Tuesday, January 19, 2016
We greatly enjoyed this letter from Jimmie to his dad J.W. Moran. J.W. and George Boyd taught him a good lesson, when you want something the price usually rises and in this the price on the gold coin he wanted increased by $15! This letter also shows the competitive streak between Jim and his brother Brud for the ladies. Or at least the competition existed in Jim's mind. :)
Just an FYI for you all. Instead of posting the images of each scanned letter, I think the above format is more interesting to read and to look it. Since search engines can't read the embedded text on an image, I will still include the text of each letter in html format so that the information can be retrieved by a search.
"The Mechanics-American National Bank of St. Louis
Your letter received today and as I will not have another opportunity to write for several days will answer at once.
I don't know whether you ever told me or I just found it out from observation but a man when he wants to trade with you must not appear at all anxious that he wants to trade. Now when I was down home and didn't want that gold piece I could have got it for sixty dollars but when I get back here and do want it then the price rises. I don't see my way clear to give seventy-five dollars or even seventy but rather than have you and Mr. Boyd bluff me out I will give you seventy dollars if delivered at once express paid. I don't think you can get this much from a broker, in fact I know you can't but the party that wants this one is collecting coins for his own personal pleasure and is able to pay for luxuries.
If you will trade at the above price send to me care of the Mechanics-American Bk not Am. Germ. as your letter this morning was addressed.
I hope Brud is not trying to take advantage of my absence by visiting Jackson for the purpose of taking possession of my belonging down there. The pretty girl with the little waist is not there now so I can't imagine what is prolonging his visit.
Give my love to Aunt Aggie, Hope you are both well.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Here's a neat piece of business ephemera from Nashville, TN dated Dec. 2, 1874, from the Office of Pigue, Manier, Hall & Co." A quick search told me that they were "manufacturer's and wholesale dealers of boots and shoes. The search also produced an introducing result from "The People's Paper" of Huntingdon, Tennessee dated September 1, 1874: "John C. Ezzell with Pigue, Manier, Hall, & Co. manufacturers and wholesale dealers in boots and shoes."
Being no stranger to the Ezzell name since Fannie Moran married James B. Ezzell, I immediately checked the family tree and found a John Chambers Ezzell. If my research is correct he was the son of Benjamin Gilbert Ezzell and Elizabeth Jetta Allen. Benjamin G. Ezzell was a brother of Mason Ezzell, the father of James Ezzell making John C. and James B. first cousins. It's just supposition on my part but it seems very possible that it's the same John C. Ezzell.