De Renne Historic Georgia Manuscripts collection

De Renne Historic Georgia Manuscripts collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Savage, Thomas, fl. 1746
Title: De Renne Historic Georgia Manuscripts collection
Dates: 1746-1918
Quantity: 1.26 Linear feet (36 folders housed with MS 1135 in 1 document box; 1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms1136(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

George Wymberley Jones De Renne (1827-1880), planter and bibliophile, (son of George Jones (1766-1838), physician), was known for his collection of over 1300 volumes collected from 1844-1861; most of this collection pertained to Georgia history. He had three children with his wife Mary Wallace Nuttall De Renne: Wymberley Jones De Renne (1853-1916), Letitia De Renne (1860-1890), and Kentwyn De Renne (1862-1891), who continued their father's legacy of collecting and printing books related to Georgia's history. Wymberley Jones De Renne married Laura Norris and their children included Wymberley Wormsloe De Renne (b. 1891) and Elfrida De Renne (Barrow).

For more information, see the article "De Renne Family" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of miscellaneous letters, notes, and documents collected by the De Renne family pertaining almost wholly to historical figures important in the development of Georgia as a colony and state. It excludes all relevant Confederate materials which are listed separately as MS 1135.

Although not all items are of great historical importance (a few being retained for autographs alone), several are of special significance, including letters of Pierce Butler (30 March 1803) to Aaron Burr, William A. Bowles (15 February 1799) to Lord Townshend, and Thomas Savage (14 December 1775). An extended correspondence between George G. Smith and W. J. DeRenne from 1903-1908 is included. Two important letters from John McPherson Berrien to George Jones are present as well. There is also an "abstract of the muster rolls" of the companies of Captains Thomas Morris, George Young, and Dufar Peyrett taken 26 August and 2 September 1778. The extended legal briefs of Maria and Frederick Campbell Stewart with other legal materials form part of this collection. Dr. Harney's famous "Farewell to Savannah" and correspondence pertaining to it are present as well. Some of the individuals included are as follows: John McPherson Berrien, Joseph E. Brown, James Bulloch, W. J. DeRenne, George Rockingham Gilmer, and Edward Telfair.


Arranged roughly aplhabetically.

Index Terms

Adventure and adventurers--18th century--Correspondence.
Adventure and adventurers--19th century--Correspondence.
Attorneys general--United States--Correspondence.
Berrien, John MacPherson, 1781-1856 -- Correspondence
Book collectors--Georgia--Correspondence.
Bowles, William Augustus, 1763 or 4-1805 -- Correspondence
Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894
Bulloch, James Dunwody, 1823-1901
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836 -- Correspondence
Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822 -- Correspondence
De Renne, Wymberley Jones, 1853-1916 -- Correspondence
Gilmer, George Rockingham, 1790-1859
Governors--Georgia--History--18th century.
Governors--Georgia--History--19th century.
Harney, Dr.
Harney, Dr. -- Farewell to Savannah
Intelligence officers--Confederate States of America.
Jones, George, 1766-1838 -- Correspondence
Legal documents.
Legislators--United States--Correspondence.
Legislators--United States--History--19th century.
Morris, Thomas
Peyrett, Dufar
Plantation owners--Georgia--Correspondence.
Plantation owners--Georgia--History--19th century.
Smith, George Gilman, 1836-1913 -- Correspondence
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Statesmen--Georgia--History--18th century.
Statesmen--Georgia--History--19th century.
Stewart, Frederick Campbell, d. 1827
Stewart, Maria
Telfair, Edward, ca. 1735-1807
Vice-Presidents--United States--Correspondence.
Vice-Presidents--United States--History--19th century.
Young, George

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

De Renne Historic Georgia Manuscripts collection, MS 1136. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related material includes: MS 1064 George Wymberley Jones De Renne family papers; MS 1064a De Renne family papers; MS 1120(m) De Renne family recipes and remedies; MS 1135 De Renne Confederate manuscripts; MS 1788 Wymberley Wormsloe De Renne family papers; MS 2745(m) Wymberley Jones De Renne book lists; MS 2819 De Renne family papers; MS 3605(m) Samuel A. Green letters to Wymberley Jones De Renne; MS 3623(m) De Renne family catalogue.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Alexander, Mark - letter regarding finances, 1851
2Babcock, J. W. - letter regarding Dr. Cooper at the "Georgia Lunatic Asylum" at Milledgeville, 1917
3Bowles, William A. - letter to "Lord Townshend" regarding America and visiting England, 1799
4Brown, Joseph E. - letter to George W. [Garmany] Esq. - regarding mineral rights on his land, 1856
5Butler, Pierce - letter to Aaron Burr - regarding the Constitution and the current government, 1803 March
6Earle, John - shipping receipt - John Earle on the Baltimore Hero delivering to Philadelphia, 1779
7Everett, Edward - letter to "W. Jefft." - regarding a financial donation, 1858
7Everett, Edward - letter to his sister - regarding a book she sent him, 1860
8Force, Peter - a collection of six letters, mostly regarding Georgia and politics, and a Georgia Historical Society certificate announcing Force's election as a Honorary member of said society, 1844, 1846,
9Georgia. Resolves - the first unanimously resolving to continue the war until "peace shall be attained in a manner consistent with our national faith and federal union," and the second recommending the commander in chief of the Southern department choose officers to command "one Battalion of Infantry on the establishment of this state.", 1782
10Georgia. Resolves - regarding a place of safety designated for the loan offices in South Carolina and Georgia after invaded by the British, 1780
11Georgia. Revolution - an abstract of the muster rolls of the undocumented companies of artillery in Georgia on the Continental Establishment taken in September 1778, 1778
12Gilmer, George R. - letter regarding the legislative appropriation of funds for a lunatic asylum and requesting information relative to the lunatic asylum, 1838
13Habersham, John - letter to James Jackson regarding information of a meeting, 1782
14DeRenne communication about Dr. Harney collection, 1910s
14Harney, Dr. John M. - newspaper clipping regarding his 1818 "Farewell to Savannah!" speech and a copy of his speech written by James Hamilton Couper
15Hazzard, William Whig - letter to Benson J. Lossing regarding Savannah, St. Simons, Brunswick, and their Revolutionary War ruins (includes a sketch), 1840s
16Holliday, Frederick W.M. - letter to W.H.F. Lee regarding the remains and viewing of deceased friend, Chiltin, 1879
17Hull, Henry - receipt regarding two coupons for Solomon's Lodge No. 1 and two notes for collection, 1880
18Jackson, James - letter to Mayor Cale in care of Captain Barnard regarding a debt owed, [1795?]
19Pierce, Franklin and Jane Means - 14th President and his wife - autographs only, 1850s
20Ruffin, Edmund - letter to George [Watt and Co.] regarding a complaint about a business transaction, 1852
21Savage, Thomas (likely Habijah "Thomas" Savage) - two letters, one to Richard Howley and one to James Read, both regarding favors sent to him and politics, 1784
22Savannah. Dock & Harbor - document about the 1750s-1770s, 1816
23Scott, John M. - autograph only
24Smith, George G. - letters to the DeRenne family about his book, "Story of Georgia and the Georgia People, 1732-1860", 1900s
25Smith, Thomas - letter to Harry Dulham regarding Georgia as a province and its finances, 1746
26Spalding, Thomas - letter regarding his time as a lawyer in Georgian directly after the Revolution, 1850
27Tattnall, Josiah - letter to John Noel regarding national American politics with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 1796
28Telfair, Edward - letter to George Jones regarding boxes of indigo and other goods being sent (some for "negroes" at Smith field), 1794
29Thompson, Maurice - letter and poetry to E.A. Silva [regarding burial of Maurice Thompson, writer is "T.B.C."], 1901
30Walton, George - letter regarding a murder in Georgia (the murderer escaped to East Florida), [1785]
31Wereat, John - letter to George Jones regarding financial matters and Indians, 1793
32White, George - two letters, one from George White, the second to George White, both regarding the Cherokee Indians of Georgia in White's book, 1857
33Wiggins, Joseph - overseer account for Poplar Grove, 1837-1838
34Wright, James - "The Humble Petition of Nathaniel Sloo of New York Mariners"
35The Report of the Late Expedition Against St. Augustine - letters concerning the existence of a copy of the report and copies of documents referring to the report in the 1740s, 1916, 1917, 1918
36The Colonial Acts of Georgia - materials and copies of the acts and letters regarding them, 1881
21Indenture regarding Bulloch family land, 1788
22To Judge George Jones from Judge John Macpherson Berrien regarding various topics, including Judge Joel, the Georgia State Attorney General, Colonel Benjamin Taliaferro, and Jones' election, 1807
23To Judge George Jones from Judge John Macpherson Berrien regarding other judges, Dr. Kollock, twin daughters to Mr. Harden, among others, 1807
24Judgement of House of Lords - Stewart vs. Stewart, 1839
25Brief of Social Verdict - Argument and Judgement, Undated
26Estate Documents of Frederick Campbell Stewart, circa 1820-1830s