The Letters of Pierce Butler, 1790-1794: Nation Building and Enterprise in the New American Republic

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Describing Butler (1744-1822) as one of the least understood of the South Carolina signers of the U.S. Constitution, Lipscomb (South Carolina Department of Archives and History/South Caroliniana Library) presents a biographical sketch of this founding father-- who supported the electoral college and pioneered the tactic of leaking privileged information--in what is evidently the first collection of Butler's letters to be published in book form. He then discusses how his correspondence of 1790-1794 to such contemporaries as George Washington, John Adams, and George Mason Lee sheds light on the nation's formative period. Annotation 2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"Terry Lipscomb's edition of Pierce Butler's letters provides a fascinating window into the politics and society of the early American republic. A proponent of what he called "pure republicanism," Senator Butler applauded the French Revolution and opposed the consolidating policies of treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. Butler's letters go beyond commentary on foreign affairs and politics and contain rich detail on such diverse topics as religion, slavery, cotton agriculture, land speculation, diplomatic relations with Native Americans, and indebtedness and honor among gentlemen. This volume is a valuable resource for all scholars interested in this pivotal period in American history."--Gregory D. Massey, author of John Laurens and the American Revolution

"Amid a flurry of recent biographies of the great men who established the American republic, Terry Lipscomb's volume introduces us to a neglected Founding Father. Pierce Butler's letters reveal his role in the drafting of the Constitution and later, the myriad concerns troubling the nation's early years, including relations with European powers, Indian affairs, and divisive disputes about the meaning of the Constitution. The letters demonstrate that intrigue, factionalism, and the 'leaking' of anti-administration information--practices decried today--originated in the first Congress. In addition to providing a comprehensive biographical sketch of Butler as introduction, Lipscomb has augmented the letters with rich annotation that interprets the significance of this correspondence."--Edward J. Cashin, director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History, Augusta State University

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Terry W. Lipscomb has been associated with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the South Caroliniana Library for more than thirty-five years. His numerous previous publications include South Carolina in 1791: George Washington's Southern Tour and South Carolina Revolutionary War Battles: The Carolina Lowcountry, April 1775-June 1776 and the Battle of Fort Moultrie. Lipscomb was also a longtime editor of the colonial journals of the South Carolina General Assembly.

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