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A CARPETBAGGER GOES SOUTH A Reconstruction era carpetbagger's A.L.S. by "A. Crain" 2pp. 4to., Amite City, Louisiana, December 3, 1866, in part: "...This letter leaves my family in only tolerable health...I have just returned from New Orleans. The great fair has just come off and the City was necessarily very lively and it is now you know the business season in it...Considerable pain in the dry good market. Corn and oats I think will still be higher. Very little corn made in the South. Mr. George and I are selling corn, white corn 56 lbs to the bushel for 1.75 and oats for 1.00 per bu. 35 pounds to the bu. We sent to St. Louis for our Western produce. It comes in sacks you know. Wheat Bran for 2.50 per 100 pounds & are very high and I suppose of course Leather is...You see we have no competition in rail roading in this purse has grown beautifully small and I don't see now how I could take stock...I am now in my new house and hope I shall never have to build another house or have to move again...The war has broken me up and I must husband my resources...I do hate to see our old homestead sacrificed...". Minor fold separations, moderately toned, a bit fragile, good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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