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Title:[Letter] 1829 Mar. 17, Columbia, Tennessee [to] John Overton, Nashville, Tennessee / T. H. Cahal : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Cahal, T. H.

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Date: March 17, 1829
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated March 17, 1829 to John Overton from T. H. Cahal regarding the purchase of mules.
Collection:Orr Collection IV-J-2

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Columbia March 17. 29.
Dear Sir:

Your kind favour [favor] of the 26th ultimo came to hand on the 4th instant. Since its reception, I have been assiduous in my endeavors to procure for you such mules as you described. I have found its a matter of no small difficulty to get such as would answer your purpose. Your information of a considerable number being raised in this county, I believe, is correct; but the number, at this time, in market, is small & great many have, in the course of the past fall autumn [added: and winter] been driven off, to supply the demand in the south. On saturday last, I made a condition [added: al] purchase

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of the only two yet found to suit your description. I think it would be well for Mr. Woods , if he can be spared from your farm, to come out, and see if they will answer. One of them is a horse two years old in May; the other a mare two years old in August. They have last winter been worked some little in a cotton gin, and appear to disadvantage, as they are rather lean. You can get them [added: both] for sixty five dollars in cash. You are aware, I can't know much about the value of mules, or I would say, I think them a good bargain. I got competent judges to examine them, who corroborated my opinion. Mr Booker , whom you know to be one of the closest and hardest dealers in the world, and who is, at this time, buying himself, says

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they are worth the money. Mr. Badget , (the owner) who is but a youth and knows too little of the world to commence lying for the mere speculation, tells me they came out of pretty good mares, and that Capt. [Captain] Peters has offered him $80. for them on a credit till christmas.

He has agreed to keep them till I could hear from you. His residence [added: is] seven miles below town, on the north side of the river. You can send immediately to his house, or to Columbia and I will go down.

It will always afford me great pleasure to render you assistance, in any business I am capable of performing.

Present [added: me] to Mrs. O. — and accept for yourself assurances of the highest respect from

Your most obt servt [obedient servant]
T. H. Cahal
Hon. [Honorable] John Overton.

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Columbia T [Tennessee]
Mch [March] 17[added: 10] Hon [Honorable] John Overton
mail } Nashville T.
[added: T. H. Cahal
Mar 17 1829
Respecting purchase of mules]

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