By Melanie Pavich
Anna Matilda web page was once reared with the expectancy that she might marry a planter, have young ones, and have a tendency to her family's family affairs. Untypically, she was once additionally schooled by way of her father in all features of plantation administration, from seed cultivation to construction building. That grounding could serve her good. by way of 1842 her husband's houses have been seized, due to bills gathered from crop disasters, monetary downturns, and vast investments in land, enslaved employees, and the improvement of the close by port city of Brunswick. Anna and her kin have been sustained, besides the fact that, through Retreat, the St. Simons Island estate left to her in belief via her father. With the exertions of 50 bondpeople and "their bring up" she was once to attempt, with little relief from her husband, to maintain the plantation solvent.
A worthy checklist of King's many jobs, from accountant to mom, from health care provider to horticulturist, the letters additionally demonstrate a lot approximately her dating with, and attitudes towards, her enslaved employees. Historians have not begun to totally comprehend the lives of plantation mistresses left all alone via husbands pursuing political and different specialist careers. Anna Matilda web page King's letters supply us perception into one such girl who reluctantly entered, yet still excelled in, the male domain names of industrial and agriculture.
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I was however so low in spirits I concluded I would wait the return of my dear husband. Thank God! he returned home quite safe on Thursday last. He is well save a cold taken on the way home. Our children to are well. With so many blessings I ought to be content yet the idea of so soon losing his society will obtrude to dampen all present enjoyment. Such is poor human nature. 1 Mrs Gale was so informed by one of Mrs Jas Coupers servants. How truly do I feel for her. I will write to her on the morrow.
The following notice of the death of Anna’s mother appeared in the Darien Gazette and the Georgia Republican and Savannah Republican on October 14, 1826: “Page, Mrs Hannah, Consort of Major William Page died September 28, 1826, 68 years, at Retreat Plantation, St. ” See Warren and White, Marriages and Deaths, 1829–1830, 97. 26. Steel, T. Butler King, 8–9, 166. 27. , 5–7. 28. , 28, 35, 42, 47, 51, 62, 65–97, 105–115. 29. , 166 –167. 30. Tootee married William Audley Couper on January 15, 1845. Her marriage to the youngest son of John Couper joined two prominent St.
It was quite an unexpected pleasure I assure you; therefore was the more highly prized. I have now very few correspondents, no regular one indeed. Consequently have lost the little talent I once may have possessed for letter writing. Yes dear Miss Jane it was so pleasant to get a letter from you. I felt disposed to acknowledge my sense of your kindness as soon as the mail would allow. I was however so low in spirits I concluded I would wait the return of my dear husband. Thank God! he returned home quite safe on Thursday last.
Anna: The Letters of a St. Simons Island Plantation Mistress, 1817-1859 by Melanie Pavich