folder 133: Correspondence, July–December 1830

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Bills of sale in which enslaved people were purchased from the estate of John Haywood by John S. Haywood, George M. Haywood, B. A. Barham, Wyatt Harrison, Eliza E. Haywood, and William H. Haywood (folders 132-133). August 15, an indenture, in which a group of enslaved people were conveyed by John McLeran and Hugh McLaurin, acting as trustees of Jesse and Stephen Birdsall, to the Company of the Bank of the United States (folder 133). December 1, a letter in which Green, Jerry, Simon, Boen, Sceny, Ceity, and Jane are listed. Several names have "blanket" next to their name; all of the individuals are associated with another name and what looks to be a dollar amount, which suggests that their labor was hired out. The letter is from J. Blake and Son in Fayetteville, N.C., to Benj. S. King in Raleigh, N.C. (folder 133). August 16, a legal document in which people enslaved by H. A. Donaldson and sold at a sheriff's sale were part of a dispute between William H. Haywood and William Donaldson (folder 133). Other notable materials are legal correspondence and papers of George Washington Haywood; similar items continue until 1860. February, William Henry Haywood, Jr., to his cousin Eliza Eagles Haywood (Betsy). 7 May, letter of introduction from John B. Muse of Washington, D.C., to Fabius Julius Haywood introducing Dr. Alexander Telfair. 23 May, Theo A. Snow to George W. Haywood, describing Terre Haute, Indiana, where he was visiting. 5 June, William H. Haywood, Jr., to his cousin Betsy with a statement and discussion of her indebtedness. 6 August, letter from E. Fondo, dressmaker for Miss E. Haywood. A number of legal papers of the 1830s bear the name of Birdsall. 13 December, W. Latimer of Edenton to Thomas W. Johnston (partner of George W. Haywood), concerning a sale of property. 21 December, William H. Haywood to Betsy Haywood giving personal advice.

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{Dec.21, 1830}

My Dear Cousin

I have considered no little on the subject of your plans for the next year - and altogether I think tis better for you to go on upon the plans of last year. Mr. Freemen's health has not so much improved as to justify him in undertaking just now to help out - the fact that Mr Anderson has again opened his school will operate against our talked of scheme. Every month of experience in teaching will increase your claims - and I feel confident that in another year we can be able to engage patronage eno to start it. You must not embark on it before a certain number of scholars are engaged at the established rates. The convention which meets here in May will favor the project - the Bishop whoever it may be will aid in it and so your labors will be higher - pleasanter - releaved by the aid of experienced men - and better rewarded.

I think it will be prudent to keep

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your views to yourself.

Answer Mr Grant by simply declining his proposal - he has not right to expect reasons - and if he does expect them you have no cause to give them to him.

As respects your school for the next year I advise that you write a short notice that you will keep it next year & the terms &c and send the paper round among your acquaintances and request them to set down the patronage they will give &c. Next week will be a good time for it and I think you will very probably ensure a large school - This is much better than newspaper notices.

Yours affecionately W.H.H. Jr 21. Decr 1830.

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Miss E.E. Haywood Present

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