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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 16, 20
Edited on:May 16, 20
 
Postmark: Jan 2, 1838 (Express Mail)
Origin: Columbus, Georgia, UNITED STATES
Destination: Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

"Columbus Ga. Jan. 2" (1838) red circular datestamp, manuscript "Express mail " magenta "75" and "Paid" red handstamp, on folded letter to Boston. Manuscript "PO 75", indicating postage charged to sender's P.O. box account. Letter datelined "Columbus, Geo. January 2d 1838"

Letter content about trip to Georgia to evaluate cotton market, local banking conditions and favorable places to conduct business. Excerpts: "I have at length reached this place after having spent about two weeks on the road from Augusta, partly to inform myself of the state of the several markets but chiefly owing to the unprofitable state of the roads.  . . . Milledgeville, the first town from Augusta, is unimportant as a Cotton Market, its receipts never exceeding 9 or 10,000 Bales & the prices are governed by those at Macon - the later town although only about 10 or 12 years old has grown very rapidly.  . . . and owing to their having no shipping port at the mouth of the Altamaha River it costs fully 1/2c to cover expenses of getting it on shipboard, besides the delay & injury sustained by repeated handling.
Owing to the violent attempts made in the Georgia legislature to annul the Charter of the Insurance Bank of Columbus as the property of Mr. Biddle, that institution as thought it inexpedient to do anything, these attempts having proved abortive, whether they may determine to resume operations or not I am unable to say
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It is to be seen not too easy to negotiate here as at Macon, but I do not deem this any disadvantage as it limits competition & at the same time the Banks are very ready to take Drafts hand upon such credits as you have been accustomed to give your agents at N. Orleans, Mobile & Charleston. . . Then address me as heretofore advised at this place. Your obedient servant, John A. Deblois"

The Mr. Biddle referred to was probably Nicholas Biddle, the third and last president of the Second Bank of the United States, and arch-enemy of President Andrew Jackson. In 1839 Biddle resigned from his post as bank president, having made some unprofitable cotton trades.

Owner's ID: 2275
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes