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Guide to the William Law Papers, 1761-1890.

Abstract

Collection has personal and business correspondence of William Law, the Dubose family, and of Cyrus Bacot, with whom Law was connected by marriage. As captain of the Black Creek Militia, 1813-1820, Law's papers include muster rolls, accounts of courts-martial, lists of absentees with their excuses, and numerous orders. Law's plantation records are confined to frequent lists of slaves, accounts of cotton planted and produced, and weights of hogs killed. The bulk of the papers is concerned with Law's activities as a merchant in partnership with Daniel Dubose, include records of large amounts of cotton sold to Charleston commission merchants, of turpentine and bricks sold, and papers, bills, receipts, account books, daybooks, cashbooks, and ledgers. Included also are an account book of lumber sold by Law and Bacot, and letters and papers showing Law's activities in the temperance movement and the Presbyterian Church. Personal letters, mostly post 1839, include letters of sympathy at the death of Law's wife in 1839, frequent letters from member of the Cooper and Dubose families, and letters from Law's brother, James Robert Law, who was often in financial difficulties. J. R. Law was a planter in the Sumter District of South Carolina and in Madison County, Fla., after 1848. Miscellaneous materials include a description of the Alabama River and environs, 1815, accounts of trips to Red Sulphur Springs and other springs in Virginia, 1835, and Civil War letters from William Law's son discussing camp life.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William Law papers
Creator
Law, William, 1792-1868
Extent
2.4 linear feet, 4 boxes, 1,863 items (including 20 vols.)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains personal and business correspondence and papers of William Law (1792-1868), planter, merchant, and leader of the local militia, the DuBose family, and of Cyrus Bacot, with whom Law was connected by marriage.

As captain of the Black Creek Militia, 1813-1820, Law's papers include muster rolls, accounts of courts-martial, lists of absentees with their excuses, and numerous orders. Law's plantation records are confined to frequent lists of slaves, accounts of cotton planted and produced, and weights of hogs killed. The bulk of the papers is concerned with Law's activities as a merchant in partnership with Daniel DuBose, including records of large amounts of cotton sold to Charleston commission merchants, of turpentine and bricks sold, and papers, bills, receipts, account books, daybooks, cashbooks, and ledgers.

Also included in the collection are an account book of lumber sold by Law and Cyrus Bacot, and letters and papers showing Law's activities in the temperance movement and the Presbyterian Church. Personal letters, largely confined to the period after 1839, fall into three categories; letters of sympathy at the death of Law's wife in 1839; frequent letters from members of the Cooper and DuBose families; and letters from Law's brother, James Robert Law, who was often involved in financial difficulties. Letters from James Robert Law are concerned with planting operations in Sumter District, South Carolina, and, beginning with 1848, in Madison County, Florida.

There are also a description of the Alabama River and its fertile lowlands by William I. DuBose written from Fort Claiborne, Monroe County, Mississippi, in 1815; accounts of a trip to Red Sulphur Springs as well as other springs in Virginia in 1835; a long account by James R. Law relative to a marl bed on his Sumter plantation, and Civil War letters from William Law's son revealing numerous incidents of camp life.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence and papers, 1761-1824
(6 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence and papers, 1825-1845
(6 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence and papers, 1846-1866
(7 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence and papers, 1867-1890 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 4
Arithmetic book, 1808
Box 4
Photographs, undated
Box 4
Account book, 1873-1876
Volume L:2205
Lumber account book, 1816-1828
Volume L:2217
Lumber account book, 1829-1830
Volume M:2218
Ledger, 1818
Volume F:6904
Ledger, 1818

Includes Boat Account, 1819

Volume F:2202
Ledger, 1819
Volume F:2216
Ledger, 1820
Volume L:2203
Day book, 1818-1819
Volume F:2211
Invoice book, 1818-1819
Volume F:2215
Post sheet, 1818-1820
Volume 1

Historical Note

William Law (1792-1868), was a planter, merchant, and captain of the Black Creek Militia, 1813-1820. Most of his merchant activities were in partnership with Daniel DuBose. Cyrus Bacot was a merchant with whom Law was connected by marriage.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], the William Law papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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