Loosely "bound" volume titled "American Letters" consists of letters (1888-1890) of Theodore Grimke Drayton-Grimke from his siblings visiting in the United States and from some of his American cousins, with a few copies of his replies.
Long humorous letter written by Theodore Drayton Grimke-Drayton from Offenbach, Germany (1840s?) to his mother describing taking a break from his studies, visiting small towns, castle ruins, going fishing and the dangerous prank he undertook scaling a tower in the duchy of Walsaw, the village of Falkenstein.
A newspaper clipping announcing an "Anniversary Meeting" of the Literary and Philosophical Society of South Carolina, to take place in Charleston on Chalmers Street at the "Depository." The clipping lists the elected officers of the Society.
A letter from Glen Drayton to his brother (Thomas Drayton?) asking him to protect and care for his children whom he has put under the care of a Mrs. Foster, with a mention of advice from General Pinckney.
An unaddressed letter from Theodore Drayton-Grimke requesting that borrowed money be returned to him. Drayton-Grimke writes that he needs the sum at once to pay the post office, his fencing instructor, and to purchase a mathematics book.
A portion of a will possibly belonging to Thomas Drayton in which Drayton specifies the ways in which he would like his slaves distributed. The writer also wills several "hacks" and tracts of land on the Ashley River.
An undated eight-page letter including a copy of a note by George Washington and Colonel Roberts' response. Washington's letter outlines the consolidation of the armed forces of the states into one Continental Army as well as outlines plans for modeling the new army. Washington references the awarding of rank and initiating a system of compensation for injured soldiers and the wives and family of fallen soldiers. Roberts' response critiques Washington's plans, stating that officers require better stockpiles of supplies, not better pay, to improve the state of their armies. Roberts furthermore critiques Washinton's system of promotions.
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.
Two-sided fragment possibly written by John F. Grimke to an unknown recipient regardng his inability to acquire the number of "negroes" required by a quota. The writer recommends that slaves be taken from the plantations of Mrs. Colleton, John and James Smyth, Sir John Nesbitt, or Elias Ball.
John F. Grimke's military service rosters begin with a list of 79 soldiers that were once in Captain Beckman's company, but apparently transferred to Captain Grimke's Company of the South Carolina Artillery Regiment upon Beckman's promotion to Major continues with a list and description of Grimke's company.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
A letter written by Colonel Owen Roberts in Purrysburg, South Carolina to John F. Grimke in Georgia requesting the issue of "pay bills" for the companies under Grimke's command. Roberts notes that two companies have arrived with ammunition in tow.
A three-page letter written by Colonel Owen Roberts in Purrysburg, South Carolina to John F. Grimke at the "Two Sisters" camp. Roberts writes about sending supplies to Grimke and his inability to procure medicine. Roberts mentions an impending attack on the British "at Yamasee".
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 three-page letter written by Colonel George Roberts in Purrysburg, South Carolina to John F. Grimke at the "Two Sisters" camp. Roberts writes about the failure of the American Navy and France and Spain's naval and monetary assistance during the Revolutionary War.
A two-page letter written by R.B. Roberts from the "Camp at Ashepoo," in South Carolina. Roberts writes that an officer, Captain Wickly's, conduct had been "scandalous & infamous" while at camp by refusing to heed Roberts' orders.
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 four-page letter written by John F. Grimke at the camp near "Sisters Ferry," to his father, John Paul Grimke, in Charleston, South Carolina. The younger Grimke describes the movements of the Continental and enemy armies, and notes that one of their men was "carried off by the enemy" several evenings prior.
A three page letter written by John F. Grimke to his father, John Paul Grimke. Grimke refers to his father's situation in "Charles Town" and discusses "the enemy's" retreat from Augusta, Georgia, as a possible consequence of an intercepted letter between two generals in the Continental army.
A six-page letter written by John F. Grimke at the camp at "Sisters Ferry on the Savannah" to his father, John Paul Grimke. The younger Grimke makes reference to the state of the Continental Army, desertions, and enemy spies.
A four-page letter written by John F. Grimke from the "Camp at the Sisters" to his father, John Paul Grimke, in Charleston, South Carolina. The younger Grimke refers to a nearby battle in which a highly esteemed general, General Ashe and his men were "routed totally."
A six page document sent to [Judge?] William Henderson which includes several correspondences between General George Washington and Brigadier General Clinton. Washington and Clinton discuss the capture of a Major John Andre, Adjutant General to the British Army, who was possibly serving as a spy.
Notarized affadavit by James Island planter, George Rivers, testifying that cattle were removed from his enclosures by a man working under the "Commisary of Captures" who promised a receipt to Rivers, but neglected to grant one.
A two-sided pay stub asserting that the United States [government?] owes Thomas Ousby, of South Carolina, payment for his services as an adjutant and officer in the armed forces. The pay period is recorded as January 1st, 1782 to October 23rd, 1782.
A two-page letter written by General Robert Howe in Philadelphia to John F. Grimke in Charleston. Howe urges Grimke to welcome two business associates on their trip to Charleston, a Mr. Todd and a Mr. Winthrop.
A seven-page letter written by General Robert Howe in Philadelphia to John F. Grimke. Howe references Grimke's willingness to testify on his behalf in an upcoming trial. Howe writes that a treaty has arrived in New York and that the city is soon to be evacuated. Howe also requests that Grimke remember him to his friends.
A three-page letter by Jacob Read in Philadelphia possibly to John Fauchereaud Grimke. Read refers to several debts for bonds that need to paid. Read also writes about receiving several "Drafts" worth forty guineas altogether.
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 by John F. Grimke in Charleston to General Robert Howe. Grimke references two earlier letters from Howe in which Grimke was asked to both pay a debt for Howe and receive two of Howe's associates while they did business in Charleston. Grimke writes that he was unable to assume the debt and hoped that Howe would be able to make the payment.
A letter written by Thomas Ousby in Williamsburg,Virginia to John F. Grimke in Charleston, South Carolina. Ousby writes that he has enclosed a document allocating "power of attorney" to Grimke and that he regrets that Treasure "Indents" have depreciated in value.
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 letter written to John F. Grimke from Alexander Chisolm in Charleston, South Carolina. Chisolm commends Grimke for his "kind interference" in a business manner. Chisolm writes that he will make a payment on a debt presently.