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Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) to E.C. Wharton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00025 Author/Creator: Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) Place Written: New Orleans, Louisiana Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 April 1858 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20 x 13 cm.

Informs Wharton that he wants the return of an interest-free loan, but since Wharton cannot afford it, he will not call the loan. Offers advice on the conduct of Wharton's life, urging him to "apply your intelligence and your energies to one object only."

New Orleans, April 13th/58
My dear Sir,
Your favor of yesterday has been received - I regret to hear you are in the plight you speak of, both on your acct & mine - for altho' that sum is small it is large for me - as I have need of it at present & I was in hope that lending it to you without interest , I would certainly have it back when I called for it - Of course "a l'impossible nul n'est [illegible]" and you can
now take your time in returning [inserted: it] as I think I can manage without it by Conserving elsewhere - I think if you would apply your intelligence and your energies to one object only. Keep steadily at it & trust to no one but yourself - you would soon get [2] out of your present difficulties & bring affluence & contentment to your home - remember it is always harder to keep what we have than to make it & then "always look well all around you before you leap" is a very good adage. You are still young & full of energy, and hence you must not despair - wishing you success
I remain Yours truly
G.T. Beauregard
Mr. E.C. Wharton
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