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William Duncan letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Duncan, William E., 1799-1879.
Title: William Duncan letters
Dates: 1860
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0227
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

William E. Duncan (1799-1879) was a native of Scotland who immigrated to Georgia in 1818. Duncan conducted a steamboat company operating on the Savannah River between Augusta and Savannah for many years. He was a partner in Duncan & Johnston, a firm of cotton factors and commission merchants from approximately 1859 until the late 1870s. The firm also served as insurance agents. In 1871, Duncan served as Vice President of the Atlantic & Gulf Railroad and as President of the Savannah Poorhouse and Hospital. His eldest son, Alexander McCrie Duncan (1837-1915), compiled the Roll of officers and members of the Georgia Hussars, which was published by the Morning News in Savannah, Georgia in 1906. His second son, William Duncan, Jr. (1840-1900), was a prominent Savannah physician, serving as Superintendent of the Savannah Hospital for thirty years and as an alderman for ten.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence between members of the Duncan family exchanged between August through November 1860. Several of the letters were written by Duncan's niece, Mary D. Smith of Beaufort, South Carolina, and refer to the management of the Blue Mud plantation and the division of land resulting from a contested will. The collection includes a series of letters from Duncan's nephew, David G. Duncan, in New Orleans, Louisiana, asking his uncle for advice and aid. David apparently had suffered some "disgrace," was facing charges, and was seeking employment. M.W. Welman wrote to William Duncan thanking him for his interest in the Savannah Female Asylum and discusses the work of the school. A reprint from the Savannah Republican, October 11, 1860 discussing the disputes between William Henry Stiles and J.R. Sneed, is included in the collection.


Index Terms

Beaufort (S.C.)
Blue Mud Plantation (Beaufort County, S.C.)
Broadsides (notices)
Duncan family.
Duncan, David G.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah Female Asylum (Ga.)
Smith, John J.
Smith, Mary D.
Welman, M. W.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William E. Duncan letters, MS 227,Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of Catherine Howell Charlton, 1953.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Item 1: W.B. Giles to William Duncan, Savannah, 1860 August 14 ( 3.0 p. )
This letter discusses the division of land.
 
Item 2: Mary D. Smith to her uncle, William Duncan.,Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 August 16 ( 3.0 p. )
Thanks for fruit; news of family and friends.
 
Item 3: Mary D. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 August 20 ( 4.0 p. )
Contested will, news of family and friends.
 
Item 4: Mary D. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 August 22 ( 4.0 p. )
Same as Item 3.
 
Item 5: Mary D. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 August 30
The letter is about bags of cotton, Blue Mud plantation, contested will, news of family.
 
Item 6: John J. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 August 30 ( 4.0 p. )
Regarding news of family and management of Blue Mud plantation.
 
Item 7: John J. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 September 1 ( 2.0 p. )
 
Item 8: John J. Smith to David Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 September 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Pertains to the reconciliation of David with his uncle.
 
Item 9: David G. Duncan to his uncle, William Duncan, Mobile Alabama, 1860 September 6 ( 4.0 p. )
Encloses copy of letter he received from John J. Smith; asks advice.
 
Item 10: John J. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 September 10 ( 4.0 p. )
About the management of Blue Mud plantation.
 
Item 12: M.W. Welman to William Duncan, Savannah, Georgia, 1860 September 19 ( 3.0 p. )
Thanks Dr. Duncan for his interest in the Savannah Female Asylum; discusses work of school.
 
Item 11: Mary D. Smith to William Duncan, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1860 September 17 ( 4.0 p. )
About the management of Blue Mud plantation.
 
Item 13: A.M. Jones to D. McDonald, Jacksonville, Florida, 1860 September 26 ( 2.0 p. )
Condolence on death of McDonald’s brother; describes property for sale, Laurel View on Medway River.
 
Item 14: David G. Duncan to William Duncan, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1860 ( 4.0 p. )
Discusses his “disgrace”, seeking employment, and asks for aid.
 
Item 15: David M. Duncan to William Duncan, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1860 October 9 ( 4.0 p. )
Same as Item 14.