Mobile, AL: Aug. 10, 1840. Autograph letter, signed, on first and second panels of single bifolium sheet (25.5cm.); approx. 370 words. Previous folds, the whole rather wrinkled, postally used on rear panel, else Very Good.
Letter from Jesse Bemis (1808-1843), a Mobile transplant, to his brother David of Spencer, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, where Jesse was born. The author thanks his brother for some fly nets sent him, "I have sold about half of them at some profit," later noting that "they are not only worn on horses but they are used to spread over the cradles of the Negro Children as a screen the Negro women also wear them to Church & on dressy occasions. I hope the Abolition Missionarys wont find it out before I can dispose of all that I have for frear that they will glut the market." Bemis goes on to describe the election of 1840, "the tightes [sic] election in the State that ever was it took place the 3d of this month in this County we elected the whig ticket throughout," and goes so far to mention that "The women say out with Van Buren & give us the credit system." Indeed, the women had their way, as Van Buren lost to Harrison, in large part thanks to the efforts of the Whig Party.