[Letter] 1820 Jun. 3, Oak Grove Madison County [to] James Moore King, Rutherford County, Tennessee / Ezekiel Moore: a machine readable transcription of an image
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June 3, 1820
This document is a letter dated June 3, 1820 from Ezekiel Moore to his nephew James Moore King. He reports on the price and sale of cotton, the Insolvent Act, and the scarcity of money.
Oak Grove Madison County June 3rd 1820 Dear Nephew
I Recd [Received] a letter a few days ago from the Hazle Green P.O. [Post Office] assigned by you, which I was glad to hear from you, Stating you had frequently applyd [applied] to the office for letters from me but in vain, I never knew you had returnd [returned] from Orleans [New Orleans] whilst receiving yr [your] last datd [dated] the 17th may You also stated to me that you had looked for your uncle James Moore since the 15th of Aprl [April] He may come, but will be unexpected to me I have never Recd [Received] a sentence from him since the Letter by yourself last faul [fall], But shoud [should] be glad to enjoy [added: his] company once more at my House, You also Stated to me that Mr Patton wished to know what has been done with his notes I once put them in the hands of an Atty [Attorney] for collection He returnd them to me, and stating he had made all the enquiry for them Mr Coffee was living in Laurance [Laurence] County and Mr Harrison he coud [could] hear nothing off [of], which I have sent the Notes by Jno. [John] Blackman to you for Mr. Patton wishing you woud [would] give them to him by this giving up my Recipt [Receipt] to you for Sd [Said] Notes my orders to the atty was to bring suit in this country only and as it coud [could] not be done it was dropd [dropped] without cost
I will also give you a small sketch of the situation of our countrys Labouring [Laboring] under at this time and for some time past, the scarcity of money is great our produce brings is nothing in every sence [sense] of the word our cotton has sold from 7 to 10 cts [cents] Baled Beacon [Bacon] 7 & 8 cts Tobacco of no Demand and with great difficulty in attempting to collect Debts a number of our country men has taken the benefit of the Insolvent Act I have sold some of cotton crop but has not yet collected all the money I have my Tobacco yet on hand unsold 9000 lb [pound] 1st quality a Tobacco} 20,000 lb 1st Do [Ditto] Seed cotton 3000 lb prime beacon} Which all is unsold from the Low prices offered Henry King myself and has never made any collection of benefactors last spring Season the people all please the Scarcity of money and the situation we are placed in we coud [added: not] press them we shall only do tolerable business with him this spring he is in great perfection at this time and if you woud over and see us if you are in want of a little money we coud let you have some, I am in good health and all the connection,