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Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's plantations journal

Identifier: Mss 0034-054

Collection Overview

Journal entries on pages interleaved in Hoff's Agricultural Almanac (1818). Includes personal and plantation entries by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1818 April 6-May 16, with a few scattered entries in late 1818 and early 1819). The journal records daily activities on Pinckney's plantation. Pinckney not only planted cotton, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, corn, and oats, but relied heavily on fish for food. Many daily entries record the number of drumfish caught and the share of the catch (and other items) distributed to slaves. Other entries concern milk cows and curing meat. Several pages of the journal contain a list of slaves at "The Crescent," "the old Place," "the Point," and Pinckney Island. Other entries list crop yields (for 1817 and 1818), and the number of acres planted in cotton, corn, potatoes, and other crops. "Hands" are listed separately according to tasks.


  • Creation: 1818-1819


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Charleston, South Carolina, attorney, plantation owner, South Carolina legislator, Revolutionary War general, and U.S. diplomat. Upon completion of his state Senate term in 1804, Pinckney retired to Pinckney Island, his isolated plantation in St. Luke Parish, South Carolina.


1 volume

Custodial History

Volume was included in a large collection of books presented to the College of Charleston by Edward R. Pinckney.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated circa 1920 by Edward R. Pinckney.

Alternate Form of Materials

Microfilm available in repository.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Inventory of the Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's Plantations Journal, 1818-1819
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