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Title:[Letter] 1830 Jan. 13, Randolph T[X] [to] Rev. Joseph Brown, Near Columbia, Ten[nessee] / Joseph Porter Brown : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Brown, Joseph Porter

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Date: January 13, 1830
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated Jan. 13, 1830 from Joseph Porter Brown to his father Joseph Brown. Joseph P. is explaining why he feels it necessary to leave Randolph. He is taking a trip down the Mississippi to find a situation in which he can make some money. He feels that he is ready to embark on a business career now that he is almost 22 years old. He also says that he is poor, and cannot make a living in Randolph.
Collection:Joseph Brown Papers

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Randolph Jany [January] 13th 1830 Js [Joseph] Brown
Dr [Dear] father

It would perhaps be well enough to consult Your oppinion [opinion] about a matter that I am at presant [present] about to embark in that is this — I shall in two or three days from this start to New Orleans and will return as fare [far] as [unclear] on the mississippi about fifty or sixty miles below memphis , where I shall get off the boat, and t[added: r]averse arkensaw [arkansas] through on the lookout for a situation, As You have been informed know [no] doubt of my being very rationale. but [added: I wish to inform,] my situation in life makes me so when I Came down here I expected to settle at Randolph. but brother John, states that

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he has already buisness [business] enough to keep him buisey [busy], without entering into the commission buisness now if You can tell me how the buisness Could be cared [caried] on without capital I would like for You to doo [do] it, — know I will not stay here dooing [doing] nothing for I am poore [poor] I must Confess and without I make use of some means to get into possesion [possession] those openings that offer I can not expect to prosper, and must live and die like a hogg [hog] nobody know who I am nor I who they are , there is an opening here for one to make a fortune, & I have not the means to get into posesion [possession] of It. — I shall there foore [therefore] go to arkensas [arkansas] — and examin [examine] for a situation up the river with a little trading boat and if the chance is good I shall put [unclear: off up ] some of them, with Ten or twelve hundred

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Dollars worth of goods and may go up as far as the Indian line, this is only an examination of the country, I shall be back in about [unclear: Six ] months It is time for me to begin to make something I am know [now] going On twenty two Years of age and feell [feel] my self capible [capable] of taking care of property or calculated to attend to almost any kind of buisness John is dooing well himself and if he would spare some of his capital to give me a start I would make mony [money] for himself and me too I [unclear: have ] [gap] care [carry] enough cotton to get my pasage [passage] gratis to n [new] orleans. excuse bad hand writing

I remain in hast [haste] Your son
Jo. [Joseph] Porter Brown

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Randolph T. [Texas] [added: 18 3/4]Jany 19Revd [Reverend] Joseph Brown} Near Columbia Ten [Tennessee]
[added: JS,, P,, [Joseph Porter] Brown]

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