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Guide to the James Hamilton Papers, 1784-1892

Abstract

Merchant and plantation owner of Charleston, S.C., later of Philadelphia, Pa.

Business correspondence, receipts, and accounts, including papers related to several of Hamilton's business partnerships and numerous private transactions. There are also papers from voyages of ships in which he had a major interest. The collection concludes with items related to the settlement of his estate from 1832 to 1870.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hamilton, James, 1763-1829.
Title
James Hamilton papers 1784-1892
Language of Material
English
Extent
15 Linear Feet, 3666 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes business correspondence, receipts, and accounts, including papers related to several of Hamilton's business partnerships and numerous private transactions. There are also papers from voyages of ships in which he had a major interest. The collection concludes with items related to the settlement of his estate from 1832 to 1870.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Subject headings found in the correspondence were compiled by a researcher in 2005.

1784-1892

Includes cotton and rice, London market, and shipping.

Box 1
1803-1805 Aug.

Includes cotton and rice, London market, shipping, and one letter from niece in London, 1804.

Box 2
1805 Sept.-1806 Apr.

Includes tobacco, steam engine (1805), cotton, financial, panic, France (1806), and politics.

Box 3
1806 May-1807 May

Includes rice and tobacco.

Box 4
1807 June-1811 May

Includes poor crops (1808) and other miscellaneous materials.

Box 5
1811 June-1811, 1853, 1892, and undated
Box 6
Partnerships
Box 7
Legal representation
Box 8
Private transactions
Box 8
Miscellaneous accounts
Box 9
Bank checks and notes
Box 10

Commerce

(1 box)
Commerce, 1796-1805
Box 11

Trading Voyages, 1796-1818

(4 boxes; 1 oversize folder)
Caroline, 1796-1797
Box 11
Charlotte, 1787-1788, 1812-1813
Box 11
Isabella, 1801-1805
Box 12
Isabella, 1806-1810 and undated
Box 13
Savannah, 1805-1818
Box 13
Oversize trading voyages items
Oversize Folder 1
Estate settlement, 1832-1870
Box 14

Miscellaneous

(2 boxes)
Bills of exchange
Box 15
Volumes
Box 15
Receipts
Box 15
Legal papers
Box 15
Cartoon
Box 15
Index cards
Box 16

Historical Note

James Hamilton was born in 1763 in Scotland, and came to the colonies as a young adult. He established a business in Charleston, S.C., prior to the Revolutionary War. After the war, he purchased a plantation on St. Simons Island, and later jointly owned (with John Couper) a second plantation property on the Altamaha River, near Darien, Georgia. Hamilton had three children. He died in 1829.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Hamilton Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The James Hamilton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in May 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff/Ruth E. Bryan, May 2005

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, December 2010

Accession from May 28, 1976 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.