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Title:[Letter] 1832 Apr. 3, Warrenton, Virginia [to] D. Burford, Dixons Spring, Tennessee / J. Saunders : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author: Saunders, Jourdan M.

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Date: April 3, 1832
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated April 3, 1832 from J. Saunders in Warrenton, Virginia to David Burford in Dixons Spring, Tennessee. The subject of the letter is the business of slave labor speculation, including the purchase of slaves.
Collection:David Burford Papers
Document: sc137

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Apl. [April] 3rd 1832 Dear Burford

Having for some time expected to see or hear from you, I have neglected writing__ Our last shipment was made about the 25th of march, in which I had thirteen, making in all I sent to market on account of the last years business sixty Eight__ Your last letter having left me in doubt as to your longer continuance, it is now also lately necessary for you to advise me positively upon the subject__

I have commenced upon a new years work, and am purchasing negroes much faster than usual at fair prices, I think from the present prospect, that I shall be able to use all the capital without much difficulty, I have no opposition as yet, but am daily looking for it to come

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I am unable at this time to furnish you any specific account of our profits on the last years business, the most of the negroes that I sent out were likely, & I flatter myself brought a fair profit__ & have heard of no loss or misfortune happening to any of them as yet__ The first year I was engaged with Franklin Lamfield , I had the misfortune to loose two, after they had been sold, [added: they] were taken sick, returned as unsound property, & finally died [gap] I do not mention this however as a drawback, on our last years profits, but merely to show you that such was the fact, of which I have no recollection at this time, of acquainting you with before__ By judicious management the business is worth following, and I flatter myself that my hard earned experience, has made me competent to perform

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the duties of my branch of the concern__ If this should find you at home, let me hear from you

[added: Yr [Your] friend]
JM saunders
[added: tell me if my answer went to hand, also what has become of my Clarksville Bank Stock, whether, or not you have made the money or Turners & Saunders notes__ JMS]

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[added: Warrenton va [Virginia] ]April 4th

Majr [Major]. David Burford
Dixon Spring
[added: From J.M., Saunders Recd [Received], 20 April 1832]

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