032. Nathaniel Heyward (II) to Mother-in-Law -- July 17, 1819

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    Charleston 17th July 1819. Dear Mother We arrived here the day before yesterday before two o'clock but had a very critical passage. When we saw the schooner in coosaw she was aground and in the course of the night as the tide lifted her off the bank it was discovered that she had started her mainmast and both pumps and was leaking very badly.- But as the wind was fair we attempted to go to town- After we crossed St. Helena bar the sea being very rough we discovered that the leak gained upon so fast tho' all hands were constantly at the pump that I thought we should inevitably have lost both vessel and cargo and have had some trouble to save our sweet selves.-But by great diligence in possessing good seamanship on the part of old Morgan and the blessing of a fine fair wind we were enabled to slip her upon [End Page 1] a mud flat in a Charleston dock in a sinking condition How much of the cargo is damaged we have not yet ascertained; but I am satisfied we could not have held out much longer-- The bustle of the day, the sea air and the effects of your affectionate and motherly attention has worked a revolution in my health which is much improved and daily strengthening.- I engaged my passage yesterday for the next trip of the Georgia Packet and will probably sail in about ten days-You will see by the papers that the Yellow fever has shown itself in Philadelphia. If that information is correct we shall lose much enjoyment by being obliged to avoid that agreeable city.- Edward Nat My Mother and family all continue well and the town is very healthy. Remember me affectionately to Mary and Mr. Smith the attention of the latter has made a great impression upon my mind and I wish you would tell him so-- With [End Page 2] love to Elizabeth and all at home I remain Yrs. Affectionately N. Heyward Junr. [End Page 3] Mrs. Mary Barnwell Beaufort S.C. [End Page 4]
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    Charleston 17th July 1819. Dear Mother We arrived here the day before yesterday before two o'clock but had a very critical passage. When we saw the schooner in coosaw she was aground and in the course of the night as the tide lifted her off the bank it was discovered that she had started her mainmast and both pumps and was leaking very badly.- But as the wind was fair we attempted to go to town- After we crossed St. Helena bar the sea being very rough we discovered that the leak gained upon so fast tho' all hands were constantly at the pump that I thought we should inevitably have lost both vessel and cargo and have had some trouble to save our sweet selves.-But by great diligence in possessing good seamanship on the part of old Morgan and the blessing of a fine fair wind we were enabled to slip her upon [End Page 1] a mud flat in a Charleston dock in a sinking condition How much of the cargo is damaged we have not yet ascertained; but I am satisfied we could not have held out much longer-- The bustle of the day, the sea air and the effects of your affectionate and motherly attention has worked a revolution in my health which is much improved and daily strengthening.- I engaged my passage yesterday for the next trip of the Georgia Packet and will probably sail in about ten days-You will see by the papers that the Yellow fever has shown itself in Philadelphia. If that information is correct we shall lose much enjoyment by being obliged to avoid that agreeable city.- Edward Nat My Mother and family all continue well and the town is very healthy. Remember me affectionately to Mary and Mr. Smith the attention of the latter has made a great impression upon my mind and I wish you would tell him so-- With [End Page 2] love to Elizabeth and all at home I remain Yrs. Affectionately N. Heyward Junr. [End Page 3] Mrs. Mary Barnwell Beaufort S.C. [End Page 4]
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    Charleston 17th July 1819. Dear Mother We arrived here the day before yesterday before two o'clock but had a very critical passage. When we saw the schooner in coosaw she was aground and in the course of the night as the tide lifted her off the bank it was discovered that she had started her mainmast and both pumps and was leaking very badly.- But as the wind was fair we attempted to go to town- After we crossed St. Helena bar the sea being very rough we discovered that the leak gained upon so fast tho' all hands were constantly at the pump that I thought we should inevitably have lost both vessel and cargo and have had some trouble to save our sweet selves.-But by great diligence in possessing good seamanship on the part of old Morgan and the blessing of a fine fair wind we were enabled to slip her upon [End Page 1] a mud flat in a Charleston dock in a sinking condition How much of the cargo is damaged we have not yet ascertained; but I am satisfied we could not have held out much longer-- The bustle of the day, the sea air and the effects of your affectionate and motherly attention has worked a revolution in my health which is much improved and daily strengthening.- I engaged my passage yesterday for the next trip of the Georgia Packet and will probably sail in about ten days-You will see by the papers that the Yellow fever has shown itself in Philadelphia. If that information is correct we shall lose much enjoyment by being obliged to avoid that agreeable city.- Edward Nat My Mother and family all continue well and the town is very healthy. Remember me affectionately to Mary and Mr. Smith the attention of the latter has made a great impression upon my mind and I wish you would tell him so-- With [End Page 2] love to Elizabeth and all at home I remain Yrs. Affectionately N. Heyward Junr. [End Page 3] Mrs. Mary Barnwell Beaufort S.C. [End Page 4]
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    Charleston 17th July 1819. Dear Mother We arrived here the day before yesterday before two o'clock but had a very critical passage. When we saw the schooner in coosaw she was aground and in the course of the night as the tide lifted her off the bank it was discovered that she had started her mainmast and both pumps and was leaking very badly.- But as the wind was fair we attempted to go to town- After we crossed St. Helena bar the sea being very rough we discovered that the leak gained upon so fast tho' all hands were constantly at the pump that I thought we should inevitably have lost both vessel and cargo and have had some trouble to save our sweet selves.-But by great diligence in possessing good seamanship on the part of old Morgan and the blessing of a fine fair wind we were enabled to slip her upon [End Page 1] a mud flat in a Charleston dock in a sinking condition How much of the cargo is damaged we have not yet ascertained; but I am satisfied we could not have held out much longer-- The bustle of the day, the sea air and the effects of your affectionate and motherly attention has worked a revolution in my health which is much improved and daily strengthening.- I engaged my passage yesterday for the next trip of the Georgia Packet and will probably sail in about ten days-You will see by the papers that the Yellow fever has shown itself in Philadelphia. If that information is correct we shall lose much enjoyment by being obliged to avoid that agreeable city.- Edward Nat My Mother and family all continue well and the town is very healthy. Remember me affectionately to Mary and Mr. Smith the attention of the latter has made a great impression upon my mind and I wish you would tell him so-- With [End Page 2] love to Elizabeth and all at home I remain Yrs. Affectionately N. Heyward Junr. [End Page 3] Mrs. Mary Barnwell Beaufort S.C. [End Page 4]
Title:
032. Nathaniel Heyward (II) to Mother-in-Law -- July 17, 1819
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1819-07-17
Description:
Nathaniel Heyward writes his mother-in-law, Mary Barnwell, about a perilous trip from Coosaw island to Charleston aboard a leaky schooner that required "all hands constantly at the pump." He mentions that he has secured passage on the 'Georgia Packet' for a summer trip north but may have to skip Philadelphia because of news the "Yellow fever has shown itself" there. 4p.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family, Heyward, Nathaniel, 1790-1819--Correspondence
Topical Subject:
Plantation life--South Carolina
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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700 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
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