Hutchison and Dawson family letters
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Hutchison and Dawson family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Dawson family.
Creator: Hutchison family.
Title: Hutchison and Dawson family letters
Dates: 1815-1897
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Identification: MS 2226

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Hutchison (1802-1861) immigrated to Georgia in 1823 and was a merchant who held many residences including Newport, Rhode Island, New York, and Savannah. On October 3, 1848 he married Mary Margarethe Caskie (1822-1852), daughter of John Caskie of Richmond, Va. They had two daughters, Mary (1849-1851) and Nannie Caskie (1851-?). Nannie Caskie married John Tempest Dawson of British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 1885 in England.

Scope and Content Note

The Hutchison-Dawson papes consist chiefly of family and business correspondence among members of the Bulloch, Caskie, Dawson, Gilmer, and Hutchison related families. Early correspondence between Robert Hutchison and merchant Andrew Low of Savannah and Liverpool concerns the sale of cotton and other goods between Europe and the United States, chiefly Savannah and New York. Subsequent correspondence between Hutchison and his wife, Mary Caskie regards their courtship, mariage and the birth of their two daughters, as well as her failing health. During the long periods of separation due to his work schedule, Mary Caskie divided her time between Richmond and Savannah. After the death of Hutchison's older daughter and wife between 1851 and 1852, Nannie Caskie was sent to live with Bulloch and Caskie relatives in Richmond, Va. Around her eighteenth birthday, Nannie went to England where she lived with her cousins, the Bullochs and the Harrisons. While in Europe, Nannie Hutchison corresponded chiefly with her cousin and attorney Jeremy F. Gilmer, who managed her financial affairs. Letters are primarily those from Gilmer to Nannie and include detailed financial statements as well as news about family and friends. Of particular interest are letters from Gilmer to Nannie regarding the legal disposition of her personal property upon her marriage to John Tempest Sawson in England.

Index Terms

Bulloch, James Dunwody, 1823-1901.
Business letters.
Dawson, James Tempest, 1839-1909.
Dawson, Nannie C. Hutchison.
Financial statements.
Gilmer, Jeremy Francis, 1818-1883.
Hutchison, Mary Caskie, 1822-1852.
Hutchison, Robert, 1802-1861.
Letters (correspondence)
Low, Andrew, 1813-1886.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Hutchison and Dawson family letters, MS 2226, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


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




11Correspondence, 1815-1829
2Correspondence, 1830-1832
3Correspondence, 1833-1836
4Correspondence, 1837
5Correspondence, 1837-1846
6Correspondence, April-May 1847
7Correspondence, June-November 1847
8Correspondence, April-July 1848
9Correspondence, August 1848
10Correspondence, September 1848
11Correspondence, October 3-15 1848



212Correspondence, October 16-December 1848
13Correspondence, March-August 1849
14Correspondence, July-December 1850
15Correspondence, January 1851
16Correspondence, February 1851
17Correspondence, March 1851
18Correspondence, April-December 1851
19Correspondence, 1852-1858
20Correspondence, 1859-1869
21Correspondence, 1870-1873



322Correspondence, 1874-1879
23Correspondence, 1880-1882
24Correspondence, 1883-1884
25Correspondence, 1885-1886
26Correspondence, 1887-1893
27Correspondence, 1894-1897