[Letter] 1834 Oct. 27, Lexington, Mississippi [to] Colonel John Roper, Dandridge, Tennessee / Lawson D. Franklin: a machine readable transcription of an image
Franklin, Lawson D.
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October 27, 1834
This is a letter dated October 27, 1834 from Lawson D. Franklin to Colonel John Roper. In the letter Franklin says that his cotton crops have been damaged by frost and that some of his slave labor has run away.
LexingtonOct [October] 27th 1837 Col [Colonel] John Roper Dr [Dear] Sir
I have received but one letter from you I am anxious to hear from you I [unclear: mene by ] write to discharge my duty to you I have nothing of importance to write the Cotton is very much injured by the frost the price is going down times are very dull here we are not selling fast but for a fine proffit [profit] We sold Peter & Eave for twenty two hundred dollars you must let me know if you have got Handy also if the Davis negro come into [unclear: Truggs ] & whats done with Hellis I sold Tom a woman he married that cost me four hundred for $2200 Tom has since run away & taken Jack Rodgers with him you will please take every pains to here [hear] where they are if Tom is in Jaail [Jail] write me to Madisonville miss [Mississippi] direct all other letters to Natchez miss our health is good our prospects fine we have sold upwards of twenty thousand
worth of Negros [Negroes] the Interest on that pays our expense it is drawing ten prcent [percent] I expect to be here longer than I expected when I left if you have any money of mine in your hands I want you instead of Moving Hoskins to share Samuel Mclauglin I bought a negroe [Negro] of his thats unsound I must make it up in some way Hal married Kitty I can get $3000 for them you may rest assured I am doing well give yourself no uneasy ness [uneasiness] it is quite healthy here Cotton will shortly rise fall or rise we will make money if it should rise according to the calculation here we are certain to make thirty thousand dollars tell Esqr [Esquire] [unclear: Frain ] Majr [Major] Clemmons & all enquiring friends My prospects are fine my respects to all who enquire for me my love to you & Aunt give my love to my mother tell her I am doing well & my prospects are fine & I expect to be at home by the first of February