David James McCord papers, 1815-1854.


David James McCord papers, 1815-1854.

Letter, 15 Feb. 1827, from McCord to the Philadelphia firm of Carey and Lea refers to the publication of his legal reports. McCord made his mark in antebellum South Carolina as a spokesman for states' rights and an editor of the state's important legal documents. As state reporter, McCord usually arranged for the state printer to publish the law reports, but his press run produced more volumes than were "immediately saleable" in South Carolina. Due to a recent merger in the courts of appeals, he had become responsible for the equity reports as well as the law reports, and he explained to Carey and Lea that he would like to arrange a barter agreement to exchange his unsold books for editions of their reports that he wanted to acquire. Carey and Lea must have responded by offering a publication contract rather than an exchange, for the title page of the two-volume edition of McCord's Equity Reports that went to press in late 1827 and 1829 lists Carey, Lea & Carey of Philadelphia as publisher. Letter, 29 June 1831, from McCord to David Bailie Warden, then serving as consul at Paris, a post he held forty years; McCord discusses the nullification controversy, the political situation, his membership in the State Rights and Free Trade Party (S.C.), political intrigue surrounding the administration of Andrew Jackson, the Peggy Eaton affair, and growing discontent with the President; McCord forwards the text of a letter from Joel R. Poinsett, dated 10 May 1831, relative to the improbability of Warden's diplomatic appointment and expresses his interest, as trustee for South Carolina College, in purchasing selected volumes from Warden's private library [transcription of this letter available]. Letter, 19 June 1838 (Columbia, S.C.), to Waddy Thompson (Washington, D.C.) re Thompson's speech promoting States Rights, and the opinions of [William C. ] Preston and [John C.] Calhoun, "Calhoun must be crazy upon no other ground can his honesty be any longer supposed," predicting defeat of Jack Brown and B[enjamin] T. Elmore, mention of [Hugh S.] Legare, [Henry] Clay's resolution on abolition of slavery, departure of [George] McDuffie, who "goes to Europe as agent to borrow the two million for Charleston"; the Charleston Mercury's support of Calhoun for the presidency and [Martin] Van Buren's position. Printed announcement, 26 Apr. 1854, promoting a school in New York, The Humboldt Classical and Mercantile Institute, a "high school for young gentlemen, on the German plan" with copy of D.J. McCord's recommendation of Dr. David Bendan, A.M., one of the teachers. Bible (published 1815 at Oxford, England) with McCord family Bible records, 25 Feb. 1818 (1 vol.), Charleston, Columbia and elsewhere, listing children of D.J. Mccord and his first wife, Emmeline Wagner McCord, a union that produced at least 11 children; Bible bound in red calf with gold tooling, "Emmeline Wagner" on cover; title page inscribed: "Feb. 25th, 1818, from her mother, Ann Wagner." [Record of births photocopied and filed with collection on-site; Bible located at Annex]

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