Letter, 2 Oct. 1862, from Archibald Whyte to| Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Front Page 2008 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Andrew Baxter Springs
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Letter, 2 October 1862, A[rchibald] Whyte, [Rock Hill], to [Andrew Baxter Springs] expresses surprise that “the Managers of Election for Rock Hill had advertised the Election to take place on 2d Monday inst. instead of Tuesday.” | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Whyte writes, “I could scarcely persuade them that the constitution had been altered so as to read ‘Senators and members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen on the Tuesday after the 2d Monday in Oct. 1862 and on the same day in every second year thereafter.’” Hoping that “no other Managers in the Indian Land labor under such mistake,” Whyte stresses the importance “that there should be no informality about home” and notes that military units were “at liberty to vote on Saturday” but “If they exercise the privilege, it should be in time to reach Yorkville by Tuesday or at least by Wednesday....”
The Rev. Archibald Whyte, who served as pastor of Neely’s Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, was a planter, innkeeper, postmaster, schoolteacher, magistrate, and civic leader in York District, South Carolina, from 1844 until his death in 1865. His home housed both tavern and schoolhouse and was the site of the Nation Ford post office.
Andrew Baxter Springs, an 1840 graduate of South Carolina College, read law with Judge Thomas Withers, planted, and was instrumental in the development of banking and railroad industries. In 1862 he was appointed by the South Carolina legislature as Commissioner of the Soldier’s Relief Board with special responsibility for York District, S.C.