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Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) to his father

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.072 Author/Creator: Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) Place Written: London, [England] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 January 1865 Pagination: 2 p. ; 26 x 21 cm.

Archer announces that the "Hawk" has been sold at public auction for a little more than ten thousand pounds, leaving a balance of more than five thousand pounds outstanding to cover travel costs. A ship built for a "particular" purpose [blockade running], the Hawk would require a complete refit to be useable by the buyer and that, Archer asserts, depressed the price. Most of the letter continues the theme of his previous letter to his mother in which he refers to his father [GLC 1896.071]. Archer claims that he is totally broke and informs Edward that he is going to use the proceeds of his cotton account with Gilliat & Co. to fund his return trip to Virginia.

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