AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY, JUNE 30, 1846, TO WM. FARLEIGH, ESQR., BRANDENBURG, MEADE CO., KENTUCKY: "DEAR SIR/ YOUR LETTER ENCLOSING THE ORDER OF THE COUNTY COURT DIRECTING YOU TO PURCHASE SEVENTEEN COPIES LOUGHBOROUGH'S DIGEST, WAS RECEIVED ABOUT THE 1ST OF THIS MONTH. I SHOULD HAVE FORWARDED THE BOOKS FORTHWITH; BUT AT THAT TIME WE HAD EXHAUSTED THE BOUND COPIES, AND I HAD TO WAIT UNTIL OTHERS WERE BOUND. I HAVE TODAY PACKED THE 17 COPIES IN A BOX AND DIRECTED THEM TO YOU, CARE OF MORTON & GRISWOLD, LOUISVILLE. I SHALL SHIP THEM TOMORROW, AND TRUST THEY WILL BE RECEIVED BY YOU IN A DAY OR TWO, IN GOOD ORDER. THE FORWARDING THE BOOKS IS AN ACCEPTANCE ON MY PART OF THE PROPOSITION OF YOUR COURT. "THE PRICE, PER TRACT, FOR ADVERTISING FORFEITED LANDS FOR SALE FOR TAXES & C. IS FIFTY CENTS PER TRACT, OR FOR EACH TOWN LOT. THEY HAVE TO BE ADVERTISED TWICE A MONTH FOR 6 MONTHS PREVIOUS TO THE DAY OF SALE. "LANDS FORFEITED TO THE STATE BY SHERIFFS ONLY REQUIRE TO BE PUBLISHED TWICE A MONTH FOR 3 MONTHS, AND THE CHARGE IS 25 CENTS PER TRACT. "VERY RESPECTFULLY YOUR OBT. SEVT. A.G. HODGES"

8" x 13". [1], [3 blanks] pp. Completely in neat ink manuscript; mathematical calculations of the amounts due are in the bottom left corner. Old folds with some splitting [a few letters affected but not lost at two fold corners], small blank section torn from final page. Addressed on final page: "Wm. Farleigh, Esq., Brandenburg, Meade Co., Ky." with wax seal remnant and partial rubberstamp from Frankfort , stampless with the number 5 in red ink at top corner of address. Except as noted, Very Good.

Albert G. Hodges [1802-1881], founder and purchaser of several Kentucky newspapers, was proprietor of the 'Frankfort Commentator' and the pro-Whig 'Frankfort Commonwealth'. He won the State printing contract in 1832. During the Civil War he became a Republican. Although he criticized Lincoln's emancipation views, he was one of Lincoln's closest advisors on Kentucky affairs by the end of the War.
William Farleigh [1797-1865] became deputy clerk of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 1817; when Meade County was formed in 1823, he was its first clerk. He served as such for nearly forty years. Item #33210

Price: $150.00

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