Richard J. Adams letters and receipt
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Richard J. Adams letters and receipt

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Adams, Richard J., b. circa 1833.
Title: Richard J. Adams letters and receipt
Dates: 1853-1878
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0001
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard J. Adams (b. ca. 1833), a Vermont native, moved to Palatka, Florida during the mid-19th century. An entrepreneur, his business concerns included steamboat ownership, shipping, coastal stagecoach lines and postal contracts.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 12 original letters and one receipt. Nine of the letters are from Adams' brother-in-law, Hubbard L. Hart and discuss stagecoach lines from Savannah to Riceboro, Darien and Florida (1853-1856); steamboats and the possible sale of a steamboat to Capt. David R. Dillon; cotton shipments (1866-1867); mail contracts; commodity prices; and community and family affairs in Georgia and Florida. Two of the letters are from Erwin and Hardee, commission merchants.

Index Terms

Adams, Richard J., b. circa 1833.
Coaching (Transportation)--Georgia.
Cotton trade--Georgia.
Darien (Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Postal service.
Receipts (financial records)
Savannah (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from descendant of collector.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Richard J. Adams letters and receipt, MS 1, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard Adams, 1961.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Items 1-7: Hubbard S. Hart to brother-in-law, Richard J. Adams, 1853-1856
Regarding stage coach line from Savannah to Riceboro and Darien, other lines in Petersburg, Virginia and into Florida, and mail contract to Washington.
Item 8: Hubbard S. Hart to Richard J. Adams, 1865 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding possible sale of Adams' steamboat to Captain David R. Dillon; mule team; price of meats; mail contracts in Florida; and going to New York.
Items 9-10: Erwin and Hardee (law firm) to Adams, 1866-1867 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding cotton shipments.
Item 11: Mary (niece) to Adams, undated ( 3.0 p. )
Describes school and entertainments, mentions Adams' impending marriage to Mrs. Bowers.
Item 12: Receipt by Adams, 1870 January 11 ( 1.0 p. )
For payment of $161.38 to J.W. Dykes to be charged to account with J. L. Villalongar of Savannah.
Item 13: Hart to Adams, undated
Regarding misplaced Town Script. Written on Marshall House (Savannah) stationery with woodcut depicting exterior of Marshall House and street scene.