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Title:[Letter] 1831 Sept. 22, Warrenton, Virginia [to] David Burford, Nashville, Tennessee / J[ourdan] M. Saunders : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Saunders, Jourdan M.

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Date: September 22, 1831
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter from Jourdan M. Saunders to David Burford regarding their slave-trading business. Saunders reports on their profits for the 1st quarter of 1831.
Collection:David Burford Papers
Document: sc135

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Warrenton Sepr [September]. 22nd 1831
Dear Burford

Having closed the business of last year with Messr [Messieurs]_ Franklin & Armfreto _ I have it in power to furnish you a specific account of our matter up to the 1st of April. last_ The concern of J [Jourdan] M Saunders & Co made $4258.84 the half of which being $2129.42 is our part of the profits, this sum added to our former capital makes $12389_ I have delivered 17 negroes to my friends in the district which will be shipd [shipped] about the 1st of Octr [October].

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Times are dull and slaves difficult to procure, I think however my prospect is sufficient to warrant the belief that I shall be able to do as well as I did last season which is about a fair specimen of the trade in this quarter_

I must call your attention over now to the suit in the Federal court I have been informed that you are reelected to the Legislature, and during the session it will be convenient for you [added: to] see that cause is put in a proper situation for trial, which I hope may take place at the next term_ The Branch of the old state Bank of Tenn [Tennessee] . at Clarksville , owes me $123 with several years interest, I will thank you to apply to the cashier Joel C Pier Eqr [Esquire]. for the money, you will be certain to see

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him at Nashville , let me hear from you on your receipt of this and let me know whether or not you will be disposed to continue your funds in trade longer than this year my engagement with Franklin & Co. being at the will of the parties, the firm of F. & A [Franklin Armfreto] will expire in the Spring of 1833 and I think it [unclear: likely ] they will calculate upon my continuance until that time which as concerns myself I shall certainly do, if nothing turns up to change my present notion_

Yr [Your] friend
JM Saunders
[added: my capital this year is 25,000]

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Warrenton Va [Virginia]
Sept 23rd [added: 25]
Maj [Major]. David Burford Nashville Tennessee
][added: From J. M. Saunders
recd [received]. 5 October 1831
Statement to 1st
April 1831]

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