Framed historic letters collection

Framed historic letters collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Creator: Walton, George, 1749 or 50-1804
Creator: Wilson, John
Title: Framed historic letters collection
Dates: circa 1709-1850
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms3298

Biographical/Historical Note

Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States of America. He was born in 1808 and died in 1889, after the Civil War. He was only briefly married and then became a widower. He participated in the Mexican-American War, where he led a regiment on his own, becoming a decorated war veteran by the conflict's end. For a while, Davis was the Secretary of war, and often times a politican of high standing. After secession, he was chosen by popular vote to the Presidency of the Confederacy in February of 1862.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of five framed historic documents donated by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia. The documents are: 1.) Jefferson Davis letter, July 25, 1850; 2.) James Southall agreement with Mr. William Boucher, June 1797; 3.) Land indenture agreement, January 13, 1843; 4.) John Wilson letter (State vs. Mabrey & Evans); 5.) George Walton letter, January 23, 1709.

Index Terms

Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 -- Correspondence
Presidents--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Southall, James
Walton, George, 1749 or 50-1804 -- Correspondence
Wilson, John -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Framed historic letters collection, MS 3298. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation, as facilitated by the Georgia Museum of Art.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Jefferson Davis letter, 25, July 1850
Letter to Col. [J.] L. Edwards, [----] of pensions, requesting a copy of Mr. Preston's resolution.
2James Southall, William Boucher agreement, June 1797 (?)
Agreement between James Southall and William Boucher that Boucher will serve as an overseer for one year in exchange for pay, several pounds of meat and bushels of grain, and the use of cows and land on Southall's plantation. Boucher also agrees to plow and harrow and perform other duties on the plantation as necessary.
3Land indenture agreement, Jan. 3, 1843
Agreement is between Absolom Longina and John G.[Shilwat] and regards payment for a parcel of land in Cap [Campbell?] County, Georgia.
4John Wilson letter (regarding State vs. Mafsey & Evans), May 9, 1792
Letter to Mr. D. Alexander regarding William Mafsey and Charles Evans who have been accused of killing Gardener Williams. The letter attests to Williams' bad character.
5George Walton letter, Jan. 23, 1709 (?)
Letter to [Council], enclosing "a proceeding of the Executive of this day, with the papers on which it was founded."