William C.N. Swift correspondence
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William C.N. Swift correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Swift, William Cole Nye, 1815-1892.
Title: William C.N. Swift correspondence
Dates: 1839
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0782

Biographical/Historical Note

William C.N. Swift (b. 1815) was born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He attended Brown University but did not graduate. He worked as a bookkeeper in Benjamin Rodman's counting room until 1835, when he joined his father in the live oak trade firm of E. and R. Swift and Co. Swift traveled to Ossabaw Island, Georgia to supervise the gathering of live oak. He continued his travels throughout the South surveying land and purchasing live oak lots. He was a passenger on the steamship Pulaski when she sank in 1838. In 1843, Swift bought a whaling ship and started the agency of Aiken and Swift shortly thereafter. On June 15, 1847, he married Eliza Perry. He was a delegate for Massachusetts at the Democratic National Conventions in 1860 and 1864.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two letters. One letter is written by Mrs. Reuben Swift to her son, William C.N. Swift. Mrs. Swift writes from Newbedford, Massachusetts, for her husband and names places in the Georgia coastal area where live oak timber can be found. William Swift was in Riceboro, Georgia. The second letter is from William Swift to his mother, dated Savannah, 1839. In the letter, Swift expresses concern for her health and tells of live oak timber operations on Colonels Island, St. Catherines Island, St. Simons Island, and the Screven (spelled "Scriven) estate.


Index Terms

Colonel's Island (Ga.)
Families--Massachusetts.
Letters (correspondence)
Live oak.
Lumber trade.
Saint Catherines Island (Ga.)
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
Swift, William Cole Nye, 1815-1892.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William C.N. Swift correspondence, MS 782, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1950 and 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: Mrs. Reuben Swift to her son, William C.N. Swift. Newbedford, Mass., 1839 February 15 ( 3.0 p. )
Writes for her husband, naming places in the Georgia coastal area where live oak timber can be found.
 
Item 2: William C.N. Swift to his mother. Savannah, 1839 March 8 ( 2.0 p. )
Expresses concern for her health; tells of live oak timber operations on Colonels Island, St. Catherines Island, St. Simons Island, and the Screven estate.