"At Home", Alabama: 1861. Single leaf, folded for mailing, to "Maj. W.S. Miree | Perryville | Ala." Some dusting and spotting, completely legible. Good+.
"I have this day sent the boy, Abe, per Mr. Middleton, to you. You will know, perhaps, ere this reaches you, that I made a second trip in hopes of making the note, otherwise the negro would have been returned sooner. I hope you will not attribute this delay to any motive on my part to retain the boy contrary to agreement. I never would have moved the boy from your possession had I not relied on the word of Mr. Person, whom I had every reason to believe true to what he promised me. I regret thus to quibble about so small a matter, but I cannot avoid it. Please let me know what disposal you make of the boy, when made.
"Hoping that your opinion of my motives will be formed correctly, I remain
"Yours, &c. | Sam. L. Cochran".
Miree was a Perryville planter and sometime member of the Alabama legislature, representing Perry County, whose territory included portions of Alabama's Black Belt. "He was also an active Baptist," who owned twelve slaves in 1830 and 44 slaves in 1860. [Harris, HERITAGE OF PERRY COUNTY.]. Item #37071