The Hazard Family
1843 Stampless Cover from Roland
G. Hazard Penned at New Orleans, LA
and Posted at Mobile, AL
to his brother Isaac P. Hazard in Peace Dale, Rhode Island
The above letter was written by
Roland G. Hazard to his brother Isaac.
P. Hazard. The letter concerns business
accounts, mostly in the Louisiana Red River area,
(between Alexandria, LA and
the Texas border).
The letter listed over 70 account names and it is to be
assumed that most of these were plantation & farm owners
who were doing business with the Hazard Mills in Rhode
Island. Roland was making at least one and sometimes two
trips to the Gulf Coast every year even though the firm
had a factor, (H. R.
Green, Jr.) working
out of New Orleans during this time.
Another R. G. Hazard letter of
this time period mentions litigation with a former
client in the Red River area and judging from the tone
of this letter and others, it is apparent that times
were hard and cash was in short supply for most
plantation owners of the area. The Hazard firm sold Linsey Woolsey cloth and other textile goods the
merchants and farmers of the Gulf Coast and purchased
raw cotton for processing in their mills.
Roland states in the letter
that he has made trips from New Orleans to Natchez,
Vicksburg, and the Red River area. He further states
that crops are bad south of Vicksburg and on the
Red River this side of Natchitoches. Roland ends his correspondence with;
Caroline (his wife), I rcvd her letter on my
return from Red River - Love to all, Thy Affectionate
The Letter has a Blue Mobile, AL CDS dated
1843 and consists of one folded sheet containing
a 3 page letter. There is a red rate marking in
the upper right corner of the cover which appears to be
25 cents. This would be the correct rate
for mail traveling over 400 miles
as set by the Postal Act of 1816.
All 3 Pages are
Reproduced at Full Size. See the links Above
A Reproduction of the
Letters First page including the names of business accounts in
arrears from the Red River area of West Central Louisiana
follows below. The majority of the Names are accurately
reproduced, however, there were a few unreadable names that I
was unable to accurately transcribe and those are reproduced as
"closest or best guess."
(Question Marks Indicate Unable to Read Name) The
addendum at top of page and another written sideways
between the list of names is not reproduced below.
Brother New Orleans January 7, 1843
John Perkins and Doctor J. P. Fumiss account are to be
kept as distinctly from each other as any other two
accounts. They were all under the name of J. Perkins
last year by misunderstanding.
Wait our advice Captain Henry Johnson
(Princeton) with advice Unider??
A. A. W Uillis
J. K. Elgin
R. M. & T. B. Scott
Wm. St John Elliot
Wait our advice for (??)
I. L. Lewis
J. Luke & U. Rinker )
T. R. Shields
I. G. Row
L. L. White
I. M. De Loach
Jas B. Richardson
Isaac L. Allston
J. M. Smith
S. E. Jordan
P. A. Glase
S. B. Stampley
J. C. Williams
C. G. W. Dermot says he received
but 36y of G.D.K. and
that he ordered 70y of. wishes it corrected in
J. W. Heatherman wants his S. P.
changed to W. D. K.
I. B. Harrison wants his hats
P. W. Farmer
J. U. Evans
A. H. Fortin
J. B. Bemis
T. O. Owens
F. Ricard H.
Mary L. Walter
Jane W. Neeley
A. W. Dunbar
G. P. Farley
Geo. W. Goldman
T. R. Patton
P. H. Gluse
W. H. Gill & Co
W. C. Marshall
A. H. Cavnel
W. L. Cockville
E. R. J. Allnut
Hooper & Fulton