1845 Jan 30

This letter attests to the scarcity and value of paper. Originally a warrant, the paper was reused by Let Clayton for an undated letter to her sister, Nancy Jane Harden.


Pike County

Before me, John R. Jenkins, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally came Gideon Barnes who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that Malcom A. Shaw of the town Barnesville is justly indebted to Deponent in the just and full sum of twenty five Dollars for rent due to him and that he is apprehensive of the loss of some part or all of said debt unless a Warrant of Distress is issued this day.

Gideon Barnes

sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of January, 1845

John R. Jenkins, J. P.


Pike County

To George W. Cannon, lawful Constable, Greeting:

You are hereby commanded that of the goods, chattels, lands, and tenements of Malcom A. Shaw, you levy by distress and sell thereof sufficient to make the sum of twenty-five Dollars for rent for which Gideon Barnes hath this day made Oath before me to be due to him and that he is apprehensive of the loss of some part or all of said debt unless this execution is issued this day, and the further sum of sixty-two and a half cents for this Writ, and have you the said sums of money together with this Writ on or before the third Saturday in February next to render in full satisfaction for said debt and cost, hereof fail not. 

Given under my hand and seal this 30th day of January, 1845.

John R. Jenkins, J. P. {LS}


I have levied the within Warrant upon about 50 pounds of poche in the picel, 1 coffee, 2 jug, and 1 jug, 1 jpot, 1 kettle, 1 spider, 1 small oven, 1 tailor’s goods, 1 red deshi and tools, 1 small tub, 1 small pail, 1 wash pan, 1 large oven this 31st January, 1845.

George W. Cannon L. C.

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Well, I have just finished washing the dishes.  I will try to finish.

I just tell you, it rains.  It has been raining most all day, Jane.

I had about 32 chickens hatched out.  The hawk has caught several of them and about eight or nine died.  I have about thirteen laying hens, only two with little chickens.  Tom brought five of his here for us to keep until his corn got up, so they would not pull it up.  If your chickens take cholera, give them kerosene oil 1/2 teaspoonful to one chick, or put it in the do for them.  They say it will cure them.

Jane, I am going to send the children some Lady puffa’s seed.  They are not so pretty.  It will be fun for the children to pop them.  We all garden together.  It looks very well.

Well, as I have nothing interesting to write you, I will quit for this time.

Write and let us know how you all are getting on.

Let Clayton to her sister N. J. Harden

Excuse bad writing and spelling.

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You see that paper and ink are scarce.  So it is good-bye for this time.

Eullia said:  Ma, are you writing to Aunt Jane about my little kitty pussys?  There is four of them.  Tell the children to come.  I will give them one.

Nothing more at present.

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