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Title:[Letter] 1850 Dec. 18 [to] Alex[ander] D. Coffee, Florence, Alabama / Andrew J[ackson] Coffee : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Coffee, Andrew Jackson

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Date: December 18, 1850
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written from Andrew Jackson Coffee to his brother Alexander D. Coffee, dated December 18, 1850. In the letter, Andrew discusses monies owed him by Robert and William Warren, and about the explosion of the Steamboat Knoxville.
Collection:Andrew Jackson Coffee Family Papers 1833-1903 MS 27

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Alex [Alexander] D. Coffee Florence Lauderdale Co [County] Alabama
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New Orleans Dec [December] 18th 1850
My dear Alex

I received your letter of the 2nd inst [instant] a few minutes ago and hasten to answer you I am very much obliged to you for the trouble you have been at in attending to my affairs with Robt [Robert] Warren . I left the notes with Messrs [Messieurs] Simpson, McAlister & Co [Company] for collection in April or May 1849. One of the notes fell due on the 1st of July of that year and the other on the 1st of January 1850. With verbal instructions to make the money when it fell due and although I have written repeatedly to the house of S. McA. & Co [Simpson McAlister Company] I have never been able to hear from them but once and then they informed me that the notes had been put into the hands of Mr Irvine for collection. I greatly fear that the gentleman have so far neglected my interest any instructions as to cause me to lose a good deal of my claim if so and I have any hold on them at law I will make them smart for it, however that is "inter nos", Continue to do the best you can. William Warren is not now in the city but I believe he is here very frequently and I will see him and get the best terms I can out of him.

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I wrote to you on yesterday and I then [unclear: introspected ] that it was likely that I would start next week to Florence. I will certainly do so now and will most likely go by Saturday.

I have the painfull [painful] inteligence [intelligence] to state that the Steamboat Knoxville just leaving this port for the Tennessee river with a valuable freight was blown up and the boat is now a perfect wreck, not many persons were killed right of [off] but it is more than likely several of the wounded & scalded will die. I refer you to the papers for a more perfect account than I can give.

With our best regards to Ann , and to all the family.

I remain yours truly & in haste
Andrew J. [Jackson] Coffee

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