Saturday, November 3, 2012

1862 November 4 Lynchburg, Va.

[from the diary of William M. Blackford, bank officer and former diplomat with five sons in the Confederate Army]

Tuesday 4. Another glorious day.  I
placed to day to the credit of
McDaniel & Irby $5000--or  ra
ther placed it in their hands.  On
this margin they are to buy me
$15.000 worth of tobacco--to be [in?]
[sured?] of.  they all assure me I cannot
lose and must make handsome
ly. There is every reason to believe
the price will continue to advance
and it will bound up if peace is
soon probable.  It is the first specu-
lation I ever entered into.  Had I
made it a year ago I might
have tripled my money--I received
the $5000 by giving my note to
McDaniel for the amt which
he had discounted in Citizens
Savg Bk.---Dined at Dr. Black
-fords and rode to the funeral
of Flora Stuart at major Langhornes.
It was after sunset before we left
the cemetery.  Recd. letter from
Charles, giving an account of the
manner in which he mad Mun
-ford eat his words and give
him a strong letter of recommenda-

MSS 4763

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