[Letter] 1839 Jun. 15, Dresden, Tennessee [to] E.A. Fitgerald, Paris, Tennessee / William Fitzgerald : a machine readable transcription of an image
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June 15, 1839
This is a letter dated June 15, 1839 from William Fitzgerald in Washington, D.C. to his wife E.A. Fitzgerald in Dresden, Tennessee. In the letter, Fitzgerald tells his wife of the possibility of representing a bank as its attorney, and the benefits of conducting the banks business. He also writes on his feelings on a runaway slave.
DresdenJune 15 1839 Saturday 12 oclock My Dear Wife
Yours of yesterday has been recd [received]. and I feel light hearted at the news from Home. - I had heard of the flight of Cowans Sam . the only thing to be regretted is the injury the men rec [received]. when pursued him. my information is that they are not killed but badly wounded.
Cowan deserves to lose the negro for the silly parade he has made about the negroes honesty and faith &C [and et cetera] - whenever there is any good feeling or good faith from a slave to the owner it must be when human nature has undergone a revolution. true there are some who are our [unclear: contented ] but it is those of a very low grade of intellect - Sam is a man of more sense than Cowan & besides a sly and insinuating scoundrel
I am in fine health and buoyant spirits having pretty well mastered my business here. on yesterday I was applied to - to know if I would become attorney for the Bank at [unclear: Trenten ]. there business will be worth $1000. or 1500. per annum. I will say easily done. I do not know whether I will get it or not.. Mr [Mister] Patten who is entirely competent is in the spot & it would seem that it would be more convenient for all parties to imploy [employ] him but this is for [unclear: your own eyes ] My love to the children