Augusta Canal Company business letter
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Augusta Canal Company business letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cumming, Henry H., (Henry Harford), 1799-1866.
Title: Augusta Canal Company business letter
Dates: 1849
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0894

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry H. Cumming (1799-1866) formed the Augusta Canal Company in 1845 in order to fund and supervise the construction of the Augusta canal in Georgia. Cumming funded a portion of the canal with his personal finances. The Augusta Canal Company, a stock company, functioned by allowing the city of Augusta to buy company stocks; in return, the city issued bonds to the company to finance the construction. The citizens of the city paid a tax on the canal, but were automatically made stockholders in exchange, a practice that some found legally questionable.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a business letter written by Henry H. Cumming, President of the Board of Commissioners of the Augusta Canal Company, to James McLaws. The 1849 letter notifies the clerk of the Superior Court of Richmond County of an intended appeal of the award made on the claim of John Silcox, trustee of Charlotte Silcox.

Index Terms

Augusta Canal (Ga.)
Augusta Canal Company (Ga.)
Business letters.
Cumming, Henry H., (Henry Harford), 1799-1866.
Richmond County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Augusta Canal Company business letter, MS 894, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David M. Sherman, 1970.


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

Item 1: Henry H. Cumming to James McLaws. Augusta, Georgia, 1849 July 3 ( 1.0 p. )
Cumming as President of Board of Commissioners of Augusta Canal Company notifies clerk of Superior Court of Richmond County of intended appeal of the award made on the claim of John Silcox, Trustee of Charlotte Silcox.