Letter, 29 June 1860, from Edwin Cater to| Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Front Page 2008 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Hugh R. Miller
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Letter, 29 June 1860, of Presbyterian clergyman and educator Edwin Cater (1813-1882), written from Spartanburg, S.C., to Hugh R. Miller, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, concerns a family disagreement over an arrangement between Cater’s wife and her brother, William Barr, Jr., over the hire of slaves from their father’s estate. | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The complaint was to be settled in Mississippi, and while the Caters were anxious to avoid litigation, the letter solicits Miller’s services as an attorney should the matter end up in the courts. “We have been, and are still anxious to avoid the litigation, but fear we may have need of the Services of a Lawyer in Mississippi,” Cater wrote, further asking, “if we find it important to file the Bill in your Court, can we depend upon your Services... Mrs Cater has great confidence in your ability and is anxious to obtain your aid if it can be had....the general statement is that Mr. Wm Barr refuses to come to account with his Sister, and she must ask the aid of the Court to get the settlement.”
Edwin Cater’s second wife, Margaret R. Barr, was a daughter of the Rev. William Hampden Barr (1778-1843), pastor of Long Cane Presbyterian Church in Abbeville District. After W.H. Barr’s death, his son William managed the family plantation until 1859 when he moved to Pontotoc County, Mississippi, taking a majority of the family slaves with him.