Date Original

1829 March 16


This is a letter from Joseph Egner in Batesville to Chester Ashley in Little Rock. The letter discusses the purchase of land in the Oil Trough Bottoms.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chester Ashley was a United States Senator from Arkansas from 1844-1848. He settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1820. In 1844, he was elected to the United States Senate where he became chairman of the Committee on Judiciary. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1846. Senator Ashley died at Washington, D.C., on April 29, 1848, at the age of 57.


Batesville Mar 16th 1829
Col. Chester Ashley
Your letter to Chas Kelley
of the 5th inst. came to hand by one course of mail
and a few days ago Mr Kelley came to town, and read
its contents. Mr Kelley remained but a short time in town
as his Boat was ready to depart for New Orleans, but he
particularly instructed me to write you by the next mail
to inform you that he is particularly desirous to get the
two quarter sections of Land in the Oil Trough Bottoms, which
Mr Beatty Located under a Spanish Confirmation, and
I have to remark to you at the request of Mr Kelly[sic] that he
understands from your Letter that there can be no fear
on his part, that if the $400 be paid for the two quarter sec-
tions alluded to, that you will let him have them, as Mr
Beatty has forfeited his contract with you about those quarter
sections, and I am instructed by Mr Kelly[sic] to say to you that the
$400 is ready for you through me or himself after his return
from New Orleans, as soon as you will feel yourself authorised[sic]
to convey the title for the Land.
Respectfully Yr Obt Servt[sic]
J.H. Egner

Physical Description

Letter, 7.75" x 10"


Land; Correspondence


Joseph Egner

Geographical Area

Batesville, Independence County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000016, Box 1, Folder 1, Item 1

Resource Type



Chester Ashley papers, MS.000016


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Joseph Egner to Chester Ashley, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Joseph Egner to Chester Ashley