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Letter, 14 September 1848, of A[lbert] J[ames] Pickett, Montgomery, Ala., to F[rancis] W[ilkinson] Pickens, Edgefield C[ourt] H[ouse], S.C.
TLetter, 14 September 1848, of A[lbert] J[ames] Pickett (1810-1858), Montgomery, Ala., to F[rancis] W[ilkinson] Pickens, Edgefield C[ourt] H[ouse], concerns the return of a Benjamin Hawkins manuscript and "notes of your respected Grandfather," Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens, used by Pickett in preparation of his History of Alabama, which was published in 1851. After suggesting that the manuscripts be sent back by "some of your friends travelling out here," Pickett goes on to discuss Pickens' interest in writing "a history of the Northern part of So[uth] Carolina connected with the Cheerokee Indians."

In such a vein, the letter advises that Pickens consult "a large folio volume published by Congress: Indian affairs Vol. 1-American State papers," A Narrative of the Military Actions of Colonel Marinus Willett, James Adair's History of the American Indians, William Bartram's Travels Through North & South Carolina..., and the memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake.

"It occurs to me that you could easily fill a volume of 400 pages with the life & services of Genl. Pickens," Pickett goes on to say. "I have never seen but one memoir of him & that is a short one contained in the 'American Portrait Gallery.' The public documents afford a wide field for your pen, in regard to him....I sincerely hope that you will carry out the intentions which you casually intimated to me in your letter of last fall. You are a gentleman of wealth & Talents & these above all others, are the men who ought to contribute something useful & valuable, for posterity & the present age both."

"My History of Alabama is progressing," Pickett concludes. "I hope to be able to present it to the public in about twelve months[.] I am frequently delayed, by waiting for materials, which are now nearly all obtained."


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