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William Randolph Hackley Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0339

This collection consists of 43 letters from William Randolph Hackley to his wife and family in Illinois written from 1863-1866. During this time, Hackley worked as a local special agent and cotton agent with the United States Department of the Treasury in West Tennessee and Mississippi. The correspondence describes Hackley's efforts to make money to send home to his family, the low salary paid to treasury employees, the corrupt nature of the Treasury Department, and the cynicism of government workers. The letters also demonstrate Hackley's homesickness and love for his family.

Interested researchers may also wish to consult MS.1275 for transcriptions of these letters.

Dates

  • 1863 November 22-1866 April 20

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of 43 letters from William Randolph Hackley to his wife and family in Illinois written from 1863-1866. During this time, Hackley worked as a local special agent and cotton agent with the United States Department of the Treasury in West Tennessee and Mississippi. The correspondence describes Hackley's efforts to make money to send home to his family, the low salary paid to treasury employees, the corrupt nature of the Treasury Department, and the cynicism of government workers. The letters also demonstrate Hackley's homesickness and love for his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Beverly Randolph Hackley was born to Richard and Harriet Randolph on October 7, 1806 in Virginia. He moved to Florida (probably to Tallahassee) in 1826. The details of his education are not known, but he was admitted to the Florida bar on March 31, 1827 and began practicing law in Key West in late 1828. He married Matilda Rhoda Agnes Clark Folker in 1841. He was appointed U. S. District Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 1849 and he remained in that position until the family moved to Joliett, Illinois in 1857. Hackley moved to Memphis in 1863, apparently for financial reasons. From 1863 to 1865, he worked for the U. S. Treasury Department as a local special agent and then as a cotton agent. He was appointed an Assistant Special Agent of the Treasury Department for gathering Confederate States Cotton in Mississippi in 1865. He held this post until 1866. He died in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1867.

Arrangement

Collection consists of 43 letters in a single folder. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Note

R. L. Goulding donated this collection to the Special Collections Library in March of 1966.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480