1794 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER DETAILING A LOUISIANA PLANTER'S CONCERNS FOR HIS TENANT'S PLANS AND AMBITIONS2290
On offer is a superb, original late 18th Century manuscript relic of a Louisiana planter's dealings and concerns regarding his tenant farmer's plans for accumulating stock and building a 'cabbin'. Dated Oct. 6 1794 Opelousas, Louisiana William Wickoff writes to New Orleans businessman Hamilton Pollock. We observe that despite the spelling of 'cabin' William appears an educated man and one of the non-Acadians listed in early census of the Attakapas. Pollock, the recipient, was a New Orleans businessman who can be found in Tulane University archives. Historians and researchers of the era will recognize the significance of this correspondence in revealing their landowner - tenant relationship and Wickoff's practical desire to help his tenant get on his feet given a price and as he explains to Pollock the supplying to the tenant of beef cattle, a horse, salt, etc., as he prepares to build his 'cabbin' on Bayou Sara. The four page letter 6½ x 8½ inch heavy rag letter is overall VG.
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