TALIAFERRO (JAMES G.) LETTERS

(Mss. 1562)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
LETTER DESCRIPTIONS ............................................................................................................ 5
INDEX TERMS ............................................................................................................................ 10
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 11

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SUMMARY

Size.

79 items on 1 microfilm reel

Geographic locations.

Catahoula Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans, La.

Inclusive dates.

1852-1876

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English.

Summary.

Microfilm copy of typewritten and handwritten copies of letters from James G. Taliaferro principally to his daughter, giving information of political, legal, and personal matters.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

James G. Taliaferro and Family Papers, Mss. 1001, 1047, 1565

Zachariah and James G. Taliaferro Papers, Mss. 237

James G. Taliaferro Papers, Mss. 3327

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

James G. Taliaferro Letters, Mss. 1562, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

Mss.MF:T

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

James G. Taliaferro was born in Amherst, Virginia, in 1798 and moved to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana in 1815. He practiced law in Harrisburg, La., served as a judge in Catahoula Parish, was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1852, and a member of the Secession Convention in 1861. Taliaferro was strongly opposed to secession. He served as associate justice in the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1866-1876.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The microfilm contains copies of typewritten and handwritten letters from Taliaferro, principally to his daughter. Letters discuss Taliaferro's involvement with the Secession Convention (1861); politics during the Civil War (1865); the work of the Louisiana Supreme Court (1866-1874); Louisiana politics and government (1861-1874); flooding of the Mississippi River (1874); fires, cholera, and economic conditions in New Orleans; the visit of the Emperor of Brazil to New Orleans (1876); and matters pertaining to the management of Taliaferro's plantation and local affairs in Catahoula Parish.

LETTER DESCRIPTIONS

Date

Contents

Dec. 24, 1852

Harrisonburg, La., to his daughter, mention of “Santa Claus.

Sept. 4, 1855

Harrisonburg, sick with the prevailing disease, use of homeopathic remedies.

Mar. 9, 1861

New Orleans, to daughter, giving instruction to send Taliaferro [apparently Alexander] to LSU.

June 24, 1865

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses political situation, appointments by the governor, talks with Federal men from Washington.

July 3, 1865

Shreveport, Henry Bullard Taliaferro to his father, regiment being sent to San Antonio, Texas, comments on Civil War: “most outrageous act on the part of those who began it . . .”

July 15, 1865

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses political situation.

Aug. 1, 1865

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses political situation.

Nov. 1, 1865

On board the steamer Ruth at Natchez, to daughter, mentions his name placed on ticket as candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor; saw General Sherman at St. Louis: “. . .He is a staunch and powerful friend of our family. . .”

Jan. 5, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, comments on work for court.

Mar. 2, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family finances.

Mar 3, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, affairs of Holt’s Estate, advice to Katy; discusses political situation.

Aug. 2, 1866

Monroe, to son (Bullard), discusses family affairs, reference to Harper’s Weekly.

Aug. 7, 1866

Harrisonburg, comments on crop conditions, expresses interest in fruit cultivation.

Aug. 16, 1866

Natchitoches, to son (Bullard), discusses work of the court; description of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Nov. 7, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, principally concerning plantation supplies.

Mar. 23, 1867

New Orleans, to daughter, letter of thanks for eggs and sausage.

May 1, 1867

New Orleans, to Taliaferro [?], discusses family finances.

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June 7, 1867

Catahoula Prairie, from H. Bullard Taliaferro to father, plantation affairs.

Dec. 7, 1867

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses personal affairs.

Feb. 6, 1868

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions severe cold weather, tropical fruit trees perished, and various family matters.

Dec. 25, 1868

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family affairs.

Feb. 4, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses condition of his health and plantation affairs.

Feb. 20, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, advised planting of sugarcane as it is better than cotton, discusses machinery invented for grinding, mentions that the yield in an acre of sugar and molasses is worth more money than whole place cultivated in cotton.

Feb. 27, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation supplies.

Mar. 2, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses his health, homeopathic practice, and plantation supplies.

Mar. 16, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses his health, plantation supplies, personal financial matters, busy court work.

Mar. 19, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter (2 copies) discusses politics in the South: southern people are reaping the bitter fruits of their wanton, reckless folly

Mar. 28, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, principally concerning his health.

Oct. 29, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses personal and plantation matters.

Dec. 10, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, long letter concerning Bob (his son?).

Jan. 7, 1870

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses Bob and plantation matters.

Mar. 22, 1870

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions the legislature.

May 25, 1870

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation and family affairs.

July 10, 1870

Monroe, to daughter, mentions son of J. W. McDonald admitted to the bar.

Dec. 10, 1870

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses the duty of the Taliaferros to improve the character of the Parish and its local government.

Feb. 25, 1871

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters, requests books from his library: Trial of Dr. Clapp and oration delivered by John Quincy Adams at Cincinnati on Astronomy.

Mar. 1, 1871

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation supplies.

Apr. 3, 1871

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses prospect in business affairs.

Jan. 2, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses personal and financial matters.

Feb. 1, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation supplies.

Mar. 2, 1873

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions new judge on bench.

Mar. 8, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation matters.

Mar. 14, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, complaints about the mail delivery in Catahoula Parish.

Mar. 30, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, concerning daughter’s health.

Apr. 19, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, principally concerning financial conditions.

May 24, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses financial matters.

June 5, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters.

Nov. 24, 1872

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters.

July 13, 1873

Monroe, to daughter, discusses family matters.

July 15, 1873

Monroe, to daughter, mentions cholera mostly among the African Americans.

Jan. 2, 1874

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses financial matters.

Jan. 19, 1874

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses political affairs; financial situation somewhat relieved, bill to be passed releasing old warrant.

May 2, 1874

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses Mississippi River flood, Boston gives money to feed survivors.

June 2, 1874

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses the flood, frequent fires in the city, shipment of plantation supplies.

June 20, 1874

Harrisonburg, to daughter, discusses personal matters.

July 9, 1874

Monroe, to daughter, invites her to “Monroe House,” where conditions are better.

Dec.17, 1874

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses court business, military matters involving Grant, political matters.

May 19, 1875

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses order from Washington releasing Taliaferro from judgment on Bob’s bond.

Apr. 14, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions sermon by Dr. Hale of Boston, Unitarian minister.

Apr. 28, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters, overflow of Mississippi River in northern part of state.

May 10, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter.

June 10, 1876

Opelousas, to daughter, comments on his arrival in Opelousas.

June 24, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses medical treatment for surgical operation to dilate the urethra.

July 5, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, more about his health, wrote an article for the Republican titled “Centennial.

July 12, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, more about his health and that of his son, Bullard.

July 14, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters, trip to celebrate the Centennial.

July 20, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses family matters.

July 23, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, comments on trip home.

May 27, 1876

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions scarlet fever epidemic in city, visit by Emperor of Brazil.

Dec. 20, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, describes work for Supreme Court; living quarters, other matters in New Orleans, concern for family financial matters.

Mar. 1, 1866

To sister, from Bullard Taliaferro, mentions the veto of the Freedman’s Bureau Bill by the President.

Mar. 15, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses cholera and plantation supplies.

Mar. 17, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, asks her to look after the house in Harrisonburg.

Jan. 13, 1866

To daughter, discusses family affairs.

June 23, 1866

New Orleans, to daughter, mentions some information on the schedule for the Supreme Court, and plantation supplies.

Jan. 10, 1869

New Orleans, to daughter, discusses plantation matters.

INDEX TERMS

Catahoula Parish (La.)--History.

Cholera--Louisiana.

Floods--Louisiana.

Louisiana. Supreme Court.

Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Louisiana--Politics and government--1865-1950.

Mississippi River.

New Orleans (La.)--Economic conditions.

New Orleans (La.)--History.

Plantations--Louisiana--Catahoula Parish.

Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Louisiana.

CONTAINER LIST

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Reel 1

James G. Talliaferro Letters (1852-1876)