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    Ingraham Family Archive Containing Confederate- and Slavery-Related Letters and Documents. All items are dated from 1800 to 1885 and are associated with the influential Ingraham family of South Carolina. Included is a John Ingraham Autograph Letter Signed from Montego Bay, Jamaica on October 28, 1800, with rare content concerning the payment of a debt in "New Negros" before the passing of the Slave Trade Act of 1807: "Mr. Fraser wrote to Mr. Hunter the 27th December 1799 that he had accounted to you [George Sibbald of Savannah] for the ten New Negros Shipped by him in 1795 as ordered." (The top right and lower left corners have been extracted, with some loss of text.) Montego Bay served as an important port in the trade of rum, molasses, and African slaves, known to history as the infamous "golden triangle." Also, a handwritten certification (dated 1897) signed by George H. Ingraham certifying that he had "paid the two colored Men in charge of the Hat and Coat Room One 50/100 dollars each, on the night of the R. E. Lee Banquet."

    Additionally included is a daguerreotype of George M. Heckling; Confederate currency (two bills: $10 and $20); nine unused Confederate ten-cent stamps bearing the portrait of Jefferson Davis; a Confederate Veterans Association report, dated January 1897 (printed); an "Appeal of the Ingraham Association" (1866) to institute a constitution, apparently for the purpose of recovering the "Leed's Estate [England]. . . . estimated to be worth $100,000,000"; a letter dated 1885 regarding Ingraham family claims on a ship "belonging to Nathaniel Ingraham of Charleston . . . captured in 1797 by a French privateer"; a one-page printing of "Honorary Guard over the Remains of Mr. [John C.] Calhoun," which includes the name of G. H. Ingraham (severe taping exists on verso); a notebook containing much of the Ingraham family tree, dating family members from 1656 until 1885; and numerous other notes, letters, and legal documents. Some items are foxed with separations along folds. Some rodent damage to a few pages.

    A copy of Statutes at Large of the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America, from the Institution of the Government, February 8, 1861, to its Termination, February 18, 1862 (Richmond: R. M. Smith, Printers to Congress, 1864), 411 pages with index, is also included. It is toned, taped across the soft covers, and moderately foxed.


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