Twelve letters, ranging in size from 8-1/2" x 10-1/2" to 7-3/4" x 12-3/4". All in ink manuscript, most are 2pp-4pp in length. Old folds, light scattered foxing, a few tiny holes with only minimal loss. Very Good.
Details of letters are as follows:
Letter from Alex Gordon, Charleston, 27 March 1868, to Julia L. Hutchinson: "prospective condition of the country is so gloomy, especially in these Southern States"; an investment of the recently-deceased grandmother "in the Bank of South Carolina but changed to Confederate States Bonds - neither of which is worth a dollar - the bank or the Confed. States govt. I am sorry to say that a large portion of the fund in which your grandmother had a life interest was in that and other banks all lost..."
Letter from Alex Gordon, Charleston, 28 April 1868, to Serena Wolfe: "The war brought ruin upon this part of the world. All stocks are worth nothing. The Banks are all ruined, their stockholders will never get a cent. I regret to say that I had about $2000 of yours and it was invested in Confederate Stock to get the best interest - it had been in the Bank of South Carolina - equally bad and all lost... I hope that of the money I forwarded to your mother for you, you have something remaining... My books & papers & all my furniture were burnt when Columbia was destroyed 17th Feb. 1864 by Sherman's army but all my accounts in your affairs have been regularly returned to the ordinary and are on record in that office."
Four letters from Robert M. Gordon, Charleston, to Julia L. Hutchinson, Hawkins, Tennessee: 19 May 1868, regarding proceeds from sale of house and stock; 29 May 1868, sending checks for her and family members [Gertrude Elizabeth Murrell, Anna Nathalie Hutchinson, Mary Madaline Berry] representing proceeds of sale of South Carolina Railroad stock and some real property, discussion of her grandmother's and grandfather's estates; 16 June 1868, to Julia regarding payment for obituary in Daily News; 17 February 1869 to Julia explaining in detail his father's ill health and invalid condition.
Two letters from Thomas Leger Hutchinson to his daughter Julia dated at Charleston, 15 February 1874 and 7 February 1875, discussing neighbors and family members, and his failing health.
Three letters from H.W. Mitchell, Jr., Attorney, 59 Broad St., Charleston, S.C., on letterhead, dated 12 April 1884, 9 July 1884, 21 August 1884, to Julia Hutchinson, regarding conveyance of land connected with deaths of Geo. A. Macauley and Mrs. Serena Wolfe, validity of title transferred by one of the parties of the divorce between Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe, and sales of property.
Letter from Attorney Mitchell King of Charleston, dated 5/18/1848, to Mrs. Eliza Mary Macaulay, regarding difficulties with the Court of Equity regarding making title to property, the court's new requirement of security given on the nomination of a trustee, the will of her father-in-law, George Macaulay.
Thomas Leger Hutchinson [1812-1883] was born in Charleston to a prominent family. He graduated Harvard Law School in 1832 but decided to plant rice rather than practice law. He married Lydia Julia Macaulay [c.1813-1856]. He was Charleston's mayor from 1846-1850 and 1852-1855, served a term in the South Carolina Legislature during the Civil War, and was president of the Charleston Library Society. [City of Charleston: YEAR BOOK - 1883, CITY OF CHARLESTON, SO. CA., Pages 276-8.] Julia L. Hutchinson [b. 1837] and Gertrude Elizabeth Murrell [b. 1835] were his daughters. Julia Eliza Mary Macaulay, Anna Nathalie Hutchinson, Mary Madaline Berry were connected to the Hutchinson family by blood or marriage. It is unclear who Serena Wolfe was.
Alexander Gordon [1800-1871] was originally from Scotland, naturalized to the United States in September, 1824, and settled in South Carolina. He married Jane Cruikshank about 1830. U.S. Federal Census records list him as a merchant and bank clerk. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Society in Charleston for many years and served in several offices including Vice President. Robert M. Gordon [1841-1876], Alexander's son, was an accountant by trade and also an office holder in the St. Andrew's Society.
H[oratio] W. Mitchell, Jr. [1852-1932] was a lawyer and later judge in Charleston. He was a graduate of the College of Charleston in 1874 and later served on the college's Executive Committee. He was commissioned Master in Equity of Charleston County in 1910. Mitchell King [1783-1876] was a teacher, lawyer and judge of the Charleston City Court. He received an honorary Bachelors of Arts from the College of Charleston in 1810 for his valuable services to the college and from having competent experience in his erudition. Item #33146