A four-page letter written by John F. Grimke to his father, John Paul Grimke, regardng his arrival at Camp Purisburgh. Grimke describes the poor condition of the roads, the state of the militias in the Carolinas, and recruitment within "Continental Battalions." Grimke notes that unless more severe laws are passed regulating regional militias, it is probable that Americans would be forced to "submit to [their enemy's] Government."
A letter written by Colonel Owen Roberts in Purrysburg, South Carolina to John F. Grimke at the camp at "Two Sisters." Roberts references the high desertion rate in camp following an unsuccessful battle by General Ashe.
A letter written by Thomas Ousby to John F. Grimke to accompany a "pay bill" [receipt] drawn up by Ousby. Ousby notes that he has recently cashed two "Drafts" sent by Grimke, and hopes to be able to pay him back soon.
A letter written to John F. Grimke from B. Waring, possibly of Bellefield Plantation in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Waring regrets to inform Grimke that due to a poor indigo crop, he is unable to pay an owed debt. Waring references Grimke's "little sweetheart" (possibly Waring's own child) who has entirely forgotten Grimke and recommends that Grimke stop for a visit on his next trip to Camden, South Carolina (where Waring will shortly be living?).
A bill of sale to Sarah Marie Drayton for the purchase of five slaves from the estate of Mrs. Ann D. Perry. James W. Gray, the commisioner of the Court of Equity facilitated the sale. The sale includes the guarantee to the purchaser of "the future issue of the Females"--meaning any future children will be the property of the purchaser. The back of the document includes several worn statements regarding the legality of the sale.
Form letter from Yale College (possibly to parents of students) regarding Sophomore Class's failure to "perform" required recitations. In margins of form letter Theodore Drayton Grimke includes a message to his father, Thomas S. Grimke, in which he details specifics of the controversy with Yale's sophomore class.
A bill of sale to Thomas S. Grimke for the purchase of a slave boy named Agrissa from Sarah Marie Drayton. The back of the document includes a signed statement, possibly from an attorney, verifying the legality of the bill of sale.
A letter to Thomas S. Grimke from Reverend Jasper Adams from Geneva, New York expressing his views on classical education, especially for the upper class; constitutional history; the new Southern Review; and the improvements at the College of Charleston in which Adams expresses his continuing interest.
A short letter from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney to Thomas S. Grimke. Pinckney mentions that he will pass along a memorandum [of Grimke's father's death?] to his (Pinckney's) brother, as Pinckney's brother and Grimke's father were at Westminster school together and in the same military company.
Legal document from the heirs of John Wilson's estate forbidding (their brother?) Thomas Wilson from paying out money to James Stanyarne from the same estate. The document is undersigned by John H. Wilson, William S. Wilson, and Sarah E. Wilson, and witnessed by William Jasper.
A bill of sale to Thomas S. Grimke for the purchase of a slave named August from Francis Giraud, who is described as "sound sober and no runaway." The back of the form includes a signed statement by attorney John Ward regarding the bill of sale.
A partial letter from an unnamed writer to Thomas S. Grimke describing the writer's acquaintance with Grimke's father. The writer describes the patriotism of "persons educated at Westminster" and describes Grimke's father's service during the Revolutionary War as admirable.
A two-page letter written by John F. Grimke at Fort Jones in Sunbury, Georgia to General Robert Howe[?]. Grimke discusses orders received by Adjutant Brown which caused confusion among Grimke's troops.
A letter from Thomas S. Grimke to Philadelphia bookseller Thomas Kite, asking his opinion of Mr. Price, an attorney, but also giving details on military preparations and a fear of violence over the nullification issue in Charleston.
Letters of Mary Smith Grimke, wife of John Faucheraud Grimke, to her daughter, Anna Rutledge Grimke Frost (1795-1882), in Philadelphia, regarding the drowning death of her son, Benjamin (1798-1825) and his child, her grieving daughter-in-law Mary Augusta Barron Grimke (1806-1843).
A short letter from George Reid, Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati, to John F. Grimke regarding starting a society chapter in South Carolina. Reid notes that a meeting will be held at "William's Coffee House" to discuss the matter further.
A letter written to John Lawson, Senator of the Town of Sunbury in Georgia, by four "subscribers" calling upon Lawson to examine "the State of the Schooner Peggy" which was taken over by the State for use during the Revolutionary War and damaged.
A six page letter written by General Robert Howe to John F. Grimke from Fort Howe in New Brunswick, Canada. Howe apologizes for not answering Grimke's letter and refers to the transfer of military provisions.
Letter writer, a possible family member of the recipient, writes to J. Drayton Grimke Jr. about deer hunting with "Halliday" and the 500 acres of land in his own possession. Letter includes addressed envelope.
A letter (1756) referencing the recruitment of Indians as troops, written by William Shirley (1694-1771), who served as the Governor of Massachusetts and a commander, after Braddock, of British troops in the French and Indian War.
Letter from John Milton (circa 1740-1817), prisoner of war in St. Augustine, Florida, writing to Brigadier General (Lachlan?) McIntosh, under a flag of truce, explaining his condition and desire for release.
A series of enclosed letters sent by General Robert Howe to John F. Grimke referencing the possibility of a duel between Howe and General Christopher Gadsden. Gadsden's "undeserved treatment" of Howe is described as the reason for the "affair of honour."
A four-page letter written by John F. Grimke to General Howe in May of 1778 referring to several “conveyances” of supplies sent by boat to Howe. Grimke also makes note of Howe’s impending meeting with the Governor. Grimke also recommends that Howe move his camp to improve morale, indicating that the army “will grow tired.”
A three page letter written by John F. Grimke to General (Howe?) from a fort located in Sunbury, Georgia. Grimke writes of the defense of a fort in Augusta awaiting attack. Grimke recommends that the General order additional supplies to account for a longer than expected military campaign.
A four-page letter written by Captain Joseph Warley from the "Camp at Governor Treutlen's" to an unknown recipient. Warley possibly references military orders directed by General Robert Howe. Warley recommends battle formations and instructions for military sentries.
A two page letter from General Robert Howe to John F. Grimke referencing General Lincoln's arrival and Howe's possible relocation to Indiana. Howe suggests that Grimke remain ready to return to Savannah at a moment's notice.