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12 May 1999
[COLT, SAMUEL] MALE, WILLIAM G. Autograph letter signed ("Wm. G. Male") TO SAMUEL COLT, Galveston [Texas], 8 April 1861. 3 pages, 4to, fine.
SHIPPING GUNS ACROSS THE BORDER TO TEXAS
A long letter from one of Colt's Confederate clients. Male opens with the settlement of accounts between Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company and his own company, Allen and Male: "For the amount due us...please send us the pistols, with belt and holster and powder flasks (of course including wrench and bullet mould) in cases say of 20 each - packed securely in plain dry goods boxes, without your name or any designation of their contents, except 'hardware' if you think that necessary...Owing to the danger of seizure we would request you...not to allow the character of the shipment to be known and in this, we must rely entirely on your judgement and tact...No duties are levied on arms in the Confederate States." Having assured Colt "special attention to [his] account," he concludes with an overview of the Confederacy's political and financial situation: "Our new National Government is going on quite systematically - and with general acquiescence: though a large minority of our people are in favor of a peacable and just reconstruction of the Union. I see no prospect of that...There is much embarrassment generally for want of money - but it is regarded as merely temporary and will cease when the new crop comes in. Our State Legislature is about to issue bonds for $1,000,000...but we have also about $1,000,000 of U.S. Bonds left in our Treasury." In a postscript he writes: "Let me suggest that the shipment and bill of lading should not be made by you directly as might lead to a seizure."
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