30 December 1862: “Let me know whether I can get ten bunches (bales we call them) of cotton…”

Item Description:  Letter, 30 December 1862, from John R. Wilson to J.&J. H. Webb.  James Webb (20 February 1774-17 February 1855), physician of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C., a founder of the North Carolina State Medical Society, Presbyterian educational leader and philanthropist, merchant, and banker.

Item Citation:  From folder 194 of the James Webb Papers #760Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Farmville Va 30th Decm 1862

 J&J H Webb Esq.

 Dear Sir I received a day or two ago from B Obendorfer the amount of your debt placed in my hand for suit by the clerk of our court.  I got the judgment last  year & our state law prevents the making of the debt until a day or so since finding that Obendorfer was about moving away I told him he must pay the debt before leaving our county which he did after some little resistance not knowing in these troubled times when you are doing triumph. I write to ask in what way you want the money sent.  If to your foremen add ref. to which place I direct the letter.  I can deposit the money in the Bank here & send you my check endorsed good by the cashier unless you prefer some other mode.  Let me know whether I can get ten bunches (bales we call them) of cotton 8 of them no 8 & 2 no 10.  The price & the charges by Express to Petersburg VA

Very Respectfully Yours &c

Jno R Wilson


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