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Isaac Child Harleston letters, 1780 (typescript copies)

Identifier: Mss 0034-027

Collection Overview

Typescript (1935-1936) copies of five letters written to Isaac Child Harleston from Francis Marion at Bacon Bridge, South Carolina, and James H. Thomson "copied along with other Harleston family correspondence" [not included] by Julia W. Reynolds during a W.P.A. project (1935-1936). Four letters from Francis Marion dated March 1780 are addressed to Major Isaac Harleston, 2nd Regiment, Charleston, South Carolina. The first letter discusses which individuals might be placed in Harleston's regiment or better placed elsewhere. Marion tells Harleston he has permission to give a commission to Stephen Mazyck. The second letter lists a return of the Light Corps including the total number of individuals by rank, as well as those sick in Proveaux and [Thomas] Moultrie's companies. Marion notes that he will be seeing Harleston in a day or two since the enemy is along the Ashley River at St. Andrews Church, Generals Clinton and Cornwallis with them. The third letter is an invitation to dine with the general. The fourth letter states the enemy has crossed the Wappoo River with 1,000 grenadiers and light infantry and was within six miles of their location. The fifth letter fragment is from James H. Thomson to Harleston at Strawberry (S.C.) regarding a female slave. Thomson offers any of Harleston's people an eight dollar reward to apprehend and deliver her to him or the warden of the workhouse. Thomson writes "The Negroes of that estate have almost all proved runaways & rogues. There is no knowing a Slave."


  • between 1935-1936


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Son of Hannah Child and John Harleston. Isaac Child Harleston owned The Bluff plantation in St. John Berkeley Parish and Irishtown plantation in St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish on the Cooper River in South Carolina. Harleston served in the Second Regiment of the South Carolina Militia (1775), the Sixth Regiment of the Continental Army (1778), and the Second Regiment of the Continental Army. Harleston was taken prisoner (1780) when Charleston, South Carolina, fell. Harleston served in the Royal Assembly (1773-1775), Provincial Congress (1775-1776), South Carolina General Assembly (1776, 1789-1790), and South Carolina Senate (1782, 1792-1797).


1 folder (1 item) : 4 pages

Acquisitions Information

Copied from the originals in the possession of the John Harleston family by Julia W. Reynolds for a W.P.A. project (1935-1936).

Inventory of the Isaac Child Harleston Letters, 1780 (Typescript Copies), 1935-1936
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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