This 1862 letter was signed by the name of the firm, Henderson, Terry & Co., but I believe it was written by Thomas Marriner Terry (1836-1895)—the junior partner. I believe he was in partnership with Robert Henderson (1827-1875). Henderson, Terry & Co. were commercial merchants located at 97 Gravier street in New Orleans.
The letter was addressed to James Carroll (“J. C.”) Terry (1824-1903)—a native of Henderson, Tennessee, and in 1860, a merchant in Tishomingo county, Mississippi. J. C. was the son of Wiley Blunt Terry (1801-1852) and Polly Gooch (1816-1850). He was married to Martha Hart (1830-1903) in 1847. By 1870, J. C. had relocated to Hernando, DeSoto county, Mississippi; in 1880 he was in Columbus, Lowndes county, Mississippi; and bin 1900 he was in Nashville, Howard county, Arkansas.
Addressed to J. C. Terry, Esq., Iuka, Mississippi
New Orleans [Louisiana]
March 4, 1862
J. C. Terry, Esq.
Your favor of 28th ult. is to hand [and] contents carefully notes. We note the renewals made by you and have made the proper entries. You also have credit for $17.50 paid for taxes on property of C. H. & Co. near Memphis.
At this time nothing can be done with your cotton. None is now permitted to come to the city, and several lots at landings on the river above have been ordered by the Governor into the interior. We have made inquiry of several brokers. They state no party is willing to purchase cotton in the country now.
In regard to the mare left by Mr. W. F. Henderson, our Mr. H. has already written you.
The conduct of the Memphis people is largely and freely canvassed here, the majority of them are supposed to be unsound. They are looked upon as cowards and dastards, and when our liberty is achieved, will meet their just reward. Previous to making the purchase of the boots & shoes ordered, we called at the Express Office to ascertain if they would take them. They stated they were not receiving any freight, an that the road would be taken possession of by the government tomorrow for the transportation of troops. We telegraphed you to the effect immediately. Large bodies of troops will leave here to join Beauregard this week. The War fever runs high here; nothing to be seen but soldiers and several houses have closed up, all having volunteered.
Note what you say of Mr. Price’s leather and will do our best for him. Our Mr. H. left this morning for Jackson.
Yours very truly, — Henderson, Terry & Co.