James Hamilton papers

James Hamilton papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hamilton, James, 1763-1829
Title: James Hamilton papers
Dates: 1785-1868
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet 2 boxes
Coll. Number: ms1611

Biographical/Historical Note

James Hamilton (d. 1829), merchant, plantation owner, lived in Charleston (S.C.) and Philadelphia (Pa.) and had land holdings on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of James Hamilton from 1785-1868. Papers concern mostly business matters relating to the Hamilton's merchant/factory businesses of McCredie & Hamilton and Hamilton & Couper of Charleston, South Carolina. Records include receipts, shipping records, accounts for sales, and invoices. The collection also includes correspondence from Paris, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Savannah, Baltimore, Embden, St. Simons, Tybee, Palmetto Grove, Wilmington, N.C., Georgetown, and various inlets. Several letters report on conditions of Hamilton’s plantation, including crops and people who are enslaved.


Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Charleston (S.C.)
Hamilton & Couper (Charleston, S.C.).
McCredie & Hamilton (Charleston, S.C.).
Plantation life--Georgia.
Plantation owners--Correspondence.
Promissory notes.
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
Shipping--South Carolina.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

James Hamilton papers, ms 1611, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Account for sales, 1785
2Letter, 1786 March 6
3John S. Cripps bill from the owners of the ship Caroline, 1796
4Account for sales, 1789
5Letter to McCredie & Hamilton from Francis Morais, London regarding balance due, 1787
6Warrant, 1793
7Bill of sales of a "negro" man named [Lewie], 1798
8Promissory note, 1790
9Bill of sales of a Boatman named Jack, 1799 April 1
10Articles and Role D'Equipage & signed affidavits of seamen leaving from the Port oF Charleston, 1800 October
11Promissory note, 1797
12Accounts of cash received; bills of sales; freight accounts, 1803
13Shipping records and manifest of the Ship Isabella; letter to J. Hamilton; agreement to take "negroes", 1802
14Account with sales; Isabella Shipwrights bill; Articles and Role D'Equipage & signed affidavits of seamen leaving from the Port oF Charleston, 1804
15Legal documents; receipts; shipping records; letters; accounts for sales; promissory notes, 1805
16Accounts for sales; circular; letters; shipping records; receipts, 1806
17Shipping records; receipts, 1807
18Letter to James Hamilton from Samuel Mathis, Camden, 1808 May 28
19Account received, 1809
20Receipt of payment, 1810 April 4
21Letters, 1811
23Shipping records, 1815
22Description of the remaining lots of an estate, 1812
24Balance sheets; account for sales, 1817
25Letters, 1818
26Receipts of payment, 1823
27Court document, "In the court of Human Pleas for the Court of Philadelphia", 1837
28Receipts of payment, 1845
29Receipt of payment for executions, 1843
30Receipt, The Tredegar Company, Richmond, 1868 September 22
31Shipping paper; letter, undated
2Indentures, 1852, 1858