feet nine inches, dark hair and brown complexion.”
We an well picture our brave and gallant ancestor from this curious
fragment of history.
I have lately become the owner of a copy of the first Directory of
Philadelphia compiled and published by Capt. John M., a rare and most
interesting book. I shall take great pleasure in sending you additional data
when I get it, as I hope to do. Any information you may favour me with in
regard to the family, I will greatly appreciate.
Very truly yours,
Wm. Macpherson Horner
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