This inventory contains personal correspondence, business correspondence and accounts, receipts, loans and promissory notes, legal documents, tax information, and land records of the Jesse Garth family, Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., Virginia, The majority of the inventory deals with correspondence chiefly from 1800-1854, between family members, mostly the adult children of Jesse and Elizabeth Garth, fl. 1798-1854, especially Lucy E. B. Garth, fl. 1820-1849; Sarah Garth Goodman, fl. 1820-1842; Jesse B. Garth, fl. 1833-1834; and May S. Garth Sumner, fl. 1849-1851, as well as other nephews and family members; and the correspondence, accounts and other documents from business and legal acquaintances in the Richmond and Charlottesville, Va. areas. The subject matter in these letters for the most part pertain to agricultural and business matters, the War of 1812, slavery and emancipation, land transactions and speculation, schools, legal concerns, and family news. Also included in a suicide note dated, 30 June 1835.
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Arrived last night at cousin Winston Garth's; the axeltree broke again; Aunt Unity [?] is ill; had a daughter nine days ago; the doctor is doubtful of her recovery; Winston at the land sales; will leave in morning to join him as little time to explore the land before the sale starts on the 22nd; trip took 26 days and cost $38.74, besides swapping horses as mentioned previously; horses are fine; averaged 23 or24 miles/day; met many old acquaintances on way; met Rowland Gouch near Huntsville, who used to live at the Barracks [?] and knew everybody in Albemarle; corn crops in Va. surpass those elsewhere; cotton does well in some areas and less well in others. 2pp. ALS.
Including ANS from Susan Garth, Morgan Co., Ala., to her parents [in-law], Jesse Garth and wife, Charlottesville, Va., October 7, 1833, concerning trip; describes Aunt Unity's condition; please pass on news to her own parents; won't write until Jesse B. returns and situation with Aunt Unity resolved. 1p.
Concerned that has had no reply to letters since left Va.; dissapointed that country site was not at Walker; choice was result of speculation only; unpopularity will end in petition to change it at next legislative meeting; party spirit runs high; strongest party is Constitutional Nullifiers; offered $6.00/acre; had paid $1.50/acre; will soon sell; intends to join Winston Garth in Chickasaw land sale in summer and fall; describes area and its name; extremely wet winter and spring; much livestock drowned and many roads closed; warns brothers no to be partners with William [?] Garth, as he only wants their money and has since caused own trouble with Winston; requests any old accounts to be settled and money forwarded; health is good, hopes some will move out to good farm land and horses. 3pp. ALS.
Including ANS from Susan Garth, Okachickoma, Yalabusha Co., Miss., to parents [in-law] Jesse Garth and wife, Charlottesville, Va., concerning cost of living and decision to teach; thinks have done well for first year; she and sister [?] Polly miss family. 1p.