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Collection Number: 03739

Collection Title: Miscellaneous Southern Business Letters, 1747-1929

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract The collection chiefly contains unconnected letters, 1833-1858, relating to business and trade conducted in the South. Letters are to and from various merchants, agents, planters, lawyers, clerks, ship captains, and other individuals doing business at ports along the North American coast from New Orleans to Maine and at scattered locations in the interior. Many letters are about aspects of the cotton trade, such as shipping and contracting for sale of cotton. Other types of business, such as the selling of tobacco, leather, steel, and foodstuffs, are mentioned less frequently. Several letters concern the collection of money due. Besides showing general business trends, these letters document economic relationships between the slave and non-slave regions of eastern North America.
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[Identification of item], in the Miscellaneous Southern Business Letters #3739, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Various acquisitions and transfers, 1966 to 2004.
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Chiefly unconnected letters, 1833-1858, relating to business and trade conducted in the South. Letters are to and from various merchants, agents, planters, lawyers, clerks, ship captains, and other individuals doing business at ports along the North American coast from New Orleans to Maine and at scattered locations in the interior. Many letters are about aspects of the cotton trade, such as shipping and contracting for sale of cotton. Other types of business, such as the selling of tobacco, leather, steel, and foodstuffs, are mentioned less frequently. Several letters concern the collection of money due. Besides showing general business trends, these letters document economic relationships between the slave and non-slave regions of eastern North America.

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About 150 items.
Folder 1

Two letters relating to a Captain Taggart and cargo shipped: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 1

John Ingram at Fayetteville, N.C., to Captain Taggart at Wilmington, N.C., 3 December 1788 #03739, Folder 1

About a shipment of flax seed for Christopher Ellery.

A. McNaughton and Co., at Wilmington, N.C., to Christopher Ellery at New Port (Newport), R.I., 30 [January?] 1789 #03739, Folder 1

About Captain Taggart's cargo.

Folder 2

Four letters sent to John D. McGill, Esq., an attorney practicing in Middlesex County, Va., regarding collection of payments due: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 2

William F. & A. Murdock at Baltimore, Md., to McGill at Churchville, Middlesex County, Va., 17 December 1831. #03739, Folder 2

About the collection of payments owed by John South.

William M. Donald & Co., at Baltimore, Md., to McGill, 7 August 1840. #03739, Folder 2

About the transfer of money for partial settlement of a claim.

F. & R. Voss at Baltimore, Md., to McGill, 16 May 1842. #03739, Folder 2

About claims. Mentioned are members of the firms F. & R. Voss and F. & R. Voss & Co., and the fact that "Mr. Taliaferro went home in the Rapph on Saturday."

Norris & Brothers at Baltimore, Md., to Messrs. McGill & Woodward at Clifton, Urbanna County, Va., 12 June 1844. #03739, Folder 2

About the collection of an overdue payment. They wrote: "Probably you can arrange with Mr. C. to pay without suit if not please sue. Geo. S. & R. Norris Jr., comprise our firm."

Folder 3

Two letters addressed to Seth Lowe & Co., at New York, N.Y.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 3

Thomas Janvier at Baltimore, Md., to Seth Lowe & Co., 20 June 1835. #03739, Folder 3

About orders for leeches, imported spirits and other imports.

Robert Lindenberger & Co., at Louisville, Ky., to Seth Lowe & Co., 20 December 1848. #03739, Folder 3

About a merchandise account.

Folder 4

Two letters relating to Abraham Bell & Co./Son, merchants at New York, N.Y.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 4

J. Ganahl & Co., at Savannah, Ga., to A. Bell & Co., 1 December 1836. #03739, Folder 4

About concerning cotton sales.

S. Coates at Mobile, Ala., to "My dear Father," c/o Mssrs. Abraham Bell & Son, 16 April 1846. #03739, Folder 4

About concerning the writer's mistake in leaving Mobile, a shipment of lumber to Texas, and shipping connected with business matters. He mentioned Corpus Christi, Tex., family and personal matters, a cargo of porter, the weather, and business associates.

Folder 5

Eight letters addressed to Abraham Richards, a merchant, at New York, N.Y. #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 5

They all are related to the cotton trade. The first three are from S. C. Dunning in Savannah and are 15 and 21 December 1838 and 17 October 1839. The letter of 4 June 1842 is from Jonathan Meigs in Augusta, Ga.; of 2 January 1843 from A. Richards Jr.; of 8 March 1843 from Thomas Alexander at Savannah, Ga.; of 17 May 1843 from S. Matison at Savannah, Ga.; and 1 March 1844 again from Johnathan Meigs.

Folder 6

Ten letters addressed to Charles P. Leverich, Esq., merchant at New York, N.Y.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 6

Franklin W. McCoy at Mobile, Ala., to Leverich, 15 February 1840. #03739, Folder 6

About regarding merchandise sales and purchases.

William Newton Mercer at Laurel Hill [Natchez], Miss., to Leverich, 28 August 1840. #03739, Folder 6

About the sale of cotton, prices, and weather conditions.

Samuel J. Peters at New Orleans, La., to Leverich, 26 May 1842. #03739, Folder 6

About important banking matters involving New York and New Orleans banks.

Dunbar S. Dyson at New Orleans, La., to Leverich, 2 November 1844. #03739, Folder 6

About the excellent cotton crop conditions in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama, estimating a crop of 2.4 million bales, with prices, comments about sugar crops, trade, and sterling exchange rates.

Stephen Duncan at Natchez, Miss., to Leverich, 30 January 1846. #03739, Folder 6

About the sugar trade.

Franklin W. McCoy at Mobile, Ala., to Leverich, 3 April 1847. #03739, Folder 6

About business troubles, and the cotton trade.

George H. Johnson at Mobile, Ala., to Leverich, 29 March 1849. #03739, Folder 6

About details of cotton trading, mentioning the ships Republic and Mobile, and musing that the California fever was "now over," dimming prospects for cotton sales.

Fontaine & Dent at Mobile, Ala., to Leverich, 5 February 1850. #03739, Folder 6

About an account balance.

Stephen Duncan at Natchez, Miss., to Leverich, 9 December 1850. #03739, Folder 6

About a journal subscription, business matters, and the weather.

F. Surget at Natchez, Miss., to Leverich, 3 February 1851. #03739, Folder 6

About the sterling exchange and matters of account.

Folder 7

Two letters addressed to J. A. Montgomery, Esq., at Woodville, Miss.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 7

Walter Carswell at Natchez, Miss., to Montgomery, 2 May 1840. #03739, Folder 7

About cotton sales, invoices, and the dull market. Of the latter, Carswell commented: "business here is at a standstill."

Samuel R. Walker at Natchez, Miss., to Montgomery, 4 January 1841. #03739, Folder 7

About Walker's temporary inability to pay an account due.

Folder 8

Two letters addressed to Messrs. Orrick, Tucker & Grubbs (& Parker) at Philadelphia, Pa., relate to the steel industry: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 8

D. Anderson & Co. at Richmond, Va., to Orrick et al., 15 February 1841. #03739, Folder 8

About steel prices and a shipment of steel.

F. B. Deane Jr., Superintendent to Tredegar Iron Co., at Richmond, Va., to Orrick et al, 22 July 1842. #03739, Folder 8

About account balances and a remittance for payment.

Folder 9

Two letters addressed to L. Bissell, Esq., at Madison, Ga.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 9

Peck & Dearning[?] at Augusta, Ga., to Bissell, 8 April 1842. #03739, Folder 9

About cotton sales in Savannah and market purchases.

H. P. Peck at Augusta, Ga., to Bissell, 5 May 1842. #03739, Folder 9

About a cash receipt and the price of corn and corn meal.

Folder 10

Two letters to Tiffany Ward & Co., at Baltimore, Md.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 10

Tiffany Ward & Co., at Baltimore, Md., to L. C. Grant at Bristol, Va., 24 May 1845. #03739, Folder 10

About the sale of Grant's merchandise

Tiffany Ward & Co., at Baltimore, Md., to L. C. Grant, agent, Bristol Managing Company, 3 October 1845. #03739, Folder 10

About sales of merchandise, with a "sketch of sales for acct."

Folder 11

Three letters addressed to Messrs. Mason & Laurence at Boston, Mass.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 11

J. B. Tomlinson & Son at Mobile, Ala., to Mason & Laurence, 15 April 1846. #03739, Folder 11

About cotton sales.

Dexter & Abbot at Mobile, Ala., to Mason & Laurence, 25 March 1848. #03739, Folder 11

About cotton sales; there is mention of news received by telegraph.

Dexter & Abbot at Mobile, Ala., to Mason & Laurence, 10 June 1848. #03739, Folder 11

About cotton sales.

Folder 12

Two letters addressed to J. Day & Co. at New York, N.Y.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 12

C. A. Gunst[?] & Co., at Columbus, Ga., to J. Day & Co., c/o Sherman Day & Co., at New York, N.Y., 5 October 1849. #03739, Folder 12

About bagging, coffee, molasses, the cotton trade, prices, and similar matters.

W. Woodbridge at Savannah, Ga., to J. Day & Co., 27 November 1850. #03739, Folder 12

About cotton sales.

Folder 13

Two letters addressed to William A. J. Finney at Pittsylvania County, Va.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 13

John P. Pleasants & Sons at Baltimore, Md., to Finney, 4 May 1853. #03739, Folder 13

About a shipment of tobacco.

Charles D. DeFord at Baltimore, Md., to Finney, 5 August 1854. #03739, Folder 13

About the sale of "Twist" tobacco, and including the following observation: "Our Southern and Western customers who during the month of July came 'like Angels' visits,' are now beginning to show themselves in earnest, and the cry in their mouths is always bright Tobacco ."

Folder 14

Two letters concern business or legal matters involving Daniel H. London of Richmond, Va.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 14

A. Jackson at Jackson, Louisa County, Va., to London at Richmond, Va., 1 November 1856. #03739, Folder 14

About the partial payment of a debt and mentioning his tobacco crop.

D. H. London at Washington, D.C. to John L. Woodruff c/o D. H. London at Richmond, Va., 8 April 1857. #03739, Folder 14

About payments of bills, veiled references to business or legal matters, and an appointment to meet the president. Also mentioned is "Floyd." (President James Buchanan's cabinet included, since 8 March 1857, Secretary of War John B. Floyd, former governor of Virginia.) London made the following comment about his stay in Washington: "The weather is cold and unpleasant here and certainly not comfortable."

Folder 15

Three letters addressed to Motz & Boehm at Philadelphia, Pa.: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 15

Jesse Hare at Lynchburg, Va., to Motz & Boehm, 2 September 1858. #03739, Folder 15

About a telegram sent by Motz & Boehm, and prospects for shipping tobacco.

Benjamin F. Dickinson at Richmond, Va., to Motz & Boehm, 18 September 1858. #03739, Folder 15

About a shipment to Philadelphia of "Rose Bud" via the steamer Virginia; further shipments and related tobacco business matters are also mentioned.

Benjamin F. Dickinson at Richmond to Motz & Boehm, 2 October 1858. #03739, Folder 15

About a "Rose Bud" shipment conveyed by the ship City of Richmond.

Folder 16

Two letters concerning Walter C. Thatcher of Maryland: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 16

[Jules?] Levy, President, M.S. Levy & Sons, Inc., Lombard and Pace Streets, Baltimore, Md., "To Whom It May Concern," envelope addressed to Howard R. Thatcher, 1509 John St., Baltimore, Md., 6 November 1919. #03739, Folder 16

About a recommendation for Thatcher, "Whittler and Pattern Maker."

Munn & Co., 625 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., to Thatcher at 507 Oakland, Govans, Md., 31 May 1923. #03739, Folder 16

About the advisability of filing a patent application in Canada for his invention which is not described.

Folder 17

Eleven letters, 22 July 1747-4 June 1833: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 17

Solomon Isaacs at Charleston, S.C., to W. W. Vernon at Newport, R.I., 22 July 1747. #03739, Folder 17

About shipments of goods. Isaacs mentioned captains Bryan and Goodman, Philadelphia, Pa., a health relapse, and notice that "Rum is in great Dem'd here ... W. Ind. .25/ ... Engl. 22/6 pr. gall."

William Bule at Newbern [New Bern], N.C., to Samuel Vernon and Samuel Brown, merchants, at Boston, Mass., 12 November 1780. #03739, Folder 17

About "drawing 3,000 Continental dollars in favor of Capt. Constant Churchill and in favor of Capt. Benjamin Bates for $10,000 which bill I beg you will countenance ... ." Bule also mentioned recommending Vernon and Brown to New Bern merchants, the possibility of shipping naval stores to Boston in the spring of 1781, and also a Mr. John Cooke.

J. N. Sears at Newberne [New Bern], N.C., to John Law, Esq., Attorney at Law, at Washington, D.C., 2 June 1822. #03739, Folder 17

About papers "which in any manner related to the claims of the Heirs of Charles Churchill for Spanish spoliating ... ."

Lewis Williams at Washington, D.C., to Thomas T. Armstrong, Esq., at Germanton, Stokes County, N.C., 2 May 1824 (with envelope). #03739, Folder 17

About the collection of money in connection with an estate.

Louis De Henry at Fayetteville, N.C., to John Giles at Salisbury, N.C., 19 September 1825. #03739, Folder 17

About the collection of money on behalf of Stephen North of Philadelphia, Pa., from Satterwhite & Travis.

Henry R. Savage at Wilmington, N.C., to Mssrs. Davis & Mathews, at Fayetteville, N.C., 28 November 1828. #03739, Folder 17

About the recipient's disappointment with a shipment of cotton, additional freight assigned to the schooner Argo, and cotton for the vessel Damon; a bill of charge for shipping cotton to New York on the brig Arethasa is attached.

Joshua Gross at Wilmington, N.C., to Messrs. Charles and William D. Crooker at Bath, Me., 12 February 1830. #03739, Folder 17

About passage from St. Thomas, severe weather, lumber, shingles, response to inquiries about a person named Grimes working in Bladen County, N.C., and Joel Davidson.

William Nekervis, cashier at the Farmer's Bank of Virginia (place not specified), to Daniel Sprigs, Esq., cashier at the Hager's Town Bank, Hager's Town (Hagerstown), Md., 21 June 1831. #03739, Folder 17

About accepting "with pleasure" the transference of Maryland notes; Baltimore banks also mentioned.

Aron Emmerson[?] to Arthur Emmerson, Esq., at Portsmouth, Va., 12 January 1832. #03739, Folder 17

About a business matter.

Carriere & Bondurant at New Orleans, La., to Messrs. J. Ransom & Co., at New York, N.Y., 10 March 1833. #03739, Folder 17

About cargo on ships Saratoga, Alabama, Jn. Linton, Talma, and Oceana, and voicing dissatisfaction with the Oceana's cargo of Holland gin because of its yellowish color; satisfaction with a "judicious" selection of cheese; and requesting candles, black pepper, nutmeg, foolscap uncut paper, and almonds.

R. Abbey & Co., at Natchez, Miss., to Messrs. G. & A. Francis at Hartford, Conn., 4 June 1833. #03739, Folder 17

About an order for carriages and a harness.

Folder 18

Twelve letters, 15 September 1834-22 December 1840: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 18

George Williams at Baltimore, Md., to Griggs and Weld & Co., at Boston, 15 September 1834. #03739, Folder 18

About the shipment of marrow in casks sealed with tar (plaster of paris as a sealer is mentioned) and barrels of tallow.

Thomas Sewell, leather supplier, at Baltimore, Md., to Messrs. Eveleth & Wood, Merchants, at Boston, Mass., 25 October 1834. #03739, Folder 18

About the transfer of payments, orders, leather goods, and prices.

Ira Dodge at Georgetown, D.C., to his nephew Allen W. Dodge at New York, N.Y., 10 June 1835. #03739, Folder 18

About the sale of stock.

Smith Hawthrone[?] & Co. at New Orleans, La., to Messrs. Smith & Co., at Hartford, Conn., 22 July 1836. #03739, Folder 18

About banking arrangements.

Ephraim Larabee at Baltimore, Md., to Messrs. Seth Lowe & Co. at Baltimore, Md., 10 December 1838. #03739, Folder 18

About a bank note on "the Leather Manufacturers the Bank of N.Y." Included is a comment that "myrh is rather too high."

Allen Asher & Co., at New Orleans, La., to E. J. Sepions, Esq., at Warrenton (Jackson), Miss., and from Templeton Payne & Co., at Warrenton, Miss., 19 December 1838. #03739, Folder 18

The first letter is about the favorable market, a sale of cotton and payment in notes of the Vicksburg Waterworks & Banking Co.; the second is about details of money exchange.

J. Spalding, Attorney, at St. Louis, Mo., to A. C. Bush at Tioga, Pa., 29 January 1839. #03739, Folder 18

About the collection of debts.

James Evans at Port Deposit, Md., to William Hollingsworth at Elkton, Md., 26 April 1839. #03739, Folder 18

About their legal case in the Court of Appeals. Evans mentioned someone named McLane and a compromise proposal. (May refer to Louis McLane, 1786-1857, who served as president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company from 1837 to 1847).

Tate & Hopkins at New Orleans, La., to P. W. Vaughan, Esq., at Greensburg, Ky., 14 April 1840. #03739, Folder 18

About the shipment of tobacco.

Hazard & Fowler at Mobile, Ala., to Jacob Harvey, Esq., c/o Abraham Bell & Co., at New York, N.Y., 20 August 1840. #03739, Folder 18

About the cotton market, etc. (See also Unit 4.)

G. G. Wood at Rodney, Claiborne County, Miss., to George Forman at New Orleans, La., 16 December 1840. #03739, Folder 18

About settling accounts and ordering bagging for David McCoy.

Conway Whittle, Customs House, at Norfolk, Va., to Jesse Hoyt, collector, at New York, N.Y., 22 December 1840. #03739, Folder 18

About a cargo of salt on the brig Pandora.

Folder 19

Seven letters, 20 January 1841-20 December 1844: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 19

Samuel Jones Jr., at Baltimore, Md., to Messrs. Tidball, Marshall & Conrad, Trustees, at Winchester, Va., 20 January 1841. #03739, Folder 19

About prospective changes in the board of directors of the Western Bank, on which Jones was serving as president.

S. Thomson at Asheville, N.C., to James Nable at Orangeburg, S.C., 7 April 1841. #03739, Folder 19

About the dire need for Nable to pay him a debt owed, and the hardships caused by lack of payment.

F. Lucas Jr., sale agent, at Baltimore, Md., to R. Hoe & Co., printing presses and equipment, at New York, N.Y., 28 June 1841. #03739, Folder 19

About the "Super Royal Washington Press " (machinery) being sold in Baltimore.

C. Rodes at St. Louis, Mo., to J. B. Macy at Portsmouth, Ohio, 20 September 1842. #03739, Folder 19

About a protested draft.

W. N. Haldeman at Louisville, Ky., of the "Books & Periodicals business here," to Messrs. Tileston & Hollingsworth at Boston, Mass., 6 February 1844. #03739, Folder 19

About supplying ordering information about paper on which to print the Daily Dime, of which he was a prospective owner; Mr. Halbrook of the New Orleans Picayune is mentioned.

John S. McCullock at Baltimore, Md., to William P. Maulsly, Esq., Counseller at Law, at Westminister, Carroll County, Md., 15 August 1844. #03739, Folder 19

About placing creditors' notices in the Carrollonian and Democrat.

M. Southgate, cashier of the Exchange Bank of Virginia at Norfolk, to Lt. Col. R. E. DeRussy at Old Point Comfort, Va., 20 December 1844. #03739, Folder 19

About a credit: "... we credit your amount of $1365.11 in a treasury draft on this Bank rec'd with your favor of the 19th instant... ."

Folder 20

Fifteen letters, 24 January 1845-28 September 1849: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 20

Hall Neilson at Richmond, Va., to John Marran, Esq., at Washington, D.C., 24 January 1845. #03739, Folder 20

Mostly about the bright prospects for a new company using Mr. Broadmeadow's patent for the manufacture of steel, soliciting capital investment.

E. W. [?] at Baltimore, Md., to Lindsley & Blackston at Philadelphia, Pa., 8 February 1845. #03739, Folder 20

About a protested draft.

Tiffany War & Co., at Baltimore, Md., to L. C. Grant, Bristol, at Bristol, Va., 24 May 1845. #03739, Folder 20

About the sale of Grant's merchandise.

R. C. Cooke at Concord, N.C., to William H. Horah, at Salisbury, N.C., 3 June 1845. #03739, Folder 20

About payment by draft of $207, and "$71,18 3/4 cts in Cash."

J. M. Taylor at Vicksburg, Miss., to Henry J. Williams, Esq., 1 September 1845. #03739, Folder 20

About a debt owed by Wilson P. Harrison; endorsed by Thomas Biddle, 16 September 1845.

D. H. Branch at Petersburg, Va., to Henry H. Watson at 606 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 13 October 1845. #03739, Folder 20

About a financial and legal claim, including the following statement: "the old man ... will be worth from $125,000 to $150,000... ."

Easten & Co. at Baltimore, Md., to Alexander I. Boys, Esq., Attorney, at Chillicothe, Ohio, 13 January 1846. #03739, Folder 20

About a claim against W. Patton Miller.

F. Winthirt at Charleston, S.C., to Henry A. Coit, Esq., at New York, N.Y., 14 January 1846. #03739, Folder 20

About a shipment of rice.

James T. Marriott at Raleigh, N.C., to William Jeffreys at Rolesville, Wake County, N.C., 18 March 1846. #03739, Folder 20

About suggested rent being too expensive.

H. S. Eustis at Natchez, Miss., "To the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the U.S.," 12 April 1846. #03739, Folder 20

About transcripts for Messrs. A. J. Dennestown & Co. of New Orleans, La., of 1837-1838 payments drawn against the Branden Bank.

P. D. Woodruff at Charleston, S.C., to Col. Absalem Janes at Penfield, Green County, Ga., 16 June 1847. #03739, Folder 20

About the price of flour and wheat crops.

Daniel Keith at Augusta, Ga., to P. Whitin & Sons at Whitinsville, Worcester County, Mass., 17 June 1847. #03739, Folder 20

About looms and other machinery for mills.

John J. Collier at Raleigh, N.C., to Major George M. Collier at Waynesboro [Goldsboro?], N.C., 5 October 1847. #03739, Folder 20

About financial matters, mentioning family matters, and plans to leave for Alabama later in the month.

James Winston at Richmond, Va., to S. Dinguid at Lynchburg, Va., 22 March 1848. #03739, Folder 20

About receipts for merchandise shipped, including shipping and toll costs.

Chauncy Brooks at Baltimore, Md., to L. Spencer at Burlington, Hartford County, Conn., 28 September 1849. #03739, Folder 20
Folder 21

Eight letters, 7 June 1850-8 November 1862: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 21

W. M. W. Cochran at Natchez, Miss., to D. S. Kennedy, Esq., at New York, N.Y., 7 June 1850. #03739, Folder 21

About methods to compel J. L. Dobyns to pay off his debt, including the suggested mortgaging of 40 slaves. Cochran also commented that the Mississippi River was high, that nearby riparian Louisiana plantations were flooded, and that the area's prospects for cotton were "exceedingly gloomy and disheartening."

H. B. Gwathmey[?] at Richmond, Va., to Ebenezer Chadwick, Esq., at Boston, Mass., 8 June 1850. #03739, Folder 21

About business matters, the weather, and the good outlook for cotton.

William C. Ellis at Prospect Hill [Vicksburg], Miss., to Messrs. Buchanon, Carroll & Co., cotton merchants at New Orleans, La., 14 April 1851. #03739, Folder 21

About a three month subscription to the New Orleans weekly prices current be directed to Hannibal, Mo., and inquiring about bagging and rope information.

Reynolds Smith & Co., at Baltimore, Md., to John Nycum, 21 May 1851. #03739, Folder 21

About a shipment of wool; fish; flour; and a receipt for turpentine, port wine, glass, herrings, and shad.

S. H. Holland at Danville, Va., to his brother Asa Holland at Hale's Ford, Franklin County, Va., 16 August 1852. #03739, Folder 21

About the need to pay back a loan related to a work enterprise.

R. Holmes and Son, at Baltimore, Md., to Mr. Butterworth, 30 August 1852. #03739, Folder 21

About a shipment of metal for Charles Collier.

F. H. Humphreys at Richardsville, Culpeper County, Va., to "Dear Friend," 30 April 1854. #03739, Folder 21

About mining and other business matters. Humprhey's in the 3-page letter mentioned his endeavor to construct "the Largest mill house at the Wycoff gold mine that is in the state," news of that, the Liberty mines, and other property in the area, explorations and machinery (Gardeners Crushers), and related matters. There is also a brief list of small articles sold for the recipient.

George Rivers, administrator of the George Tucker estate, to Whittle & Dabney at Pittsylvania County, Va., 8 November 1862. #03739, Folder 21

About drawing money from an estate account.

Folder 22

Four letters, 5 April 1880-7 October 1929: #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 22

Charles Holshouser, Commissioners of Rowan County, N.C., to Paul Holshouser, 5 April 1880. #03739, Folder 22

A deed for sale of land comprising "163 acres & 19 poles."

J. H. Sawyer Cash, N.P., at "R", Rock Hill, S.C., 3 October 1898. #03739, Folder 22

A report of rent and apparent sharecropper payments collected during the foregoing week. The fact that the price being paid for cotton is low is noted.

Koca Nola Company at Atlanta, Ga., to the Turner Drug Store at Wilkesboro, N.C., 10 March 1905. #03739, Folder 22

About the beneficial qualities of their fountain drink, Koca-Nola, "the only Koca drink on the market that is absolutely free from dope or injurious ingredients of any kind," and soliciting an order for it.

E. P. Rhyne, Piedmont Wagon and Manufacturing Company, at Hickory, N.C., to R. P. Johnson at Wytheville, Va., 7 October 1929. #03739, Folder 22

About arrangements for delivery of wagons and parts and enclosing a two-page price list for these items.

Folder 23

P. Whitin & Sons, manufacturers of cotton machinery, at Whitinsville, Worcester County, Mass., from cotton merchants from several cities in Virginia. #03739, Series: "Letters, 1747-1929." Folder 23

About 50 letters from 1845 to 1861, including equipment orders and accounts.

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Encoded by: Eben Lehman, March 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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