This letter was written by A. H. Gage (1813-Aft1879), a cotton broker residing in Memphis, Tennessee. His wife’s name was Rebecca but no other biographical information could be found. Gage wrote the letter to Buchannon, Carroll & Co. — leading cotton merchants and factors in New Orleans.
Aside from business matters, Gage writes of an incident in Memphis resulting in the death of one of its citizens — Alanson Trigg, Jr (1808-1850). It seems that Dr. Jeptha Fowlkes and others asked the Chancery Court to turn over the assets of the Farmer’s and Mechanic’s Bank and place them under their control — an order resisted by General Levin H. Coe (1806-1850) as attorney for a portion of the creditors. In court, Coe read a communication signed by E. W. M. King & Alanson Trigg in which resistance on Coe’s part would be treated by them as a “private and personal matter.” The court deferred its decision to another day. However, when Coe and Maj. William Connell left the court room and approached the corner of Main and Poplar Streets in Memphis, they were met by Trigg and his friends and pistol shots were exchanged resulting in the death of Trigg and the wounding of Coe and two others. Coe died of his wounds two months later.
Addressed to Messers. Buchannon, Carroll & Co., New Orleans
June 8, 1850
Messers. Buchannon, Carroll & Co., New Orleans
Several of your esteemed favors are at hand unanswered, last under date 1st inst. and note contents and sale of 54 bales cotton which is very good for such a style of cotton.
Our market keeps up say 11 to 11/4 for ___ strictly no and yes. Our stock is large for this late period of the season — say 60 to 8 M Bales.
I have called Capt. Brooks attention to the promised draft for balance of of April says he is as yet unable to fix it up to suit but will endeavor to do so but did not fix the time he thought he could do so.
Our weather has been as warm and dry as planters could wish and I should think very favorable for growing crops, but rain is now wanted to push the weed forward.
We have had a very terrible tragedy enacted in our streets today growing out of the case of F & M Bank in Chancery (which court is now in session) by which our very excellent citizen A. Trigg was shot dead, Gen’l. S. H. Coe thought to be mortally wounded and two others wounded.
Very respectfully. Your obedient servant, — A. H. Gage