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Inventory of the Drayton Papers, 1701-2004

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Diaries, ledgers, correspondence, inventories, plats, sketches, architectural drawings of John Drayton, Charles Drayton I-III, James Glen, Charlotta Drayton, Mary Middleton Drayton and others, relating mainly to affairs at Drayton Hall and other family plantations. Collection also includes artwork, reflections on eighteenth century literature, deeds, newspaper clippings and photographs.
Title: Drayton papers
Date(s): 1701-2004    
Physical Description: 17 linear feet
(2 cartons, 9 document boxes, 3 slim document boxes, 11 flat boxes, 6 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize flat file, 1 rolled chart)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 0152
Language of Material: Materials predominantly in English; receipts in Portuguese; book and newspaper clippings in Spanish; medical thesis in Latin.

Biographical and Historical Note

The Draytons were one of South Carolina's foremost families during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The branch referred to herein established a plantation home named Drayton Hall, around 1738, fourteen miles from Charleston. The mansion is considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States and has the rare distinction in South Carolina of surviving both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

John Drayton (1715-1779), the builder of Drayton Hall, married four times. His second marriage produced William Henry Drayton (1742-1779), an outspoken patriot and member of the Second Continental Congress (1778-1779). In 1784, another son, Charles Drayton I (1743-1820), acquired Drayton Hall. Charles I was succeeded by two further generations of "Charles Draytons": Charles II (1785-1844) and Charles III (1814-1852). By the Civil War (1861-1865), Dr. John Drayton (1831-1912) and his brother Thomas Drayton (1828-1867) were Drayton Hall's tenants-in-common. In 1883, Drayton Hall passed to their nephew, Charles H. Drayton (1847-1915). At Charles' death, the estate was divided between his wife and three heirs. Charles' daughter Charlotta Drayton (1884-1969) outlived her fellow inheritors and shortly after her own death, ownership of Drayton Hall devolved to her nephews Charles Drayton and Francis Drayton. In 1974, they transferred the property to The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Drayton Hall was the centerpiece of the Drayton's vast network of estates stretching well beyond Charleston County to the Edisto and Wateree Rivers, and also into Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas. On these plantations, slaves cultivated rice, indigo, cotton and other crops. John Drayton's extensive holdings - in land and slaves - diminished gradually over subsequent generations and by the Civil War most of the plantations had been sold. Beginning in the 1870s, Drayton Hall was extensively strip mined for phosphates and by the early twentieth century Drayton Hall ceased to be a working plantation. Today, The National Trust for Historic Preservation owns, operates and preserves the site, and also interprets the grounds for visitors.


Collection Overview

The vast majority of the collection concerns the Drayton family and South Carolina, for instance, the Proprietary and Royal Land Grants to Thomas and John Drayton (1701-1765). The collection includes medical journals (1777-1781) and diaries (1784-1820) of Charles Drayton I ("Carolus"), as well as correspondence (1721-1883) of John Drayton, Charles Drayton I, II and III, Mary Middleton Drayton, Thomas Henry Middleton Drayton, and Dr. John Drayton on plantation affairs, politics, bills, debts and family news. Included are plats (1755-1882) from surveys of Drayton Hall, Drayton's Cowpen, Bob Savannah, Jehossee, and Tuxpan, Mexico. The Notes sub-series (1755-1885) includes plantation matters (crop cultivation, slave inventories and "plantation rules,") horticulture, education, literature and medicine. Also included are plantation log books (1844 and 1850) for Drayton Hall. There are 21 watercolors by George Edwards (circa 1733) and sketches of Drayton Hall and Charleston Custom's House. Included are stereoviews (1870-1879) and photographs (1890-1874) of Drayton Hall and family members. Among the family deeds (1762-1969) is William Henry Drayton and Dorothy Golightly's marriage settlement (1764). The collection's newspapers (1791-1885) include Civil War and family news from the Charleston Evening News,Charleston Mercury, and Charleston Courier. There are genealogical records including two extensive Drayton family charts. The collection also includes the National Trust's administrative papers since it began ownership of Drayton Hall in 1975.

Collection Arrangement

Arranged in three series by request of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

1.  Drayton family papers, accessioned before 1970
2.  Drayton family papers, accessioned after 1970
3.  Drayton Hall administrative archives

Series 1 and Series 2 are distinguished by accession date (before or after 1970). Both relate to eighteenth to twentieth century affairs at Drayton Hall and have somewhat similar content, for example, land grants, plats, and correspondence. Series 3 includes only materials created or collected by the National Trust relating to Drayton Hall.

Series 1 encompasses family papers accessioned before 1970. This series forms the bulk of the collection and relates to matters on Drayton plantations and elsewhere from 1701. This series is ordered by sub-series: diaries; correspondence; notes; artwork; oversize.

Series 2 encompasses family papers accessioned after 1970. This series is ordered by sub-series: land and legal; correspondence; artwork; visual materials; genealogy; miscellaneous publications; miscellaneous.

Series 3 encompasses Drayton Hall's administrative papers, as well as media reports and research studies of the site. It is ordered by sub-series: National Trust lease records, lease correspondence, and media reports; minutes, reports, and memoranda; maps, plats, and design drawings; miscellaneous Drayton family research materials; promotional material and miscellaneous newspaper clippings; Drayton Hall property research.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.

    Names

    • Drayton family
    • Drayton, John, ca. 1715-1779
    • Glen, James, 1701-1777
    • Drayton, Carolus
    • Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779
    • Manigault, Charlotte Drayton, 1781-1855
    • Drayton, Charles, 1785-1844
    • Drayton, Mary Middleton Shoolbred, 1794-1855
    • Drayton, Charles, 1814-1852
    • Drayton, James Shoolbred, 1820-1867
    • Drayton, Thomas Henry Middleton, 1828-1867
    • Drayton, John, 1831-1912
    • Drayton, Charles Henry, 1847-1915
    • Drayton, Charlotta D., 1884-1969
    • Drayton Hall (Organization)
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States

    Subjects

    • Plantation life--South Carolina--Drayton Hall--History
    • Plantation life--South Carolina--Charleston County--History--18th century
    • Plantation life--South Carolina--Charleston County--History--19th century
    • Plantations--South Carolina--Charleston County--History
    • Slavery--South Carolina--Charleston County--History
    • African Americans--South Carolina--Drayton Hall--History
    • Rice--South Carolina--Charleston County--History

    Places

    • Drayton Hall (S.C.)--History
    • Charleston District (S.C.)--History
    • Charleston County (S.C.)--History

    Types of Material

    • Diaries
    • Journals (accounts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Notes
    • Inventories
    • Ledgers (account books)
    • Works of art
    • Watercolors (paintings)
    • Sketches
    • Architectural drawings (visual works)
    • Land grants
    • Plats (maps)
    • Manuscript maps
    • Legal documents
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Deeds
    • Photographs
    • Stereographic photographs
    • Slides (photographs)
    • Genealogical tables
    • Books
    • Administrative records

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    See also: Drayton family papers, 1837-1869, South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, S.C.


    Detailed Description of the Collection

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    1. Drayton family papers, accessioned before 1970, 1701-1885  

    Encompassing materials accessioned before 1970, this series forms the bulk of the Drayton Papers and relates to matters on Drayton plantations and elsewhere from 1701. This series is ordered by sub-series: diaries; correspondence; notes; artwork; oversize.

    Diaries, 1777-1820 



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1783   box 1 | folder 1

    Handwritten notes concerning travel from Pennsylvania, overland to Charleston, South Carolina. Notes written on the pages of the Pennsylvania Almanac.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1784-1790   box 1 | folder 2

    Includes day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall, Jehossee and Bob Savannah), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. The birth of Charles Drayton II, and the death of Hester Middleton Drayton are mentioned. References are made to runaway slaves and incidents of overseers being drunk and abusive to the enslaved. Includes record of journey to Columbia to attend the South Carolina Constitution Convention. No entries, circa 1786-1788.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1791-1798   box 1 | folder 3

    Includes day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall, Jehossee and Long Savannah), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. Charles describes (in brief) meeting and dining with President George Washington, receiving plant specimens from Thomas Jefferson, a visit from Andre Michaux, the winding up of Bob Savannah plantation, lease of plantation on the Wateree River, abuse of slaves, sending slaves from Drayton Hall to reside at Jehossee, family deaths, division of the deceased's estates and family acrimony.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1799-1805   box 1 | folder 4

    Includes day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall and Jehossee), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. Includes details on the unsatisfactory work of overseers, marriage of Charlotte Drayton, building of a new barn and slave houses, slave deaths from snake/spider bites and lightning strikes.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, and memoranda of a "Tour thru Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and New York. Returning thru the same - and Virginia, N. Carolina, to C'ton S.C., from July 27 to Nov. 30, 1806," 1806   box 1 | folder 5

    Includes descriptions of towns including: Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, Albany N.Y., Washington D.C., Raleigh and Fayetteville, N.C. Information is also given on countryside, roads, buildings, bridges, agriculture, and flora. Attention is given to architectural features throughout. Included are occasional sketches and descriptions of estates, including William Hamilton's The Woodlands and the "Palace of the President" [White House] (especially the interior), and the Capitol buildings. Drayton travels part-way with Eli Whitney (1765-1825), creator of the cotton gin.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1807-1814   box 1 | folder 6

    Includes day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall and Jehossee), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. Included are details on inland rice cultivation; various cotton gins (occasionally with sketches); other local plantations; problems with poachers, overseers, and slaves (who are running away and attacking whites).



    Travel diary, Charles Drayton I, 1814 June-October   box 1 | folder 7

    Account of a journey through South Carolina, travelling from Drayton Hall to the north western portion of the State. Included are descriptions of plantations, crop production, agricultural implements, towns, lodgings and the University of South Carolina.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1815   box 1 | folder 8

    Concerns day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall and Jehossee), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates.



    Diary, Charles Drayton I, 1816-1820   box 1 | folder 9

    Concerns day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall, Jehossee, Bob Savannah), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. Occasional references to abuse of slaves, runaway slaves, renovations to Drayton Hall mansion and problems with overseers.



    Medical journal, Charles Drayton I, 1777-1781   box 1 | folder 10

    Includes details of ailments, treatments and outcomes. Indexed by patient.



    Diaries (microfilm), Charles Drayton I, circa 1777-1820   box 1 | folder 11

    Correspondence, 1721-1885 

    Correspondence of John Drayton, James Glen, Charles Drayton I, II and III, Mary Middleton Drayton, and many others, organized chronologically.

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    1721-1766


      box 2 | folder 1
    John Sheppard to Ann Drayton, 1721 October 9

    Regarding Sheppard's attempts to sell Ann's produce in Charles Town; salt purchased by Dr Hutchinson; the transportation of Ann's leather.

    Bonds of Ann Drayton, 1749 October

    Three bonds belonging to the recently deceased Ann Drayton, found by John Drayton amongst the papers of his father Thomas Drayton, d. 1724 (Ann's husband). Bonds relate to passage of foreign Protestants.

    John Paul Grimke to John Drayton, 1758 January 6

    Regarding John Drayton's account and bill for 1757. Expenses include buckles, rice delivery, and buttons.

    John Watson to James Wright, 1760 August 29

    Advising Wright (Lieutenant Governor of Georgia) that William Drayton had called recently asking to whom Wright had left a recent payment of 360 pounds and conveying that John Drayton wishes to apply for the money so that he can pay his bill to Mr. Guerard, Mr. Nutt being unwilling to "advance any money."

    James Wright to John Drayton, 1760 December 1

    Regarding an unpaid bill sent to him from John Watson on behalf of Mr. Izzard. The bill was originally enclosed but not found here. Wright is confused by the charge.

    John Stoll to Commissioner of his Majesty's Navy, 1761 April 27

    Concerning a charge of fifty pounds sterling for the use of His Majesty's Ship Scarborough.

    John Murray to John Drayton, 1762 May 13

    Marked "Lamblons Affair," this concerns a payment made by Geo. Johnston to John Drayton.

    Calculation on a protested bill, 1762 June 8

    Calculation of Stewart's bills, first protested at Glasgow, Scotland, January 8, 1762 and paid June 8, 1762.

    Samuel Morris to John Drayton, 1764 June 24

    Morris requesting that Drayton send him money to pay Charles Stedman who is expecting to collect the balance on his account.

    James Glen to Mrs. (Margaret) Drayton, (cover), 1766 February 27
    James Glen to Margaret Glen, 1766 February 27

    Regarding Margaret's illness; a request she come home to the healthier air of England along with Charles; discussion of Glen's education in England; James's health.

    James Glen (former Royal Governor of Carolina Colony) to John Drayton, 1766 February 27

    Regarding the Stamp Act (1765), "the sole subject of conversation" in London; hearing William Pitt in the House of Commons and outlining Pitt's doctrine, "that as the colonies had no persons in Parliament" therefore, "parliament had no right to tax them"; his agreement with Pitt that the Act should be repealed though his different of opinion in regard to internal and external taxation; prediction of the Act's nullification, albeit with strong opposition in the House of Lords; the departure of the Colony's new Governor from Portsmouth.

    Croft and Dart to John Drayton, 1766 May 12

    Receipt for one hundred pounds, delivered by Captain Edward Blake. The payment was for a "new negro man," sold to Drayton on April 16, 1765.

    Robert Smyth, 1766 July 17

    Promissory note acknowledging the receipt of 1400 pounds from James Bullock, which will be repaid forty days later at 1600 pounds.

    James Bullock to anonymous, 1766 August 12

    Discussing pursuing payment from a man in Georgia; enclosing a receipt and promissory note of Mr. Smith (enclosure not found).



    1767-1770   box 2 | folder 2
    James Bullock to anonymous (text reveals recipient was at Drayton Hall), 1767 January 10

    Detailing his complex rice and credit dealings which he believes will enable him to pay off his outstanding debt to the recipient.

    Two receipts in Portuguese, 1767 March 17
    Bill of exchange from James Bullock to James Glen on Messrs. Mayne and Co. (merchants in Lisbon), 1767 March 17
    Genealogical and estate notes by John Drayton, entitled, "A few reasons I offer to my Children why I made my Will as I have done," 1767 April 8

    Detailing the division of Drayton's estate; his anticipation of his sons' complaints; explanation of cutting short William Henry who had proved "undutiful" and had "behaved extremely amiss"; blaming his sons for his recent illnesses; a denial his wife (Rebecca) can be blamed either for the Will or for his sons' poor behavior.

    Roger Hog, charges on James Bullock's bill of exchange, 1767 October 7
    James Bullock to John Drayton, (cover), 1767
    James Glen to John Drayton, (cover and letter), 1767 October 25

    Regarding financial arrangements, particularly James Bullock's protests and non payment of bills (enclosed but not found); Glen's desire to make it easier for Bullock to pay his debts and related suggestions; complaint (underlined) that he has "not got one farthing from Billy Drayton for some years" and promises to "take proper steps" for obtaining payment; discussion of Margaret, Charles and Glen who are all in England and Scotland at this time.

    Receipt by Thomas Harvey [Marshal], for holding James Bullock for an annuity due James Glen, 1770 July 9
    Accounts relating to the settlement of James Bullock's annuity, (multiple loose items), 1767-1770
    J. Sharp to Charles Drayton I, 1770 April 17

    Notice of meeting of St. Luke's Lodge, Edinburgh. Architectural sketches on back.

    John Drayton to James Glen, (cover and letter), 1770 July 15

    Announcing Margaret and Thomas' forthcoming voyage to England; James Bullock's imprisonment; Drayton's hopes he will pay what he owes, likely through the sale of his slaves.



    1771-1778   box 2 | folder 3
    James Glen to John Drayton, 1771 March 26

    Regarding Margaret's improved health and praise for John's generosity which led to her recovery; cautioning William Henry Drayton for going to Bath; praise for Charles as a man of "truth and virtue"; unease at Glen's excessive spending; promise to leave, on his death, "seven hundred pounds and all [his] negroes"; his financial concerns; appreciation for Drayton's assistance in the James Bullock affair (see other correspondence); his relief that payment was obtained eventually; list of his nephews' expenses for which he wishes to be reimbursed.

    John Drayton to James Glen, 1771 June 11

    Reply to March 16, 1771 letter, thanking James for kindness to his family; sharing James' concerns about his "spendthrift" sons, William and Glen; concurs that Thomas should be sent to the Carolinas to enter the planting business soon; highlights some errors in James' list of expenses from correspondence March 16, 1771.

    John Drayton to Margaret Drayton, 1772 July 30

    Regarding John's financial support of Margaret and his "unworthy," spendthrift sons, particularly Glen; fierce criticism of Margaret and James for not supervising Glen correctly; an admission he has little money to keep up his estate and his determination to sell everything and come to England; pledge to pay Margaret's remittances but warning she should not cross the Atlantic lest he will "quit all" and "run from you all."

    John Drayton to Margaret Drayton, 1772 September 9

    Regarding his sons' continued spending, a reiteration (see July 30) that Margaret must not return to Carolina; a directive that Glen is to return by Christmas or he will be disowned.

    John Drayton to Thomas Drayton, 1773 January 12

    Imploring his son to be more studious.

    John Drayton to James Glen, 1773 February 6

    Regarding his debt/account with Glen; Bullock's annuity; John's bills he had sent for his late wife, Margaret Glen; an unnamed but serious charge made in James's previous correspondence; Drayton's insistence he was right in recalling Glen Drayton and reminding James of the great costs of "furnishing" his "four sons"; his fury James did not encourage a possible and lucrative marriage opportunity for Glen ("you can never make up this loss"); posts James could fill in Carolina; complaints about his sons Charles (not writing) and Thomas (not being studious); extended discussion of his finances/accounts with Glen.

    Receipt and bank note, John Drayton, attorney for James Glen, 1773 February 12

    Received from Josiah Perry, drawn by Roger Smith on John Nutt of London, for half years annuity due to Glen.

    James Glen to John Drayton, 1773 June 8

    Record of account May - June 1773, detailing costs accrued by John Drayton's sons and Margaret (funeral); request for immediate reimbursement; his own inability to keep up with the payments, noting his embarrassment at being arrested for an outstanding payment to the hat maker.

    John Drayton to "Any gentlemen merchant, seller of Negroes," 1773 June 9

    Concerning the sale of 3,100 dollars worth of slaves to John Grimball.

    James Glen to John Drayton, and note to William Henry Drayton, (cover), 1774 June 30-July 13

    Includes outline of the enclosed correspondence (correspondence not found), including: Bullock's annuity, money owed by William Henry; other financial matters.

    Isaac McPherson, administrator to Isaac Nicholas, to John Drayton, 1774 July 2

    Regarding annuity from Nicholas to Mr. Glen.

    James Glen to William Henry Drayton, Chief Justice of St. Augustine, (copy, original sent 23 January 1775), 1774 July 13

    Drayton's annuity payments are in arrears.

    James Glen to John Drayton, (cover and letter), 1774 August 20

    Regarding money owed to Glen by Drayton; threat of legal action if outstanding debts are not cleared; praise for Charles; criticism of Glen; advising Drayton to find good employment for Glen (who is unwilling to become a planter); criticizes Drayton that he has "cast off" William.

    James Glen, "State of Account," 1774 September 6

    Regarding account of John Drayton.

    Rutledge to anonymous, circa 1775

    Regarding being detained; subpoena ticket for Robert Rose.

    John Drayton to Isaac McPherson, (copy), 1775 March 6

    Regarding the division of Mr. Nicholl's estate and the securing of James Glen's annuity, under advice by John Rutledge.

    Isaac McPherson to John Drayton, 1775 March 9

    Acknowledging receipt of Drayton's correspondence and its directives (March 6).

    James Glen to John Drayton, (copy), 1775 May

    Offering a new deal for settlement of the account in the hopes it will be paid and preserve "us in peace and friendship." "J[ames] G[len] died June 12, 1777" marked on back.

    James Nicholes to John Drayton, 1775 July 29

    Committing to getting a bill to Drayton for James Glen's annuity.

    James Nicholes to John Drayton, undated, and a reply from John Drayton, 1775 August 8

    Regarding Nicholes debt to Drayton which he claims he cannot pay; Drayton responds urging him to find the money.

    Henry Nicholes to John Drayton, 1775 September 8

    Expressing his inability to "procure bills of exchange in order to discharge Mr Glen's annuity." "12 June 1777, Mr Glen dyed" marked on back.

    John Drayton to Messrs. William and James Carson, 1776 February 13

    Regarding James Glen's annuity.

    John Drayton to James and Henry Nicholes, 1776 May 29

    Regarding James Glen's annuity; accusing them of ignoring his correspondence.

    Isaac McPherson to John Drayton, 1776 May 30

    Regarding delivery of Drayton's correspondence (May 29) to James and Henry Nicholes; promising they will visit Drayton during the current week; does not believe his is liable for James Glen's annuity.

    John Drayton to Messrs. Nicholes, 1776 November 18

    Regarding James Glen annuity; Nicholes' ignoring Draytons previous correspondence; Drayton's threat to apply to the "Committy" to compel them to pay; warning them "you will find you are in the wrong box if you contend." Two copies.

    John Drayton to William and James Carson, 1777 August 1

    Bond of 3553 pounds sterling to William to James Carson (note is badly damaged).

    Promissory note from David Delancy[?] to William Henry Drayton for 50 pounds, payable three months hence, 1777 September 26
    James Postell to John Drayton, 1778 January 26

    Regarding money sent for provisions.

    George Eden to Charles Drayton I, 1778 February 16

    Regarding livestock and slaves.

    Anonymous letter regarding the murder of two people by soldiers at Drayton's Jehossee Plantation, circa 1778 February 28
    "Expenses at the Wateree (river plantation)," 1778 July 7

    Regarding Postell's spending, including the transportation of John Drayton's enslaved carpenters to his Wateree plantation.

    Account of James Postell, circa 1778 December

    Regarding cash received from and paid by John Drayton; Wateree plantation.

    James Postell to John Drayton, 1778 December

    Regarding their account; Wateree plantation.

    "Memorandom of Money received of John Drayton," before 1779

    Concerning James Postell's account and how he spent the money.

    Account balances, undated
    Advertisement, Isaac de Costa & Son, listing imports from Havannah [Havana], notes on back, undated


    1779-1828   box 2 | folder 4
    Inventory of slaves "sent up to the Wateree," from 1777 to 1779, John Drayton[?] (badly damaged), circa 1779
    John Jay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to the Governor of South Carolina, 1785 April 11

    Regarding duties payable at various trench ports.

    John Deas to Charles Drayton, 1789 June 3

    Confirming the settlement of their business dispute. Deas also included a note (not found) for Mr. Middleton (of Middleton Place), offering the sale of his lot in town. Deas offers Drayton the second chance if Middleton turns him down.

    [Andre] Michaux to Charles Drayton I, plant list, 1794 November 12
    Glen Drayton to Charles Drayton I, (no year, but before 1796) October 30

    Regarding his agreeing to act as Charles suggests; meeting Colonel Postell and inquiring about Mrs. D[rayton]'s visit to Drayton Hall; coming to Drayton Hall himself.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1813 August

    Regarding Kentucky lands.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1814 February 10

    Regarding Charles II's proposed movement from physician to pharmacist. Includes a business plan which Charles II "submits for [his father's] opinion."

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1816 December 23

    From Jehossee plantation; complaining about his father's millwright; the refusal of leave for "Ned"; disappointment at not seeing Caesar; problems for lodging for overseer at plantation; a potential visit from his father in the New Year; greetings to his sister and birthday wishes to Charles.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1816 December 26

    Regarding arrival of cloth; disappointing yields of rice and cotton; unimpressed by "Carolina"; Christmas greetings.

    William Gaskins to Charles Drayton I or II, 1817

    Requiring Drayton or a substitute to ride on patrol on November 8.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1817 April 23

    Regarding transport of horses and rice with Mr. Sharp; progress of rice and cotton planting.

    Charles Drayton II to Mary Middleton Drayton, 1819 February 7-12

    Regarding (7th) his travels on horseback; Hughes (overseer) leaving Charles I's employ; (8th) a great sale of property and slaves at Edisto; regrets having already sold slave Jack since he witnesses the sale of a "man and a wife ... at the great price of $2,250"; possibility of buying a house at "the bay"; (9th) his delay; (10th) further delay; disappointment in planting cotton seed; (11th), notes, "I have not the disposition to deal with the negroes in the manner they ought to be dealt with"; has been "disappointed" in putting cotton seed at Jehossee, and will be "obliged to resort to [MMD's] father" for seed; (12th) a slave, Nelle "has taken herself off. Artful huzzy"; forthcoming trip to Georgia; "the garden is finished and the yard will be done tomorrow."

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1819 June 13

    Regarding his attendance to Charles I's business matters; discussion of weather; Charles II's possible purchase of property in Georgia and movement there; his reluctance to go but his complaint the section of land Charles I has given him at Jehossee plantation "is decidedly bad" and has "nearly been [his] ruin"; request that Charles Sr. provides access to the better Jehossee land (makes clear "I do not ask you to give"); or, since Charles I plans to advertise Savannah plantation, Charles II requests it be sold to him, though he can offer no cash at present.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1819 June 25

    Regarding transport of cowpeas and fish; balance on his account.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1819 June 26

    Regarding transport of corn and peas to his father via William.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1819 July 2

    Regarding transport of 48 bags of corn to his father via schooner.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton I, 1820 January 27

    Regarding transport of rice; stocktaking of storehouse revealing eight barrels of oats; apology for not sending flour.

    Charles Drayton II to Henrietta Augusta Drayton, 1823 December 19

    Regarding the division of their deceased father's slaves; the splitting up of enslaved families and the slaves' opposition to it.

    Joseph Cob to Charles Drayton II, 1826 April 9

    Communicating that he cannot perform due to a prior engagement; construction notes on back.

    E. Cripps to Mr. Steedman, 1828 May 6

    Regarding the sale of slaves, in particular one named Charles who though "one of the most valuable" was not sold; however, Patty's daughter, "one of the number mortgaged to Parker was sold in his stead"; old Adam's family are with Mr Gibbes' slaves.



    1829-1833   box 2 | folder 5
    Isaac Bailey to C. M. Caldwell of Woodbine Plantation, 1831 December 8

    Enclosing a plat of the Charles Drayton II's property (Camden County, Georgia). Plat not found though there are sketches on reverse.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1833 July 1

    Sent care of G. C. Swift (Falmouth, Massachusetts), wishing him well on his stay at Falmouth; encouraging him "to acquire information on every subject that presents itself"; to see paintings in Boston; to keep a diary, etc.

    Mary Middleton Shoolbred Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1833 July 15

    Inquiring about Charles' stay in Falmouth; reminding him to employ his manners; updates on the family.

    James Drayton to Charles Drayton III, (cover and letter), 1833 July 18

    Writing to Charles at Falmouth, regarding setting off fireworks with friends; July 4th celebrations; Drayton horses; parties attended.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1833 July 29

    Sent care of G. C. Swift, writing to Charles at Falmouth, warning him not to be an inconvenience to his hosts; correcting his spelling; imploring him to use his dictionary.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1833 August 13

    Regarding James going North to school and John falling ill; a proposed "East India Voyage" has fallen through; slavery: "The great slave question as started in England if realized, will transfer a great bearing on the United States ... already does great though secret anxiety cloud our atmosphere!"; warning to be mindful of possible slave emancipation as he considers his future as a planter; James getting into a fight with other boys.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1833 August 14

    General worries and advice about her son at Falmouth, more particularly, encouraging him to visit large northern cities; make associations; avoid "wild scheme[s]"; spelling corrections.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1833 August 19

    Warning his son not to become "a common sailor" as he has suggested; he is reminded: "it is one of our duties to endeavour to maintain the rank of life in which it has been the will of heaven to place us: & we should rather look up above that line than below."

    Mary Middleton Shoolbred Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1833 September 2

    Desiring to know his precise location; dissuading him from becoming a sailor; the sale of "Sam" to Governor Robert Hayne; possible sale of "Juba" and her child for $1000; financial hardships; election day - Mary's prediction that "the States Rights party will carry it"; promises not to stand in his way regarding his future.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1833 September 11

    Regarding her concern that Charles had become a sailor; James going to school in New York; chastising Charles for his poor spelling of short words; complaining about a "gentlemen in our society" who is given to lying; wishing to hear of Charles' plans.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1833 September 20

    Writing from New York, Charles Sr., instructs his son to return home, surmising he has outstayed his welcome with the Swifts at Falmouth.



    1834-1835   box 2 | folder 6
    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton, Georgia), 1834 February 25

    Regarding ill health of Charles III and Charles II; her inability to acquire items Charles has asked for; poor crop of 1833; reminding Charles when he "get[s] the house" he will need to furnish it and acquire a few slaves; chastises Charles for not reporting Halveston's (a Georgia overseer) movements to his father; greetings to the slaves.

    Mary Middleton Shoolbred Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1834 May 5

    Confirming the sale of a portions of the family's slaves; visit of James Gibbes and his friend Moffit; discovery of a new game called "Solitaire"; James' last letter lost by the carrier; reveals two of their hogs have been shot by the Grimkes prompting the outburst: "they are the most wretched and disagreeable neighbours, I wish they were a hundred miles distance from us."

    John Shoolbred to Charles Drayton III, invitation to dinner, 1834 August 25
    James Drayton to Charles Drayton III, circa 1835

    Fifteen year-old James discussing their duty to each other and their parents.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1835 January 2

    Regarding Charles' inability to visit due to leg pain and his profitless rice (it is "small grained, red, & brittle"); removal of the ineffective Mr. Halveston as overseer; how to work the plantation, divide labor etc; rejecting the enslaved requests for tobacco; threatening to withhold land traditionally used for private slave cultivation; encourages Charles to let Hughes manage the plantation freely (despite his detailed instructions to Charles); and also to "share and share alike" with Hughes; warns Charles not to "interfere with or cross" Hughes in field work; list of items sent with letter; figures for rice production.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1835 January 16

    Writing to Charles at Jefferson, Camden County, Georgia, Charles discusses the dispute with his overseer, Mr. Halveston; his decision to dispense of his services; directs Charles to plant early this year.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1835 January 19

    Regarding cold weather; James in Troy, New York; spelling; Henry Middleton has bought "Scheveling" plantation; Ralph Izard (owner of Vaucluse plantation) is travelling in Egypt; remarks that Charles II is "between two devils - the John [Grimke Drayton of Magnolia?] and the Ralph [Izard of Vaucluse]" (his neighbors on both sides); sickness; poor rice harvest despite the assurances of the overseer; hopes Charles III can make a good crop.

    Charles Drayton II and Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, (Jeffersonton), 1835 February 7-8

    Regarding (7th), a letter they had sent recommended a Mr. Hughes as overseer; their fears Charles III is unwell; Charles II's leg pain; (8th), the cold weather; food preparation; keeping warm; to be vary of Mr. Milliken and Mr. Caldwell; chastising Charles for not writing.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, (Jeffersonton), 1835 February 16

    Chastising Charles for not writing; advice on food preparation; a letter from James; lack of money to pay bills; description of an extensive fire in downtown Charleston which destroys St. Philip's Church; advises Charles to communicate with neighbors but not to show "any suddeness"; their correspondence must not be seen by others.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, (Jeffersonton), 1835 March 20

    Referring to a "revengeful act of that pitiful fellow Halveston"; sending the "needful to release the boy Peter from the Sheriff"; various messages to Hughes regarding his wife and what he is owed by Mr. Lynah.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1835 April 16

    Regarding a storm; his proposed travels to Charleston (from Savannah); instructs Charles not to have "any more little strifes [sic] with Mr. Hughes," to wait until Hughes "cools down" and then remind him that Charles III is "master on the place," to allow Hughes to manage the plantation but not to "treat him as an equal"; details what crops and quantities are to be sent to him; instructs Charles III to survey land around the existing plantation (for possible future purchase); inquires about his taxes.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1835 April 21

    Writing to Charles at Jefferson, regarding the departure of Mr. Hughes' family from Charleston; purchasing timber; Dr Cohen's (agent) help with purchasing boards and shingles; asking Charles to ask Mrs. Hughes to encourage her husband to curtail his drinking and to keep away from Caldwell who is a negative influence in this regard; Caldwell, who is forbidden from Drayton's property.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 8

    Regarding his arrival at Troy, New York, where he is visiting James; instructs Charles not to displease his mother and to follow her directions on "home affairs."

    Charles R. Floyd to Charles Drayton III, 1835 November 20

    Notice requesting Drayton's attendance at meeting designed to organize a Cavalry Company for Camden County.



    1836-1844   box 2 | folder 7
    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III[?], circa 1836

    Both Charles II and III are at Jefferson. Mary writes about not trusting Caesar to make the slaves work hard enough; carrying out her own inspections, twice daily, much to the annoyance of the slaves; complaining about "Old May"; possible drivers for Charles III, - Hercules, Thomas, Cyeus; asking if two slaves (perhaps runaways) have been "caught yet" and their punishment; the sale of "Dia my famous old friend ... and her two children," as well as her "mistress," Mrs. Waggoner; James' troubles with his professor; his indebtedness to friends; her hopes Charles II, will hire a good white man.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, (Satilla River, Georgia), 1836 January 1

    Regarding Charles' horse; "ingratitude" of the "rogue" Mr. Hughes who has used Drayton II, to hitch a free ride to Georgia; sending him shirts; announcing various marriages including that of Grace Parker "who is said to be worth 100,000 dollars"; death of one of the Drayton's dogs; her belief some animals should be sold.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1836 January 22

    Regarding her distress because of Charles' lack of communication; a sick slave, Jibi, who apparently, cannot be replaced; insists "the place had better be sold & negroes too, year after year & no rice enough to break any man"; believes "that scoundrel Hughes ought to have been hung"; MMD is "clear for selling" the slaves, especially since prices are good; warns Charles to be wary of "Indians" at St Augustine who "may extend their depredations a little nearer" to him; news of Charles' brothers at Drayton Hall (they have just "all gone upstairs"); the slaves at Springfield plantation have been sold.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1836 January 28

    Regarding her severe distress at not having had correspondence from Charles II nor Charles III; her fears about Indians at St. Augustine; desires Charles to "tell the people ... keep in safety and do not be foolish enough to leave their master to join such tyrants"; description of death of Thomas Grimke Drayton from a gunshot wound; "Jibbi" continues to be sick; Caesar has brought in wild game.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1836 February 4

    Regarding "Indian war" - drafting of troops in Charleston, asks his son to keep his slaves "quiet"; warns not to have the slaves ditching in cold weather; proposes a scheme to keep the "necessitous carpenters" working, whereby small sums are offered according to output (this way "we may soon get enough to build our house"); instruction on paying some debts; plans to cultivate cotton on forty acres and to sell four gins; warns Charles not to associate with those "below [his] standing"; instructs the slaves are not to plant corn this year, but instead, white rice.

    Gibbes, Waring & Johnston to Charles Drayton III, 1836 February 20

    This dispatch listed and accompanied a number of plantation implements sent by schooner for Drayton.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1836 February 26

    Regarding plantation instructions: to keep the slaves from working in ditches or banks during inclement weather, taking care of the older slaves, death of Jibi at Drayton Hall, division of land to cotton/rice cultivation at Georgia plantation, finding a "man" to leave at the plantation during the summer when Charles III will leave, having the slaves make baskets with rushes and oak, to gather the cut cedar logs, to acquire potatoes root and good cotton seed (the later, by begging if necessary), planting "a few hills of sugar cane", death of Mr. John North.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1836 March 11

    Regarding affairs at Jeffersonton: slothful carpenters; ill slaves; death of Mr. McIntosh; rejection of a "good offer" by slaves; Hughes' debt (instructs Charles III to hold onto his cow and calf).

    Nobel A. Hardee to Charles Drayton II[?], 1836 March 16

    Regarding Drayton's request for cotton seed.

    Charles R. Floyd to Charles Drayton III, 1836 March 20

    Regarding attendance at Camden County Cavalry officer election meeting.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1836 May

    Regarding Turner, overseer, and his future employment; accusations from the white community that Turner is conniving with the slaves; Caldwell prohibited from entering the estate; a warning to protect the slaves from Caldwell when the work near his property.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1836 May 12

    Regarding Turner, the new overseer at Jeffersonton; Turner's possible return to Drayton Hall; instruction that Turner "must be circumspect in his conduct with the negroes so as not to raise the hue and cry of the Jefferson people against him"; Turner's prospects for obtaining credit in Jefferson; instructions for construction of the house at Jefferson; advice on basket making; suggestion he visits friends on Cumberland Island; reminders to send Charles Sr. some rice.

    Charles Drayton II to Charles III, (Jeffersonton), 1836 June 13

    Regarding Charles III's inability to get "a white man" for the plantation; Charles II's unhappiness that Charles III plans to remain on the plantation through the summer; Turner, who has "quit" the plantation; suggestion that Stafford be hired if only "to mind the rice & corn"; Stafford should bring "his gun as we have none," "be bound not to leave the place" ... "to keep sober" and not "to be familiar with the negroes"; if not Stafford, then David Lang; instructs his son to be clearer in his descriptions of plantation business; any potential overseer must be "restricted from all intercourse & communication with Caldwell."

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, (Jeffersonton), 1836 June 20

    Regarding getting a "white man" for the (Jeffersonton) plantation; sickness amongst Jeffersonton slaves and progress on banks, dams etc.; his concerns about Charles III staying on the plantation during cold weather, if he does remain, Charles II gives him instructions on how to preserve his health; warns his son to "guard against" the "scoundrels" amongst his slaves; promises, in regard to the slaves, to "bring things to order"..."next winter"; demands a "stop to [the slaves] trading at Jefferson or elsewhere" and instructs Charles III to post a notice to prevent local whites from trading with the slaves (draft on back of letter, in pencil); his hopes the "Indians will not disturb St. Mary's"; a new slave who "only lived to get into the yard."

    Contract, Charles Drayton III and William Stafford, overseer, with note "Null and void" with explanation for termination, 1836 June 22
    Thomas D. Gervais to Charles Drayton III, 1837 October 26

    Regarding Drayton's survival of The Home boat disaster; a detailed description of his Gervais' elopement on October 15.

    William Palmer (New York) to Charles Drayton II, 1837 November 1

    Inquiring if Drayton can recover a trunk of George H. Palmer, deceased. Palmer was passenger aboard the sunken steamer The Home.

    Charles Drayton III to Mr. Palmer[?], 1837 November 10-11

    Regarding transportation of a trunk to the recipient (front and back).

    A. Bantu to Charles Drayton II or III, 1837 December 4

    Inquiring if Drayton has a trunk belonging to Mr. Clock, passenger on sunken vessel Home.

    Mr. Jervey Esq. (Mongomery) to Charles Drayton[?], 1838 February 26

    Regarding the poor mail service; a sea disaster involving the steamer Home and Croom family; criticism of Captain White; business failures.

    Mr. Donald to Charles Drayton III (Jeffersonton), 1838 June 17

    Regarding sale of two Drayton slaves, Peter and Sam (Donald is lowering his offer).

    Charles Drayton II to Charles Drayton III, 1838 June 18

    Mainly concerning Drayton's Jeffersonton slaves who were "not secured" and thus had been "allowed to slip off"; Dr. Cohen is blamed; Charles III has purchased handcuffs; if Charles III decides to sell the slaves, he is urged not to "give them away" but to sell at Charleston were he "can obtain eight, nine and ten hundred doll's."

    Promissory note, Charles Drayton III owing Hardee and Harden fifteen dollars, 1838 July 2
    Hardee and Harden to Charles Drayton III, 1838 July 12

    Acknowledging receipt of payment and enclosing new bill (enclosure not found).

    Bryan Croom to Charles Drayton II, 1840 May 15

    Requesting information about the deaths of his brother Hardy B. Croom and his family, of steamer The Home.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, 1841 April 14

    Regarding Charles II, completion of cotton planting; hoping to see James (son) soon.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles III, 1843 March

    Regarding attending a tea party at John Grimke's (Magnolia) with various local planters and wives; John being elusive and troublesome; attending the dedication of the "Jew synagogue" [K.K.B.E, Charleston], with description of interior.

    Perreneau Mazyck and family to Charles Drayton III, 1844 May 15

    Regarding his father's will of 1830 (Charles II, d. 1844); division of the estate, in particular, Jehossee, the Coosawatchie and Georgia lands.

    James Shoolbred to Charles Drayton III, 1844 May 28

    Accepting Charles' right to choose a certain (though undisclosed) course of action.

    James Shoolbred to Mary Middleton Drayton and reply, 1844 or before, February 15

    Shoolbred writing about the cold weather and adding manure on his fields; Drayton about the weather, severe treatment of Mrs. Griffiths, "Daphne" and a mother and child.

    Mary Middleton Drayton to Charles Drayton III, (Jefferson, Georgia), before 1844

    Regarding having "very few hands" and not knowing "how to manage."



    1861-1885   box 2 | folder 8
    Thomas Drayton to John Drayton, 1861 November 29

    Writing from Eldorado plantation, Brazoria County, Texas, sympathizing with the difficulties of planting in the Carolinas and suggesting Drayton Hall slaves be sent to Texas after the War; his making a good crop of cotton (so plentiful he is lacking in bags and rope for it); speculating about prices for cotton after the war; John potentially being called up and his instruction to John to "fight like the devil" and to "kill every devil of a Yankee you can"; altering his Will to give the property to nephews Charles and Robert in case both Thomas and John are killed; urging John to do likewise; warning not to let any of "the Parker Tribe" [sister in law's family] become John's executors.

    Receipt, Sarah Martha Drayton, 1862 December 17

    $1015 in interest from a bond bought by Mary Drayton for Sarah and her children, executed by Thomas and John Drayton.

    James H. Carlisle to Sarah Drayton, 1865 April 19

    Teacher's report about Robert who is "doing well" even in "these times" [federal occupation]. Notes Robert had an altercation with a "militia boy."

    Envelope addressed on one side to Sarah M. Drayton, Spartanburg, SC, and on the other, Col. Charles H. Drayton, undated
    John Drayton to Charles H. Drayton (nephew), 1882 January 15

    (John is in Tuxpan, Mexico); regarding the necessity of saving money; being unable to afford a visit to Drayton Hall; a lawsuit "for what is due me"; selling his property; being ill for four months with "rheumatism"; turning down a job for $100/month with a railroad company on account of illness; describing the boundaries of Drayton Hall, in words and sketch.

    Shaw Bowen (Providence, RI) to Charles H. Drayton, (cover and letter), 1885 March 30

    Accompanying "a copy of the journal containing a sketch of your ancestral estate on the Ashley."


    Notes, 1755-1885 

    Notes of John Drayton, Charles Drayton I, II and III on plantation affairs (including slave inventories and plantation books), horticulture, and education and instruction. Arranged firstly by content and secondly by chronology.

    Plantation affairs, 1764-1865 



    Account book, John Drayton, 1768-1779; miscellaneous correspondence regarding John Drayton's accounts, 1770-1775, including correspondence of William Henry Drayton and Stephen Drayton; cover, "Charles Drayton [III?], Ledger"   box 3 | folder 1


    Copy of report, Richard Lamblon vs. John Drayton, 1764 March 7; bill of Sale, 1765, John Drayton to George Croft and John Sandford Dart; income and expenses for slave labor, 1775-1782; collection notice, 1813, State Bank to Charles Drayton I[?], 1813, theological notes on reverse; bill for goods, undated, Lyman Dawes[?] to Charles Drayton I[?]   box 3 | folder 2


    Notes, Charles Drayton I, before 1820, including: notes on sermon, 1777; livestock inventory on plantations; account of crop "profits" and "expenses"; rains, 1801-1804; draft of petition to Claremont County Justices for a public road   box 3 | folder 3


    Note entitled "Incidence and Departure" on livestock and crops at plantations, Charles Drayton I, 1778-1779   box 3 | folder 4


    Note requesting the use of Ned by John Drayton[?], before 1779   box 3 | folder 5


    Newspaper clipping advertising sale of Bob Savannah and Drayton's Cowpen, circa 1780-1820   box 3 | folder 6


    "Memoranda," Charles Drayton I, on carpentry, "cotton machines," hiring carpenters, burning woods, planting peas, freights, pleasure grounds, boats [of Cochin-China], tallow tree, salve, 1802 May   box 3 | folder 7


    Notes on the division of James Shoolbred's Kiawah Island land amongst his children (division, 1797), [circa 1811, with further notations 1846]; inventory and division of John Shoolbred's estate, circa 1803   box 3 | folder 8


    Inventories and agendas, Charles Drayton I, including: livestock and tools inventory (carpenters/coopers); "carpentry agenda" setting out the day's work; corn inventory, (circa 1817), before 1820   box 3 | folder 9


    "Natural Calendar," of notes on plants, crops, livestock and their development, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 10


    "Proofs and Illustrations etc. to the Calendar." Notes on plants, crops, livestock and their development, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 11


    "Plantation Rules," regarding the watchman, driver, foreman, tools, provisions, sick slaves and punishments, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 12


    "Fields and Culture at Drayton Hall," with acreage and crops grown in each field, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 13


    Diagrams and notes of fields and creeks, (precise location unclear), Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 14


    Notes on indigo preparation, signature indecipherable, before 1820   box 3 | folder 15


    "Intent[?] of ploughs" with scale drawing, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 16


    Notes and diagram on planting rice and indigo by a riverside (at Georgetown, South Carolina [?]), with information on ditching, draining and required labor, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 17


    Notes [pre-1820] on breeding and controlling horses; the "expenses of getting and rearing foals of the superior or best blood"; determining the age of horses; on back, crops "planted at J[ehossee?]" and "cypress plants rec'd from Col. Elliot," Charles Drayton, circa 1778   box 3 | folder 18


    Notes on raising a variety of livestock ("horses, cattle, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, bees"), Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 19


    Indecipherable notes, 1775, John Drayton[?]; crops planted at Jehossee, 1777-1778, Charles Drayton I[?]; expenses from Charles Drayton I's a trip north, Charles Drayton I, circa 1806   box 3 | folder 20


    Notes on price setting; miscellaneous accounts; sketch of reservoir and field drainage apparatus and notes on rice cultivation in Madagascar and Cochin China. Author, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 3 | folder 21


    Notes on domestic affairs including: preserving rice from weevils; putting laborers to work early in the day; inventorying items within the household ["oftener, if there be a change of servants"]; setting the table for guests, Charles Drayton I. Also, notes entitled: "Preparation of Foods and Sauces," with thoughts on roasting, broiling, seasoning, preserving, pastries, puddings etc, before 1820   box 3 | folder 22


    "Observations made in China," concerning rice cultivation - particularly at Canton. Author, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 3 | folder 23


    Analysis of slave patrol laws, discussing statutory regulations. Author, Charles Drayton I or II, compiled before 1844   box 3 | folder 24


    "Some Directions For a Small Plantation," concerning division of land, labor and crops by Peter Taylor, undated   box 3 | folder 25

    Slave inventories



    Inventory of slaves, crops and tools for sale at Ripley Singleton's plantation on the Wateree River, with pencil notations. Creator unknown, 1790 (Photocopy; original in box 13 folder 7)   box 3 | folder 26


    Multiple slave inventories at Drayton plantations. Included are slave names, ages, work allocation, cloth and tool allocations, and slaves "sent to Santee." Authored by John Drayton[?], Charles Drayton I, 1778-before 1820   box 3 | folder 27


    Inventory of fields at Drayton Hall[?] with acreage and crops. Slaves listed on reverse. Creator unknown, undated   box 3 | folder 28


    Inventory of slaves (90), arranged by family, with house number, number of shoes, blankets and clothes with total cost of each. Several families marked "sold." Also a list of "house negroes' cloaths" (with names and measurements). Creator[s] unknown, circa 1842-1865   box 3 | folder 29

    Plantation books, 1775-1850 



    Well's Register with handwritten notes of John Drayton[?], on incomes and expenses at plantations (including Mount Pleasant, Bob Savannah), and inventories (eg. horses), 1775-1777   box 4 | folder 1


    "Expenditures Dayly" cataloguing Charles Drayton II's expenses for travel, tools, repairs, fuel, bricks etc., 1814-1817   box 4 | folder 2


    Miller's Almanac, with notes by Charles Drayton III on his travel and health; also, slave labor, an inventory of poultry yard and daily notes on the weather, 1844   box 4 | folder 4


    Miller's Almanac, with notes by Charles Drayton III on his travel, the division of slave labor, slave provisions, the weather, tax information relating to slaves. "Grade of Badges" for Charleston's slave hire system is noted on inside cover. Also included are inventories of slaves, tools, sheep and poultry, 1850   box 4 | folder 5

    Horticulture, 1776-1820 



    Calendar of "Flora" with dates of flowering, Charles Drayton I, 1776-1808   box 5 | folder 1


    "Calendar for 1779,""containing enquiries and observations of nature," Charles Drayton I, 1779   box 5 | folder 2


    Note on growing Bergamot oranges and "Pears at D[rayton] H[all]", Charles Drayton I, 1793   box 5 | folder 3


    "Catalogue of shrubs," 1793-96, Charles Drayton I; "Catalogue of Shrubs presented by Mr. [Andre] Michaux," Charles Drayton I, 1794   box 5 | folder 4


    "Catalogue of seeds sown in the nursery," Charles Drayton I, 1793; seeds and shrubs from Andre Michaux, Charles Drayton I, 1793; list of shrubs, Charles Drayton I, 1795   box 5 | folder 5


    "Supplement to Johnson's Dictionary"; "Calendar of Nature"; "Disiderata of Sundry Plants and Herbs"; "Lord Bacon's Reflections on Calamity"; "Wesley's Ecclesiastic Discipline" and miscellaneous notes about flora, 1810 April 7; card of Lovell & Paine Ship Chandlers; accounts, 1788 March 27. All: Charles Drayton I[?], before 1820   box 5 | folder 6


    Note in French, author unknown, 1807. On reverse, "Whitlows plants, shrubs, & prices," undated. On separate note is an incomplete outline of Eramus Darwin's Loves of Plants   box 5 | folder 7


    "Appendix" including a review of Dufief's Nature displayed in her mode of teaching language to man, and miscellaneous travelling notes, Charles Drayton I, 1811-1820   box 5 | folder 8


    Entitled, "Memor. Botan." these are horticultural notes taken from advice given by Andre Micheaux, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 9


    "General Syllabus Relating to Husbandry," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 10


    Seasons of fruits, vegetables and nuts with prices, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 11


    "Husbandry," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 12


    Essay on landscape gardening, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 13


    Horticultural notes, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 5 | folder 14

    Education and instruction, 1780-1844 



    "A chronological view of the times, & causes that gave birth to the establishment of the Republic of the United States," detailing sixteenth century history of Spain, Portugal, The Papal See, France, England, Netherlands, Turkish, Charles Drayton I, 1780-1800; O. Mauvere to Charles Drayton I, 1803 October 1 and on reverse, note on "Treaty of Antily & Commerce between G.B. & U.S.," Charles Drayton I, 1780-1800   box 6 | folder 1


    "Good company," "Art of Seeing," "Art of Thinking," "Dreams," Charles Drayton I, 1804   box 6 | folder 2


    "Causes of the American Present Trouble..., 1774-75," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 3


    Account of the Battle of Bunker Hill / Breed's Hill, June 17, 1775, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 4


    Table and notes detailing "Naval Fights During the American War, 1778-1782," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 5


    Notes on the French Revolution, liberty, cotton, grammar, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 6


    "Remarkable Epochas [sic] in the History of the Latter Times of G. B." providing the history of what became Great Britain, 1603-1775, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 7


    "Chronologic Outlines or Sketch of the Roman History until the Subversion of the Republick," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 8


    Notes on church history ("Papal" and Protestant), and "Catholic" and "regular education." Interspersed are a memorandum and notes on corn and rice, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 9


    "Chronology" a roaming discourse on "the progress of time," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 10


    Academic "Syllabus," divided into the following categories: geography, chronology, history (in "general" and of "particular" states, and both "ancient" and "modern"), natural philosophy, "travels and voyages," "antiquities and ceremonies of all Nations," "natural philosophy, mathematics and astronomy," "phyick," "religion," "politicks," "polite literature," "miscellanea" (including gardening, painting, military science), Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 11


    Notes on Old Testament individuals, including Ham, who was "burnt or black," who was "doomed to be a servant of servants." Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 12


    Notes on prayer, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 13


    Notes on 'The Lord's Prayer', (Matthew 6 / Luke 11), Charles Drayton I[?], before 1820   box 6 | folder 14


    "Method or Order" its character, utility, and importance to life and society, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 15


    "Tranquility" and how to obtain it, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 16


    Essay, "Guardian Economy" and loose index of miscellaneous notes, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 17


    Two outlines for an "Essay on Logic" by Edme Mariotte's, Charles Drayton I[?], before 1820   box 6 | folder 18


    Notes on being "content" and on the "madder mill of Lisle," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 19


    Notes on "Holyness" and its application to parents and children, tradesmen, and the opulent. Regarding masters and servants the author notes: "The Lord made some superior: but they sh[?] consider what treatment they would desire, were their stations to be exchanged," Charles Drayton I[?], before 1820   box 6 | folder 20


    "Criminals" and "Liberality," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 21


    "Novelty - the great source of pleasure" and "Mankind," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 22


    Three essays "The Nature and Excellence of Charity," "The Great Duty of Living Peaceably," and "The Pleasure of Heavenly Mindedness," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 23


    "A General Plan of Education," Charles Drayton I, before 1820; "Hints on Education," by 'Onesimus' in the City Gazette, undated   box 6 | folder 24


    Notes on the elements debate: "refutation"; "arguments"; "peroration"; also notes on "morality," "affections," "propositions," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 25


    "The Object of Education," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 6 | folder 26


    Notes on the Bible, weather, and the "sense of ownership of landscape," Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 6 | folder 27


    Notes on the formations of "sound opinions" and "thoughts on education," Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 6 | folder 28


    Draft of poem: "To Miss Rosa," author unknown, circa mid-1800s   box 6 | folder 29

    Handwritten notes in books, 1733-1839 



    Arithmetic book of John Drayton. Includes rules on "addition" and "subtraction," etc. also, calculations for 'real life' problems, 1733   box 7 | folder 1


    Walker's Dictionary of Thomas Henry Middleton Drayton, circa 1839   box 7 | folder 2

    Literature, medicine and other subjects, 1750-1863 



    Appraisal of Mary Drayton Fuller's estate by John Drayton, 1762; account book of William and Mary Ross, 1750-1762   box 8 | folder 1


    Schedule, "St. Coecilia Anniversary Concert," [St. Cecilia Society, Charleston], indecipherable markings on back, 1778 November 23   box 8 | folder 2


    "Prospectus of daily routine," "barrel dimensions," field divisions, clothing inventory, distances and travel time from Charleston to Pendleton, Charles Drayton I or II, 1770-1844   box 8 | folder 3


    Notes entitled "D.R - M.D." concerning events 1785-1808, author unknown, undated   box 8 | folder 4


    Notes on John Gifford's, "Remarks on the French Nation," Charles Drayton I or II, 1792-1844   box 8 | folder 5


    Notes under title "Bilious Remitting Fever occurred in Philadelphia in Autumn 1793" by Benjamin Rush, Charles Drayton I, 1793-1820   box 8 | folder 6


    Notes on Thomas James Mathias's The Pursuit of Literature, a Satiric Poem, Charles Drayton I, 1801-1820   box 8 | folder 7


    "Memoranda," Charles Drayton I, on: "Sundry furnitures with prices"; "orders for a duchessee"; "Chinese screen leaves"; a "cement flat roof"; "Galvani" and "helitropes," 1803   box 8 | folder 8


    Copy of Humphry Repton's "Observations on Landscape Gardening & on Greecian & Gothic Architecture," Charles Drayton I, 1803-1820   box 8 | folder 9


    Miscellaneous travel notes, Charles Drayton I, 1806   box 8 | folder 10


    Grid, designating cuts of meat to six individuals at different times (Charles Drayton, Benjamin Fuller, J. F. O'Hear, Cattel, S. Gist, C. Fuller), creator unknown, 1818   box 8 | folder 11


    Notes on Voltaire's History of Louis XIV, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 12


    Notes on public speaking with reference to Quintilian, author unknown, before 1820   box 8 | folder 13


    Notes on "Celebes" and "Sundry Topicks of Conversation and disquisition," Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 14


    Verbatim copy of Volume I of Abbé Augustin Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism (published 1798), Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 15


    Notes entitled "Knowledge a Perception in the Mind", from the work of John Locke, written over a note of the State Bank, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 16


    Notes on constructing buildings and the use electricity for medical purposes, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 17


    Notes from William Cullen's Causes of Fever, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 18


    Notes from Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 19


    Chart of travel distances and times for journey from Stateburg, South Carolina to Drayton Hall, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 20


    Notes on Lord Chesterfield's letters, Charles Drayton I, before 1820   box 8 | folder 21


    "Daily Routine, summer 1821," Charles Drayton II, 1821   box 8 | folder 22


    Charles Drayton II, to Charles Drayton III, advising his son on places to visit on his New England trip, social etiquette, use of money, and safety of possessions when travelling. Information elsewhere suggests circa 1833   box 8 | folder 23


    Notes on George Culley's Observations on Livestock, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 24


    Notes on Virgils Husbandry, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 25


    Notes on Caleb Hillier Parry's Essay on the Nature, Produce, Origin and Extension of the Merino Breed of Sheep, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 26


    Notes on John Holmes's Rhetoric, author unknown, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 27


    Notes from Sir William Jones, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 28


    Notes on Arthur Young's Lucerne, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 29


    Notes concerning "Indian Literature in Sanscrit," Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 30


    "Notes on the Adipocene", Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 31


    Notes on "Ganganelli's letter"; rice cultivation around Canton, China, Charles Drayton I or II[?], before 1844   box 8 | folder 32


    Handwritten index from unidentified manuscript, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 33


    Notes entitled Parisian Habits Before and After the Revolution from the writings of Lady Sydney Morgan, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 34


    Notes on Arthur Young's "Observations, relative to the Agriculture, wealth etc of France," and notes on cattle, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 35


    Notes on the observations of philosopher Pierre Poivre; miscellaneous plantation notes on bracers and framing studds, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 36


    Notes on Constantine Francis Chassebeuf De Volney's travels, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 37


    Notes on Dominique Vivant Denon's travels in Egypt, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 38


    Notes on cold and warm bathing, Charles Drayton I or II, before 1844   box 8 | folder 39


    Notes on properties of chemicals, author unknown, circa 1850s   box 8 | folder 40


    Note on Charles H. Drayton's service with the Spartan Rangers, 1st S.C. Cavalry, Dec. 1863, circa 1863   box 8 | folder 41


    Artwork, 1694-1845 

    Watercolors by George Edwards, sketches of Drayton Hall by Lewis R. Gibbes, and Drayton family art, mostly ink and graphite sketches by Charles Drayton III.

    George Edwards' watercolors, 1694-1773 


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    Assemblage of 21 watercolors by George Edwards depicting ornithological subjects, 1694-1773. Watercolor and ink on laid paper, various sizes. These works, rediscovered in 1969 as a portfolio labeled "1733" and their owner "John Drayton" (1715-1779), were originally part of a collection of 48 watercolors.

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    Lewis R. Gibbes' sketches, circa 1845 



    Sketchbook of Drayton Hall's facades, floor plan, furniture and outbuildings, also a sketch of Saint Andrews Parish Church, Professor Lewis Reeve Gibbes, circa 1845   box 10 | folder 1


    Sketches of Drayton Hall ceilings, staircase and furniture, also miscellaneous sketches of boats and fish, Professor Lewis Reeve Gibbes, circa 1845   box 10 | folder 2

    Drayton family art, 1835-1844 

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    "View in funchal in the Island of Madera," ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, from William Hodges' "A View of Funchal," 1784, 1835 July 21   box 11 | folder 1


    "View of the River Arve," ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 July 24   box 11 | folder 2


    "A Fancy Piece," drawing of house with man in front, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 July 28   box 11 | folder 3


    "The Eddistone [Eddystone] light house & a French Lugger in chase of a British Sloop of War," ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III[?], 1835 August 4   box 11 | folder 4


    Untitled landscape with river and bridge, ink and graphite, on Bristol Board, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 4   box 11 | folder 5


    Untitled landscape with castle and bridge, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 5   box 11 | folder 6


    Untitled landscape with castle and bridge, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 5   box 11 | folder 7


    "A fancy piece," depicting house in ruins, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 20   box 11 | folder 8


    Untitled landscape with castle and lake, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 25   box 11 | folder 9


    Untitled, of castle and lake, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 28   box 11 | folder 10


    Untitled landscape of castle and lake, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 August 29   box 11 | folder 11


    Untitled landscape of village with water in background, ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1835 October 27   box 11 | folder 12


    Untitled, ruins of church[?] and water, ink and graphite, creator H.L.P[?], circa 1835   box 11 | folder 13


    Untitled, lighthouse and coastal scene, ink and graphite, creator unknown, circa 1835   box 11 | folder 14


    "View of the Tamer near the Ware," ink and graphite, Charles Drayton III, 1836 July 22   box 11 | folder 15


    Eight cartoons, graphite, undated, depicting "Young Nick" suffering at the hands of a skeletal "Old Nick," creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 16


    Watercolor of "Indian" in woods, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 17


    Miscellaneous music cards, a sketched "view of Falmouth, Mass.," watercolors of ocean, beach, vessels and floral arrangements, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 18


    Watercolors of ocean and river scenes, sketches of "Barney Elliot" and unidentified machine, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 19


    Sketches of the Greco-Roman world, particularly people. One is titled, "The Dead Christ." Included is sketch of contemporary bonneted woman, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 20


    Sketches of the Greco-Roman world, particularly people and flora, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 21


    Portraits, mostly side-profiles, creator unknown, undated   box 11 | folder 22


    Sketch of William Patton's cotton press, by James S. Drayton, 1844 April 10   box 11 | folder 23


    Oversize, 1701-1885 

    Architectural drawings, genealogical notes, land grants, plats, indentures, inventories, Parker family land and legal, newspaper clippings and miscellany. Organized first by content and second by chronology.

    Architectural drawings, 1788-1895 

    (Flat storage)


    Patent to John Shoolbred, lands in Fief and Seignory [sic] situated at Bonaventure, Chaleur Bay, Quebec, recorded, 1788 August 6. Signatory, George Pownall. Two plats are included, relating to land in patent, circa 1788   box 12 | folder 1


    Several pages from a pattern book by George Richardson, before 1813 [ceiling of main hall at Drayton Hall?]; pencil, pen and watercolor depictions of columned mansions, before 1820; multiple representations of columns and their constituent parts, "Drayton, C.H." on back, undated   box 12 | folder 2


    Plat of Drayton's Cowpen, with adjoining Bob Savannah plantation. Buildings and rice fields are designated along with the estates of neighbors including Robert Stevens and Thomas Elliot, creator unknown, before 1820   box 12 | folder 3


    Plans of a spiral staircase, creator unknown, before 1820; two photostats of Drayton Hall with flanking buildings (not of Drayton Hall), originals not included, undated   box 12 | folder 4


    Three pencil sketches of plant for what became Reichart's Guard House[?],Charles Drayton III[?]. Includes drawings of the north elevation, basement floor plan [with "cell for negroes"] and first floor plan, circa 1838   box 12 | folder 5


    Rough plat of Drayton Hall, showing field division and banking, creator unknown, before 1840   box 12 | folder 6


    Two sketches. One sketch is of "Drayton's Patent Cotton Press," the other is a drawing of the mortise and tenon parts, artist unknown, undated   box 12 | folder 7


    Preliminary drawings for the proposed Charleston Custom House, Charles Drayton III, circa 1850   box 12 | folder 8


    Perspective views of the proposed Charleston Custom House, Charles Drayton III, circa 1850   box 12 | folder 9


    Cut-away sectional views of proposed Charleston Custom House, Charles Drayton III, circa 1850   box 12 | folder 10


    Bird's-eye view of roof and floor plans for proposed Charleston Custom House[?], Charles Drayton III, circa 1850   box 12 | folder 11


    Two drawings of unidentified buildings, perhaps barns. Gridded land plat on reverse of one piece, creators unknown, undated   box 12 | folder 12


    Architectural drawings of Drayton Hall, including exterior east elevation, elevations of small drawing room, floor plans and ceilings details. Drawn by Frank and Seel, undated   box 12 | folder 13


    Two oversized lithographs commemorating the "Lost Cause" memorabilia. One is entitled "The Lost Cause" and depicts several Confederate leaders and Confederate currency, circa 1872. The other is a chromo-and toned-lithograph entitled, "Our Heroes and Our Flags," by G. H. Buek & Co. Lith., New York. Copyright 1895 by Tarr & Ross. Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens and 16 Confederate generals surround the central display, which is focused on General Robert E. Lee and several Confederate flags   box 12 | folder 14

    Genealogical notes, 1760-1920 



    Genealogical notes on the Draytons and related families, circa 1760s-1910s   box 13 | folder 1
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    Genealogical notes on the Parker and Daniell families, circa 1760s-1900   box 13 | folder 2
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    Land grants (Thomas Drayton and John Drayton), 1701-1765 



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    Land grant, Lords Proprietors to Thomas Drayton, 1701 May 17

    146 acres on north side of the South Edisto River, in Colleton County. Signatures of Edmund Bellinger, James Moore, Joseph Morton. Includes plat and wax seal of Lords Proprietors of Carolina Province.

    Land grant, Lords Proprietors to Thomas Drayton, 1703 September 18

    700 acres in Colleton County (commonly called Bob's Savanna). Signatures of Nicholas Trott, Nathaniel Johnson, James Moore, Job Howes. Includes plat and wax seal of Lords Proprietors of Carolina Province.

    Land grant, Lords Proprietors to Thomas Drayton, 1704 November 5

    127 acres in Colleton County. Signatures of Nathaniel Johnson, James Moore, Nicholas Trott and Job Howes. Includes plat and wax seal of Lords Proprietors of Carolina Province.

    Land grant, Lords Proprietors to Thomas Drayton, 1704 November 5

    100 acres in Colleton County. Signatures of Nathaniel Johnson, James Moore, Nicholas Trott. Includes plat and wax seal of Lords Proprietors of Carolina Province

    Land grant, George III to John Drayton, 1765 July 15

    1,085 acres in St. Paul's Parish, Colleton County (Drayton's Cowpen), adjoining land of David and Jacob Stevens, James Ladson and Charles Elliot, and another property belonging to John Drayton (Bob Savannah).


    Plats, 1755-1882 



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    Plat of "all the Lands Mont Pleasant Plantation otherwise called Cacaswamp," 1755 February 20

    2,302 acres, surveyed by James McPherson, Deputy Surveyor. Bounds land belonging to David and Robert Stevens, James Ladson, Nicholas Land, Thomas Elliott, and Filbin and parsonage land. Plat requested by John Drayton. [This plat includes what became Drayton's Cowpen and Bob Savannah].

    "Copy of all the Caca swamplands in one platt," Colleton County, 1762 June 8

    Including "Bob Savanna" and bordered by land belonging to David & Jacob Stevens, Robert Stevens, James Ladson, Thomas Elliot, Filbin, and Melchior Garnor. Made for John Drayton. [This plat includes what became Drayton's Cowpen and Bob Savannah].

    Ink plat of 1085 acres in St. Paul's Parish, Colleton County, 1765 June 6

    Adjoining land of David and Jacob Stevens, James Lawson, Charles Elliot, John Drayton [Bob Savannah] and parsonage lands. Plat made by John Troup, Deputy Surveyor General. Certified by John Bull Jr. [This plat includes what became Drayton's Cowpen but not Bob Savannah].

    Receipt for survey of 1,085 acres in St. Paul's Parish, Colleton County, 1765 June 6

    Bounding land of David and Jacob Stevens, James Ladson, Charles Elliott and John Drayton. Surveyed by John Bull Jr. [See plat immediately preceding this].

    Rough plat of 710 acres in Colleton County [Drayton's Cowpen], circa 1700s

    Includes note on reverse of grant of this land to Thomas Drayton, 1703 September 18.

    Copy of plat showing "Bob's Savanna," Colleton County, surveyed 1771

    Also shows adjoining land of Melchior Garner, Captain Saunders and Benjamin Stead, surveyed by Alexander McForster. Includes a note [added later] on other plats of this property.

    Note acknowledging the resurvey of "Caca swamp lands" by Alexander McFoster, 1771
    Copy of plat showing 3,684 acres belonging to Thomas and John Drayton Jr., in Granville [later Beaufort] County, 1774 January 31

    Copy made by William Downes, requested by John Drayton.

    "Plat of the marsh at Schieveling" plantation on the Ashley River, 1786 July 3

    Comprising 280 acres and bounding the lands of John Freazer and Ralph Izard Jr. Surveyed by John Diamond Jr., at the request of Ralph Izard Jr.

    Copy of plat of "The rice field at Drayton's Cow Pen, in St. Paul's Parish," 1787

    Includes "explanation" on details of land development and shows adjoining land of Col. William Washington, Jacob Stevens and James Pendarris deceased. Ink and some pencil.

    Rough ink plat showing four tracts, undated

    Comprising 2,173 acres, with parcels of land marked leased to "Peter Taylor till 1742" and "William Elliott till Jan. 1740." Another portion is marked as sold to Arthur Smith.



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    Note to accompany a plat showing the Drayton's Jeffersonton plantation on the Great Satilla River, Georgia, undated

    The plantation contained 600 acres and adjoined Bixby's Woodbine plantation, Johnston Creek, Walkers Swamp and land claimed by "Hugh Rose and others."

    Ink and pencil plat of land at the north end of Jehossee Island, undated

    Adjoining the "Pon Pon" or South Edisto River, and the "Daw haw" or Dawho River. Also shown are lands "granted to the heirs of Jennys," 62 acres granted to J. Molo and acreage marked as "vacant."

    Ink plat of Drayton Hall, undated

    Signed by Joseph Glover showing all fields, pasture, woods and burying ground. On reverse are, "negroe gardens," "negroe house," and poultry ground.

    Ink and pencil plat of western section of Drayton Hall plantation, undated

    Fields are gridded and numbered.

    Ink and pencil plat of two fields, Rock field and Line field, undated

    Possibly from Drayton Hall plantation.

    Ink and pencil plat of Drayton Hall plantation, circa 1800

    Fields are gridded out and notations have been added. Banking for rice production is visible by the Ashley River.

    Pencil plat of untitled plantation, undated

    Fields are gridded but are unnumbered.

    Ink plat of 904 acres in Charleston District, St. James Goose Creek Parish, 1844 May 10

    Bounded by land of Robert Bowman and the State, surveyed by James Shoolbred Drayton.

    Rough ink plat showing land along Tuxpan River, Mexico, undated
    Rough plat of Drayton Hall on lined paper, undated

    Drawn and shaded in pencil with some ink markings. The plat shows locations of dwelling house, mined land, dredges, washer, and African American graveyard.

    "Plan of Drayton Hall" by John K. Gourdin, circa 1882

    This plat shows 567 acres, land used by Charleston Mining Company, location of the mine's washer. Ink and pencil.

    Pencil note accompanying Gourdin's "Plan of Drayton Hall," circa 1882

    Noting the acreage and a record in the R.M.C. plat book: P., page 123. Anonymous invitation from Carolina Art Association on back.


    Indentures (John Drayton and Thomas Drayton), 1759-1764 



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    (Unsigned) Bill of sale, John Drayton to Charles Strother and Daniel Lender, 1759

    Drayton sells around 600 "black cattle" at the "Red-bank Cow-pen" for 2,050 in "current money."

    Indenture, 1764 May 29

    Johanis Curnir[?], Verner Ulmer[?], John George Lapp, Michael Looser and George Gottlieb [Orangeburgh/Saxa Gotha planters] bond to Thomas Drayton for Atlantic passage. Bond for 359 pounds 1 shilling and 5 pence, made 1749 October 19; memorandum added 1764 May 29

    Indenture, 1764 May 29

    Johanis Curnir[?], Verner Ulmer[?], John George Lapp, Michael Looser and George Gottlieb [Orangeburgh/Saxa Gotha planters] bond to Thomas Drayton for Atlantic passage. Bond for 423 pounds 7 shillings and 2 pence and half penny, made 1749 October 19; memorandum added 1764 May 29

    Indenture, 1764 May 29

    Johanis Curnir[?], Verner Ulmer[?], John George Lapp, Michael Looser and George Gottlieb [Orangeburgh/Saxa Gotha planters] bond to Thomas Drayton for Atlantic passage. Bond for 454 pounds 14 shillings and 5 pence, made 1749 October 19; memorandum added 1764 May 29


    Ripley Singleton inventory, 1790 



    Inventory of slaves, crops and tools for sale at Ripley Singleton's plantation on the Wateree River. Some additional pencil notations, 1790   box 13 | folder 7
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    Parker family land and legal, 1820-1872 



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    Bond transfer from Christopher Leauverett to Benjamin Parker, 1820 August 22
    Copy of Benjamin Parker's will, 1825 May 20 (from original of 1825 April 20)

    Leaving much of his estate to his niece, Rachel V. Parker.

    Sheriff's Bill of Sale for five slaves to Rachel V. Parker, 1831 March 8

    Slaves previously property of the deceased George Parker, sold at public auction on 1831 February 8.

    Indenture, 1834 February 18

    Ann Lesesne conveys estate (85 Chapel Street) to Rachael V. Parker for $2,200. The plot had previously been conveyed to Lesesne through the will of Thomas Winstanley deceased.

    Adam Tunno and Thomas Winstanley, acknowledging the receipt of $2,200 from Rachael Parker for 85 Chapel Street, 1834 February 18

    Will of Peter G. Parker, 1841 July 2

    Leaving much of his estate to wife, Maria Louisa.

    Will of (the same) Peter G. Parker, 1843 June 9
    Copy of will of Rachel V. Parker, 1856 January 2

    Sarah Martha Parker and her sons Charles Henry and Robert, $2000 (total), the sons to be invested until 21; the remainder to be divided equally between Mary Parker and Sarah E. Parker (sisters) who are to be executrixes.

    Copy of will of Mary Parker, 1862 May 2 (from original of 1859 April 2)

    Providing: Sarah Martha Drayton (niece), $1000; Charles H. Drayton, $500; Robert D. P. Drayton, $500; Mary June Carlisle (niece), $500; Robert D. Parker, $500; Sarah E. Parker (sister), all the silver and all else. When Sarah E. Parker would die, half the slaves to Sarah Martha Drayton and half to her sons, Charles Henry and Robert when they become 21; Sarah E. Parker to be executrix.

    Confederate bond of Sarah E. Parker for $8,750, 1863 1 April
    Sarah M. Drayton's warrant of appraisement for Sarah E. Parker's estate, 1873 December 13
    Probate of will of Mary Parker, 1872 February 6

    Died 1862 April 15. Sarah Martha Drayton became executrix since Sarah E. Parker had died.

    Probate of will of Rachel V. Parker, 1872 February 6

    Died 1863 June 13. Sarah Martha Drayton became executrix since, Sarah E. Parker had died.



    Marriage settlement of Sarah Martha Parker and Charles Drayton, III, 1846   box 13 | folder 9
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    Also involving Peter G. Parker and Benjamin G. Colburn. In this settlement Sarah Martha Parker conveys to Peter G. Parker and Benjamin Coburn, her rights to fifty-one slaves (named), and all real and personal estate, entitled to her under the marriage settlement of her parents (Robert D. and Rachel Parker). The rights are sold for five dollars.


    Newspaper clippings and miscellany, 1784-1885 



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    "Fragment of an Original Letter on the Slavery of the Negroes; Written in the Year, 1776, by Thomas Day, Esq.," 1784

    Reprinted by Francis Bailey of Philadelphia, 1784. Day condemns slavery and the slave trade.

    Charleston Evening Post, current prices of commodities at Charleston; news from the House and Senate, miscellaneous advertisements, 1791
    A notice, "To the Inhabitants of South Carolina," from a group of physicians who herein present their rates for consultations, amputations, administering mixtures and powders, etc., 1792 July 9
    Unidentified, "Cure for Smallpox": a zinc, fox glove, sugar and water mix, undated
    Unidentified, regarding a tale about an old Pensylvanian man who shot two men believing them to be "Confederate spies," undated
    Unidentified, entitled "Thomas Aquinas's Prayer before Study," undated
    Unidentified, entitled "Pradier's Remedy for the Gout," undated
    Advertisement by Thomas West Bolger, saddler, Brook-neal, Virginia, undated
    Charleston Mercury, 1861 October 16

    Regarding War news; meeting of South Commercial Convention; news from Court of Confederate States; Soldier's Relief Association; miscellaneous advertisements.

    The Carolina Spartan, 1866 February 8

    Regarding complaints against Reconstruction; relief for Mrs. Jefferson Davis; "General Orders, No. 1" from Department of the South, 1866 January 1, regarding Civil rights and responsibilities of freedmen; miscellaneous advertisements.

    Providence Journal, 1885 April 4

    A newspaperman's account of visit to Magnolia plantation and Drayton Hall, offering details on the exterior and interior of Drayton Hall and some speculative history of the family and property.

    Charles Drayton's Spanish guitar book and music and words for the popular ballad "Kathleen O'Moore" with pencil inscription J. M. Drayton on front. Printed in New York, undated



    2. Drayton family papers, accessioned after 1970, 1762-2004  

    Encompassing materials accessioned after 1970. This series is ordered by sub-series: land and legal; correspondence; artwork; visual materials; genealogy; miscellaneous publications; miscellaneous.

    Land and legal, 1762-1969 

    Alert! Access restricted. Please contact repository for details.


    Land grant, 1,000 acres in Granville County to John Drayton, 1762 July 8   box 14 | folder 1
    (Oversize)

    Land adjoins that of Joseph Blake and Lawrence Sanders. Plat included. Seal of the Southern Province of Carolina is attached. Signed by Governor Thomas Boone.



    Plat, Drayton's 2,000 acres on Great Satilla River, Georgia, 1763 April 19   box 14 | folder 2
    (Oversize)

    Bounded by land belonging to Thomas Shubrick.



    Land grant, 2,000 acres on Great Satilla River to John Drayton, 1763 May 16   box 14 | folder 3
    (Oversize)

    Certified by Geo. Johnston.


    Marriage contract, William Henry Drayton and Dorothy Golightly, 1764   box 15
    (Oversize)


    Plat, Soldier's Retreat plantation, 1784   box 14 | folder 4
    (Oversize)

    Opposite Drayton Hall on east bank of Ashley River. Surveyor, John Purcell. Ink and pencil. Very detailed.



    Conveyance, 212 acres on the Ashley River from South Carolina to Major Pierce Butler, 1786 June 5   box 14 | folder 5
    (Oversize)

    Plat included.



    Copy of transcription of conveyance for East Bay property, South Carolina to Arholdus Vanderhorst, (original, 1787 April 2), undated   box 16 | folder 1


    Conveyance, Ralph Izard Jr. and Elizabeth Izard to Archibald Murdoch, 1796 August 1796   box 16 | folder 2

    For 700 pounds. Certified by John Faucheraud Grimke. Witnessed by John Splatt Cripps and Sarah E. Huger.



    Writ, Rowland Hazard and Peter Apault and John Kirk and John Lukens[?] vs. William Kimball, filed 1800 April 22   box 16 | folder 3

    For trespassing on lease. Signed by Jacob Drayton.



    Copy of will and codicil of Mr. John Shoolbred, 1801 May 27   box 14 | folder 6
    (Oversize)


    Map of South Carolina, with German notations, 1806   box 14 | folder 7
    (Oversize)

    In key is: "J. Drayton's Charte (1803)."



    Land grant, 36 acres in Barnwell District to Jesse McClendon, 1802 November 5   box 16 | folder 4

    Signed by Governor John Drayton. Rough plat attached.



    Partial conveyance and plat on Gadsden Street, 1807 June 25   box 16 | folder 5


    Plat, copy, of East Bay Street / Lynch's Lane property, 1813 August 14   box 14 | folder 8
    (Oversize)

    Made for Thomas Rhett Smith and William Price.



    Conveyance, Thomas Rhett Smith to William Price, East Bay Street / Lynch's Lane property, 1813 September 11   box 14 | folder 9
    (Oversize)


    Copy of conveyance, Thomas Rhett Smith to William Price, East Bay Street / Lynch's Lane property, (original, 1813 September 11), 1813 September 11   box 14 | folder 10
    (Oversize)


    Copy of conveyance, Thomas Rhett Smith to William Price, East Bay Street / Lynch's Lane property, (original, 1813 September 11), 1815 July 12   box 14 | folder 11
    (Oversize)


    Robert Gilchrist to W. B. Smith, 1825 July 10   box 16 | folder 6

    Enclosing note granting interest in property of the late Thomas Hutchin (at Fort Mechanic) to William Price. Note dated 1813 September 11.



    Conveyance, Robert Walker, Margaret Walker, James Murdoch to George B.R. Sibley and Benjamin Smith, East Bay Street property, 1818 April 25   box 14 | folder 12
    (Oversize)


    Conveyance, Thomas Rhett Smith to William Price, East Bay Street / Lynch's Lane property, 1820 February 22   box 14 | folder 13
    (Oversize)

    Different lots from previous deeds.



    Deed, John Sheriff to John Buck, property in Cumberland County, New Jersey, 1824 August 4   box 14 | folder 14
    (Oversize)


    Conveyance, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rhett Smith to Berthia Skiving and Mary Price, 1825 June 29   box 14 | folder 15
    (Oversize)


    "Settlement with John Carstarphen for the sale of his Negroes in Dec. 1832," 1832   box 16 | folder 7


    Abstract of title of Soldier's Retreat plantation, (east of Drayton Hall, across the Ashley River), from David D. Cohen to Dr. David W. Lamb, 1825 January 10   box 16 | folder 8


    Tax receipt of Dr. Daniel Spratley, 1838   box 16 | folder 9


    Conveyance, East Bay Street property, from Benjamin Smith to Daniel Heyward, 1849 April 17   box 16 | folder 10

    For $22,000. Includes plat of property.



    Bond, Benjamin Smith Daniel Heyward, for $8,000, 1850 February 1   box 16 | folder 11


    Bond, Thomas Bennett to C. G. Memminger, William Lucas and W. J. Bennett, for $1263.34, 1853 July 13   box 16 | folder 12


    Dr. C. Treichel (debt collector, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) to unspecified, 1854 February 17   box 16 | folder 13


    Copy of will of Mary Middleton Drayton, 1855 July 7   box 16 | folder 14

    Includes names of slaves.



    Conveyance, James McCarey to James Beattie, property on Legare Street (two pieces), 1856 August 23   box 16 | folder 15


    Grant, Henry A. Wise (Governor of Virginia) to Levi Rinker, 20 acres in Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1858 December 1   box 14 | folder 16
    (Oversize)


    Mortgage, W. D. Bonneau to Elizabeth R Schipman, $1,000, 1859 March 10   box 16 | folder 16


    Bond, D. Bonneau to Elizabeth R. Schipman, $500, 1859 March 10   box 16 | folder 17


    Bond, J. Ford Prioleau, R. H. Selby and B. H. Selby to Henry E. Lucas, for $11,000, for property in St. Thomas Parish, 1860 June 12   box 16 | folder 18


    James Smith to "my dear friend," regarding tax and property, 1863 March 14   box 16 | folder 19


    Note regarding conveyance of Magnolia Cemetery plot to Eliza Vander Horst, (conveyance, 1865 September 20), note undated   box 16 | folder 20


    Bond, $1,016, John G. Itgen to James Tupper, 1867 January 29   box 16 | folder 21


    Conveyance, lot number 946 from Magnolia Cemetery Company to Sarah E. Parker for $90, 1872 January 7   box 16 | folder 22


    Mortgage for property on Society and Anson Streets, John Corbett to Andrew Simonds, 1876 March 30   box 16 | folder 23


    Transfer of power of attorney, Dr. John Drayton to Charles H. Drayton, 1876 July 1   box 16 | folder 24


    News and Courier, "The Island of Kiawah," 1878 April 18   box 16 | folder 25

    Lambasts the Federal troops who destroyed properties during the Civil War. Two copies



    Abstract of title for Charles H. Drayton regarding purchase of Daniel Heyward's East Bay property, undated   box 16 | folder 26


    Conveyance, Drayton Hall, Dr. John Drayton with Charles H. Drayton and Sarah M. Drayton, 1883 April 4   box 16 | folder 27


    Bond, Charles H. Drayton to Sarah M. Drayton, 1883 May 23   box 16 | folder 28


    Mortgage of real estate for Drayton Hall, Charles H. Drayton to Sarah M. Drayton, 1883 May 23   box 16 | folder 29


    Certificate, Clerk of Court District of South Carolina, decrees and judgments against Daniel Heyward, 1883 September 21; RMC chain of title on Heyward and East Bay property, 1883 September 21   box 16 | folder 30


    County Treasurer, regarding tax on East Bay property, 1871-1882, 1883 September 25   box 16 | folder 31


    "South Carolina, Co. of Charleston, Certificate of Judgments, Mechanics Liens Money Decrees and Lis Pendens against Daniel Heyward," 1883 September 27   box 16 | folder 32


    Office of City Sheriff to unknown, regarding East Bay property and Daniel Heyward, 1883 September 29   box 16 | folder 33


    U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, Decrees and Judgments vs. Daniel Heyward, 1883 October 1   box 16 | folder 34


    U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, Certificate of Bankruptcy Proceedings vs. Daniel Heyward, 1883 October 1   box 16 | folder 35


    Satisfaction of mortgage, Lynch Helen Chisolm (executrix of Robert J. Chisolm) to Daniel Heyward, 1883 December 14   box 16 | folder 36


    Two letters, regarding lot of East Bay street, Jervey and Jervey to Charles H. Drayton, 1883 December 18   box 16 | folder 37


    Correspondence and sketched plat regarding Charles H. Drayton, East Bay property, circa 1884   box 16 | folder 38


    Title to real estate, part of Magnolia Cemetery, Charles H. Drayton from Sarah M. Drayton, 1885 July 16   box 16 | folder 39


    Deed of confirmation for conveyance of Drayton Hall, Dr. John Drayton to Charles H. Drayton, 1886 June 29   box 16 | folder 40


    Bill of sale, James Jervey to Charles H. Drayton I, 1887 June 3   box 16 | folder 41

    For all rights to phosphates and also mining machinery at Drayton Hall [$20,000].



    Account, E. R. Memminger with Charles H. Drayton, 1888   box 16 | folder 42


    Conveyance, Henderson County, North Carolina, M. S. Farmer and Lucy A. Farmer to Charles H. Drayton, 1888 August 11   box 16 | folder 43


    Abstract of title, tract of land at Flat Rock, North Carolina, purchased by Charles H. Drayton from Farmer, 1888 August 30   box 16 | folder 44


    E. R. Memminger to Charles H. Drayton, regarding Henderson County, North Carolina property, 1888 September 5   box 16 | folder 45


    Conveyance, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina property, Constance R. Baring to J. P. Surrat, 1890 January 13   box 16 | folder 46


    S. J. Justice to Charles H. Drayton, regarding survey of Surrat lot, Henderson County, North Carolina, 1891 October 30   box 16 | folder 47


    E. R. Memminger to Charles H. Drayton, regarding Henderson County, North Carolina property, 1891 October 31; sketch of land sold by J. P. Surrat to Charles H. Drayton, 1891 October 24   box 16 | folder 48


    Warrantee deed, regarding Henderson County, North Carolina property, J. P. Surrat to Charles H. Drayton, 1891 November 11   box 16 | folder 49


    Abstract of title, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina property bought by Charles H. Drayton from J. P. Surrat, 1891 November 17   box 16 | folder 50


    E. R. Memminger to Charles H. Drayton, regarding Henderson County, North Carolina property, 1891 November 28   box 16 | folder 51


    Conveyance, Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina property, Constance R. Baring and A. K. Monroe, 1891 November 30   box 16 | folder 52


    E. R. Memminger to Charles H. Drayton, regarding property transfer, 1891 December 31   box 16 | folder 53


    Line of title for Drayton Hall, author unknown, undated   box 16 | folder 54

    With details on how John Drayton acquired the property. RMC references provided.



    Memorandum of agreement between Charles H. Drayton and Magnolia Cemetery, 1908 February 26   box 16 | folder 55


    Last will and testament of Charles H. Drayton I, 1911 February 6, with codicil, 1914 January 6, and probate record, 1915 December 27   box 16 | folder 56


    The Merchants and Farmers Bank to Mrs. Charles Drayton, undated   box 16 | folder 57


    The Merchants and Farmers Bank to Mrs. Charles Drayton, 1922 May 29   box 16 | folder 58


    Memorandum of agreement regarding 1/4 Drayton Hall, Charles H. Drayton and Charlotta D. Drayton, 1934 February 21   box 16 | folder 59


    Copy of blueprint map of Drayton Hall, from 1882 survey by John Gourdin, 1938   box 14 | folder 17
    (Oversize)


    Memorandum regarding payment from Charlotta Drayton to Charles H. Drayton II for the sale of 1/4 interest in Drayton Hall ($25,000), 1938   box 16 | folder 60


    Deed, division of Charlotta Drayton's payments ($25,000) to Charles Drayton for 1/4 interest in Drayton Hall, 1938 June 1   box 16 | folder 61


    Title to real estate for "Kleets Tracts" (adjoining Magnolia and Drayton Hall), South Carolina Mining & Manufacturing Company to David Bruce, 1939 July 8   box 16 | folder 62


    Lease, Drayton Hall, Charlotta Drayton to C. N. Hastie Jr. and John D. Hastie, 1945 December 31   box 16 | folder 63


    Appraisal of Drayton Hall, 1951 June 1   box 16 | folder 64

    By H.E. Rivers, T.C. Head, and S.F. Shackelford. Property valued at $92,000.



    Will, Charlotta D. Drayton, two copies, 1968 February 16   box 16 | folder 65

    Two copies.



    Prince, Youngblood, Massagee & Groce to Buist, Buist, Smythe & Smythe, regarding chain of title for estate of Charles H. Drayton, 1969 September 16   box 16 | folder 66


    Lovick Hornsby to Nathaniel Barnwell, regarding estate of Charlotta D. Drayton, 1969 October 10   box 16 | folder 67


    Bundle of insurance receipts for Charlotta D. Drayton, 25 East Battery, and Charles H. Drayton, Drayton Hall and Flat Rock, circa 1941-1945.   box 16 | folder 68


    Contract, South Carolina Power Company and Miss Charlotta Drayton, 1946 January 13   box 16 | folder 69


    Health insurance card, Charlotta D. Drayton, 1966   box 16 | folder 70


    Account statement, Charlotta Drayton with Frost, Johnson, Read & Smith, 1969 August 31   box 16 | folder 71

    Correspondence, 1814-1902 



    Henrietta A. Drayton to Ann Manigault, 1814 November 20   box 17 | folder 1

    Henrietta has just returned to Drayton Hall but plans to deliver "little Charles" to Ashepoo to be with "his mama"; she discusses the making of the paper she has written on.



    Charlotte Manigault [Philadelphia] to Henrietta Drayton, 1823 February 2   box 17 | folder 2

    Reflecting on the character of her nephew, Joseph Manigault; the deaths of Mrs. Morton and Tom Mease[?]; Emma Drayton publicly humiliating a "partner"; the Count de Survilliers and his daughter.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1825 April 19   box 17 | folder 3

    On the heavy rains and poor prospects for planters; a party hosted by the local gentlemen.



    Charlotte Manigault to Lewis Gibbes, 1826 June 2   box 17 | folder 4

    Regarding the death of her sister/Lewis's wife, Maria Drayton Gibbes.



    Peter Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1830 November 1   box 17 | folder 5

    On Henrietta's money, which has been in Pete's care; the health of family members: Ann, her little boy, sister Mary, Charles, Emma and Julia.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, circa 1830s   box 17 | folder 6

    On: the weather; Mrs. Dent's trip to Philadelphia; Mrs. Skirving's social life; Henry Cruger's marriage to the wealthy Miss Douglas of New York; the expected founding of an "Evangelic Church"; the Pinckneys at "P[awley']s Island"; a Literary and Philosophical Ball; Edward, hoping to go to College in Columbia.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, circa 1830s   box 17 | folder 7

    On the mild winter; a fabulous wedding [the married are not named]; and inquiries about matrimonial engagements.



    Charlotte Manigault and Ann M. Taylor to Henrietta Drayton, 1832 June 22, 1832 July 9   box 17 | folder 8

    On the health of "Esther,""Lewis,""Aunt Parker,""Louisa"; the travels of "Mrs. Pringle" and Mrs. Henry Middleton "of Russia."



    Charlotte Manigault to Esther Gibbes, 1832 August 8   box 17 | folder 9

    On the health and travels of "Mrs. Huger,""Emma,""Sabina," Mrs. Arthur Heyward, Mrs. Ferguson, Esther Drayton, Mrs. Daniel Blake, "Peter,""Henry" and "Ann."



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1833 April 12   box 17 | folder 10

    Explaining that she cannot travel to Pendleton yet, as she is sick.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1833 November 4   box 17 | folder 11

    On a proposed trip to Cuba; Edward's preparation for college; that a marriage of an unnamed "friend" has gone ahead to Charlotte's dismay; announcing the birth of her third grand daughter.



    Charlotte Manigault to Esther Gibbes, 1834 January 21   box 17 | folder 12

    On the colder weather; the health of Mr. and Mrs. B. Gibbes, the engagements of Lewis Morris and Amarinthia Lowndes, John Parker and "Mrs. Kirkland", John Huger's daughter and Mr. W. Elliot; the marriage of Drayton Dawson and "Miss Richardson"; the death of Mrs. Bull; the health of "Ann."



    Charlotte Manigault to Esther Gibbes, 1834 April 3   box 17 | folder 13

    On "your Aunt and Charles" trip to Mobile; Mr. Taylor's offer of a church in New York; Mrs. Douglass Cruger; marriage of Dr. Dickson to Jane Robinson.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1834 October 20   box 17 | folder 14

    Regarding passage and accommodation at St. Augustine; Ann's distress; engagements and romances of J. Parker and Mrs. Kirk, Emily and Judge Gailliard's son, Margaret Manigault and Mrs. W. Barnwell's brother, Francis Parker and Miss Lance.



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, circa 1835   box 17 | folder 15

    On the death of Emma Drayton, wife of Charles Drayton.



    Charlotte Manigault to Esther Gibbes, 1835 August 19   box 17 | folder 16

    Regarding the trip of "your aunt, Louisa, Ann, Mani, Gabriel, and Peter" to New York; Mrs. B. Gibbes' illness; Mrs. Arthur Middleton's news from France; Mrs. Ferguson's health; a note that: "there has been much excitement here at the part that many have taken against us in the northern states - in the South there is but one voice, 'our rights respected or a disunion of the states.'"



    Charlotte Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1839 June 26   box 17 | folder 17

    On Lewis's studies and visits; the trips and health of Anna Coffin, "Ann," Sally Rutledge, Charlotte's three children.



    Arthur Manigault to Henrietta Drayton, 1848 December 19   box 17 | folder 18

    Arthur cannot pay $1,000 due his Aunt.



    Thomas D. Jervey to Charles Drayton, 1851 September 16   box 17 | folder 19

    Announcing his engagement to Elizabeth Thomas of Burlington, New Jersey, the opposition of Elizabeth's grandmother to the match and his determination to run away with Elizabeth if her grandmother cannot be placated.



    Kate Drayton to Charles H. Drayton, 1898 July 11   box 17 | folder 20

    Regarding her husband John's illness; son John's teething; her sister's traveling; waiting for news from the newspapers; date of birth for her children.



    Dr. John Drayton to Charles H. Drayton, 1899 March 19   box 17 | folder 21

    From Tuxpan, regarding receipt of $12 from Charles; May's health; possibility of coming to Charleston; "business is very dull," lots of work but "poor pay"; misdemeanors of Charles' son, Charles.



    Charles Drayton Burrill to Charles H. Drayton, 1902 November 3   box 17 | folder 22

    Regarding requesting information on the "Shoolbred" and "Middleton pedigree" of his grandmother [daughter of Mary Middleton Shoolbred]



    Charlotte Manigault to Arthur Middleton Manigault, undated   box 17 | folder 23

    Reminiscing about her husband, Arthur's father [Joseph Manigault] and grandfather.


    Visual materials, 1780s-2004 

    Portraits, prints, and sketches, 1780-1869 


      box 18
    Print of Apollo by G.B. Cipriani (engraver, Francesco Bartolozzi), found behind dining room mantle at Drayton Hall. Print analysis by Susan Buck (2006) is included, circa 1780
    Photograph of pencil portrait of William Henry Drayton (profile), circa 1803
    Photograph of pencil portrait of Governor John Drayton, circa 1803
    Engraving of Governor John Drayton, undated
    Charcoal of woman by Charlotta Drayton, undated
    Magazine illustration entitled "Ashley River, Near Charleston," from unknown publication, undated
    Pencil sketch, boat on lake; artist unknown, 1857
    Pencil sketch, mountains and lake; artist unknown, 1857
    Photo book of portraits, marked from "Aunt Sarah" to Sarah M. Drayton. Includes an incomplete "index to portraits" which identifies: Mary M. Gantt; Charles H. Drayton; Thomas Parker White; Reverend Stuart Hanckel; Dr. John Drayton; Mary Gantt Jervey; Louisa Gibbes; James L. Gantt; Dr. Robert Gibbes, 1869 July 1
    Copy of miniature of Charles Drayton I, undated
    Cabinet photograph, from miniature of Charles Drayton I, undated
    Cabinet photograph, from miniature of Charlotte Drayton, undated
    Lithographs (3) of dogs (setter, pointer, spaniel), undated
    Print of Drayton House, Northamptonshire, England, Goldsmith's Hall, London, undated

    Photographs, stereoviews, and slides, 1879-1975 

    Items listed are photographs unless otherwise indicated.



      box 19 | folder 1
    Land-front façade, circa 1910
    Land-front façade between brick posts, 1963
    Stereoview, land-front façade. From left to right: Eliza M. Gantt Drayton, Mary Middleton Drayton, and Charles Henry Drayton IV standing on lower portico. African American woman sitting on steps of left staircase is holding a baby (Eliza Gaunt Drayton), 1879

    Three copies.

    Basement level entry, river front of Drayton Hall, after 1870
    River front façade of Drayton Hall, circa 1890-1920
    Horse under live oak, circa 1940-1970
    "Nipper" standing on bridge, circa 1914-1929


      box 19 | folder 2
    Land-front façade of Drayton Hall, circa 1900
    Live oak and Norwood Hastie, Drayton Hall, 1936
    Live oak tree, circa 1935
    Ashley River Road, circa 1935
    Entrance to Runnymeade, circa 1935
    Live oak at Runnymede, circa 1935
    Live oak with house, circa 1935
    House of Mr. and Mrs. Jan Will Walker on Sumter Avenue in Summerville, circa 1938


      box 19 | folder 3
    Carte-de-visite of General Thomas Fenwick Drayton, circa 1860-1880
    Stereoview of four African American women and one African American man sweeping dirt path on oak-lined avenue, circa 1870-1885
    Passport, Charlotta Drayton, 1939
    Photograph, Stradivarius violin, front, circa 1900-1950
    Photograph, Stradivarius violin, rear, circa 1900-1950

    "Stolen from D.H." written on back.



      box 19 | folder 4
    Land-front façade, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1950
    River-front façade, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1950
    Great Hall fireplace, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1950
    Interior of Great Hall, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Entrance to Stair Hall, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Library, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940


      box 19 | folder 5
    Withdrawing Room, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Large Yellow Room fireplace, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Upper staircase, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Upper Withdrawing Room fireplace, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Upper Great Hall fireplace, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940
    Upper Great Hall, Drayton Hall, circa 1900-1940


      box 19 | folder 6
    River-front façade of Drayton Hall with white gate in forefround, circa 1960

    Three copies.

    Land-front façade of Drayton Hall with "For Sale" sign, circa 1972-1974
    View from Upper Portico, Drayton Hall, circa 1945-1975


      box 19 | folder 7
    Land-front façade of Drayton Hall with man and horse in foreground, circa 1900
    Land-front façade of Drayton Hall with sheep in foreground, circa 1900
    River-front façade, Drayton Hall, circa 1900
    Upper Great Hall, fireplace, Drayton Hall, circa 1893-1900
    Live oak, Drayton Hall, circa 1893-1900


      box 19 | folder 8
    Land-front façade of Drayton Hall with dog in foreground, circa 1950-1970
    Land-front façade, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1970
    Landscape from interior of house, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1970
    Landscape from interior of Great Hall, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1970
    Land-front landscape taken from Great Hall interior, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1974
    River-front landscape through Stair Hall door, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1974
    Shrubbery on side of caretaker's cottage, Drayton Hall, circa 1950-1974
    Photograph of Drayton Hall by Emily Simmons Ravenel Farrow, 1959 December 2


      box 19 | folder 9
    Portrait of Charles Drayton as a young boy, circa 1920-1922
    Martha Alfreda Drayton, circa 1904-1924
    Portrait of Charles H. Drayton V, Eliza Merritt Drayton, Eliza Gantt Drayton, Charlotta Drayton, Charles H. Drayton, circa 1905-1915
    River-front landscape at Drayton Hall, Charles H. Drayton, Eliza Merritt Drayton, Charles H. Drayton V, Eliza Gantt Drayton, Charlotta Drayton standing at Ha-Ha, circa 1891-1892
    Reflecting pond at Drayton Hall with Charles H. Drayton, Eliza Merritt Drayton, Eliza Gantt Drayton and Charlotta Drayton, circa 1890-1905


    Slides of Drayton Hall, interior and exterior views, by M.D. Valk, 1960   box 19 | folder 10


    Photographs of Dr. John Drayton, Kate Drayton, Charles H. Drayton, Charles E. Drayton, C. M. Drayton (often with airplane); views of Brownsville, Texas, Tuxpan, Mexico and Drayton Hall (1890); baptismal record of Charles Edmund Drayton, 1902, from Charles H. Drayton scrapbook, circa 1880-1960   box 20 | folder 1


    Photographs [6] of Richmond Bowens by Gary Towles, 2004   box 20 | folder 2

    Photographs from Richmond Bowens' birthday; Richard Bowens' oral history; Drayton descendant reunion; masonry repairs at Drayton Hall, 1988; Withdrawing Room ceiling; Jehossee plantation; Drayton Hall barn archeology, 1987; Village Green development 1993; riverbank erosion; Drayton Hall concert, 1987; and other miscellaneous images, mostly of Drayton Hall, interior and exterior, circa 1987-1998   box 21

    Genealogy


    Rolled chart, undated   box 22
    (Oversize)

    "Chas. H. Drayton, 25 East Battery" written on back.


    Chart, circa 1970s   box 23

    Drawn on yellow paper at Drayton Family Reunion. Around 30 feet by 20 feet in size (in pieces).



    Miscellaneous publications, 1770-1942 

    Books


      box 24
    Drayton, Carolus, Disputatio Medica. [medical thesis]. Edinburgh University, 1770

    Charles Drayton I. Text is in Latin. Note opposite title page reads "Feb. 1927, From Sarah Peronneau Gibbes ... to Charles H. Drayton." Inside cover is newspaper clipping regarding birth of Mary Jervey.

    Doddridge, Phillip, The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul. Wilmington, 1814

    "Francis Sibert's book" written inside cover, and also brief genealogy of the Siberts family (including "Beatty's").

    Drayton, John. Memoirs of the American Revolution, From its Commencement to the Year 1776, inclusive; as relating to South Carolina. Vols. I & II, 1821

    Inscriptions on title pages of both volumes: "John Johnson, 1879" and "Henrietta Wragg Pogson." Inside vol. I is a newspaper clipping from June 22, 1947 giving a brief biography of William Henry Drayton.

    Hymnal of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.

    Presented as a gift on Easter Sunday, from Charles H. Drayton to Eliza M. Drayton, 1878.


      box 25
    Westall, William, Edward Finden and Thomas Moule. Great Britain Illustrated. London: Charles Tilt, 1830
    Cruden, Alexander. A Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures. New York: M.W. Dodd, 1847

    Gift from Henrietta A. Drayton to sister, Charlotte Manigault.

    McKenney, Thomas and James Hall. Indian Tribes of North America. Vols. 1-3. Philadelphia, Pa.: Rice and Hart, 1854

    "Chas. H. Drayton, 1869" written on inside covers.

    City of Charleston Yearbook. Charleston, SC: Walker, Evans and Cogswell, 1893
    Heyward, Barnwell Rhett. Genealogical Chart. Albany, N.Y.: Barnwell of South Carolina, 1898
    Smith, Alice R. Huger and D. E. Huger Smith. The Dwelling Houses of Charleston, South Carolina. Philadelphia; London: J.B. Lippincott, 1917
    Fifes and Drums: a Collection of Poems of America at War. New York: Doran, 1917

    Peter Drayton[?] handwritten on inside cover.

    Shaffer, E.T.H. Carolina Gardens. Chapel Hill: UNC Chapel Hill Press, 1939

    Short section on Drayton Hall.

    Parrish, Lydia. Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Island. New York: Creative Age Press, 1942

    Magazines, booklets, and newspapers, 1821-1977 


      box 26
    Niles' Weekly Register v. 20, no. 9, 1821 April 28

    Includes Judge John Drayton's ruling on the case "The United States vs. The Brig Francis F. Johnson" which was libeled for not including two slaves on its manifest. He dismisses the libel.

    "Up the Ashley and the Cooper." Harper's New Monthly Magazine v. 52, no. 307: [1]-24, 1875 December

    Article has several columns on Drayton Hall, its history and its appearance. Includes sketch of Drayton Hall, overgrown at front and rear.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine v. 52, no. 307, 1875 December

    Entire issue including article, "Up the Ashley and the Cooper."

    Bound volume: Harper's New Monthly Magazine v. 52, nos. 307-312, 1875 December-1876 May
    Souvenir, undated

    With sketches of Confederate Generals and Confederate flags and a "bird's eye view" of Charleston.

    Von Kolnitz, Alfred Holmes. A Panorama of Three Centuries of History Viewed from Charleston's Famous Battery. Charleston, S.C.: Historical Commission of the City of Charleston, S.C., 1937
    The Battle of Fort Sumter and First Victory of the Southern Troops, April 13th, 1861. Reprint. Charleston, S.C.: Walker, Evans & Cogswell, 1961

    Compiled primary accounts and map.

    Quaint Old Charleston: America's Most Historic City. Charleston, S.C.: Legerton and Co., 1965

      box 27
    (Oversize)
    Leslie, Frank. "Retreat of the Confederate Garrison Commanded by General Drayton." The Soldier in Our Civil War, 1893[?]

    Retreat from Fort Walker, South Carolina, November 1861.

    "Siege of Charleston." The Daily Bulletin. Camden, S.C., 1864 May 21
    Horton, Mrs. Thaddeus. "The Colonial Houses of the South."Country Life in America, 1907 October
    Death notice of John Drayton, publication unknown, 1912

    Drayton died July 4, 1912.

    "Old Philadelphia Families--Drayton." The North American, 1912 December 15
    Townsend, Reginald T. "Charleston Revisited." Country Life, 1927 January

    With front and rear photographs of Drayton Hall.

    Champagne, Mary. "Introducing Letitia Galbraith, 'Boss Lady' of Historic Shadows." Sunday Advocate. Baton Rouge, La., 1977 June 12

    Article on administrator Letitia Galbraith.

    "Middleton Place Gardens." [brochure], undated

    Includes multiple views of Middleton Place.


    Texas and Mexico newspaper clippings, 1926-1936 


      box 28
    (Oversize)
    "Who are you?" publication unknown, undated

    Drayton genealogy.

    Untitled handbill, 1926 July 17

    Charles Drayton's acrobatic display at Laredo.

    San Antonio Express, 1936 October 13

    Deaths of three pilots of Brownsville, Texas.

    Brownsville Herald, circa 1933

    Storm damage in southern Texas.

    "Beware High Flyers." Houston Post Dispatch, 1927 August 30

    Article on pilot C. M. Drayton. Three copies.

    "Mexican Plane Held in Houston By Fog Blanket." Houston Post Dispatch, undated

    C. M. Drayton's delayed flight from Brownsville to Tampico.

    "Houston Airway Plane Arrives." Houston Post Dispatch, 1927 August 23

    Plane piloted by C. M. Drayton. Three copies.

    Brownsville Herald, undated

    Regarding 'Bride Elect,' Margaret Wainwright's handkerchief shower, Charles M. Drayton attending.

    "Nightshirt is key to Murder Case." Brownsville Herald, undated

    Regarding murder of Dr. A. M. Clifford.

    Miscellaneous cuttings, Laredo Daily Times, circa 1927

    Regarding Charles M. Drayton's Houston Airways, Inc.; a reporter's flight with Drayton; opening of "New Flying Field" at Lake Charles, Louisiana; opening of Houston-Mexico city airmail route; Drayton's presidency of "Paramount Sandwich Shop."

    "Texas-Mexican Air Mail Line Mapped." San Antonio Light, undated

    Regarding Charles M. Drayton's pathfinding flight between Houston and Mexico City.

    "Planes to Blaze Trail to Mexico." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton's Houston to Mexico City route. Three copies.

    "More air routes in Mexico and Central America." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding expanding air routes in Mexico.

    Untitled clipping, publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton and new route.

    "Airways Chief finds Mexico is air-minded." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton piloting flight for V.P. of Pan-American Airways.

    "Fliers battle code proposal." Washington Herald, 1933 August 31

    Regarding delegation of pilots, including Charles M. Drayton, gathering in Washington to fight a new aviation code.

    "Noted airmen are expected to assail code." Washington Post, 1933 August

    Regarding delegation of pilots, including Charles M. Drayton, gathering in Washington to fight a new aviation code.

    "New committees." The Winged Acorn, 1934 March

    Notice of luncheon for Mrs. C. M. Drayton at Athens Athletic Club.

    Untitled clipping, publication unknown, 1934

    Notice of luncheon for Mrs. C. M. Drayton at Athens Athletic Club.

    Pan American Airways newsletter, 1930 November 15

    Including photograph of Charles Drayton.

    The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis), 1930 November 16

    Regarding adventures of pilot Joe Glass and airmail routes across the southern U.S.

    El Universal, 1929 October 17

    With photograph of Charles Drayton and caption regarding his record setting flights to Mexico City from Brownsville (in Spanish).

    Excelsior, 1930 December 14

    Photograph and caption of Charles Drayton and other pilots. Two copies.

    Untitled clipping, publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Brownsville hurricane and Mrs. C. Drayton's evasion of debris.

    "1000 feet in a flying furnace." publication unknown, 1929

    On front: Charles Drayton's Houston to Mexico City route. On back: his escape from burning plane (in English and Spanish).

    Photo and caption (Spanish), publication unknown, 1934

    Regarding Charles Drayton's plane wreck.

    "Father and Son carry off honors." publication unknown, undated

    Photo and caption of a dog show.

    "Noche de Pavor en Medio de." publication unknown, circa 1933

    Regarding Tampico Hurricane (in Spanish).

    "Fue Algo Terrible y Unico." publication unknown, circa 1933

    Regarding Tampico hurricane, Drayton being grounded (in Spanish).

    "Numero de Victima." publication unknown, circa 1933

    Regarding Charles Drayton and Tampico hurricane (in Spanish).

    "Tampico in Ruins." New York Times[?], circa 1933

    Regarding Tampico hurricane.

    "Vuelven a Desbordarse." Excelsior, 1933 September 26

    Regarding effects of Tampico hurricane, including information of Charles Drayton (in Spanish).

    "Tampico wrecked." New York Times, 1933 September 26

    C. M. Drayton's report of Tampico hurricane.

    "El Puerto de Tampico." El Nacional, 1933 September 26

    Regarding Tampico hurricane, mentioning Charles Drayton.

    "Caza Pesca." El Excelsior, 1931 April 26

    Regarding hunting expedition in northern Mexico, including Charles Drayton (in Spanish).

    "Texans try to lasso big cats." The Chronicle, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton's hunting expedition to Mexico.

    "Ahunting we will go." Brownsville Herald, 1931 April 5

    Article and photograph on C. M. Drayton's hunting party in Mexico.

    "Hunters back from Mexico with game." The Chronicle, undated

    Regarding return of hunting expedition from northern Mexico, includes Charles Drayton.

    "Valley men are to explore Mexican wilds for science." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding scientific expedition to Mexico, including Charles Drayton. Two copies.

    "Study of wild area." The Chronicle, undated

    Regarding expedition to jungles of southern Tamaulipas, including Charles Drayton.

    "Americans Find Aztec Pyramid." New York Times, undated

    C. M. Drayton's discovery of Aztec Pyramid in Mexico. Two copies.

    "Fliers find Aztec Pyramid." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton's discovery of Aztec pyramid. Two copies.

    Untitled clipping, publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Mae Drayton of Brownsville.

    "Viewed Storm." San Antonio Express, undated

    Regarding airmen who witnessed storm over Brownsville.

    "Flying about." publication unknown, undated

    Regarding Charles Drayton hiring plane in Tampico to see his mother for Christmas in Tuxpan.

    "Probate Court." Brownsville Herald, 1935 March 3

    Probate Court notice of "application of administration of estate of Charles M. Drayton, deceased."

    "Victim of plane crash." Brownsville Herald, 1936 April 22

    Death of pilot Lt. Lawrence R. Olmsted.



    Miscellaneous, 1795-1942 


      box 29
    10 pound note signed by Thomas Corbett, Thomas Middleton and Gideon Dupont, Jr., 1775 June
    Miscellaneous plantation notes, 1795-1796

    Invoice, Charles Drayton I, for nails and salts for Jehossee, 1799 March 23; accounts for Jehosse, Savannah and Long Savannah, Charles Drayton I, circa 1795-1796.

    "Drayton Wharf Ledger," 1807 October-1808 March

    Listing ships and fees paid for use of wharf. Some of the last Trans-Atlantic slavers are listed with their owners, eg. Christian D'Wolf's "the Rambler."

    Confederate bond, 1863 May 30

    Of Sarah M. Drayton, for $2,000, redeemable, 1868 July 1.

    "The Rich Men's Disgrace - Fair Dixie's Land," handwritten poem, undated

    Set to the tune of "Dixie," this poem criticizes wealthy Southerners who during the Civil War, were allegedly unprepared to fight, preferring to "stay at home and send the trash."

    Notes, author unidentified, undated

    On a history of playing cards.

    Note, "to Miss S. M. Parker," undated
    Postcard, undated

    Of Charleston Battery including 25 East Battery, to John Drayton, Jr. in Tuxpan, Mexico.

    Capt. Charles Henry Drayton, U.D.C. Certificate for Cross of Service, 1926 January 19

    For World War I service. Description of Cross of Service on back.

    Envelopes from Mrs. Charles H. Drayton to Francis B. Drayton, 1931-1936

    Two have correspondence within; both arriving aboard the first airmail flight from Charleston on 1936 April 1.

    Six notebooks of Charlotta Drayton, 1933-1936

    Books are not numbered except 1-3 which contain transcriptions of a genealogical study of the Draytons from 1847, including genealogical charts and Drayton insignia; another book contains the same but in partial form; the other two contain transcriptions of correspondence from Charles Drayton II and Mary Middleton Drayton to son Charles.

    Journals of Charlotta Drayton[?], 1939-1942

    Includes articles cut from newspapers, and thoughts on Adolf Hitler.

    Notes, "History of Drayton Hall," undated

    Text suggests author is Charlotta Drayton. Here she attributes Drayton Hall's survival of the Civil War to Dr. John Drayton.

    Notes, "Evil Spirits," Charlotta Drayton[?], undated
    Glass frame/pane?, 6 3/4" x 4 1/4"
    Three Envelope flaps, undated

    Each with coat of arm (2 in blue, 1 in red).


      box 30
    (Oversize)
    Common Place Book and cover, circa 1850

    Includes pencil and pen sketches of grand structures, residences and castles, Charles Drayton III[?] Includes introduction and note entitled "commencement."

    Badge, undated

    With Confederate flag and on reverse "South Carolina" with palmetto tree.

    Badge, "Reunion U.C.V., Louisville. May, 1900"

    Depicting Robert E. Lee[?], saber, and shield baring Confederate flag.

    Confederate Flag, undated
    Card with two color Confederate flags, undated
    Card with three color Confederate flags, undated
    Portrait button of unnamed man, undated
    Souvenir booklet, 25th Reunion of The United Confederate Veterans, Richmond, Virginia, 1915 June 1-3


    3. Drayton Hall administrative archives, 1959-1997  

    This series encompasses Drayton Hall's administrative papers, as well as media reports and research studies of the site. It is ordered by sub-series: National Trust lease records, lease correspondence, and media reports; minutes, reports, and memoranda; maps, plats, and design drawings; miscellaneous Drayton family research materials; promotional material and miscellaneous newspaper clippings; Drayton Hall property research.

    National Trust lease records, lease correspondence, and media reports, 1973-1976 



      box 31 | folder 1
    "Lease with Option to Purchase," 1973 January 1

    The lease agreement between the Draytons, Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF), and National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).

    "The Good News,"News and Courier, 1973 January 5
    Clipping, New York Times, 1973 January 17
    Preservation News, 1973 February
    William Stanley, attorney, to Charles Drayton, 1974 July 8

    Regarding lease option.

    "Charter for Historic Museum Property Councils of The National Trust for Historic Preservation" for Drayton Hall, 1974 August 23

    Two copies.

    "$2 Million Asked For Restoration of Drayton Hall,"Charleston Evening Post, 1974 September 23
    "National Trust for Historic Preservation Preliminary Position Paper for the Development of Drayton Hall," 1974 December 31
    "National Trust for Historic Preservation Initial Report on The Preservation of The John Drayton House (Drayton Hall)," 1975 March 11

    By the Architects Advisory Committee for Drayton Hall.

    "Cooperative Agreement" between National Trust for Historic Preservation, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, and Historic Charleston Foundation, 1975 June 26
    James Biddle, President of National Trust for Historic Preservation, to Charles Drayton, 1975 November 5

    Regarding Site Council Charter; with copy of charter attached.

    Invitation from National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Charleston Foundation, 1975 April 22

    To reception at Russell House honoring dedication of Drayton Hall.

    Invitation from Trustees of National Trust for Historic Preservation to dedication of Drayton Hall, 1975 April 22
    J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston to Charles Drayton, 1975 April 23
    Lawson B. Knott, Jr., Executive Vice President, National Trust for Historic Preservation, to Charles Drayton, 1975 Apri1 30
    Charles Drayton to J. Palmer Gaillard, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston, 1975 May 5
    Carlisle H. Humelsine, Chairman, National Trust for Historic Preservation, to Charles Drayton, 1975 May 5
    "Lease is Signed for Drayton Hall," Charleston Evening Post, circa 1975
    Press release from Historic Charleston Foundation announcing lease option, copy, undated
    Press release from Historic Charleston Foundation announcing lease option, copy, circa 1975

    Different release from above.

    "Proposal for Drayton Hall Adds Another Tourist Lure,"News and Courier[?], circa 1975
    "Drayton Hall leased,"News and Courier[?], circa 1975

    Two copies.

    Clipping, News and Courier[?], circa 1975

    Regarding lease ceremony; includes photo.

    "Another Life For Drayton Hall," publication unknown, circa 1975

    By Helena Zimmerman.

    Remarks by Dr. Ernest Allen Connally, 1976 May 26

    Remarks at the Ceremony Designating Drayton Hall a National Historic Landmark. Connally is Associate Director, Professional Services, National Park Service.

    "National Landmark,"Charleston Evening Post, 1976 May 31

    Minutes, reports, and memoranda, 1973-1996 



      box 31 | folder 2
    Statement by Governor John C. West on Drayton Hall Week, undated
    Peter Manigault, President of Charleston Evening Post/The News and Courier to Charles Drayton, 1973 January 19
    Memo, Dennis Lawson to "Interpreters, Drayton Hall," 1977 May 12

    Regarding 1875 Harper's article.

    Susan Anable, Registrar, Office of Historic Properties, National Trust for Historic Preservation to Charles Drayton, 1980 May 21

    Regarding loan agreement.

    Letitia Galbraith, Drayton Hall Administrator to Mrs. Frank B. Drayton, Sr., (photocopy), 1980 December 8

    Regarding value of delft tiles.

    Susan Anable, National Trust for Historic Preservation to Charles Drayton, 1980 December 23

    Regarding objects on loan to William Aiken House.

    "Charter, Drayton Hall Council of The National Trust for Historic Preservation," draft, 1983 June 3
    Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, to Fred P. Brinkman, Executive Director of SCPRT (South Carolina Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, (photocopy), 1986 January 13

    Regarding annexing property into City of Charleston.

    Report, "Recommendations on Drayton Hall," undated
    Note, addressed to "Dear D," 1992 March 11

    Regarding IRS Form 8283.

    "Summaries of Activities at the Properties Fiscal Year 1994," Department of Stewardship of Historic Properties National Trust for Historic Preservation
    George M. Neil, Assistant Director of Drayton Hall to Friends of Drayton Hall, (photocopy), 1995 March 10
    "Memorandum for the Record," from George Neil, 1995 March 9

    Regarding premiums for friends renewals and corporate memberships.

    Minutes, Meeting of the Drayton Hall Property Council, 1995 March 10
    Information from Seven Seas Investment Portfolios, (photocopy), undated
    George McDaniel to Drayton Hall Property Council, 1995 June 5

    Regarding meeting notice reminder.

    George McDaniel to Drayton Hall Property Council, 1995 June 8

    Regarding 1994 Activities - NTHP Properties.

    Agenda for Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1995 June 16
    Agenda for Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1996 January 26
    Minutes from the Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, with attachments, 1996 January 26
    Agenda for Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1996 March 15
    Minutes, from the Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1996 March 15
    Agenda, for Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1996 May 15
    The President's Report Richard Moe, President of National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1996 September 3
    Minutes of the Drayton Hall Property Council Meeting, 1996 September 18

    Maps, plats, and design drawings, 1959-1983 



      box 31 | folder 3
    Soil and Water Conservation Plan for Drayton Hall, plats, sketches and aerial photographs of Drayton Hall, 1959-1968
    Plat, "A Tract of Land Known As Kleets, Charleston County," between Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation, 1968 April
    Topographic map, of Drayton Hall, showing mined area, undated
    Topographic map, of Drayton Hall, 1972 July

    Scaled and color-coded.

    Plat, "A Tract of Land Owned by Georgia-Pacific Investment Company About to be Conveyed to Charles W. Darwin, Charleston County," 1972 March
    "Right of Way Grant" to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, undated
    Easement property drawing, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, undated
    Design drawing of sign layout for Drayton Hall, 1976 March 31
    Memorandum, Dennis T. Lawson to Dr. Theodore A. Sande, 1976 August 11

    Regarding Ashley River Area Property Map.

    Property map, Ashley River area, circa 1976
    List, Ashley River Road property ownership, circa 1976
    Blueprint of part of Charleston County, undated

    Includes notation: "Would it be reasonable and feasible to run a one-way parallel highway from about 1,000 feet West of S.C. Hwy #61; say from Dorchester fire-tower on down to the Savage Road; thence into Hwy #17-A SOUTH"

    Blueprint, "Preliminary Design, Drayton Hall Phase 1 Site Improvements", 1983 August 12

    By Robert E. Marvin & Associates.


    Miscellaneous Drayton family research materials, 1976-1977 



      box 31 | folder 4
    Photocopies of title page from The Illuminated Bible; portion of a garment noted as "vest"; portion of item noted as "Mary Middleton Schoolbred' s wedding veil"; portion of item noted as "hankerchief" [sic]; portion of garment noted as "front of bodice of wedding dress"; portion of garment noted as ""sleeve of bodice of wedding dress"; and copy of seal noted as "Provinciae Nostrae Carolinae."
    List of items, headed: "The following is a list of articles that have been removed illegally from Drayton Hall. Many of these articles have been in the house for a long period of time and all have been there during my lifetime," undated
    South Carolina: The Grand Tour 1780-1865, title page and page 84, (photocopy), with handwritten note from "Chalmers"[?] to "Charlie."
    Dennis Lawson, Drayton Hall Administrator to Charles Drayton, 1976 October 8

    Regarding "major recollections" of Richmond Bowens.

    Memo from Dennis Lawson to "Members, Drayton Hall Council," 1977 May 27

    Regarding three items of research at Drayton Hall.


    Promotional material and miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1974-1984 



      box 31 | folder 4
    Souvenir booklet of Drayton Hall, undated

    By Historic Charleston Foundation, with Samuel Chamberlain photographs.

    Drayton Hall Plantation, 1974 March 1

    An outline of Drayton Hall's history and the plan for its purchase and use. Three copies.

    "Architects Draw From Past For Future,"News and Courier/Charleston Evening Post, 1974 August 25

    Regarding HABS drawings. Two copies.

    "Drayton Hall, Colonial Home, Being Restored for Bicentennial," unknown publication, undated

    Includes handwritten note from Norwood Hastie to Charles Drayton.

    "Drayton House,"News and Courier, undated

    Regarding 25 East Battery.

    "Colonial Villa,"Winston-Salem Journal, 1977 January 16

    About Drayton Hall and Kevin Murphy, architectural historian at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    "It's the creation that drives me,"Richmond Times-Dispatch, undated

    Regarding Mr. Drayton Hawthorne, marble artist.

    "Drayton Hall, Plantation house of the Drayton family," Antiques, 1970 April
    "An Unadorned Survivor,"New York Times, 1984 December 2

    Includes photos of Drayton Hall.


    Drayton Hall property research, 1976-1997 



    Final Report, Property Research Team, College of Architecture, University of Florida, 1976 June 7   box 32 | folder 1

    155 page report includes: introduction, regional analysis (with relations with commercial developments), design solutions (site access, traffic flows), scope (of site), master plan, architectural solutions, maps, appendix and bibliography. Two copies: one original, one photocopy



    Chase Murphy study of Drayton family and property, 1977 March   box 32 | folder 2

    This extensive study includes title, genealogical, and documentary information and analysis. There is particularly extensive architectural research for Drayton Hall.



    Historic Structures Report for Drayton Hall, vols 1-3, revised, 1988 December 5   box 32 | folder 3

    The volumes include comprehensive documentary and architectural research, as well as alterations and conservation measures. The Drayton family history in South Carolina is clearly set out. There are multiple appendices with copied maps, plats, titles, bills of sale, wills, and oral histories (circa 17th-20th centuries); and analyses of paintwork, mortar and hardware at Drayton Hall. Also included are extensive architectural drawings of Drayton Hall mansion house.



    Inventory of Drayton Hall administrative archives accession information, 1997 September 5   box 32 | folder 4



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