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 Edward Rutledge May 15
xxxii
To Wade Hampton January 28
xl
To James La Motte October 30
xli
To R Coghlan June 2
xliii
Editorial Preface
xlvii
To John Adams January
1
To Roger Parker Saunders August 26
2
To T B Ernst October
69
1791
77
To John McQueen May 5
83
To Daniel Bourdeaux November 22
95
To Thomas Bourke January 6
110
To James La Motte September 4
115
To Thomas Bourke August 8
121
To Robert Shuttleworth September 20
129

To Zebulon Hollingsworth May
4
To G C Richards February
5
To George Washington February
6
To William Lee April
7
To Peter William Van Lankern September
8
To Roger Parker Saunders October
9
To James Simons March
11
To John Julius Pringle August
12
To Edward Rutledge April
14
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Edward Rutledge October
17
To Charles Pinckney June
19
To John McQueen October
22
To Gillon and Saunders April
23
To Anne Graeme August
24
To John Allston March
25
To Frances Butler April
30
To Thomas Cobham October
31
To Crawford Davison May 4
39
To John London August 12
136
To Robert MisCampbell May 7
153
To Edward Campbell October i
158
To George Hooper August 12
163
To Jane Beaver January 9
167
To Adam Tunno August 25
180
To James Gunn August 17
213
To John Ayres November 26
218
To John Lloyd January 2
224
To James Simons January 26
233
To Joseph Eve March 25
254
To Thomas Young August 22
258
To Thomas Young March 25
264
To John Allston November 16
279
To John London October 7
308
To Zebulon Hollingsworth April 3
317
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