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Title: [Letter] 1830 Nov. 14 [to] Col[onel] Joseph Brown, Maury County, Tennessee / James Brown : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Brown, James

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Date: November 14, 1830
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter to Col. Joseph Brown in Maury County, TN from his son James Brown, dated November 14, 1830. In the letter, James discusses his previous plans to go into business with his brother Joseph and another man by the name of Estes as well as the house and plot of land that he has recently purchased.
Collection:Joseph Brown Papers

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November 14th 1830
Dear Father

I take the present oportunity [opportunity] of informing you that we are all well. I have seen Joshua to day he and family are well, brother Franklin & wife were here last wee [week] & were well, their litle [little] boy grows finely & is a very fine child, I was at brother John s some five or six weeks since they were also well, tho [though] there has been considerable sickness in Tipton this year, Nancy es sister, Mrs Small dyed [died] a day or two before I was there

I was much astonished some time ago to learn that Joseph had started on a trading expedition on the missippi [Mississippi] River but to what point he is steering I am not able to learn, only that he has gone down stream I had made an arrangement to go into the mercantil buisiness [mercantile business], partly for his benefit or rather I have agreed with Col [Colonel] Keyes to go into the buisiness at his suggestions, that if I would take Edwin Estes in he would assist us in geting [getting] every thing we wanted & on such terms as I could meet the payments

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after being advised of my means he thought them sufficient to begin with; after maturely considering the subject I conclooded [concluded] I would try it & wish Estes to come out and agreed with him that he Joseph & myself should go into the buisiness, but before Estes left this I learned Joseph had gone below, I have got John to wright [write] to such place as he may think most likely to interrest [interest] him requesting him to return, but whither [whether] he will return or not is quite uncertain, he has much shaken my confidence lately by his willd & wandering calculations I should not have [added: made] any such arrangements but for a wish to gratify him in his wishes to be in that kind of buisiness, still my opinion of Joseph is that he would not be competent to manage a [unclear: concern ] alone, his great desire to sell would allway [always] lead him into losses & difficultys [difficulties], but [unclear: combinding [combining] ] Estes who is said to be steady, & having been twelve years in buisiness & very cautious would I think mak [make] a safe concern my means are about not very good tho Col Keys thought them sufficient, I have about seven thousand dollars due me within this & the next year all good debts, out

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of which I shall have to appropriate about fifteen hundred to the payment of my present contracts leaving a balance of 6500 but the Col says if I can rais [raise] 3000 it will be [unclear: sufficient ] to keep up the stock

you perhaps may haver heard of my purchase of a tavern establishment in Jackson , but maynot [may not] be correctly informed I have bought the half of the establishment, the brick hous [house] & lot for the sum of $2000 my portion is to keep the hous & pay half of the expense I the other half & divide profits equaly [equally] the payments are to be paid one fourth when we get possession, the balance in installments for three years, after the 1st payment we ex[gap] to make the balance off of the hous; the present incumbent has paid $500 a year rent, and made over 5000 clear of all expense in less than three years, so that if we manage it well it must be good stock, I have been offered the cash in hand for it — my stage contract is better than I expected it as to money received from pasingers [passengers] ; it has heretofore been agreatdeel [a great deal] of trouble but we have recently divided the line, it is now very litle trouble, I have the part from Jackson to Bolivar our new hous is nearly completed & we have moved into it

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Our little ones are all healthy and growing finely except Jane Elizabeth had the ague & fever 8 or 10 day this fall we have had no sickness among them, the twins are most ready to crawl — my respects to mother & all friends

James Brown
Col Joseph Brown Maury County Tennessee
[added: James Brown letter 1830] [added: A Mintin of BJ Thomas]

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