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Title:[Letter] 1815 Jan. 27 [to] Peter Hardeman, New Orleans, Louisiana / John Hardeman : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Hardeman, John

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Date: January 27, 1815
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter from John Hardeman of Tennessee to his brother Peter in New Orleans. John writes of their various business ventures that he is tending to while Peter serves in the military.
Collection:Hardemen Family Papers

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27th January 1815 Dr [Dear]. Brother

Yesterday I received your letter of the 11th instant. The news which it contained I had heard but a little time before, tho [though] I had anticipated some good news [gap] for I actually heard the detail, as the day before I heard such at this place, the sound of cannon fired in rejocing [rejoicing] at Nashville __ The capture of our Brothers was new to me and to all of your guards men, but I can say they had much same hear they were prisoners than that they had been killed in battle, as in the former case tis hoped a speedy exchange will be affected; and the lattre [latter] is only preferable to perpetual slavery May I be damned if I had not rather die then become a subject to the King of Great Britain, and I will do it before such a circumstance can take place [unclear: again ] business I have incurred little as [gap] been [gap] & ability would find__ you money I have not been able to [unclear: collect of Crofton as Wilkerson ] not yet returned__ Crofton Newman borrowed [unclear: 30 Dollars opad me for you ] Your pork I have salted up often paying [unclear: Powers ] 10__ Peter 2 & I myself end up making $19 in pork the balance I collect for you about 14 hundred [unclear: weight ]

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your shoats were very small some not weighing more than 30 pounds Susan wasted money to purchase pork I wrote to her to use my money [unclear: all from her Mother & Hrny ] I have not heard from her since which time was about Christmas I will close this read by observing your business in this state and give you no uneasiness all is well and shall be so if I can make it

As I had not heard from you since your departure from Nashville until by this last mail, I two or three posts ago wrote to General Coffee to you on [unclear: confirmation ] of you & [unclear: Tom Ogleman ], perceiving your time was devoted entirely to arms, as the enemy was in sight, and hourly skirmishes with you

Should you see Mr. Lewis during your stay in that country try and settle my business with him as [gap] cannot find it convenient to pay_ one has note in favor of N.P.H. for the 200 dollars, he having the interest in it for I was not to appropriate to my use any of the earnings of our joint labors in trade, and I know he is more necessitous than I am

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Let me hear from you as often as convenient though I should not write to you_ Your news will be interesting there is some here & my silence may open you all such as soon as any thing turns out of the ordinary way I shall advise you of it Try and remember what handsome flower seeds you can bring up, and whatever else you may judge I want as a curiosity for my garden

Your Brother
John Hardeman [added: Peter Hardeman

by God you will have hard work to read this_ I asked if [unclear: Mrs. Sutter and opelent out of sunday ]

Bailey is with me

You can see I have named my plantation Crabstick

[unclear: Frauleline Sis ]Jany [January] 31815 25

Leuit. Peter Hardeman
New Orleans


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