Inside the valise, its leather cracking from decades of storage, lie my treasure–letters, receipts, documents, small notebooks–tokens of family business conducted over a century ago. Today’s transcription is of a letter posted from A. D. Clarke of Woodlands, Virginia to my great to the third grandfather, John P. Minor of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, on the 28 May 1839. It reads:
Many thanks for your kind favor which came to hand on the 19th but R Wills informed me all particulars and directed me to forward you the draft and that you would bring me the amount of charges as the Bank agreed to pay the am’t in a ? money . Accept my best acknowledgments for the trouble you have taken. Mr. Wills expects you this week. I would feel ablidged for acknowledging the rec’t of the Inclosed unless you are coming on. I seen Rolly this –he expects you see the letter about the lands.
From your ablidg’d Friend,
John P. Minor was one of several Minor family members living in Greene County, Pennsylvania in the 1800s. The patriarch of his branch, John P. evidently purchased large tracts of land, raised cattle, and lent money to family and friends, as this letter indicates, as early as 1839.