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Rev. Henry DeSaussure Bull Papers, 1911-1946
Sixty-five items, 1911-1946, of the Rev. Henry DeSaussure Bull (1885-1957), longtime rector of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, Georgetown, consist principally of research materials dating from the 1930s, including seven small notebooks, miscellaneous notes, and correspondence generated out of his intent to write a book on Loyalists in South Carolina. Lois Dwight Cole, associate editor of the Macmillan Company, New York, in a letter of 12 January 1937 to Dr. Bull, Georgetown, acknowledges receipt of his note of 9 January asking if Macmillan would be interested in his book, South Carolina Loyalists in the Revolution, states that the publisher would be glad to have a chance to consider it, and concludes, "We appreciate the unique subject which you have chosen for your work, and would be delighted to give it our most sympathetic and interested consideration if you should care to forward it to us."

Robert W. Barnwell, Jr., of Columbia, who was among those the Rev. Bull consulted during the course of his research on the subject, wrote Bull on 20 February 1936 to thank him for the invitation to visit him to "compare notes on the Loyalists" and went on to observe, "There do not seem to have been very many enthusiastic Loyalists among [the low country planters] but certainly the older generation doubted the wisdom of the Revolution. One of the Loyalists stated to the claims commission that Prince Frederick parish was a loyal parish."

Among the most interesting items in the collection is a letter from historian D.D. Wallace, who wrote on a Wofford College Department of History and Economics letterhead, 21 July 1937, to the Rev. Bull, Pawley's Island, on the subject, "I do not think that your estimate that the white population of South Carolina were at least 30 to 35% Tories is too high....Thousands of men fought on both sides; at least many hundreds did, and doubtless many thousands who did not actually fight on both sides changed sides." Then he said, "I have very high respect for Mr.[A.S.] Salley's historical knowledge; but I have been impressed with the fact that in matters which he thinks involve the honor of the State, especially where the record of the State has been attacked or criticised by Yankees, his intense patriotism seems decidedly to influence his conclusions. But in this matter I must say that no one has assembled data amounting to general survey, and I would hate to have to combat anyone who took up any particular positive position that was at all moderate in character."

Other items of note include a letter, postmarked Columbia, 11 August 1937, from Mrs. William M. Burney, who identifies herself as Floride Cunningham, grandniece of Ann Pamela Cunningham, that provides the Rev. Bull with genealogical information on the Cunningham family and some related lines. Cunningham's letter also included a pair of photographic prints of the monument to William Wragg (1714-1777) in Westminster Abbey. Wragg was a wealthy S.C. planter, a member of the S.C. Privy Council and Royal Assembly. A Loyalist, Wragg was banished from province during the Revolution. He departed from S.C. in July 1777 on a ship bound for Amsterdam. He perished at sea off the coast of the Netherlands. Other items sent by Cunningham include a file of miscellaneous news clippings on Charleston, 1925-1933; and a small undated broadside setting forth seventeen "Rules of the Confederate School," of which this is the first, "Rising bell will be rung at 6:45 A.M. Students will arrange their rooms and on the ringing of the prayer bell, 7:45, go to the Study for prayers. After prayers repair promptly to breakfast. No student allowed to return to her room, without permission from the House Mother, from the time she leaves it in the morning until the hour for retiring. Students required to be punctual at every meal. No excuse from meals except in cases of sickness, which must be reported to the House Mother. Perfect neatness required at all times."


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