WILLIAM READ - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1802 - HFSID 3456
WILLIAM READ The South Carolina plantation owner and Revolutionary War veteran writes to his brother, Jacob Read, former Continental Congress delegate and US Senator, regarding a possible land purchase. Autograph Letter signed: "William Read", 2 pages with integral address leaf, 7x9½.
Sale Price $552.50
The South Carolina plantation owner and Revolutionary War veteran writes to his brother, Jacob Read, former Continental Congress delegate and US Senator, regarding a possible land purchase.
Autograph Letter signed: "William Read", 2 pages with integral address leaf, 7x9½. Charleston [South Carolina], 1802 January 5. Addressed to Jacob Read at Drakies, near Savannah, in full: "Having written you lately I should not have put you to the trouble of another letter so soon, but for the favorable means of conveyance Mr. Rutledge going to Georgia affords me. I wished when I wrote on the subject of Mr. Rutledge's House to be full & satisfactory I was not unmindful of your considerations. But rode to [Laurens] when I was last up to speak to him on the subject. And he leaves things in suspense. Meeting him running near his Gate I accosted him on the business. As [Laurens] tells me that as soon as he saw the House must revert to him he concluded to sell it. What he had made it an offer to [Col. Thirving] & to No. 8 [Lunch Harry], That he had fixed his price, was afraid he might ask for much, & might ask too little - wished to consult his friends on that subject - had some thought of cutting off a lot on Orange Street. He had not heard from either of the above named gentlemen, would inform one as soon as he could say anything conclusive or satisfactory. He added that he would be very glad if it was the means of bringing you back to this country. He spoke of your young family & of Mrs. Read offered the happiness we enjoyed of a safe retreat in [Sullivan Hand]. [Mr. Bulled] tells me Mr. Read & my dear little family were well Saturday. My love to Brother George. I remain, dear Brother, your very affectionate" Dr. William Read (1754-1845) inherited Rice Hope Plantation in South Carolina, from his father in law. He expanded and greatly improved the property, adding land confiscated from Tories during the American Revolution. A medical doctor, Read himself served as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, on the staff of General Washington and also with General Nathanael Greene, America's most successful general of the Southern Campaign. His brother Jacob Read (1752-1816), the recipient of this letter, represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress (1883-1885) and the US Senate 1795-1801). Rice Hope Plantation has been a Bed & Breakfast since 2006. Normal mailing folds. Creased throughout. Edges and corners lightly worn. Adhesive stains on verso. Stained on folds and edges. Slight ink smearing. Ink seeped through opposite page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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