BOOKSELLERS

Amazing!  Another Ware in the book Business!

The first encounter with Ware and the book business, was with HENRY WARE’S suit vs.  J. Weeks, in the 1700’s Virginia, resulting in a family feud lasting for years.

I came across this bit while making ready a shipment to the library in WV.  I only have the one page, but it was apparently several pages long originally.  Also, I know not what book this came from as this page does not show such, only page numbers 690-691.

This otem is a series of letters between the Hitt and Ware, Book Agents, operating in NYC, 1815.

The problems of doing business on the frontier, at this time in history, were made obvious from these transmissions.

The parties involved in this mix-up were, the book agents, and the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church.

The letters begin, Oct. 18, 1815 with the agents acknowledging the receipt of their letter on the 5th inst, but noticing the lack of payment, and urges them to make haste in doing so, ending with, ”Yours in haste, but affection.” D Hitt & T. Ware.

Don’t you love that closing!

The next letter, dated Nov. 18, 1815, again pleading for payment, claiming near bankruptcy, and badly needing funds.  Now they not have problems with the Ohio Conference, but the Tennessee Conference as well.

They also acknowledge the delay in the post as adding to their problems.

After much heartrending pleas, the letter concludes, ”May peace and happiness attend you.” D.Hitt & T. Ware.

Next letter if addressed to Mr. J. B. Finely, Secretary of the Ohio Conference,dated 4, 1816.  It starts with, ”Dear Brother,” and refers to receipt of his letter of the 18th ult, and acknowledged the receipt of #915 dollars on the same, and again in  the 22ult, the additional $17,500, and regretting it had not been received in time to make the return mail.  Here the rest of the series is missing.

I am certainly glad the agents were saved from bankruptcy, and don’t you love the tender closings of the ”dun” type letters?  The ults and insts.

Footnotes indicate, Daniel Hitt, Apr. 5, 1768-Sep. 17, 1825.

”THOMAS WARE, (1758-1842) had been elected assistant to Hitt by the General Conference of 1812 and served until 1816.”

 

RW 3/14/11

 


Comments

BOOKSELLERS — 1 Comment

  1. If it gets money, then maybe I’ll start using those famous closings with some “Ults” and “insts” of my own in the letters I write 🙂 Good one Ray as usual.

    Wayne

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