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1864 January 10


Letter from an unknown writer to Samuel Williams informing Williams that he made it home without incident and found things better than expected but still not good. Dutch and Irish troops are soon to be stationed near the town and everyone in the area has been forced to take the oath, therefore he cannot conclude his necessary business transactions. He asks Williams if he can obtain help from General Steele and writes that his "health is very precarious" and he wishes to finish his business before he dies.


[Page 1] Durhamville Jan 10 1864
Mr. Williams
I promised your Mother when I left
I would write and let her know how I got home. No oppor
-tunity until now has offered. I got on as well as I
ever did without any accident. I am very anxious
to hear how you all have fared in the Rock since
I left. I found things here better than I expected
tho' bad enough. God only knows how we shall fare
when the dutch and Irish troops we are threatened
with shall be stationed near us. All the people here
were compelled to take the oath, thereford I could not
get a magistrait[sic] to act under a commission from
the Confederate Court. Is it propible[sic] to get Genl Steel[sic]
to direct the deposition to be taken? If anything can
be done I want to go on next spring and get my [illegible]
settled. After PLA left I heard he had gone with
the Southern Army, if anything can be done I
suppose you can serve a notice on P's lawyer
I am anxious to get this business closed before I die
as my health is very precarious. Do write me par-
ticularly and say if anything is doing in courts, I
suppose there has been new courts established
in some form. If you will unite and give the letter
to Mr. Palmer Anthony house, there are constantly
opportunities to Memphis and from there to Fourt[sic]
Pillow from whence I can [missing piece]
give the direction before I close [missing piece]
to all [missing piece] [Page 2] care of Nixon Wood & Co. Main Street Memphis. No 314
to be sent to Ft Pillow care of Mr Barcom Grigery
Please answer by mail to
Memphis care of Nixon Wood & Co
Mr Samuel Williams
At at Law
care of Mr Palmer} Little Rock
Anthony House} Arkansas

Physical Description

Letter, 7.75" x 11.5"


Civil War; Lawyers; Oaths

Geographical Area

Durhamville [probably Lauderdale County (Tenn.)]




MS.000144, Box 3, Folder 34

Resource Type



Samuel W. Williams papers, MS.000144


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, unknown writer to Samuel Williams, Samuel W. Williams papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, unknown writer to Samuel Williams