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    Charles C. Pinckney Autograph Letter Signed "Charles Cotesworth PInckney". Three pages, 7.75" x 10", Charleston, South Carolina, January 9, 1815, Mr. Petit de Villers. Pinckney writes to de Villers seeking help in obtaining the services of a "pettiauger" - a particular style boat of Dutch style, in bringing sugar cane to his plantation.This letter bears the usual fold creases and toning to the paper, with a few closed tears at the edges, otherwise it is in very good condition. Accompanied by a 4.5" x 6" engraved portrait of Pinckney engraved by E. Wellmore from a miniature by Malbone.

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    He writes, in part: "I was yesterday honoured with your favor of the 3d instant, enclosing one Mr. Couper's letter to you of the 16th ultimo. I am highly pleased & gratified by the attention & politeness of both of them, and if you could hire such a pettiauger as Mr. Couper mentions, at a rate not very extravagant, to go to St. Simon's, & return inland to my island, without my being subject to pay for the pettiauger & hands in case of capture, I should be glad you would hire as soon as possible such a one for me, for such a pettiauger according to Mr. Couper's statement would not carry above 5,000 cane, which agreeably to his calculation would be but a few more than sufficient to plant two acres which is the quantity I should wish to plant this year. And to make up the above number of canes, after the vessel has taken from Mr. Couper what he can spare without any inconvenience, they could I imagine be purchased in his vicinity. I own I feel some embarrassment at accepting Mr. Couper's offer, as I have not the honour of being acquainted with him except by reputation but the offer has been made with such delicate feeling & genuine politeness that I should consider myself as acting fastidiously if I declined it." Pinckney was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, minister to France and plantation owner. The mention of the boat's possible capture is significant as the War of 1812 had only recently concluded.

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