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Mitchell King papers

Identifier: Mss 0034-033

Collection Overview

Papers include letters, an invoice, a notice, and lists pertaining to Mitchell King. Letters are from Henry C. King at Matanza [Plantation, Prince George Parish, S.C.] (1847 April 26) concerning family and social matters, John Pennington at Philadelphia (1850 Feb. 8) concerning Pennsylvania now paying what it owes to him (also about family matters, preserving the republic, and their mutual interest in early European occupation of Carolina and working of the gold mines before English settlement), F.S. Holmes (June 25; ca. 1857) concerning King's interest in and subscription to the museum [College of Charleston Museum?], and J.L. Petigru (Aug. 15) in which he states he is sending him "the Times" concerning the opinion of one of the judges on the marriage question. An invoice (1853 July 13) from Hector Bossange of Paris with a note (1853 August 17) from Edward Bossange (the New York proprietor of Hector Bossange) notifying King that the third volume of Humboldt's Cosmos has arrived and will be sent as soon as Bossange can pick it up at the Custom House in New York. A printed notice with handwritten additions (1842 May 7) from Daniel Ravenel, president of the Bible Society of Charleston requests that King attend a meeting of the Board of Managers. A list (1860) arranged by date (1858-1860) contains names and amounts of money. Another list (n.d.) contains the names of various individuals.


  • Creation: 1842-1860


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Born in Scotland, Mitchell King arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1805. In 1806 King became an assistant teacher at the College of Charleston. Interested in studying law, King began studies at the office of George Warren Cross in 1807. King was temporarily appointed principal of the College of Charleston in 1810. King chose, however, to continue his study of law when he was offered the position permanently. Admitted to the bar in 1810, King immediately opened his own practice. He was elected recorder of Charleston and judge of the City Court in 1842 (resigning in 1844). King's son was Henry C. King.


1 folder (8 items)

Inventory of the Mitchell King Papers, 1842-1860
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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