DescriptionPierce Butler Autograph Letter Signed "P. Butler." Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Philadelphia, April 22, 1807, to "Dear Sir" [de Villers]. Butler, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and delegate from South Carolina to the Continental Congress, writes de Villiers regarding payment of a debt, also mentioning shipping cotton to England and touching on slaves. In part:
"...I could have no fore knowledge of my debt to you it therefore could not be intentional on my part: on the other side is an order to Mr. King to instantly send you fifty or sixty Bushels of Rice which you will pleas to dispose of for Cast to reimburse yourself...I observe what you say respecting the shipping of cotton...to ship my cotton to Messrs. Chas. Taylor & Co. the House of Harrison & Co. having dissolved having after that received a letter from Mr. Richd. Harrison, I allowed my first intention and wrote a short letter desiring to have my Cotton Shipped to Mr. Richd. Harrison, Liverpool, the last you will please to regard...Please to return my comp. to and thanks to Mr. Mein for his information respecting Mrs. Cunningham's Negroes. If she saves them & makes a good a good use of them I am more gratified than by purchasing them."
A bit of toning to the paper, a small red stain on the verso, not affecting text, and with old smoothed fold creases, else very good condition.
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