Slaughter-Murray Papers

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January 6, 1863


January 6, 1863


Letter from R.R. Howison, treasurer for -- Relief Fund to Mayor Slaughter, dated 06JAN1863, Richmond. Wants to know if the last two shipments of provisions had been received. In ink on blue-lined sheet. Slightly faded and soiled.


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Richmond January 6th, 1863

Montgomery Slaughter Esq
Mayor of Fredericksburg

Dear Sir,

We have been surprised and disappointed that we have not heard from the receiving and distributing committee in Fredericksburg. We have (Rec) but one letter was from Me. John F. Scott announcing the arrival of the first lot of provisions sent up. Since that time we have sent up two other lots, of the shipment of both of which I duly appraised Me. Scott, but we have had no acknowledgement of their receipt nor any information from you about them. A day or two ago an article appeared in the Enquirer from a correspondent in Fredg calculated to make the impression that only a small quantity of provisions had been sent up. I must respectfully request that you will get one of the committee of or my friend Me. Chess to report to me or to Mr. Hugh W. Frey whether the two last shipments have been rec'd, and of what they consisted, the number of packages of each article, that we may know whether our aid for Fredg has been efficient. We are very anxious to do all we can for our distressed fellow citizens there and who have come hence. Unless you or your committee correspond constantly with us and let us know of the receipt of shipments and what is wanted we cannot act so efficiently as would be desirable. Write to Mr. Frey or myself and inform us fully on the subject, and state not only what has been received but what articles are especially needed, and let us know in time before the stock is exhausted.

Yours Respy
R.R. Howison, Treasurer
Fred Rel. Fund

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R. R. Howison


January 6, 1863




R. R. Howison, “January 6, 1863,” Slaughter-Murray Papers, accessed February 22, 2024,