1837 H.B. Croom to Henry Gaskins
Charleston to Tallahassee
April 28[th] "I send in this letter the bill of lading for the Molasses. You had best carry a little money with you to pay the freight or ask Miss Hamlin to pay it for you. It ought to have been sent to them but Mr. Orne having died suddenly his partner did not know. 2 barrels were intended for my brother Bryan but he does not want it any you may take it all for our use, and give some of it out in part of the rations to the negroes."
May 2[nd] "I hope you will made a good corn crop and raise some hogs. Times are dreadful here. It is impossible to get any money. I am going in a day or two to look at the horse mill I spoke about if I like it I will buy one as soon as I can."
H.B. Croom to Henry Gaskins
Tallahassee to Lake Lafayette
April 17[th] If the stage comes in tonight I expect to go out in the morning. I write to say that Frank must not make the windows 7 feet 8 inches high. That will be too much. He must make them only 6 feet 8 inches high and three feet wide. So as to take in 18 panes of glass ( 10 inches by 12)
I think it would be will to write to Miss J & N Hamlin to inquire if anything has arrived for me, write to me at Charleston on the first of May."
H.B. Croom to Bryan Croom
New York to Charleston
June 9[th] "if you cant sell my horses nor get them into the country, nor lend them I wish you would but a cheap saddle, so that Lexis may give them some exercise." XXXXXX If an offer should be made for the carriage you might take $850 for it but take care whom you trust." I saw Dr. Bachman yesterday. He will return to Charleston in the next steam packet, and I will ask him to assist you in disposing of the horses and carriage."
"I believe we shall be obligated to consult economy in all our arrangements for the next year."
I arrived here a few days ago and found things bad enough, but not worse than I expected. Mr. Donaldson had returned your draft and your cotton is still on hand. The last news from England is better but there is a packet below which it is said brings worse news."
H.B. Croom to Dr. Sam C Bellamy
New York to Marianna Fla
June 9[th] "the disappointment has been great (i.e that fall of cotton) but it is a misfortune that none of us could foresee, and our only remedy is to economies, and another crop, I hope, will relieve us from embarrassment." I expect to remain here until October and to be in Florida in November" XXXXXX
"The embarrassment of the commercial classes here