17th South Carolina Volunteers - Starting the Cadet Riflemen Company by Capt. William S. Elliott, June 18th, 1860 Charleston, S.C.

Here is a one page letter in ink by Capt. William S. Elliott… no doubt related to the famous Elliott family of Charleston.  William Elliott Sr. was one of the wealthiest planters in South Carolina.  In 1860 he owned 12 plantations in the low country and 217 slaves. 

Young William is writing General James Simons, who lived on Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina. 

“Broad St. 18th June 1860

My Dear Genl.,

     I enclose you a letter to Gov. Gist requesting seventy-five rifles for the Cadet Rifleman.  Please read it and see if you will answer.  If not, change it for me & I will copy it again.
     I was flattered by your view of us
yesterday afternoon.
     Will you do me the kindness to let
me have a letter from you recommending our application.
     Do if you know the Governors
direction, let me have it.

With high esteem,

   Wm. S. Elliott

   Gen. Jas. Simons

   Broad Street”


The letter is in very good condition, written in nice dark ink and docketed on the back.  A fine glimpse of preparation in early Charleston for what was to come!

#HC120 - Price $225

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