Letters re politics at state, national, and international levels, and news of friends and family, including 16 items, 1825-1829 (Bogota, Colombia) consisting of letters and papers written in Spanish to B.T. Watts in his capacity as secretary of legation.
Letter, 24 July 1825, Louisville, Kentucky, from [Richard Clough Anderson, to B.T.W., Bogota, Colombia], "I think that Genl. [Andrew] Jackson & Mr. [John Quincy] Adams are considered as candidates ... leaving Mr. [John C.] Calhoun, Mr. [Henry] Clay & Mr.[DeWitt] Cl[inton] to struggle for the succession eight years hence"; 2 letters, 29 May 1828 and 25 May 1839 (Washington, D.C.) from Henry Clay, to B.T. Watts, re appointment as Secretary of Legation at Saint Petersburg, Russia, curbing the rising power of the executive branch, and dissensions in S.C. political factions.
Two letters, 28 Dec. 1829 and 1 Mar. 1830 (Washington, D.C.) from B.T. Watts to Martin Van Buren (during his brief tenure as governor of New York), in which Watts lists injustices received from Henry Middleton at St. Petersburg, and answers Middleton's criticisms; letter, 5 Sept. 1833, Cherry Hill plantation (Sumter District, S.C.), George McDuffie, who had recently been a prominent member of the South Carolina Nullification Convention and would soon after serve as governor of S.C., during 1834-1836, to B.T. Watts, "On ... your comtemplated periodical ... the people of the South ... will be too much engrossed in ... political subjects ... to bestow much attention on literary productions" and noting "benefits of slavery to North and South."..
Letter,7 Apr. 1836 (Washington, D.C.) from H[enry] H[unt], to B.T. Watts, re the election to the Presidency of Van Buren, Henry Clay's treatment by the Democratic Party, and the controversy over the Peggy Eaton affair, "Genl. Jackson seems to have full control over this nation ... he will make little Van his successor ... I am a great favorite at the White House ... family physician for several years," and inquiring "How do you think Arthur Middleton will relish Peg O'Neale as the Ministers lady?".
Letter, 7 Mar. 1838 (Charleston, S.C.) John England, Bishop of Charleston, to Gov. Pierce Mason Butler, pleading for pardon of life for a sailor convicted of murder; letter, 12 July 1840 (Spartanburg, S.C.) from James Edward Henry, to B.T. Watts, re campaign for the legislature, estimation of Clay and Calhoun; letter, 20 Oct. 1841 (Edgefield, S.C.), John Belton O'Neall, to B.T. Watts, sending his refusal to accept the presidency of South Carolina College, "I am wholly unfit for the office ... "; letter, 6 July 1844, J.M. Wallace, to B.T. Watts, Laurens, S.C., "I should like to know if there is any serious design to form a Southern Confederacy."..
Nine letters, 1843-1860, from James H. Hammond, to B.T. Watts, re directions for work, completion of journal, political position, George McDuffie's value to S.C.; letter, 21 Sept. 1846 (Edgefield, S.C.) from Col. Pierce Mason Butler, to B.T.W., re the activities of the men serving under his command in the Palmetto Regiment in the Mexican War, "The compliment paid me by the South Carolina Volunteers was indeed a handsome one ... President [James K.] Polk is scared to death ...," and duration and cost of war.
Eight letters, 18 Jan. 1847 - 23 Oct. 1848 (Limestone Springs, S.C.) from S.C. Governor David Johnson, to B.T. Watts, re conduct of war in Mexico, message to the S.C. legislature, vice-president and the Wilmot Proviso; letter, 29 Nov. 1850, Gov. Whitemarsh Benjamin Seabrook, to President Millard Fillmore, re the arrival of troops in Charleston Harbor following meeting of second secession convention, 11-18 Nov. 1850; letter, 7 Dec. 1850 (Washington, D.C.) Daniel Webster, to W.B. Seabrook, re his refusal to give reasons for sending additional troops to S.C..
Eleven letters, 1852-1861, from F.W. Pickens, to B.T. Watts, re his position in politics, a tribute to George McDuffie, and suggesting the course for the South to pursue, "keep cool & keep united; and letter, 2 Feb. 1861 (Charleston, S.C.) R.W. Gibbes, to "Dear Gaillard," re difficulties settled with the governor, "He will not interfere with me again. Hampton now has his proper place."..
Resident of Laurens District, S.C.; Col. Beaufort Taylor Watts (1789-1869) served as private secretary to S.C. governors, as an S.C. Representative in the General Assembly, and as U.S. Secretary of Legation in Bogota (Colombia) and Saint Petersburg (Russia).
Beaufort Taylor Watts Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.
Calendar to collection filed in Box II, last folder.