The Letters of Pierce Butler, 1790-1794: Nation Building and Enterprise in the New American Republic

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - History - 370 pages
Enlivened by Irish humor and colorful turns of phrase, this collection of Pierce Butler's letters offers a new perspective on the most enigmatic of South Carolina's signers of the Constitution and on the formative years of the American republic. Describing Butler as an intriguing question mark among the founding fathers, Terry W. Lipscomb presents a cache of correspondence that covers the senator's service during the First, Second, and Third Congresses of the United States. In the first major collection of Butler's writings to be published in book form, Lipscomb offers a detailed biographical sketch of the man and explains the value of his letters - including correspondence to such contemporaries as George Washington, John Adams, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, Wade Hampton, Andrew Pickens, Charles Pinckney, James Gunn, and Archibald Maclaine. Irish-born officer in the British army to his marriage into the lowcountry's Middleton family. More Virginian than Charlestonian in his political views, Butler holds a place of notoriety as the delegate who pushed for the adoption of an electoral college and who allegedly wrote the Constitution's fugitive slave clause. Lipscomb shows Butler to have been a strict constitutional constructionist, a persistent advocate of religious liberty, and an admirer of the French Revolution. He also favored making government actions more transparent and pioneered the tactic of leaking privileged information. its business behind closed doors, these letters present a new resource on the history of the young republic.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xv
To Wade Hampton January 28
xl
To Edward Rutledge January 29
xli
To James La Motte October 30
xliii
Editorial Preface 1
xlvii
1790
1
To Edmund Randolph November 28
2
To James La Motte September
4
To Roger Parker Saunders September 2
66
To John McQueen May 5
83
1791
86
To Thomas Bourke January 6
110
To James Seagrove September
115
To James Gunn August 17
118
To Don Diego de Gardoqui September 30
132
To Philemon Dickinson July 1
134

To Roger Smith November
5
To George Washington February
6
To Edward Neufville December
8
To Roger Parker Saunders October
9
To Wade Hampton January
12
To Edward Butler February
13
To Edward Rutledge May
17
To William Payne February
18
To John Allston April
19
To William Frogatt September
20
To Peter Freneau November
22
To Gillon and Saunders April
23
To Roger Parker Saunders May
24
To John Allston April
25
To Frances Butler April
30
To Crawford Davison May 4
39
To R Coghlan June 2
48
To Peter Spence June 27
57
To Nathaniel Hall September 16
141
To Edward Campbell October 1
158
To Jane Beaver January 9
167
To James Seagrove August 7
171
To Roger Parker Saunders August 9
180
To James Gunn October 3
191
To John Ayres November 26
218
To James Simons January 26
233
To Jeremiah Wadsworth October 10
240
To Thomas Young October 28
265
To John Allston November 16
279
1794
291
To William Temple Franklin January 29
300
To John London October 7
308
To Joseph Eve March 25
315
To Zebulon Hollingsworth May 4
317
Index
327
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