Chiefly correspondence re Henry Summer's law practice; including diary, 4 Feb. - 23 Mar. 1837, kept by Summer describing travel from Newberry, S.C. to Charleston, S.C., by train and then by boat to St. Augustine, Fla., during second Seminole War; topics include local sights, social activities, churches attended in Charleston; and comment on his use of the train, "What a triumph of art is this mode of travelling"; mention of his companions Judges [John Belton] O'Neall and [Andrew Pickens?] Butler; mention of national politics and progress of the war; description of St. Augustine and the Fort; and deaths of his brothers, "Both ... were buried with military honors."; and return to Newberry.
Letter, 18 Mar. 1842, Washington, D.C., P.C. Caldwell, to Henry Summer, re possibility of war; 6 letters, 10 Nov. 1847-21 July 1848, Columbia, S.C., Andrew Wallace, to Henry Summer, Newberry, S.C., re claims against Wallace's lands and possibility of a law suit.
Speech, 15 June 1855, delivered by Henry Summer before the Pulaski Lodge, Fraternal Order of Freemasons, re principles and nature of freemasonry; biographical information, 1965, collected by John H. Moore, re Henry Summer.
Lawyer of Newberry, S.C., and Talledega, Ala.; member, S.C. House of Representatives, 1846-1850; graduate, S.C. College, 1832; first secretary, instructor, and member of the Board of Trustees at Newberry College; delegate to the Southern Convention, Nashville, Tenn., 1850, and the S.C. Constitutional Convention, 1855; son of Capt. John Summer; husband of Frances Mayer.
Henry Summer Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.
Journal, 4 Feb. - 23 Mar. 1837, also available on microfilm (R 1010); also published in Florida Historical Quarterly (April 1965).