ANTE-BELLUM VIRGINIA LETTER

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Dated “Soldiers Joy, Jany 16th 1847. From “Jno. J Sanders/Tye River Warehouse” to “Daniel H. Sanders, Richmond, VA.” I page, folded. Addressed, folded & sealed w/old fashioned wax (wax seal missing), 7.5 x 12.25”. Exhibits small tear where wax was removed, and another on the  lower margin. Else VG, and entirely legible.

This letter from one brother to another is a blend of family news plus business, mainly business. Text:

“Dear Daniel…M reached here this morning and found things so so, one of the women  (Elizabeth) had a fine son last Wednesday and is said to be doing well, I think from all appearance that another (Amanda) will be delivered in the next month or so—old Reuben complaining of the Jany ____--the rest are well. I wish you to send up by full safe ___ about 10 doz. warehouse nails, are about 8 (?) but shorter and thicker than the common nail., they are marked for pricing, I will send you by Smith Johnson 2 __leggs, which send to Shooker for the present—I also want a good size thru horse plough. Palmer makes very good ploughs, and I would prefer his he will take it out in goods—send I ___ the nails. There seems to be a good pile of corn for sale, I wish you would go and see Warren of Barksdale and know of them if they will receive the corn now, or as soon as I can send it in and let me settle the price any time by the first of May or June, if they wont do this, know what they will do and mail me at the Tye River Warehouse I expect to come here next week some time. I understand from Mr. Davis that Isaac the cooper  was here last Monday and said he was going to Syndburg and expected to work for a man by the name of Snead, I have not seen Dr. Palen, but if I add no postscript in relation to Isaac tell the man who wants to hire him I will write again in a day or two so soon as I can know what to say. –Mr. Sayre has not arrived. Yr. Brother / John J. Sanders.

Isaac I understand has gone to Syndburg and is to work with Snead for $60 per year—his wife has gone with him—Send with Jas. T. Dugan secondly. “

Interesting ante-bellum letter to Richmond, from a town called Soldiers Joy. In protective sleeve.  [jp]

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