Samuel Meeker letter to General James Winchester

Samuel Meeker letter to General James Winchester

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Meeker, Samuel, 1763-1832
Title: Samuel Meeker letter to General James Winchester
Dates: 1804 December 27
Quantity: 1.0 folder(s) 1 letter
Coll. Number: ms1271

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Meeker was a Philadelphia merchant and militia captain.

James Winchester was born in Carroll County, Maryland. He enlisted as a private in the Continental army in 1776 and rose to the rank of captain. Wounded, captured, and imprisoned briefly by the British, he served to the war's end and was a leader in the organization of the Society of the Cincinnati. After the Revolution, Winchester and his brother George bought land in the Cumberland settlements north of Nashville in present-day Sumner County. Both moved to the Tennessee country by 1785 and immediately became active in frontier government and military service. He added to his land holdings, built mills, and established trade in tobacco and other products with merchants in New Orleans and several eastern cities. In 1802 he built a spacious home, "Cragfont," which was described by a contemporary as "the most elegant house west of the Appalachians." American National Biography Online (Retrieved December 16, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a letter from Samuel Meeker writing from Philadelphia on 27 December 1804 to General James Winchester of Cragfont, Tennessee. The letter discusses slaves and their possible sale in New Orleans. The list of slaves mentioned in the letter unfortunately is not present. However, Meeker goes on to mention other aspects of shipping and overseas trade. The letter is one full page in Meeker's hand. The address leaf bears a Philadelphia hand stamp.

Index Terms

Slave trade--United States.
Slaveholders--United States.
Slavery--United States.
Winchester, James, 1752-1826

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Samuel Meeker letter to General James Winchester, ms 1271. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1804 December 27