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Title:[Letter] 1815 Jan. 30, Sugar Hill [to] Peter Hardeman, Camp Jackson, New Orleans / Thomas. Hardeman : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Hardeman, Thomas

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Date: January 30, 1815
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter dated January 30, 1815 from Thomas Hardeman to his son Peter Hardeman near New Orleans. In the letter, Thomas expresses grief and regret that two of his sons had been captured as prisoners of war by the British in New Orleans; he is optimistic that they will return home safely.
Collection:Hardeman Family Papers

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Sugar hill
January 30th 1815 Dear Son

yours of the 11th inst [instant]. came safe to hand, in which I learn that two of my sons Glen & Thos [Thomas] are prisoners with the British, they will suffer no doubt in the hands of such a savage force but there is still a hope of their being exchanged for and return again to their friends, am glad it is no worse their wives had been informed they were both killed But your letter coming has revived all our hopes of their returning to us again. Our commanding general will no doubt try to bring a bout [about] an exchange of prisoners, as soon as time will permit him to attend to it my wife has been sick ever since you left us, and very quite useless ever since the 10 December last. & I myself have been afflicted with rumatoid [rheumatoid] pains. [gap] must have suffered considerably if your Brother John Hardeman had not sent Billey to cut fire wood those surcomstances [circumstances] have prevented me from seeing your wife nor should I have seen Thos [Thomas] J. Hardemans wife if she had not come herself. She has a fine boy. The Tennesseans Both officers & men I am told have distinguished their patriotick [patriotic] bravery [gap] that have been faught [fought]. They [gap] a pattron [pattern] for our sister states to follow, and teach our common enemy how to tower their high sounding sine qua non. It appears [added: however that] our British enemy is determined to fight us into conquerers [conquerors], or nonexistance [nonexistence], and feel verry [very] much [gap] to meet them on that ground.

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youl [you'll] please inform me every mail, how the army progreses [progresses] what is done & still doing. and also of your own health and if any tidings from your Brothers prisoners, If thare [there] be any prospects of their being soon exchanged for. we wish to know if any our neighbours [neighbors] are killed and who they are. Green [gap] has no connection in camp but your self that I know of now, let us know what has become of him. Your Brother John Hardeman has salted your pork hear, your corn is well cribed at home. when the situation of enemy will admit of your absence youl [you'll] please see seth Lewis and settle my Business with him infull [in full], as I donot [do not] wish one doller [dollar] left unsetled [unsettled], I have experienced what I could not have believed with out it. and that is Seth Lewis would not pay me according to beargain [bargain], nor return the property he got, when he knew I was offering for want of it. there is no shufling [shuffling] in there [their] ranks, the thing is plain, he could have paid, or returned the negroes, one or the other he would have done, ought to have done [gap] I would choose the money If to get [gap] to any thing else, you know a nough [enough] of the business yourself, still it the best way you can for I am tired of [gap] but if possable [possible] [added: have] it fully setled [settled], as I wish never to think of it again, I still wish the family well. but no more dealings my wife joins me in love to you & all frind [friend] in camp.

Your affectionate Father
Thos [Thomas] Hardeman

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3rd Januy [January] 1815 [added: Paid 25]
Lieut [Lieutenant], Peter Hardeman Camp Jackson Below New Orleans
[added: Mail] [added: miscellaneous calculations] [added: 17]

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