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Title: Rutledge & Young, South Carolina, to R Redmond, Ballymena.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRutledge & Young/9
SenderRutledge & Young
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationattorneys
Sender Religionunknown
OriginS. Carolina, USA
DestinationBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientRedmond, Roland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 1364/1/30: Presented by W.L. Young Esq., The Old Rectory, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9012003
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by C.R., 02:12:1993.
Word Count818
TranscriptTo: Rowland Redmond Esq
care Jas [James?] & Robt [Robert?] Young
Ballymena Ireland

From: Rutledge & Young,
Councellors at Law
26 Broad Street,
Charleston, S.C. [South Carolina?] 14th Feb 1872

Benjamin Huger Rutledge.
Henry Edward Young.

Redmond V Pillot

Dear Sir -
I am now going to write what
I fear will be a long letter - This case is
about at its close - & therefore I give an
account of it.
I sent it, as I told you I would
to Gov [Governor?] Walker with instructions to bring
suit to foreclose the mortgage in the United
States court. As I also told you, that
there should be no increase of expense
& that the commission would be 5%
The defendant always pays the costs, tho [though?]
when the property fails to bring enough to
cover debt & costs & the defendant is insolvent
these always come out of the fund first -
Gov [Governor?] Walker was instructed also to endeavour
to get a private purchase at
such a price as would not only pay
you, but if practicable leave a surplus
for Mr. Pillot - I have no doubt but that
he endeavoured to do this latter: but he
no doubt thinking that he was acting for
the best directed Messrs Whitman & Pope local
lawyers in Madison to bring the Suit in the State Court
I knew nothing of this, till these gentlemen
contrary to all legal etiquette, as understood
here, passed by both Gov [Governor?] Walker &
our firm and sent the bill to [?]
Wm [William?] Redmond & Son for their part of the
work for some $450 - This besides costs
of course we declined - not only paying
this - but even presenting it to you
unless at their special request & then

only write a letter from us advising
you that you were not responsible
for the amount. This led to a
correspondence - not very pleasant - between
ourselves & Gov [Governor?] Walker on the one part
& Messrs Whitman & Pope on the other - Gov [Governor?]
Walker submitted the correspondence between
himself & these latter gentlemen
when he sent the case - I don't see, after
the perusal of the correspondence, how they
would have misunderstood the arrangement
or made the change they did - Still they
maintain that they are [?] - they are
entitled to this statement - neither Gov [Governor?] Walker
nor we would admit the claim in any way
& finally after ["endless grumbling" crossed out] a most
disagreeable letter in tone, they
reduced their claim to $150 [?] with
$50 referee's costs, we wrote to Messrs
Wm [William?] Redmond & Son for & suppose will
get shortly, as he really sent it to us only
omitted to sign the cheque - we have written
to Gov [Governor?] Walker for an exact statement
of the costs-
There was another disagreeable
occurrence in this matter - The limit fixed
to the plantation was $5000 & Gov [Governor?] Walker
desired to bid up to this amount. Mr Whitman
bid in the place at $2730 & refused to go higher -
Mr. Pope apparently changed this & ordered
the extreme bid of $5000 to be entered - This we
have had of course corrected. Mr. Wm [William?]
Redmond has doubtless sent you a copy
of Mr. Cowlings letter & of Mr. Hunter Pope's
comments - These seem to me extraordinary
to the last degree - But as the matter
has been corrected & as you will no doubt
judge of it as I do, it is useless to make
any remarks about it -
I should mention here
that having an intimation ag'st [against?]
Gov [Governor?] Walker's character, I wrote to Mr. E Mc
L'Engle confidentially - What L'Engle says
can certainly be trusted, if there is an
honest man of any kind in Florida -
& the newspapers of this morning say
that there is at least one there – He

says "I believe that you have been misinformed
as to Gov [Governor?] Walker's Character
I think that he is an honest man & would
give his recommendation of any one
respectful consideration - as much so
as I would that of any man who
makes or has made politics a profession"
we have always found him extremely
correct & the position he has assumed
in this correspondence with Messrs Whitman
& Pope, has been all that we could
desire, he certainly has been disappointed
with the course of Messrs Whitman & Pope -
The a/c [account?] against you well stated
5% com [commission?] on $2730 $136.50
Referee's costs 50 -
Other court costs (not exceeding I suppose) 150 - to $200
$336.50 $386.50

The plan is now in the hands of
Mr. Cowling to rent - Mr. L'Engle recommends
Mr. A. Livingston or Mr. Chandler Smith -
The old gentleman joins me
in best rememberance to you - Bitters of
wormwood & tansy are now an institution
with us - & they are liked better than
ever. This, you remember, is your
introduction - Shall we see you here next
winter -
Very truly Yrs [Yours?]
W. S. Young

Rowland & Redmond Esq
care Jas [James?] & Robt [Robert?] Young
Ballymena Ireland