Date Original

1861 March 19


Letter from John Buchanan to David C. Williams discussing copper prices, monument fundraising, and secession politics involving two men traveling around the state speaking for secession.


[Page 1] Boonsboro Ark
Mr D.C. Williams March 19th 1861
My Dear friend
As a part of the business
on which I write is rather of a private
nature, I address you personally instead
of the firm. Last saturday I sent the
J.B. Russell $25 - to be forwarded to your
house by first chance, if no apportunity
offers sooner, Rev Mr. Monow will go
down to Dripping Spring next Friday
and will take it down.
I rec'd information yesterday that copper
was worth 18 cts in New Orleans, if
so, and you have any on hand bought at
lower figures, I would be glad to have you
save me 40 pounds or if you would pre-
fer I should take a sack. I can easily di-
vide it among my neighbors. We will
pay promptly your selling price.
The enclosed paper please hand to Mssr
Ward or Southmayo, tell them to get
their good wives to collect all they can
for the monument from Miss Sawyer's
pupil. Pay it over to your house to be
placed to my ev. send me the name
and amount of each donor and I will
forward names and pay over money
immediately to Mrs. L. Foster Smith
[Page 2] I now want to write you a little on
politics. A.N. Wilson and W.D. Reagan are
speaking at every place where they can get
a hearing. they evidently look forward
to the time when the decision of the conven
tion will be refered[sic] to the people, and they
want to get as many turned over to seces-
sion as possible. I hear they are also actu
ated by personal hatred to Judge Walker
as they hold him up before the publick[sic] as a
demagogue, as you are in constant cor
espondence with your delegation in the
convention, would it not be best to suggest
to them to set the time for the vote of
the people on their action as for long
as possible, that the Union members of the
Convention may get home and exert
an influence for the Union, if circum
stances justify us at present, over contin
uence in the Union, I feel that time is
worth more than money, in settleing[sic]
over dificulties[sic], think of it, and act in
the matter suggested as you may deem
better Your Sincere Friend
John Buchanan
Jn Buckanan

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 12.75" x 7.75"


Correspondence; Civil War; Political activity; Secession


John Buchanan

Geographical Area

Boonsboro, Washington County (Ark.); Dripping Springs, Crawford County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Clara Bertha Eno collection, MS.000086


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, John Buchanan to David C. Williams, Clara Bertha Eno collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, John Buchanan to David C. Williams