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 George Washington July 29
2
To John McQueen May 5
83
To Thomas Bourke January 6
110
To James La Motte September 4
115
To James Gunn August 17
118
To Robert Shuttleworth September 20
129
To Philemon Dickinson July 1
134
To Nathaniel Hall September 16
141
To Robert MisCampbell May 7
153

To Zebulon Hollingsworth May
4
To John Lecky February
6
To William Lee April
7
To Peter William Van Lankern September
8
To Roger Parker Saunders October
9
To Wade Hampton January
12
To Edward Rutledge April
14
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Edward Rutledge October
17
To William Payne February
18
To John McQueen July
19
To Gillon and Saunders April
23
To George Hooper August
24
To Robert Shuttleworth February
27
To Gideon D Pendleton January
28
To Frances Butler April
30
To Edward Rutledge October 14
31
To Crawford Davison May 4
39
To Alexander Hamilton June 29
66
ToT B Ernst October
69
1791
77
To Edward Campbell October 1
158
To Thomas Sumter February 1
159
To Jane Beaver January 9
167
To James Seagrove August 7
171
To Wade Hampton February 3
174
To Roger Parker Saunders August 9
180
To James Gunn October 3
191
To John Rea November 2
213
To Don Juan McQueen December 6
219
To Robert Anderson January 5
228
To Robert Goodloe Harper March 6
233
To John Allston March 25
254
To Jeremiah Wadsworth October 10
261
To Thomas Young March 25
264
To John Allston November 16
279
To John London October 7
308
To Zebulon Hollingsworth April 3
317
Index
327
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