Wednesday, November 7, 2012

1862 November 8 Lynchburg, Va.

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

Saturday 8  Small offering at the
Board--last Saturday's the largest
discount ever made by any Bank

here.  I offered my new affiance
Bond which was approved--I sub
stituated T.C.S. Ferguson for Wm. A.
[Roads?]--The Bond is far stronger
-not only in consequence of the sub-
stitution , but by the increased
wealth of the other securities who
are J. S. Davis, Ed T. Taylor, Ro. C. Saun
ders, Charles A. Gwatkins, Benj. Taliaferro
Charles M. Blackford, & S.W. Shelton
Ferguson was cautious in becoming
security & I ought to be more gratified
for this mark of his confidence
in [?] it as a serious matter
justifying investigation  Rumors
of fresh skirmishes along the
Blue Ridge--Miss Lizzie went
to the University this morg with
-out an escort--Eugene returned
in the afternoon train and
will stay until Monday  At
night Mrs Riddle  & Mrs Lee of
Martinsburg took tea with us
introduced by Conrad's letter--Their
anecdotes were interesting

MSS 4763

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