Julian Augustus Mitchell Papers, 1899
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Manuscript volume, 1899, journal of former Confederate officer and Charleston attorney Julian Augustus Mitchell (1836-1907) records details of his land holdings and plantation work on Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Seabrook Island, and Edisto Island, South Carolina. | Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Mitchell records details of his crop sales and expenses, personal bond holdings, stocks owned, and travel expenses. Properties identified by names include Greenís Point, Swallow Bluff, and Bugby. Businesses with which Mitchell dealt include Piedmont Manufacturing Co., Orrís Cotton Mills, and West Point Mill. Listed among the businesses in which he owned stock are Clifton Manufacturing Co., Spartan Mills, Gaffney Manufacturing Co., Pelzer Manufacturing Co., Piedmont Manufacturing Co., Courtenay Manufacturing Co., Pacolet Manufacturing Co., D.E. Converse Co., and Enoree Manufacturing Co. The list of assets also includes bank stock, public bonds, personal bonds, and "worthless stocks" - Phos[phate] M[a]n[ufacturin]g Co. and East Shore Terminal Co. The volume also contains a record of expenses, including the $243.47 Mitchell expended on a trip to New York with M.M. Seabrook, 27 July-12 August, 1899 tax receipts, and a record of the 1899 crop.
A typewritten letter, 19 Jan[uary] 99, inserted in back of the volume was written by Julian Mitchell from Charleston to Francis M. Mitchell, Jr., Edisto Island, and specifies the terms by which Frank was to manage Julianís agricultural interest - "You are to give your exclusive time and attention to my farming, poultry, cattle, and dairy interests, and matters connected with repairs, improvement of the property and agriculture. For which, I am to pay quarterly, $125, making $500 for the year; and 20% of the net income, not to exceed $100-out of this $100 I am to advance $68.10 premium on your life Insurance; and if there be no net income, then the $68.10 is to be my loss. The net income is to be ascertained as follows: From the proceeds of sales of Cotton crop, Butter, and Stock, deduct the total amount of money expended for everything on the place, excepting what I expend on my dwelling house and the repair of the Swallow Bluff dams now going on."