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From the Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 1742.

Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 1739-1762: Intriguing Letters by One of Colonial America's Most Accomplished Women (Women's Diaries & Letters of the Nineteenth-Century South)

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The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (Audio Book)

1736 Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg by Charles Philips - In 1753, Eliza Lucas Pinckney & her family visited Princess Augusta, the wife of King George III, and presented the royal family with gifts from South Carolina. Eliza wrote at length, in fascinating detail, about the visit (see The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney).

I read The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, edited by her descendent Elise Pinckney (University of South Carolina: Columbia, 1972). Born in Antigua and mistress of multiple plantations at the age of sixteen, her experimentation with indigo occurred at a time when wealthy young women often experimented with growing novel and unusal items. Agriculture was more an art than a science in the 17th and 18th centuries. She had limited success with silk as did many other English settlers in the Carolinas who quickly discovered the original intent of the English lords' proprieter to be misguided. They were given land if they agreed to cultivate silk, grapes for wine and olive trees, none of which grew very successfully in the Carolina Lowcountry. Rice and indigo were better suited to the climate and geography, and quickly became moneymakers for planters.

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Excerpt from The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 1739—1762, edited by Elise Pinckney. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1972.

1736 Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg by Charles Philips - In 1753, Eliza Lucas Pinckney & her family visited Princess Augusta, the wife of King George III, and presented the royal family with gifts from South Carolina. Eliza wrote at length, in fascinating detail, about the visit (see The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney).