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1861 March 22


Letter from W. Cox to General William E. Ashley about his New Orleans promises to support Arkansas with supplies. The letter also discusses about the surprising results of the Arkansas Secession Convention with the decision to stay in the Union.


New Orleans Mar 22nd 1861
Gen W.E. Ashley
Little Rock Ark
Dear Sir. Yours of 15th inst
is just to hand with the notes enclosed. We
yesterday sent up to you by your brother, who
left the St. Maguerita in good condition. Several
blanks to be signed. these you will please
destroy as we can get along with those on
You can draw on us at sight for your
taxes and order from us any of your supplies
We intend to furnish to all of our friends
who have stood by us in this crisis all these
necessary supplies, money and provisions.
We ask those to be as lenient as possible
and not to call on us for any thing they can
do without. Times are such as to inable us
to offer luxuries. We wrote to this effect
on 4th inst which we are afraid has miscarried
We will pay the pork debt to to Capt. Danley when
-ever it must be paid
Good grades of Cotton are in demand at ad-
vancing prices. The low grades are in great abundance
and are not sought
The action of the Arkansas Convention creates
general surprise. We hope the people will surrender
the actions of their representatives and follow the
Gulf States & Carolina. Fears of Civil war are
Your friends W. Cox
Our Mr C

Physical Description

Letter, 10.75" x 8.25"


Correspondence; Civil War; Political conventions; Markets


W. Cox

Geographical Area

New Orleans, Orleans Parish (La.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




SMC.00023.002, Item 17

Resource Type



Small manuscript collection


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, W. Cox and Company to General William E. Ashley, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, W. Cox and Company to General William E. Ashley