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Meldrim family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Meldrim family.
Creator: Meldrim, Frances P. Casey, 1853-1949.
Creator: Meldrim, Peter Wiltberger, 1848-1933.
Title: Meldrim family papers
Dates: 1809-1973
Extent: 4.6 cubic feet (7 boxes, 1 volume, 1 oversize folder, 1 tube)
Identification: MS 1288

Biographical/Historical Note

Peter Wiltberger Meldrim (1848-1933) was the son of Ralph (1823-1882) and Jane Fawcett Meldrim (Ralph was a businessman in Savannah. His daughter, Margaret, married Thomas F. Thomson and was the grandmother of Meldrim Thomson, Jr., a former Governor of New Hampshire). He received his early education in the Savannah, Georgia, school system; he received his A.B., L.L.B., and LL.D. from the University of Georgia. During the Civil War, Meldrim (at the age of 16) fought with local defenders of Savannah against General Sherman's forces. He began his successful law practice in Savannah in 1869. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate, a Mayor of Savannah, and president of the American Bar Association (1914-1915). He was a member of many social and philanthropic societies in Savannah and held office in most of them. From his youth, Meldrim was a member of the Georgia Hussars; he rose to the rank of Colonel of the 1st Regiment, Georgia Cavalry and became Brigadier-General of the Georgia National Guard. He also served as Major-General of the Georgia Division of Confederate Veterans. He actively supported the extension of education in Georgia and was instrumental in the establishment of the Georgia State Industrial School (now Savannah State College) in 1891. He served as its Chair of the Board from 1891 until his death. Meldrim was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit in 1917 and was still on the bench at the time of his death. He was a well-known orator and some of his addresses were published. In 1881, he married Frances Pamela Bird Casey.

Frances Pamela Bird Casey Meldrim (1853-1949) was born in Columbia County, Georgia, the daughter of Dr. Henry Rosier Casey (1816-1884) and Caroline Rebecca Harriss (1820-1856). She was a granddaughter of Dr. John Aloysius Casey (1799-1819) and his wife, Sarah Lowndes Berrien Casey, and of the Rev. Juriah Harriss (1784-1868) and Elizabeth Shaw d'Antignac Harriss. After her marriage to Peter Wiltberger Meldrim in 1881, she spent the rest of her life in Savannah. She was known throughout the city and state as a great beauty and a gracious hostess. She was instrumental in having the bill introduced in Congress to restore Arlington, the home of General Robert E. Lee; she promoted the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the steamship Savannah (the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean), and the erecting of commemorative tablets on City Hall to this vessel and the steamship John Randolph (the first successful iron vessel in American waters). She was president of the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America, vice-president of the Federation of Women's Clubs, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Peter and Frances Meldrim had many children. Caroline Louise Meldrim (1882-1974) was active in civic, social, and cultural affairs in Savannah. Sophie d'Antignac Meldrim Coy Shonnard (1887-?) married twice: first to Edward Harris (Ted) Coy, and second to Horatio Seymour Shonnard. Jane Meldrim Hewitt (1888-?) married Erastus Henry Hewitt of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Frances Casey Meldrim Jones (1883-1965) was the wife of George Noble Jones (1874-1955).


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of Peter and Frances Meldrim and their children, as well as Peter's father, Ralph Meldrim. Peter Meldrim's papers consist of correspondence, commissions and membership certificates, stock certificates, sketches and tributes, memorials, invitations, programs, and addresses. Frances Meldrim's papers contain correspondence, Christmas, birthday, and Easter greetings, essays, including some relating to the Arlington House and the City of Savannah Commission to plan the 150th Anniversary of the death of Brigadier-General Casimir Pulaski. Jane Meldrim Hewitt's papers contain family wedding invitations and her sketches of the Meldrim home, servants, and "Daisy" Low. Frances Meldrim Jones' papers contain family wedding invitations and correspondence regarding the Casey and Berrien miniatures owned by the family. Some papers in the collection concern Dr. Henry R. Casey, including letters and commission. Also included are genealogies, photographs, clippings, and a scrapbook relating to Caroline Louis Meldrim.


Index Terms

Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial (Va.)
Certificates.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Genealogies (histories)
Greeting cards.
Invitations.
Lantern slides.
Letters (correspondence)
Meldrim family.
Meldrim, Frances P. Casey, 1853-1949.
Meldrim, Peter Wiltberger, 1848-1933.
Military commissions.
Miniature craft.
Photographs.
Programs (documents)
Pułaski, Kazimierz, 1747-1779--Anniversaries.
Scrapbooks.
Sketches.
Speeches (documents)
Stock certificates.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a daughter of the creators.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Meldrim family papers, MS 1288, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Caroline L. Meldrim 1944; estate of Caroline L. Meldrim, 1974.


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

 

Box

1Peter Wiltberger Meldrim papers

Correspondence, 1867-1886, 27.0 items. , 27 items.
Correspondents include: Andrew A. Lipscomb (2); Samuel B. Adams; Peter W. Meldrim (re yellow fever epidemic, 1876); Davenport Jackson; Walter G. Charlton; Charles C. Jones, Jr. (6; five letters re the publication of his History of Georgia); Phi Kappa Society, University of Georgia; William W. Gordon; Alexander Doyle (2); Jasper Monument Association (2).
Correspondence, 1887-1901, 21.0 items. , 21 items.
Correspondents include: Henry W. Grady (2); William W. Gordon (3); Georgia Hussars; Ralph Meldrim Thomson, Sr.; Benjamin H. Hill, Jr. (partial); John B. Gordon; William J. Northen (appointing Meldrim on the Commission for an African American college); Theodore H. Eaton (re the seed pearl medallions); Pleasant A. Stovall; Daniel Wein; E.G.T. Thomson; Robert M. Hitch; Robert B. Habersham (2); Henry C. Cunningham.
Correspondence, 1904-1926, 25.0 items. , 25 items.
Correspondents include: Theodore Roosevelt (appointing Meldrim a delegate tot eh Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists); Herman Myers; M.W. Blumenberg; George B. Elliott (accepting Meldrim's resignation as Division Counsel, A.C.L.R.R. Co.); Pleasant A. Stovall; James Hamilton Lewis (3); S.G. McLendon (3) (re copy of charter of the University of Georgia); J.S. Flipper; P.W. Meldrim (recommending Charlton G. Ogburn for admission to the New York Bar); Chatham Home Guard (presenting a medal); John D. Wade; William L. Phillips; Meyer L. Cherkas, et al; Gordon Saussy.
Correspondence, 1928, 25.0 items. , 25 items.
Correspondents include: H.H. Cabaniss; William F. Jenkins; Alexander W. Stephens (2); R.N. Hardman; Marcus W. Beck; William H. Barrett; Henry C. Hammond; H. Warner Hill; Nash R. Broyles; Richard B. Russell, Sr.; Price Gilbert (2); James K. Hines; R.C. Bell; Joseph Jacobs; D.G. Bickers; James Hamilton Lewis; Edward R. Austin; Charlton Ogburn; Roscoe Luke. Most of the letters are congratulations on Meldrim's 80th birthday.
Correspondence, 1929-1933, undated, 34.0 items. , 34 items.
Correspondents include: Peter W. Meldrim (2) (re his opinion as to who were the six greatest Georgians and another on forest fires); Anna Frances Lewis Esmonde: Alexander Akerman (2); Confederate Veterans Association; Robert Lee Avary; Charlton Ogburn (2); Joseph H. Ross; Alexander R. Lawton; William F. Jenkins; I.W. Waddell, with copy of Meldrim's reply identifying members of the 1868 class at the University of Georgia from a clipping enclosed; John G. Kennedy; 200th Anniversary commission of the City of Savannah inviting Judge and Mrs. Meldrim to be host and to represent the Commission for the pageant; Benjamin F. Hubert; George L. Appleton (3); Ulrich B. Phillips (p.2 only); Seamas McManus (p.2 and p.5 only from 2 letters); Samuel W. Pennypacker; Walter B. Hill (p.2 only); Harry Stilwell Edwards (autograph torn from a letter); Joseph B. Choate (2 autographs torn from letter).
Commissions, membership certificates, etc., 11.0 items. , 11 items.
Commissions: Special Order No. 171 from Georgia Adjutant-General as Brigadier-General, Ga. N.G., Retired 1905; Commission as Brigadier-General, Ga. N.G., Retired, 1907; Commission as a member of the Board of Trustees, Confederate Soldiers' Home, 1929. Membership certificates: Georgia Hussars (enrollment), 1872; Phi Beta Kappa Society, University of Georgia, 1914; Zerubbabul Lodge No. 15, F. and A.M. (as a 50 year member), 1933. Stock certificates: Savannah and Tybee Railway Company, 1887; The Cottage Club, Tybee Island, Ga., 1892 (2); Greenwich Park Association, 1889; Masonic Temple Association, Savannah, 1913.
Sketches and tributes, 15.0 items. , 15 items.
Some are printed; others are in typescript.
Memorials, 1933-1934, 10.0 items. , 10 items.
Confederate Veterans Association, Camp 756; Georgia Bar Association; American Bar Association; Hibernian Society of Savannah; National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; Faculty and Students of Georgia State Industrial College (later Savannah State College); Savannah Lodge No. 3 I.O.O.F.; Sons of Confederate Veterans; Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah.
Invitations, banquets, programs, 15.0 items. , 15 items.
Invitations: Republican Blues Picnic, 1889; Princeton College Glee and Banjo Clubs at Savannah, 1889; banquet in honor of Admiral and Mrs. Dewey, 1900; President and Mrs. Taft to a dance at the White House, 1911; Lady Esmonde to meet Gov.-Gen. and Mrs. McNeill, n.d. Banquets: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1910, 1912, 1917; In Honor of Vicount Haldane, 1913; Almagation Banquet, Savannah Bar Association and Law Society of Savannah, 1917; American Bar Association honoring Judge Meldrim, 1928; to Judge and Mrs. Meldrim to the unveiling of the tablet commemorating the S.S. Savannah by the City of Savannah, 1919. Programs: Fourth Annual Library Declamation and Concert (prizes delivered by Judge Meldrim), 1883; Phi Kappa Society, University of Georgia, Anniversary, 1869.
Addresses and papers, published, 9.0 items. , 9 items.
American Bar Association, 1915; Some Phases of the Relations of Master and Servant, 1911; Respect for the Law, 1904; Respect for the Bar, 1907; the Trial of Aaron Burr, 1920; address at the Tomb of Washington, 1914; Industrial Education, n.d.; Sketch of Aaron Burr, n.d.; Cicero, n.d.
Addresses and papers, unpublished, 23.0 items. , 23 items.
Addresses before various Bar Associations and Societies. All are typed except two which are handwritten; also included is Response of Judge Chas. A. Pollock...to the Toast, "The People of the North and South, one Harmonious Family."
 

Box

2Frances Casey Meldrim and Caroline Louise Meldrim papers

Frances Casey Meldrim papers
Correspondence, 1896, 1913-1926, 33.0 items.
Correspondents include: Henry Persons; Hamilton McWhorter; W.J. Pierpont; Mildren Dewey; Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association; Woman's Section of the Navy League of the United States; M. Ashby Jones; Alton B. Parker (3); Sheldon P. Spencer (6); and others re the restoration of the Lee Mansion at Arlington, Va. (Howard Kirk; Clarinda P. Lamar; Charles Moore; Charles G. Edwards).
Correspondence, 1927-1931, 23.0 items.
Correspondents include: Gaines Staly; Sarah B.F. Ker Huger; invitation to Mrs. Meldrim to a costume ball on board the Lafayette; Helen C. Frick; copies of letters of Mrs. Meldrim to various officials re restoration of Arlington House (Lee Mansion); Charles G. Edwards (2); Charles Moore (re Arlington House); Gen. L.H. Bash (8); re Arlington House; F. Frubel Davison (2) re Arlington House; Ellen Milton; Col. P.W. Guiney re furnishings for Arlington House.
Correspondence, 1933-1937, 42.0 items.
Correspondents include: copy of William T. Sherman to Douglass Green, 1888, re his occupying the Green home in Savannah, transmitted by W.W. Mackall, 1933; letters of condolence on illness and death of Judge Meldrim (Benjamin F. Hubert; James Hamilton Lewis, et al); W.E. Kay; Samuel B. Adams; Louisa M. Wright (re genealogy); National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; Peter Hewitt correspondence of Mrs. Meldrim; Hamilton Fish, Jr.; Robert M. Hitch; Richard B. Russell (2); Walter F. George (3); Hugh Peterson (2) re erection of an equestrian statue of Gen. R.E. Lee at Arlington; Victor H. Bassett enclosing copy of letter of Dr. J.A. Casey to Dr. Lemuel Kollock.
Correspondence, 1938-1940, 28.0 items.
Correspondence include: American Bar Association; Arthur T. Vanderbilt; Mrs. Walter S. Fenton and Elizabeth Daggett Simmons thanking her for her hospitality to the Association; Louisa M. Wright (re genealogy); Victor H. Bassett (2) (re Dr. John A. Casey and Dr. Barton); Stewart Huston (re Moore family); Thomas Barrowman (2); Georgia Society of Colonial Dames (re resolution to name its scholarship fund "The Mrs. Peter W. Meldrim Scholarship"); telegrams and letters of congratulations for the testimonial luncheon in honor of Mrs. Meldrim and Mrs. B.F. Bullard.
Correspondence, 1941-1948, undated, 31.0 items.
Correspondents include: Charles Coburn; letters from servicemen and/or members of their families thanking Mrs. Meldrim for her hospitality, 1941-1943; letters re the article in Life magazine on the Meldrim home; Ralston Lattimore; Telamon Cuyler; S. Price Gilbert thanking her for copies of her articles on Bonaventure and the John Randolph; Elfrida DeRenne Barrow thanking her for her article on Wormsloe; Thomas Gamble (2); Sophie Meldrim Shonnard (post card with picture of Harrietta Plantation); Walter C. Hartridge; Alexander R. Lawton, Jr. enclosing letters of Henry K. Gibson re A.R. Lawton and Judge Meldrim as Presidents of the American Bar Association; Victor H. Bassett; Chauncey B. Baker; rough copy of a letter of Mrs. Meldrim's to George W. Urquhart re a Military Museum in Savannah; George Fenwick Jones; Mrs. Maxfield Parrish; Memorial of the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames on the death of Mrs. Meldrim, 1948.
Greetings to Mrs. Meldrim, 1.0 items.
Small notebook with greetings on special occasions (e.g., birthday, Christmas, Easter) clipped in; several are from Florence Olmstead, novelist, of Savannah; cover embossed: "Mrs. P.W. Meldrim, January 31st 1940."
Greetings to Mrs. Meldrim, 49.0 items.
Same as above, without notebook cover. Also includes several from Florence Olmstead.
"The Daily Item, F. Olmstead, Editor", undated, 1.0 items.
Hand printed sheets, with neighborhood news of people and minor events, sent daily to Mrs. Meldrim during her stay at the hospital. The news items are illustrated with pen and ink sketches by Miss Olmstead. They are clipped in a small notebook.

Box

Fldr

321Papers by Frances C. Meldrim, 15.0 items.
Papers on various phases of the history of Georgia and special events. Those that are titled are: "The John Randolph;" "The S.S. Savannah;" "Georgia, A Military Colony;" "The Settlement of Georgia;" "Wormsloe;" "The Margravate of Azilia;" "how the 7th Army Corps Happened to Camp in Savannah," 1898; "General Robert E. Lee;" "The Lee0Custis memorial;" "General Lee and Arlington, or The Lee-Custis Memorial;" "The Lees of Virginia;" "Origin of the Flag." The untitled paper is an address by Mrs. Meldrim to the Georgia Society of colonial Dames. There is also a review of Some Early Epitaphs in Georgia (published by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames) by William M. Howard, and a report to the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America on the biennial meeting in Washington, n.d. All are typescripts except "origin of the Flag" and the Colonial Dames report, which are manuscripts.
22Arlington House, 43.0 items.
Printed materials, clippings, photographs, etc. re the restoration and refurnishing of the Lee-Custis Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery and the erection of an equestrian statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the cemetery. Included is material on Gen. Lee. The photographs are exterior views and two interiors of the Mansion.
In tube, outside of folders: Appointment of Mrs. Peter W. Meldrim by the City of Savannah as a member of the Commission to plan the 150th Anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, 1 p., 1929, 5.0 items.
Certificate: Kanclerz Orduru Odrodzenia Polski...1930...Pania Peter W. Melgrim (sic.). DS with accompanying papers.
23-27Caroline Louise Meldrim papers
23Correspondence, 1936-1949, 40.0 items.
Letters of appreciation for hospitality when stationed in the savannah area. Correspondents include: Paul S. Etheridge, Jr. (1936); Colleen Moore (1938); Stanford M. Mirkin of CBS thanking Miss Meldrim for hospitality (among these is Helen Coster Train, wife of Arthur Train); letters from Board of Education, Savannah Public Library, Armstrong College Library and the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames for books from Judge Meldrim's library; Lydia A. Parrish (Mrs. Maxfield Parrish) re Eve family (3); Charlton Ogburn (letter of condolence eon death of Mrs. Meldrim and his reminiscence of her); Medora Field Perkerson (Mrs. Angus) re Meldrim house; Mattie Bell Bullard Richmond re the civic dinner of her mother and Mrs. Meldrim; Polly Tucker enclosing one of her poems.
24Correspondence, 1950-1969, 25.0 items.
Correspondents include: Leona Grady comparing Caroline Meldrim to Mrs. August Belmont's description of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson; Caroline Meldrim to the Hibernian Society suggesting improvements to the surroundings of the Jasper Monument and the Society's reply; Ted Coy; Mary Bond Johnson enclosing her grandmother's sketch of the Shakespeare Club; Noble Jones re a family telephone hook-up for Valentine's Day; Alexander A. Lawrence (2) (one re relocating the cannon at Tattnall Place to Fort Jackson; the other enclosing a note on Judge Meldrim by Simon Gazan); Sophie Meldrim Shonnard to her sister Caroline enclosing a clipping from the New York Times (3); Joyce Jones (Mrs. George Fenwick) enclosing copies of essays by her daughter, Jocelyn; Ralph Noble Jones enclosing snapshots of his son Ralph; George Fenwick Jones (2) (one with snapshot of his children).
25Correspondence, 1970-1973, undated, 17.0 items. View online.
Correspondents include: Mrs. Cary McConnaughery re identifying Minnie Anderson (4); Nancy Hunter Lynah (written on notepaper with her drawing of the Bulloch-Habersham house); James Davis re burial place of an unknown Confederate soldier in New England; Lindsey P. Henderson, Jr., identifying the Confederate flag in U.D.C. Hall, Savannah, with attached letter giving its history (2); Mary Lane Morrison with enclosures re visit of Winnie Davis to Savannah in 1886 (one enclosure is a photocopy of a letter by Winnie Davis to her hostess in Savannah, Mrs. Comer); Miriam Dent enclosing an invitation to Miss Meldrim's party when she was three years old; Ted Coy and wife (2) (with news of himself; one discusses his work at Chance Vaught Aircraft).
26Papers and reports, 5.0 items.
Paper on Colonial Park Cemetery; talk to a group of young people on the history of the green-Meldrim House, 1957; introduction of Walter C. Hartridge; report of a pilgrimage by Savannah Town Committee to Sheldon Church ruins, 1955; report on Memorial Day exercises, 1960.
27Miscellaneous, 7.0 items.
Certificate of gratitude for services on the Library Board, 1939-1952 of Savannah Public and Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library; guest book for a U.D.C. reception honoring Miss Meldrim, 1960; poetic tributes of Miss Meldrim, one by her sister Jane (4); Christmas card of Johnny Mercer and family.
 

Box

4Papers of other Meldrims, the Casey family, and genealogies

Ralph Meldrim, Letters to, 1871-1872, 12.0 items.
The letters concern Meldrim's case in the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington. Writers are the legal firms of Cooley and Clarke and Weed and Clarke, William Penn Clarke and J.T. Jackson. The claim was for some salt taken from him by Federal authorities after the capture of Savannah and for cotton owned by Meldrim and a Mr. Doyle.
Coy-Shonnard papers, 4.0 items.
A.A. Lawrence to Sophie Meldrim Shonnard paying tribute to Judge Meldrim, 1968 (copy); invitation to the wedding of Peter McAdoo Coy to Josephine Amy Merck, 1971; copy of the citation to Peter Meldrim Coy: bronze medal for meritorious service in the Pacific Area, 1943-1944; Ted Coy to his mother, n.d.
Jane Meldrim Hewitt papers, 7.0 items.
Anne Harris to Jane Hewitt, 1974, re Caroline; invitations to the weddings of Jane Meldrim Hewitt to Howard S. Guerry, Jr., 1941, and of Peter Meldrim Hewitt to Luan Hill Schoepf, 1954; articles: "The Old Yellow House" (typescript and printed copies); "Lizzie," by Jane Chatham (pseudo.); "King," unsigned; "Daisy Low," unsigned.
Frances Meldrim Jones papers, 4.0 items.
Invitations to the weddings of her daughters: Anne Habersham Jones to William Ware Adams, 1929, and Frances Meldrim Jones to Evelyn Pierpont Luquer, 1935; Frick Art Reference Library to Mrs. Harben Daniel (Caroline Noble Jones Wright Daniel, daughter of Mrs. Jones) re the Casey and Berrien Miniatures, 1972, incomplete; "Recollections," by Frances Meldrim Jones, n.d. TMs.
Casey papers, 1809-1877, 10.0 items.
John N. Casey to Sarah L. Berrien, 1809, re their wedding plans and attaching a note on the Casey family and a copy of the will of Dr. John Casey, 1794; Theodore Montague to Philoclea Edgeworth Casey, 1834 (a love letter, mimeographed copy); Alexander H. Stephens to Henry R. Casey, 1880 re Casey's nomination as one of the Georgia supervisors for the U.S. Census, with political comments, 20 p. MLS; Francis A. Walker, Supt. Of the Census to John B. Gordon re Casey's appointment; John B. Gordon to H.R. Casey re the same, 3 p. ALS; Commissions of Henry R. Casey as follows: as Medical Director of the state militia, 1863; signed by Henry C. Wayne, Adj.-General and Henry R. Casey; as Surgeon with rank of Major for the 29th Senatorial District, 1864, signed by Joseph E. Brown, Governor and Henry C. Wayne, Adj.-General; as Surgeon General of Georgia, 1864, signed as above (negative and positive photocopy); as Surgeon-General of the State of Georgia, 186-, signed by Henry C. Wayne and H.R. Casey; as a delegate to the Georgia Constitutional Convention, 1877, signed by Alfred H. Colquitt, Governor.
Correspondence and notes regarding the Berrien family, 11.0 items.
Correspondence and notes regarding the Casey family, 8.0 items.
Correspondence and notes regarding the Harriss family, 5.0 items.
including a sketch of the Rev. Juriah Harriss.
Correspondence and notes regarding the Meldrim family, 11.0 items.
Correspondence and notes on the Moore and Rutherford families and list of ancestors for eligibility for patriotic societies with notes on them, 7.0 items.
 

Box

5Miscellaneous

Recipes and menus, 9.0 items.
Scrapbook of recipes; bills of fare for Webster dinner, Philadelphia, 1846; Anniversary dinner of the Board of Health, Charleston, 1849; private dinner at Charleston Hotel, 1850; anniversary dinner, Champagne Club, Charleston, 1851; Supper to the Governor and members of the General Assembly of Georgia, 1851; Annual supper of the Savannah Fire Company, 1852; Railroad Celebration dinner, 1853 (Central Rail Road Depot); U.S.S. State of Georgia, n.d. (breakfast).
Poetry, 16.0 items.
Poems by Savannahians and other Georgia: Polly Tucker (Mrs. F. Bland); F. Bland Tucker (3 are hymns); Frank W. Specer; Herbert L. Kayton; Dr. Eugene E. Murphy; Rev. Eugene Marsden Chapman; C.M. Gibbons (poem on Bonaventure written for Mrs. Meldrim); Jane Meldrim Hewitt. All in typescript except 1 printed and 2 hand printed.
Sheet music, 4.0 items.
The Gipsey Countess (186- Confederate imprint); O, Give Me a Home by the Sea (186-; Unique Confederate Imprint); Seven Oud (1872); Wearing of the Green (1865).
Legal paper, 1.0 items.
Grant to George Carter, Sr., 100 acres in McIntosh County, 1839. 2 p. DS. Mutilated. Survey and pendant seal attached.
Minute book of the Cotton States Rowing Club, 1870 June 6-June 27
Contains rules and regulations. Also contains notes on English statesmen and the rough draft of an address.
Printed materials, 5.0 items.
Memorial of C.C. Jones, Jr...with Regard to a Subscription on the Part of the State to His History of Georgia (1882); University of Georgia Sophomore Prize Declamation, Monday, July 2d, 1866 (broadside); Inaugural address of Meldrim Thomson, JR., Governor of New Hampshire, 1973; three pamphlets on the Green-Meldrim House.
Papers by others, 2.0 items.
"Chronicles of a Happy Childhood in Savannah, Georgia," by Annie Schley Haines Carpenter, 39 p. Mimeographed; sketch of Frank Jenkins, who worked at Wormsloe for 50 years, by Lillian Chaplin Bragg.
 

Box

6Photographs

Peter Wiltberger Meldrim, 10.0 items.
Includes a photo of him with sister Margaret (later Mrs. Thomas F. Thomson), with two grandchildren and with one of his children on a pony. Duplicates not counted.
Peter Wiltberger Meldrim. Military encampments, 5.0 items.
Peter Wiltberger Meldrim. Graduating class, 1868, 1.0 items.
Includes duplicates and clippings.
Frances Casey Meldrim, 4.0 items.
Duplicates not counted.
Caroline Louise Meldrim, 16.0 items.
Ralph Meldrim (1884-1906), 1884-1906, 3.0 items.
"Ted" Coy III, 1.0 items.
Frances Meldrim Jones and grandchildren, 5.0 items.
Caroline Jones and David McCord Wright and children, 8.0 items.
Meldrim Children (group), 3.0 items.
Includes glass plate of one of them.
Berrien and Casey, 13.0 items.
Chief Justice John Berrien of N.J. and his wife; Major John Berrien and his wife; unidentified Berrien child; Dr. Thomas Casey; Dr. John Aloysius Casey and wife; Sarah Berrien Casey Morgan; Louise Casey Eaton; Philoclea Casey Eve; Sophie d'Antignac (later Mrs. William Carwell).
Moore and Thomson, 4.0 items.
Bishop Moore, Lady Williamina Weymss Moore; Old St. Davis's Church, Radnor (burial place of the Moores of Moore Hall); Meldrim Thomson, JR.
Non-family. Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Grady; Julia McCoy Buchanan; Leila Byrd; Lucy Boyd Trosdal; Anne H. Carpenter, 5.0 items.
Unidentified, 8.0 items.
Green-Meldrim House, 15.0 items.
 

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LS 1Small box of lantern slides used at the dinner honoring Judge Meldrim given by the Savannah Bar Association in, 1928. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9.
[Removed from Box 6 and shelved separately.]
These are slides used in a presentation "Span of Four Score Years" held December 4, 1928 by Savannah Bar Association at the Hotel DeSoto in honor of Peter W. Meldrim's 80th Birthday. A program of the event is in Box 1 Folder 9 of this collection.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
 

Box

7Clippings

Peter W. Meldrim
Frances Casey Meldrim
Caroline Louise Meldrim
Coy-Shonnard
Jane Meldrim Hewitt. Children
Frances Meldrim Jones and children
Casey family
Green-Meldrim House
 
Oversize folder, outside of box: Photograph of Judge Peter W. Meldrim and grandson, Peter Meldrim Coy in uniforms at convention of Confederate Veterans. Engraving of Peter W. Meldrim. Diploma of Peter W. Meldrim as Doctor of Laws, University of Georgia, 1913. Colored pen and ink sketches of details of the Green-Meldrim House by Joyce Jones, in one sketch-book. Membership certificates of Frances Casey Meldrim in the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1893; the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1895; United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1913. Picture of the Society of the Cincinnati eagle badge presented to John Berrien by George Washington. Invitation to the members of the Georgia Historical Society to its 75th anniversary celebration, 1914. Colored prints of Egyptian scenes by Hugh Tallant of Savannah, sent as Christmas and New Years greetings, 1937. 2 prints in 1 folder; only 1 signed and dated ( 11.0 items. )
 

Volume

2Scrapbook
"Scrap Book of Caroline L. Meldrim, 1971." Prepared for Miss Meldrim by Raiford J. Wood from family memorabilia from the family papers. Contains letters, photographs, clippings, greeting cards, sketches, prepared papers, etc., many of which are duplicated in the papers listed above. Notable among these is a printed poem, "A Farewell to the Academy. Academy of the Visitation, B.V.M., Georgetown, D.C., June 29, 1870," by Frances Casey; and Raiford J. Wood's poems, "The Lady of the DeRenne," and "The House" (Green-Meldrim). The l7etters and greeting cards to Caroline L. Meldrim and Mrs. P.W. Meldrim are from (in order of their appearance in the book): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cotto States International Exposition, Robert L. Benn, Atlantic Deeper Waters Association, Woman's Section of the Navy League of the United States (2), acceptances to a tea for the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America, Lucian Lamar Knight, American Bar Association, Rosa Berrien Burroughs, Thomas Gamble (2), Ralston Lattimore, letter of a committee endorsing Charles Coburn (letter and greeting cards). These supplement the correspondence described above.