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Autograph Letter Signed from David Oliphant to David Covingrie of Newark, 27 June 1748

 Item — Box: CLX-A-355
Identifier: Coll-1848/17-0241

Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed from David Oliphant to David Covingtrie of Newark (Orkney), from Charles Town (nowadays Charleston, South Carolina), dated June 27th 1748.
This relic of colonial America links two Scottish Jacobites across the ocean. David Oliphant, a medical man, made some impact on South Caroline society, and was tutor to Charles Pinckney - 37th Governor of South Carolina. The addressee was a member of a family of lairds and merchants in Orkney, who, in their opposition to the Earl of Morton, had strong Jacobite leanings.
This letter concerns Oliphant's finances, and his efforts to set up a medical practice in the colony. He had been receiving monies, or letters of credit, from Mr. Fairholme, David Covingtrie's brother-in-law. The letter was sent by Maritime Mail, care of a Miss Stewart.

Dates

  • 27 June 1748

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

This letter is folded for posting via Maritime Mail, the wax seal is missing and there is a consequent gap in the corresponding margin (not affecting text or address). The outer leaves (as when postal packet) are slightly soiled.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in December 2017. Accession no SC-Acc-2017-0241.

Physical Description

This letter is folded for posting via Maritime Mail, the wax seal is missing and there is a consequent gap in the corresponding margin (not affecting text or address). The outer leaves (as when postal packet) are slightly soiled.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in December 2017, drawing upon the bookseller's description.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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