MSS 419 Antebellum Letter Collection 1823 Jan. 14 - 1860 Dec. 15 Extent: 71 Items Scope and content: This collection consists of letters written during the Antebellum period. Topics covered in the various letters include prices and sales of cotton and sugar, the Louisiana criminal code, yellow fever, the New Orleans and Nashville Railroad, a bank mortgage, steamship rates, a land sale in Baton Rouge, the visit of General Persifer F. Smith to New Orleans and military interests such as the defense of New Orleans, war with Mexico, and the Cuban Revolution. Two of the letters give vivid travel accounts of voyages to New Orleans. Letters written by Edward Livingston and Edward Douglas White can be found within the collection, along with a letter by Andrew Jackson to Sam Houston, and one written to John C. Calhoun by his son Patrick. Cite as: Arrangement: Language: Restrictions: How to Order: Accession number: Subjects: Antebellum Letter Collection, MSS 419, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection. Chronological, with later additions chronological within groups. English. Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff. Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff. Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number. 70-43-L, 70-63-L.5, 75-226-L.8, 76-95-L, 76-99-L, 77-86-L, 78103-L, 78-88-L, 79-15-L, 80-30-L.4, 84-136-L.2, 84-61-L.3, 8461-L.5, 84-61-L.7, 86-54-L, 87-28-L.1, 87-31-L.5, 89-22-L.4, 8929-L.4, 89-3-L.1, 89-31-L, 89-38-L.1, 89-38-L.2, 89-9-L.3, 89-9L.4, 90-24-L, 90-3-L.1, 90-34-L, 91-15-L.7, 91-79-L, 2005.0104, 2008.0028, 2008.0306, 2009.0268.1, 2011.0312.1, 2011.0312.2, 2011.0312.3, 2011.0312.4, 2011.0312.5 Livingston, Edward, 1764-1836. White, Edward Douglas, 1795-1847. Calhoun, John C., 1782-1850. Calhoun, Patrick. Houston, Sam, 1793-1863. Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. Smith, Persifor Frazer, 1798-1858. New Orleans and Nashville Rail Road Company. Railroads -- Louisiana. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 2 Subjects: (continued) Cotton trade -- Louisiana -- New Orleans. Tobacco trade -- Louisiana -- New Orleans. Politicians -- United States. Sugar trade -- Louisiana -- New Orleans. Criminal law -- Louisiana -- 19th century. Legislators -- Louisiana. Yellow fever -- Louisiana -- New Orleans. Mexican War, 1847-1848 -- Social aspects. Voyages and travels -- 19th century. Politics and government. Folder List Folder 1 1823 Jan. 14 A Letter Relative to the Criminal Code, From Edward Livingston, Esq. to the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana. Livingston gives the status of his work on the criminal code and his hopes that the Assembly will allow him to continue his work. Following Livingston's letter is a Report by Elijah Clark, Chairman of the Committee to which Edward Livingston's report was referred. Acc. No. 76-95-L. English. L, 7 pp., 1 item. Folder 2 1824 July 5 Letter from Edward Livingston, Red Hook, New York, to J.C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, Washington, D.C.. Livingston writes recommending Omer D. Gaillard, fifteen years old, a native of New Orleans, for an appointment in the Corps of Cadets. Gaillard came highly recommended by the late Governor Villere of Louisiana. Acc. No. 79-15-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 3 1834 Jan. 28 Letter from Edward Douglas White, House of Representatives, to an unknown recipient. White writes concerning the recent session of the House of Representatives and the explosion of his boat. Acc. No.77-86-L. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 4 1834 Mar. 7 Letter from George Endicott, New Orleans, to his sister, Miss Eliza Endicott, care of Mr. H. Dodd, Milk St., Boston, Mass. Endicott writes stating his impressions of New Orleans. Acc. No.89-3-L.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 3 Folder 5 1836 Dec. 30 Letter from Grey Carroll, Isle of [Wight], to Thomas Carroll, Warren, N.C. Carroll writes stating he has sent a barrel of brandy and two beds. Mention is also made of family members being ill and deaths within the community. Acc. No.86-54-L. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 6 1838 Aug. 2 Letter from L. Millaudon, New Orleans, to Charles P. Leverich, New York. Millandon writes concerning the sale and prices of sugar. Acc. No.89-9-L.3. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 7 1839 Feb. 22 Letter from H.C. de Rham, naturalist, to John Kirk Townsend, Philadelphia. De Rham writes asking for information on what it would take to journey to the Columbia. De Rham mentions that Victor Audubon informed him that Townsend was putting off his crossing the mountains. He also asks about bird specimens. Acc. No. 78-88-L. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 8 1839 Aug. 30 Letter from W. Laurant, New Orleans, to Judge Tessier, Baton Rouge. Laurant writes concerning the possible sale of 1,500 arpents behind Baton Rouge. Acc. No. 89-9-L.4. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 9 1840 Jan. 3 Letter from Andrew Jackson, Steamship Clarksville, to Sam Houston, Texas. Jackson writes an introduction for two friends of his who plan to settle in Texas. Also in the folder is an engraving of Jackson on a horse. Acc. No. 7043-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 2 items. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 4 Folder 10 1841 May 29 Copy of letter by Joseph Gilbert Totten, Colonel of Engineers, to John Bell, Secretary of War. Totten writes regarding his inspection of the military works constructed for the defense of New Orleans. He remarks on the inaccuracies of existing maps and he notes that only fishermen and hunters, most of whom are Spaniards of the worst character who would gladly guide the enemy, know the way. Totten recommends that a complete military survey and reconnaissance should be made of all the country from the Southeastern shore of lake Pontchartrain to the passes leading to the city by the way of Barataria Bay and Ouacha Lake. He notes that every canal, bayou, creek, river, road, and pathway should be followed. Acc. No. 8938-L.2. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 11 1842 July 14 Letter from L. E. Pratt, Overton, to Nathaniel Currier, New Hampshire. Pratt writes reporting on his visit to New Orleans where he attempted to collect money owed Currier by a certain Livermore. Livermore died and Pratt tries to explain Louisiana laws with regard to getting the money from Livermore's wife. Pratt mentions that Roberts is grossly neglecting Currier's business. Acc. No.89-29-L.4. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 12 1844 Jan. 13 Letter from Danl D. Avery, attorney, City Bank New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to J. J. Canuth, Greensburg, Louisiana. Daniel D. Avery writes to J.J. Canuth concerning City Bank’s judgment on a mortgage. Acc. No. 8461-L.7. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 5 Folder 13 [1845 Jan. 26-Feb. 3] Letter from Mark Wendell, New Orleans, to his father Jacob Wendell, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Mark Wendell writes describing his journey up river, crossing the bar at the mouth, taking on a pilot and the high rates charged for their services, oyster fisherman in row boats selling to sailors, and plantations along the river fragrant with orange trees. He also comments on the suffering of the negroes working on the sugar plantations. On docking in New Orleans, he notes the immense collection of ships in port, his need to learn French, the secular activities on Sunday, and his encounter with other travelers to Woodville. He registers at the Saint Charles Hotel, from which he will depart in the morning. Acc. No. 89-38-L.1. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 14 1845 Sept. 11 Letter from Patrick Calhoun, New Orleans, to his father, John C. Calhoun, Pendleton, So. Carolina. Patrick Calhoun reports that he does not believe a war with Mexico is likely. Much of the letter concerns the actions of General Gaines, who has sent some volunteer troops furnished by the Governor of Louisiana into Texas, and the way in which Washington officials are treating Gaines. Patrick Calhoun notes that items mailed from this city get miscarried, and that the Board of Health has officially reported yellow fever to be in the city. He comments that the yellow fever has hurt business in New Orleans and that people are leaving town. Acc. No. 89-31-L. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 15 1846 Apr. 27 Letter from Edmond Jean Forstall, New Orleans to Stillman, Allen, & Co., New York. Forstall writes concerning their sugar refining apparatus. He writes, "the eyes of all the upper parishes are upon us." He also mentions that Governor Roman and the Fortier Brothers are interested in their machinery, and he mentions the Reilleus and Desrines apparati as well as the Lizardi sugar works. Acc. No. 75-226-L.8. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 6 Folder 16 1846 May 22-June 29 Letter from Anthony Sinclair, New Orleans, to George Kestner and Henry D. Warrington, Penns Hacking Creek, near Moors Town, New Jersey. Sinclair writes informing them of his search for work in New Orleans. He complains about various members of his family. One member in particular enlisted in the army in Natchez, but then deserted in New Orleans, got a job, and went on a binge. Sinclair wishes that the deserter had been sent on to Texas and the fighting there. Acc. No. 87-28-L.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 17 1846 June 3 Letter from Brander Williams & Co., New Orleans, to Mr. Edward B. Hicks, Virginia. Brander Williams & Company write concerning cotton sales and prices. Mention is made of General Taylor in Matamoras, Mexico, waiting for reinforcements and that the high rate of freight has affected the prices of ale and produce. In a separate hand and labeled "copy" are figures with the heading, “sales three hundred ninety nine bales cotton received from Steamer Kramicha per order for account of Paup & Hicks” and on the reverse is a list of charges signed and dated 1846 May 25, Brander Williams & Co. Per J. H. Charles. Acc. No. 8922-L.4. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 18 1848 July 19 Letter from Chas. A. Salazar, New Orleans, to William H. Wilder, New Orleans. Salazar writes asking Wilder to serve on the welcoming committee for the visit of General Persifer F. Smith and informing him of a meeting which he is requested to attend if the appointment is accepted. Acc. No. 90-24-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 19 1849 Feb. 13 Letter from [Ulards Co.?], New York, to Joseph Fellows, Geneva, New York. The authors write stating they received a letter dated the eighth with an enclosure for Fellows’ account. They also mention they do not know what the steamship rate will be as the steamer does not leave until the twenty-first. Acc. No. 84-61-L.5. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 7 Folder 20 1849 Nov. 3 Telegram from Robert & Williams of New York to P.A. Giraud, New Orleans. Robert & Williams report to P.A. Giraud that Brigham Ashenwall Atkins has arrived safely "At Andrews." Acc. No. 70-63-L. English. D, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 21 1850 Mar. 22 Letter from C. & G.B. Tate, New Orleans, to Fisher & Co., Boston. C. & G.B. Tate write informing Fisher & Company that seventy-three bales of cotton are being shipped for sale and asking them to obtain insurance for the shipment at the rate of fifty-five dollars a bale. Acc. No. 91-79-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 22 1850 Dec. 9-1851 Jan. 4 Letter from an unknown author to Mr. Enoch I. Dole, Rowley, Mass. The author gives a travel account of a four week sea voyage from Boston to New Orleans which describes passing through a fierce storm and having sea sickness. Once in New Orleans the author writes that he likes the manners and customs of good society here and tells of going to the country with a friend he made at the boarding house. Acc. No. 90-34-L. English. AL, 5 pp., 1 item. Folder 23 1851 Sept. 28 Letter from Henry Hinch, St. Francisville, to Benjamin P. Hinch, Post Master, New Haven, Ill. Henry Hinch writes to Benjamin P. Hinch commenting on the young men from Louisiana who went to fight in the Cuban Revolution of 1851. He explains that motives for participating in the revolt ranged from virtue to financial gain. Hinch also mentions the yellow fever epidemic in St. Francisville and mentions family news. Acc. No. 90-3-L.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 24 1852 June 23 Letter from [Eugene Lafayett Spencer ?] to James L. Tynes. The author writes with the greeting, "Dear Brother James," relating the story of how a relation has died of a snake bite. Acc. No.84-61-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 8 Folder 25 1852 Aug. 13 Letter from James H. Grant, Office of the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company, Philadelphia, to James Robb, President, New Orleans and Nashville Rail Road Co. James H. Grant writes to James Robb concerning the status of survey work on the New Orleans and Nashville Railroad. Acc. No. 91-15-L.7. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 26 1853 Apr. 9 Telegram from Charles Bass, New Orleans, to Francis Courtney Wemyss. Charles Bass writes to Francis Courtney Wemyss requesting that the profits of any benefit in New Orleans go to the American Dramatic Fund Association. Acc. No.78-103-L. English. D, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 27 1853 June 20 Letter from William Henry Hunt, New Orleans, to Hon. Mr. Crossman, Mayor. William Henry Hunt writes to Crossman asking that he furnish John Jones, a free man of color, with the document he desires. Hunt states that Jones is a man of good character and responsibility, and the owner of considerable property. Acc. No. 84-136-L.2. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 28 1853 Aug. 29 Letter from an unknown author in New Orleans to "Mon cher Cazelar." The author writes to Cazelar authorizing him to transact business on the author’s behalf with Mr. Boufford. The author notes that the Dauphine St. property has been repaired and rented while the Royal St. location has not been rented. He also mentions the burning of tar as a sanitary measure against the latest pestilence. Acc. No. 82-30-L.4. French. AL, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 29 1856 Jan. 1 Letter from [Felix] Eugène Couvertié, New Orleans, to his mother [Marie Claudine Nicolas Couvertie]. [Felix] Eugène Couvertié, a young child, writes to his mother [Marie Claudine Nicolas Couvertie] stating his duty to love and obey her and wishing her a happy new year. Acc. No. 87-31-L.5. French. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 9 Folder 30 1857 Oct. 26 Letter from W. Hunter [William Hunter, Jr.], Washington, to "Dear Sir." W. Hunter writes a cover letter for a list of the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States. Note that the list is no longer with the letter. Acc. No. 76-99-L. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 31 1836 Jan. 16 Letter from John Bostwick to Susan Bostwick. John Bostwick writes to Susan Bostwick discussing his “particular business,” a murder that occurred during the last week, and the continued preaching of a group of Baptist ministers. Acc. No.2008.0306. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 32 1844 Feb. 16 Letter from L.B. Brewer to James M. Brewer. L.B. Brewer discusses in depth the weather and its effect on his medical practice. He also discusses his partnership with a Dr. King. Acc. No. 2008.0306. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 33 1844 Nov. 7 Letter from L.B. Brewer to James M. Brewer. L.B. Brewer discusses his disgust with the possibility of Polk winning the most recent presidential election. He also discusses his health and the sugar making that is currently taking place. Acc. No. 2008.0306. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 34 1837 Jan. 25 Letter from L. Colquhoun to Mess. Abm. Bell & Co., New York. Colquhoun discusses business dealings related to the cotton trade. The letter is written on a blank leaf of the newsletter "The Commercial Letter Sheet Prices Current," Vol. 1, No. 3, published at No. 6 Banks' Arcade, New Orleans, by L. L. Chapman. Acc. No. 2005.0104. Acc. No. 2005.0104. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Additions MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 10 Folder 35 1850 April 2 Letter from W. Thornton Thompson, New Orleans, to William Wright, Newark, New Jersey. Thompson writes to Wright about his financial difficulties and asks for assistance. Acc No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 36 1852 April 25 Letter from M.P. Kennedy, New Orleans, to her son John A. Kennedy, Hartland, McHenry County, Illinois. M.P. Kennedy writes to John A. Kennedy about family matters. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 37 1854 March 27 Letter from Joseph Packard, New Orleans, to A.J. Bird, Rockland, Maine. Packard writes to Bird about repairs to a schooner in dry dock in New Orleans and negotiations to sell the ship. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 38 1857 January 16 Folder 39 1858 February 13 Letter from J.L. Phipps and Company, New Orleans, to J.L. Phipps and Company, New York. The correspondent for J.L. Phipps and Company writes about business dealings involving the coffee and cotton trades. Acc No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Letter from C.W. McLellan, New Orleans, to his cousin Orris Howard, Warren, Maine. McLellan writes to Howard discussing various friends’ business activities in New Orleans, the summer-like weather and flowers blooming in February, and the lack of opportunities to go hunting because there are so many swamps in the area. He also sends greetings to family and friends. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 40 1834 February 2 Letter from W.A.C. Tate, New Orleans, to Messrs. Gaines and Vaughan, Gransburg, Kentucky. Tate writes to Gaines and Vaughan about the tobacco trade, prices, and shipping insurance. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of New Orleans Wholesale Prices Current. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 11 Folder 41 1835 January 17 Letter from F. Ganahl and Company, New Orleans, to Abm. Bell and Company, New York. Ganahl writes to Bell and Company giving details about cotton prices and sales. The letter includes filled-in forms giving statistics about the cotton and tobacco trades. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 2 pp, 1item. Folder 42 1836 February 6 Letter from Brander, McKenna and Wright, New Orleans, to Messrs. Abm. Bell and Company, New York. Brander, McKenna and Wright write to Abm. Bell and Company discussing business markets. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of New Orleans Wholesale Prices Current. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 43 1836 February 9 Letter from Smith Hubbard and Company, New Orleans, to “Messrs. Smith and Company” [T. Smith and Company], Hartford, Connecticut. Smith Hubbard and Company write to Smith and Company about manufacturing trunks and carriage harness equipment. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 44 1836 March 19 Letter from Brander McKenna and Wright, New Orleans, to Messrs. Abm. Bell and Company, New York. Brander McKenna and Wright write to Abm. Bell and Company about purchasing cotton and the cotton trade. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of New Orleans Wholesale Prices Current. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 45 1836 December 17 Letter from E. Hyde, Jr., New Orleans, to Messrs. Abm. Bell and Company, New York. Hyde writes to Abm. Bell and Company to discuss their cotton market and the lack of enough ships to take their cotton. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of New Orleans Wholesale Prices Current. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 12 Folder 46 1837 March 28 Letter from Benjamin Brown, New Orleans, to his brother and sister, addressed to Revd. Jonas Colebourn, Stoneham, Massachusetts. Brown writes to his brother and sister about friends in Canada and discusses family. He also mentions economic difficulties regarding the cotton trade and the collapse of local businesses. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 47 1841 January 7 Letter from Ch. [Charles] Choisy, New Orleans, to Messrs. Abm. Bell and Company, New York. Choisy writes to Abm. Bell and Company about the cotton trade. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of Merchants’ Transcript and New Orleans Prices Current. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 48 1845 June 25 Letter from John Dreyer, New Orleans, to Messrs. [Thatcher] Magoun and Son, Boston, Massachusetts. Dreyer writes to [Thatcher] Magoun and Son about ship building and an account for the ship Timoleon. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 49 1845 September 8 Letter from Harriet Raymond Plummer Alsbury, New Orleans, to her aunt Eunice Goodrich, Richmond, Massachusetts. Mrs. Alsbury writes to her aunt Eunice Goodrich about her family and her pleasant impression of New Orleans. Signed by H.R.P. Alsbury. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 50 1848 September 3 Letter from D. Randall, New Orleans, to his sister Eliza H. Randall, Annapolis, Maryland. Daniel Randall writes to Eliza H. Randall about family and friends. Signed by D. Randall. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 51 1850 January 7 Letter from R.B. Campbell, New Orleans, to his son R.M. Campbell, Sullivan, Ashland County, Ohio. R.B. Campbell writes to Richard M. Campbell about family matters. The envelope is included with the letter. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS, 4 pp. with envelope, 2 items. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 13 Folder 52 1857 February 21 Letter from Wm. H. Crafts and Company, New Orleans, to C. McMoran, Louisville, Kentucky. Wm. H. Crafts and Company write to Charles McMoran about the tobacco trade. The letter is written on a blank page within an issue of New Orleans Prices Current, Commercial Intelligencer and Merchants’ Transcript. Acc. No. 2008.0028. English. ALS and D, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 53 1847 May 17 Letter from Winsor and Soule to Daniel L. Winsor. Winsor and Soule, Boston, write to Daniel L. Winsor, care of Levi H. Gale, New Orleans, about a shipment of four boats for Winsor to sell in New Orleans. The letter includes details and descriptions of the boat sizes and costs. Numerical calculations are written on the letter. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 54 1848 May 4 Letter from Nahum B. Bigelow to “Dear Sisters.” Bigelow, New Orleans, addresses the letter to Franklin Childs, Weston, Massachusetts, but begins, “Dear Sisters.” Bigelow writes about his recent trip to New Orleans and mentions his business plans. He requests his mail be directed to him in care of “J.B. Ehrhardt, Millnebery, New Orleans.” He also mentions the costs of shirts and “taters.” A list of initials on the letter indicates the people to whom Bigelow is writing. The initials and the people represented are: “F.C.” (Franklin Childs, Bigelow’s brother-in-law), “A.A.C.” (Adeline T.A. Bigelow Childs, Franklin’s wife and Nahum Bigelow’s sister), “A.M.C.” (Adeline Maria Childs, daughter of Franklin and Adeline, and Bigelow’s niece), “A.M.L.R.” (Anna M.L. Bigelow Ruggs, Nahum Bigelow’s other sister), and “E.F.C.” (Edward Franklin Childs, Franklin and Adeline’s son, and Bigelow’s nephew). Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 14 Folder 55 1849 February 14 Letter from E. and E. Davis to George Howe. E. and E. Davis, New Orleans, write to Howe, Boston, discussing the cotton trade and current prices. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 56 1849 April 22 Letter from N.B. Bigelow to “Dear Sister.” Bigelow, New Orleans, addresses the letter to his brother-in-law Franklin Childs, Weston, Massachusetts, but begins, “Dear Sister.” Bigelow writes about making a good living fishing and notes the dollar amounts of his income. He mentions that cholera has returned and describes the strange manner of birds near the coast dying. He mentions the cost of new sails on his boat and the magnolias blooming. Bigelow describes how to use a remedy made from lemonade and sulphuric acid to find out if someone is sick because of bad water contaminated by the lead pipes. A name written at the end of the letter indicates it is written to A.A. Childs (Adeline T.A. Bigelow Childs). Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 15 Folder 57 1849 August 17 Letter from N.B. Bigelow to “Dear Sister.” Bigelow, New Orleans, addresses the letter to his brother-in-law Franklin Childs, Weston, Massachusetts, but begins, “Dear Sister,” apparently addressing Adeline T.A. Bigelow Childs. Bigelow discusses delays in the mail, noting that letters take only ten days from Boston to New Orleans, and instructing his sister to direct his mail to him at “Box C 120” and to leave Captain Church’s name off the address. He discusses the Mississippi River flooding the city and a lack of cholera cases. Bigelow again mentions sulphuric acid for improving the health of “Brother Franklin.” He discusses the travel times for sailing ships and steam ships to go from New York to New Orleans. He mentions a fire destroying “the whole village of Milneburgh.” Another letter on the same paper begins, “My Dear Niece,” apparently addressing Adeline Maria Childs. Bigelow expresses condolences over the death of “my other niece Cora,” but later indicates that he is referring to the death of a cat. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. Folder 58 1851 February 19 Letter from N.B. Bigelow to “Dear Sister.” Bigelow, New Orleans, writes to Mrs. A.A. Childs [Adeline T.A. Bigelow Childs], Weston, Massachusetts. Bigelow discusses his plan of making a few trips on a ship before taking up residence in Nicaragua. He discusses writing letters to other relatives. He mentions being “flat broke” and his desire for 100 dollars to buy a piano for “Ad.” (possibly referring to his niece, Adeline Maria Childs). The notation “Last letter” is written in a different hand beneath the postal address. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 16 Folder 59 1852 January 16 Letter from J.H. Teunisson to Watt and De Saulles. Teunisson, Monticello [Mississippi], writes to Watt and De Saulles, New Orleans, discussing various agricultural businesses. He mentions prices and markets relating to corn, cotton, molasses, potatoes, and salt. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 60 1853 January Letter from Joseph H. Palmer and Company to John Bopp. Joseph H. Palmer and Company, New Orleans, write in a printed form letter to Bopp, Flat Lick, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, advertising their dry goods and dress goods. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. L, 1 p., 1 item. Folder 61 1853 December 10 Letter from Paraclete Holmes to Joseph Holmes. Captain Paraclete Holmes, New Orleans, writes to his father, Joseph Holmes, Kingston, Massachusetts, discussing shipping a cargo of cotton aboard their ship, the Joseph Holmes, and mentioning various prices and shipping costs. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 62 1854 May 15 Power of attorney document from Paraclete Holmes to Joseph Holmes. Paraclete Holmes, New Orleans, writes a legal document giving Joseph Holmes, Kingston, Massachusetts, power of attorney to sell ships in his name. The document is signed by Paraclete Holmes and attested with two other signatures. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. DS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 63 1860 December 15 Letter from Castillo and Harispe to Moses Taylor and Company. Castillo and Harispe, New Orleans, write to Moses Taylor and Company, New York, discussing a shipment of tobacco to New York that they might re-ship to Europe. They also mention markets relating to molasses and cotton. Acc. No. 2009.0268.1. English. ALS, 2 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 17 Folder 64 1828 Mar. 6 Letter from Boyd Smith to James S. Gregory. Smith writes from New Orleans to Gregory in Washington, D.C. (forwarded to New York) describing business prospects in New Orleans and other locations. He mentions possibilities for establishing business in Memphis, Florida, Mexico, and Mobile. Acc. No. 2011.0312.1. English. ALS, 3 pp., 1 item. Folder 65 1836 Jan. 23 Letter from Thomas Barrett & Co. to Jackson Riddle & Co. Thomas Barrett & Co., in New Orleans, write to Jackson Riddle & Co., in Philadelphia, discussing financial concerns over Pennsylvania granting a new state charter to a successor to the Bank of the United States. They also mention other business dealings and prices for cotton and sugar. Acc. No. 2011.0312.2. English. LS, 2 pp., 1 item. Folder 66 1852 Mar. 22 Letters from George F. Mustard to Franklin T. Yeaton and George F. Mustard, Jr. Mustard, a ship captain traveling through New Orleans, writes to Yeaton, his son’s school teacher in New Gloucester, Maine, discussing his planned voyage to Europe, the drunkenness and immorality of his ship’s crew, the habituation to drunkenness of the people in New Orleans, his desire to have the benefit of Yeaton’s knowledge of Europe on his voyage, and his hope that Yeaton will teach his son well. On the same paper Mustard writes to his son, George, Jr., giving him fatherly advice to behave at Yeaton’s school and to assist his mother and his brother Charly. Acc. No. 2011.0312.3. English. ALS, 4 pp., 1 item. MSS 419, Williams Research Center, page 18 Folder 67 1860 Oct. 25 Letter from Edward Smith to Mrs. Isaac P. Smith. Edward Smith, in New Orleans, writes to his mother [Abby Halstead Campbell Smith], in New Albany, Indiana, discussing his arrival in the city and news he has received from other family members. Smith mentions his brother Jim’s studies at O. V. Tousley’s Grammar School [in New Albany], his brother Sam’s observation of the visit of the Prince of Wales to New York and the activities of the political party called the Wide Awakes [in New York], a speech to be given by William L. Yancey in New Orleans, his romantic interests concerning Bettie Pennington, and portrait photography by Carl Pfetsch [in New Albany]. He also discusses his job as a clerk on the steamer Golden Age, the cost of buying shirts, and troublesome mosquitoes. Acc. No. 2011.0312.4. English. ALS with envelope, 3 pp., 2 items. Folder 68 1860 Nov. 24 Letter from Castillo and Harispe to Moses Taylor and Company. Castillo and Harispe, in New Orleans, write to Moses Taylor and Company, in New York, discussing the serious effect on tobacco business that the political crisis is causing. They mention particular shipments of quantities of tobacco, money markets, prices for sugar and molasses, the weather, the financial troubles of cotton factors in New Orleans, problems of public confidence, favorable telegraphic news reports from New York about financial matters, and uncertainties regarding the political situation. Acc. No. 2011.0312.5. English. LS, 2 pp., 1 item.
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