Robert Toombs letter to Colonel Charles Colcock Jones

Robert Toombs letter to Colonel Charles Colcock Jones

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
Title: Robert Toombs letter to Colonel Charles Colcock Jones
Dates: 1869 December 1
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms2502

Biographical/Historical Note

"Robert Toombs, one of the most ardent secessionists in the U.S. Senate, helped to lead Georgia out of the Union on the eve of the Civil War. This was surprising; although Toombs was a slaveholding planter, he had dedicated the majority of his political career to preserving the Union. Spanning almost four decades, his career in Georgia politics began in the state legislature, and he later ventured into national affairs as a U.S. congressman and senator. During the early months of the Civil War he became secretary of state for the Confederacy. He concluded his political leadership as one of the major architects of the state Constitution of 1877." - "Robert Toombs." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved September 4, 2008)

"Known as the "Macaulay of the South," Charles C. Jones Jr. was the foremost Georgia historian of the nineteenth century. Also a noted autograph and manuscript collector and an accomplished amateur archaeologist, Jones in later years became a prominent memorialist of the Lost Cause and critic of the New South." - "Charles C. Jones Jr." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved August 21, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one autographed letter, 6 pages, from Robert Toombs in Washington, Georgia, dated December 1, 1869, to Colonel Charles Colcock Jones. After a brief account of his health, Toombs takes up the question of whether the Trustees of the University of Georgia, of which he was one, will create a chair of "Archaeology and the Natural History of Man," which Jones would then be hired to fill. The letter also discusses the readiness of the Trutees to create new chairs "as fast as we can get the men to fill them," the financial position of the university ("our means have hither to been very ample & are now for the gradual increase of the means of extending knowledge among our people") and the reluctance of the Trustees to ask the legislature for more money ("we were not inclined to call on the present power for favours of any kind"). The chair apparently did not materialize, and Jones remained in New York unil 1878.

Index Terms

Business records.
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Officers--Correspondence
Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893 -- Correspondence
Legislators--United States--Correspondence.
Plantation owners--Georgia--Correspondence.
Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885 -- Correspondence
University of Georgia. -- History--19th century--Sources
University of Georgia. -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Toombs letter to Colonel Charles Colcock Jones. MS 2502. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Robert Toombs letters, 1855-1872; Robert Toombs letter, 1870 April 30; Confederate manuscripts, 1861-1905; Observations on the last hours of the Revd. Charles C. Jones, D.D., who died at Arcadia, Liberty County, Georgia, March 6th, 1863, 1863; Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. - literary and historical manuscripts, 1867-1889; Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. -- remarks on Robert E. Lee, 1876; Charles Jones Jenkins letters, 1874-1880; Charles Edgeworth Jones papers, circa 1880-1901.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1869 December 1