|Creator:||Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822|
|Title:||Pierce Butler letter to Petit de Villers|
|Dates:||1809 January 21|
|Quantity:||0.05 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1497 to MS 1499)|
Pierce Butler was a Delegate and a Senator from South Carolina; born in County Carlow, Ireland, July 11, 1744; pursued preparatory studies; came to America in 1758 as an officer in the British Army; resigned his commission prior to the Revolutionary War and settled in Charles Town (now Charleston), S.C.; planter; aided the American cause during the Revolutionary War; delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787; member of the convention which framed the Federal Constitution in 1787; elected to the United States Senate in 1789 for the term ending March 3, 1793; reelected December 5, 1792, and served from March 4, 1789, to October 25, 1796, when he resigned; again elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Ewing Colhoun and served from November 4, 1802, until his resignation November 21, 1804; died in Philadelphia, Pa., February 15, 1822; interment in Christ Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pa. Biographical Directory of The United States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov (Retrieved March 11, 2009)
Mr. F.D. Petit de Villers was a merchant in Savannah, Georgia.
The collection consists of an autograph letter signed and dated 21 January 1809 written by Pierce Butler, Philadelphia, to Petit de Villers, Savannah. It is concerned with damage done to one of his extensive holdings in Georgia. He says it "...would have been more gentlemanly - more neighborly in Mr. Spaulding, to have written to me, stating and real or supposed impropiety of Mr. Kings' (his manager) ..." He further says: "I will say nothing of the new Embargo Law: it is inexplicable to me how a Congress could be found to pass it."
Pierce Butler letter to Petit de Villers. MS 1498. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.