The Hazard Family
1844 Stampless Folded Letter
Sent from H.R. Greene,
Cotton Factor at New Orleans, LA
to Roland G. Hazard - Peace Dale, Rhode Island
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Text of Letter)
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- H.R. Green Jr. N.O. May 30, 1844
This business letter was
sent from New Orleans, Louisiana to Peace Dale, Rhode Island at
the 25 cent rate established by the Act of
April 9, 1816 and effective on May 1, 1816
for mail sent over 400 miles.
This is a very interesting
two page letter; in that the
Cotton Factor, H. R.
Green goes into quite lengthy detail concerning several
of the accounts and plantation owners that
R. G. Hazard & Company
did business with in the
|(In 1848 - became
The Peacedale Manufacturing Company.)
It is very apparent from the content of the letter that doing
business with some of these cotton planters was difficult at
best and collecting on their accounts involved quite a bit of
extra effort on the part of the Cotton Factors employed by the
Hazard family and other Rhode Island mill owners. It should also
be noted that although the
Hazards were members of the
Society of Friends,
and were against slavery on principle, their extensive dealings
involving the purchasing and selling of cotton, wool and cloth
goods in Louisiana and other southern states certainly helped to
perpetuate that institution.
|The Complete Text of
the Letter Follows Below:
Orleans May 30 / 44
R. G. Hazard Esq.
Please ship us as early as
convenient 800 yards of 4/4 white U.D.P. -- as this is for
filling orders it may as well be put up in bales.
We have collected nothing for your a/c except Roberts
& Vinsons. Inos Wall sent us a draft on his Black & Wine
today, payable Jan 10/45 with interest added at 6 percent,
which they have accepted.
R. P. Connick enclosed an order on Payne & Harrison
to take up his note with interest since Jan 10/42. Mr.
Harrison says he will have Connick's a/c made up tomorrow
& pay the note if theirs is late sufficient in his favor.
We got nothing yet from Prander Williams & Co. I
called them again today.
Col. Nicholas has been in town since Jan last, but
did not call with the note as expected. I feared I should
not see him and addressed him a note. It was returned to
me with a message that he had again left and would not
return until next week. I shall be unable to see him, as I
design leaving tomorrow or the day after.
Geoff Winston has not yet been down here. Have heard
nothing of H. M. Kleary.
Since the recpt of the remainder of the goods by
Lancaster & Sons, they have set up a claim of 10 @ 15
percent indemnity and decline sending us a draft on Msrs
J. B. Byrum & Co as agreed. It is quite unfortunate for
us, as they had engaged to deliver their customers such
goods as the exhibited specimens as recvd of us and the
cause of the non-fulfillment of contract will doubtless be
generally known in that vicinity. Such accounts are more
painful than the losses of business could possibly be ----
We have invoices today of 6 bales 7/8 Carolinas per
ship Arkansas. If you could dispatch more 4/4 they would
be of service
H. R. Green
H. S. White orders for Est. Wm Newel - 14 Men's suits
Four of them to be extra large and the remainder of full
size for ordinary men. Mr. White says he wants more of the
smaller size. Some heretofore sent have been entirely
useless. He wants them by the latter end of August.
is a note written along the left margin of the letters first
page, undoubtedly written in reply to Green's request after
the receipt of the letter by by either Roland or Isaac, which
"6/7/44 Sent two bales 800 yds 4/4
Green is also the sender of an earlier SFL from New Orleans to
Issac Hazard on February 19, 1843.
SEE: 1843 Isaac
Hazard Cover for further
ship Arkansas has been used previously in the transport of