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Unknown to James Balloch

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04601.09 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Natchez, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 July 1819 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 25 x 20.5 cm

Summary of Content: Writes to his cousin in Cornish, New Hampshire that he has been ill the past few days but is recovering. He believes people traveling to the area (Mississippi) from the north suffer because of the sudden climate change. States he arrived in Natchez 15 December and details his journey to get there. Describes visiting the battlefield of the Battle of New Orleans which occurred December 1814-January 1815. Discusses his business in cotton in detail; who he is working with, how much they are making, the difficulty of getting good workmen, etc. Comments that he would like to hear about friends in his old land. Gives regards to Balloch's family and friends. In postscript he states he sent money to his brothers and that if Balloch sees them, please ask if they received it. Some text loss on 3rd page. Signature is partially lost and illegible but could possibly be spelled G. Leister.

Background Information: The Battle of New Orleans was fought during the War of 1812. It was an American victory over the British.

People: [Leister], G., fl. 1819
Balloch, James, fl. 1819

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Health and MedicalTravelImmigration and MigrationBattleBattle of New OrleansMilitary HistoryWar of 1812CottonAgriculture and Animal HusbandryFinanceCommerceLaborChildren and Family

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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