Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey

Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Bliss, Elias
Title: Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey
Dates: 1880 May 18
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms2238

Biographical/Historical Note

Prior to the Civil War, large plantations with slave laborers grew most of the cotton in the South. During Reconstruction, enormous numbers of white small farmers turned to cotton production. Due to the times, a significant amount lost their land and became tenants instead of landowners. Both blacks and whites became stuck in a cycle of debt and poverty that revolved around cotton. Although cotton output soon reached prebellum levels, sharecropping was becoming a problem for the region.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one letter from Elias Bliss in Savannah, Georgia, dated May 18, 1880. It is addressed to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey in New York, and concerns cotton bales and the inactivity of the Savannah cotton market.

Index Terms

Bliss, Elias -- Correspondence
Cotton baling--Georgia--Savannah--History--19th century--Sources.
Cotton trade--Georgia--Savannah--History--19th century--Sources.
Gwathmey, Mr. -- Correspondence
Haydock, Mr. -- Correspondence
Men--New York (State)--Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey. MS 2238. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1880 May 18