By Melanie Pavich
Anna Matilda web page was once reared with the expectancy that she could marry a planter, have little ones, and have a tendency to her family's household affairs. Untypically, she was once additionally schooled via her father in all facets of plantation administration, from seed cultivation to development building. That grounding might serve her good. through 1842 her husband's houses have been seized, as a result of bills accumulated from crop disasters, monetary downturns, and vast investments in land, enslaved staff, and the advance of the close by port city of Brunswick. Anna and her family members have been sustained, although, 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 try, with little relief from her husband, to maintain the plantation solvent.
A necessary list of King's many jobs, from accountant to mom, from general practitioner to horticulturist, the letters additionally demonstrate a lot approximately her dating with, and attitudes towards, her enslaved staff. Historians haven't begun to completely comprehend the lives of plantation mistresses left on their lonesome by way of husbands pursuing political and different specialist careers. Anna Matilda web page King's letters provide us perception into one such lady who reluctantly entered, yet still excelled in, the male domain names of commercial and agriculture.
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2. “Miss Wylly” refers to one of the daughters of Alexander and Margaret Armstrong Wylly of The Village on St. Simons. In 1848, Mrs. Wylly and her unmarried daughters were living at The Village. See Hull, St Simons, Enchanted Island, 45; Vanstory, Land of the Golden Isles, 189–190. 3. The daughter of Dr. Robert Grant, owner of Grantly, Evelyn, Elizaﬁeld (along the August 29, 1817, to February 9, 1847 5 Altamaha River), and Oatlands plantations (on St. Simons). Grantly and Evelyn were large tracts of rice, cane, and cotton ﬁelds with settlements for slaves and overseers.
Their sincerity I hope you do not doubt. ” But will come prepared to make us a long visit. God! only knows how matters may be with us ere then but I will not trouble you with my painful anticipations of evil. Our children are all at home and I, as inefﬁcient as I really am, have undertaken to instruct the three elder ones until we can do better. 5 Georgia and Florence still go to Miss Burton—who tho’ a very excellent teacher of young children is not calculated to instruct girls and boys of the age of our elder children.
God! only knows how matters may be with us ere then but I will not trouble you with my painful anticipations of evil. Our children are all at home and I, as inefﬁcient as I really am, have undertaken to instruct the three elder ones until we can do better. 5 Georgia and Florence still go to Miss Burton—who tho’ a very excellent teacher of young children is not calculated to instruct girls and boys of the age of our elder children. Georgia is most anxious to undertake her promised letter to you.
Anna: The Letters of a St. Simons Island Plantation Mistress, 1817-1859 by Melanie Pavich