University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charleston Courier Letters, 1844



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hamilton, James, 1786-1857
Creator: Charleston courier
Title: Charleston Courier Letters
Dates: 1844
Abstract: Handwritten transcriptions of two letters compose the Charleston Courier Letters, 1844, documenting newspaper coverage and public response to a speech by General James Hamilton on the prospects of the Republic of Texas in a second conflict with Mexico.
Extent: 2 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Established in 1803, the Charleston Courier began as a Federalist newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. In June 1844, the paper reprinted an 1842 letter to the editor of another Charleston paper, the Charleston Mercury, from Texas-supporter and former South Carolina Governor James Hamilton. The letter responded to the paper's coverage of a speech by Hamilton on the prospects of the Republic of Texas in a second conflict with Mexico. Several days later, the Courier also published a response to its reprinting from an anonymous "friend of General Hamilton" who signed the letter "Americanus."

Source:

"The Post and Courier: William (Bill) Hawkins." Who Needs Newspapers. Accessed April 22, 2011.


Scope and Contents

Handwritten transcriptions of two letters compose the Charleston Courier Letters, 1844, documenting newspaper coverage and public response to a speech by General James Hamilton on the prospects of the Republic of Texas in a second conflict with Mexico. In the first letter, reprinted from the Charleston Mercury, Hamilton defends his speech and provides his opinions on Texas' possible invasion by Mexico and annexation by the U. S. The second letter, signed only with "Americanus," supports Hamilton's statements.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hamilton, James, 1786-1857 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Charleston courier -- Archives
Places
Charleston (S.C.) -- 19th century -- History
Texas -- Annexation to the United States -- Opinion, public
Texas -- History -- 1836-1846

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charleston Courier Letters, 1844, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2J132 Letter transcripts