225. James B. Heyward to Dr. D.W. Ray -- December 19, 1864

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    Columbia Dec. 19th 1814 Dr. D. W. Ray Dear Sir I am anxious to meet with you and would come to your plantation if I had the time to spare. I return a few days ago from the low country and any time since has been occupied with important business and now I am obliged to return in haste to the coast as my property there is in peril from the proximity of the enemy. I wished to see you in relation to the property which the late Maj [O'Hanlon?] agreed to hire me- to ascertain if, you, (who I hear is the Executor of the Estate) understand or are acquainted with the terms of the contract. He was sick in bed when we made the agreement and hence the matter was not put in writing. I expected that he would be better in a few days but when I returned he was so ill that I could not venture too disturb him with business. He agreed to hire me at his Singleton Lands [End Page 1] for two years at $5000. per year and that I should use all the materials on it that was necessary for the comfort of my negroes and fine wood for my own use and it was expressly understood that the payments were to be made in current funds. There was a flat attached to the property which I was to have the use of. The time for the removal of my negroes to the plantation is so near at head that I could not make any pause in the work of preparation for their accommodation of the place until I saw you but was obliged to order my hands to push on, trusting that you had been fully informed respecting the contract by our late friend as I have heard that he informed several persons of its terms- and I suppose you also- Hoping my dear Sir that all the measure we have taken on the plantation will meet with your approval I remain Your Obdt Jas. B. Heyward [End Page 2]
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    Columbia Dec. 19th 1814 Dr. D. W. Ray Dear Sir I am anxious to meet with you and would come to your plantation if I had the time to spare. I return a few days ago from the low country and any time since has been occupied with important business and now I am obliged to return in haste to the coast as my property there is in peril from the proximity of the enemy. I wished to see you in relation to the property which the late Maj [O'Hanlon?] agreed to hire me- to ascertain if, you, (who I hear is the Executor of the Estate) understand or are acquainted with the terms of the contract. He was sick in bed when we made the agreement and hence the matter was not put in writing. I expected that he would be better in a few days but when I returned he was so ill that I could not venture too disturb him with business. He agreed to hire me at his Singleton Lands [End Page 1] for two years at $5000. per year and that I should use all the materials on it that was necessary for the comfort of my negroes and fine wood for my own use and it was expressly understood that the payments were to be made in current funds. There was a flat attached to the property which I was to have the use of. The time for the removal of my negroes to the plantation is so near at head that I could not make any pause in the work of preparation for their accommodation of the place until I saw you but was obliged to order my hands to push on, trusting that you had been fully informed respecting the contract by our late friend as I have heard that he informed several persons of its terms- and I suppose you also- Hoping my dear Sir that all the measure we have taken on the plantation will meet with your approval I remain Your Obdt Jas. B. Heyward [End Page 2]
Title:
225. James B. Heyward to Dr. D.W. Ray -- December 19, 1864
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1864-12-19
Description:
Letter from James B. Heyward in Columbia to Dr. D.W. Ray, trustee for the late owner whose land James had verbally agreed to rent. James is anxious to move his slaves there for safekeeping but is worried the trustee had no knowledge of the agreement between James and the recently departed owner. James also mentions that he must hasten back to the low country "as my property there is in peril from the proximity of the enemy." 2p. December 19, 1864.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family
Topical Subject:
Plantation life--South Carolina, Slavery--South Carolina
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
MSS 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
700 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
Copyright Status Statement:
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