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The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 1739-1762

Edited by Elise Pinckney

Published: May 1 1997






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The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

Intriguing letters by one of colonial America's most accomplished women

One of the most distinguished women of colonial America, Eliza Lucas Pinckney pioneered large-scale cultivation of indigo in South Carolina, managed her father's extensive plantation holdings, and raised two sons—Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Thomas Pinckney—who would become celebrated patriots of the new nation. Pinckney's lively letters reveal insightful details about an eventful life, including her myriad interests, changing politics, innovative ideas about slave education, voracious reading habits, and unusually happy marriage. Substantial footnotes and a newly revised introduction complement Pinckney's delightful correspondence.

A direct descendant of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Elise Pinckney is the author of Thomas and Elizabeth Lamboll, Early Charleston Gardeners and a former editor of the South Carolina Historical Magazine.

"A tantalizing collection."—South Atlantic Quarterly

"Through Mrs. Pinckney's letters there emerges a clear picture of the upper-class woman's role in South Carolina's provincial society."—Journal of American History

"[The letterbook] makes available documents of great significance for the social history of colonial South Carolina as well as for the life of a truly extraordinary woman. No colonial historian and no historian of women will want to miss this volume."—Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

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