Receipt of monies received by Susan S. Keith from James B. Heyward as executor/trustee of the estate of Nathaniel Heyward. The receipts mostly depict interest from a bond bequeathed to Susan Keith in the will of Nathaniel Heyward. 30p.
Letter from William Manigault Heyward to his mother. Heyward mentions a drought that has severely hurt his rice crop and writes about hunting, fishing and daily rides with his wife Susan. 4p. June 20th, 1816.
Letter from E. Barnwell Heyward to his cousin James B. Heyward informing him of the death of E. Barnwell Heyward's father. E. Heyward also comments briefly on the state of affairs in South Carolina since the end of the war. 2p. March 27, 1866.
Letter from Fannie Heyward to her father (father-in-law?) asking him to send a recipe for "putting up butter for winter use." Fannie comments on aftershocks of the 1886 Charleston earthquake and writes that she is happy to hear "the Legare St. house pronounced safe." 4p. September 27, 1886.
Letter from Freedmen's Bureau agent F.M. Montell to Lt. James Hann concerning the former slaves still residing at Dean Hall Plantation. Montell writes that Thomas Ferguson wants the freedmen removed "as they have no rights to reside on the plantation after the division of their crops" and that he doesn't want "to have the bad example of idle men" influencing his future hires. Montell also writes of several cases of small pox on the plantation and asks the lieutenant for military help to resolve the situation and provide the "care and attention which the Freedmens Bureau have not the means of affording them." 2p. November 21, 1865.
Record of transactions at Bennett's Mill, Charleston, concerning the sale of 1185 bushels of rice. The miller's receipt was apparently used in support of Thomas Ferguson's petition to be remunerated for the seizure of his father's rice. 5p. May 30, 1865.
Letter from Frank Myers to James B. Heyward informing him that he should look for another overseer because he is appealing the revocation of his medical exemption for service and that he may need to use the overseer that he had previously offered James. 2p. December 3, 1863.
Black-and-white photograph of two men observing pieces of grass. Text on back of image reads, "2*1856-29 SC- Charleston -10-24-50 Howard H. Lamar. St. Andrews Parish, S.C. W.H. Mickel, SCS work unit conservationist, H.H. Lamar, farmer, look at some Ky. 31 fescue grass and Ladino clover that was seed November 1949 and grazed during 1950. SCS Photo by John W. Busch. Please Credit Soil Conservation Service."
Black-and-white photograph, on card, of conjoined twins. Accompanying note dictates that photograph is of Millie and Christine McKoy/Smith. The twins were born into slavery on a plantation in Columbus County, NC. They were sold into the entertainment world and spent most of their lives touring the world making public appearances.
Color photograph, a Polaroid of two young boys sitting in front of a Christmas tree. Writing on front of image reads, "12/25/81 Shawn & Chris." Writing on back of image reads, "Livingston Boys of North Charleston. Christmas 1981."
Black-and-white photograph depicting image of a young boy and girl standing in front of fireplace with Christmas Stockings. Text on front of image reads, "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year." Writing on back of image reads, "My grandchildren, Harriet Hayne and William Barnwell Vaughan with love Willie and Mary."
A handwritten statement detailing an incident between an unidentified author and a woman named Emma. Emma hit the author, making their nose bleed, and the two began to fight. They were broken up and were sent to the "Big House" to show "Miss Mini" what happened.
Note briefly describing the property of Fife Plantation along the Savannah River. The note includes a crude map of the plantation boundaries including the river, the property of Robert Smith to the north and northeast and the property of Joseph Heyer to the south. 2p.
Itemized account of Gerhard Muller, MD, from May to December, 1862, outlining the specific medical care, with costs, of the slaves of James B. Heyward and William Henry Heyward. 2p. Issued June 6, 1863.
Printed circular from the War Department, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned lands, concerning the confiscation of property in the "insurrectionary States" with detailed instructions on how said lands can be restored to the previous owner. 3p. September 28, 1865.
Letter to James Heyward from J.H. Trapier concerning ideas about crops and livestock for their various properties. Trapier suggests giving the newly freed laborers a stake in the crops grown, noting that he got the idea from a book on "European Agriculture" and that the practice had worked well in Germany. He mentions the difference in labor required for field crops versus the "special cultivation" skills needed for rice propagation. Finally, he asks James for a copy of a blank "Petition for pardon" claiming the hand crafted one he had sent earlier might be rejected because of his refusal "to surrender my ideas in reference to State Sovereignty." 4p. August 18, 1865.
Second certified statement from the former overseer concerning rice taken from James Ferguson's Dockon Plantation. The note was apparently used in defense of Thomas Ferguson's petition to reclaim or be remunerated for the confiscated rice. 2p. June 23, 1865.
Second letter of May 5, 1866, from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson. McBurney asks Ferguson to finish the tax returns on Dean Hall and sends him a mill worker. The laborer has agreed to the $15 per month salary with rations "consisting of one peck corn, or ten quarts of meal and three lbs of bacon pr week and one quart of Salt and one quart of molasses pr month." 2p.
Third letter of May 5, 1866, from William McBurney to Thomas B. Ferguson. McBurney discusses the ongoing struggle to obtain a saw blade of the correct dimensions claiming the company he ordered it from cannot forge one because the proper sized plate "is on board the colera (sic) ship and cannot be had until she is permitted to discharge cargo." 2p.
Memorandum between Matthew I. Keith, Susan Keith, William Henry Heyward, James B. Heyward, and Maria Heyward concerning a house on Meeting St., Charleston and the use of trust monies to purchase a summer house on Sullivan's Island. 4p. February 16, 1853.
Letter from William Henry Heyward at Clayhall Plantation to James B. Heyward about a recent survey and a misunderstanding concerning the sale of property on or around Myrtle Grove Plantation. 3p. April 25, 1852.