date(s):
1785-1923
creator(s):
Darby, John Fletcher, 1803-1882
subject(s):
Politics and government; Lawyers; Business; Law; Local government; Debates and debating; Mormons; Religion
place(s):
United States; Missouri; St. Louis, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0360 Darby, John Fletcher Papers Inventory of John Fletcher Darby Papers A0360 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2018 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:49:13 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center John Fletcher Darby Papers Darby, John Fletcher, 1803-1882 Corrill, John A0360 2.6 Cubic Feet (5 boxes; 1 oversize folder) 1785-1923 Some French Processing Information Finding aid by Roberto Hernandez and Francis Oates, 2013-2015. Donor Information Not available. Biographical Sketch John Fletcher Darby was born in Person County, North Carolina, in 1803. He came with his parents in 1818 to Bonhomme Township in St. Louis County, where his father established a farm. John F. Darby attended college in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he studied the classics. In 1825, he moved to Frankfurt, Kentucky, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He soon returned to St. Louis where he practiced law and engaged in banking. Involved in Whig politics, Darby served as Mayor of St. Louis for four one-year terms between 1835 and 1841, Missouri State Senator (1838), and United States Congressman (1851-1853). In 1836, Darby married Mary Wilkinson. She was born at Old Mines, Washington County, on June 21, 1818. Mary was educated at a convent school near Perryville. Her paternal great-uncle was General James Wilkinson, appointed by President Jefferson to replace Don Carlos Delassus as governor of Upper Louisiana. Her mother was Emelie Valle of Ste. Genevieve, daughter of Francois Valle, commandant at Ste. Genevieve when the area was transferred to the United States. Her great-great-grandfather, Francis Valle, was commandant of Fort Chartres. Mary Darby died on July 18, 1875, at age 58. The Darbys had at least six children: Mary, Julia, Caswell, Benjamin, Edwin, and Walter. Mary and Julia both married, and Julia moved to Atlanta. Caswell lived various places in the west. Benjamin studied at Seton Hall, went into banking, and died in his 20s. Edwin was a prisoner of war during the Civil War. Walter lived for a period in Missoula, Montana. He donated many items that belonged to John Darby to the Missouri Historical Society. Darby corresponded with various relatives, including several in North Carolina and various places in Missouri. A niece, Missouri Collins Lysaght, lived in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a frequent visitor and correspondent of Darby. As Mayor, Darby was active in establishing public parks and improving law enforcement in St. Louis. He supported public education. Darby’s career in Congress was apparently shortened by a paralyzing injury, from which he recovered. He was one of the founders of the Boatmen’s Savings Association and of Bellefontaine Cemetery. He was interested in the railroad business, in sunken vessels and the possible recovery of their cargo, and in mining. John Darby wrote many “sketches” of people he had known. These were frequently published in various newspapers in Missouri. In 1880, Darby published Personal of John F. Darby . His book consists of about twenty formal “sketches” and numerous anecdotes of men and women who figured in St. Louis and Missouri history from 1820 to about 1850. In addition to practicing law, Darby engaged in banking in St. Louis. One bank was known as Darby and Barksdale. One of his banks closed, probably failed, in 1869. At one point, Darby owned approximately 56,000 acres in various locations, probably primarily in Missouri. He said that at the time he was elected to Congress he had houses and lots worth at least $1,000,000, and that he had a yearly income from rentals of $45,000-$50,000. However, as a result of the Civil War, he lost $700,000, and went into bankruptcy. His children felt that he had been “robbed” by men named Knox and Tiffany. There is a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning one issue in the bankruptcy proceedings. Darby died in Warren County at the home of one of his daughters in 1882. His funeral was held in St. Louis, and he is buried in Calvary Cemetery. Scope and Contents This collection consists largely of the papers of John F. Darby and his wife Mary F. Darby, and relates mostly to the political, social, and business history of St. Louis. The papers also include family correspondence with relatives in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri, and correspondence regarding legal and business matters. Of special note are the minute books of the Jefferson Society and the St. Louis Debating Club (1827-1828), both regional debating societies of which Darby was a member; letters of Mary F. Darby; correspondence with Montgomery Blair, William T. Sherman, and George Caleb Bingham; and fragments of a history of the Mormons by John Corrill, dated 1839. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically with miscellaneous and undated items at the end. The John Corrill manuscript is placed at the very end of the collection. There is a significant gap in the papers from August 1858 to August 1863. When documents are filed under a cover sheet that does not match the date of the document, the date of the cover sheet is mentioned after the item in brackets. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements The photocopy of the John Corrill manuscript history of the Mormons (Box 5, folder 10) will be paged before the original manuscript (Box 5, folder 9). Related Materials Darby's book Personal Recollections of John F. Darby is available in the Missouri Historical Society Library (call number St.L. 920 D24-r). Preferred Citation John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis. Lawyers -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Lawyers -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Correspondence mayors -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Missouri -- Politics and government Mormons -- Missouri -- History -- 19th century Steamboats -- Salvaging Darby, Mary Wilkinson, 1818-1875 Missouri Historical Society Whig Party (Mo.) Bond of Jesse Duncan signed Jesse Duncan, E. Hutchings, John Hutchings, and Henry Blagrave, Pittsylvania County. 1785 Dec 5 1 1 Letter signed Pr. Chouteau [Pierre Chouteau], St. Louis of the Illinois, to Don Zenon Trudeau, Lt. Col. Capt. in the Fixt Regt. of Louisiana. A petition for a grant of land on which to establish a farm – which petition bears the approval of Z. Trudeau. Postscript signed Z. Trudeau. Persons mentioned include Don Ant. Soulard [Antoine Soulard]. Places mentioned include Louisiana, Fort Carondelet, and River Mississippi. 1798 Jan 5, 8 1 1 Letter signed Will Tunstall, Pittsylvania County. Report on certain claims and request for instructions as to how to deal with delinquent note-holders. Persons mentioned include Abram, Maj. Johnson, Higginbotham, Wm. Jno. Dabney [William John Dabney], Jos. Carter [Joseph Carter], Harris Adams, and Miss Deniss. Places mentioned include Kentucky and Lynchburg. 1807 Sept 20 1 1 Letter signed John Brahan, Nashville, Tenn., to Major Amos Stoddard, Washington City. Regarding the suicide of Governor Meriwether Lewis, and an inquiry on the writer’s part as to the possibility of his retaining his commission in the Army and also his position as Receiver of Public Monies. Persons mentioned include Mr. Grinder, Major Neeley, John Purney, Mr. Jefferson, Dr. Daniel, Capt. Howe, and Lt. Kingsley. Places mentioned include Natchez Road, Pacific Ocean, and Natchez. 1809 Oct 18 1 1 Document signed Thos. R. Fosdick [Thomas R. Fosdick], Cincinnati, to M. Thos. Summers [Thomas Summers]. Receipted bill for supplies. Persons mentioned include Ormsby & Stanley. 1812 Oct 7 1 1 Letter signed Amos Wheeler, Jr., New York, to Edward Tiffin. Expresses thanks for favor of being allowed to survey a portion of Michigan Territory. Persons mentioned include Josiah Meigs. Places mentioned include Chillicothe and Pittsburg. 1815 May 5 1 1 Letter signed A. Wheeler, Chillicothe, to Josiah Meigs. Regarding life and the benefits of experience. Persons mentioned include General Tiffin and Mrs. Meigs. Places mentioned include Detroit. 1815 June 14 1 1 Photocopy of plat of land belonging to John Patrick Maxwell and Hugh H. Maxwell, esq., situated in the District of Genevieve in the State of Missouri. Original is bound inside published volume: Maxwell Claim; Application of the Heirs and Legal Representatives of Hugh H. and John P. Maxwell, to the Commissioner of the General Land Office , New York 1875. (MHS Library Call #: MO/336.1/M45) 1816 Apr 27 1 1 Unsigned letter to Col. Post. Regarding the execution of a deed. Persons mentioned include Major Chouteau. 1816 June 29 1 1 Document signed Albert Tison, Fremin Delauriere (witness). A promise to pay Rufus Easton one hundred dollars for value received of him. 1817 Nov 22 1 1 Letter of recommendation signed James Wood, President; Henry I. Brown; Jonathan Ogden; Silas Condist; Abm. C. Canfield [Abraham C. Canfield]; Edward Conant [or Edward Condist]; Joseph Cutter; Sylvestry D. Russell; S. Hatheway; and William Brittin, State Bank at Morris. Recommends Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] as a satisfactory bank clerk, honest and honorable, sober and industrious, qualified to fill any place in a banking institution. Places mentioned include Bank at Morristown, New Jersey. 1817 Dec 15 1 1 Tax receipt of Sally Adams, signed Ch. Stewart [Charles Stewart], St. Louis County. Persons mentioned J.W. Thompson. 1817 Dec 23 1 1 Receipt for five dollars and sixty-two cents from J. Darby, signed Will Prince. 1818 Feb 6 1 1 Letter signed S. Hammond, Presdt. B. St. Louis [President of the Bank of St. Louis], to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], Bonhomme, Notifies O’Hara that he has been appointed First Teller of the Bank of St. Louis. 1818 Feb 11 1 1 Bill for goods and receipt for payment, signed Thos. F. Riddick [Thomas F. Riddick]. Persons mentioned include Wm. O’Hara [William O’Hara]. 1818 Apr 2 1 1 Agreement that James McBride will give up the two negro women he is hiring from John Darby on presentation of the agreement or that he may purchase them himself for forty dollars each and ten dollars’ worth of clothes, signed James McBride. Persons mentioned include Lady and Sillar (the two enslaved women). 1818 June 8 1 1 Receipt for listed goods which have been received from Amos Wheeler and which are to be transported from Cromwell and Dobbin, Pittsburg, for fifteen dollars, thirty-five dollars having already been paid on their transportation, signed Jacob Newman, Shippingsburg. 1818 June 13 1 1 Bill of goods bought by Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] from Saml. R. Ober [Samuel R. Ober]. 1818 Oct 4 1 1 Letter signed Amos Wheeler to Capt. Phillips. Wheeler wants to find some title to Gibault, or some record of his title, to a claim of land lying below Cahokia on the Mississippi. The grant was originally twelve miles square and was sold in 1779 to Stephen Trigg and by him to General Clarke, who in turn sold it to Dorsey Penticost. People mentioned include P. Gibault, Missionary Priest and Vicar, or Attorney General to the Bishop of Quebec. Places mentioned include Cahokia, Mississippi River, Vincennes, and St. Louis. ca. 1819-1822 1 2 Bill of Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] to Wm. Easdale [William Easdale]. 1819 1 2 Bill and receipt for goods bought by Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed L. Molhr for E. Tracy, St. Louis. 1819 Mar 1 1 2 Letter signed S.F. Austin, Herculanium [Herculaneum], to Mr. Will M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Requests the loan of $150.00 for ten days. Persons mentioned include James B. Austin, Babtiste (enslaved man), and Robert Wash. (includes typed transcription) 1819 Mar 4 1 2 Letter signed S.F. Austin, Potosi, to Mr. William M. O’Hara, St. Louis. Concerning Dr. Andrew’s taking an eighth interest in the Ouchitaw location in return for his paying that proportion of the claim, surveying and laying off the proposed town and refraining from establishing another town nearby. Persons mentioned include Dr. Robert Andrews and Genl. Rector. Places mentioned include Caddo River, Little Rock, and Red River. (includes typed transcription) 1819 Mar 10 1 2 Receipt for thirty-one dollars from Mr. Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], and receipt of the sum on account of Robert Collet of five dollars, signed T. Collet & Daly, M. Daly, St. Louis. 1819 Mar 12 1 2 Receipt signed Joseph M. Yard for fourteen dollars in favor of Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. 1819 Mar 20 1 2 Receipt for $2.00 for three insertions in New Madrid claim for sale, signed Jos. Charless [Joseph Charless]. Persons mentioned include Wm. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. 1819 Mar 24 1 2 Agreement signed Ben J. Seward. States that Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] shall have and enjoy half his interest and ownership in a tract of land now held equally by him (Seward) and Robert Latham of 240 acres. Also agrees that O’Hara shall have and enjoy half his interest and profit in a joint interest between John Todd and himself. Persons mentioned include Joseph Bowers and B. Robinson. Places mentioned include Edwardsville. 1819 Apr 1 1 2 Letter signed S.F. Austin, Herculaneum, to W.M. O’Hara. Austin will start soon to load his boat, but before going will send O’Hara his $150.00. He is in great spirits at getting the seat of government at Little Rock. Emphasizes the need for an order of survey. Discusses his father’s bank loan and trouble with the bank, which he has always supported. Austin wants to get a bank underway himself. Persons mentioned include R. Andrews, T. Rector, Price, and Barton. Places mentioned include Arkansan Territory, and St. Louis Bank. (includes typed transcription) 1819 Apr 5 1 2 Letter signed S.F. Austin, Herculaneum, to Mr. William M. O’Hara, St. Louis. Explains why he has yet to pay off the $150.00 loan, and encloses power of attorney to sell three shares of Bank Stock to cover the debt. Inquires as to whether an Order of Survey can be had for their location, and discusses discharging his father’s bank debt. Persons mentioned include T. Collet, Browne, Dr. R. Andrews, T. Rector, Price, and Mrs. O’Hara. Places mentioned include Red River, Ouchitaw, Arkansas, Little Rock, Caddo River, and Arkansas Territory. (includes typed transcription) 1819 Apr 7 1 2 Receipted bill made out to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] for wine and brandy, signed S.R. Ober, St. Louis. 1819 May 5 1 2 Receipted bill made out to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] for making pants, coat, and vest, signed S. Lippincott for T. Lippincott, St. Louis. 1819 May 24 1 2 Receipted bill made out to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed Sanguinet and Bright, St. Louis. (French) 1819 June 8 1 2 Bill of goods bought by Dr. John Todd from Robert Poyne [or Payne], Edwardsville. 1819 June 13 1 2 Letter signed S.F. Austin, Mount Prairie, to Mr. Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis. Regarding the fact that no more can be done with their claims until they can secure an Order of Survey, which cannot be had in their country. Austin has sold out all of his interest in the locations to Mr. James Bryan, and asks that Mr. Bryan be given Power of Attorney to purchase claims. Persons mentioned include Doctor Andrews. Places mentioned include Little Rock and Herculaneum. (includes typed transcription) 1819 June 16 1 2 Receipted bill made out to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed R. Easton by D.E. Cuyler, St. Louis. 1819 June 18 1 2 Letter signed Jesse B. Thomas, Cahokia, to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis. Sends O’Hara fifty dollars in silver for land office paper. “I intend paying as much of my note for the three hundred dollars as practicable in specie.” Persons mentioned include Mr. Hamtramck. 1819 July 16 1 2 Letter signed Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] to Mr. Joseph W. Hoyt. Concerns the collection of some notes, copies of which are given. Authorizes the renewal of the first two, but not that of the third. If the notes cannot be settled, O’Hara will thank Hoyt to leave them with George Tompkins and get a receipt. Persons mentioned include Wm. V. Rector [William V. Rector], Elias Barcroft, George Tompkins, P. and W. Anderson, Bank of St. Louis, and Bank of Missouri. Places mentioned include Franklin and Chariton. (2 copies) 1819 July 31 1 2 Letter signed A. McNair, St. Louis, to Mr. [William M.] O’Hara. Encloses fifty dollars, but not in the kind of notes he promised. McNair will return from Camp Belle Fontaine tomorrow, and will procure United States paper for O’Hara. If O’Hara can make use of the enclosed notes before his return, McNair will lose the discount. 1819 Aug 2 1 2 Sixty-day note in favor of William M. O’Hara for three hundred dollars, signed John H. Lambert, St. Louis. 1819 Aug 21 1 2 Bill for forty dollars due to Rich. R. Venables [Richard R. Venables] on the first of October, signed S. Hammond, St. Louis. 1819 Sept 4 1 2 Order to pay $584.25 to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] at the Missouri Exchange Bank in St. Louis, signed John Kain, John H. Lambert, Carlyle, Ill. 1819 Sept 23 1 2 Order for $644.80 to be paid thirty days after date to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed John H. Lambert, Carlyle, [Illinois]. Persons mentioned include Mo. Exchange Bank at St. Louis. 1819 Sept 23 1 2 Receipted bill for clothing bought by William M. O’Hara, signed Renshaw and Hoffman, St. Louis. 1819 Oct 28 1 2 Receipt for item amounting to $871.50, signed Robert Pogne. Persons mentioned include A. Nelson, H.S. Guyn[?], E. Robinson, Wm. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], Robert Lutheran, State Bank of Tennessee, Branches of Vincennes Bank, Bank of Missouri, and Bank of Edwardsville. 1819 Nov 7 1 2 Receipt for a note signed by James J. Wilkinson in favor of R. Collet for $200.50, given to Mr. O’Hara for collection, signed Joshua Barton. 1819 Nov 15 1 2 Account of John H. Lambert with Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] showing interest and principal, etc. 1819 Nov 15 1 2 Letter signed J.V. Garnier to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Concerns the endorsement to a note for a loan applied for by Mr. Patton of Mr. O’Hara. 1819 Nov 24 1 2 Letter signed Step. F. Austin, Little Rock, to Mr. Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis, Missouri Territory. Regarding a dispute which has arisen from a misunderstanding growing out of a conversation between Wm. Russell [William Russell] and Mr. O’Hara, in which the latter told the former that no pre-emption rights could hold in the region under discussion. The statement was a general one and interpreted as being a specific one applying to the location in which the writer was interested. The writer therefore asked that a certificate be sent saying that the advice pertained to pre-emption rights generally south of Arkansas and not with particular reference to Russell’s claim. Persons mentioned include Capt. Wheeler, J. Barton, and Bryan. 1819 Dec 31 1 2 Letter of introduction for Mr. William Anderson of the firm of Messrs Paul and William Anderson, merchants and owners of the Steamboat Harriet, to present in case he should have need of credit in making purchases in New Orleans, signed Jos. C. Canfield [Joseph C. Canfield], St. Louis, to Mr. Robert F. Canfield, New Orleans. Persons mentioned include Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Places mentioned include Ohio River. 1820 Jan 4 1 3 Promise to pay to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] two hundred dollars with interest when a note of one hundred dollars, signed by Jacob Smith, shall be collected, signed James Mason. 1820 Feb 12 1 3 Receipt for taxes signed by Isaac McGirk and belonging to Sally Adams. St. Louis, Mo. 1820 Feb 21 1 3 Letter signed Paul Anderson, St. Louis, to Wm. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Agreement to have Wm. Holbrook’s [William Holbrook’s] note taken out of bank for the two hundred dollars, he paying all but fifty dollars. 1820 Feb 25 1 3 Receipted bill for goods bought by Wm. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed Peter Haldeman & Co., St. Louis. 1820 Mar 16 1 3 Letter signed Geo. Tompkins [George Tompkins], Franklin, to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis. Regarding collection of accounts. Persons mentioned include Mr. Gillet, Johnson, Hart, Noland, Rector, Barcroft, Morgan, and Mr. Carnfield. 1820 Apr 1 1 3 Letter signed W.M. Darby, Salem, Ky., to Mr. John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri Territory. States that the times are dull with money remarkably scarce – nothing being in circulation but Kentucky and Tennessee paper, both of which states have stopped specie payment with the result that their money is of no account out of the two states. Comments on his work for George W. Frazier and Company at $300 a year. Includes local gossip about a county clerk who moved his residence from the county in which he was employed. Persons mentioned include Mrs. Geo Frazier and Enoch Prince. 1820 Apr 20 1 3 Promise to pay one hundred dollars, signed James Mason, St. Louis. Persons mentioned include Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] and Smith. 1820 Apr 21 1 3 Letter signed P. and W. Anderson, St. Louis, to Mr. W.M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Regarding the settling of Mr. Holbrook’s note, which he is unable to pay off at once. 1820 May 24 1 3 Letter signed John B.N. Smith to William M. O’Hara. Asks for the withdrawal of a suit in which the writer is a defendant. Persons mentioned include Tholozan and Cozens. 1820 June 14 1 3 Protest against the drawer, D. Barton, of a draft or bill of exchange, and all others concerned, for all exchange, re-exchange, costs, damages and interest, suffered and to be suffered for want of payment thereof, signed F. White, Notary Public, St. Louis. Persons mentioned include William M. O’Hara and James H. Peck. Places mentioned include County of St. Louis and Missouri Territory. 1820 July 22 1 3 Letter signed Chas. R. Ross, St. Louis, to W.H. Sandford, Philadelphia. Encloses forty dollars in bills of the State Bank of North Carolina, part being for Sandford’s account against the estate of Captain Crane and part being for credit. 1820 July 28 1 3 Letter signed G. Long, Bonhomme, to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara]. Instructions to keep a note left for collection without protest until the writer comes to town. Persons mentioned include S.R. Ober and A. McNair. 1820 July 29 1 3 Invoice and receipt of Nat. Davidson for goods bought by Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] Co., signed Nat. Davidson, St. Louis. 1820 Sept 4 1 3 Bill to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] for sundries, signed Nat. Davidson. Grand total is $1,766.51. One charge is for eleven kegs of Coniac Brandy. 1820 Sept 4 1 3 Deposition duly sworn to before a notary that the deponent had had a conversation with William Russell last June to the effect that he (Russell) had purchased a few months previous Peter Frank’s right to lands not far from Jackson, in Missouri, for eight hundred dollars, signed Chester Ashley, Big Rock Township, Territory of Arkansas. Persons mentioned include Jas. Cunningham. Places mentioned include County of Pulaski, Louisiana, and Little Rock. 1820 Sept 18 1 3 Letter signed Wm. B. Delaplain [William B. Delaplain], Oneida County, New York, to Mr. Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis, Missouri. Introduces the bearer, Mr. Edward P. Chavis, who intends on settling in St. Louis, Missouri. 1820 Oct 24 1 3 Letter signed W.M. O.H. [William M. O’Hara], Pittsburgh, to Mr. Abm. Beck [Abraham Beck], St. Louis, Missouri. States that he has as yet received no communication from Mr. Beck, and he is sure that the letter has miscarried. For that reason he would like to have Mr. Beck write at once. States that the young man who wrote respecting establishing in St. Louis is uncertain whether he will be able to raise his share of the funds and that with very little expense Beck could have the whole establishment. Mentions an excellent press being for sale in Cincinnati and type being available in Pittsburgh for cash. He cannot obtain any considerable credit due to Sam Jones’ failure, which operates against him. Asks for $500 with which to procure an entire establishment. Persons mentioned include Mr. Way, Messrs. Eichbaum & Johnston, Dr. Jones, Mr. Wohrendorff, and Mr. Isaac Harris. Places mentioned include Louisville. 1820 Nov 1 1 3 Receipt for a note left for collection, signed Barton & Bates. Persons mentioned include William M. O’Hara and H.S. Cyr. 1820 Nov 15 1 3 Receipt for a note for fifty dollars made by Alexander Fraser to William Easdale, the proceeds for the collection of which note are to go to Wm. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], signed George Tompkins, St. Louis. 1820 Nov 20 1 3 Letter signed Jos. C. Canfield [Joseph C. Canfield] to Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], St. Louis. Concerns some notes for money and misunderstanding arising therefrom. Writes of having been to see Seward too late. States that Israel [Seward] will come down as soon as he plants his corn. Canfield is head over heels in work and all hands are behind in theirs. He has drawn a check in Peter Conti’s favor for seventeen dollars, and has purchased his rifle. Persons mentioned include W. Conti, Ben Seward, Captain Gross, and Ashly. Places mentioned include Cincinnati and Little Rock. 1821 Apr 29 1 4 Receipt for $131.00, signed Abm. Beck [Abraham Beck], St. Louis, Mo. Persons mentioned include Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], Reuben Samuel, and Wm. Kinney [William Kinney]. 1821 May 8 1 4 Receipt for collection of a note drawn by Israel Seward for one hundred dollars, and also a note for seventy dollars drawn by Theodore and Wilson P. Hunt, signed H. Cozens. Persons mentioned include Collet and Seward, Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], and Christian G. Zoeller. 1821 May 27 1 4 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Frankfort, to Mr. John F. Darby. Writes that he has no claims on the recipient of his letter and that he merely wrote to inform Darby of his negligence. States that it is not a subject for controversy or pique; he wishes him well, and requests that the letter close their correspondence. 1821 May 30 1 4 Letter signed Hardin P. Moore, Winchester, to Mr. John Darby, St. Louis Missouri. Includes personal news and talk of girls and marrying with the hope that he will be there for his Darby’s wedding. Persons mentioned include Mr. and Mrs. Holaway, Mr. Palmere, Mr. Reynolds, and Hiram. 1821 Sept 15 1 4 Letter signed Josiah Spalding, St. Louis, to Col. Justus Post, Bonhomme, Missouri. States that the Edwardsville paper is not a legal tender in Missouri, and therefore cannot be forced on the Edwardsville Bank in satisfaction of a judgment already obtained. Neither Bates nor Post were mistaken as to the Chancery Judgment, which is not yet at an end. There is judgment against Seward for the amount and costs of the action at law. Sickness in Ridick’s family has prevented the completion of the business. Spalding spoke to Hempstead regarding a conveyance of lands in satisfaction of his demand, and Hempstead said he wanted a history of the title and time to consult his client. Spalding also told Hempstead that Post had lost thirty thousand dollars and therefore his homestead had been sold at the current term of court. Spalding asks Post for the history of the title to the land proposed to be conveyed to Hempstead. Persons mentioned include O’Hara [William M. O’Hara], Collet, Schlatter, Wheeler, and Capt. Brown. 1821 Oct 2 1 4 Letter signed Gales & Seaton, Office of the National Intelligencer, to Capt. Amos Wheeler. Upon the death of Mr. Abm. Beck [Abraham Beck], gives authorization for Wheeler to consider himself the agent for receiving subscriptions and collecting monies due for the National Intelligencer. Persons mentioned include Richard Smith. 1821 Oct 6 1 4 Letter signed Hardin P. Moore, Huntsville, to Mr. John F. Darby. Describes the country in which the writer finds himself – business brisk, prices good, and the girls bouncing. Advises Darby to come settle there and possibly marry. Thinks it will be a much better place to make a living than Missouri. Places mentioned include St. Louis. 1822 Jan 17 1 4 Letter signed J.C. Calhoun, War Department, to U.S. Indian Agent, Prairie-du-Chien. Instructs Agent to be ready to proceed with certain parties recently granted government leases to the land specified within their leases – namely, one hundred and sixty acres in the State of Illinois and the land ceded by the Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomie Tribes – for the purpose of working lead mines. Persons mentioned include Messrs. Carneal & Johnson and Messrs. Luggett & Paine. Places mentioned include Kentucky and St. Louis. 1822 Feb 14 1 4 Letter signed Wm. M. Darby [William M. Darby], Salem, Ky., to Mr. John Fletcher Darby. Regarding a trip to New Orleans for a consignment of goods which are selling very fast. Includes personal news of friends. Persons mentioned include William Thompson, Dr. S. Debow, Capt. Harralson, Herndon, Robert Wilson, Charles Wilson, and John McDaniel. Places mentioned include Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 1822 May 16 1 4 Constitution of a Debating Club [or Society], signed Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], John Stephenson, Joseph Charless, and one other, at Bonhomme. The society agrees to the nineteen articles, among which state that the members shall meet every other Saturday afternoon at 2 P.M. 1822 June 14 1 4 Agreement between Justus Post and his wife, parties of the first part, Josiah Spalding, party of the second part, and William Schlatter, party of the third part, written by but not signed by William Schlatter, St. Louis. Various plots of ground are to be conveyed by the parties of the first part to the party of the second part in consideration of five dollars and divers other good considerations to have and hold forever in trust for the following purpose: namely, that Justus Post is indebted to William Schlatter. Persons mentioned include Joseph C. Brown. Places mentioned include Bonhomme, County of St. Louis, America (a town), and State of Illinois. 1822 July 2 1 4 Letter of introduction to David B. Hoffman, New Orleans, for Mr. Darby to present to the writer’s brother, signed H.L. Hoffman, St. Louis. Persons mentioned include Mr. Russell. Places mentioned include Bonhomme and Louisville. 1822 Oct 24 1 4 Letter of introduction to Mr. Richard Delany, New Orleans, for Mr. J.F. Darby to present upon his arrival in New Orleans, signed John Kenidy, St. Louis. Persons mentioned include John Phelan and Wm. Kenidy [William Kenidy]. Places mentioned include Ireland. 1822 Oct 26 1 4 Essays and Speeches by John F. Darby Speech addressed to “Mr. President,” which deals with the query of “which is the most injurious, a flatterer or a slanderer?” Darby concludes that it is the flatterer who is most injurious. 1821 1 5 Speech “on the genius of Americans.” 1822 1 5 Rough draft beginning “In 1823 – The inhabitants of St. Louis were beyond doubt the most happy and contented people that ever lived. There was a fiddle in every house and a dance somewhere every night…” 1823 1 5 Essay titled “On Home,” describing Darby’s home on a high bluff about one and a half miles from the Missouri River. 1824 1 5 Essay titled “On Envy.” 1824 May 15 1 5 Speech delivered at Hickory-Grove Academy regarding the powers and meaning of oratory, which can remove the film of prejudice from the mental eye. Darby praises Henry Clay and puts him in the same group as Demosthenes and Cicero. 1824 June 9 1 5 Essay titled “On Avarice,” which warns of the dangers of insatiable desire, which can render the human soul callous to everything benign, affectionate, benevolent, and humane. 1824 Aug 1 5 Essay against plagiarism. 1824 Aug 8 1 5 Essay titled “On Honesty.” 1824 Sept 4 1 5 Essay on poverty, which focuses on the question of who enjoys the most happiness, a poor man or a rich one. Darby concludes that the poor man is more apt to enjoy happiness. 1824 Sept 21 1 5 Essay on solitude. 1824 Oct 24 1 5 Essay titled “Ironical,” which deals with the presidential race and makes fun of ardent supporters in general. 1824 Nov 1 5 Speech titled “Oration on Duelling.” 1824 Nov 7 1 5 Speech delivered on the Fourth of July at Chesterfield, Mo., in commemoration of American Independence. 1825 June 28 1 5 Letter signed William McDaniel, Leasburg, N. C., to John F. Darby, Orange County, Politeness of Dr. Malone. Regarding family matters. States that Uncle Hiram has gone to the Arkansas and does not expect to return until June. Mentions that Darby’s sister, Elizabeth, had an heir. Persons mentioned include Aunt Polly Lea, Brother Hiram, John W. Richmond, and Eppison’s Store. Places mentioned include Salem. 1824 Apr 25 1 6 Letter signed Justus Post, Bonhomme, to Mr. J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Leesburgh, Caswell Co., N.C. Offers advice upon entering the army as a profession and life career. If letter had been addressed to City of Washington the writer might have been of assistance in obtaining a situation at West Point for Darby. States that West Point is the best institution in America for obtaining a critical and profound knowledge of the sciences. However, after a commission in the army has been secured it is always necessary to have the favor of the War Department and one’s superior officers to hold it. He wishes Darby well. Places mentioned include Atlantic States. 1824 July 22 1 6 Letter signed Alexander Mebane, Chapel Hill, N.C., to John F. Darby, Mason Hall, Orange Cty., N.C. Writes of college life and urges his friend to study up on Greek verbs as the tutor who hears the freshman class is very particular about them. States that college expenses are not so great as reported – that $75.00 will defray all college dues for each session. Persons mentioned include Yancy, Royall, and G.B.R. 1824 Sept 21 1 6 Letter signed Rufus A. Yancy, Chapel Hill, N.C., to John F. Darby, Mason Hall, Orange County, N.C. Writes of college life and states that he is now on the Hill of Science, but has very little to say. There are 123 students on the hill, 20 whom are freshmen. Describes a “pretty smart scuffle” occurring between two of the tutors and some dissolute students. Advises Darby to buy a good Greek Grammar and study up before he comes to college. Asks to be remembered to his friends and hopes they will write soon. Persons mentioned include Bettner (a tutor), Saunders (a tutor), Professor Mitchell, Young (a tutor), Leonidas King, Augustus Aliston, Valpey, Grittenhall, George Robertson, Robert Bingham, Royall, and Forist. Places mentioned include Mount Repose. 1824 Oct 4 1 6 Letter signed A. Mebane, Chapel Hill, N.C., to John F. Darby, Mason Hall, Orange. Writes of college news and states that he hopes to be present at his friend’s examination and hear some of his oratory. States that he has sent a catalogue of the studies and students at college for his friend and his associates to look over. Recommends that they buy Valpey’s Greek Grammar. Mentions different studies that it is well to be prepared in. Persons mentioned include Doctor Malone and Fisher (a student). 1824 Nov 12 1 6 Receipt to John F. Darby for passage on board the steamboat Phoenix, signed W. Baird, Clerk. Places mentioned include Saint Louis and Shippingport. 1825 June 4 1 6 Letter signed A.A. Mebane, Chapel Hill, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Gossips about college and friends, and regrets that he and Darby are at such a distance from each other. States that the number of students in the college is not so large as usual, 120 being now enrolled, 90 of whom belong to his society. Writes of their fellow companions either being idle or being engaged in some profession. Discusses the girls they know who have married or are about to be married. States that he is surrounded by pleasant associates at college. Persons mentioned include Mr. Bingham, Doctor Malone, G.B. Robinson, Royall, Rice, Ben. B or Robin or James V.P. Reed, Mason, Gallaway, General Byrd, Miss Celia Moon [or Moore], Mr. Reynolds, Susan, Elbridge Mebane, Misses Bingham, Mary, Debow, Yancy [or Yancey], and Nicholson (a student). Places mentioned include Metton [or Milton], Philadelphia, Hillsborough, and Tennessee. 1825 Sept 6 1 6 Letter signed Thos. L. Galloway, Chapel Hill, N.C., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Gossips about college life, and states that he is studying very hard, even having used his vacation to make up certain studies in which he was deficient. Writes of having had a very handsome country exhibition in June at which all the young ladies were present. States that the freshman class is uncommonly small, having only 14 members. Asks Darby to show his letter to no one as it was written by candlelight. Persons mentioned include Mr. Forrest, Dr. Malone, Virgil, Miss Celia Moon [or Moore], and Mr. Reynolds. Places mentioned include Mount Repose, Hickory Grove, and Hillsborough. 1825 Sept 7 1 6 Letter signed Nicholas Thompson, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Regarding business matters. States that he has received Darby’s letter of the 26th of August stating that he had left Missouri for Kentucky, and hence could not attend to his (Thompson’s) business. Writes that he expected the deeds to be recorded in the proper place and that he does not care about the receipts for the money paid for taxes. Asks for a full statement of the way his money was spent and how it is holding out. Mentions some gossip about friends and what they are doing. Persons mentioned include D.C. Cuyler, Miss Sally Johnston, John Johnston, Mr. Benjamin Stanfield, Merideth, and James Darby. Places mentioned include Virginia and State of Allibame [Alabama]. 1825 Oct 30 1 6 Letter signed Joseph Charless, Jr., Lexington, Ky., to John Fletcher Darby, Frankfurt, Kentucky, favor of M. Brown. States that Darby is the nearest person with whom he has been intimate. He is living at Judge Bledsoe’s, the gentleman who lectures them on law. The family is very interesting, especially two charming girls, but states that he is too busy for Cupid to have a chance with him. Persons mentioned include Judge Bledsoe and Coke Littleton. 1825 Nov 27 1 6 Letter signed Hiram Darby, Bonhomme, Mo., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Regarding social matters – friends and their activities. He is going to school now, but intends to go into business next spring. He can get $100.00 a year for his work, including everything but clothes. He is paying fifty cents per week for his board and two dollars a quarter for his tuition. McAllister has bought the Stokes’ farm down at St. Louis, and paid thirty-five hundred dollars for it at public sale. Persons mentioned include Betsy, Thos. Caulk [Thomas Caulk], Mr. Russell, Rachel, Sam, Sam Worthington, Peggy Fittwater [or Fitzwater], Sally Worthington, McAlister, Stokes, George H. Lewis, Martrom Lewis, and George Frasure [or Frazier]. Places mentioned include St. Louis. (includes typed transcription) 1825 Dec 20 1 6 Letter signed Thomas Caulk, Bonhomme, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Deals with social matters, and states that there has been little alteration in the neighborhood. Mentions the marriages that have taken place and also the fact that he expects to be a candidate for sheriff. In a postscript, states that he has been requested by Mr. Hancock to say that Mr. McAllister, the administrator of G. Long, has refused to give him (Hancock) the books left for him, and also that he (Hancock) would like to have a letter about his relationship to Long to help in settling up with their affairs. Persons mentioned include Clemens, Betsy, Samuel Worthington, Margaret Fitzwater, John Moore, and E. Brockman. (includes typed transcription) 1826 Jan 8 1 7 Letter signed A. McAlister, Bonhomme, Mo., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Regarding social matters and neighborhood news. Persons mentioned include Martrom Lewis, George Lewis, Priscilla Frazier, Wm. Thompson [William Thompson], William Stokes, Widow Worthington, Mr. Brown, Nancy Tumiron, Mr. Linvil, John Moore, Miss Brockman, Nat. Bacon, Samuel Worthington, Miss Margaret Fitzwater, John Russell, Mr. Dixon, Brackenridge, Thomas Caulk, Dr. Simson, John Simons, George Frazier, Hiram, General Miller, Carr, Todd, and Easton. Places mentioned include River Des Peres, St. Louis, and Cumberland. (includes typed transcription) 1826 Jan 18 1 7 Letter signed Thomas Caulk, Bonhomme, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Concerning social matters and neighborhood gossip. Wishes to know whether Darby has heard anything from Thompson and whether he (Thompson) wants him (Caulk) to see to the paying of taxes on his land. Hiram is now working for McAlister. Asks that he let Stephen Hancock know what he (Darby) knows about the Hancock-Long partnership business. Prospects for Sheriff appear flattering but it is too far off to know yet. The opposition is hard. Persons mentioned include Clemens, D.E. Cuyler, and G. Long. Places mentioned include Stokes’ Place. (includes typed transcription) 1826 Apr 9 1 7 Letter signed Ellis Malone, Mason Hall, Orange County, N.C., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Protests that his friendship is warm – and as warm as it ever was. States that all his former intimacy with Byrd is entirely and forever dissolved, on account of the way Byrd treated him after he attended him in a period of sickness. His practice has not suffered. Writes of having been to Washington and having seen Senator Benton and various other notables. He arrived on Sunday after Randolph and Clay fought on Saturday. Malone thinks Clay’s challenge the most reprehensible part of his conduct. Persons mentioned include Dr. Smith, Dr. Frederick, J. Moore, Miss Bing, Robert, Miss Mebane, Leles, W.R. Whited, Walker Family, Van Buren, Lagwell, White, Judge Rowan, McCheffin(?), Trimble, Jackson, Adams, and Mr. and Mrs. Bingham. Places mentioned include Panama and New Orleans. 1826 May 29 1 7 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Frankfort, to John F. Darby. A letter of thanks for having received the Argus newspaper as soon as it was published, and commends the capacity displayed for energy and business. 1826 May 31 1 7 Letter signed Sally Price, William McDaniel, and Jane McDaniel, Caswell Co., N.C., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Ky. Regarding social and family matters. 1826 June 13 1 7 Letter signed W. Conway, Bardstown, Ky, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Ky., by O.H. Shaw. Acknowledges two letters, one just received. Asks that his shirts be sent to him as he is somewhat in want of them. Persons mentioned include Mr. Crittenden, Mrs. Price, Broadhead, and Waller. 1826 Aug 17 1 7 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Elizabethtown, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Ky. Asks that on the receipt of this letter it be returned to the office and the original letter be transmitted to him. He will not be in Frankfort before the 25th of the next month, and asks that Darby be pleased to remain until his return. 1826 Aug 30 1 7 Letter signed Alexander McAlister, Salubria, near St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Regarding a situation with Judge Peck who, on account of the weakness of his eyes, has employed someone to read and write his letters for him. The writer does not know whether to advise for or against Darby taking it as he does not know the nature of the position which he already holds in Kentucky. Writes of the Darby slaves having been sold and describes their new owners. Persons mentioned include J. Charless, Strother, Loye, Brewer, Hiram, J. Ward, Levyna [Levina], Mrs. McAlister, J.R. Walker, Rachel (enslaved woman), A. Gamble, Mary (enslaved woman), John Ward, David (enslaved man), Holloway, Henderson (enslaved man), Hiram, and Nelson (enslaved man). (includes typed transcription) 1826 Sept 25 1 7 Letter signed Martrom Lewis, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby, Frankfort, Kentucky. Regarding sundry matters, particularly the purchase of a negro girl in regard to whom his wife has already written. Asks what one would cost. States that Hiram Darby has been laid up since he cut his leg helping Thomas Caulk to build a boat. He and his family are now living out on the Manchester Road about six or seven miles from St. Louis. Persons mentioned include Mr. John Ward, McAlister, and Betsy. Places mentioned include New Orleans. 1826 Oct 29 1 7 Letter signed John F. Darby to Patrick Henry Darby. States that he is about to abandon his study of law because of his debts, which, though of minor importance, are enough to make him feel mean and appear so in the eyes of others. He cannot pay off his debts and continue his studies both. Includes reply of P. H. Darby, Frankfort, Ky., stating that it would give him great satisfaction if he had it within his power to relieve Darby’s wants, but he has not a cent and knows not where to borrow any. Persons mentioned include Mr. Price. 1826 Nov 18 1 7 Letter signed William McDaniel and Jane McDaniel, Caswell County, N.C., to their Grandson [John F. Darby]. Describes the quarrel between John McDaniel and Colonel G.B. Stokes, which resulted in the killing of the latter by the former. After John McDaniel failed seven or eight years ago and had to give up all his property, he was still considerably in debt. The fact that he had married a woman with property made no difference because in a pre-marriage contract all her property was settled on herself and arranged to revert to her four children by her first marriage. In addition John had his wife constituted a free dealer to keep her crops from being confiscated to pay his debts, all of which created hard feeling. Moreover John’s wife had trouble with their near neighbor, Colonel Stokes, in getting him to transfer the guardianship of her children to her. Colonel Stokes thereupon sought trouble by claiming three acres which had been in dispute, and his murder was the ultimate result. Persons mentioned include Widow Joanna Mobley, Thos. Wright, and John Van Hook. Places mentioned include South Carolina and Chester District, S.C. 1827 Dec 15 1 8 Letter signed J.M. Peck, Rock Spring, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Answers Mr. Darby’s letter of the 11th asking that his sister be admitted to Mr. Peck’s Seminary. At the present the boarding house is full and there is no room to accommodate any more students, fifty of the total eighty of whom reside at the school. The terms are one dollar per week for board, exclusive of washing, and twelve dollars per year for 44 tuition weeks. Persons mentioned include Mr. Bradley. Places mentioned include Edwardsville. 1828 Jan 16 1 8 Letter signed Hiram McDaniel, Caldwell County, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Relates the details of the quarrel between Colonel Stokes and the writer’s brother, John, which resulted in the shooting of Stokes. Asks Darby to please go to the trial of John and undertake his defense as he (McDaniel) is unable to go. John promises to furnish money. Persons mentioned include Mr. Leigh, Thos. Wright [Thomas Wright], and Cousin John VanHook. Places mentioned include Christian County. 1828 Jan 22 1 8 Letter signed George Darby, Union County, Kentucky, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Writes of the times being extremely hard and money scarce. He couldn’t borrow money from the Shakers, and he sold a negro woman for three hundred dollars. Franklin is starting school and has twenty-five scholars. Complains that although the times are hard they are fine for the lawyers. Persons mentioned include Uncle James, Son Green, and Miss Alsop. Places mentioned include Eddevil [Eddesville] and Nashville. 1828 Mar 14 1 8 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Caswell County, North Carolina, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that she wants her grandson to come there if it is ever convenient. She thinks that perhaps he can do something with Price, who is impossible to put up with. She thinks also that he could possibly help his Aunt Sally obtain a divorce from Price, although the lawyer there says that the only way would be to prove positively that he (Price) had taken up with a lewd woman. Writes of some property that she and her husband have just bought, worth about a thousand dollars, which she will leave to Darby. States that Uncle John McDaniel has been acquitted except he is to be imprisoned for six months and after that branded on the ball of his left thumb with the letter “M.” Persons mentioned include Mr. Yancey, Mr. Smith, and Mary Smith. Places mentioned include Griers Meeting House. Document also includes letter signed Thomas W. Yealock to John F. Darby. Letter of friendship discussing intentions of studying law and then removing to Alabama or Missouri. Yealock has not married yet, but expects to someday. 1828 May 10 1 8 Letter signed William McDaniel and Jeain [Jane] McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding family matters. Asks that Darby send his sister to them so that she may go to the Academy at Leasburg. They will try to give her something at their deaths. Also give some Biblical advice on how to live. Persons mentioned include Leavina [Levina], Aunt Phebe, and Nanse Whitlow. 1828 July 22 1 8 Letter signed William McDaniel and Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. An invitation and suggestion to their grandson to come to Leasburg now that Lawyer Yancy is dead. They think that Darby would be able to share a good part of his practice. They want Darby to bring his sister with him. She could be educated very well and without much expense at the Female School which has just opened. 1828 Sept 4 1 8 Indenture made between Xavier Dugale and Scholastique, his wife, and Thomas Biddle, whereby Dugale and his wife promise to pay one hundred dollars and interest at ten per cent per annum to Biddle on the 3rd of October 1829, signed Xavier Dugale, Scholastique Dugale (her mark), M.P. Leduc (test.), and certified by Archibald Gamble, St. Louis. To better secure the obligation Biddle has paid one dollar for a piece of land thereafter described. Persons mentioned include Charles Collins and Adeline Collins. Places mentioned include Oak Street and Church Street. 1828 Oct 4 1 8 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Includes platitudes on the profession of law. Writes of two judges having resigned, and mentions various others as their possible successors. Persons mentioned include Judges Omsby and Mills, Ewing, Underwood, Thompkins, Beaty, Marshall, Denny, Buckner, Robertson, and Chapman. Places mentioned include Brandinburgh [Bradenburg]. 1828 Dec 11 1 8 Constitution drafted at a meeting over which John F. Darby presided, held at the Court House, for the organization of the Jefferson Society, a debating club. Includes by-laws, details of the club’s cash account, names of participants, and minutes of initial and subsequent meetings. Persons mentioned include John C. Edwards, Secretary; William Milburn; Isaac C. McGirk; Thomas A. Lathams; John Bent; Joseph Charless, Sr.; R.P. Farris; Wharton; J.C. Naylor; E. Bates; Hayman; John M. Bass; G.W. Kerr; and Elijah P. Lovejoy. 1827-1828 1 9 Letter signed Justus Post, Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Hopes that Darby will be able to dispose of Dolly both to her desire and her owner’s advantage. Writes that the evidence was closed Saturday evening in the trial of Judge Todd, in relation to which his (Post’s) present situation prevents his speaking. It appears that the legislature may succeed in passing some bills that are of some interest and importance to the community, for example in relation to the three per cent fund, the seminary lands, and the redemption of the paper currency of the state. Asks for an opinion of his proposed constitutional amendment. Places mentioned include St. Louis. 1829 Jan 12 1 10 Receipt for one hundred dollars for house rent for one year, signed Russel Farnham, Portage des Sioux. Persons mentioned include H.L. Mills and George Collier. 1829 Feb 2 1 10 Letter signed Chs. Keemle [Charles Keemle], St. Louis, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks for a book of Plays to cast a piece in the evening. Persons mentioned include J.M. Bass. 1829 Feb 5 1 10 Letter of Hugh Darby, Huntingdon, Tenn., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Writes of their moving from Virginia to a place within ten miles of Huntingdon, which took a long time because of an accident. States that his wife wanted to visit her parents so she and some of her children drove in a gig the hundred miles. From there she went to visit an aunt, but on the way the horse took fright and started to run. He jumped a fence, upturned the gig and left his (Hugh’s) wife lying with her hip out of place and three ribs broken. The doctor was sent for right away, but bid not get there until Saturday. (The accident occurred Thursday.) After eight or nine weeks they brought her home in a wagon, but the doctor said that it was too late to do anything for her as she could never walk again. Asks where various of their relatives are and what they are doing. States that he has had bad luck with his negroes. Persons mentioned include Homer, Martha, Doctor Whit [White], Uncle George, Anaball Rise, Nelson (enslaved man), Sam (enslaved man), and Uncle John. Places mentioned include Tennessee, Western District, Carrel County, 10 miles from Huntting [Huntingdon]; Suningburg, and Caswell County. 1829 May 10 1 10 Letter signed S. Blood, Windsor, Vt., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Concerning the settling of debts and collection of amounts due. He does not think that he owes Th. Douglass anything, so asks that nothing be paid to him or the estate of C.B. Penrose. He wants other claims held off until his return. President Jackson has commenced rewarding his friends and punishing his enemies by removing several officers. Persons mentioned include Skinner, R.S. Wilkinson, Geo. Marton [George Marton], J.D. Daggett, McSimonds, and Van Ness. Places mentioned include Myrtle Street. 1829 July 14 1 10 Letter signed John D. Daggett, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Concerning a letter from Mr. S. Blood asking Daggett to ask Darby to write him immediately about his affairs and whether he had had any trouble in settling them. Also wishes to know whether the carpenter’s shop which burned was the one on his lot. Persons mentioned include Mr. Dobbins and Mr. J.D. Earl. 1829 July 15 1 10 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that he will soon have some funds, but in the meanwhile he is unable to lend any money. Advises John F. Darby to sell his property and pay his debts. Presumes his friend’s business is not profitable and offers him a position with him. States that he has a large estate and neither family nor children. Persons mentioned include Blight. Places mentioned include Louisville, Kentucky, and Bradenburgh. 1829 Aug 16 1 10 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks Darby for letting him know that his lands had been advertised for sale for back taxes, and tells him that he holds receipts for all state and county taxes. Begs that Darby call the attention of the auditor to this inadvertence and to ask whether anything is necessary to prevent the sale of the lands beyond the fact that he holds receipts for taxes. In a postscript, Crittenden mentions that it may be that the taxes for 1826 have not been paid, and asks Darby to tend to them. Persons mentioned include Samuel F. Hunt and E. Barcroft. 1829 Aug 25 1 10 Letter signed Patrick H. Darby, Bradenburgh, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Commends his young friend’s principles and character. States that he is now ready to make him a definite proposition as he has just settled his affairs and is now in possession of about seventy thousand acres of land, worth at least that many dollars and probably twice as many. Wants Darby to come live with him, free of charge, getting all fees resulting from practice. He will convey one thousand acres of land to his name and in addition will pay him $600 per year for attending to his business. At his death he will leave him one third of his estate if he has no family and if so, $5,000. Persons mentioned include Blight. 1829 Oct 5 1 10 Invitation to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby] to spend the evening on Friday next, signed Will C. Carr [William C. Carr], Hazlewood [Hazelwood]. 1829 Dec 8 1 10 Letter signed W.M. Darby, Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Requests that his brother send him $50.00 even if he has to borrow it. States that he worked for two months and saved his money, only to have it stolen. He has no one to take care of his wife and three helpless children. Places mentioned include Salem and Mississippi River. 1829 Dec 19 1 10 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Smithland, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he has just heard that Patrick Darby is dead. Places mentioned include Bradenburgh and Nashville. 1829 Dec 30 1 10 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the death of P.H. Darby. Gives congratulations that John F. Darby is not included in the will, which would not have been profitable as the estate was heavily encumbered with debts. Regarding his plans for remaining in Nashville where his father left many friends and where his wife also has influential friends and relatives. Also regarding the claim of Mr. Paul Negrin on account of lottery tickets sold to him by Brooks. Persons mentioned include Miss Corda; Brooks Keemle; P. Chouteau, Jr.; McKinney; Thos. Farrell [Thomas Farrell]; M. Girk; Mr. Clemens; and Gordon & Wells. Places mentioned include Kentucky and Smithland. 1830 Jan 31 1 11 Note signed Edw. Bates [Edward Bates], chairman, and John F. Darby, secretary, stating that members of the St. Louis Bar deeply regret the untimely death of their respected brother, Isaac McGirk. As a testimonial of respect, they will wear crape on the left arm for one month. 1830 [Feb?] 1 11 Letter signed J. Swigert, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Concerning John Darby’s claim against Darby’s estate. The writer suggests that the representative of the estate be notified immediately so the claim will be given a chance among the other debts. States that they are all frozen up, with no boats or fun except for a little sleighing. Persons mentioned include Chapman, Mr. Brown, Jones, Mrs. Todd, Miss Harris, and Mr. Breathill. Places mentioned include Bradenburgh, Madison, and Hopkinsville. 1830 Feb 7 1 11 Letter signed Justus Post, Bonhomme, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Concerning the suit on Caulk’s claim, the proceedings of which Mr. [Edward] Bates has said can be suspended if the debt is secured. In order to do this the writer has put in Mr. Bates’ hands the deed of Reuben Smith for 6,000 arpens of the lead mine lands. Persons mentioned include Richard Caulk, Augustus, and Lieut. Thomas. Places mentioned include Ashley lots. 1830 Mar 1 1 11 Letter signed J. Russell, Bluffdale, Green County, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he thinks it advisable not to contend with Richardson over the amount of Rebecca Jamison’s bill. He is distressed that Dr. Houghan has been so long unpaid. He also rejoices over Darby’s success. Persons mentioned include Mrs. Lee, Dean Swift, and Mrs. R. Places mentioned include Bonhomme. 1830 Mar 10 1 11 Letter signed J. Swigert, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Asks to be informed as soon as he (Darby) shall have gotten information as to the cost of the survey and he will forward it. States that Jones has not been there since the close of the session. Persons mentioned include Thatcher, Dana, and Barton. 1830 Apr 15 1 11 Letter of Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. A general reply to a number of business communications which are hereby acknowledged. He does not want Rader sued without a certainty of making the money. Lawrence is dead and cannot be sued without letters of administration, which are expensive. Strother may be allowed to settle the claim against him for $75 and interest on that amount since the offer was made to take it in settlement. He wants Mrs. Hale turned out if she does not pay her rent. Also writes of the case of the soldiers vs. the university having been decided in favor of the former. Persons mentioned include Ledar, Paul Negrin, Brook, Shall, Mr. Allen, Lyle, Kenedy, Mr. Hunt, Judge Peck, White, Ceatron, Smith, J.T. Brown, Mr. Collinsworth, Mr. Thos. Washington [Thomas Washington], Mrs. B. [Bass], and William Bass. Places mentioned include Philadelphia, Memphis, Cumberland, and Washington City. 1830 May 14 1 11 Letter signed A.W. Carr, Troy, Missouri, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he would have answered the letter sent by Mr. Monroe sooner but no opportunity has presented itself. He has forwarded the note upon Todd to a magistrate at Clarksville for collection. He has made the necessary examination into the titles of the two tracts of land, and details what he has found out. Asks about the young ladies of the city. Persons mentioned include Mr. Monroe, Todd, Justus Post, Amos Wheeler, Pierre Chouteau, Return Strong, Francis Hostutter, Blanton, William O’Hara, Thomas Collet, James G. Soulard, Rufus Easton, Benjamin J. Seward, Mr. West, Russell, Mr. Hicks, and Lincoln County Court. Places mentioned include Clarksville, “Post Farm,” and Bowlinggreen. 1830 May 21 1 11 Letter signed Justus Post, Bonhomme, to John F. Darby, favor of Mr. Worthington, St. Louis. Wants to know if Ashley is ready to close the bargain in relation to the lots. Criticizes the courts and the way they carry out their decisions. Persons mentioned include Chesterfield, O’Hara, Mr. McAllister, Mr. George, and Price. 1830 July 20 1 11 Letter signed M. Thomas [Martin Thomas] to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that he proposed to pay $50 for a set of blocks suitable for a pair of four and a half foot stones. Persons mentioned include Mr. Holloway. 1830 Sept 23 1 11 Letter signed John B.C. Lucas, St. Louis, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. He does not feel himself bound to accept the sum of money which he had previously said he would take for a certain lot of ground. 1830 Oct 12 1 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, to Hon. John B.C. Lucas. He has been making arrangements to raise the sum of sixteen hundred dollars, which was to be given for the lot lying north of the one on which his (Darby’s) office is built. He considers that Lucas is morally bound to make him a deed for the same if, in the course of the day, he should make payment of the aforesaid amount. 1830 Oct 12 1 11 Letter of introduction signed Leslie Combs, Lexington, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Introduces Mr. Francis P. Mills, a young gentleman of Kentucky who has just been admitted to the bar. 1830 Oct 26 1 11 Receipt for one hundred dollars, house rent, from W.L. Mills, signed Russel Farnham. 1830 Nov 4 1 11 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Informs Darby of the death of his grandfather on the 27th of last mnonth. Requests that Darby send his sister to live with her now that she is all alone. Persons mentioned include Mr. Price and Aunt Phebe. 1830 Nov 5 1 11 Letter signed M. McGirk, Loutre Island, to John F. Darby, St. Louis (favor of Mr. Talbot). Wants to know how Chovin [Chauvin] means to defend and on what ground. States that Spalding has gone to Washington, and also that he has nothing to say about Mr. Brown’s note. Persons mentioned include B. Haven and McKnight. (includes typed transcription) 1830 Dec 6 1 11 Letter signed James Darby to John Fletcher Darby, St. Louis. Asks him to please get him a horse and a good stand for a blacksmith shop. Persons mentioned include Mr. Messick. 1830 Dec 17 1 11 Letter signed L.E. Lawless, Washington City, to [John F.] Darby, Esq. Encloses instructions for taking the deposition of John Rutter, a sergeant at Jefferson Barracks. The trial of Judge Peck has not yet terminated. Persons mentioned include Mr. Delany. [filed in Oversize] 1831 Jan 9 1 12 Letter signed Julie C. Soulard, St. Louis, to Renée Paul, St. Louis. States that she is sending Mr. Darby [John F. Darby] the names of the persons who built a fire on her ground. Persons mentioned include Pierre Joyal, Leandre Marechal, Louis Dubreuille, and Jhon Harvé. (in French) 1831 Jan 10 1 12 Letter signed Jane McDaniel (with postscript signed John McDaniel), Caswell County, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding the death of Darby’s grandfather and the disposition of his property, slaves, etc. Persons mentioned include Aunt Sally, Price, Alexander Gorden, Major Lea, John VanHook, Kendle (enslaved man), Edmond (enslaved man), Ned (enslaved man), Major (enslaved man), Alsey (enslaved man), Ruth (enslaved woman), Mr. Green Brooks, Uncle John, Aunt Polly, Uncle Hiram, Uncle William, Jinney, Ben, John, Johnston, Mr. Thompson, Jane Elizabeth, Loranzo Lea [Lorenzo Lea], Betsey, Miss Francis, and Uncle George. Places mentioned include Frogsborough and Chester District, South Carolina. 1831 Jan 23 1 12 Letter signed Julie C. Soulard, St. Louis, to Monsieur Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. States that Louis Cayoux and James Adams have built fires on her land, and she wants Darby to take steps to stop them. Persons mentioned include Monsieur Vaillant. (in French) 1831 Jan 20 1 12 Letter signed Josiah Spalding, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that he has tried to get in touch with Fleet Smith, but that he has been unsuccessful. He will put the claim in the hands of some trustworthy attorney. Writes of the course of their impeachment case. The testimony is finished and two of the managers have addressed the court. Mr. Meredith has already occupied two days and will probably occupy a third. Persons mentioned include Judge Spencer, Mr. Wickliffe, Mr. Wirt, and Storrs & Buchanan. 1831 Jan 21 1 12 Letter signed J. Spalding, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Concerning Klunk’s claim against Jones which Fleet Smith expected to get out of a claim Jones had on the government, with the help of Benton. The judgment record has now been put into the hands of Mr. Clayton, a man to be relied on. Mr. Meredith concluded his speech in the impeachment case. States that Mr. Wirt’s speech was cut short by the Senate adjourning, as it was Saturday. Places mentioned include Delaware. (includes envelope) 1831 Jan 22 1 12 Letter signed P. Kincaid, Bonhomme, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Concerns the “power of attorney business” and instructions to Mr. Darby to transmit the seal of state and the power of attorney to Mr. Charles Kincaid. Persons mentioned include James Power and Mr. Nisbet. Places mentioned include Jefferson and Center Street, Tradestown, Glasgow, North Britain. 1831 Feb 2 1 12 Letter signed Harry J. Thornton, Huntsville, Ala., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Concerns the collection of some notes held against Green P. Rice. 1831 Feb 10 1 12 Letter signed M. McGirk, Loutre Island, Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding the sale of a lot which he feels is worth $4,000 and the rent $12 per month, although $10 may be all they can get. Asks that Charless discontinue the advertisement or it will break him. Persons mentioned include De Thier, Mr. H. Cordell, and Easton. Places mentioned include Bonhomme. (includes typed transcription) 1831 Mar 2 1 12 Letter signed Tho. Biddle [Thomas Biddle], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Encloses a form of affidavit and power of attorney necessary to enable J.H. Osburn to draw the pension for which he gave Major Talbot an order. 1831 Apr 9 1 12 Letter signed Jno. M. Clayton [John M. Clayton], Dover, Del., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding the case of Klunk and Goddard vs. John Jones. A suit has been brought against Jones and the writer will endeavor to compel payment. 1831 May 3 1 12 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Caswell County, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Implores her grandson to visit her and help her manage her affairs. States that she wants him to bring his Aunt Mary with him. Persons mentioned include Sister Pheby [Phebe] and Wm. Lea [William Lea]. 1831 June 8 1 12 Letter signed B.J. Seward, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Encloses a letter given him to deliver by Colonel Post who desired them to make one another’s acquaintance. 1831 June 29 1 12 Letter signed Jane McDaniel and Sally Price, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family matters. Price is still behaving unsatisfactorily. Aunt Phebe is dead. States that she wants Darby to come and help take care of her and his grandmother’s interests. Persons mentioned include Mr. Kyle, Cousin Jane, Sally Standfield, Cousin Samuel Johnston, Uncle John, and Hiram. Places mentioned include Mitton. 1831 July 17 1 12 Letter signed Tho. Biddle [Thomas Biddle] to Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding notes for collection. Persons mentioned include W. Walker, J.B. O’Toole, Jesse Lindell, M.G. Alvarez, Mr. Cuyler, Mr. Hubbard, and Legar & Colburn. 1831 July 30 1 12 Letter signed Bartus Satterfield, Princeton, to The Postmaster of St. Louis, Missouri. Asks concerning the estate of Archibald Bass, a blacksmith, who died in or somewhere about St. Louis. He is interested to the extent of one fourth of the estate and would like to know how to go about obtaining it. 1831 Aug 2 1 12 Letter signed A. Biddle [Mrs. Ann Biddle], St. Louis, to J. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks Darby to procure the newspapers containing all the publications between Miss Biddle and Mr. P. by purchase or otherwise. As soon as her brothers-in-law, John and W.S. Biddle, arrive to settle her affairs, she will leave town and remain in Philadelphia until spring. Asks that her request be kept secret. Persons mentioned include Mr. Capoulade. Places mentioned include Detroit. 1831 Sept 22 1 12 Letter signed B. Allen, City of Washington, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that he is leaving Washington this evening or tomorrow morning for Baltimore. He is not sorry for Washington has no charms – there is too much man worship. If Darby ever visits there he should come armed with letters of recommendation to the high in office, be forward and consequential, and then expect some degree of politeness. Places mentioned include Richmond, Missouri, Louisville, Frankfort, and Lexington. 1831 Oct 4 1 12 Letter signed E.A.D. [Edward A. Dudley], Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Gives an account of the belles and beaux, weddings, etc. Writes of the impression that Mr. Clay [Henry Clay] will be senator, but he has no information that Mr. Clay wants it. The race is between Clay and Crittenden [John J. Crittenden]. Also discusses the death of George Washington, who died within a day of his brother, Walter. Persons mentioned include “old Jac,” John Marshall, Mark, Robt. W. Scott [Robert W. Scott], Elizabeth Brown, Dort Hall, Margaret Sproule, Barr, A.V. Parker, and Henrietta. Places mentioned include Louisville, Mansion House, Cincinnati, and Versailles. 1831 Oct 21 1 12 Document signed E. Dobyns, Chairman, and J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Secretary, St. Louis. Concerning a ball to be given on the 29th of December. States that eight managers, four of whom were single and four married, were appointed, and Doctor Green agreed to furnish the entertainment for $5.00. Persons mentioned include John Shade, Jos. C. Laveille [Joseph C. Laveille], Asa Wilgus, J.G.A. McKinney, Calvin Ricards, Francis V. Marshall, Mr. March, Mr. Ewing, Grimsley, Doctor Green, Jesse Colburn, S. Willi, Dr. Campbell, Enoch C. March, Wm. Skinner [William Skinner], Wm L. Ewing [William L. Ewing], and Missouri Hotel. (includes typed transcription) 1831 Dec 15 1 12 Letter signed Joshua Pilcher, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Writes that nothing is happening in Washington except what he reads in the paper. Expects the great debate on the tariff to call forth orations from both houses, but thinks it difficult to foresee the end. Feels the U.S. Bank will also command the attention of Congress. Persons mentioned include Holmes and Miss Ann. Places mentioned include Hazlewood. 1832 Jan 28 1 13 Letter of introduction signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo., favor of C.C. Norvell. Introduces the bearer, a respectable bookseller, who wants to see and hear all he can about St. Louis. Possibly he might like to meet some of the belles. Any courtesy shown him will be a favor to the writer. 1832 Feb 8 1 13 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Caswell County, North Carolina, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Wants to know why her grandson has not written to her. Promises him a Negro girl she has bought if he will come and attend to her affairs for her, besides sharing equally with his brothers and sisters in the other property. Sally is living on her plantation and Price is doing nothing as usual. Persons mentioned include Jane Johnston, and Abram. 1832 Apr 3 1 13 Letter signed J. Spalding [Josiah Spalding], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., originally directed to Frankfort, Kentucky. Thanks Darby for his attention to Mrs. Spalding. States that the Circuit Court adjourned about six o’clock P.M. the day before yesterday. Also mentions a set-to between Waddle and Deaver when a blow and several shots were exchanged. Persons mentioned include Mr. Block. 1832 May 12 1 13 Letter signed Justus Post, America, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Encloses three promissory notes for $70.00 each drawn by Theodore and W.P. Hunt [Wilson P. Hunt] in favor of Wm. M. O’Hara [William M. O’Hara] and assigned to C.P. Zoeller, together with an order from S.G.J. DeCamp (Zoeller’s Administrator) on Cozen’s administrators for two other similar notes which were put in Cozen’s hands for collection [no enclosures included]. Post wants the matter settled without pomp. Persons mentioned include Walsh & Hall, Mr. Hapler, H. Gamble [Hamilton Gamble], and R. Smith. Places mentioned include Trinity, Washington, Europe, and Dubuque’s. 1832 June 5 1 13 Letter signed Jane McDaniel and Sally Price, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ask Darby to come see them. His Aunt Sally is glad he is making money so fast, and thinks that he could afford to spend a little in visiting them. Persons mentioned include John and Mary Jane. 1832 June 29 1 13 Letter signed W.M. Darby, Darien, Henry County, Tennessee, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Wants to know why he has not heard about the requisition contained in his previous letter to John F. Darby. States that his family are all well with the exception of his oldest son, who has broken his collar bone. The school business is no longer any account, but a small store could be made to flourish as the mail coach stops there every day. He would like Darby to assist him in getting started by purchasing about $400 worth of groceries in his own name. Persons mentioned include Socrates and Robert Enders. Places mentioned include Paris, Huntingdon, Texas, and Paducah. 1832 July 25 1 13 Letter signed Justus Post, America, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that he wishes he had been with his friend while he was visiting in New York, as he could have introduced him to many acquaintances on the Board of Aldermen and in the insurance companies. Discusses some notes vs. W.P. Hunt [Wilson P. Hunt], which Mrs. Post [Eliza Post] was to take to Darby and which he wants to settle as the heirs are in Europe. Also wants a certificate of the legal existence of Sergeant Hall and P. Walsh as Justices of the Peace so that he may forward the document to Mr. Hapler. Hopes that the Washington County affair may come around in season to effect an arrangement and compromise as suggested in a former note. Persons mentioned include Zoeller. Places mentioned include Cincinnati and County of St. Louis. 1832 July 27 1 13 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding a note of Mr. B. Cozzens assigned to the writer whose circumstances forbid that he grant the indulgence of more time, although Mr. Jas. W. Denny [James W. Denny], who is also interested in the note, has done so. Places mentioned include Louisville and Indiana. 1832 Oct 4 1 13 Letter signed J. Swigert to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding a note he wants withdrawn and sent to him. Discusses Kentucky having gone for Henry Clay by at least 5,000 by which she has redeemed herself, and if the Tyrant is to be again elevated she will be free of blame. Cholera has broken out and eighteen deaths have resulted, many of the dead being negroes. Persons mentioned include Mondernill[?], Samuel, Mrs. Southgate (Julia Sneed), Ed Dudley, Miss Talbot, Brodhorns, Cordy, and Dr. Peck. Places mentioned include Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Missouri; and Ohio. 1832 Nov 1 1 13 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks Darby for his intelligent and attentive care in looking after his (Crittenden’s) claim against Mr. Cozzens. 1832 Nov 30 1 13 Letter of introduction signed J. Russell [John Russell], Bluffdale, Green Co., Illinois, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., favor of Capt. Dennis of New-York. Introduces Captain Aaron C. Dennis, a rich merchant of New York, who is moving to Illinois where he has purchased a most valuable farm. Persons mentioned include Mrs. R. 1832 Dec 1 1 13 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburgh, Caswell County, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, State of Missouri. Regarding the death on December 9th of her son, John McDaniel, who died of an inflammation of the lungs. Writes that she is much disturbed in her mind and wants him to come see her very badly. Asks that he go by Polly Leigh’s to bring her with him. Persons mentioned include Sally. 1832 Dec 28 1 13 Letter signed Hiram McDaniel, Todd County, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Writes of the death of John McDaniel, whose widow requested him to write and tell his nephew. Persons mentioned include Sally Price, Mr. Leigh, and Jane. Places mentioned include Elkton, Ky. 1833 Jan 10 1 14 Invitation of Miss Mullanphy [Mary Mullanphy] to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Requests the pleasure of Darby’s company at seven o’clock next Friday evening. 1833 Jan 15 1 14 Letter signed Ben F. Hickman, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Writes of the death of his father, and encloses a note which he wishes collected. Persons mentioned include W.B. Ayres. 1833 Feb 4 1 14 Letter signed Jane McDaniel with postscript signed John W. Price, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Requests that Darby come see her next summer if he can’t come in the winter. Asks his opinion of Sidney, as to whether he is suitable for a companion to manage her affairs, if Darby himself cannot remain. Discusses family affairs, health, etc. Persons mentioned include Polly Holloway, Sally, Uncle John McDaniel, Uncle Hiram, and Polly Leigh. 1833 Mar 4 1 14 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Apologizes for not having written sooner, and explains that he has been very busy. States that he received from Darby on the 12th of the last month $128.94, which he now acknowledges with the statement that he is entirely satisfied and greatly obliged. Mr. Denny, who had granted further indulgence on Cozzen’s note, has died and the writer would like Denny’s interest collected in view of the fact that he has incurred some expenses in connection with Mr. Denny. 1833 May 24 1 14 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], Boone County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Forwards an enclosure [not included]. 1833 June 7 1 14 Letter signed T.F. Smith, Rock Island, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Acknowledges receipt of $608.62 made up by certain of the owners of the Dubuque grant for the purpose of paying for the survey and meeting other contingent expenses to be incurred on account of the same. States that he has employed a Mr. Harrison, a government surveyor, to do the work. Relates the manner in which he has ordered the survey to be made and asks to be corrected if he is not right. Brings up the question as to whether, the land having been divided, it will need separate tenants. He has gotten Judge Doty [J.D. Doty] to defend their interests against the United States and other trespassers as well as to tend to other legal interests. Persons mentioned include Mr. G.W. Jones; John Mulanphy [Mullanphy]; Auguste Chouteau; Col. Chouteau; J.P. Cahanne;, Col. J. Smith T; Peter Chouteau, Jr.; Edward Hempstead; Chouteau & Menard; Easton; Russell; Col. Paul; Col. Post; Mr. Henry Chouteau; and Mr. Charles S. Hempstead. Places mentioned include Michigan and Galena. 1833 June 9 1 14 Letter signed Wm. Russell [William Russell], Crystal Springs near St. Louis, to Col. Justus Post, America, Illinois. Regarding Doctor R. Simpson’s authorization to sell all of his interest in the 640 acres near New Madrid, to confirm which authorization Doctor Simpson showed an instrument of writing signed by Post, Chester Ashley, and himself. Having now sold Doctor Simpson’s interest, the writer wants to know whether Post would be willing to sell his interest to a Colonel Benjamin S. Chambers, the buyer of Simpson’s interest. Persons mentioned include Henry Cockerman (or Cockerham), O’Hara [William M. O’Hara?], and Major Long. Places mentioned include Arkansas and Little Rock. 1833 June 26 1 14 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Bowling Green, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Asks what success Darby has had in inducing Mr. Mullanphy to allow him (the writer) to use his patent. States that the cholera has nearly subsided and the election is growing warm. Shannon and Bull are the most prominent – Strother hasn’t a chance. 1833 July 13 1 14 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Troy, Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Sends a notice herewith to prove the handwriting of Jesse Rogers to the deed of Justus Post to Amos Wheeler. Persons mentioned include Squire Walsh. 1833 July 20 1 14 Letter signed N.J. Eaton, Jefferson Barracks, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Writes that the suit against D. Hayden Jr. & Co. comes in tomorrow and will undoubtedly be given in Darby’s favor, but asks that Darby do nothing further after getting judgment until they see each other. 1833 July 21 1 14 Letter of introduction signed Chapman Coleman, Frankfort, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Introduces Mr. Halsey, who is coming to St. Louis to teach writing. 1833 July 31 1 14 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Bowling Green, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Asks whether a deposition was taken, notice of which was sent some time ago. Also asks who constitutes the firm of Phinis and Cornwall. Places mentioned include Montgomery. 1833 Aug 20 1 14 Letter signed Wm. M. C. [William M. Campbell], Saint Charles, to John F. Darby, City of St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding a suit about some bonds which were sent to the writer for collection. Campbell would like to know the wishes of Darby or Mr. Kyle inasmuch as the defendants have availed themselves of the Stay Law. 1833 Aug 26 1 14 Letter signed Wm. G. Owens [William G. Owens], Union, to Messrs. Spalding & Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding a letter David Edwards has in his charge addressed to Mr. H.R. Gamble [Hamilton Rowan Gamble]. Since Gamble is undoubtedly sick, the recipients will have to consider the letter addressed to them. States that McCoy and wife have stabbed him to death as they will see by the letter to Mr. Gamble. Persons mentioned include Mr. Tuesdell (or Trusdell). 1833 Sept 7 1 14 Monies collected for September by C. Garnier for the Library, signed C. Garnier, St. Louis Library. Persons mentioned include J.B. Sarpy, Dr. Millington, C. Lockwood & Son, T. Douglass, Pr. Chouteau, Edw. Tracy [Edward Tracy], Alfd. Tracy [Alfred Tracy], Smith & Brother, Jno. L. Rundlett [John L. Rundlett], Wm. Olmstead [William Olmstead], G.H. Williams, Ge. Sproule, H. Shaw, L. Valois, Waberton & Co., Jas. Spencer [James Spencer], Jno. Daggett [John Daggett], Jno. Pease [John Pease], Jno. O’Rouke [John O’Rouke], Jno. P. Reilly [John P. Reilly], H. Chouteau, Jno. Forde [John Forde], McGoverne, Chas. Skinner [Charles Skinner], Abbott & Hood, Jno. Heverty [John Heverty], J.B. Brant, J. Baume, Jno. K. Walker [John K. Walker], H. Gamble [Hamilton Rowan Gamble], F. Darby, Rene Paul, J.A. Wherry, Ge. K. McGunnegh, Jos. Peck [Joseph Peck], Jo. Spalding [Joseph Spalding], and H. Vonphul. 1833 Sept 1 14 Letter signed Wm. M. Campbell [William M. Campbell], St. Charles, to John F. Darby, City of St. Louis, Missouri. States that he is sending three hundred and thirty-five dollars by Dr. Sudwell E. Powell. The rest of the amount will be collected and paid over as quickly as the amounts and scattered nature of the claims will admit of. Persons mentioned include David Kyle. Places mentioned include Illinois and Lincoln. 1833 Oct 5 1 14 Letter signed G. Paul, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Acknowledges notification to attend a meeting of the owners of Dubuque’s Mines, and declination of the same. Persons mentioned include Col. Chouteau. 1833 Oct 18 1 14 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, John, and Sally Price, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Expresses anxiety that Darby has neither written nor come to see them. Persons mentioned include Thalannay (or Holoway). 1833 Dec 24 1 14 Statement of monies received by C. Garnier as Librarian of the St. Louis Library, signed C. Garnier, St. Louis Library. Persons mentioned include Mr. Edw. Brooks [Edward Brooks]; Smith & Brother; Waberton & Co.; Henry Shaw; Jo. Charless [Joseph Charless]; Jo. Shaw [Joseph Shaw]; Jos. Peck [Joseph Peck]; Edw. Tracy [Edward Tracy]; Alfd. Tracy [Alfred Tracy]; Abbot & Hood; Abbot Pease; L. Valois; H. Vonphul [Henry Von Phul]; H. Sproule; J.B. Sarpy; P. Chouteau, Jr. [Pierre Chouteau, Jr.]; B. Allen; G.H. Williams; Arthr. Magenis [Arthur Magenis]; W.P. Hunt [Wilson Price Hunt]; Jno. Rundlett [John Rundlett]; L. Benoit; Jo. Kluncke [Joseph Kluncke]; Jno. Clemens [John Clemens]; Jno. Heverty [John Heverty]; J.B. Brant; J. Pocoke; Jno. T. Walker [John T. Walker]; Jos. Spencer [Joseph Spencer]; Jno. Woolfolk [John Woolfolk]; Jno. O’Rook [John O’Rook]; J.A. Wherry; M. Gill; Henry Chouteau; J.P. Relly; Jo. Spalding [Joseph Spalding]; Jno. Forde [John Forde]; Wm. Glasgow [William Glasgow]; C. Skinner; W. Francis; Wm. Tybbe [William Tybbe]; A. Lyle; J.C. Laveille; Wm. Piggott [William Piggott]; Sanders & Hix; Charlotte Purdy; Ths. Hannon [Thomas Hannon]; Dl. Hough; Ge. K. McGunnegle [George K. McGunnegle]; Dennis; Wm. C. Lane [William C. Lane]; H. Spencer; H. Coxe; Wm. H. Clark [William H. Clark]; Chas. Cabanne [Charles Cabanne]; Silas Drake; Govl. Trask; Gildersleve; C. Garnier; Ge. Pach [George Pach]; Wm. P. LeDuc [William P. LeDuc]; C. Lockwood & Son; Dr. Millington; Wm. Austin [William Austin]; J. Baum; McGorman; P. Walsh; Chas. H. Davis [Charles H. Davis]; Jos. S. Mayfield [Joseph S. Mayfield]; Edw. McCabe [Edward McCabe]; Edw. Langstroth [Edward Langstroth]; Edw. Gay [Edward Gay]; Ths. Grimsley [Thomas Grimsley]; Philip Borgna; Ge. Morton [George Morton]; B.B. Brown; Wm. T. Austin [William T. Austin]; Wm. Austin [William Austin]; Edw. L. Lawless [Edward L. Lawless]; Jos. E. Walsh [Joseph E. Walsh]; Thos. Andrews [Thomas Andrews]; Wm. L. Williams [William L. Williams]; Hugh O’Brien; Rd. Shirman; and Ths. Forgey [Thomas Forgey]. 1833 Dec 1 14 Letter signed Sally Price and Jane McDaniel, [Leasburg, N.C.], to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, favor of Mr. Damern. Urge Darby to come see them in the spring and not to disappoint them. Fanny Prewit is living with Jane McDaniel in her home and is very smart. Sally Price’s children are very promising. Persons mentioned include Uncle George Darby, Halaway (or Holloway), Uncle Hiram, Jane, John, and Mary Jane. 1834 Mar 1 1 15 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Concerning a pension for Coln. D. Mudeck. 1834 Mar 11 1 15 Letter signed G.H. Crosman, Jeffn. Bks. [Jefferson Barracks], to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for getting 15 shares of the Ia. stock for him. Crosman will be in town tomorrow or the day after to arrange the payment. 1834 Mar 30 1 15 Letter signed M.L. Clark [Meriwether Lewis Clark], St. Louis, to Darby [John F. Darby]. Introduces the bearer, Mr. John McKean, who needs legal advice. Persons mentioned include Lawhead and McKean. 1834 Apr 15 1 15 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], Congress Hall, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that Major Bean stands highly recommended for promotion by many gentleman of Missouri of the first respectability. 1834 Apr 23 1 15 Letter signed David Todd, [Columbia], to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Concerning Miss Pickard, a lady from Massachusetts, who is seeking a school. If she is qualified she can procure employment as the assistant of Miss Wales in the Female Academy. Persons mentioned include Mr. Potts. Places mentioned include St. Louis. Pencil notation on the last page gives a list of post offices: Jone’s Farmyard, 9 Mile P[?], Fruiti’s, Loutre Lick, Middle Town, Lewis Com. Pendleton’s, Logan, Hickory Grove, Naylor’s Store, Mt. Causland, St. Charles, and Walton’s. 1834 May 3 1 15 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that she is glad he is coming to see her this spring and will see that he is remunerated at some future period. Persons mentioned include Joannah, Wm. Holloway [William Holloway], and Sally Price. 1834 May 7 1 15 Letter signed Tho. J. Johnston [Thomas J. Johnston], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Asks that he be furnished as near as possible with the conversation which occurred between Mr. Charles Anderson and Darby. Persons mentioned include Mr. Thomas. 1834 May 26 1 15 Copy of note signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, to Thomas J. Johnston. States that he received no communication from Mr. Charles Anderson for him (Johnston). 1834 May 26 1 15 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Bowling Green, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., favor of Mr. P. Block. Sends herewith the amount of the note of Tunis and Cornwall. He has not yet succeeded in getting a trial in the cause in which he procured the deed of Justus Post. Events are beginning to grow warm in the election. He thinks it likely that a majority on the Mississippi will be for the amendments. Persons mentioned include B.F. Campbell, T. Barnett, and Mr. James C. Essex. 1834 May 30 1 15 Letter signed Sinclair Kirtley, Columbia, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks Darby for the delicious wine which he has sent them. Writes of the very high esteem in which all of Darby’s acquaintances hold him. He has just been elected by a large and flattering majority, the whole number elect being anti-amendment, anti-State Bank, and for a National Bank. Persons mentioned include Mary, Sheriff of Howard, Jackson, Bates, Guyor, and Little Red. 1834 Aug 12 1 15 Letter signed F.F. Smith, Rock Island, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Found that he had neglected to send the enclosed letter when rendering all evidences of services to Mr. Mulanphy [Mullanphy]. 1834 Aug 14 1 15 Letter signed Geo. F.W. David [George F.W. David], Lower Alton, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis. David has just been informed that Mr. F.W. Scott has arrived in Rushville from Kentucky, and that in the course of ten days he will be here and take up his note. Mr. Krum is now on a collecting tour through the north and will give the demands placed in their charge prompt attention. Writes of the McGill suits. Persons mentioned include Stewart and Dummer. 1834 Aug 15 1 15 Letter signed C.B. Fletcher, Herculaneum, Mo., to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Asks for any assistance that Darby may be willing to give in helping him procure the appointment of clerk for the county of Jefferson. Persons mentioned include Judge Lawless. 1834 Aug 17 1 15 Letter signed W.D. Shumate, Bonhomme, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis. Asks that Darby be so kind as to go to the Clerk’s office and acknowledge the payment of the debt for which John R. Brown’s land was bound. Shumate then asks Darby to forward to him, by way of Mr. Berry, the amount of the fee which shall be settled to his (Darby’s) satisfaction. States that he cannot have a final settlement with Mr. Defoe, who purchased the land, until he hears from Darby. 1834 Aug 29 1 15 Letter signed Beverley Allen, St. Marys Landing, Mount Calvary, to John F. Darby, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina. Writes of having been to Ste. Genevieve, Kaskaskia, and Judge Pratte’s. All things thus far are favorable. Persons mentioned include Barrens, Capt. Wilkinson, Emily Pratte, Mary Wilkinson, Mrs. Gregorie, Mary Pratte, and Dr. Woolfolk. Places mentioned include the Mississippi River. 1834 Aug 30 1 15 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Begs Darby to come see her before winter sets in as she is growing so old. Persons mentioned include Sister Polly, Merideth Price, and Sally. 1834 Aug 31 1 15 Letter signed Jas. W. Kingsbury [James W. Kingsbury], St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Leasburgh, Caswell County, North Carolina. Includes social gossip of deaths and marriages, church life, etc. Persons mentioned include Monsieur Chaubert, Charles F. Randolph, Dr. Woolfork, Mr. Turpin, Wm. J. Austin [William J. Austin], Miss Morris, Mr. Goldensleive, Rev. Parson Potts, Miss Benton, Yoricks, Messrs. Foreman & Stevens, John Baptiste Sarpy, Mrs. K., Chas. [Charles], and Mrs. C. Place mentioned include Paul’s and Mississippi. 1834 Sept 7 1 15 Letter signed M. Martin, St. Louis, to Major John F. Darby, Leasburg, Caswell Cty. [Caswell County], North Carolina. Informs Darby of the death of Dr. Woolfolk from congestive bilious fever. Writes of some weddings and jokes with Darby about his Fair One from Columbia. Mentions a farce with small swords on Bloody Island. Persons mentioned include Wm. J. Austin [William J. Austin], Miss Morris, J.W. Reel, Miss E. Saugrain, Genl. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], Major Bean, and Wm. L. Sublett [William L. Sublette]. 1834 Sept 10 1 15 Letter signed Hobson Johns, Lynchburg, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Writes of social news, weddings, parties, etc. Mentions Charles having waited on Miss S. and being mortified and embarrassed by having her reject Darby’s note and miniature. Persons mentioned include Mr. Barley, Miss Holcomb, Miss Alice Brown, Miss Daniel, Miss Harrison, and Mary. Places mentioned include Lynchburg. 1834 Nov 15 1 15 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. She has just learned that there is a suit to be brought on tomorrow against Hubbard, former barkeeper of the Missouri Hotel. Wishes Darby to defend the suit. Persons mentioned include Allen. 1834 Dec 16 1 15 Letter signed Jane McDaniel (written by John Corbell), Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that Darby’s Aunt McDaniel from South Carolina came and took all the children and stayed one week. The eldest son, John Corbell, stayed and is going to school. She has turned Price out of her business and has gotten another overseer. Persons mentioned include Aunt Sarah, Kindle, and Ned. Places mentioned include Frogsborough. 1834 Dec 21 1 15 Recommendation for the retention of Isadore Barada on the Night Watch, signed N.B. Atwood; Thos. Andrews [Thomas Andrews]; Asa Wilgus; U. Deroin[?]; F.W. Beltzhoover; Thos. L. Fontaine [Thomas L. Fontaine]; Alfred Skinner; Charles Laberge; Augst. Chouteau [Auguste Chouteau]; S. Blood; B.W. Ayres; Thos. H. West [Thomas H. West]; John Shade; Joseph Papin; Pr. Chouteau [Pierre Chouteau]; M. Augustin; Ah. Papin; Elliott Lee; Jas. S. Mayfield [James S. Mayfield]; Gabriel S. Chouteau; L. Labeaume; Louis DuBreuil; James F. Comstock; F.V. Taylor; John T. Douglass; Wm. Jas. Austin [William James Austin]; B. Pratte, Jr. [Bernard Pratte, Jr.]; G.P. Cerre; Francis Loud; Theodore LaBeaume; Jos. A. Sire [Joseph A. Sire]; Thos. M. Taylor [Thomas M. Taylor]; Henry V. Sullivan; John D. Mount; Edward Welch; Jno. Ruland [John Ruland]; Arthur L. Magenis; M.P. Leduc; Hyte Papin [Hypolite Papin]; Geo. Wotton [George Wotton]; R. Simpson; John Ford; Theodore Papin; Henry Chouteau; Jos. S. Sampson [Joseph S. Sampson]; Edw. Brooks [Edward Brooks]; John Young; Chas. Dumon [Charles Dumon]; G. Knapp; John B. Sarpy; J.B. Lesperance; H. Renard; J. Cooper; Louis [Provencher?]; E. McDonald; Isaac A. Letcher; Joseph Richardson; A.C. Billon; Benj. C. St. Cyr [Benjamin C. St. Cyt]; Dennies Caurtois; A.W. Manning; Chs. L. Bosseron [Charles L. Bosseron]; Thomas Rodham; H. McKee; B. DeYoung; Jn. E. Tholozan; Antoine Chenie; and Wm. G. Pettus [William G. Pettus]. 1835 2 1 Recommendation of Isadore Barrada for the night watch to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, signed Robt. W. Cann [Robert W. Cann], Saml. C. Clark [Samuel C. Clark], Jas. McDonough [James McDonough], Medard Dupins, E. Chouteau, C.W. Walsh, and Wm. Berry [William Berry]. 1835 2 1 Letter signed John G. Eckenstein to John F. Darby. Regarding the steamboat Selma , which was destined for New Orleans, but is returning because of low water. Because of this, J.H. Kopf has deserted Eckenstein and he has no funds. (in French) ca. 1835-1840 2 1 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regrets the necessity of again returning the pension papers of their old friend, Mr. Thos. R. Musick [Thomas R. Musick]. Includes copy of letter signed J.L. Edwards, War Department, Pension Office, to Hon. W.H. Ashley, concerning the pension of Thomas R. Musick, which is being returned for several corrections. Persons mentioned include Capt. Neville. 1835 Jan 28 2 1 Letter signed Wilson Primm, Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding legislative business at Jefferson City, including the signing of the Hallelujah Resolution, the defeat of Geyer’s Bank Resolution, and Strother’s declaration that it is inexpedient to charter a State Bank at the current session of the legislature. Also writes that it was decided not to incorporate the principle of the writer’s resolution into the City Charter. In fact, they refused to grant the exclusive right to the City to suppress gaming. Yesterday the revised City Charter was read a third time and passed. It introduced a bill providing for the sale of the St. Louis Common. There is also a resolution on the subject of common school education now under discussion. Persons mentioned include Mr. Bates [Edward Bates] and O’Neil. 1835 Jan 31 2 1 Letter signed Jno. W. Johnson [John W. Johnson], Mayor of St. Louis, Saint Louis, to Samuel Wiggons [Samuel Wiggins]. Regarding a loan of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars at five percent annum to the city of St. Louis, the interest to be paid half yearly. The loan will be secured by the faith of the city and the water works and reservoir. 1835 Feb 2 2 1 Letter signed M.M. Johns, Lynchburg, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding social matters. Writes of Miss L. and her many flirtations, and states that it has been an uncommonly gay winter, although many of the belles and beaux have now gone. Persons mentioned include Charles, Mr. T. Royal, Capt. L, Mr. Garland, Miss M. Daniel, Miss Scott, Miss Henry, Mr. Bailey, Dr. Brooks, Miss Barbara, Mr. Johns, and University of Virginia. Places mentioned include Nelson and Richmond. 1835 Feb 7 2 1 Translation of letter signed R. Paul, St. Louis, to Gabriel Paul. Concerning the settling of a note in favor of Labes and Thompson, dated September 10, 1817, which is the only remaining one of their joint debts. Persons mentioned include Mr. Mayer. Includes letter signed R. Paul, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby, March 8, 1835. States that the above quoted letter has never had an answer, and that while he has done much for his brother in the past he is unable to do more now and consequently must collect his share of the debt. Persons mentioned include Mr. Pierre Chouteau. 1835 Feb 10 2 1 Letter signed Samuel Wiggins, Cincinnati, to John W. Johnson, Mayor of St. Louis. Declines to make the loan to the city of St. Louis at five percent annum, but agrees if the interest rate is raised to six percent. 1835 Feb 19 2 1 Letter signed Ann Biddle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding business matters, insurance, and the loaning of her money. Persons mentioned include Mr. Benoist, Mr. Rankin, McKinney, and Mr. Gamble [Hamilton Gamble]. Places mentioned include Illinois. 1835 Feb 20 2 1 Letter signed Jane McDaniel (in another hand), Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that she has a new overseer and that everything is going smoothly. Price is still living in the same place and Sally has another daughter. John McDaniel’s widow has been there and left her eldest son to go to school. Persons mentioned include Mr. Brooks, Buck Darby, John Corbell, John Price, Hiram, Polly, Miss Fanny Pruet, and John C. McDaniel. Places mentioned include Frogsborough. 1835 Feb 22 2 1 Letter signed C. Campbell, Saint Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. States that there are at present two cases of small pox in the hospital, and that it is necessary to put the patients on the same floor with other patients. Suggests that the small pox hospital edifice, which is completed as to building, be also made ready as to furniture, etc. 1835 Feb 28 2 1 Letter signed H. Atkinson, Jeff. Barracks, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Sends one hundred dollars in payment of six months interest due on the writer’s note to Mrs. Biddle [Ann Biddle] with the understanding that Darby is transacting business for her. 1835 Mar 2 2 1 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle] to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to call sometime during the day, except from two to five when she will be out. 1835 Mar 5 2 1 Letter signed R. Paul, St. Louis, to Gabriel Paul. States that he does not know the reason why his brother fails to answer, speak, or communicate with him in any way. As the writer is getting old, he desires to straighten out all of his business affairs and therefore calls his brother to account for his half of their joint note in favor of Labes and Thompson. He will take property now but after the note is paid off nothing but cash will do. Persons mentioned include J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. 1835 Mar 8 2 1 Letter signed Ann Biddle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that she cannot give an answer to Mr. Cabanne until tomorrow as she has engaged to loan several thousand dollars to an individual in town if he can give valuable city property as security. Persons mentioned include Mr. Purdy. 1835 Mar 9 2 1 Letter signed James Semple, Edwardsville, to H. Darby, favor of Mr. Moore. He has been talking with some who are of the opinion that the public opinion in St. Louis will sustain a new ferry. Persons mentioned include Capt. Snyder and Messrs. Breese and Baker. Places mentioned include Belleville. 1835 Mar 10 2 1 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that in any case in which he is employed by her legally she will expect him to advise her as he would do himself. She does not care to depart from her custom of loaning money on city property alone or else on the security of two persons well known to have large property unembarrassed. Persons mentioned include Mr. B. Pratte, Jr. [Bernard Pratte, Jr.] and Miss Graham. Places mentioned include Kaskaskia. 1835 Mar 12 2 1 Letter signed Mrs. Emma Thovington, St. Louis, to Lawyer Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Requests assistance for herself and her three small children whom she is trying to support. She has had to sell her piano, which was the means by which she had hoped to make a living. Persons mentioned include John H. Thovington. Places mentioned include National Hotel and Seventh Street between Green and Morgan Street. 1835 Mar 22 2 1 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to Beverly Allen and Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Introduces his friend, Mr. Henry Ewing, and recommends him to their particular attention. 1835 Apr 10 2 1 Letter signed Mr. and Mrs. James Russell to John F. Darby. An invitation for Tuesday evening at five o’clock. 1835 Apr 11 2 1 Letter signed Wilson Primm and F. Grimsby, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Informs Darby that he has been elected Mayor of St. Louis for the year ending April 1836. 1835 Apr 13 2 1 Invitation to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby] from Genl. and Mrs. Clark for Friday evening. 1835 Apr 21 2 1 Letter signed Ann Biddle to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. A business letter regarding loans, etc. States that Bishop Rosati’s health is bad and that until he returns all the security she has is his note for the amount of his loan, $2,000. She has sent her brother to Mr. Ames to collect two notes which he owed. Places mentioned include the Missouri Hotel. 1835 Apr 27 2 1 Letter signed Jin. Castanie [Justin Castanie], New Orleans, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he has not been able to procure the documents they had agreed he was to obtain. Asks that Darby take care of any claims that may arise during his absence in Mexico where he is taking some goods in order to realize profit on them. 1835 May 8 2 1 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. Reminds him that he has not yet put the amount of the note of Messrs. Hoffman and Rundlett in the bank. Asks questions concerning taxes, and states that the Bishop [Bishop Rosati] will reach St. Louis in a few days. Persons mentioned include Mr. Chouteau. 1835 May 16 2 1 Letter signed Sally Price, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Contains family news of the children and the arrival of another daughter. States that John works tremendously hard, having the desire not to be outdone by any grown man, while his father is drinking himself to death. Also includes letter signed Jane McDaniel to John F. Darby. She is glad that his brother William has reformed and become sober. She regrets that Wesley Holloway is dead. The spring is cold and backward and she fears it is not going to be a good crop year. States that she has gotten a new overseer. Persons mentioned include Sarah Joannah, Elizabeth, Mary Jane, John, Malone, Polly, William Brooks, Corbell McDaniel, and Miss Fanny Pruet. 1835 May 17 2 1 Letter signed F.W. Risque [Ferdinand W. Risque], Pittsylvania, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Contains news from Lynchburg, principally of girls. Miss Mary Labby inquired particularly and seemed hurt that there was no message for her from Darby. The writer recommends her as a bride for Darby. Persons mentioned include Miss Colgnhoun, Miss Tompkins, Montgomerie Family, Barbara, and Miss Frances C. Places mentioned include Richmond. 1835 May 24 2 1 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle], St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that she has not received Orme’s mortgage and note. She has heard nothing of Bishop Rosati since Saturday when she submitted to him a letter from Darby on the subject of the title of the land he proposed mortgaging to her. States that she will loan $4,000 to the Bishop, $2,000 to Darby, and $1,000 to W. Primm. Persons mentioned include Mr. J. Frye. 1835 May 26 2 1 Letter signed B.B. Brown, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of the City of St. Louis. An invitation to join the Franklin Society in celebrating the anniversary of the National Independence. Places mentioned include First Presbyterian Church and Court House. 1835 June 4 2 2 Letter signed B.B. Brown, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. An invitation to the civil authorities of St. Louis to join the Franklin Society in celebrating the anniversary of the National Independence. Places mentioned include First Presbyterian Church and Court House. 1835 June 4 2 2 Letter signed Ann Biddle to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that application has been made to her to purchase the lot adjoining Mr. Sarpy, and she asks advice as to what terms would be advantageous. She will take no less than $3,800 and ten percent interest. Mentions that Bishop Rosati will be in town Saturday, and on Monday she will conclude his loan. Persons mentioned include Gov. Miller, Mr. Swearinger, and Mr. Primm [Wilson Primm]. 1835 June 4 2 2 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle] to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that she sent word yesterday that she would sell her lot to Mr. Swearinger for $3,800, one third of the purchase money to be paid at time of sale and the rest in five years with interest at ten percent. Persons mentioned include Maj. Graham and Messrs. George Hood and John C. Abbott. 1835 June 6 2 2 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle] to John F. Darby. Returns Maj. Graham’s letters and deed. Questions some error in selling a portion of ground, and asks Darby to come to tea and have some good ice-cream. Persons mentioned include Col. Miller and Messrs. Hood and Abbott. 1835 June 9 2 2 Letter signed Joseph Bp. of St. L. [Bishop Rosati], St. Louis, to Mrs. Ann Biddle. Encloses the Insurance Policy with the instrument of mortgage, and expresses the wish that both the mortgage and the surrender of the Insurance can be signed tomorrow as he has to set out soon for several parishes to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. 1835 June 12 2 2 Letter signed Ann Biddle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that she has received the policy of insurance, the Bishop’s note for $6,000, and the amount of refunding certificates paid in a check for $231.43. 1835 June 13 2 2 Letter signed Jno. Shad [John Shad], Hugh O’Neil Jr., John Darst, Bernard Finney, and Bryan Mullanphy to Hon. John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. An invitation to attend the celebration of the fifty-fifth anniversary of American Independence with the Western Catholic Association, who plan an oration at the Court House, a procession to the Cathedral, and another oration there. Places mentioned include Saint Louis University. 1835 June 13 2 2 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. States that she has not written before because she has understood that he was in Ste. Genevieve. She is desirous of knowing about the sale of the lot to Messrs. Hood and Abbott. Gov. Miller has spent a week with Major Graham, and hence she supposes that they have had all necessary explanations on the subject of the contemplated sale. She has $4,000 in the bank which she wishes loaned out as soon as practicable. 1835 June 25 2 2 Letter signed W.M. Darby, Randolph, Ten., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he is availing himself of the opportunity of writing by Mr. Dickens who is visiting in that region with a view to settling. Discusses business, and states that he is doing better than he has ever done before and hopes, if he lives long enough, to sustain a good and honorable standing in society. Persons mentioned include Mr. Phelps. 1835 June 25 2 2 Letter signed Jno. Perry [John Perry], Potosi, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. States that he will be up in eight or ten days and pay the money as stated on the Wiggins business. He will also hold Lucas to his offer if possible, but the old fellow is as hard to hold as an eel. 1835 July 13 2 2 Letter signed C.H. Davis, Lynchburg, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Assures him that he has only neglected the outward forms of friendship, and that his feeling is as warm as ever. Also assures him that in his affair with Miss Labby he increased the good feeling entertained towards him in that place, and that while she was only a coquette, he had won all the feeling she was capable of. Asks him to come to Lynchburg and bring McDonald with him. Recommends all the young ladies there, and recounts their various virtues. Persons mentioned include Mr. Johns, Mitchell, Mrs. Johns, Miss Alice Brown, Miss Colgnhoun, Misses Daniel, Miss Bradfute, Miss Rosalie Henry, Miss Henrietta D. Scott, Patrick Henry, Risque, and Cleland. 1835 July 25 2 2 Letter signed Jcb. Thompson [Jacob Thompson], Leasburg, N.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that he wants to go somewhere to the far west to settle and spend the residue of his days. He will make Florence, Alabama, his headquarters. Asks what the prospects are in St. Louis for young men of his profession ultimately obtaining an extensive and lucrative practice. Also writes of the coming Presidential election. Persons mentioned include White, Van Buren, and Johnston. 1835 July 25 2 2 Letter signed J.A. Wherry to John F. Darby. Notifies Darby that the Bureau of Health has made an alteration in the Districts of the city by dividing it in three, and requests him to appoint an agent for the Third District. The members recommend John McGerry to Darby’s notice. 1835 July 28 2 2 A resolution that the Mayor be requested to detail, in addition to the night watch already employed, a sufficient number of citizens each night to guard the city according to the provisions of the ordinance in such cases made and provided, signed J.A. Wherry. And also that the different Executive Officers be requested to apprehend according to law all persons who may be found loitering about the city and who according to the definition of the statute of this state may be called vagrants. 1835 July 31 2 2 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. States that she has not written to him knowing that he had been ill, but now she wants advice as to whether she should forward a letter showing that her brother-in-law, Mr. William S. Biddle of Philadelphia, now deceased, had a few thousand dollars of hers in his possession at the time of his death. Persons mentioned include Major Harney and Mrs. Biddle [Ann Biddle]. 1835 Aug 18 2 2 Letter signed A. Biddle [Ann Biddle] to John F. Darby. Informs him that she is going to the country. 1835 Aug 19 2 2 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. States that she would like to see him on business especially since her Illinois taxes have not yet been paid. 1835 Aug 20 2 2 Letter signed M.P. Leduc, Archibald Gamble, Wm. Glasgow [William Glasgow], Edw. P. Mitchell [Edward P. Mitchell], and Henry Chouteau, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis City. Recommend Mr. Bogy for the place of City Attorney. 1835 Sept 8 2 2 Letter signed Arthur S. Maginis, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Recommends James B. Bowlin for the place of City Attorney. 1835 Sept 8 2 2 Letter signed Jno. Ruland [John Ruland], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. Recommends James B. Bowlin for the place of City Attorney. 1835 Sept 11 2 2 Letter signed J. Spalding [Josiah Spalding], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of City of St. Louis. Recommends Mr. Bogy [Lewis V. Bogy] for the place of City Attorney. 1835 Sept 15 2 2 Letter signed Lewis V. Bogy, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Encloses the recommendations of several gentleman who want him (Bogy) to be appointed City Attorney. The few names on the list are accounted for by the fact that Bogy had heard that the Mayor did not care for recommendations and then later heard that some of the other candidates were sending in recommendations. 1835 Sept 20 2 2 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding family news. States that Price does no better, but rather worse, and that negroes are selling from $800 to $1,000. Persons mentioned include John, Billy Malone, Sally, Corbell, and Fanny. 1835 Oct 18 2 2 Invitation for Wednesday evening next at six o’clock from Mr. and Mrs. Carr to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. 1835 Oct 19 2 2 Invitation for Tuesday evening next at seven o’clock from Mrs. Mullanphy to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. 1835 Nov 10 2 2 Letter signed A.G. Harrison, Mount Sterling, Ky., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Encloses the receipt of Major Sandford for an account for $303.69 against the steamboat Assynaboin . The writer understands that the boat belongs to the Fur Company in St. Louis and would like the account settled if correct, but if Captain Bennett should deny the account there would be no other alternative but a suit. Persons mentioned include Nathaniel A. Wilkinson, Angus McNeil, Jas. I. Chewning [James I. Chewning], Jno. M. Chilton [John M. Chilton], and John R. McMurdo. Places mentioned include Vicksburg and New Orleans. 1835 Nov 17 2 2 Resolution passed by the board of Aldermen that the Mayor be authorized to hand over the Fire Engine now at Mr. Joseph V. Hew’s blacksmith shop together with the hose unappropriated to the Franklin Fire Company of St. Louis, signed J.A. Wherry, St. Louis, to The Mayor. 1835 Nov 17 2 2 Letter signed T.F. Smith [Thomas F. Smith], Rock Island, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding his suit against the administrator of John Mullanphy, which he is carrying on more for the principle than anything else. He would like it dismissed if there is no chance of gaining it. Asks what his tract of land on Creve Coeur is worth per acre. Persons mentioned include Henry Chouteau, Mr. Perry, Charless [Joseph Charless?], and Gabriel S. Chouteau. 1835 Dec 20 2 2 Recommendations sent to John F. Darby, mayor of St. Louis, and other correspondence. Petitions proposed involve the positions of city watchman, city attorney, and street commissioner; sidewalks; and ordinance proposing alternate market days. Persons mentioned include John Donnelly, J.B. Bowlin, Jas. B. Doyle [James B. Doyle], Matthew Owen, James Gordon, and the steamboat Selma . after 1835 2 2 Letter signed Wm. Beaumont [William Beaumont] to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor. Recommends that a transient person calling himself Ira Goodrager be admitted to Sisters Hospital, as he is very sick. Persons mentioned include Mrs. McKnight. Places mentioned include Olive and 6th St. 1836 2 3 Letter signed I.A.H. [Mrs. Alexander Hamilton] to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Thanks him for his gift, and says that it will be ever valued for the sake of the donor. Wishes it might make its first appearance at the nuptials of his honor. 1836 Jan 2 3 Letter signed Jn. Gd. Eckenstein [a Swiss man], St. Louis, Mo., to Mr. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Regarding the failure of a German to pay his return passage to Europe in lieu of wages for services given him. (in French) 1836 Jan 2 2 3 Letter signed Pr. Chouteau, Jr. [Pierre Chouteau, Jr.] to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regrets that anything in his note to Mr. March should have been construed into a disposition on his (Chouteau’s) part to throw the blame or censure of “backing out.” Persons mentioned include Mr. Sarpy and Mr. Sanford. 1836 Jan 9 2 3 Letter signed Sam Merry, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Recommends his friend, Benj. Lawhead, for nomination to the office of City Constable. 1836 Feb 1 2 3 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], House of Repts., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Acknowledges Darby’s letter, and states that he will attend to the request it contains. It will be some weeks before the action of the House of Representatives can be had on the Report of the Commissioners to which allusion was made. 1836 Feb 2 2 3 Contemporary copy of proclamation by Mayor John F. Darby calling a meeting of the citizens of St. Louis to petition Congress for execution and completion of the National Road to the City of St. Louis. [filed 1836] 1836 Feb 4 2 3 Document signed John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. Concerning a resolution passed in the Board of Aldermen to the effect of the Mayor’s communication on the subject of a county meeting being referred to a select committee with instructions to draft an address to the people of St. Louis County setting forth the great advantages which must inevitably flow from the city, county, and state from a speedy survey and location of the proposed railroad from the city to Fayette in Howard County. Includes an invitation to attend a meeting to be held in the Court House on Thursday, the 3rd of March, to appoint delegates to a convention to be held by delegates from all the counties through which said road may pass. 1836 Feb 25 2 3 Letter signed John M. Wimer, St. Louis, to Hon. J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Presents his name to Darby’s consideration for the office of Superintendent of the Water Works. 1836 Feb 26 2 3 Document signed Hardage Lane, J. Hawken, S. Hawken, Austin Piggott, Thomas Mammon, Lawrence Hoyle, Joseph Tabor, Geo. Bushly [George Bushly], James Walsh, and John Walsh, St. Louis, to The Mayor. Recommend Mr. Stinson Middleton for the appointment of City Watch. 1836 Feb 29 2 3 Letter signed N. Ranney, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Recommends Capt. Lawhead for the position of City Constable. Persons mentioned include Mr. Gordon. 1836 Mar 4 2 3 Resolution appointing committee of St. Louis to attend railroad convention on April 20. [filed 1836] [1836 Mar 5] 2 3 Letter signed J. Wilkinson, Perry County, to John F. Darby, favor of J. Brazeau, St. Louis, Mo. States that he will send a full reply as soon as he has leisure. He is sorry that the Capt. [Captain Wilkinson] is away and that Miss Brazeau goes up with her brother. He thinks that a visit of one or two days from Darby will clear the coast and give ample opportunity of satisfying himself as to past occurrences and as to Miss __’s present feelings. Persons mentioned include Miss Brazeau and Miss Mary. 1836 Mar 20 2 3 Letter signed Ann Biddle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that Mr. Magenis has received instructions to collect the amount due by the securities of the late paymaster to the government. Notice has been given that if the debt is not paid within sixty days an execution will be levied. Asks Mr. Darby to inquire of Mr. Magenis the exact sum claimed. 1836 Mar 27 2 3 Rough draft of document signed John F. Darby regarding the construction of a railroad from St. Louis to Iron Mountain. [filed 1836] 1836 Apr 2 3 Resolution to appoint committee (named) of one delegate from each county of the State of Missouri to nominate officers for railroad convention. [filed 1836] 1836 Apr 20 2 3 Document signed J.A. Wherry, St. Louis. Concerns a resolution passed in the Board of Alderman to the effect that the Mayor is authorized and directed to employ some person to subdivide the blocks within the city into lots of not exceeding thirty feet each in front upon a street and to number the lots as thus divided and the streets of the city, which numbering shall be done in the following manner: Market Street shall be considered as the base and the lots on either side thereof shall be numbered in regular numerical order, by commencing at Market Street with Number One. The streets running north and west are to be numbered each way in like manner and the streets running east and west shall be numbered likewise and the numbers thereof commenced at Front Street. Persons mentioned include William Carr Lane and Benito Vasquez. Places mentioned include Front Street, Missouri, and Spruce Street. 1836 May 3 2 3 Letter signed Jas. W. Kingsbury [James W. Kingsbury], St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. States that he must let the account for his services in Holmes’ estate remain until the settlement next February. Offers $500 or $1,000 for a clear title to 250 arpens of land this side and adjoining Chas. Cabanne’s field, the papers regarding which claim are in the hands of Doctor Linn, U.S. Senator this session of Congress. Persons mentioned include Mr. Cabanne, Bates [Edward Bates], and Peter Lindell. Places mentioned include New Madrid. 1836 May 5 2 3 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby. Regarding family news. States that all her grandchildren of any account have gone. Writes of poor Sally and of Price, who is drinking more than ever. Mentions that she has hired her negroes out. Persons mentioned include Betsy, Edmund, Mary Jane, Fanny Pruet, John, Jane Jonston, Major Holder, and Frances Pruet. 1836 May 11 2 3 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Lane’s claim to thirty-two acres of land in the common under a Spanish grant to Benito Vasquez. 1836 May 13 2 3 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Bowling Green, to Hon. John F. Darby. Introduces the bearer, Mr. Joseph W. Brown, who is on his way to Vicksburg to investigate the disappearance of his brother, whom he fears has been murdered. Persons mentioned include Samuel Brown. 1836 May 17 2 3 Letter signed T. Grimsley [Thornton Grimsley], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Warns that the brother of McKintosh [McIntosh] is in the city and threatening that he will avenge the death of his brother. Recommends the immediate application of the law for if he were known to be there nothing would restrain the violence of the people. 1836 May 24 2 3 Letter signed L.F. Linn [Lewis F. Linn], Washington City, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that the bill confirming the French and Spanish claims came in the Senate for discussion and he hopes that the report of the proceedings will satisfy Darby’s question concerning the title to his property. Linn considers all previous claims under the United States completely protected by the decision of the Supreme Court and by the bill confirming the report of the commissioners which passed the Senate in the current session. He hopes that an appropriation of $20,000 for removing sandbars and for surveying various rivers may pass the House. Places mentioned include St. Francis River, Big River, White River, and Black River. 1836 May 29 2 3 Letter signed Sam Merry, Manchester, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. States that he wants Darby to become a partner in purchasing some of Major Christy’s lots should they go at a fair price. Persons mentioned include Captain Guyer and Alton R. Easton. 1836 May 29 2 3 Letter signed I.A.H. [Mrs. Alexander Hamilton] to John F. Darby, St. Louis. “From the spiritual gift which my kind friend Mr. Darby has so liberally imparted, it would really appear that he possessed the power of divination: for he has anticipated my necessities, and most handsomely provided for my future benefit….” 1836 May 30 2 3 An invitation for Tuesday evening next from Mrs. Mullanphy to Mr. Darby. 1836 June 3 2 3 Printed proclamation of W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley] to the people of Missouri, announcing his intention of running for the office of governor in the ensuing election. He is favorably disposed to the measure of a well-regulated State Bank. 1836 June 16 2 4 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], House of Repts. [Washington], to John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. Informs Darby of the passage through the House of Representative of the bill providing for the extension of the National Road from Vandalia to the City of Jefferson. 1836 July 2 2 5 Letter signed Wm. Cohen [William Cohen], Jas. McDonough [James McDonough], and William W. Pease, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Beg that Darby will extend his indulgence to them, especially since no injurious results occurred from the proceedings in which they had been engaged. 1836 July 7 2 5 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Recommends the bearer, Mr. Davis Sheehan, for admission to the Hospital. 1836 July 11 2 5 Letter signed J.W. Kingsbury, Franklin, Connecticut, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Thanks him for his letter and states that he does not know when he will return, but that he does know that he will never come east of the Mississippi again. Persons mentioned include Charles, Sarpy, Mr. Hamilton, and Ford. 1836 July 24 2 5 Letter signed Beriah Cleland, St. Louis, to The Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Requests to be appointed to the vacancy of City Constable. Persons mentioned include Mr. Garding. 1836 Aug 10 2 5 Letter signed Jno. W. Johnson [John W. Johnson], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Recommends Mr. B. Cleland to the post of City Constable. 1836 Aug 10 2 5 Letter signed Henry Davis, Lynchburg, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Concerning his son, Alexander, who is going someplace about 500 miles above St. Louis. Encloses a check for one hundred dollars to be used on his son’s account should he need it. Davis not want it given to his son all at once for fear it will start him wandering again. Places mentioned include Mechanics’ Bank of New York and Mississippi River. 1836 Aug 14 2 5 Names of the watchmen in St. Louis. Persons mentioned include Barney, Maddox, Garner, Pare (or Pane), Lawler, Parker, Whull, Middleton, and George W. Rucker, City Constable. 1836 Aug 25 2 5 Letter signed Alexander Hamilton, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Pratte’s Landing, Mo. Sends letters and papers in obedience to Darby’s request. He has paid Bartlett to his satisfaction the sum of $500, and Kitty Hawkins $105 in full. Mrs. Hamilton regrets her inability to give a hearty welcome to Darby’s bride. Persons mentioned include Walsh, P.C. & Co. [Pierre Chouteau & Co.], and Lonz. 1836 Sept 5 2 5 Letter signed John B. Sarpy, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, care of Messrs. F. Davis & Co., Saint Merye Landing. States that he is sorry that Darby’s intended is sick, and hopes that she will soon be sufficiently well for them to be married. Writes that the house has been evacuated, but that no one has been found to scour it. Persons mentioned include Wilkinson and Mr. Hamilton. 1836 Sept 7 2 5 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegh, Major Brant’s (Friday Night), to John F. Darby. Expresses the wish for his presence at a meeting to be held tomorrow evening. 1836 Oct 2 5 Letter signed J.B. Brant, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that he was appointed by the Committee last evening and that the Committee will meet at his offices this evening. 1836 Oct 6 2 5 Contemporary copy of a letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Genl. C. Gratiot [Charles Gratiot], Washington City. Conveys the declination of the corporate authorities to undertake the construction of a pier to give direction to the current of the Mississippi River near the city of St. Louis. 1836 Oct 6 2 5 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that she is failing and would be glad to see her grandson once again. Discusses the health of various members of the family. Persons mentioned include Jane Jonson, Johnson McDaniel, Hiram, Polly, Corbel, Sally, John, William, Mary Jane, Mrs. Lewis, Mr. Lewis, Fanny, and Price. Places mentioned include Boyton. 1836 Oct 9 2 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby to John F. Darby. Asks her husband to be so good as to send her the money to pay Mary Brazeau. 1836 Nov 3 2 5 Letter signed Wm. Beaumont [William Beaumont] to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Recommends an utter stranger who is very sick for admittance to the Charity Hospital. 1836 Nov 12 2 5 Letter signed P.J. Verhaegen, St. Louis University, to J. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Recommends the bearer, Mr. Patrick Lynch, for the place of night watchman. 1836 Nov 16 2 5 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. States that a judgment at the suit of the city has been received for $8.33 penalty and costs, which he thinks is against the principles of law and justice. The occasion for the foregoing was the arrest of a female servant who was on the street at night without a pass. Persons mentioned include Mr. Justin Cassilly. 1836 Nov 18 2 5 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, City of Jefferson, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Concerning the Bank Charter, a copy of which was sent to Darby and which will be taken up in the House on next Tuesday. Writes of Thomas’ opposition to what every other delegate considers as essential to a good and safe bank. 1836 Nov 21 2 5 Letter signed Henry Davis, Lynchburg, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for the favor shown to his son, Alexander, in helping him get a situation. Wonders whether his son will need any money or have sense enough to buy warmer clothes for the colder climate he is now in. Thinks it best not to mention his correspondence with Darby to his son. Places mentioned include Galena. 1836 Nov 27 2 5 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis, Independence, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Concerning family matters. Elizabeth is dissatisfied with her lot and wishes to move somewhere else, but they have not money enough. Mentions that Levina complains that he neglects his poor kin. Persons mentioned include Mr. Lewis, Hiram, Samuel Lewis, and Philander. Persons mentioned include St. Louis County and Manchester. 1836 Dec 3 2 5 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, House of Reps., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis. Concerning bank legislation. States that they defeated the proposition to amend the bill by inserting 3/5 as the proportion of stock to be owned by the state. They will defeat the sinking fund section and carry an additional section making it incumbent on the Directory to sell the stock over 1/2 that the state may have to subscribe in the event of individuals failing to take it whenever it will bring a price of 5%. Mentions some names for the probable directors, and states that he got the bill to divorce the Sheriff and Collector’s offices through both houses. Jamison has done himself great credit. Persons mentioned include Jones, Edward Walsh, Rayburn, O’Neil, T.J. Stewart, Marine Ins. Co. [Marine Insurance Company], Bowlin, and Thomas. 1836 Dec 10 2 5 Letter signed Charles Collins to John F. Darby. Asks to have his fines for not attending the meetings of the Board of Health remitted. 1836 Dec 14 2 5 Letter signed H. Lane to Dear Sir. States that his servant Randolph is desirous of giving an entertainment to his friends. He has permission provided he can obtain the recipient’s. 1836 Dec 19 2 5 Letter signed M. Thomas [Martin Thomas], Jefferson, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Expresses his delight at Darby’s firm, and states that he has the good wishes of 4/5 of the legislature. Thus far they have got on very well. 1836 Dec 19 2 5 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby, Asks him to tell her what he thinks it is advisable to do after he has seen Mr. Spalding and found out about the lot to be sold that day. 1836 Dec 30 2 5 Letter signed Hugh O’Brien, Bernard Finney, Hugh O’Neil et al to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Recommend Christopher Keegan for appointment of City Watchman [Night Watchman]. 1837 2 6 Letter signed Geo. Collier [George Collier], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Concerning the town meeting held last evening. The meeting was quite boisterous and almost broke up when some of the members raised the cry of fire. States that suspicion has it that either Benoist, the writer himself, or Darby is concerned with some man who is petitioning the legislature to grant him Banking privileges. Persons mentioned include Col. O’Fallon, Corbin, W. Ruland, and Grimesly. Places mentioned include Philadelphia. 1837 Jan 4 2 6 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family news. States that her sight and hearing are falling rapidly. She is looking forward to seeing Darby and his wife next summer. Persons mentioned include Hiram, John, John Price, Sally, Miss Frances Pruet, John Corbel McDaniel, and Mr. Holoway. Places mentioned include Philadelphia. 1837 Jan 14 2 6 Letter signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley], House of Repts. Acknowledges receipt of a printed petition, a copy of which has been forwarded to the Chairman of the Committee on private land claims. States that no one feels more than he does the justice of the claim of the legal representatives of Dubuque to the grant of land mentioned in the petition, and that no one is more disposed to such a course as will ensure to those claimants the enjoyment of the property to which he thinks them entitled. 1837 Feb 3 2 6 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to Hon. J.H. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Acknowledges receipt of Darby’s letter with the petitions and protest of the Mayor and Aldermen of St. Louis relating to their commons, and states that the memorial will be laid before the Senate this morning. 1837 Feb 13 2 6 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Genl. C. Gratiot [Charles Gratiot], Washington City. Concerning the construction of a pier to give direction to the current of the Mississippi River, which had been committed to the direction of Capt. H.M. Shreve. Encloses resolutions made by the corporate authorities appropriating fifteen thousand dollars for the improvement of the harbor. States that the corporate authorities are willing to undertake the work under the direction and superintendence of the Engineer Department of the United States. 1837 Feb 17 2 6 Letter signed John Symington, Capt. of Arsenal, St. Louis Arsenal, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. States that he called for the deeds as requested but that he did not find Darby in. Persons mentioned include Mr. Hunt, Postmaster. 1837 Feb 21 2 6 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to Mr. J.C. Blair. States that long before the receipt of Blair’s petition relating to the claim of Julian Dubuque, he (Linn) had reported to the Senate a bill providing for the legal adjustment of that claim. He will try to have the bill passed next session. 1837 Feb 27 2 6 Letter signed Jno. M. Wimer [John M. Wimer], St. Louis. A notification that he will not be an applicant for the office of Superintendent of Water Works, which he now holds. 1837 Feb 28 2 6 Letter signed J.A. Wherry to John F. Darby. Requests that John Pryer not be readmitted to the hospital, where it was necessary to dismiss him for misbehavior. 1837 Mar 6 2 6 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Presents Mr. W.T. Christy, who is about to embark in the wholesale dry goods business in St. Louis. 1837 Mar 10 2 6 Letter signed John H. Fergusen, Cincinnati, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Application for appointment to the office of Superintendent of the Water Works. Persons mentioned include Mr. Wymer [John M. Wimer], J. Bates, D.B. Hill, James Spencer, and Captain Symington. 1837 Mar 19 2 6 Letter signed J. Clemens, Jr., to John F. Darby. Requests the refusal of Darby’s stock in the Citizens’ Insurance Co., should he desire to sell. 1837 Mar 29 2 6 Petition that William Homer be put on the Night Watch in St. Louis, signed William Gerdemann, Henry Gerdemann, Henry Shroer, Fe. Splata, Henry Bonebrink (or Bonebrunk), Herman Enneker, Henry Siedenberg, Jo. Zimmerman, F. Meyer, Henry Hener, H. Smith, Samuel Musison, D. Knapp, Thomas Jones, Robt. E. Thomas [Robert E. Thomas], Wm. C. Moody [William C. Moody], J. Crain, William Mathews, John Mathews, Peter Lynch, Jeremiah Shiller, Denis Murphy, Michl. Trainor, J. Slocum, Harris L. Sproat, and George T. Harvey, St. Louis. 1837 Mar 30 2 6 Letter signed Ann Biddle to John F. Darby. Requests that he take up his note to her in the course of the day, and takes him to task that he should have shown so little regard for her. 1837 Mar 31 2 6 Letter signed C.J. Carpenter, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Informs Darby that he wishes to be considered for the office of City Physician and Surgeon should that office be vacated. 1837 Apr 4 2 6 Letter signed H. Atkinson, Jeff. Barracks, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Encloses one hundred dollars, which was due as interest to the estate of Thos. Biddle [Thomas Biddle]. 1837 May 6 2 6 Letter signed Jno. M. Wimer [John M. Wimer], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Recommends Mr. John Leach as a suitable person to fill the office of Weigher at the North Scales. 1837 May 11 2 6 Letter signed Hyte. Papin [Hypolite Papin], John B. Sarpy, John F.A. Sanford, J.B. Lesperance, D. Busby, John Thornton, Samuel Hawken, John Walsh, M. Hogan, Lawrence Hoyle, Austin Piggott, Bte. Guelberth [Baptiste Guelberth], John Wade, Joseph W. Walsh, Hugh O’Neil, P. Walsh, B.W. Ayres, J.B. Garurd, Peter Tioman, Hugh O’Brien, Phineas Bartlett, and Lewis McMurry, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Recommends Mr. Robert Lother to the place of City Guard or Watch. 1837 May 25 2 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Mayor, St. Louis, Missouri, to Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis. Asks the Board of Aldermen if they think it fitting for the city to receive Clay and Webster as guests on their approaching visit. 1837 May 26 2 6 Letter signed F.W. Beltzhoover, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Applies for the position of Street Commissioner for District #1, which office is about to be resigned by Mr. Purdy. 1837 May 31 2 6 Letter signed G.W. Call [Dr. George W. Call] to John F. Darby, Mayor. Reports a case of varioloid at a house on the north side of Almond Street between Ninth and Church Street. The subject is a slave belonging to John Pain. Persons mentioned include Andrew (enslaved man). 1837 June 15 2 6 List of names of the City Watch present and absent at a meeting at the City Hall at half past three o’clock, signed E. Brooks. Persons mentioned include E.P. Tesson, A. Manning, T.N. Taylor, Ricordon, Chapman, Meech, G. Davis, Doyle, Beriah Cleland, T.I. Minor, Hugh O’Neil, B.B. Brown, and Jos. B. Nelcher [Joseph B. Nelcher]. 1837 July 2 7 Letter signed C. Gratiot [Charles Gratiot], Washington, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Introduces Lieut. Lee [Robert E. Lee] both personally and in a business way. Lee is to have charge of conducting the operations for improving the navigation of the Mississippi above the Ohio. The removal of the sandbar at St. Louis is one of the objects to which his attention will be drawn. (includes photostat copy) 1837 July 1 2 7 Document signed John F. Darby, Mayor, St. Louis, to Jacob Cooper, City Constable. Gives a list of men selected for the Night Watch to guard and protect the city. Persons mentioned include James R. Sprigg, Auguste Berthold, Joseph Powell, Theodore L. McGill, Charles D. Drake, Auguste Demonty, Lewis McMurray, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew V. Bouis [or Bonis], Theodore Labeaume, Gabriel S. Chouteau, Spencer S. Sproal, Lyman B. Shaw, Hamilton R. Gamble, Edwards Edgar, Robert Rankin, Gibson Cothran, John P. Risby, Orville Paddock, James F. Comstock, David Tatum, Edwards Brooks, and William Renshaw. 1837 July 26 2 7 Document signed John F. Darby, Mayor, to Jacob Cooper, City Constable. Gives a list of men detailed to serve as City Watch this night. Persons mentioned include Joseph C. Melcher, Beriah Cleland, Stephen W. Meech, D. Ransom, Henry Smith, Chapman, Papan [Papin], Samuel Miller, Edwd. Brooks [Edward Brooks], George W. Davis, Mr. Mead & Adrian, A. Kerr, Mr. Barry, Charles Recordon, Hugh O’Neil, Daniel McLachlan, H.B. Bascom, Cushing, Andrew Christy, J.P. Doan, Thomas Cohen, Jeff. Clark, Andrew Elliot, Dr. T.I. Minor, Dr. B.B. Brown, E.P. Tesson, Sam. H. Shipp [Samuel H. Shipp], Robt. L. Doyle [Robert L. Doyle], A.W. Manning, Franklin L. Ridgely, Dunham Spalding, Thos. M. Taylor [Thomas M. Taylor], and Joseph C. Laville. Places mentioned include Guard room in Market House. 1837 July 27 2 7 Document signed John F. Darby, Mayor City of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, to Jacob Cooper, City Constable. Gives a list of men detailed to serve as Night Watch this evening. Persons mentioned include Wm. Vangandt, Huth, J.J. McClelland, Carter (of Hull & Carter), Chapoul, Wm. Crawford [William Crawford], Adam L. Mills, John J. Anderson, Jones, James M. Corse, Louis Martin, Elihu H. Shepherd, Robert Simpson, B.L. Turnbull, John Lux, Matthew F. Lynd, William Perry, Robert A. Barnes, John Rice, Enoch Perkins, Saml. Hawkins [Samuel Hawkins], M. Bergen, Jacob Vandeventer, and Bernard Pratt. 1837 July 29 2 7 Document signed John F. Darby, Mayor, St. Louis, Missouri, to Jacob Cooper, City Constable. Gives a list of men detailed to serve on the City Watch Sunday Evening, the 30th. Persons mentioned include J.H. Johnson, Ben. B. Hicks, John W. Paulding, Jeff. Clark, Saml. V. Farnsworth [Samuel V. Farnsworth], Charles N. Farnham, Anderson Thompson, Dr. Hardage Lane, Franklin L. Ridgely, Jos. A. Sire [Joseph A. Sire], John C. Abbott, McKindre, Jesse Little, James Denny, Elijah Hayden, Augustus Alvario, John Colvert, George Corwin, James S. Thomas, W.W. Lasseur, Fife, Coch, Davis, and Lucien Dumain. 1837 July 29 2 7 Letter signed Wm. Beaumont [William Beaumont], St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor. Recommends the bearer, Wm. Brown [William Brown], for admittance to the Charity Hospital of the city. 1837 July 31 2 7 Letter signed Hardage Lane, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Reports a case of varioloid in the person of a negro boy named Jim in the house occupied by M. and B. McAmbly, corner of Main and Prune[?] Streets. 1837 Aug 5 2 7 Letter signed A.W. Manning, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Expresses his wish for a renomination for the office of City Attorney. 1837 Sept 16 2 7 Letter signed J.A. Wherry to John F. Darby, Mayor, City of St. Louis. Application for a reappointment to the office he now holds. 1837 Sept 20 2 7 Letter signed C.J. Carpenter, Health Officer, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Reports that he has been to the steamboat Alton and has seen that the sick were removed to the hospital and all necessary measures were taken in regard to the cleanliness and ventilation. 1837 Sept 23 2 7 Letter signed J.A. Wherry, Register’s Office, City of St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor City St. Louis. States that the nomination of Henry Belt to be Register for one year from October 1, 1837, has not been advised and consented to by the Board of Aldermen. 1837 Sept 27 2 7 Letter signed Henry B. Belt, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that he would like to be renominated, and feels that if it were not for Mr. Wherry the Board of Aldermen would appoint him. 1837 Sept 28 2 7 Letter signed J.A. Wherry, Office of the City Register, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis. Gives a list of men elected by the Board of Aldermen to serve for the ensuing six months on the Night Watch and asks for Darby’s approval of their names. Darby’s approval of all but Theophilus Merckle is affixed. Persons mentioned include John Atkinson, Pierre Tournot, Thomas H. Maddox, Matthew Owen, Robert Lowther, John Louis Tyon, John H. Lyons, Amasa Wetherice, Patrick Lowler, James Love, and John Murphy. 1837 Oct 23 2 7 Letter signed L.S., Lexington, Ky., to Messrs. Coleman & Ward. A love letter to one he holds supreme. Persons mentioned include E.P. Johnson. 1837 Oct 28 2 7 Resolution of the Board of Aldermen regretting the necessity that compelled the Hon. John F. Darby to resign his office as Mayor, believing that he had fulfilled the duties with honor to himself, credit, and advantage to the city. Persons mentioned include J.A. Wherry. 1837 Nov 1 2 7 Letter signed Siter, Price & Co., Philadelphia, to John F. Darby. Concerning some accounts which they have been settling for Darby. They presume his resignation of the Mayoralty was, or should have been, a calculation of interest to Darby. Persons mentioned include J. & T. Wood & Co., Jno. T. Stewart [John T. Stewart], and Benj. Marshall [Benjamin Marshall]. 1837 Nov 14 2 7 Letter signed Henry Davis, Lynchburg, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Reminds Darby about correspondence from a considerable time past respecting that he sent a hundred dollars to Darby so that Darby would decide whether or not to send it to his son, Alexander, because he trusted his discretion. Henry Davis has never written to Alexander on the subject at all. Henry hears that his son is for the most part well. Henry has a small enterprise in hand that is likely to exhaust what little money he has saved. Henry plans on sending Alexander a small sum and asks Darby to do the same – with the original hundred dollars if possible. 1837 Nov 21 2 7 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby. Introduces B.B. Sayre who is about to remove to St. Louis to commence law practice. 1837 Nov 25 2 7 Two letters, one signed James Davidson and the other Edw. H. Taylor [Edward H. Taylor], Frankfort, Ky., to John F. Darby. Introduce Logan Hunter, lawyer, who hopes to settle in St. Louis. 1837 Dec 6 2 7 Letter signed Andrew J. Davis, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding petition of citizens of St. Louis on the subject of a railroad. Most in St. Louis are for it. Business is dull; the river has been closed for ten days. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Jan 6 2 8 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States in part, “A lady came soliciting funds for the poor and as no one has ever come to me before for charity I signed my name to a paper that she had. I will tell you the amount when I see you. I am in hopes that you will not think hard of me.” [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Feb 8 2 8 Letter signed John M. Clayton, Dover, Delaware, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Discussion of case to collect debt due Klunk & Goddard from John Jones. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Apr 4 2 8 A true copy of the original record in the Superior Court of the case of Joseph Klunk and Charles Goddard vs. John Jones, signed John H. Ealeston. Persons mentioned include Robert Frame and Elihu Jefferson. Places mentioned include New Castle County. 1838 Apr 4 2 8 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Perry County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States in part, “I have been here three weeks and have not heard a word from you. Have you forgotten me?” [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Apr 7 2 8 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that as soon as he receives an answer to his letter to Mr. Clayton, he will send it on. He has observed from the papers that much political excitement exists in Missouri, and warns Darby that if he should embark on the ocean he may never see firm land again with its tranquility. Persons mentioned include Mrs. Linn. 1838 Apr 14 2 8 Letter signed Lavina Collins, Randolph, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States in part, “I am sorry to hear of our brother’s conduct but I suppose it is no new thing with him. I am much gratified to think you changed his course as there are no hopes of changing his conduct.” [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 June 17 2 8 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding attempts to restore their old friendly relations. Asks about taxed properties in Illinois. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 June 18 2 8 Letter signed O.H. Browning, Quincy, Illinois, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding suits against Whiting and James R. Fayerweather. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 June 23 2 8 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Rock Spring, Perry Co., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States that she is enjoying her visit at Rock Springs. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 June 28 2 8 Letter signed Sidney Breese, Mound Farm, Carlyle, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States that he is anxious to know of judgment recovered of amt. of Mills and others. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 July 12 2 8 Letter signed C. Gratiot [Charles Gratiot], Washington City, to Hon. J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. In anticipation of Darby’s being returned to the next legislature, Gratiot asks to be permitted to bring to his attention to the benefits that would result to the central section of Missouri if a road were opened from St. Louis towards Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas; and the Meramec River freed of its accidental obstructions to the highest point it is navigable to keel at ordinary stages of water. Persons mentioned include M.S. Clark, Capt. Lee, and P.M. Gratiot. Places mentioned include Manchester, Gasconnade [Gasconade], White River, Ohio, Runaleville, Bourbeuse, and Shawneetown. 1838 July 17 2 8 Letter signed Sidney Breese, Mound Farm, Carlyle, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding case of T.B. Affleck & Co. vs. Mills, Gay, others. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 July 23 2 8 Note of B. Mullanphy [Bryan Mullanphy] to Mr. John F. Darby. Regrets that he was not home when Mr. Darby called, and states that he will be home that afternoon. 1838 July 30 2 8 Letter signed Woodson J. Moss, Liberty, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. States in part, “William Woods of this County wants to be doorkeeper of the Senate. He held the office a few years ago.” [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Sept 18 2 8 Letter signed F. Kretschmar, St. Louis, to John Darby. States in part, “I have inserted no sum on the annexed paper but have left it entirely to your judgment to fill in as you please. I take the liberty of acquainting you with my embarrassed condition. By hastening your efforts you will make a grateful debtor.” Persons mentioned include Mr. Carstens and Mr. Grimsley. 1838 Sept 21 2 8 Letter signed Siter Price & Co., Philadelphia, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Business matters. States in part, “We are sorry our friend P. Menard would not come to an amicable adjustment on the G.H. Kennerly estate.” Discusses the case and James Clemens, Jr., who long had that troublesome case. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Nov 1 2 8 Letter signed E.H. Bebee, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Gives suggestions for changes of laws of boats and vessels. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Nov 14 2 8 Letter signed C. Gratiot [Charles Gratiot], Washington, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Concerning the toll bridge over the Bourbeuse River, the program of the act together with a plan and estimation of the cost of which have already been given to Darby by Gratiot’s brother. Asks Darby to draw up a memorial paper for him and sign his name for the presentation of the proposed bill. Persons mentioned include Mr. Sheragere[?] and Mr. Geyer. Places mentioned include Franklin. 1838 Nov 18 2 8 Letter signed Wayman Crow, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. States in part, “My name, and that of George K. Budd, may be used in support of model bank charter (containing power to deal in Exchange and Banknotes, on the order of the Louisville Savings Institution charter).” 1838 Nov 21 2 8 Letter signed Henry Davis, Lynchburg, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Regarding receipts for notes. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Nov 25 2 8 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis, St. Louis, to Mrs. Mary Darby. Regarding trouble with Old Sarah not doing her work properly. [filed 1838 Jan-Nov] 1838 Nov 27 2 8 Letter signed J.D. Johnston, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, City of Jefferson, Mo. Regarding a bill introduced into the Legislature for separating the Criminal from the Civil Court in this circuit, and provision for a separate clerk to be elected. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 5 2 8 Letter signed Samuel Wiggins, Cincinnati, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding John Lee’s refusal to accept the deed to a lot which he purchased at auction. The lot belonged to Stephen Wiggins, the writer’s brother. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 5 2 8 Letter of Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, Caswell Cty. [Caswell County], No. Carolina, to grandson, John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Contains family news. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 7 2 8 Letter signed Jane McDaniel Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, Jeff. City, Missouri. Regarding her illness. Requests a visit from him soon. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 10 2 8 Letter signed Louise Pratte, Perryville, to Gen. Rosemond [Pierre Rosemond Pratte], Jefferson City, Mo. Mostly family chatter. States that Emilie often asks “when will my dear father come see me?” Informs him of the death of his uncle. Asks him to send Mary and Mr. Darby [John F. Darby] her regards. (in French) [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 13 2 8 Letter signed Louise Pratte, Perryville, to Gen. P.R. Pratte, Jefferson City, Mo. States in part, “Papa did not come yesterday and I’ve learned he might not be doing so well.” (in French) [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 14 2 8 Letter signed Samuel Knop, St. Louis, to Hon. John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Regarding a visit from the Street Commissioner. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 15 2 8 Letter signed Andrew J. Davis, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Encloses a petition for act of incorporation for an association to be called the Missouri Silk Co. Also mentions the need to increase acreage of mulberry trees. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 17 2 8 Letter signed Nancy Torode, St. Louis, to John Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Seeks an act of incorporation of Ladies of Protestant Orphan Association. Mentions that there are now 21 orphans and one foundling under the care of the Society. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 19 2 8 Letter signed John Bent, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. A recommendation for James Evans, circuit judge, whose confirmation as judge is being opposed. States in part, “I have just received word that your friend and mine (Th. Grimsley [Thomas Grimsley]) will oppose the confirmation. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 20 2 8 Letter signed R. Simpson, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City. Regarding inequality of merchants’ licenses and raising money for railroad to Iron Mountain, believing macadamized roads in all other parts of the state would serve the interests of the communities better. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 22 2 8 Letter signed John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo., to Andrew J. Davis, St. Louis. Responds to letter from Davis regarding charter for Missouri Silk Co. Also discusses railroad problems. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 24 2 8 Letter signed Andrew J. Davis, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Discusses charter for Missouri Silk Co. and railroad financing. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 27 2 8 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis, St. Louis, to Mrs. Mary Darby, Jefferson City. Contains friendly chatter. [filed 1838 Dec] 1838 Dec 29 2 8 Letter signed Reuben Knox to D.L. Schwain, Pres. Univ. of N.C., Chapel Hill. Introduces J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. [filed 1839] 1839[?] 2 9 Letter signed H. Atkinson, Jeff. Barracks [Jefferson Barracks], to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], State Senate, Jeff. City. Regarding inserting a clause in the proposed law to regulate laws between the citizens of Missouri and the Indians, to prohibit any person from selling spirits to the soldiery without the written permission of an officer of the Army in command. [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 6 2 9 Letter signed John B. Clark, Fayette, to John F. Darby, City of Jefferson, Missouri. States that he has not had not the pleasure of the company of Messrs. Primm Chambers and Pratt before leaving Jefferson [Jefferson City]. Reynolds and Erickson are rivals for next governorship. Asks Darby to promote “the disposition as far as you can with the Democrats to make a kind of legislative nomination of a candidate for their next Govr. I mean a nomination by the Democratic members.” States that it is rather a hazardous undertaking and but few are willing to try it. 1839 Jan 11 2 9 Letter signed Jas. B. Bowlin [James B. Bowlin], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Senate of Missouri, City of Jefferson, Missouri. Discusses pre-closing of mortgages and steamboat warrants. [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 13 2 9 Letter signed D.B. Wherry, Gasconade County, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding a petition of citizens in the south part of the county concerning a road leading from Jefferson City to the iron works. [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 15 2 9 Letter signed B. Allen, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, City of Jefferson, Missouri. States in part, “Will you please discontinue my subscription to the Missouri Watchman?” [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 17 2 9 Letter signed J. Spalding, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Senate, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding an act on mortgages. States that somebody under the signature “Michael” scared the Judge of the Court terribly in the Republican . [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 17 2 9 Letter signed Samuel Knox, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. States in part, “The paper containing the report of the Libel Comte. of the Legislature appointed to investigate the infamous slanders of the corrupt leaders of a corrupt party will be published by the Gazette, Bulletin & Republican. The Missouri Argus will not publish.” Discusses Loco Focos, Thos. H. Benton’s bill to regulate the currency, Tiffany and Dr. Byrne, and collections. Mr. Dresser thinks Benoist has yankeed him. [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 18 2 9 Letter signed N. Paschall, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, City of Jefferson, Missouri. Regarding failure of railroad bill: “Don’t let the hotel insurance charter fail.” [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 27 2 9 Letter signed L.A. Benoist & Co., St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding F. Provenchere’s demands regarding renewing Darby’s note and holding the mortgage. Discusses renewing other notes. [filed 1839] 1839 Jan 31 2 9 Letter signed Mary M. Darby to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Cole Co., Mo. Regarding her trip on the stage, which broke down twice. “One party which met us walked 30 miles to get here because their stage broke down.” [filed 1839] 1839 Feb 2 9 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Manchester, Mo., to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. States in part, “Mrs. Primm says she will write her husband later. I will get along as well as I can until you come home.” [filed 1839] 1839 Feb 8 2 9 Letter signed G.W. Call [Dr. George W. Call], Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Missouri. Regarding politics. [filed 1839] 1839 Feb 18 2 9 Letter signed A.P. Crittenden, Lexington, Ky., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Requests an investigation of property owned by his father, T.T. Crittenden, Mr. Clay, and Col. Morrison. [filed 1839] 1839 Feb 18 2 9 Letter signed W.M. Darby, Mississippi, to son. Regarding news of his moving. Requests that he do not let his wife know his whereabouts, as he plans to divorce her. [filed 1839] 1839 Feb 18 2 9 Letter signed David Davis, Bloomington, Ill., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding Shellady collections. [filed 1839] 1839 Mar 19 2 9 Letter signed G.B. Shellady, Maysville, Ill., to D. Davis. Also May 20, 1838, letter signed David Davis, Bloomington, Ill., to John F. Darby. Regarding claims. [filed 1839] 1839 Apr 2 2 9 Letter signed J. Russell, Grafton, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Requests aid in obtaining military discharge of boy who was recruited illegally. He is needed at home. [filed 1839] 1839 Apr 6 2 9 Letter signed Geo. Collier [George Collier], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Business matters. [filed 1839] 1839 May 2 2 9 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, Caswell County, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding her health and other matters. [filed 1839] 1839 May 8 2 9 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Inquires about the price of negro women. [filed 1839] 1839 Aug 11 2 9 Letter signed John Scott, St. Genevieve, Missouri, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding lands of Mr. Crittenden. [filed 1839] 1839 Aug 18 2 9 Letter of G.K. McGunnegle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo. Requests Darby present order to Miss E. Fisher. [filed 1839] 1839 Oct 18 2 9 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Geo. T.M. Davis [George T.M. Davis], Alton, Ills. States, “. . . .Do me the favor to drop me a line on the subject of the claims in your hands, which are below. . . .I considered that the Editors of the Mo. Republican, had committed a most unprovoked and unparalleled outrage on your character. . . .” Also mentions the case of Clark against the steamboat B.J. Gilman ; note on Wm. B. Farrell [William B. Farrell] of Peoria; cases of Granness and Brother versus Brooks and Cogswell and Granness against William A. Whiting; the case of John and Joseph McFarland versus David Pugh; and the claims against Rhodes due to Lewis taken charge of by Spalding and Tiffany. Persons mentioned include C. Thomson and Co. 1839 Nov 11 2 9 Letter signed Jane McDaniel and Mary Price, Leasburg, N.C, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Jane writes about her health and fall crop, and Mary sends greetings to her cousin. [filed 1839] 1839 Nov 15 2 9 Letter signed Fred. Kretschmar, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States, “I must once more briefly trespass upon your time, respecting your claim against me. That the sum, I owe you, was not expended for my personal benefit, but in a cause in which we all feel interested. . . .I have not the means at this time to settle your claim. I have not, and should I be compelled to go to jail for it. I have nothing but my industry and a family of five little children. . . .Had I known at the time you favored me with that loan, that the project of raising a sum sufficient to keep the printing establishment going would have failed, I much rather would have closed that business. . . .” Asks that Darby withdraw the suit coming up tomorrow before Justice Hyde. Kretschmar will pay all the costs thus far incurred. 1839 Dec 6 2 9 Letter signed P.J. Verhaegen, St. Louis, to John Darby. Recommends Mr. Tessier for legal advice. [filed 1839] 1839 Dec 25 2 9 Note signed W.H. Ashley [William Henry Ashley] to A.J. Davis, et al, Committee. “I have the honor to acknowledge the rept. of your invitation for the evening of the 30th inst., which I accept with great pleasure.” bef. 1840 2 10 Letter signed David Davis, Bloomington, Ills., to John F. Darby. Concerning Shellady’s claim. [filed 1840] 1840 Jan 6 2 10 Letter signed Siter, Price & Co., Philadelphia, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding the collecting of the debt of J & E Hawkins, Hannibal, Mo. Elijah Hawkins is a minor and the writers ask for advice as to whether or not they can pursue the father of the same name and hold him responsible. Persons mentioned include Thomas Halloway, John and Elijah Hawkins, Hawkins & Sanders, and Nicholas McCarty. Places mentioned include Indianapolis, Indiana; Philadelphia; and Newton, Indiana. [filed 1840] 1840 Jan 17 2 10 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding performing a favor for my “old friend Brown.” Mentions business, land claims, patents, an Indian affair, Oregon, etc. (includes typed transcription) [filed 1840] 1840 Feb 1 2 10 Letter signed J.B. Brant, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to see R. Simpson and ask him to inquire into affairs of A. Kennerly. Letter marked “Confidential.” [filed 1840] 1840 Feb 3 2 10 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane] to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Advises Darby that if he is one of Kennerly’s securities, it behooves him (Darby) to look to the settlement of Kennerly’s accounts. Letter marked “Strictly Confidential.” [filed 1840] 1840 Feb 4 2 10 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Ste. Genevieve, to J.H. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding aid for Linn’s friend, Brown. [filed 1840] 1840 Feb 14 2 10 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family news. [filed 1840] 1840 Feb 29 2 10 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to J.H. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that their friend Brown has deposited $1,800 in the bank, being the amount he owes the government. (includes typed transcription) [filed 1840] 1840 Mar 27 2 10 Letter signed G.F. Call, Tallahassee, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Wants to ascertain the opinion of his creditors in St. Louis. States that the Indians are not as cruel as the bloodsucking brokers of St. Louis. Also discusses politics, the Whigs, Van Buren, and Indians in the neighborhood. [filed 1840] 1840 Apr 25 2 10 Letter signed P.J. Verhaegen, St. Louis, to J. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Introduces Mr. O’Sullivan. [filed 1840] 1840 May 13 2 10 Letter signed P.J. Verhaegen, St. Louis, to J. Darby [John F. Darby], Mayor of St. Louis. Asks Darby to admit the bearer of this letter into the hospital if consistent with city regulations. [filed 1840] 1840 May 13 2 10 Letter signed Stephen D. Barlow to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that he is no longer interested in the situation in Darby’s office. [filed 1840] 1840 June 4 2 10 Letter signed W.S. Potts, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Pine between Main and Second Street. Introduces G.H. Hubble, law student. [filed 1840] 1840 June 18 2 10 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to J.H. Darby. Business regarding Brown. (includes typed transcription, filed with March 27, 1840 letter) [filed 1840] 1840 June 26 2 10 Letter signed L.F. Linn, Washington City, to J.H. Darby. Business regarding Brown. (includes typed transcription, filed with March 27, 1840 letter) [filed 1840] 1840 July 7 2 10 Letter signed Tho. Skinker [Thomas Skinker], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks for a recommendation for Bayless for a position he seeks. [filed 1840] 1840 Aug 19 2 10 Letter signed Chs. Keemle [Charles Keemle] et al, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Invitation from Committee to attend public dinner to be given by the Whigs of St. Louis to A.B. Chambers, Editor of the Missouri Republican at the Union Hotel. Includes small calling card. (2 items) [filed 1840] 1840 Dec 3 2 10 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasbury, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding family news, farm crops, etc. [filed 1840] 1840 Dec 8 2 10 Letter signed Wayman Crow, City of Jefferson, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding political matters, city charter, and Loco Focos. [filed 1840] 1840 Dec 11 2 10 Letter signed Henry Kayser, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Since the term of his office as City Engineer has expired, offers himself for Darby’s consideration as candidate for renomination to that office. [filed 1840] 1840 Dec 14 2 10 Letter signed Louis V. Boggs, City of Jefferson, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Sends Darby a bill introduced by Dr. Redman to charter the city of St. Louis. Gives reasons why he opposes it. States that in all probability it will become law, yet if forced to vote for it, it might be well to retain the good features and offer amendments to those that are not. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Jan 2 2 11 Letter signed C.W. Schaumburg, Saint Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding relinquishment of deed of trust executor by Edmond T. Christy, of Thos. Forsyth, deceased. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Jan 2 2 11 Letter signed Frederick Hyatt, Senate Chamber, City of Jefferson, to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. States that he is disturbed over notice of protest of Darby’s brother’s note signed by him (Hyatt). He will be ruined if he doesn’t get out of this mess. Mentions the excitement in the capitol over the passing of fifteen new counties and opposition to bill; a bill to establish a third branch of the State Bank; Bedford Brown of Connecticut, who was named by the Governor to define the northern boundary of the state; H.S. Geyer’s nomination for Judge of Court of Common Pleas; the election of General Harrison; Concert Hall and City charters; insurance companies; and adjourning on the 15th. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Jan 30 2 11 Letter signed H. Lane. If Major Graham is not an applicant for the Post Office, Lane would like to apply, but not if in competition with Major Graham. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 2 11 Letter signed A.B. Chambers, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Chambers has been a looker in Washington for about a week and has seen much to condemn and little to admire. Discusses politics, etc. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 6 2 11 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden to John F. Darby, Washington City. Encloses a letter. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 8 2 11 Letter signed G.M. to Thos. Cohen [Thomas Cohen], Bo. Aldermen [Board of Aldermen]. Encloses the memorial concerning the harbor of St. Louis. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 9 2 11 Letter signed N. Paschall, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City. Since Darby’s departure from St. Louis, T. Grimsley, Keemle, and Purdy have been proposed as candidates for office of mayor. Paschall is at some loss to know what to do because he does not know Darby’s wishes. He can’t support Grimsley, but Keemle he will willingly take. Mentions that the City charter has been rejected in the House. It will probably be brought up again. He supposes the voting law will pass. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 13 2 11 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City. The bill to amend the City charter has passed, as have the currency bill and revenue bill, the bill to tax brokers and money lenders. The bill to prohibit unconstitutional banking has passed the lower branch but would receive its death from the Senate. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb18 2 11 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington. Regarding suggestion of immediate removal of J.P. Deforrest as Collector & Inspector. Also mentions mayor of St. Louis, the city charter passing, nomination of Bryan Mullanphy as Judge of our Circuit Court being confirmed, and Locofocos and Democrats. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 18 2 11 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City, D.C. Regarding his chances for Surveyor & Inspector for with Col. O’Fallon backing him. Churchill wants the Post Office or Printing; George Boggs is out with a petition for the Post Office; and McGunnegle heard Keemle declined the Superintendence of Indian Affairs. Grimsley has announced himself for mayor. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 19 2 11 Letter signed J.J. Wilkinson, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City. Mullanphy is our Judge in place of Lawler. [Lawless] [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 21 2 11 Letter signed J.B. Sarpy, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City. Sarpy’s bill was lost by one vote. Mr. Dougherty, Clay County, did all he could against the Company, he being of the opinion that they had in great measure prevented the removal of the Superintendent’s office from St. Louis to Liberty, Clay County. Discussion of this change. Asks Darby to use his influence on behalf of Mr. Pilcher so that he may remain in the Indian Department because Pilcher is well qualified. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 22 2 11 Letter signed Hardage Lane, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington, D.C. The Legislature adjourned, enlarged the city limits greatly, and created several offices. He hopes Darby attends to his memo. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 23 2 11 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Mayor of St. Louis, Washington City, to L.F. Linn, U.S. Senate. Presents memorial pertaining to improvement of the St. Louis harbor. Letter is accompanied by three unsigned and unaddressed notes regarding the memorial and improvement of St. Louis city harbor. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Feb 27 2 11 Letter signed L.F. Linn to Mr. Jenifer. Introduces J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. [filed 1841 Jan-Feb] 1841 Mar 8 2 11 Letter signed J.H. Birch to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that a party of Missourians would call by appointment and be introduced to the President today. They hope to see Darby. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Mar 8 2 11 Letter signed Aunt Mary [M.M. Wilkinson] to Mary [Darby]. Invites Mary and Mr. Darby to come see her. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Mar 8 2 11 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Washington City, to John J. Crittenden, Attorney General of the U. States. Recommends Dr. Hardage Lane for Postmaster of St. Louis. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Mar 9 2 11 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Washington City, to Francois Granger, Postmaster General. Recommends Dr. Lane [William Carr Lane]. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Mar 9 2 11 Letter signed David Myerle, Flemingsburgh, to John F. Darby. If Myerle’s tour through the counties of Kentucky continues successful, he may visit St. Louis for the purpose of urging them in the same manner. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Apr 8 2 11 Letter signed Theodosia Strother to John F. Darby. She would like to rent his pew at the Episcopal Church if Mr. McDonald has declined Darby’s proposition. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Apr 21 2 11 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., to Francois Granger. Recommends Adam L. Mills, applicant for Postmaster of St. Louis, along with Dr. Hardage Lane and Nathaniel Paschall. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 May 10 2 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Harriette has the measles. Mary will be home at a later date. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 May 21 2 11 Letter signed Mary Seigh to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], City of St. Louis, Missouri. Inquires about Darby’s family. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 May 31 2 11 Letter signed Robert Wilson, Huntsville, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Mr. Collins’ estate. States that the President’s message has just been read and it does not meet the expectations of the more ardent and sanguine Whigs. The President’s omission of the recommendation of repeal of the Subtreasury and several of his positions in relation to a national bank are the matters objected to by Wilson. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 June 17 2 11 Letter signed Jas. H. Birch [James H. Birch], Washington, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Missouri. Birch is sorry he cannot spend time with Darby. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 June 30 2 11 Letter signed Joshua Pilcher, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding politics. The dog days are approaching when the members [of Congress] fall silent and probably adjourn until cooler weather. Pilcher likes Hardage Lane’s chances of obtaining office if the incumbent does not run or the nomination of some unforeseen stronger candidate is announced. Persons mentioned include Mr. Harrison and Simple Sammy. 1841 July 4 2 11 Letter signed W.S. Harney, Planters House, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Harney insists the receipt which Harney got from Capt. Leonard is in full but in consequence of Mrs. [Ann] Biddle’s ill health she has not been able to look for it. If it is not in full Harney will pay the money. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 July 16 2 11 Letter signed R. Simpson to John F. Darby, Mayor. The whole amount of appropriation by the city since the U.S. funds were exhausted amount to $24,000, all of which Simpson believes has been expended. There is also an appropriation for a cross dike of $3,000 to be expended next summer if necessary. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 July 22 2 11 Letter signed Henry Starr, Cincinnati, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Starr has not been able to collect anything of Joseph Blair because he has nothing. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 July 22 2 11 Letter signed Frederick Hyatt, Florissant Valley, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. The business between Darby’s brother and Hyatt has been consummated. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 July 29 2 11 Love letter signed Mal, Poplar Grove, Powhatan Co., Va., to Lewis, and hate letter (after marriage) from same to same. (2 items) [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Aug 3 2 11 Letter signed Silas Reed, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Asks if Darby has heard of the existence of any charges against him (Reed) which have been urged with the Senate for his (Reed’s) rejection? If so, by whom? [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Oct 18 2 11 Letter signed H. Marshall, Louisville, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Legal content over property. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Oct 25 2 11 Letter signed John B. Clark, Fayette, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding settling a debt. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Nov 29 2 11 Letter signed Jacob G. Walker, Leasbury, Caswell Co., N.C., to Fletcher Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Inquires about St. Louis. Walker is considering taking up residency there as a physician. [filed 1841 Mar-Dec] 1841 Dec 15 2 11 Letter signed Wm. Palm [William Palm], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Pertaining to security of their note. [filed 1842] 1842 Jan 1 2 12 Letter signed A.P. Field, Madison, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding the note Field left with Darby against Samuel B. Knapp. [filed 1842] 1842 Jan 4 2 12 Letter signed Jane McDaniel, Leasburg, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family chatter. [filed 1842] 1842 Jan 26 2 12 Letter signed Mary Leigh, Fredonia, Kentucky, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family news. Hopes Darby will visit in the spring. [filed 1842] 1842 Feb 15 2 12 Letter signed M. Blair to John F. Darby. Concerns the mention, by Dr. Franklin Knox, of a lawyer in the Era yesterday evening. Blair wishes to know whether Darby is that lawyer and if Knox’s opinion is correct. Persons mentioned include District Attorney and Post Master. [filed 1842 Feb 23-25] 1842 Feb 23 2 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., to M. Blair [Montgomery Blair]. Copy of Darby’s answer to M. Blair. [filed 1842 Feb 23-25] 1842 Feb 23 2 12 Letter signed M. Blair [Montgomery Blair], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Blair wanted to have in his power “authority to publicly contradict his [Dr. Knox’s] published statement.” Instead Blair will ask the Editor of the New Era to issue a corrective statement to clear up the situation. [filed 1842 Feb 23-25] 1842 Feb 25 2 12 Letter signed Geo. G. Lea [George G. Lea], Leasburg, Caswell Co. [Caswell County], N. Carolina, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding sending Lea his views of scenery, and Lea’s desire to move to Darby’s state, but money is so scarce that it would be unwise to sell his property. [filed 1842] 1842 Feb 28 2 12 Letter signed Jane McDaniel to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family chatter. News of the death of Jane’s daughter. [filed 1842] 1842 Mar 9 2 12 Letter signed James F. Strother, House of Delegates, [Richmond, Va.], to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Informs Darby that Lucy Mitchell, a free woman of color, is living and not dead as her daughter in St. Louis said. [filed 1842] 1842 Mar 16 2 12 Letter signed David Davis, Bloomington, Illinois, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Apologizes for mistake in claim. [filed 1842] 1842 Mar 29 2 12 Letter signed Pierce Grace to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Notice of meeting to communicate with Mr. [Charles] Dickens. [filed 1842] 1842 Apr 2 2 12 Letter signed Jno. Kerr [John Kerr], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Asks for a meeting. [filed 1842] 1842 May 5 2 12 Letter signed Hiram H. Baber, Auditor’s Office, City of Jefferson, Missouri, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Baber did not find lands taxed to Siter, Price & Co. He advises that Darby send up the description of the land by its numbers to wit: no. of survey, to whom granted, section, Township, and Range. When this is done Darby’s request will be attended to. [filed 1842] 1842 June 7 2 12 Letter signed Peter Powell, St. Louis, to William Carr Lane. Regarding purchase of Planters’ Hotel. [filed 1842] 1842 July 25 2 12 Contemporary copy of letter of William Carr Lane to P. Powell. [filed 1842] 1842 Aug 3 2 12 Letter signed John Emerson, Tampa Bay, E. Florida, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding establishing title for Emerson of land purchased from Gabriel R. Paul of St. Louis, situated near Rocky Spring near St. Louis. Includes plat of land. [filed 1842] 1842 Aug 4 2 12 Letter signed Jno. Collier [John Collier], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Darby’s note to him. [filed 1842] 1842 Aug 21 2 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, Jefferson City, Mo., to Jos. B. Crockett [Joseph B. Crockett], Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri. Advises Crockett to lose no time in getting the original deed of assignment made by John J. Anderson to Thomas M. Taylor and Michael Tesson. Persons mentioned include H.R. Gamble, Mr. Geyer, Walker and Einnele, J.M. Seram, and L.A. Benoist & Co. [filed 1842] 1842 Sept 7 2 12 Letter signed D. Rainey, Union, Missouri, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about schools and living conditions in St. Louis. Rainey would like to go to St. Louis now but has too many debts. [filed 1842] 1842 Sept 29 2 12 Letter signed Peter Lindell, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding money loan. [filed 1842] 1842 Oct 4 2 12 Letter signed James Lea, Petersburg, Va., to John F. Darby. Lea is interested in settling in St. Louis. [filed 1842] 1842 Oct 22 2 12 Letter signed Paul M. Gratiot to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding property. Persons mentioned include J.P.B. Gratiot. [filed 1842] 1842 Nov 14 2 12 Letter signed B. Allen, City of Jefferson, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding claims. Robert Campbell is agent Moss et al. Allen prefers Darby consult him. [filed 1842] 1842 Dec 10 2 12 Letter signed Rev. J. Van de Velde, S.J., St. Louis University, to J. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. M. Tessier is hoping to return to his native country but is awaiting Darby’s closing the undecided affair in Illinois. [filed 1842] 1842 Dec 12 2 12 Letter signed Martin Thomas, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding claims of Siter Price & Co. Includes notes of Darby and Jno. Kerr [John Kerr]. Persons mentioned include Mr. Collier, Jas. Clemens [James Clemens], and Joshua Pilcher. [filed 1842] 1842 Dec 12 2 12 Letter signed Wm. Chambers [William Chambers], St. Louis, to Jno F. Darby [John F. Darby]. The first day of January next a half years ground rent becomes due on house and lot lately owned by Mr. Bayfield. The ground rent is $140 per annum. [filed 1842] 1842 Dec 26 2 12 Letter signed Jas. B. Bowlin [James B. Bowlin], Washington City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Case of John Anderson was defended by Bowlin and [John S.] Phelps from Missouri in the House. [filed 1843] ca. 1843-1851 2 12 Letter signed Thornton Grimsley, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding taking offense in request of $100 to sustain the St. Louis Pennant , a Whig journal. (Body of letter is a rough draft in hand of John F. Darby.) [filed 1843] 1843 Mar 30 2 12 Letter signed J.H. Gay to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Mr. Glasgow mentioned to Gay that Darby wished to state the worth of the paper that would pay the State Bank debt. In the case of Gay, Glasgow, etc., Gay is told it is worth about 22¢ on the dollar. [filed 1843] 1843 May 19 2 12 Letter signed Pratte [Bernard Pratte] to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Dr. Masure informed Pratte that he has discussed the contemplated division of the Chenie estate with Anthony L. and Julius Chenie and will sign the petition for said division. [filed 1843] 1843 May 22 2 12 Letter signed E. Barcroft, City Jefferson, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s letter and check of $57.20 on the Bank of Mo. for paying taxes on land described was received on the 8th. It was too late to pay the taxes at this place; arrangements were made to pay them in the counties in which the land lies. [filed 1843] 1843 Aug 17 2 12 Letter signed David H. Bishop, Union, Mo., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Bishop expects to be in St. Louis next week and will bring down the sheriff’s receipt and other information Darby desires in relation to the lands of L.A. Benoist & Co. [filed 1843] 1843 Aug 24 2 12 Letter signed V.M. Garesche, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. It was not the mere wish to see Mr. Chapin that induced Garesche to go to his residence, but the necessity to inventory and appraise his furniture. Garesche has no wish to increase the charges and is sending Darby a receipt for $7.50. He shall be ready at any time to reimburse any part of the sum. [filed 1843] 1843 Aug 26 2 12 Note signed A.B. Chambers to John F. Darby. Requests that Mr. Darby send names of Whigs in Osage and Gasconade counties who might be interested in a prospectus of Mill Boy . [filed 1843] 1843 Dec 2 12 Letter signed D.R. Atchison, Washington City, to John F. Darby. Atchison has not had an opportunity to examine the files of the Pension Office or to make any inquiries in relation to Col. Frances Valle’s business but he will do so and also see Genl. Dodge in relation to it. He assures Darby he will file with the Navy Dept. a recommendation of William Darby for midshipman’s appointment. [filed 1843] 1843 Dec 27 2 12 Letter signed J. Epes Cowan to John F. Darby. “I will call at your office at 3 o’clock tomorrow P.M. . . .” [filed 1844] 1844 Jan 11 3 1 Letter signed H.S. Geyer, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Pertaining to Geyer’s fee in the Searcy case. [filed 1844] 1844 Feb 3 3 1 Letter signed Geo. G. Lea [George G. Lea], Leasburg, N.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Informs Darby that his grandmother, Mrs. Jane M. McDaniel, is dead. Mentions disturbance over settlement of her estate. [filed 1844] 1844 Feb 5 3 1 Letter signed Jas. B. Bowlin [James B. Bowlin], Washington, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding his time being crowded, the opening of the session, business of the department, etc. Informs Darby he will examine into the matter and will advise him of the result. [filed 1844] 1844 Feb 5 3 1 Letter signed J.S. Smyth, Saint Louis, to John H. Darby, St. Louis. Invitation to attend and address Whigs of 5th Ward Clay Club on May 27 in hall adjoining Liberty Engine Room. [filed 1844] 1844 May 24 3 1 Letter signed J. Curd, Fulton, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Explains his failure in keeping his pledge to visit Darby when last in St. Louis. Also introduces the bearer of the note, Thomas Curd (his own second son). Postscript reads: “The Whig cause is prospering with us. Will we not carry slate for Whig principles?” Places mentioned include Missouri River. [filed 1844] 1844 May 30 3 1 Letter signed Pierce C. Grace, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Attorney at Law, Saint Louis. Grace is thinking of dissolving partnership with “Mr. McK” [Andrew McKinley]. Proposes a partnership with Darby. [filed 1844] 1844 Aug 21 3 1 Letter signed John Kerr, Yanceyville, to John F. Darby. Question of rightful ownership of slaves removed from North Carolina to Missouri. [filed 1844] 1844 Sept 21 3 1 Letter signed Wm. R. Singleton [William R. Singleton], Glasgow, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Information respecting Darby’s lands in military district. Also discusses politics. [filed 1844] 1844 Nov 9 3 1 Letter signed Francois Valle, St. Genevieve County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding a tract of land. In Valle’s opinion, the price asked is extravagant. There is but a small portion of the land that is worth anything. It is the part owned by John Brown on which the lead has been discovered and the mill seat is situated; the remainder of the land may have lead on it but it is very hilly and broken with no tillable land. The land is owned by John Brown, Walter Brown, and a third party. Valle also asks Darby to mention to General Atchison that his (Valle’s) certificate may be wrong as he should receive the pension of a 2nd Lieutenant. [filed 1844] 1844 Nov 27 3 1 Letter signed Francois Valle, St. Genevieve Co., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. When Valle was in St. Louis, Darby enquired about a negro woman named Sophie, belonging to Mrs. Valle. States that she is for sale. She is about 52 and the price is $200. [filed 1844] 1844 Dec 4 3 1 Letter signed N.H. McCain, Milton, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Discusses lands. McCain is considering leaving the state and wondered what the prospects are in Darby’s land of plenty. [filed 1844] 1844 Dec 25 3 1 Letter signed Jas. W. Bates [James W. Bates] to John F. Darby. “The committee is to award prize for opening address on which you kindly consented to serve, will meet at Robbins on 4th St. tomorrow at 4 P.M.” [filed 1844] 1844 Dec 30 3 1 List of Stockholders of Planters House. [filed 1845] 1845 Jan 22 3 1 Letter signed John Kerr, Yanceyville, to John F. Darby, Attorney at Law, St. Louis, Missouri. Replies to Darby’s letter pertaining to ownership of slaves in Missouri brought from another state. [filed 1845] 1845 Jan 27 3 1 Letter signed Francois Valle, St. Genevieve Co, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Valle was informed that his house in St. Louis is not insured, although Mr. Ziegler said it was. Asks Darby to confer with Mr. A. Valle on the matter, and also if Darby has sent his petition to Congress. Mentions that Mr. Dodge promised he would interest himself in Valle’s favor. [filed 1845] 1845 Feb 1 3 1 Letter signed Matthew St. Clair Clark, Washington, to James M. Hughes, Ho. Rep. U.S. States that his acceptance in favor of J.S. Homan was given under positive assurance from the officers of the company for whose benefit it was made that he (Clark) would be placed in funds to meet it. One of Clark’s earnest endeavors will be to have the debt paid at earliest possible time. States that Mr. Darby ought not to lose his money, although he (Clark) is unable to pay now. [filed 1845] 1845 Feb 6 3 1 Document signed L.E. Lawless. Regarding case of Ryder vs. Benoist and payment of money. [filed 1845] 1845 Feb 7 3 1 Letter signed J. Ad. Rosier, New Orleans, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Elizabeth Maxwell and a survey of a tract of land on the forks of the Black River in Missouri. Persons mentioned include John Patrick Maxwell, Bishop Blanc of New Orleans, and Mr. Amedee Valle. Places mentioned include Ste. Genevieve. (2 items) [filed 1845; survey filed in Oversize] 1845 Feb 8 3 1 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Regarding report concerning the case of John Anderson. It was debated warmly in the Committee and finally laid over until Friday. It is possible that a bill may be run through but not probable. [filed 1845] 1845 Feb 18 3 1 Letter signed Hiram Lockard, State of N. Carolina, Caswell County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding suit of James Clay. Discusses case. [filed 1845] 1845 May 12 3 1 Letter signed Js. Johnston, Louisville, Ky. Reads, “Just as I was leaving home about ten days ago I was told by Mr. Hudson, attorney for Volney C. Musick, that I would have to pay the judgment against James C. Musick, obtained in the replevin case between those two harmonious instruments. I think it very likely that James is insolvent, but what can have become of the replevied property? Will you do me the favour to make some enquiry about that, and in case the negro has not been run off, or any thing of the kind, get Hudson to have him replevied in execution? Volney no doubt prefers the money to the negro, and I think that the reason he looks to me for payment, but you may tell Hudson if they will sell the negro, whatever his sale may fall short of the amount of damages rendered in this case, I will pay as soon as I return. This is the only way I can see of saving myself at all, and I beg your prompt attention to the subject. I arrived here a week ago today, and have been ever since detained by a fever that confines me to my bed. I was going to Virginia, but most probably shall have to terminate my voyage here.” [filed 1845] 1845 Aug 4 3 1 Letter signed J.J. Hardin, Jacksonville, Ill., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Darby’s letter in May pertaining to his (Darby’s) claim against the Bank of Illinois. Hardin knows nothing of the claim personally but when the Bank gets any funds it can appropriate to liquidate claims. Hardin will see to it that Darby’s demand shall be adjusted. [filed 1845] 1845 Sept 2 3 1 Letter signed John Kerr, Yanceyville, to John F. Darby. Regarding ownership of slaves brought into Missouri. Mr. Wiley is highly gratified at the success which has thus far crowned Darby’s efforts in his behalf. He wishes Caroline sold for the best price, and out of the proceeds of the sale he wishes Darby to fully compensate himself for his professional services. [filed 1845] 1845 Nov 3 3 1 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Informs Darby of the status of his claim in Congress. Advises that either Darby or Augustus come to Washington to attend to the claim by carefully explaining the merits of it. Also discusses politics and family matters. Mentions that Mrs. Corbin is severely sick, and James is well and executes the duties of his office to the satisfaction of the head of his Bureau. Letter is marked “ Private .” [filed 1845] 1845 Nov 7 3 1 Circular printed by Beriah Cleland titled A Historical Account of All the Mayors Since the Formation of the City Government of St. Louis to the Present Date—1846, And Some Odes . Circular includes a petition of Cleland calling upon the Missouri Legislature to consider petition regarding abolishing a Sabbath. Persons mentioned include William Carr Lane, Daniel D. Page, J.W. Johnson, John F. Darby, John D. Daggett, George Maguire, John M. Wimer, Bernard Pratte, and Peter G. Camden. 1846 3 2 Letter signed Sylvester V. Papin to John F. Darby. Resigns from the position of clerk in Darby’s office because the outdoor work which the nature of the business imposes is new to him and not suited to his tastes or disposition. [filed 1846] 1846 Jan 31 3 2 Letter signed Eliza M.L. Shaw to Mrs. [Mary] Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Expresses appreciation for Mrs. Darby’s treatment of Dora. [filed 1846] 1846 Mar 21 3 2 Letter signed B.W. Seigh, Richmond, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding tax money drawn on Seigh’s account by Darby. He does not understand the figures, and asks Darby to explain. [filed 1846] 1846 Mar 29 3 2 Letter signed John Kerr, Yanceyville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Discusses the slaves mentioned in other letters being brought to Missouri. They have been “run off” to Texas. Also mentions that Mr. Wiley informed him that his grandchildren are being mistreated by Hooper’s wife. [filed 1846] 1846 June 1 3 2 Letter signed Saml. Massey, Cincinnati, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding the price of iron. [filed 1846] 1846 July 20 3 2 Letter signed Wm. Thos. Carroll [William Thomas Carroll] to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. On the 27th ult. the transcript of Menard & Massey was left with Carroll by Mr. Mullikin who at the same time left transcript of Penson & Bissell. [filed 1846] 1846 Aug 3 3 2 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Washington, to John F. Darby. Crittenden received Darby’s letter of the 27th yesterday and called this morning at the office of the clerk of the Supreme Court to see the record alluded to by Darby of Amedee Menard’s heirs vs. Samuel Massey. The clerk had received it the day before and it was not printed. It will give Crittenden pleasure to attend to the case. Inquires about the proper fee to charge. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1846] 1846 Aug 4 3 2 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby. Regarding the Menard vs. Massey case. As the case has no doubt been the subject of research and investigation with Darby, he requests that Darby send him a brief of his view of the case and of such authorities as seem to affect it. [filed 1846] 1846 Sept 28 3 2 Letter signed C.C. Ziegler, Iron Mountain, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s favor enclosing two deeds has arrived. Ziegler sent it to Mr. Cobb to take acknowledgement but County Court is still in session and he cannot come up before the end of the week. The sale is some less than Ziegler expected, but having left the matter in Darby’s hands he is fully satisfied that Darby has done for the best, and therefore he approves of all Darby has done. [filed 1846] 1846 Dec 2 3 2 Letter signed John Reynolds, Springfield, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Asks what has friend Converse done with his lot in St. Louis. [filed 1847] 1847 Jan 1 3 2 Letter signed Wm. Thos. Carroll, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Last autumn Carroll sent both Darby and Mr. Crittenden a copy of No. 126 Menard’s Heirs & Massey’s. He trusts that this third copy he is sending will have a better fate. [filed 1847] 1847 Jan 25 3 2 Note signed J.W. Kingsbury et. al. to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Invitation to meeting of the last King Ball of the season. [filed 1847] 1847 Feb 9 3 2 Letter signed P. Chouteau, Saint Louis. Acknowledges receipt of a banner made by the ladies of St. Louis for celebration honoring Laclede. [filed 1847] 1847 Feb 16 3 2 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Senate Chambers, to John F. Darby. The Supreme Court has announced they will hear no more cases after tomorrow. The case of Menard’s heirs will consequently be continued till the next term. [filed 1847] 1847 Mar 2 3 2 Letter signed John Reynolds, Belleville, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. States that a small minority of his folks say he legislates more for St. Louis than for his state in the advocacy of the Atlantic & Mississippi Railroad. He is ashamed for his state. States that the turnpike charter from the river to Belleville is excellent, no appeal clause in it. Stock will produce 20% per annum. He wants to see and feel Darby and friends on the sale of it. One year of reduced prices of coal in St. Louis will pay for the road. [filed 1847] 1847 Mar 11 3 2 Letter signed Lewis V. Bogy, St. Louis, to John F. Darby et al. Bogy is sorry that absence from the city will deprive him of the pleasure of being present at the dinner on the 22nd for Charles Drake. Names other young lawyers who practiced at the same time he did. [filed 1847] 1847 May 20 3 2 Letter signed Bryan Mullanphy, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States, “I am unable to act upon the report of the Liberty Fire Co. as it does not show positively the number of active members nor the state of funds.” [filed 1847] 1847 June 8 3 2 Letter signed J. O’Fallon to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States that he entered satisfaction on Darby’s mortgage for the $3,000. The portion of O’Fallon’s interest in the Hebert tract, claimed by Mr. Morehead, does not exceed in value $350. He considers the Lebeaumes five times more than himself interested in this movement of Moreheads with whom he has been battling for the last three years, and now leaves it with them to arrest his course or not. [filed 1847] 1847 June 10 3 2 Letter signed Jos. Hertich, Asylum St. Genevieve, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Asks questions about the Villars family and Valle connection, as a law suit is pending. 1847 June 24 3 2 Letter signed Socrates Darby, Fort Smith, Ark., to Mrs. Mary Darby, St. Louis. Regarding his good spirits and new venture into business. Expresses concern over his brother and sister. [filed 1847] 1847 June 24 3 2 Letter signed Jos. Charless, Jr., [Joseph Charless, Jr.] Saint Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding the chain of events in business since dissolving partnership with Henry T. Blow as druggists. Mentions subsequent suit of Mrs. Col. Mason who said Charless had no right to remove shelving and drawers when the property, at a later time after the dissolution, was leased. Asks Darby to settle the matter with Mr. Gantt, Mrs. Col. Mason’s agent. [filed 1847] 1847 Aug 4 3 2 Letter signed E. Barcroft, City of Jefferson, to John F. Darby. Encloses deed to J.L.D. Morrison. [filed 1847] 1847 Aug 9 3 2 Letter signed N.M. Roan, Yanceyville, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding the estate of Mr. McDaniel. No suit has been brought forth yet despite the event of non-payment because all but one of the negroes was sold in Leasburg. [filed 1847] 1847 Oct 14 3 2 Letter signed A.B. Chambers to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Invitation to meet Whig members at Planter’s House. [filed 1847] 1847 Nov 6 3 2 Letter signed N.M. Roan, Yanceyville, N.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the estate of Mr. McDaniel. [filed 1847] 1847 Nov 15 3 2 Letter signed Henry M. Shreve, St. Louis County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. It is too wet for Shreve to venture out to meet Mr. Dorsett at Darby’s office to acknowledge a power of attorney. [filed 1847] 1847 Nov 15 3 2 Letter signed N.M. Roan, Yanceyville, N.C., to John F. Darby. Regarding McDaniel estate. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Jan 6 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. The claim of John Anderson has again received favorable consideration from the Committee on Claims of the House of Representatives, and a bill for his relief has been reported and placed upon the calendar. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Jan 15 3 3 Letter signed J.B. Crockett, St. Louis. Regarding his financial status. Crockett needs $7,000, $2,000 of it he can get from his Kentucky friends, and the rest he hopes to get in St. Louis. Procuring that amount would save him from ruin. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Jan 18 3 3 Letter signed Willard P. Hall, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Hall will examine the bill of Mr. Anderson, and if he considers it right he will vote for it. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Feb 8 3 3 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Senate, to John F. Darby. The Supreme Court is about to adjourn and the case of Menard’s heirs will not be reached. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 4 3 3 Letter signed J. Thompson, House of Reps., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that the bill to which Darby has called his attention has been passed through the House and is now before the Senate. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 5 3 3 Letter signed D.R. Atchison, Washington, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Darby’s letter has been received, and he will give due attention to the plan of Mr. Anderson. States that there is a treaty of peace with Mexico now under discussion, but the result is doubtful. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 6 3 3 Letter signed Bryan Mullanphy, Mayor, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Offers bonds (listed) for sale. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 22 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. States that Darby’s letter of Feb. 3 came to hand only a few days ago through Hon. James Jameson. Corbin only names it for the sole purpose of cautioning Darby about forwarding letters on business through members of whose sobriety and habits of business he is not perfectly assured. Col. Benton and others are proverbial for their method, industry and sobriety – in the hands of such, business is sure to be promptly attended to. Corbin feels assured Darby’s bill will pass. Discusses John Anderson’s claim of title. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 27 3 3 Letter signed Geo. W. Call [George W. Call], Tallahassee, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. States that he appreciates Darby’s solicitude in writing him, the first word he has had from St. Louis in several years. Relays news of his activities and family, and inquiries about friends. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 Mar 30 3 3 Letter signed Tho. Allen [Thomas Allen] to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Fielding, the husband of the woman Darby has for sale, says he does not want Allen to buy his wife and children. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 May 6 3 3 Letter signed J.H. McIlvain, Fountain Farm, Mo., to Mayor John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Declines offer of commission of Lieut. Gov. by Whig State Central Committee, Mr. Bates [Edward Bates], etc. States that he is no public speaker. He doubts that it would make 20 votes difference in his locality. Asks why not the names of the Mayor or Jas. S. Rawlings? St. Louis ought to furnish the candidates. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 May 18 3 3 Honorable discharge of Dwight Smith from the U.S. Army, serving during Mexican War. Discharged at New Orleans. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 July 18 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Ho. of Reps. [House of Representatives], Washington, to John F. Darby. States that the Senate has passed the House Bill for relief of John Anderson of Missouri. Suggests a way to draw Darby’s money. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 July 29 3 3 Letter signed J.F.A. Sanford, New York, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding debts of Sanford’s father, taken on before his death. States that he is glad Mr. Chouteau requested Darby to administer on his father’s property. [filed 1848 Jan-July] 1848 July 31 3 3 Letter signed L. VanHook, Fayetteville, Ark., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Inquires about information Darby needs regarding business of her son in late war with Mexico. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Aug 5 3 3 Invitation to Jno. F. Darby to address meeting in Fredericktown, Mo., held by Taylor men of South Missouri. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Aug 10 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Suggests ways to collect money from John Anderson. Corbin visited Col. Benton and the Office of the Comptroller about the matter. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Aug 19 3 3 Letter signed Dora [Dora Shaw], Vincennes, to Mrs. Mary Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Chatter. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Sept 5 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin to Darby [John F. Darby]. Draft #760 was issued to Jno. Anderson [John Anderson] at St. Louis. Anderson’s endorsement for the money will be sufficient. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Sept 20 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Discusses the Anderson case. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Sept 24 3 3 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Introduces Harry J. Bodley. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Oct 20 3 3 Letter signed Gouverneur Morris, New York, to John F. Darby. Commissions Darby to sell his servant Cecilia and her children. Desires that they remain in St. Louis. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 1 3 3 Letter signed Gouverneur Morris, New York, to Lewis Morris. Asks Lewis Morris to deliver his negro woman, Cecilia, and her children to John F. Darby, his agent in St. Louis. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 1 3 3 Letter signed Washington to John F. Darby. States that he is broke and cannot leave until properly repaired. It will take about $15 to fix up the concern. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 14 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Explains phase of Anderson case in that he is entitled to $3,000 interest for value of lead illegally taken from his land by the United States. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 19 3 3 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Frankfort, to John F. Darby. When Crittenden left Washington last summer to become a candidate for Governor, he turned over his cases to Mr. Badger, Senator from No. Car. He will handle Darby’s Menard case. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 22 3 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby to J.J. Crittenden. States that the arrangement Crittenden has made with Mr. Badger is agreeable to the parties. Discusses politics. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Nov 28 3 3 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Warns Darby to beware of Crittenden’s political maneuvers. Mentions Taylor and others politically prominent, and suggests that Darby seek support from Chouteau, O’Fallon, and other St. Louis men. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Dec 18 3 3 Letter signed C.F.M. Noland, Batesville, Ark., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. The appointment of Edw. Bates [Edward Bates] to a seat in the Cabinet would give Noland great pleasure. Albert Pike has been spoken of as Atty. General next to him, but Noland prefers Bates. If Polk has got the Whigs generally to read his message his revenge will be perfect. [filed 1848 Aug-Dec] 1848 Dec 25 3 3 Letter signed G.W. Call [Dr. George W. Call], Tallahassee, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. It will give Call great pleasure to be of any service to Mr. Bates. No man is more entitled to the office. He thinks it doubtful whether Mr. Crittenden will accept an appointment in the Cabinet of Genl. Taylor. This will be presented by son George who visits St. Louis on some business matter. Mentions his political interests and the Whig Party. [filed 1849] 1849 Feb 6 3 4 Letter signed Mary M. Thomas, Oak Lodge, to J. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the estate of Martin Thomas. She wishes that Darby would come out in person to receive the account books and papers from her hands. [filed 1849] 1849 Feb 28 3 4 Letter signed Alton R. Easton, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby. Asks that Darby send a letter to the Secy. of the Home Dept. (and others if he thinks it advisable) recommending Easton to the place of Register of Land Office at St. Louis. [filed 1849] 1849 Apr 20 3 4 Letter signed J.F.A. Sanford, New York, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding shipping the rugs and mirrors ordered according to Darby’s estimates. As Mrs. [Mary] Darby appeared to have confidence in Sanford’s good taste and left him a little latitude, he selected the best articles. He hopes Darby does not find them in cost beyond his expectation. [filed 1849] 1849 May 31 3 4 Letter signed P. Chouteau & Co., New York, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Financial statement for rugs and mirrors. Includes letter signed J.F.A. Sanford, New York, to John F. Darby, regarding the purchase of the articles. Sanford is sure that Mrs. Darby will admire them. Articles would have been delivered two weeks earlier had it not been for wet weather. He assures Darby that he got the best prices in the city. [filed 1849] 1849 June 6 3 4 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Mount Morris, Ogle Co., Ill., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Eliza is anxious to know what success Darby has met in suit pending her dower. Her father died March 17, and her mother is still living although she is a cripple with rheumatism. Mentions that Augustus and family are in usual health. [filed 1849] 1849 July 2 3 4 Printed circular of A.B. Chambers et al. to meeting of 25 Committee members at Planter’s House this evening to discuss plans for national convention in St. Louis, Oct. 16. regarding railroad and magnetic telegraph. [filed 1849] 1849 Aug 21 3 4 Letter signed A.V. Darby, State of Tennessee, Tipton County, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Contains news of family, etc. Inquires about price of negroes. [filed 1849] 1849 Sept 3 3 4 Letter signed F.M. Belinge, Montreal, to Nicholas Boiloin, Peoria, Illinois. Inquires about obtaining land. [filed 1849] 1849 Sept 11 3 4 Letter of Mary M. Wilkinson, Baltimore, to Mrs. Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family news. [filed 1849] 1849 Sept 11 3 4 Letter signed Lewis V. Bogy, Ste. Genevieve, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding a servant, Ann. [filed 1849] 1849 Sept 30 3 4 Letter signed Joab M. Burgee, Perry County, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Recommends Dr. James T. Hamilton for appointment of deputy marshal to take the census of Perry County. [filed 1849] 1849 Oct 7 3 4 Letter signed Aunt Mary [Mary Wilkinson], Huntingtown, to Mrs. Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Family news. Writes of the summer that has just passed and plans for the coming winter. [filed 1849] 1849 Nov 6 3 4 Letter signed J.B. Crockett to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Requests that Darby let him know by Marshall if he has seen Valle, and whether anything can be done in the matter of which he spoke to Darby. [filed 1849] 1849 Nov 15 3 4 Letter signed St. Haythorne White, MD., England, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Requests that Darby send certificate of Mrs. Hewson’s death. Her sister Ann needs the money to save the farm. [filed 1849] 1849 Nov 21 3 4 Receipt signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to executors of Francis A. Chardon, deceased. $50 for professional services rendered to Chardon estate in effecting a settlement with house of P. Chouteau Jr. & Co. and realizing $3,959.16 for said estate, which they had refused to pay or allow or make a settlement for for more than a year. [filed 1849] 1849 Dec 12 3 4 Letter signed Wm. F. Switzler [William F. Switzler], Columbia, Mo. Recommends Robert R. Provines as a candidate to take Federal Census of Boone County. [filed 1849] 1849 Dec 17 3 4 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Comments on Penrose case, which was argued, and also the Stoddard case, all closing speech before Mr. Geyer arrived. Mr. Gamble wound up the case with a two-hour argument, very fine. McPherson saw Old Zack on New Year’s Day – there was a gall crowd at the White House. “They are stirring up a quarrel here about the niggers, the abolitionists and nullifiers, all seeing how much excitement they can stir up. I fear they will make a serious business of it.” [filed 1850] 1850 Jan 3 3 4 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Inquires about the delay in death papers regarding Mrs. Hewson. [filed 1850] 1850 Jan 26 3 4 Letter signed Wm. S. Chumm [William S. Chumm], Ellisville, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Seeks Darby’s support in his candidacy for the Legislature. Chumm’s Whig friends promoted the idea. [filed 1850] 1850 May 13 3 4 Letter signed Harriet Wilkinson, New York, to Mrs. Mary Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. States that it took them only a week to go from St. Louis to New York. [filed 1850] 1850 May 21 3 4 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Joseph B. Crockett. Asks Crockett to submit his (Darby’s) name to the consideration of the Congressional convention, to assemble at Cape Girardeau the 28th inst. Wishes to nominate a Whig candidate for Congress. [filed 1850] 1850 May 25 3 4 Letter signed John F. Darby, Apple Creek, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., to Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding Darby’s speaking tour, his Whig escort, and his itinerary: Cape Girardeau, New Madrid, and Ste. Genevieve. [filed 1850] 1850 June 15 3 4 Letter signed Harriet Wilkinson, Philadelphia, to sister, Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discusses friends and dresses, including costs for making dresses, etc. [filed 1850] 1850 June 30 3 4 Letter signed Francis Valle, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Greenville, Wayne County. Regarding business, rent collections, and drafts. Valle saw Belt, who said the Whigs will carry the whole ticket in the county by a large majority. Valle sees by Darby’s appointments that he will not be home before the election. [filed 1850] 1850 July 3 3 4 Letter signed J.B. Crockett, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, care C.C. Zeigler, St. Genevieve, Mo. States that The Union and many persons are charging that in 1846 Darby voted for Bowlin against Wright on the ground that the latter was a native. The talk is so strong that Crockett advises Darby to telegraph his defense of the statement to him. The Bentonites are making a tremendous effort and will poll a heavy vote though not large enough to endanger the Whigs, but they will lead the Antis considerably in Crockett’s district. Bowlin’s speech at Carondelet was as violent as possible, abusing the Hards without stint. Crockett expects on Monday night there will be a rich scene when the two parties get fairly pitted in a discussion. He hopes Darby has made many votes in the lower part of the district. “If you can poll the Whig strength your election is certain.” [filed 1850] 1850 July 27 3 4 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson]. Discussion on charge that Darby voted for Bowlin against Wright for the purpose of breaking down the native party. [filed 1850] 1850 July 31 3 4 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Gives instructions for sending bill of lading for goods Darby is shipping to him by way of Cape Horn. Tiffany shall be in Washington next winter and hopes Darby’s election is successful and that he will see Darby there. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1850] 1850 Aug 15 3 4 Letter signed T.T. Chilton, Eminence, Shannon Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Lists the vote of Shannon County as Darby requested. Chilton has learned Darby’s election is sure, and the Governor is in great trouble about the way things are going on. Chilton consoled the Governor by telling him that their Reps. would vote for a Good Whig in preference to Benton. [filed 1850] 1850 Aug 30 3 4 Letter signed Jas. F. Stratten [James F. Stratten], Washington, Va., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. States that he has not received Darby’s letter, and requests a duplicate. Also regarding payment of taxes. [filed 1850] 1850 Oct 3 3 4 Letter signed John C. Abbott, Boston, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding the estate of Lucy Johnson. Abbott is highly pleased to learn that Darby has been elected to Congress not only on his account but for the good of the Whig cause. Abbott hopes the Whigs in Massachusetts will be triumphant in coming election but is fearful the attempted union of the Free Soilers with the Democratic party will succeed so far as to give them trouble. [filed 1850] 1850 Oct 15 3 4 Letter signed John Wilson, San Francisco, to John F. Darby. Contains discussion of politics, mainly of national importance. [filed 1850] 1850 Nov 30 3 4 Letter signed E.M. Ryland, Louisville, to John F. Darby. Introduces Garrett Davis of Kentucky. [filed 1850] 1850 Dec 7 3 4 Letter signed N. Boilvin, Peoria, to Melanie E. Stillman, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Melanie’s obligations in selling her interest in the old mines; Melanie’s sending the St. Cyr papers to St. Charles; Stillman’s sobriety; and family chatter. Includes two envelopes. (3 items) [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 2 3 5 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. McPherson learned that Parks is a good citizen, a man in easy circumstances and an anti-Benton Democrat. No Whig is known of in the neighborhood. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 3 3 5 Letter signed S.A. Wilkinson to Mary [Darby]. Regarding visiting the Wilkinson family during the holidays in Orleans. Chatter. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 5 3 5 Letter signed Elizabeth A.R. Linn, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks Darby to recommend a Captain’s Commission for Augustus to the President, should Congress increase the Army. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 6 3 5 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding selling the Carondelet lot. If an election is had it will be Geyer. There are plenty of lobby members in Jefferson City, some of whom threaten to have things their own way regardless of the delegation. Includes envelope. (2 items) [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 12 3 5 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby’s concern and McPherson’s interest in voting for the Catholic cemetery bill. So far as cemeteries are concerned, McPherson has charge of a bill to incorporate the Wesleyan Cemetery and would cheerfully take charge of a dozen more charters if any St. Louis citizens should want them passed. Also regarding the Senatorial race, Geyer, and Leslie. Discussion of Whigs in Jefferson City. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 17 3 5 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Regarding the Land Office taking up Darby’s case. Corbin hopes for a favorable decision. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 18 3 5 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Jefferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding politics, the cemetery question, and Whigs. Returns are in from 85 counties. Tomorrow McPherson goes to Columbia, one of the committee to look after the University. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 23 3 5 Letter signed Geo. T.M. Davis [George T.M. Davis], Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby’s business at the General Land Office. Benton takes his defeat hard and swears vengeance both here and hereafter against all who in anyway participated in bringing it about. It is difficult to say whether the Whigs or Democrats are more pleased, saving and reserving the Free Soilers of both parties who were strongly for him and do not disguise their mortification at his defeat. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Jan 25 3 5 Letter signed J.B. Crockett, St. Louis, to Darby [John F. Darby]. Crockett had no idea of Missouri politics until he came here. No Legislature was ever before composed of such materials: Bentonites, the anti-Bentonites of the Fred Kennett school, of the Geyer group, the Geyer Whigs, and the Whigs who differed from Geyer but were willing to vote for him. Lengthy discussion. Claib Jackson [Claiborne Jackson], it is said, wants to be the next Governor. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Feb 2 3 5 Letter signed T.M. Ewing, Lexington, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Some of Ewing’s friends told him to see Darby about being a Director of the Branch Bank. The object is to get Williams out, who is now a Director but who is nearly always drunk and cannot be relied on. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Feb 5 3 5 Letter signed Jos. B. Wilkinson [Joseph B. Wilkinson], New Orleans, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Business. Wilkinson is much indebted to Darby for having paid Mr. Lord his fee and the costs of court. Persons mentioned include Mr. Glover, Mrs. Penrose, and Mr. Rozier. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Feb 5 3 5 Letter signed Abel Rathbone Corbin, Washington, to John F. Darby. Corbin has been to the Patent Office regarding patent for circular saw as per circular received in Darby’s letter. The circular saw has been the subject of so many inventions that it is not at all likely that this is new and different. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Feb 12 3 5 Letter signed Jos. B. Wilkinson, New Orleans, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding land and business. Do not let anything in the way of evidence be neglected in the coming trial with Mr. Yeatman. Mr. Sibley from St. Charles can be got as well as the old gentleman from the country. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Mar 5 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Point Celeste, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding her pleasant visit with the Wilkinsons. She shall leave on the 31st to be on time for the Scott. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Mar 24 3 5 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to J.J. Crittenden, Washington City. Regarding his efforts to meet D.D. Mitchell concerning Crittenden. Discusses case of Menard’s heirs vs. Samuel Massey in Supreme Court, and payment of Crittenden’s $500 fee. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Mar 25 3 5 Letter signed Mary Atchison to Mrs. Darby. Jenny Lind and Charlotte Cushman have been in St. Louis. She is glad the St. Louisans did not make such fools of themselves as the Easterners did, yet she was pleased with the reception. Cousin Felix took Harriett to hear Jenny and Neree Valle took her to see Miss Cushman. Chatter about friends. [filed 1851 Jan-Mar] 1851 Mar 28 3 5 Letter signed J.J. Crittenden, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Darby’s misunderstanding about Col. Mitchell, and collecting the fee for the Menard heirs’ case. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Apr 4 3 5 Letter signed H. Geyer, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Joins Darby in a recommendation of Mr. Phelps. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 June 20 3 5 Letter signed Wm. M. Darby [William M. Darby], Bluff Springs, Miss., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. His son’s wife has written that she has no Indian blood in her and has never lived in the nation as has been reported. She stated Socrates died highly respected (in Fort Smith, Ark.) Asks his child Mary to write to him. He is getting old. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 June 27 3 5 Copy of the last will and testament of Pierre Chouteau Jr. Includes a separate memo regarding said will and testament. Includes envelope. (3 items) [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 July 3 5 Letter signed C.B. Lord, Phil. [Philadelphia], to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding the estate of A.T. Davis. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 July 18 3 5 Letter signed J.F.A. Sanford, New York. Sanford is not disposed to sell his stock in the Marine Insurance. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 July 29 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Perry Ville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding putting Walter in school. Asks him to have the parlor carpets taken up whilst she is away. The children are well. Should Darby get sick, let her know immediately. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Aug 15 3 5 Letter signed C.M. Wilkinson, Quincy, Mrs. John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Contains news about the family and concern over Mr. Darby’s illness. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Aug 15 3 5 Letter signed Jas. F. Strother [James F. Strother], Washington, Va., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding making bargain for his land. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Aug 16 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Perry Co., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. News about the children and their health. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Aug 21 3 5 Letter signed N.M. Roan, Yanceyville, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding costs and description of buildings, etc., at University of North Carolina. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Aug 28 3 5 Petition signed by numerous Cape Girardeau citizens offering recommendation of William R. Dawson to the President of the United States. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Oct 14 3 5 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. He lost a child last August and has visited in Wisconsin since. He shall be in St. Louis and hopes to travel with Darby to Washington to the convocation of Congress. On mourning stationery. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Oct 15 3 5 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to John F. Darby. Family news and inquiries. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Oct 28 3 5 Letter signed Danl. Webster [Daniel Webster], Department of State, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Webster will be glad to give Mr. Dawson a Courier’s Passport, “but we do not pay for carrying despatches unless on occasions of urgency.” 1851 Oct 31 3 5 Letter signed John Wilson, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, Washington City, D.C. Wants Darby to ask Truman Smith how they mistreated him (Wilson) and use his (Darby’s) influence to leave Wilson in the office of Navy Agent. Asks Darby to get the Pacific Railroad through anyhow . Mention of Whigs. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Nov 14 3 5 Letter signed Wm. H. Russell [William H. Russell], Monterey, California, to John F. Darby. Regarding politics. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Nov 14 3 5 Letter of John F. Darby, Washington City, to Mary [Darby]. States that he has arrived safely and has visited the President [Millard Fillmore], Mr. Crittenden, and Mr. Clay [Henry Clay]. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Nov 25 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Chatter, news, etc. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Dec 1 3 5 Letter of John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary M. Darby. States that the letter is being written by James McAlister for, although he is able to sit up, he is unable to write. Mentions the friends visiting him, etc. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Dec 2 3 5 Letter of J.F. Darby, Washington, to Joseph B. Crockett. Explains reasons for his disability as being caused by an accident on the steamboat Cincinnati . [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Dec 3 3 5 Letter signed Walter H. Darby, St. Louis, to Father [John F. Darby]. Walter’s first attempt to write a letter. [filed 1851 Apr-Dec 3] 1851 Dec 3 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Expresses concern over Darby’s illness. Gives news of the children. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 4 3 5 Letter signed R.K. Richards, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, H. of Reps. [House of Representatives] U.S. Recommends George Lockwood as an applicant to construct lighthouses on the coast. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 4 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington City, D.C.. Contains family news and concern over his health. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 7 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Regarding her concerns for his health. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 11 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Regarding her concerns for his health. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 13 3 5 Letter signed Thos. B. English [Thomas B. English], Jackson, Mo., to John F. Darby, Washington City, D.C. Seeks satisfaction in pension due him as a militia man of 1814. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 15 3 5 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. States that he is better but has no use of his limbs, hands, or feet. His head has not been affected. Asks her to not be uneasy about him. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 15 3 5 Letter signed J.B. Crockett, St. Louis, to Darby [John F. Darby]. Crockett will write Darby fully concerning matters generally and politically. Darby’s friends are looking with much interest to his action in the House and hope soon to learn that he is in his seat fully restored to health. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 18 3 5 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Regarding her concern for his health. [filed 1851 Dec 4-31] 1851 Dec 24 3 5 Letter signed S.G.J.D. Camp, Fort Columbus, N.Y., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. A bill will be brought before Congress for an increase of medical corps of the Army, and Camp urges Darby to aid its passage. Gives reasons. Also gives congratulations upon Darby’s restoration to health. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 4 3 6 Letter signed William M. Darby, Attallaville, Miss., to John D. Freeman, Member of Congress, Washington City, D.C. Inquires about the health of his brother in Washington. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 6 3 6 Two letters pertaining to Thomas Mosley Jr.’s land warrant claim as an ensign in Shelby’s campaign in Canada in 1813. (2 items) [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 10 3 6 Letter signed Thornton Grimsley, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. “All of St. Louis is elated to hear you are able to be out.” Discusses politics – split among the Germans. Bournstein took offense of some neglect of attention by the great German patriot, Kinkel. The never-dying energy and burning eloquence of Kossuth precedes him everywhere and many in St. Louis would like to see him. The city authorities have not invited him and there is a division in feeling on the subject. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 12 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 12 3 6 Letter signed P.D. Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Regarding Tiffany’s health, which broke down after John’s recuperation. Tiffany nursed him. Discusses Crockett’s letter and politics. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 16 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 18 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by G.B. Harleston, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 22 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by G.B. Harleston, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 25 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by P. Dexter Tiffany, Washington City, to Mary M. Darby. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 26 3 6 Letter signed E.E. Williams, Louisville, Ky., to John F. Darby. Asks that Darby back his architectural plans for the Custom House in Louisville. He is qualified for the work. As an instance of impropriety of appointing persons out of their line of business, Williams points out the first Superintendent of the U.S. Marine Hospital in St. Louis, where not a small amount of money was wasted through his ignorance of the business. (The man was Walt.) [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 29 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by G.B. Harleston, Washington, to Miss Harriet Wilkinson, St. Louis. Replies to her letter regarding Henry Papin. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 29 3 6 Letter of Mary Darby, Paducah, to Aunt [Mary Wilkinson?]. Expresses concern over her uncle’s health. Mentions that she received a proposal from a doctor whom she does not want to marry. She expects Harriet will be the next Mrs. Papin. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 30 3 6 Petition signed John B. McDowell, M.D., Thomas M. Martin, M.D., health officer in 1848, 1849. Recommends to John F. Darby that Frederick Jenkins be appointed Superintendent of the Marine Hospital now being erected in St. Louis. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Jan 31 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Regarding John’s continued illness. Also discusses Tiffany’s recovery and his hopes to return to Washington. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 3 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by G.B. Harleston, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Regarding his health. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 3 3 6 Letter signed S.T. Glover for Glover and Campbell, St. Louis, to Henry Chouteau. States that they called at Chouteau’s house regarding papers in the suits of Wilkinson vs. Yeatman and Penrose vs. Yeatman to prepare them for trial. Mr. Valle knows nothing about them. Mr. Darby requested that they call on Chouteau about those cases. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 5 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Regarding Darby’s health. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 8 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby by G.B. Harleston, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Regarding his health. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 9 3 6 Letter signed C.M. Conrad, Secretary of War, War Department, Washington, to John F. Darby, House of Representatives. Conrad has placed on file Darby’s letter recommending Col. Thornton Grimsley as member of Board of Visitors to the Military Academy. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 20 3 6 Letter signed Jos. B. Wilkinson [Joseph B. Wilkinson], New Orleans, to John F. Darby, Washington, D.C. Refers to the Chouteau letter from Glover and Campbell. Yeatman wants to put it off another year. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 20 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Regarding plans to travel to St. Louis. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 20 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Regarding Darby’s health and her hopes for his recovery. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 20 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Gives family news [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 21 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Discusses acquaintances. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 22 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Discusses his health and a visit from Dr. Magruder. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 22 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions a visit from Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Chenie. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 25 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Regarding his health. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 25 3 6 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Family news. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 26 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. States that his health has been as usual, and mentions some visitors. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 26 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Regarding his concern for Mary. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 27 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Pittsburgh, to John F. Darby, Washington City. Regarding his journey to Pittsburgh. [filed 1852 Jan-Feb] 1852 Feb 29 3 6 Letter signed Jos. B. Wilkinson [Joseph B. Wilkinson], New Orleans, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington City, D.C. Welcomes Darby as his guest if Darby decides to return to St. Louis via New York. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Mar 2 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. Mentions that his health is improving. As soon as the weather permits, he will start for home. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Mar 4 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Washington, to Mary [Darby]. He will leave Washington the 15th and be home about the 25th or 26th. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Mar 12 3 6 Letter signed Josiah Spalding, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, House of Representatives, Washington City, D.C. Acknowledges receipt of McClanahan’s report which Darby sent. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Mar 23 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Midway, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Invites Darby and Mrs. Darby to visit him at Newport and bathe in the surf. Suggests a route. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 June 25 3 6 Letter signed Felix Wilkinson, Arcadia, Madison Cou., to Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Complains about Mr. Berryman and the school. Berryman made fun of Wilkinson’s religion. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Aug 1 3 6 Circular pertaining to shooting by Robert M. O’Blenis of David Lloyd when O’Blenis was aiming at Joseph Wilkinson. Fracas developed over decision in shooting of negro by Wilkinson, O’Blenis, and two others. O’Blenis turned state’s evidence, and the others were acquitted. The case was decided in 1849. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Oct 3 6 Letter signed Mary [Mary Wilkinson] to Mary M. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discusses family news. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Oct 2 3 6 Letter signed Wm. H. Lackland [William H. Lackland], Columbia, Mo., Union Literary Hall, University of Mo., to John F. Darby. Informs Darby that he has been chosen as an honorary member of the Union Literary Society. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Nov 5 3 6 Letter signed Alex H.H. Stuart, Department of the Interior, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Acknowledges Darby’s recommendation of John D. Coulter for office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Missouri, made vacant by the death of John D. Cook. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Nov 9 3 6 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, House of Reps., Washington City. Regarding the bidding and sale of Crockett properties. Daniel D. Page arrived from California looking thinner than when he went away. Hamilton decided there should be a new count of votes between Wimer and Belt for sheriff. Comments on the cold rainy weather. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Nov 22 3 6 Letter signed N. Ranney, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington, D.C.. Ranney intends to apply for Post Office in St. Louis under the new administration. He came to St. Louis in the spring of 1819. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Nov 22 3 6 Letter signed Saml. R. Curtis [Samuel R. Curtis], City Engineers Office, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby, Washington City. Seeks an appointment at West Point for his son, Henry. [filed 1852 Mar-Nov] 1852 Nov 27 3 6 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], Santa Fe, to John F. Darby, House Rep., Washington. Complains about slow mail deliveries to and from Santa Fe. Mentions Cuba. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 1 3 6 Letter signed Archibald Gamble, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Request to support bill to aid Gamble’s brother-in-law, Langdon C. Easton, now on duty in Washington. While Quartermaster at Santa Fe, Easton’s office was robbed. He was in St. Louis at the time and had no control over the matter or arrest of the robber. He applied for relief at the last session of Congress. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 10 3 6 Letter signed John D. Coalter, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding the anonymous letter Darby received. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 20 3 6 Letter of N. Paschall, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. Recommends J.W. White, applicant for mail delivery between St. Louis and Galena. White had applied for the same office between St. Louis and Louisville but prefers the Galena route. Complains about eastern mail which St. Louis receives but three times a week. Mentions that the River is full of ice. Asks that Darby see the letters on file of Gamble in relation to the Terre Haute route and insist upon its adoption. The Legislature is going it with a rush on railroads; it will pass, in all probability, with Missouri, Kansas, Southwestern and soon mountain, with $7 or $8 million state credit. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 22 3 6 Letter signed J.H. McIlvaine, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Recommends F.R. Conway for office of Surveyor General, which will be vacated by the resignation of M. Lewis Clark. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 26 3 6 Letter signed Chas. C. Whittelsey [Charles C. Whittelsey], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington, D.C.. Asks for surveys and reports in various parts of the west. He takes a great interest in the growth of the west. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 29 3 6 Letter signed A. Litton, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington, D.C. Requests report of Dr. Owen, which cannot be out of print for it had not been published 3 weeks ago. Also asks for geology of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska and other Congressional documents that tend to make known resources and the physical structure of the country. [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 30 3 6 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], Sta. Fe [Santa Fe] to John F. Darby, H. Rep., Wash.. States that he hopes to leave the country. Lane feels flattered that he was selected to remain in Santa Fe, but his family was dissatisfied with the appointment. Includes a printed circular addressed to President Pierce by citizens of New Mexico, recommending Maj. F.A. Cunningham as a suitable person for Governor of the Territory. (2 items) [filed 1852 Dec] 1852 Dec 31 3 6 Letter signed John F. Darby, Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Mary [Darby]. Details the amenities of his visit to the town, including a comfortable room and good entertainment. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 3 7 A list of the Post-Offices in the 1st Congressional District of Missouri. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 3 7 Letter signed Harriet Papin to Sister [Mary Darby]. States that Mary Atchison has a daughter, and mentions the death of Mrs. Doctor Papin. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 6 3 7 Letter signed Archibald Gamble, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that the books about which Darby wrote have been in the office for some time. The box clerks said Darby’s little son was informed that there were two sacks of documents for him, which the son probably forgot to mention. Gamble will retain them until Darby returns or makes some other disposition of them. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 8 3 7 Letter signed Henry Papin, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington City, D.C. States, “. . . .The chimneys of your house have all been cemented: it is well you advised me of it, because we have had a wet winter. . . .Railroad items exclude all other news from our city papers. Our Legislature has been very liberal toward railroads through the different parts of the State. We have granted a right of way to the R.R. through the Duchouquette Grant. Many think that you sold in the wrong time. . . .Do not fail to have all the ‘Spanish grant’ to the heirs of Joseph Marie Papin confirmed by the Congress. Should you need any papers, advice etc. to facilitate you in the Kercerault Claim let me know. . . .Young Henry Chouteau and Young Benoist are engaged in the Banking Business under the style of Chouteau & Benoist – capital $40,000. The liberalities of Page & Bacon to depositors which all other Bankers have been obliged to follow will be a death blow to new firm. . . .” [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 12 3 7 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, Washington. States, “The St. Louis & Iron Mountain Railroad Company are fully organized and the Surveys will be commenced next week. The Road will probably run along the River from here to Carondelet passing through the front part of the arsenal tract and the front of the Marine Hospital tract. It will also run through the Jefferson Barracks tract. We wish to get an act of Congress granting the Right of Way through these different tracts. . . .If any difficulty is raised you can make the proviso that the location of the road is subject to approval of the commanding officers. . . .” [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 15 3 7 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, House of Reps., Washington City. Tiffany has been busy buying property from Gabriel Chouteau, part of the Chouteau mill tract (Pierre Chouteau’s interest). Mentions that the city is paving streets within the old city limits, purchasing the Lucas block opposite Yeatman’s. Discusses the contested election of Belt & Wimer. Whigs and Benton men have elected B. Pratte president of their bank, and most of the directors are Whigs. Also mentions McPherson, the Iron Mountain Railroad, the war on currency, and Page & Bacon. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 20 3 7 Letter signed John P. Kennedy, Navy Department, to John F. Darby, House of Reps. Regarding Darby’s letter from George L. Nicholls. The vessel under command of Lieut. Page will sail in a few days to Rio de la Plate. She is not fitted for the accommodation of passengers and the complement of officers and crew is now filled. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 25 3 7 Letter signed S. Knox, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding money matters. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 26 3 7 Letter signed Wm. P. Curtis [William P. Curtis], Librarian, St. Louis Mercantile Library, to John F. Darby, Washington, D.C. Acknowledges receipt of valuable documents sent by Darby. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 27 3 7 Letter signed Patrick Major, Louisville, Ky., to John F. Darby Washington City, D.C. Proposes to give a short history of Darby’s case [paralysis] from their first interview until Darby’s relief through the agency of Major’s remedies. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 28 3 7 Letter signed George H. Stille, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Seeks public documents for the library of the St. Louis Vocalist Association, a German society formed in 1847 and incorporated in 1851. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 28 3 7 Letter signed Margaret B. Lane, St. Louis, to Linn Boyd, Washington City, D.C. Regarding land claim. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 30 3 7 Letter signed H.A. Clover, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby. Requests a copy of the Blue Book. [filed 1853 Jan 1-31] 1853 Jan 31 3 7 Letter signed Harriet Papin, Saint Louis, to Mrs. M. Darby. Contains family news. Henry is busy seeing to his house. It is frame and will be done by the first of May. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 1 3 7 Note signed P. Force to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], House Reps. States, “I have not the large American Edition of Lewis and Clark. I have the London Edition of 1814. . . .” [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 2 3 7 Letter signed Jno. Maguire [John Maguire], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Discusses needed laws for operation of steamboats. Also mentions possible instructions to steamboat engineers on operation of the boats and iron ore in Missouri. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 4 3 7 Letter signed Thornton Grimsley, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington City, D.C. Praises Darby’s service as a representative in Washington in spite of his lameness, and offers consolation on the death of Darby’s child. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 4 3 7 Letter signed N. Paschall, St. Louis. Reports on the operation of the newspaper; and states that the currency war is at an end. There was a close call at Quincy when money demand was made and Benoist’s man showed up with $70,000 at the proper time. Requests action on Capt. L.C. Easton’s case, in which he asked the Government to relieve him of his debt of $17,000, which was stolen by his clerk. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 5 3 7 Letter signed A.H. Evans, Fair View, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Member of Congress, Washington City. Requests some volumes relating to agriculture. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 5 3 7 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Washington City, to Dr. Patrick Major, Louisville, Ky. Regarding the results of the medicine Major sent to him. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 5 3 7 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], Jefferson City, to J.F. Darby, Washington. States, “. . . .The Legislature has by a large majority removed the Branch Bank from Jackson to the Cape [Girardeau]. . . .Mr. Lacy [Whig member from Cape Girardeau] suggests with some force that the removal should be made now so that the new officers under Pierce could commence business at the Cape. Mr. L has great expectations of a favourable result from the success that attended your efforts in getting the right of way for our road.” Regarding interests of Surveyor General and Carondelet commons and Blair’s repealing resolutions, which he offered Saturday. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 8 3 7 Letter signed Henry Papin, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington, D.C. States that he has applied several times at Adams Express office and has learned that the body of Darby’s child has not arrived. Suspects that difficulty in navigation has delayed its arrival. Also mentions that Page & Evans have got wind of the Kercereau claim. Mentions Darby getting a claim for the J. Bte. Duchouquette tract in Franklin County. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 9 3 7 Letter signed William Milburn, Saint Louis County, Missouri, to John F. Darby, House of Representatives, Washington City. Regarding Darby furthering Milburn’s application for Surveyor General. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 14 3 7 Letter signed James C. Campbell, Saint Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby, Washington City. States that he is glad to hear Darby’s health is improving. Discusses Darby’s son’s death, Mrs. Darby’s health, etc. It has been a warm winter; the river was open all winter. Case & Co. want a railroad down Broadway from Bremen to the Arsenal, $1,000 a year for 30 years. This is another bone of contention between people in the city and those on the outskirts. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 14 3 7 Letter signed Aunt Mary [Wilkinson], Baltimore, to Mary [Darby]. Family news. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 15 3 7 Letter signed John H. Morse, Hillsboro, Jefferson County, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington City, D.C. Regarding petition for post route in Hillsboro. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 16 3 7 Letter signed Henry Papin, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Washington City, D.C. States that the body of Darby’s child arrived on the 14th. Papin had the remains removed immediately to Bellefontaine Cemetery, where they will be until Darby’s arrival. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 18 3 7 Letter signed Mrs. M. MacRee, St. Louis, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding obtaining a Mexican War pension. Her husband left Mexico with a completely shattered constitution. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 18 3 7 Letter signed James B. Clay, Near St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the Brazeau claim of 800 acres on Quiver or Salt River in the neighborhood of Troy, Mo. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 21 3 7 Letter signed G.K. McGunnegle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Suggests the name of 1st Lieut. John Davidson, 1st Dragoons, for captaincy in additional Regiment of Calvary if it should become a law. Includes biographical sketch of Davidson. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 22 3 7 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], Sta. Fe [Santa Fe], to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Introduces Judge Butler. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 25 3 7 Letter signed James Mulholland, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the extension of city limits. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 26 3 7 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], Sta. Fe [Santa Fe], to Jno. Fletcher Darby [John F. Darby], Washington. Regarding Darby’s improvement in health. [filed 1853 Feb] 1853 Feb 27 3 7 Note signed H.S. Geyer to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States, “If you have the letter of the Assistant Secretary estimates for the Hospital I will be obliged to you for the loan of it to be used in support of the proposition for the appropriation.” [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Mar 1 3 7 Letter signed Clara A. Dodge, Washington, to Cousin [Mary Darby]. States that she misses Mary and hopes that she has a safe homeward journey. Mentions that General Pierce and his Cabinet have made very few removals as yet. On mourning stationery. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Mar 20 3 7 Letter signed J.B. Crockett, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, Washington. Regarding paying off his debts. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Mar 31 3 7 Letter signed H.F. Christy, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding sale or lease of west half of block on which Planters House stands. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 May 12 3 7 Letter signed Mary Leigh, Marion, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the many deaths in their family. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 June 15 3 7 Letter signed John F. Darby, Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Mary [Darby]. Regarding taking the baths, etc. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 July 2 3 7 Letter signed A. Todd, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding politics and conditions in St. Louis. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 July 28 3 7 Letter signed Jno. McClellan [John McClellan], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that Whigs have elected all but two of their candidates. Mr. Bates is elected Judge of Land Court by a handsome majority. Discussion of politics in general. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Aug 3 3 7 Letter signed John M. Bass, Nashville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discusses politics. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Aug 27 3 7 Letter signed V.K. Stevenson, Nashville, Tennessee, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding business matters. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Sept 30 3 7 Legal document of Wm. M. Shook [William M. Shook] by Jerome Middleton, his next friend, Plaintiff vs. Wm. F. Eckert [William F. Eckert], Defendant. Regarding payment for teaching steamboating. (2 items) [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Oct 3 7 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri. Regarding money and politics. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Nov 21 3 7 Letter signed Clara [Dodge], Burlington, to Mary [Darby]. Introduces Mrs. Lowe, who is visiting her son at Jefferson Barracks. On mourning stationery. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Nov 22 3 7 Letter signed P.A. Sarpy, Saint Marys, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding business matters. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Dec 10 3 7 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Washington City, D.C., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding business matters. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Dec 12 3 7 Letter signed John Dougherty, Clay County, Mo., to John F. Darby. Introduces Robert Silson of Platte County, who is visiting Washington on private business. [filed 1853 Mar-Dec] 1853 Dec 31 3 7 Album of Walter K. Darby, containing poetry, notes, and sketches. 1854 3 8 Letter signed Phillip W. Heermans, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby. Asks for Darby’s consent in taking the hand of Mary. [filed 1854] 1854 Jan 4 3 8 Letter signed J.B. Sarpy, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Inquires about letter of recommendation of Charles A. Davis, who said he was raised near Cape Girardeau. Sarpy was told he was related in business with young Gitt, son of the notorious Gitt of Cape Girardeau. [filed 1854] 1854 Feb 16 3 8 Letter signed John How, Mayor’s Office, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Invites Darby, as ex-Mayor of St. Louis, to the Court House rotunda to meet guests. [filed 1854] 1854 Feb 28 3 8 Letter signed P. Chouteau Jr., New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. (in French) [filed 1854] 1854 Mar 9 3 8 Letter signed P.A. Sarpy, Saint Mays, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. States that Darby’s letter arrived when the Omahas made the treaty with Gatewood. Sarpy did not forget Darby’s claim against Pinault. They acknowledge but say the amount should be paid by Pinault interest in the Nemaha tract. Darby’s portion belongs to the “half breeds” and Mr. Gatewood will purchase it off them when he returns from Washington. Sarpy will see that Darby’s note is paid. [filed 1854] 1854 Mar 9 3 8 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Washington, D.C., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks that Darby do him a favor by asking his friends of the Republican to insert his (Dodge’s) speech in favor of the organization of Territorial governments for Nebraska and Kansas. That paper has a wide circulation in Iowa, and Dodge hopes to bring as many Whigs to his support as he shall lose Democrats upon the question. [filed 1854] 1854 Mar 11 3 8 Letter signed James W. Scott, Washington City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Missouri. Inquires about the case of Eliott Lee’s widow vs. Lindell. States that Old Bullion’s pronouncements against the St. Louis Post Office are doubtless intended as a broadside discharge upon the administration for the appointment of the new incumbent. Discusses politics. [filed 1854] 1854 Apr 29 3 8 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Washington, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks that Darby read the enclosed articles, and then he will be more fully able to appreciate the nature of the warfare on the writer and the benefit resulting from the favor for which Dodge is indebted to Darby, and not to the editors of the Republican . [filed 1854] 1854 May 5 3 8 Letter signed P.D. Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Regarding properties on the river front and details of deeds and owners. [filed 1854] 1854 June 1 3 8 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. In reply to Darby’s earlier letters regarding properties on the St. Louis water front, inquires about Cabanne’s will. Also mentions the city claiming damages for the water works lot. [filed 1854] 1854 July 24 3 8 Letter signed Sidney Breese, Carlyle, Ill., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding payment by Isiah Sellers of St. Louis for land in “land office money.” Encloses deed and letter addressed to Breese’s agent in Jackson County, Ill. If payment is not made for the land this week, return the deed. Breese will only sell to raise money. [filed 1854] 1854 Sept 21 3 8 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Concerning the extension of city limits to Grand Avenue and widening Grand to 150 feet, which would ruin Tiffany by cutting off his property. Asks Darby to kill the amendment before the City Council and before the Legislature, which ought not to have rule over streets of St. Louis. [filed 1854] 1854 Dec 11 3 8 Letter signed Henry Boyce to John F. Darby. States that he is sorry to see by the papers that the commercial storm now sweeping the country has reached St. Louis. He especially regrets the disaster of the Messrs. Belcher, as they were useful and enterprising men. [filed 1855] 1855 Jan 30 3 9 Letter signed Geo. K. Budd [George K. Budd] to John F. Darby. Recommends a teller for Darby’s house. [filed 1855] 1855 Mar 30 3 9 Letter signed James Reilley, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Accepts the situation with Darby’s firm after position as cashier at L.T. & Co. [Lucas, Turner & Co.] in San Francisco. He will arrive in St. Louis via the Nicaraguan route and New York. [filed 1855] 1855 June 30 3 9 Letter signed G.W. Good, near St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby’s note of the 27th regarding Prof. Swallow’s geological report. Good will send one to Darby when he receives the reports from the bindery. [filed 1855] 1855 Dec 27 3 9 Letter signed F. Desloge, Potosi, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that he has found a competent man to take care of Darby’s mine on the Meramec. The man’s name is George Simpson. [filed 1855] 1855 Dec 28 3 9 Letter signed R. Remington, 22 Old Broad Street, London, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Suggests that a party of rich men buy acres of land in Iowa, Kansas, or Missouri to induce people to settle them. Asks if there is anything in the laws of those states or of Michigan or Wisconsin which would interfere with such a land company. [filed 1856] 1856 Apr 4 3 9 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane] to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Explains his statement of facts in the case of the Cabanne vs. Walker suit. Mentions his concern in the DeVolsey tract, knowing the DeVolsey woman and her lighter [mulatto] daughter. [filed 1856] 1856 May 3 9 Letter signed Frederick Mosberger, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. States that Mr. Singer is anxious to receive his pay for making out copies of documents regarding the DeVolsey claim. [filed 1856] 1856 Aug 1 3 9 Note signed Tho. Allen [Thomas Allen], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Declines serving on the committee to which Darby has appointed him for collecting “aid for Kansas.” [filed 1856] 1856 Aug 29 3 9 Note signed Fred. Kretschmar, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding the clerk’s business. Kretschmar will await Darby’s pleasure as to their going to the place spoken of yesterday. [filed 1856] 1856 Sept 13 3 9 Letter signed P.E. Blow, Richwoods, to John F. Darby. States that he does not know that the land will be offered for sale, but he will attend court at Hillsboro for two weeks and if they are offered for sale he will look to their mutual interest. [filed 1856] 1856 Nov 8 3 9 Letter signed John C. Breckinridge, Lexington, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discusses the restoration of Darby’s health and politics. Agrees thoroughly with Darby on the “American Order.” [filed 1856] 1856 Nov 27 3 9 Letter signed L.M. Kennett, Washn. [Washington], to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he has used his best efforts to protect their lead and hemp. Kennett will send Darby his remarks on the subject of reducing the tariff. He does not think any great change will be made this session. Congress seems little disposed to do anything at all. Kennett begins to despair of getting the western river improvement bill passed, not having as yet obtained the floor to call it up. [filed 1857] 1857 Feb 6 3 9 Letter signed Sam Caruthers, Ho. of Rep. [House of Representatives], to John F. Darby. States that the Missouri delegates came down like a “thousand of bricks” on the Committee of Ways & Means for leaving hemp and lead unprotected. They have amended their bill and will leave hemp, iron, and lead just where they are under the tariff of 46. Caruthers presumes his colleagues will be a unit upon the questions where Missouri interests are concerned. States that Jackson favors frequent rotation of office holders, but Buchanan has not shown which division he favors. [filed 1857] 1857 Feb 16 3 9 Letter signed W. Preston to John F. Darby. Regarding collecting rents from the tenants. [filed 1857] 1857 Apr 6 3 9 Letter signed Robert Campbell, St. Louis, to Edward Shippen Willing. Regarding loan he has made for Willing to John F. Darby. Persons mentioned include Mr. C. Miller and McClelland Moody. 1857 June 16 3 9 Letter signed Jno. Doniphan [John Doniphan], Weston, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. States that he is sending receipts. [filed 1857] 1857 June 27 3 9 Letter signed Wm. Carr Lane [William Carr Lane], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Encloses his account for medical services rendered to Darby’s family from March 11,1856, the day in which the lawsuit of the city against him was terminated, to the present time. With Darby’s consent, all Carr’s previous services may be counterbalanced by Darby’s professional services in Lane’s behalf regarding the suit above mentioned. [filed 1857] 1857 July 28 3 9 Letter signed W. Preston, Louisville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding money matters. [filed 1857] 1857 Aug 20 3 9 Letter signed Michl. Dolan [Michael Dolan], Coswell Lead Mine, to John F. Darby. Discusses mines and the County Court’s interest in them. Also regarding school district mines and his reasons why mines should not be leased but operated by capitalists or others who can smelt. [filed 1857] 1857 Sept 20 3 9 Letter signed P. Dexter Tiffany, Worcester, to John F. Darby. Concerning money; going to Springfield for Chouteau, Harrison & Valle; meeting James H. Lucas in New York; and Tesson, Renick, Clark. Tiffany wishes Darby would settle Bates’ fee for the wharf matter. He means to employ Darby to sue the city if they do not provide for the payment or settlement of it. [filed 1858] 1858 Jan 29 3 9 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Editor of the Missouri Republican . States that in the paper of the 3rd he observed his name printed amongst others as a member of the Democratic Vigilance Committee for the 5th Ward. Corrects them that he is a Whig. [filed 1859] 1859 Apr 4 3 9 Letter of P.D. Tiffany, Worcester, [to John F. Darby]. States that he is glad to hear of Darby’s determination to erect stores. Gives advice on kinds of construction, and suggests that Darby visit stores in New York. [filed 1859] 1859 July 1 3 9 Letter signed H.R. Gamble, Norristown, Penn., to John F. Darby. States that he is unable to loan Darby money because he already made arrangements for loan of all money he could command before receiving Darby’s letter. [filed 1859] 1859 Aug 2 3 9 Dissolution of partnership of John F. Darby & E. Miltenberger; and association as partners, John F. Darby & Horace Anderson, business to be conducted under style and name of John F. Darby & Co. [filed 1863] 1863 Aug 31-Sept 1 3 10 Memorandum regarding the estate of Catherine Cravier in hand of John F. Darby. [filed 1863] 1863 Aug 31 3 10 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to W.B. Porter, Sullivan, Ill. Regarding the method whereby his miners make money by working his mines and being paid per thousand pounds they produce. [filed 1863] 1863 Oct 28 3 10 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins], New Franklin, Howard Co. [Howard County], to Uncle. States that everybody, well and unwell, is rushing to Macon City to get their exemptions. Mentions trouble with negroes at a party in his neighborhood, and states that a man from Arkansas said Jo Shelby is going to make a raid in a short time. [filed 1863] 1863 Dec 25 3 10 Letters of Elizabeth Lewis to her brother John F. Darby. One letter is on mourning stationery. (12 items) 1864 3 10 Statement of condition of the firm of J.F. Darby and Co. [filed in Oversize] 1864 Jan 7 3 10 Letter signed C.F. Burns to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the resolution of the bar meeting to be presented to the family of the late H.R. Gamble [Hamilton Rowan Gamble]. [filed 1864] 1864 Feb 6 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. Regarding buying and selling gold. Limrick will spend nothing among the Yankees for he hates them with a perfect luxury. He came to New York to make money, not to spend it. [filed 1864] 1864 Feb 15 3 10 Note signed Ma [Mary Darby] to Caswell F. Darby. Asks him to ask his Pa to send her twenty dollars. [filed 1864] 1864 Feb 25 3 10 Letter signed John B. Darby, Rock Island, Ill., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Requests money because he is a prisoner of war in Rock Island. There are some comforts he cannot have unless he has the money. [filed 1864] 1864 Mar 9 3 10 Letter signed J.R. Lackland, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding business about a law suit. [filed 1864] 1864 Mar 16 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. Regarding the wild gold market and Wall Street being in confusion. He thinks he will send a big nest egg to Canada or England until the war is over. He has not seen his wife or children for a year, then in the dungeon of a Lexington jail. [filed 1864] 1864 Apr 8 3 10 Letter signed E. Generelly, Saint Clair, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding mining on Caswell range. [filed 1864] 1864 Apr 18 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York, to John F. Darby. Discusses the money market and the war scare. [filed 1864] 1864 Apr 28 3 10 Letter signed J. O’Fallon to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks Darby to recommend Adolph Hugo to P. Chouteau Jr. & Co. for a vacancy in their office. [filed 1864] 1864 May 3 3 10 Letter signed J.J. Lampton, Louisiana, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Caswell’s visit, his good conduct on the boat, and Lampton’s wife accepting him as the son of his friend, even knowing of his peculiarity. His wife treats Caswell with earnest kindness. [filed 1864] 1864 May 9 3 10 Letter signed Joseph Wilkinson Jr., New Orleans, to John F. Darby. Regarding Valeria Penrose. He has no doubt Darby will find her the real owner of the property attended by Darby. [filed 1864] 1864 June 8 3 10 Letter signed Jas. Lindsay [James Lindsay], New Lebanon, to John F. Darby. Explains his father’s line of heirs. Lindsay is sorry to say to Darby that they are all single except his sister. His sister’s husband acknowledged the attorney with her. He hopes that this will be satisfying to Darby. [filed 1864] 1864 June 18 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States that he has sent $20,000 in gold to Montreal, and next week he shall send $30,000 more. Discusses the money market in “this God-forsaken place.” [filed 1864] 1864 July 2 3 10 Letter signed Lorenzo D. Estep, Rock Island Prison, Ill., to Mrs. [Mary] Darby. Requests clothing and money. States that he is a friend of her son, A.G. [filed 1864] 1864 July 11 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, New York, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that she has decided to go to Long Branch with Mr. and Mrs. Kimble. [filed 1864] 1864 July 11 3 10 Letter signed T.H. Buker, Astor House, New York, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding Mrs. [Mary] Darby’s departure from St. Louis. Buker will see that she and the children have attention. [filed 1864] 1864 July 12 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. States that he missed Mrs. [Mary] Darby when he went to see her. Discusses the gold market. [filed 1864] 1864 July 12 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, New York, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions a visit from Mr. Buker. [filed 1864] 1864 July 12 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Long Branch, New Jersey, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that she has arrived in Long Branch and was too fatigued to write immediately. [filed 1864] 1864 July 14 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions her fatigue. [filed 1864] 1864 July 15 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, New York, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Informs him that she is back in New York but is fatigued. [filed 1864] 1864 July 18 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Long Branch, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Informs him that she feels better and thinks the bathing will do her good. [filed 1864] 1864 July 20 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Informs him that she has decided to stay in Long Branch a week longer. [filed 1864] 1864 July 25 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding Mrs. Darby, the Civil War, and gold. [filed 1864] 1864 July 25 3 10 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that the bathing has been a great benefit for her health. [filed 1864] 1864 July 27 3 10 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Mary M. Darby, New York. Mentions his disappointment at not receiving a letter from her. Mentions that Ida [Wilkinson] has been sick. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 8 3 10 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Mary M. Darby. Mentions that Caswell received a letter from Mary Pratte yesterday. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 10 3 10 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Philadelphia, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Explains that she has not written because she was travelling. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 10 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions his attempts to meet Mrs. Darby. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 10 3 10 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Mary M. Darby. Expresses concern at not having heard from her. Mentions that Ida Wilkinson is quite sick. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 11 3 10 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Mary M. Darby, New York. Asks her why she does not write. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 12 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. Regarding business and money risks. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 12 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding gold and business matters. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 13 3 10 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Niagara, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that she arrived yesterday but was too tired to write. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 15 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Assures Darby that his troubles in trying to meet Mrs. Darby was not her fault. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 20 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding business matters. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Aug 27 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Mentions that he has just returned from Niagara Falls where he met his wife, whom he had not seen for two years. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Sept 19 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. Mentions that he has met a gentleman who has seen Darby’s son, who is in Confederate service. The man marched 10 days with Darby’s son, who is in good health and spirits. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Oct 1 3 10 Letter signed Wm. S. Moseley [William S. Moseley], Jefferson City, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Mo. States that he is informing all his friends in St. Louis and New Madrid that old Pap Price did not take Jeff City. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Oct 10 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his kind attentions to Mrs. Limrick. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Oct 16 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding Horace, who is with him. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Oct 26 3 10 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding Horace and Mrs. Limrick. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Nov 12 3 10 Letter signed H. Linneman, Quincy, Ill., to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding land Darby sold him in 1837 and 1838 for which Linneman paid $1,019 in gold – and which property Darby later resold. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Nov 15 3 10 Letter signed Fred Berthold to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Darby’s debt to him which Darby said he would pay in a very few days – that was 18 months ago. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Dec 2 3 10 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Frederick Berthold. Reply to Berthold’s letter of December 2. [filed 1864 Aug-Dec] 1864 Dec 14 3 10 Letter signed George W. Wilson, Captain, Office District Inspector, St. Louis, Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Wilson’s rental lease on Darby’s property. Asks that Darby will neither trouble him or his family again in regard to the matter. [filed 1865] 1865 Jan 7 3 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Thomas Rudd, Louisville, Ky. Inquires about his son, Caswell, who is in Rudd’s vicinity. Because of these perilous times, the family is concerned about him. [filed 1865] 1865 Jan 9 3 11 Letter signed R.M. Field, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Informs Darby that he (Darby) has not paid a dollar of the principal or interest on his notes of July 1, 1861, for more than three years. [filed 1865] 1865 Jan 24 3 11 Letter signed J. Ad. Rozier, New Orleans, to John F. Darby. Business matters. [filed 1865] 1865 Jan 25 3 11 Letter signed Rev. B.J. McQuaid, Seton Hall, to John F. Darby. He has room at the present time for Darby’s son, but he must behave like a gentleman, etc. [filed 1865] 1865 Feb 3 3 11 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], Banker, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the gold market. Limrick has lost most of the big profits he had realized last July, and now he stands about where he did when he came to New York. [filed 1865] 1865 Feb 24 3 11 Letter signed Richd. H. Pitts [Richard H. Pitts], Sant Springs, Webster County, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the death of John D. Coulter. Mentions that his fields are lying idle because of the war, and he should like to come to St. Louis to find some occupation. [filed 1865] 1865 Mar 3 3 11 Letter signed Capt. D.G. Hicks, U.S. Military Prison, Johnsons Island, O., to Mrs. J.F. Darby [Mary M. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding forwarding a draft of her son, Lieut. Edwin J. Darby. Hopes it can be remitted. [filed 1865] 1865 Mar 3 3 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to John Lysaght, St. Joseph, Mo. Regarding Lysaght’s plans to marry Darby’s niece, Miss Missouri Collins. Darby has heard of Lysaght’s good reputation. (2 copies) [filed 1865] 1865 Mar 28 3 11 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], New York City, to John F. Darby, Banker, St. Louis, Mo. Limrick is sorry that Darby’s speculation in the hands of Mr. Broadwell turned out so unprofitably. Discusses the gold panic. Limrick finds he is not as bold and chivalric as before his defeat, and he is almost a coward. Mentions his possible future plans. Limrick’s residence and farm in Lafayette Co. (Mo.) is talked of for a free negro college on the agricultural plan. The government calls it confiscation. Gov. Fletcher is the man who has his eye on the property. Limrick may go to Denver. [filed 1865] 1865 Mar 28 3 11 Letter signed John C. McDaniel, Eufaula, Ala., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Greetings to his cousin. He is a son of Darby’s uncle, John McDaniel, his mother’s brother. [filed 1865] 1865 May 7 3 11 Letter signed Bolivar Owen, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Names L.W.H. Wright as President and John Dell as Secretary of The Missouri Gymnastic Society. [filed 1865] 1865 May 12 3 11 Letter signed J.J. Lampton, New York, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding progress in his business ventures. [filed 1865] 1865 May 15 3 11 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Seeks business advice. [filed 1865] 1865 May 23 3 11 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Seeks business advice. Gloomy letter. [filed 1865] 1865 June 9 3 11 Invitation to attend railroad meeting at Lindell Hotel. [filed 1865] 1865 June 21 3 11 Letter signed J. Ad. Rozier, New Orleans, to John F. Darby. Business matters. [filed 1865] 1865 June 22 3 11 Letter signed J. Ad. Rozier, New Orleans, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Business matters. [filed 1865] 1865 July 3 3 11 Letter signed S.H. Fuller, Willimantic, Ct.., to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding politics, war, and slavery. [filed 1865] 1865 July 4 3 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, New York, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that Ben has grown very much. [filed 1865] 1865 July 14 3 11 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions a fire that caused her stay in New York to be longer than expected. [filed 1865] 1865 July 16 3 11 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions her unease at not receiving letters from him. [filed 1865] 1865 July 18 3 11 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Expresses hopes that he is feeling better, as she has heard he has been ill. [filed 1865] 1865 July 22 3 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions receiving six letters from him at once. [filed 1865] 1865 July 30 3 11 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, N.J., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions her homesickness. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 2 3 11 Letter signed M.M. Darby, Long Branch, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that she will go to Connecticut tomorrow. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 3 3 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Mystic Island, Conn., to Husband [John F. Darby]. Describes Mystic Island and the price for boarding there. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 10 3 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Husband [John F. Darby]. She found Mystic Island unpleasant and changed locations to Watch Hill. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 13 3 11 Letter signed W.B. Porter, P.O. Box 276, Mattoon, Illinois, to John F. Darby. Inquires regarding the name of good chemist and assayer in St. Louis to study specimens of ores of tin and silver. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 14 3 11 Letter signed Mary M. Darby, Watch Hill, to Husband [John F. Darby]. Mentions that she likes Watch Hill better than Long Branch. [filed 1865] 1865 Aug 17 3 11 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks if she should sell and rent. [filed 1865] 1865 Sept 8 3 11 Letter signed J.P. Devereux, Saint Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Introduces Mr. McArdle. [filed 1865] 1865 Sept 14 3 11 Letter signed E.J. Honey, Hillsboro, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Encloses tax collector’s receipt. [filed 1865] 1865 Sept 25 3 11 Letter signed Elias J. Honey, Hillsboro, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Returns the deed Darby sent. [filed 1865] 1865 Sept 28 3 11 Letter signed W.H. Hardie, Frankfort, Ky., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. States that Darby’s son’s delay is due to the flu. [filed 1865] 1865 Sept 29 3 11 Letter signed Elias J. Honey, Hillsboro, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Requests a draft on New York for a friend in favor of Orange Judd, editor of the American Agricultural . [filed 1865] 1865 Oct 9 3 11 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Family chatter. [filed 1865] 1865 Dec 8 3 11 Letter signed J. Ad. Rozier, New Orleans, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Business matters. [filed 1865] 1865 Dec 13 3 11 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], Banking House of Wm. Limrick, Lexington, Missouri, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Offers his place for sale – possibly to the Catholics in St. Louis for a convent. Description, etc. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Jan 5 3 12 Letter signed Rebecca Darby, Lexington, Miss., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Presumes to be a sister, and asks for financial aid. (Includes note of Darby: “no relation, I do not know her.”) [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Jan 9 3 12 Letter signed Mrs. J.H. Barnard, Holmes Co., Miss., to John F. Darby. Regarding Darby’s sister-in-law’s letters. She has received no replies from Darby. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Jan 14 3 12 Letter signed S.H. Fuller, Willimantic, Ct., to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the case of Ripley. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Jan 29 3 12 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Astor House, New York, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he visited Ben (who wants to come home to Ma and Pa this summer) at Seton Hall. Description of recent fire. Includes separate note on Seton Hall College stationery with description of campus. (2 items) [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Feb 6 3 12 Letter signed Wm. Walker [William Walker], Fort Smith, Ark., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Introduces Charles B. Johnson who is interested in the Rector estate. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Mar 28 3 12 Letter signed Jno. Jay Bailey [John Jay Bailey], Librarian, Public School Library, to John F. Darby. Regarding the deplorable condition of their building. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Apr 13 3 12 Rough draft of letter of John F. Darby, Saint Louis, to John Jay Bailey. Regarding the condition of the library. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Apr 17 3 12 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins] to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Regarding improvements on his farm. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Apr 22 3 12 Letter signed Miss Clara Stuart, Memphis, Tenn., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Accuses Darby’s son, who, since his marriage, has visited her in a house of ill-fame and has borrowed $150 from her. (Incldes note of Darby calling her a prostitute). [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 Apr 25 3 12 Letter [unclear signature], Office of Daily New Era, Atlanta, Ga.. Asks Darby to hand a note to his son giving conditions of the south – crops, negroes, whites, etc. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 May 7 3 12 Letter signed W.W.G. [W.W. Green] to J.F.D. [John F. Darby]. Regarding a meeting of school representatives last night. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 May 9 3 12 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding mining business. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 May 11 3 12 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Astor House, New York, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Introduces his brother, Clayton, who wishes to settle in St. Louis to practice law. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 May 22 3 12 Letter signed Lizzie [Beckett] to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Chatter. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 May 28 3 12 Letter signed W.W. Greene, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Inquires about method to sell land willed to his wife as legal heir of Israel Dodge, formerly of Ste. Genevieve. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 June 15 3 12 Letter signed W. Bailey, N. Ols. [New Orleans], to Darby [John F. Darby]. Business matters. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 June 30 3 12 Letter signed E.A. Rollins, Treasury Department, Office of Internal Revenue, Washington, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Replies to Darby’s inquiry of July 3 regarding bond or note secured by mortgage or deed of trust. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 July 7 3 12 Letter signed V. Boisanbin, Dubuque, Iowa, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Inquires about the offer for the Bird claim. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 July 7 3 12 Letter signed S.H. Fuller, Madison, Wisconsin, to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding settling the Ripley business. [filed 1866 Jan-July] 1866 July 7 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding mining business. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 3 3 12 Letter signed Jas. W. Williamson, Memphis, [to John F. Darby]. Seeks Darby’s judgment about some business. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 7 3 12 Letter signed George W. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. He is trying to sell all his properties. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 16 3 12 Letter signed Weston F. Birch, Banking Office of Birch, Murray & Co., No. 12 Wall Street, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. States that the present condition of Darby’s city is the cause of sincere sorrow, and he opens the morning and evening papers with the deepest solitude. So many friends of long standing in daily peril is certainly a matter for solemn reflection. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 21 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding mining business. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 25 3 12 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Astor House, New York, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding cholera in Darby’s city, the President’s grand welcome, and gold. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Aug 30 3 12 Letter signed John H. Curtis, Helena Montana, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding news from the St. Louis Republican – Historical Society meetings, cholera, etc. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Sept 15 3 12 Letter signed James L. Butler, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby. Sends books and papers for St. Louis Historical Society. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Sept 15 3 12 Invitation to attend presentation of testimonial to James S. Thomas the evening of Monday the 24th. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Sept 19 3 12 Letter signed L.M. Shreve, Banking House of J.F. Darby & Co., Saint Louis, Mo., to Darby. He is unable to attend the meeting. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Oct 2 3 12 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Discusses her homesickness, cholera, the siege of grasshoppers from Kansas, and Mr. Lysaght’s business improving. General business is good in St. Joseph, especially in home construction. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Oct 8 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones, on steamer near Prairie du Chien, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding business at the mine and the interests of Mr. Eads and Mr. Blow. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Oct 10 3 12 Letter signed Horace Anderson, T.A. Anderson & Co., St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby. Inquires regarding payment for his services. 1866 Oct 23 3 12 Letter signed M.A. Gilbert, St. Mary, Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Asks to rent the Wilkinson farm for sheep raiser. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Oct 24 3 12 Letter signed E.M. Samuel, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Requests membership in the Missouri Historical Society. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Oct 29 3 12 Letter signed C.S.D. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Asks for character reference of Mr. Winslow or Winthrop, insurance agent on Walnut Street opposite Southern Hotel. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 2 3 12 Document signed John F. Darby, St. Louis. Receipt to David Shepperd for payment of dues in Missouri Historical Society. (Gift of Sterling P. Jones, Webster Groves, July, 1942, grandson of David Shepperd.) 1866 Nov 10 3 12 Letter signed Jas. M. Williamson [James M. Williamson], Memphis, to John F. Darby. Business and family matters. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 12 3 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, Banking House of J.F. Darby & Co., St. Louis, Mo., to Wm. Limrick [William Limrick]. Regarding entering into law partnership. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 14 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She is sending him woolen socks to keep his feet warm this winter. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 16 3 12 Letter signed Jno. H. Curtis [John H. Curtis], Helena, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding deaths in St. Louis, Caswell [Darby]’s drinking problem, and the cost of living in Helena. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 17 3 12 Letter signed Wm. E. Goodenow [William E. Goodenow], Norway, Maine, to Chas. H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb]. Inquires about land for sale in Polk County, Mo. He is glad to see Mo. coming out of the cloud. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 20 3 12 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], Banking House Wm. Limrick, Lexington, Mo., to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the prospect of joining Darby in a law partnership. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 22 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding a deed of trust. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 24 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones [George W. Jones], Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding mining business. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 26 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the deed of trust. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Nov 27 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding the deed of trust. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Money matters. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 1 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones [George W. Jones], Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Business matters. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 2 3 12 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She has received the deed of trust. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 4 3 12 Letter signed Jas. W. Allen [James W. Allen], proprietor The Weekly Hesperian , St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Requests information about St. Louis for his book, a history of St. Louis. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 6 3 12 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones [George W. Jones], Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Banker, St. Louis, Missouri. Mining business. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 7 3 12 Letter signed R.A. Lewis, near Sherman, St. Louis Co., to John F. Darby. Regarding his mother’s position on deeds, etc. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 7 3 12 Letter signed Wm. B. Hidden [William B. Hidden], Baltimore, to John F. Darby. Regarding transaction between Darby and Leitch. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 8 3 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, Banking House of J.F. Darby & Co., St. Louis, Mo., to William Limrick, Lexington, Mo. Regarding Limrick moving to St. Louis with his family. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 11 3 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, Banking House of J.F. Darby & Co., St. Louis, Mo., to Thomas E. Noell, U.S. House of Representatives. Darby’s son, Benjamin, wants to go to West Point. Asks for Noell’s aid. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 12 3 12 Letter signed T.E. Noell, Washington D.C., House of Representatives, to J.F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Little hope for help. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 18 3 12 Letter signed M. Niedner, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Regarding memorial. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 21 3 12 Letter signed Henry T. Blow, Thirty Ninth Congress, Washington, D.C., to C.H. Branscomb. No chance on the matter. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 21 3 12 Letter signed Miss A.A.F.F. to Mr. Darby [John F. Darby]. Darby has not answered her letters. [filed 1866 Aug-Dec] 1866 Dec 30 3 12 Letter signed S. Waterhouse [Sylvester Waterhouse], St. Louis, to Chas. H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb]. Some of Waterhouse’s friends will make an effort to secure from the Legislature an appropriation for the general distribution of Waterhouse’s pamphlet on the “Resources of Missouri.” McKee must do the printing. Persons mentioned include The Legislature, E.C. & Chas. R. Davis [Charles R. Davis] of the News & Democrat , Col. Cavender, Stephen Ridgeley, and Issac Sturgeon. 1867 Jan 1 4 1 Letter signed R.H. Cooper, Saint Louis, to C.H. Branscombe. Discusses politics; contest between Drake and Gov. Fletcher; possibility of Branscombe being Speaker of the House; and Ira M. Bond, defeated candidate for City Marshal. [filed 1867] 1867 Jan 1 4 1 Letter signed Isaac H. Sturgeon, St. Louis, to Charles H. Branscomb. Regarding plight of the freedmen who are not allowed to ride inside the streetcars, etc. Includes analysis of Civil War phases; mention of Gen. Lyon, Blair, and others; and Camp Jackson and Jefferson Barracks. [filed 1867] 1867 Jan 9 4 1 Letter signed Jno. O’Brien [John O’Brien], St. Louis, to Chas. H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb]. Regarding tax on grocers which compels O’Brien to take out a dram shop license for selling less than one gallon. [filed 1867] 1867 Jan 22 4 1 Letter signed S. Waterhouse, 1628 Pine St., St. Louis, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Mr. Howe has made a motion to print 10,000 of Waterhouse’s pamphlet. Gives his opinion on how his pamphlet, “Resources of Missouri,” should be handled. Persons mentioned include: Treasury of the State, the Governor, Mr. James S. Butler, and The Democrat . 1867 Jan 25 4 1 Letter signed Wm. S. Pope [William S. Pope], St. Louis, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Requests the bill before the Legislature for the protection of wool growers against dogs be sent to him now. [filed 1867] 1867 Jan 26 4 1 Letter signed J.B. Stockton, Cairo, Ills., to Chas H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb], Senate Missouri. Regarding ferry at Cairo granted by the Illinois Legislature and owned by Copperhead parties. A number of loyal men are trying to break the charter. Asks for Branscomb’s assistance to pass charter for the loyal men to operate the ferry. [filed 1867] 1867 Jan 29 4 1 Letter signed S. Waterhouse, St. Louis, to Hon. C. H. Branscomb. Regarding the ferry(?). [filed 1867] 1867 Feb 8 4 1 Letter signed Alex Crozier, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Recommends Willis R. Pritchard and Elijah Welles, applicants for positions as waterworks commissioners. [filed 1867] 1867 Feb 12 4 1 Letter signed John Hartmann, St. Louis, to Hon. Ch. H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb], Jefferson City. Asks Branscomb to vote for two issues Hartmann favors. [filed 1867] 1867 Feb 14 4 1 Letter signed Chas. L. Gilpin [Charles L. Gilpin], Saint Louis, Mo., to Hon. Chas. H. Branscomb [Charles H. Branscomb]. Discusses politics. [filed 1867] 1867 Feb 22 4 1 Letter signed George Partridge, Saint Louis, to Hon. C.H. Branscomb. Regarding the consolidation of railroads. [filed 1867] 1867 Mar 2 4 1 Letter signed Lucien Eaton, St. Louis, to Hon. C.H. Branscomb, House of Representatives, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding the metropolitan police force and what Mayor Thomas plans to do. [filed 1867] 1867 Mar 4 4 1 Letter signed Isaac H. Sturgeon, President’s Office, North Missouri Railroad Company, to C.H. Branscomb. Regarding the woman suffrage movement. [filed 1867] 1867 Mar 7 4 1 Letter signed George W. Bailey, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Forwarding recommendations to give lie to Dougherty’s statements. [filed 1867] 1867 Mar 7 4 1 Letter signed Henry P. Scholle, Pella, Iowa, to John F. Darby. Seeks protection for H.J. Hasebrock, who is under Scholle’s guardianship. [filed 1867] 1867 Aug 21 4 1 Letter signed W. Preston, Louisville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding conflicting titles to lands which are claimed by Darby and Mr. A Symnes. [filed 1867] 1867 Nov 20 4 1 Letter of Henry B. O’Reilly, Westport, [Ireland], to Mr. Darby. Regarding life in Ireland, not receiving all Darby’s letters, etc. [filed 1867] 1867 Dec 7 4 1 Memos. (2 items) [filed 1867] 1867 Dec 12-14 4 1 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding discussing Capt. Ball’s lease with Vandeventer. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 3 4 2 Letter signed Chauncey I. Filley, St. Louis, to Hon. C.H. Branscomb, Jeff. City. Regarding Gov. [Reuben E.] Fenton’s endorsement of suffrage in New York. Filley believes many opponents of their party will vote for suffrage, and many of their party who have not overcome the prejudice will vote against it. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 8 4 2 Letter signed Robt. H. Watt [Robert H. Watt], St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Regarding distributing copies of enclosed article, “Evidence,” written last fall, among certain members to ameliorate the Republicans for the coming article. Marked “Private & destroy when read.” [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 8 4 2 Letter signed N.H. Parker, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Stresses the need for the creation of a state land office to promote Missouri to immigrants and others. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 14 4 2 Letter signed C. Cochran Jr., Post Office Department, Contract Office, Inspection Division, Washington, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Finds fault with Branscomb’s bill introduced to direct Fund Commissioners to pay all unpaid coupons which became due prior to January 1, 1861. That does not cover Cochran’s, which became due after that date. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 16 4 2 Letter signed Brig. Genl F.L. Harris, Head Quarters, Military Division of the Missouri, Office Chief Commissary of Subsistence, St. Louis, Missouri, to C.H. Branscomb, Jefferson City, Mo. Regarding procuring list of those loyal during the war. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 20 4 2 Letter signed L.C. Pearce, Marysville, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Requests interview for possible partnership in banking in St. Louis. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 24 4 2 Letter signed H.B. O’Reilly, Westport, [Ireland], to [John F.] Darby. O’Reilly and Cas are (they suppose) under suspicion for they are not receiving their mail promptly. Mentions other conditions in Ireland. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 25 4 2 Letter signed A. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby. Introduces N.E. Starke of New Orleans. He made the tour of Europe as Darby’s son, Caswell, is doing now. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 31 4 2 Letter signed Thomas O’Neil, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., [to Branscomb?]. Regarding taxation for schools now introduced as an amendment to the constitution. If asylum were included it would be of great assistance to charitable institutions. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Jan 31 4 2 Petition signed J.R. Alexander & Co. et al, New York, holders of Missouri State bonds and coupons, for sale of Missouri Pacific Railroad bonds to increase surplus, etc. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 4 2 Letter signed John C. Abbott, Boston, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Gives permission to Henry Papin & Co. to use his name in their advertisement. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 3 4 2 Letter signed John F. Hume, St. Louis, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Regarding Governor’s approval of Mackay bid before award by the Commissioners was made. Mentions the ridiculous assertion of a man named Welch stating that during discussion of award he heard conversations that money was to be sent to the Governor’s wife or brother, etc. It is a fabrication. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 4 4 2 Letter signed G.R. Taylor, Jefferson City, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Regarding Pacific Railroad business. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 12 4 2 Letter signed Geo. P. Strong [George P. Strong], St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb, Jeff. City, Mo. Regarding railroad problems. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 13 4 2 Letter signed Albert D. Richardson, Westchester Co., N.Y., to Sir [Charles H. Branscomb?]. Inquiring about conditions in Missouri since the war, information to be used in his article to appear in the Atlantic . [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 14 4 2 Letter of R.A. Watt, St. Louis, to C. H. Branscomb, Jeff. City. Criticisms, discussions, politics. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 14 4 2 Letter of R.A. Watt, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb, Jeff. City. Discussion of politics. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 16 4 2 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Astor House, New York, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. The impeachment excitement has subsided as indicated by the fall of gold today. Includes additional note of same date. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 25 4 2 Letter signed Ira Divoll, St. Louis, to [Charles H.] Branscomb. Regarding application of school friends to have the school charter changed so that the members of the Board will hold office for six years instead of three years. [filed 1868 Jan-Feb] 1868 Feb 29 4 2 Letter signed Thos. M. Finney [Thomas M. Finney], Southern Hotel, [St. Louis], to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Finney’s aunt, Mrs. John Finney, desires that Darby be honorary pall bearer at the funeral of her husband tomorrow. Written on mourning stationery. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 1 4 2 Letter signed Arthur B. Chase, Fort Hayes, Kas., to Aunts Nellie and Josie. Chase hates this god-forsaken place where buffalo is the only food he has skirmished with since his arrival. Excuse his writing – it is done with a quill. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 2 4 2 Letter of R.A. Watt, St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb, Jeff City. Regarding amendment offered to Iron Mountain bill. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 7 4 2 Letter signed James Rae, Jacksonville, Fla., to John F. Darby. Rae has moved to Florida and finds the climate far superior to the north. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 10 4 2 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding playing the stock market. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 10 4 2 Letter signed Robt. A. Watt [Robert A. Watt], St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb, Jeff. City. Regarding politics and finances. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 13 4 2 Letter signed William T. Christy, St. Louis, to Hon. C.H. Branscomb, Jefferson City, Missouri. Christy sees that the bill taxing corporations for their property the same as individuals in lieu of their stock has passed the Senate. This is a just bill for the whole state. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 16 4 2 Letter signed E.P. Burt, Buffalo, to Friend [John F Darby?]. Chatter. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 19 4 2 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the Wall Street market. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 19 4 2 Letter signed Robt. A. Watt [Robert A. Watt], St. Louis, to C.H. Branscomb. Regarding politics and Missouri finances. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 20 4 2 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Vandeventer and Beardslee will, with Darby’s sanction, endeavor to sell the mine. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 21 4 2 Letter signed James L. Neal, Harrodsburg, Ky., to J.F. Darby. Asks about Horace Anderson’s character. Anderson, a former partner of Darby’s, has settled in Harrodsburg and proposed to a lady friend of Neal’s. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 21 4 2 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding Capt. Ball’s management of the mine, his easy going manner, and how Inge’s wiley and sharp personality has gradually worked things around until he is making all the money. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Mar 26 4 2 Letter signed Samuel Johnston, Leasburg, Caswell County, N. Carolina, to John F. Darby. Regarding money problems. [filed 1868 Mar-June] [1868 Apr?] 4 2 Letter signed Geo. N. Thompson, Leasburg, North Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Request for loan of money. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 5 4 2 Letter signed Horace Anderson, Harrodsburg, Ky., to Hon. Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Requests that Darby vouch for his character to his intended lady’s guardian. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 5 4 2 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding problems of the mine. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 6 4 2 Letter signed Chas. Beardslee [Charles Beardslee], New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding problems of the mine. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 7 4 2 Letter signed Horace Anderson, Harrodsburg, Ky., to John F. Darby. Criticizes the last letter received from Darby regarding the end of their partnership and Anderson’s former wife. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 14 4 2 Letter signed Henry B. O’Reilly, Saint Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to loan him money to start business anew. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 20 4 2 Letter signed Mrs. M.A. Heerman, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., Texas, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about estate of late Mr. Farnham of New York City. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 Apr 26 4 2 Letter signed J.M. Wright, Louisville, Ky., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the case of Symnes & Gen. William Preston over land interests. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 May 7 4 2 Letter signed Allen P. Richardson, Jefferson City, Missouri, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding lands. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 May 22 4 2 Letter signed Geo. N. Thompson [George N. Thompson], Leasburg, North Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding money problems. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 May 23 4 2 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding progress of Thompson’s commission business. He still has a need for money. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 May 27 4 2 Letter signed Henry B. O’Reilly, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. O’Reilly is willing to make a pledge or promise to repay Darby. [filed 1868 Mar-June] 1868 June 15 4 2 Letter signed N. Ranney to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Board of Directors. Because there is not enough work to keep up records and proceedings of the Historical Society, Ranney will decline from the end of June the $25 per month salary allowed by the Board of Directors. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 1 4 3 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding arranging payment of Darby’s debt to Bass. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 1 4 3 Letter signed G.W. Alexander, Superintendent’s Office, Bellefontaine Railway Co., St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Offers Darby the building at the east corner of Spring and 10th for $1,950 to pay his (Alexander’s) debts. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 3 4 3 Letter signed J.B. Anderson to J.F. Darby. Wants to borrow money from Darby. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 6 4 3 Letter signed John Snelle, Caswell Mines, Mt. Hope, Mo., to John F. Darby, Banker, St. Louis. Snelle’s life has been threatened because he refuses to stop work at the mines until his contract has expired. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 11 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding obtaining the address of Delphy Corlin from his wife. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 20 4 3 Letter signed N.W. Bliss, Office of General Superintendent, Saint Louis Lead Mining Company, Kingston Furnace, Washington Co., Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding operations of Mammoth Lead, Darby’s Big River mines, and assisting miners at Lee’s Diggings. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 25 4 3 Letter signed A.C. Pratte, Sainte Marys, Mo., to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding his notes to Darby. Darby did not grant him the 2% interest he promised. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 July 28 4 3 Letter signed L. Sackett to Mr. Darby. Pleads for help from Darby to leave before her brother comes back. She promises he will never hear of her again, and that she will take care of the child if it lives. Includes envelope. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Aug 4 4 3 Letter signed A.R. Corbin, Oxford, N.Y., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Corbin will confer with Darby when he returns to St. Louis to build a monument to his wife in the fall. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Aug 5 4 3 Letter signed James W. Scott, Baltimore, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Inquires about getting a divorce for his son and wife in Indiana. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Aug 8 4 3 Two letters signed J. W. Scott, Balto. [Baltimore], Md., to J.F. Darby. Regarding earlier correspondence concerning divorce. (2 items) [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Aug 10, 17 4 3 Letter signed R. H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding paying his debt to Darby. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Aug 28 4 3 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby. Regarding money. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 8 4 3 Letter signed G.W. Alexander, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding mining machinery. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 13 4 3 Letter signed Alex. Duncan, Providence, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding paying off note Darby owes him. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 15 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding money, gold, investors, etc. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 17 4 3 Letter signed Nicolas Schaposchnikoff, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Grants Darby power of attorney to borrow 5,000 roubles on mortgage on Schaposchnikoff’s property in Russia (translated document enclosed) for Darby’s troubles and expenses in prosecuting Schaposchnikoff’s claims in Russia. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 24 4 3 Letter signed E. Generelly, St. Clair, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Generelly will be there soon to “talk mines.” [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 29 4 3 Letter signed Samuel Johnston, Leasburg, N. Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Contains news of friends and crops. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Sept 30 4 3 Letter signed Joseph M. Werner, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding the business reputations of Stoker & Co., R.L. Edwards, and Howes & Macy. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 3 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Western Union stock. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 5 4 3 Letter signed S. Reed, Stanton, P.O., to J.F. Darby. Regarding mining problems. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 7 4 3 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to J.F. Darby. Regarding Darby’s debt due to him. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 9 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Seeks a favor. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 24 4 3 Letter signed Jos. M. Werner [Joseph M. Werner], New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding investments, etc. No inducement could tempt Werner to leave New York for St. Louis. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 24 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding business. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Oct 27 4 3 Letter signed N.W. Bliss, Washington Co., Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding cutting timber illegally on Darby’s land and that of Bolduc and Long. An employer on land adjoining Darby’s was killed by his employee who stole the lumber he cut for his boss. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Nov 7 4 3 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to Sir [John F. Darby]. He is at last established in business. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Nov 24 4 3 Letter signed Samuel W. Hill, Marshall, Michigan, to John F. Darby. Regarding procuring information about mining business at Lake Superior, etc. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Dec 21 4 3 Letter signed C.S.D. Jones, Sioux City, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding using Darby’s name as a reference. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Dec 25 4 3 Letter signed C.A. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Requests names of elder members of the American Fur Co. or names of those who would likely know something of the trading establishment of Mr. Johnson of St. Louis. [filed 1868 July-Sept] 1868 Dec 26 4 3 List of books. 1869 4 4 Business papers concerning Russell Farnham’s family and estate. Mary Ann Herman’s (Farnham’s sister’s) affidavit. (5 items) 1869-1870 4 4 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], Lexington, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Reasons why he cannot join Darby in business in St. Louis. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Jan 20 4 4 Two letters signed Isaac N. Young, Staunton, Virginia, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Urgent need to settle Massey estate, especially in interest of Miss Jane [Massey] who desires to enter into a convent. Young does not think she will be accepted because she does not do anything and is getting along in years. She is a godchild of Archbishop Kenrick, who perhaps is in a position to help her. (2 items) [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Jan 26, 28 4 4 Letter signed Silas Reed, Jefferson City, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Reasons why they cannot take Darby’s Caswell mines into their county – increased taxation since the war, etc. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Jan 30 4 4 Letter signed Charles Negus, Fairfield, Iowa, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding Mr. Dodge’s letter of December 22, inquiring about Mr. Johnson and the American Fur Co. Negus is writing a history of Iowa and would like the information. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 2 4 4 Letter signed A. Valle, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Introduces Mr. C. Schnerr, an applicant for a position under the new administration. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 3 4 4 Memo and copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to H.M. Cooper, Helena, Montana Territory. Regarding money due for labor and materials at the mines to Cooper. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 18 4 4 Letter signed Isaac N. Young, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding the Massey estate settlement. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 22 4 4 Letter of John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Abel Rathbone Corbin, New York. Darby is desirous of procuring appointment of U.S. Pension Agent at St. Louis. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 24 4 4 Invitation to presentation of portrait of Hon. Erastus Wells, by the Citizens of St. Louis to the Corporation of St. Louis, at the City Council Chamber, on Saturday Evening. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 27 4 4 Letter signed A.R. Corbin, 37 West 27th Street, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Advises Darby to apply directly to Pres. Grant for the appointment. He will contact Mrs. Grant’s father, Fred Dent, for Darby. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Feb 28 4 4 Letter signed A.R. Corbin, 37 West 27th Street, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. The Dents, Frederick and his son, both spoke well of Darby. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 8 4 4 Letter signed N. Schaposchnikoff, St. Louis, Mo., to John Darby. (in French) [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 9 4 4 Letter signed Erastus Wells, Washington, House of Representatives, to J.F. Darby. Wells appealed to Pres. Grant for Darby. Grant is overwhelmed with requests. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 11 4 4 Letter signed L. Bergan, St. Clair, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Bergan is seeking an appointment in Civil Service. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 18 4 4 Letter signed Wm. A. Lea [William A. Lea], Fayetteville, Arks., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Request for money. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 20 4 4 Letter signed A.R. Corbin, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Complimentary letter. Will be in St. Louis soon. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Mar 22 4 4 Letter signed J.H. Lucas, St. Louis, to C. Hodgman, with note signed Hodgman to Darby. Regarding the purchase of Darby buildings. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Apr 10 4 4 Letter signed J.N. Inge, Saint Clair, Mo., to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Hill plans to make Darby spend money (on Darby’s mines). Inge will run them and make money for Darby. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Apr 17 4 4 Letter signed Saml. Gaty [Samuel Gaty], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Will Darby act as pallbearer at funeral of D.D. Page? Written on mourning stationery. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Apr 27 4 4 Letter signed Nathan Cole, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Invitation to Darby as ex-mayor to attend inauguration of Washington statue at Lafayette Park tomorrow. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 May 13 4 4 Letter of Empire Sewing Machine Co., New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about Lee Scott and A.J. Downey who wish to open a general agency in Chicago. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 May 13 4 4 Letter signed Mrs. L.L. to John F. Darby. Seeks interview. (Note in hand of Darby: From some trifling character who, no doubt, wants to get me into some scrape.) [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 May 26 4 4 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Walter H. Darby, Darby Mines, Franklin County, Mo. Regarding mining business. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 June 3 4 4 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Walter H. Darby, Darby Mines, Franklin Co., Mo. Regarding mining business. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 June 18 4 4 Letter signed Jno. M. Bass [John M. Bass], Nashville, to John F. Darby. Bass learned with much concern that Darby’s banking house has been closed. What is the reasonable prospect for Darby’s notes not yet matured? [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 June 26 4 4 Letter signed Mrs. Jas. P. Inge [Mrs. James P. Inge], St. Clair, Mo., to [John F.] Darby. Seeks help for her husband who once worked in Darby’s mines and who is now idle. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 June 27 4 4 Letter signed Isaac Woods, Belfountain, to John F. Darby. Regarding his deposits in Darby’s banking house before it closed. The people of Bonhomme have been kind to Darby in sending him to Congress, and now for Darby to do such an injustice to a poor citizen is no more than robbery and deception. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 July 5 4 4 Letter signed H.T. Fort, Helena City, M.T. [Montana Territory], to John F. Darby. Replies to Darby’s inquiry about possibilities of making money in Helena. Mentions financial conditions, crops, gold possibilities, depression now in spite of it all; water, stock, bankers, etc. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Aug 2 4 4 Letter signed Mrs. A.C. Psalto, Sainte Marys, Mo., to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Darby’s letter was the most insulting letter she has ever received. She inquired about her own business and not her husband’s – she trusted Darby with her money and hoped for interest too. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Aug 5 4 4 Letter signed J.H. Curtis, Helena, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Contains advice about raising Darby’s son. Curtis will have Cas with him next season when everything will be all right. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Aug 13 4 4 Letter signed Jno. H. Curtis [John H. Curtis], Helena, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Curtis is not doing much at present, not having water to work his mines. Business in general is dull…but the house of John H. Curtis is solid. He is sorry Ben cannot find some employment, and is in hopes Darby will come out all right with the bankrupt courts. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Aug 25 4 4 Letter signed Francis Redman, Secretary of State, City of Jefferson, to Sir [John F. Darby]. Enclosed is Darby’s oath of office which he returns with the request to forward oath of loyalty as prescribed by the General Statues of Mo. Page 26, Sec. 6. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Sept 23 4 4 Letters signed John H. Curtis, Helena, to John F. Darby. Awaiting Caswell’s arrival, arrangements for it, sending money, having his note refused in St. Louis, etc.; final arrival by Cas. He is not drinking. (5 items) [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Sept 27-Dec 21 4 4 Letter signed Henry Godfrey, St. Louis, to Judge Darby. Regarding gold dollars he ordered from Darby for J.K. Griggsby. He has not received them. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Sept 29 4 4 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], Lexington, Mo., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding losses with Lockwood & Co. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Oct 5 4 4 Letter signed Eugene Kelly, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Kelly cannot help Darby’s son in New York or in San Francisco, which at present has a number of young men out of employment. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Oct 9 4 4 Letter signed Henry Stelbrink, Hillsboro, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding financial problems because of Darby. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Oct 12 4 4 Letter signed J.H. Morse, Morses Mill, to John F. Darby. Regarding procuring bonds to build rock road, 15 miles within the next 3 years. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Oct 29 4 4 Letter signed Is. Leclerc, Galveston, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. He cannot place Darby’s son here. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Nov 10 4 4 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins], New Franklin, Howard County, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Inquires about Darby. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Nov 15 4 4 Note signed J.S. Coe. On south side of Kennett Place 2nd House west of 2nd Carondelet is occupied now by Rev. Spencer. Lot 40, front by 122 feet deep to an alley: 3 story brick…13 rooms in house. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Nov 24 4 4 Letter signed Samuel Johnston, Leasburg, N Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding his wife’s death; conditions in Leasburg, everyone moving elsewhere, etc. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Dec 4 4 4 Letter signed J.B. Colt, Conn., to Sir [John F. Darby]. Colt cannot enter into any enterprises at present. [filed 1869 Jan-May] 1869 Dec 11 4 4 Will of William Linn. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Jan 4 4 5 Letter signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, Tenn., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding dissatisfaction of Mrs. Gaines in settlement of her case. She will visit St. Louis this spring and will call on Darby personally. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Feb 27 4 5 Letter signed L.H. Schriver, Inspector-General, War Department, Washington City, to Erastus Wells. Reasons why the War Department cannot furnish William Williamson a duplicate of his discharge, as requested by John F. Darby. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Mar 1 4 5 Letter signed Geo. W. Walker [George W. Walker], Jefferson, Marion Co., Texas, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], Saint Louis, Mo. This town, like New Orleans, is a six-month season town and Darby’s son will not stand a good chance to get a situation at this season. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Mar 10 4 5 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Jos. M. Werner [Joseph M. Werner], New York. States he did not mean for Werner to take Benjamin in as a partner – merely give him a place in his establishment. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Mar 18 4 5 Letter signed R.H. Thompson, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding death of R.A. Wash; Thompson’s position in the bank, which though less money than he was earning, affords him a way to learn more; money market; and little chance of work in New York for Ben. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Mar 23 4 5 List of books given by John F. Darby to the Missouri Historical Society. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Apr 7 4 5 Power of attorney, Chas. A. Castanie [Charles A. Castanie], St. Louis, to C.R. Johns, Austin, Texas, for Castanie property in Texas. (2 items) [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Apr 7 4 5 Letter signed H.T. Fort, Fort Henry, Mo., to J.F. Darby. States he will be unable to visit Darby before going to Montana. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 Apr 20 4 5 Letter signed Mary A. Freermans, Richmond, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby handling her interests. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 May 24 4 5 Letter signed Geo W. Dent [George W. Dent], San Francisco, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Dent receiving the appointment. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 May 24 4 5 Letter signed Jos. M. Werner [Joseph M. Werner], New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding P.C. Barlow and the Fair View Lead Co. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 May 30 4 5 Letter signed James M. Rountree, Nashville, Illinois, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States his father instructs him to say he is no longer traveling and will not visit St. Louis again. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 June 1 4 5 Letter signed Benj. F. Burch [Benjamin F. Burch], Washington, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Regarding his case in Circuit Court which sits the 4th Monday in June. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 June 3 4 5 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to George Mackay, Hot Springs, Arkansas. If Mackay should buy property in Hot Springs, Darby would be interested in going in with him; relates his interest in the area several years ago; and discusses relation of New Madrid and Hot Springs, claim said to be invalid. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 June 7 4 5 Letter signed George and Susie Alexander, Memphis, Tenn., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Chatter. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 June 7 4 5 Letter signed A.H. Buckner, St. Charles, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Regarding case of Bosseron vs. Bosseron. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 June 21 4 5 Memo on Delphy Carlin, in hand of John F. Darby. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 July 6 4 5 Letter signed Geo. W. Dent [George W. Dent], San Francisco, Cal., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Dent is not able to give Darby the information he desires regarding Perschbaker’s mining, etc. Dent sees by the papers that James Eads and his daughters are in San Francisco. He hopes Dr. West will do well in St. Louis. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 July 16 4 5 Letter signed J.W. Fay, New York, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Massey estate. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 July 18 4 5 Letter signed E.A. Cabeen to John F. Darby. Regarding securing costs and fees for Darby. [filed 1870 Jan-July] 1870 July 30 4 5 Letter signed James H. Fay, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Mr. Young’s bad management is at the bottom of all the trouble regarding Massey estate. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Aug 1 4 5 Letter signed R.K. Charles, Darlington, S.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Charles presumes the city is very dull now unless the Gallic & Teutonic citizens are disposed to rehearse the war in miniature…the negro has discovered his social position and – thanks to his native wit – cheerfully accepts it. Labor is more reliable. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Aug 9 4 5 Letter of Charles J.D. Curtis, Helena, Montana, to J.F. Darby. Includes praise for Montana and its prospects. Caswell is in the country. Curtis has not seen him for 2 months, but hears from him. He is well. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Aug 25 4 5 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Urges Darby, J. H. Lucas, and other solid St. Louis business men to visit Colorado and see the finest mining country in the U.S. There never was a country so rich in reserves and so little appreciated…because it has been Gratiot-ed by the damnest lot of…swindlers, bilks, and scoundrels. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Aug 30 4 5 Letter signed Mrs. Johnston to [John F.] Darby. Begs for money. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 4 5 Eulogy of Frederick Hyatt, deceased, by Hon. John F. Darby. (Page 7 missing.) Mr. Hyatt was born in Kentucky and came to the Missouri Territory shortly after the War of 1812. He was engaged “in flatboating on the Missouri River.” Was one of the first to open up and cultivate the soil of Florissant Valley. He was an associate and friend of Col. Auguste Choteau, at whose home he was often a guest. “He was the intimate friend of Bates, Geyer, Gamble, O’Fallon, Barton, and Cozzens, with all of whom he had served in the legislative halls of the state.” Was Justice of the Peace for St. Ferdinand Township, and at one time held the office of Collector of Revenue and Taxes of St. Louis County, and was Judge of the St. Louis County Court. Was instrumental in removing the old public whipping post. Describes his acts of public legislation. “In politics he was always a Whig.” Persons mentioned include: Miss Hume, John Hume, Major Whistler, Thomas J. Ferguson, James Breckenridge, Laclede, Judge Marie Phillip Leduc, Henry Chouteau, Judge Silas Bent, the Prattes, the Chauvins, the Leducs, the Bissells, the Grahams, the Stuarts, the Mullanphys, Governor McNair, Laveille, Morton, Dr. Robert Simpson, Thomas H. Benton, Judge William C. Carr, Miller, Dunklin, Boggs, Edwards, Judge Tucker, Judge Stuart, Judge Lawless, Judge Krum, Judge Hamilton, Judge Peck, Judge Wells, Judge Catron, Judge Treat, Tyler, David A. Atchison, and Stephen A. Douglas. Places mentioned include: St. Ferdinand Township; Madison County, Ky.; Missouri Territory; Missouri River; Mississippi River; Little River (now Mill Creek); St. Charles; Jefferson City; and Cole County. 1870 Oct 1 4 5 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Captain F.H. Carpenter, Memphis, Tenn. Darby has nothing particular to mention to Carpenter and can only drop him a line to pay his respects and learn how he is doing and what a trip he had from St. Louis. He has not seen or met with Capt. Rae since Carpenter went away. Gives his compliments to the Doctor. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 1 4 5 Letter signed H. Clay Ewing, City of Jefferson, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Inquires into legal status of Nelson Pepper and Enoch Stein. Were they legal representatives at sale of John Patterson property in Cole County? [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 11 4 5 Letter signed Samuel Johnston, Leasburg, N. Carolina, to John F. Darby. Chatter; mentions Sen. John Stephen’s murder. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 17 4 5 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Capt. F.H. Carpenter, New Orleans. Regarding their business venture. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 18 4 5 Letter signed W.W. Gitt, N.Y., to Brother [John F.] Darby. Regarding land problems; Mr. Berthold, Elois Dejarlers, claim No. 264, New Madrid; and Louis Tarart and Joseph Michel, New Madrid Archive #1137. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 18 4 5 Letter signed R.K. Charles, Darlington, S.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. States he will probably not return to St. Louis. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Oct 22 4 5 Letter signed Eliza G. Post to Mrs. Mary M. Darby. Chatter to an old friend. Mentions sadness in departure of her granddaughter Augusta who was with her 3 months. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 4 5 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, New Orleans, to J.F. Darby. Regarding business ventures. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 2 4 5 Letter signed Jno. J. Anderson [John J. Anderson], New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Replies to Darby’s inquiries about James R. McDonald and Alexander T. Drysdale. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 3 4 5 Letter signed Francis Valle, Shreveport, La., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Contains information about John Sibille and Madame Landeau, in reply to Darby’s search for old people in St. Louis. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 6 4 5 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby’s son Edwin, who is penniless in Denver, and other matters. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 21 4 5 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Becker has advised Mr. Lounstein of the firm A. Jacobs & Co. of Denver to see that Edwin is not in want. The railroads are constantly bringing new settlers; a large majority are American Gentlemen, men of wits who expect to make money with brain work. States that producers – farmers, agriculturists, tillers of the soil – are needed, not consumers. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Nov 30 4 5 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, to J.F. Darby. Becker is glad to see Darby’s article in the Democrat on the St. Louis harbor, and that Darby’s misfortunes have not quenched the fire of other days. Regarding Isaac H. Sturgeon’s appointment on committee to examine the Kansas & Denver Pacific Railroad. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Dec 10 4 5 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Praise for Darby’s article. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Dec 14 4 5 Letters signed J.H. Curtis, Helena, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Caswell will spend Christmas with them; discusses his brother’s visit with Darby, and his interest in quartz. (2 items) [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Dec 19, 23 4 5 Letter signed G. Kerner, Belleville, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Kerner will be in St. Louis Saturday next and will call on Darby. [filed 1870 Aug-Dec] 1870 Dec 31 4 5 Letters signed Delphy Carlin to John F. Darby. Regarding his pending divorce suit with his wife Mary, property settlements, etc. (15 items) 1871-1873 4 6 Letter signed Jane Massey, Williamsburg, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding collecting money from J.N. Young due to heirs of her father. Young used the money he borrowed from to buy property in South America. [filed in 1871] 1871 Jan 2 4 6 Letter signed George Mackay, 58 Broadway, [New York, N. Y.], to J.F. Darby. Gives permission to act in compromise of 159 certificate. [filed in 1871] 1871 Jan 8 4 6 Letters signed F.H. Carpenter, Terre Haute, Ind., to J.F. Darby. Reports on material he found about lost steamer, and discusses divorce laws in Chicago. (2 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Jan 16, 20 4 6 Letters signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Inquires about Darby’s health, etc.; requests information of estate of late J.B. Valle. (2 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Jan 24, Mar 21 4 6 Two letters signed Geo W. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding Darby’s work on the St. Louis harbor and that of Genl. Gratiot years ago; mentions his health and his case against Seward. (2 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Jan 24, 25 4 6 Letter signed [George] Mackay, 91 Cedar, N.Y., to Sir [John F. Darby]. States that Darby did not seem to get his letters; regarding Conway claim which Gitt insists is legal. [filed in 1871] 1871 Feb 12 4 6 Letter signed W.P. Penn, Belleville, Ills., to John F. Darby. Penn is willing to give Darby information of events during his residence in St. Louis. The proprietor of the Missouri Democrat may have files of the St. Louis Reporter. [filed in 1871] 1871 Feb 18 4 6 Letter signed Godfrey Lesieur, Point Pleasant, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that his son would be willing to take job Darby requires to find old land claimants in this section of the country. Provisions – pay, etc. [filed in 1871] 1871 Feb 24 4 6 Letter signed George Mackay, 91 Cedar St., New York, to Sir [John F. Darby]. Regarding properties, Mr. Gitt, etc. [filed in 1871] 1871 Feb 26 4 6 Papers regarding claim for pension for Nathan Ranney, veteran of the War of 1812. (12 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Mar-Aug 4 6 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, Evansville, to J.F. Darby. Regarding their plans for recovering the America , sunk at 26 to 30 fathoms, and procuring men to do the job. [filed in 1871] 1871 Apr 3 4 6 Letters signed W.W. Gitt to Mackay. Regarding dissolution of partnership with Smith. He is sly as a rat and knows nothing about open and above-board business. (5 items) [filed in 1871] [1871?] Apr 6-June 3 4 6 Letter signed George Mackay, 58 Brodway, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding lands and claims; mentions Gitt and New Madrid claims being conveyed to schools; and regarding Glover and Lebaume. [filed in 1871] 1871 May 31 4 6 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, Newark, N.J., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Mentions business and his marriage. [filed in 1871] 1871 June 24 4 6 Letter signed Wm. M. McPherson [William M. McPherson], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Wonders why Darby ignores him and why he refuses to speak to him. [filed in 1871] 1871 June 30 4 6 Contemporary copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to William M. McPherson, St. Louis, Mo. Replies to McPherson’s letter of June 30, 1871. [filed in 1871] 1871 July 1 4 6 Document signed Mary Carlin, Brooklyn, N.Y. Receipt to Delphy Carlin. Financial arrangements. [filed in 1871] 1871 Aug 2 4 6 Letter signed R.A. Hatcher, New Madrid, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding his move, etc. [filed in 1871] 1871 Aug 10 4 6 Letters signed [George] Mackay, 58 Broadway, N. York, to [John F.] Darby. Contains vexation over Gitt’s blackmail, his land deals, etc. Lengthy discussions. (3 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Sept 11-Oct 3 4 6 Letter signed J.B. Woodward, Memphis, Tenn., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Business matters. [filed in 1871] 1871 Sept 18 4 6 Document signed William W. Gitt. Memo in hand of Darby. Receipt to Geo. Mackay. [filed in 1871] 1871 Sept 18 4 6 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, Bangor, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Chatter. [filed in 1871] 1871 Sept 25 4 6 Letter of A.D. Montgomery, Reidsville, N.C., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding seeking employment in St. Louis. [filed in 1871] 1871 Oct 3 4 6 Exchange of letters signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, and (copy) letter signed John F. Darby. Regarding suits for estate in Missouri of Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines. (4 items) [filed in 1871] 1871 Nov 4 6 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Charles J, Lowry, Brooklyn, New York. Regarding matters of June Massey and Delphy Carlin. Requests that Lowry return the papers Darby forwarded to him, which Lowry has neglected to do. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Jan 22 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, New York, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding settlement with Gitt. Darby need not pay him any money for Mackay. He is sorry Darby is cursed by such an imprudent selfish man. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 11 4 7 Letter signed H.T. McDaniel, Atlanta, Ga., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding possibility of McDaniel securing position as engineer on road – for instance, South Pacific Railroad, or a position in construction. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 11 4 7 Letter of W.W. Gitt, St. Louis, to Brother [George] Mackay. Regarding abstract of title, real estate, and land settlements. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872? Mar 15 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, 58 Broadway, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Advises Darby to go ahead with his course in compromising with the people. If Darby can send him some money, he can draw Gitt away from Darby. His course towards Darby is accursed. He is a crazy man. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 15 4 7 Letter signed W.W. Gitt, St. Louis, Mo., to Brother [John F.] Darby. George Mackay has advised him to harmonise [sic] with Darby and accept his action in all stages of his case. He will do that. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 16 4 7 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Bacon has received papers relating to Dent. Thanks Darby for correcting Col. Snitzler’s statement regarding events connected to the Treaty of Louisiana. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 21 4 7 Letter signed Thos. S. Anderson, Palmyra, to John F. Darby. Regarding property settlement for Anderson’s client, whose title is through his mother, a daughter of Rufus Easton. Anderson does not think Darby’s client has any title to the land. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 22 4 7 Letter signed Henry T. McDaniel, Pendleton S.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Requests loan of $200 for about 4 months; he is about to marry a wealthy woman who assumes he has money; he is owed about $4000 but probably will not get it for 3 or 4 months. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Mar 24 4 7 Letter signed W.W. Gitt, St. Louis, Mo., to Brother [John F.] Darby. Regarding property affairs. In connection with their affairs touching T. Smith, Gitt shall be obliged to sue Darby on his agreement. He does not intend to see [George] Mackay, having no business with him. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Apr 12 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, New York, to [John F.] Darby. States that he cannot go on with such a devil (as Gitt.) He plans to be in St. Louis after a business trip to Hot Springs. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Apr 22 4 7 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo. to John F. Darby. Regarding her pension, and her refusal to permit Darby to move the body of her husband. She went to Bridgeton with two witnesses and signed the vouchers etc. She will send them to Darby to examine. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 May 11 4 7 Letter of W.W. Gitt to Bro. [George] Mackay. He does not like Mackay’s plot with Darby to knock him in the J. Smith matter. Regards J. Smith as a lost case. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 May 17 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, New York, to [John F.] Darby. Encloses Gitt’s last. He cannot understand why he has written. Mackay has 100,000 acres of Georgia but is ill, without money to move. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 May 20 4 7 Letter signed G. Mackay, New York, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding dispute with Gitt. He has told Gitt to make peace with Darby, and has asked Gitt to state what he (Mackay) must pay him for his quit claims in all the property they had together. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 May 30 4 7 Letter signed G. Mackay, 58 Broadway, [New York], [to John F. Darby]. Mackay guesses from Gitt’s previous letter that Gitt may have gotten licked by J. Smith, a rascal and thief. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 May 30 4 7 Letter signed G.M. Miller, City of Jeff, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks Darby to back him as candidate for Congress for the state at large. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 June 3 4 7 Letter signed [George] Mackay, 58 Broadway, New York, to [John F.] Darby. Regarding Gitt’s offer to exchange certain property, 348, for other property, 169. Asks Darby for advice as he would give a client. Wants to separate his interests from Gitt. Gitt expects to get something from Lindell heirs. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 June 6 4 7 Letter signed Mary A. Heermans, Richmond, Texas to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Encloses cross questions Darcy requested. Includes questions about various people and their children, including her husband Phillip Heermans. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 June 24 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay to [John F.] Darby. Encloses Gitt letter. If Gitt puts Mackay in newspaper again, Mackay will whip him. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July-Aug 4 7 Letter signed W.W. Gitt to Brother [George] Mackay. Regarding sales or exchanges of properties in Hot Springs and Conway, etc. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 1 4 7 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo. to J.F. Darby. Her husband’s funeral was per his wishes; she will not consent to have her husband’s body removed. Sends a pension check, and asks Darby to keep it or send the money to her. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 2 4 7 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Col. R.H. Musser, St, Louis. Inquires about New Madrid County land owned in early 1800s by J. Smith of Little Prairie. Includes response of Mr. Walker, July 15, 1872, on reverse. Walker states he has no recollection of any man living at Little Prairie named J. Smith. After the great earthquake in 1811, many people moved. Thinks it is probable that J. Smith stopped in Big Prairie, about 20 miles north of New Madrid. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 4 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, 58 Broadway, [New York], to Sir [John F. Darby]. Regarding possible settlement transactions with Gitt about St. Louis, Arkansas, and New Madrid properties. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 5 4 7 Letter signed Thad. S. Smith, St. Louis Water Works, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. Requests documents regarding history of St, Louis Water Works, and requests interview with Darby. Hopes Darby has early reports of the original water works of St. Louis for history of the water works. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 17 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay to J.F. Darby. Regarding settlements with Gitt and J. Smith property. Mackay will sell all their Virginia and Kentucky lands. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 22 4 7 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Adam Hendricks, Esq., Fayette, Howard Co., Mo. Seeking information about “J. Smith,” New Madrid County. Includes reply from Walker on reverse, August 13, 1872; he did not know any Smiths at Little Prairie. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 July 25 4 7 Letter signed F.J. Smith, Sulphur Springs, Jefferson Co., Mo. to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Includes information about Major Dunham Spaulding and his son Starr Spaulding. Starr clerked for the writer from 1849 to 1859, except for one year. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 5 4 7 Letter signed A. Hendrix, Fayette, Mo. to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Encloses Darby’s July 25 letter to Federal Walker, with Walker’s response. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 15 4 7 Letter signed Wm. H. Trigg [William H. Trigg], Wm. H. Trigg & Co, Boonville, Mo. to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Contains information about Robert Wallace and his family. Trigg is not well enough acquainted with Wallace’s handwriting to make the required proof. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 19 4 7 Letter signed D. Andrews, Boonville, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Contains information about Robert Wallace and his family. Andrew would not know Wallace’s handwriting. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 20 4 7 Letter signed R.V. Harney, Ridge Prairie, to John F. Darby. Contains information about Robert Wallace and family. Harney thinks he knows Wallace’s handwriting. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 27 4 7 Letter signed George Mackay, 58 Broadway, N.Y., to [John F.] Darby. Mackay will lose his half of the lands he holds with Gitt in Missouri and Arkansas unless he redeems them from taxes. Gitt is unresponsive. He has no heart or gratitude. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 29 4 7 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Henry L. Patterson, Esq., St. Louis, Mo. Darby is handing Patterson a bill for $500 against James H. Lucas for Darby’s services in case of Wm. W. Gitt’s claim to one-half of his farm. [filed in 1872 Jan-Aug] 1872 Aug 31 4 7 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to W.O. Lofland, Esq., Memphis, Tennessee. Regarding land claims of Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines. Before long her whole claims will be barred by the statute of limitations. Darby is willing to prosecute her claims for a contingent fee, and requests Lafland write to him about her terms. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Sept 2 4 7 Letter signed F.J. Smith, Sulphur Springs, Jefferson Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Includes information about Star Spaulding. He died in St. Louis in 1864 or 1865. He was employed for a long time at the Pacific R.R. Depot. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Sept 3 4 7 Letter signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Mrs. Gaines’ properties. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Sept 5 4 7 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo. to J.F. Darby. Encloses check for $24. She is expecting a visit from Mrs. Darby and her three daughters. Mentions that Mr. James Long died August 23, aged 82 years and 10 months. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Sept 19 4 7 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, Memphis, Tenn., to J.F. Darby. Regarding Carpenter’s boat journey from St. Louis to Memphis en route to New Orleans. Carpenter shot geese, killed two with one shot. Mentions business. Stresses importance of confidentiality. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Oct 8 4 7 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to George Shepley, Portland, Maine. Inquires about standing, character and position, and pecuniary means of Frederick H. Carpenter. Does he make his home in Portland? [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Oct 17 4 7 Letter signed Mrs. E.A. Cobeen, Grimes County, Texas to J.F. Darby. Regarding Mrs. Heerman’s suit and property. Mrs. Cobeen has an equal interest in this property. She thought Darby had brought the suit for her as well. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Nov 9 4 7 Letter signed C.D. Drake, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. As a former Senator, Drake cannot assist Darby with respect to a pension matter. Drake will transmit Darby’s letter to the Court of Pensions. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Nov 15 4 7 Copy of letter of Capt. F. Carpenter, Wilmington, Delaware, to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. (in Darby’s hand). Reports on activities off Norfolk, Va., including dragging irons along sea bottom for some time. After something caught, two divers tried going down but could not get deep enough. Some letters to Darby apparently did not reach him. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Nov 24 4 7 Letter signed Geo. N. Thompson [George N. Thompson], Leasburg, Caswell Co., North Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Congratulates Darby on success in suit of Cabanne heirs. No case involving so great an amount has been before the courts in a life time, nor is one likely to occur since the establishment of the new regime adopted by a few carpetbag lawyers since the surrender. Samuel Johnston, age 81, is visiting and asks to be remembered to Darby and his family. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Dec 2 4 7 Letter signed N.M. Roan, Yanceyville N.C., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Congratulates Darby on recent success; discusses bad effect of War on Roan’s finances. He and others were arrested and held without charge for weeks to prevent influence on elections. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Dec 12 4 7 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby. Congratulates Darby on recent success. Mrs. Post enjoyed a recent visit from Mrs. Darby. She encloses a check for $24, which she asks Darby to please collect and enclose to her. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Dec 16 4 7 Letter signed Aron Phillipson, Edwards, [Mississippi], to John F. Darby. Informing Darby that his old servant is alive and doing pretty well. [filed in 1872 Sept-Dec] 1872 Dec 28 4 7 Letter signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Darby’s terms for bringing suit for recovery of Mrs. Gaines’ property in Missouri, on contingency. She had hoped to realize [money] from the New Orleans interest but the political difficulties there delayed the courts. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Jan 15 4 8 Letter signed Mrs. E.A. Cobeen, Courtney, Grimes County, Texs, to John Darby. Asks what Darby has done for them in the law suit he brought last October. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Jan 19 4 8 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to F.H. Carpenter, New York. Darby recently presented case in Springfield, Ill., of great importance involving title to land. Darby is glad to hear Carpenter is realizing comfortable profits from a patent. Discusses Carpenter’s interest in diving. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Jan 25 4 8 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to W.O. Lofland, Esq., Memphis, Tennessee. Mentions recent Darby case in Springfield. Darby is inclined to take one half of any recovery as fee for representing Mrs. Gaines, but requests information about what lands she is claiming. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Jan 30 4 8 Letter signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks what are Darby’s terms regarding possible representation of Mrs. Gaines. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Jan 31 4 8 Letter signed W.O. Lofland, Memphis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Will forward a copy of Darby’s letter of 30th Jan. to Mrs. Gaines. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Feb 6 4 8 Letter signed Aaron Phillipson, Edwards, [Mississippi], to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to recall the name of the town in Iowa where his mother was living, and to ascertain if she is still living. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Mar 7 4 8 Letter signed Edward Bennett, M.D., San Antonio Tex., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding death of his father-in-law Delphy Carlin in Paris; Carlin’s remains are being sent to St. Louis. Bennett and wife will await instruction from Darby on when to go to St. Louis. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Mar 18 4 8 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, Chicago, to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Carpenter will be unable to be in St. Louis as planned. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Apr 2 4 8 Letter signed Edward Bennett, San Antonio, Texas, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for assisting with burial of Delphy Carlin. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Apr 14 4 8 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to William M. Levy. Regarding notice of protest of note of Henry Boyce served by Theodore Guyol, notary. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 June 3 4 8 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding their long friendship, Mrs. Darby’s close ties to Mrs. Dodge, and more. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 June 4 4 8 Letter signed G.P. Billon, Galena, [Illinois], to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Asks if his wife could get a divorce in any part of Missouri unknown to him. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 June 26 4 8 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, North Berwick, Me., to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding his ill health. There has been no recent news from the expedition. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 July 17 4 8 Letter signed E. Leitsendorfer [Eugene Leitsendorfer], Pueblo, to John F. Darby. Regarding plans of scoundrel Captain Cregg concerning land grants and utilizing the land office. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 July 22 4 8 Letter signed M.A. Heermans, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., Texas, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Wants certain property sold, Darby to receive a share of proceeds; requests information. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Aug 14 4 8 Letter signed W.F. Sanders, Helena, Montana, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. The Historical Society of Montana is interested in expeditions from St. Louis to the upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers since 1795. Request Darby’s assistance in communicating with the Historical Society in Missouri regarding its collections. The Montana Society especially desires the reminiscences of survivors of expeditions from 1820-1840. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Aug 16 4 8 Note in John F. Darby’s hand regarding Captain Thomas Dennis. Dennis went to California in 1852 or 1854, and owned three shares of the Boatmens Savings Institution. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Aug 28 4 8 Letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Geo. W. Dent [George W. Dent], San Francisco, Cal. Inquires regrding Thomas Dennis, who moved from St. Louis to California. Includes reply, September 5, 1873, from Dent regarding death of Dennis and surviving children. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Aug 28 4 8 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding Capt. Dennis’ death and survivors. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Sept 9 4 8 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for offer on behalf of Becker’s son, Henry. Henry is idle, staying at boarding house in Washington Avenue. Becker erred by sending Henry to school in New York City; he tried to get Henry started in a job in St. Louis, but Henry spent most of his time with dance hall girls and became ill. Becker would send $40 per month for Henry’s support. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Sept 16 4 8 Letter signed Geo. S. Simpson [George S. Simpson], Trinidad, C.T., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding deeds sent by Darby, which were received and recorded. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Sept 17 4 8 Letter signed Geo. W. Dent [George W. Dent], San Francisco, Cal., to [John F.] Darby. Regarding Lane family and James Lane. Dent was the oldest American-born person in St. Louis at one time. Recalls hanging and burning of African Americans, the only dark spot in history of St. Louis. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Sept 19 4 8 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby. Sends check for collection. Thanks Darby for sending her “The history of the St. Louis University.” She does not expect to survive the next winter. [filed in 1873 Jan-Sept] 1873 Sept 26 4 8 Letter signed B.F. Hastings, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Information regarding Captain Dennis. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Oct 8 4 8 Letter signed James F. Brooks, Jackson, Mo., to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Brooks has examined records regarding deed from widow of Wm. Howard to Richard P. Howard; did not find such a deed; gives detailed information about various Howards and dispositions of their properties; charge for his search, $3.00. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Oct 14 4 8 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that he received Darby’s reminiscences of the St. Louis University. Does not want his son Henry to work in a bank. Has heard that Capt. Baker’s family in South St. Louis has marriageable girls and have set snares for Henry. Becker has best mining property in Colorado. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Oct 26 4 8 Letter signed Henry A. Cunningham, 5th & Walnut Streets, St. Louis, to Mrs. Mary Bruin. Responds to her allegation that he and another have cheated her regarding her claim under her father Rene Dodier. Her abuse must cease or he will prosecute her. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Oct 28 4 8 Letter signed F.H. Carpenter, North Berwick, to J.F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding Carpenter’s health. He went to the enterprise near Hatteras, but found the search had practically terminated, Mr. Phelps had moved on to an expedition near Cape Lookout. Regarding Carpenter’s plans to possibly visit. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Nov 3 4 8 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Wants Henry Becker to go into shoe business. Becker has been informed by an anonymous letter that Henry is about to marry a Miss Baker, against Becker’s wishes. Asks Darby to try to get the marriage delayed. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Nov 7 4 8 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discussion of Henry Becker and his situation. Asks Darby to advise Henry. Baker girl still after him. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Nov 21 4 8 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Mrs. Thomas B. Hudson, St. Louis, Mo. Asks for her review and her family’s review of a sketch he is writing about her grandfather, Mr. Mullanphy. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Nov 25 4 8 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby. Asks him to collect a check for her. She is anxious to leave this world of sin and sorrow, at 84 years and 8 months. [filed in 1873 Oct-Dec] 1873 Dec 29 4 8 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins], New Franklin, Howard County, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Expresses gratitude for Darby’s advice and shelter of him and his sister in his childhood; expresses sympathy to Darby as he grows old. Describes Collins’ farm situation. The cars made their first trip across the railroad bridge at Boonville yesterday. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 12 4 9 Letter signed C.S.D. Jones, Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. As Darby and writer’s father are not corresponding, encloses copy of letter (January 14, 1874) of Jones’ father Geo. W. Jones to his nephew, Genl. O.E. Babcock, recommending appointment of the Hon. A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, as Minister to Spain, and gives account of Dodge’s family and career. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 14 4 9 Note signed J.C. Cabanne to Mr. Darby. “I can not get the money.” [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 22 4 9 Letter signed Mrs. E.A. Cobeen, Courtney, Grimes County, Texas, to Sir [John F. Darby]. Regarding Russell Farnham’s estate. Asks Darby to represent her in receiving her share of estate. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 24 4 9 Letter signed Mrs. C.F. Tracy to J.F. Darby. Sends a transcript of some of the judgments against her father. Discusses matter against E.C. Sloan. Her husband’s financial situation is bad. She wishes to confer with Darby alone. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 25 4 9 Letter signed E.A. Cobeen, Courtney, to John F. Darby. Regarding Russell Farnham estate. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Jan 31 4 9 Letter signed Lewis V. Bogy, United States Senate Chamber, Washington, to Sir [John F. Darby]. Regarding land of heirs of Cabanne. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Feb 3 4 9 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Dodge would be able to swear to signature of Thomas McKnight. Gives information about others familiar with McKnight, especially Jones. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Mar 8 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington, to John F. Darby. Wishes Gilpin well in his marriage, though Gilpin has cut him off. Blair tried to get sight of Darby on visit to St. Louis. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Mar 15 4 9 Letter signed Willis Drummond, General Land Office, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., to Hon. L.V. Bogy, U.S. Senate. Has received from Bogy letter from Darby regarding land certificate of Gibbany and related material. Advises of status. Includes letter of Lewis V. Bogy, Washington City, to Darby, regarding Drummond’s letter to Bogy (March 23, 1874). [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Mar 20 4 9 Letter signed Wm. McKee [William McKee], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Introduces R.H. Campbell, who is preparing a gazetteer of the state and seeks assistance of some of the best men. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Apr 7 4 9 Letter signed Mary Carlin, 158 Bleecker St., New York City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Has seen that bad man Lowrey and was distressed to learn Darby had been compelled to sue to collect his bill against her husband’s estate. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Apr 16 4 9 Letter signed M. Carlin, 158 Bleecker St., New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regrets that she cannot render the desired service and cannot come to St. Louis. Darby prevented her late husband from committing wrongs to his family in St. Louis. She hopes Darby will gain his suit. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Apr 28 4 9 Letter signed Henry A. Boyce, Ulster, to Uncle Michael Boyce, Natchitoches. Sends letters from father’s papers relating to a draft; discussions with father and McDowell. River rising, overflow feared. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 3 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Becker has a case pending in the Colorado Supreme Court. If outcome is adverse, he will take case to U.S. Supreme Court. He has a valuable mining property, but insufficient capital to develop it. He will sell, possibly in Europe. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 4 4 9 Letter signed Henry T. Blow, Granby Mining and Smelting Company, St. Louis, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Capt. Eads seems completely absorbed in his Bridge and Jetty, and his health is not good, but he will have an interview with Darby on return from Washington. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 8 4 9 Letter signed Frank Shapleigh, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Requests Darby to be honorary pallbearer at funeral tomorrow of John Daggett. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 11 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Asks Darby to urge Becker’s son, who has recently married, to get a job. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 14 4 9 Letter signed B. Doran Killian, Room 42, No. 58 Liberty St., New York, to John F. Darby. Surprised to learn that Miss Massey has been in New York all winter. Asks Darby to send his enclosed letter to Miss Massey. Discusses pending estate administration, in which Miss Massey is interested. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 22 4 9 Letter signed H.L. Hoffman, Washington, to John F. Darby. Regarding business; thanks Darby for paper regarding death of J.D. Daggett. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 26 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Asks Darby to meet with Capt. Baker, father-in-law of Henry Becker, regarding employment prospects for Henry. Hopes Henry will pursue boot and shoe business. 3/4th of Central City, Colo., has been destroyed by fire. Becker has been sued in St. Louis, and wants the suits settled. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 May 26 4 9 Letter signed B. Doran Killian, 58 Liberty St., New York, to John F. Darby. Needs instructions from Miss Massey. Discusses options regarding estate of which Miss Massey is administrator and Killian’s fees. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 2 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Hopes Henry Becker will get into boot and shoe business. Discusses pending suits in St. Louis. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 3 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Encloses letter to Henry Becker; please show it to Capt. Baker, then give it to Henry, whose idleness causes T.H. great uneasiness. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 5 4 9 Note stating that R.H. Spencer called, and will again this afternoon. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 5 4 9 Letter signed S.S. Burdell, General Land Office, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C., to Hon. L.V. Bogy, U.S. Senate. Refers to letter and enclosures from Darby; encloses a patent dated June 1 in favor of John and Robert Gibbany (or Gibony). [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 6 4 9 Letter signed Seth T. Sawyer, Alton, to John F. Darby. Regarding former property of Henry and Thomas Byrnes, people with knowledge of it, and possible legal proceedings and options. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 9 4 9 Letter signed B. Doran Killian, 58 Liberty St., New York, to John F. Darby. Regarding proceedings of estate involving Miss Massey. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 9 4 9 Letter of Theodore H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Will not provide board money for Henry and his wife while he does not work. Please confer with Capt. Baker. Becker’s brother not responsive regarding pending suits in St. Louis. Details of suits. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 11 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Delighted at result of Darby’s conference with Capt. Baker. Hopes Henry will master boot and shoe business. Inquires about and discusses two suits in St. Louis. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 15 4 9 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Mayor’s Office, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Darby notified Dodge of death of Dodge’s cousin, Joseph H. Conn. Hopes Darby wins in Supreme Court; rejoices that Darby is still capable despite terrible trials and sufferings. Discusses Washington D.C., and possible visits. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 17 4 9 Letter signed T.H. Becker, Central City, Colorado, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Becker’s brother does not communicate regarding suits. Becker very uneasy. Property in question in suit is in Colorado. Requests Darby tell Henry not to be fastidious about employment. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 19 4 9 Letter signed George S. Simpson, Trinidad, C. Terr. [Colorado], to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Mexican land grants involving St. Vrain and Vigil, which have been affected by U.S. Congress. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 23 4 9 Letter signed L.U. Reavis, St. Louis, Mo., to [John F.] Darby. Sends chapter on history of St. Louis from his book. Asks Darby to work and enlarge it and make it better than it is. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 June 29 4 9 Invitation of Stilson Hutchins, J.L.D. Morrison, and H.S. Patterson, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Invites Darby to banquet honoring Senator Bogy at Southern Hotel, July 16. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 July 1 4 9 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Josiah Thornburg, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri. Concerning charges in case of Timothy O’Connor vs Henry Koch. $15 costs reimbursement due to Darby in a case was actually paid to someone named Dooley. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Aug 3 4 9 Letter signed Mary Carlin, 61 East 9th St., New York City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding her bad circumstances. She will come to St. Louis to try to get her claim against the estate. Hopes she can assist Darby. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Aug 14 4 9 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Urbana, Ohio, to M.P. Sanguinet, St. Louis, Mo.. Regarding Michael Boyce’s dealings with Judge Boyce and Robert McDowell about drafts. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Aug 18 4 9 Letter signed M. Carlin, 61 East 9th St., New York City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Thinks she will go St. Louis about the first of September. [filed in 1874 Jan-Aug] 1874 Aug 20 4 9 Memo in hand of John F. Darby regarding dower claim of Elizabeth Chenet alias Lapoint or Poirier, widow of Francis Poirier. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Sept 14 4 9 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to collect the enclosed pension check. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Sept 17 4 9 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Montgomery Blair, Washington City. Outraged by unwarranted slurs and attacks of Mr. Wallace, reporter of decisions of U.S. Supreme Court, in statement of the case published in the 18th volume of Wallace’s reports, in case of Boatmen’s Savings Institution vs Tiffany trustee. Recounts Darby’s education, career, and friendships with various prominent figures, including Webster, Clay, Crittenden, Lincoln, Fillmore, and U.S. Grant. Recounts Darby’s former wealth and failure in business relating to Civil War, and his loss of $700,000. Account of transactions involved in the Supreme Court case involving Knox and Brotherton. Darby may wish to consult with Blair about Darby’s course of action to defend himself. Copy is followed by apparent draft of Darby’s letter. (2 items) [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Sept 22 4 9 Letter signed F.N. Ham, Edgard P.O., St. John Baptist, [Louisiana], to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Responds to Darby’s note regarding Morton Page property: is willing to assist, and asks for more particulars about property and suit. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Oct 21 4 9 Letter signed H.L Patterson. Regarding his case before Probate Court to resume tomorrow. Jewett is trying to show that the Rector deed is forgery. Patterson disagrees, and would like Darby to see the deed. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Oct 22 4 9 Letter signed E.C. Tillman, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regrets that the names were not published in the daily papers together with the resolutions and speeches. Darby was appointed to present the resolutions to the Missouri Supreme Court. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Oct 26 4 9 Letter signed Jacob Thompson, Memphis, Tenn., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Introduces Thomas Ruffin Roulhac, Greensboro Ala., an attorney who desires to move to St. Louis. Asks Darby if he would like a partner to take the heavy work off his hands. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 6 4 9 Letter signed F.N. Ham, St. John Baptist, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Morton never mentioned conveying the property in question to Page in trust. Ham’s finances are low. Business in New Orleans is dull, and state has suffered from Republican form of government as ruled by Gov. Kellogg. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 8 4 9 Letter signed J. Houghton, Las Vegas, New Mexico, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. In 1848 as Public Administrator, Darby took charge of the effects of Francisco Robledo of New Mexico, who committed suicide on the Missouri River, including a paymaster’s draft for $5750 and papers relating to a claim against the government for grain destroyed in N.M. during the Taos insurrection of 1847. Houghton believes nothing was done with the claim, and inquires how to get the original papers for the widow and sons. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 12 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington, [to John F. Darby]. Has received Darby’s long letter postmarked the 13th. Has known Darby a very long time, and is familiar with his character. Does not know what to advise Darby to do. Is sure the court will be disposed to correct the statements as to Darby. Will do anything Darby requests, and will accept no fee. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 15 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington, [to John F. Darby]. Discusses Wallace the Reporter and his family. Wallace is regarded as weak but Blair feels he has no malice. Blair will present the situation to the Court whenever Darby is ready to act. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 20 4 9 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, La., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding preparing answer in suit of Robert McDowell against Michael Boyce. Includes facts involving various drafts, suits, and lawyers and various persons. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Nov 20 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair [to John F. Darby]. Blair has Darby’s letter of November 28, and will try to get Judge Davis to read it. He does not think Darby’s friends should join in a petition against Wallace. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 2 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington D.C., [to John F. Darby]. Blair had a talk with Judge Davis, who had not noticed Wallace’s statement, but would do so and would speak to his brethren about it. They all know Wallace is incompetent. Judge Davis could speak to Wallace and get him to correct the statement in the next volume. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 4 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington D.C., [to John F. Darby]. Blair had another talk with Judge Davis. The Judges had talked the matter over in conference and came to the conclusion that there was no good to be expected by moving in the matter. The evidence in the case against almost any man but Darby would have made a case of fraud. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 10 4 9 Letter signed Montgomery Blair [to John F. Darby]. Blair inferred that the conference Judge Davis had with his brethren changed his purpose of speaking to Wallace. Doing that would have called attention to the matter which would not be beneficial to Darby. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 14 4 9 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding proceedings in the Robert McDowell suit against Boyce, with background of the case. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 21 4 9 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins], Fayette, Howard County, Mo., to Uncle. News of relatives, friend, and farming business. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 24 4 9 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, La., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding proceedings in Robert McDowell case against Boyce. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 26 4 9 Draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Editor of the Courier-Journal , Louisville, Ky. Encloses suggestions about the “Layfayette Watch.” Requests Darby’s name not be mentioned. [filed in 1874 Sept-Dec] 1874 Dec 26 4 9 Letters to W.H.H. Russell, Corresponding Secretary, Missouri Historical Society, from historical societies of numerous states and localities responding to Russell’s proposed scheme of an 1876 convention of historical societies to take place at Philadelphia on August 1, 1876. (38 items) 1875-1876 4 10 Petition signed S. Blood et al. requesting John F. Darby to become candidate for delegate to state convention from 31st Senatorial District. Includes two drafts of John F. Darby, January 16, 1875, refusing the honor (3 items). [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 4 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, La., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding proceedings in suit of McDowell against Boyce. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 7 4 10 Letter signed Clement B. Penrose, 631 Walnut Street, Phila., to John F. Darby. Regarding business. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 21 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, La., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding proceedings in the McDowell case. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 21 4 10 Letter signed D. Marks, St. Augustine, Fla., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Florida is excellent for health, weather; no business activity there. If Darby’s son means a quiet inactive life, Florida is the place. If he means business, never let him come south of the Mason-Dixon line. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 22 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding papers concerning Robert McDowell, Henry Boyce, et al. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 27 4 10 Letter signed Geo. N. Thompson [George N. Thompson], Leasburg, N.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Sorry to hear Darby refused nomination as delegation to convention of Missouri. Men of Darby’s ability and long experience are needed in drafting a constitution that may become a living memorial. Discusses death of Samuel Johnston the previous October. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Jan 27 4 10 Letter signed Virginia W. Wilde, New Orleans, to John F. Darby. Inquires about old land claim of her father, the late J.B. Wilkinson, which still remains unsettled or unclaimed in St. Louis. Gives pleasant recollections about Darby’s family. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Feb 10 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Henry A. Boyce has been destituted of the executorship of his father’s will, and the succession is now in possession of the public administrator. Darby ought not discontinue the suit against Mrs. Boyce, unless she will agree to pay his fee. Inquires about McDowell suit against Michael Boyce. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Feb 20 4 10 Letter signed Jonathan Crews, Vincennes, Indiana, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Inquiries about proper way to handle land cases in settling grant of Julie Thiriot in 1806 in Vincennes; and that of Francois Vigo as assignee of Cardinal in 1817. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Feb 25 4 10 Letter signed Clement B. Penrose, New Orleans, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Regarding heirs of Clement B. Penrose. He was the writer’s great-grandfather. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Mar 2 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding taking depositions in the McDowell case. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Mar 30 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Boyce has forwarded depositions in McDowell case to Circuit Court of St. Louis County; discusses case, possible witness. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 Apr 12 4 10 Letter of Acting Mayor, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. The Hon. Arthur B. Barrett, Mayor, died this morning at 4 o’clock. An extraordinary session of the City Council will be held today. Darby is invited to attend. 1875 Apr 24 4 10 Letter signed James C. Moody, Chicago, [to John F. Darby]. Moody has moved to Chicago to stay; he had too many enemies and setbacks in St. Louis. Chicago is a larger and more lively town than St. Louis. His office is near the Tivoli, a place of fashionable resort. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 May 10 4 10 Letter signed N.A. Mortell, City of Jefferson, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Mr. Ross, delegate of Polk County, says there are a number of Clarks in his county as described by Darby, but wants more definite or particular information as to business, age, and history. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 May 15 4 10 Letter signed G.C. Bingham, Jefferson City, to John F. Darby. When he next visits St. Louis it will afford him a great deal of pleasure to see Darby. If Darby has a special interest in any matter, Bingham will make occasion to visit with Darby. 1875 June 1 4 10 Letter signed Jas. S. Rollins, Columbia, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Rollins cannot now name the day when he will be in St. Louis, but when he does he will call upon Darby. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 June 10 4 10 Letter signed Wm. F. Switzler [William F. Switzler], City of Jefferson, [to John F. Darby]. Thanks Darby for the deeply interesting and well-written sketch of William Stokes in the Republican yesterday. Darby ought to continue such sketches. Encloses a speech on the inequalities of representation. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 5 4 10 Note signed N. Ranney to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Darby’s reminiscences of old Stokes were very interesting. Col. O’Fallon’s second wife was named “Caroline Sheets,” not Ann. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 6 4 10 Letter signed Nathan Ranney to John F. Darby. Reviews life as a sutler at Bellefontaine, and as chief clerk on the Yellowstone Expedition with Smith & Hawley, sutlers. He was replaced by Col. O’Fallon as result of the influence of Gov. Clark and the territorial officers and unjust representations to John C. Calhoun; was forced by circumstances to work for O’Fallon for $300 per annum and room and board. Ranney lost money from bad bank paper. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 12 4 10 Letter signed P.H. Darby, Princeton, Ky., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Was briefly in St. Louis and could not call on Darby. He believes J.F. Darby is the only relative of his father he has ever seen. Asks for information about his father and other relatives. Where in North Carolina did the family come from? Does Darby know whether the family originally came from England or Ireland? [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 14 4 10 Rough draft in hand of John F. Darby of memorial/biographical sketch of his wife, Mary M. Darby, who died July 18, 1875, at age 58. She was born at Old Mines, Washington County, on June 21, 1818. Her father was Waller Wilkinson. She married John F. Darby at her father’s plantation in Perry County on September 20, 1836. They lived in St. Louis thereafter. She was educated at Sacred Heart convent near Perryville. She was devoted to her Catholic religion and family, and she cared for more than ten orphans. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 18 4 10 Letter signed Isaac H. Stugeon to John F. Darby. Offers condolences on Mrs. Darby’s death. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 20 4 10 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Eldora, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Offers condolences on Mrs. Darby’s death and recollections of her. She was Dodge’s wife’s cousin. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 24 4 10 Letter signed Geo. W. Jones [George W. Jones], Dubuque, Iowa, [to John F. Darby]. Offers condolences on Mrs. Darby’s death from his entire family. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 25 4 10 Letter signed Myles W. Tobyn, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis, to Judge Finney. Asks Finney to get the Hon. John F. Darby to speak through the press to the people in St. Louis on behalf of the Cathedral, which needs repair. [filed in 1875 Jan-July] 1875 July 28 4 10 Poem advertising cemetery gate. Mentions “McCarthy of the Cemetery gate.” 1875 Aug 1 4 10 Letter signed M. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Regrets she was not able to stay longer on visit to Darby to nurse Ben in his illness and visit longer with the little girls, Julia and Mary. Expresses deep affection for Darby and his children. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 1 4 10 Draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Mrs. Ferdinand Rozier, Sr., Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Expresses warm feelings and affection of his late wife to Darby as her mother’s dearest friend. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 11 4 10 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Anxious to hear news from Darby, Ben, Julia, and Mary. Wishes Darby, Ben, or Julia could visit St. Joseph. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 13 4 10 Letter signed M.P. Sanguinet, St. Louis, to M. Boyce. Regarding a note against Boyce’s property. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 14 4 10 Letter signed Geo. S. Simpson [George S. Simpson], Trinidad, Col. Ter., to Jno. F.Darby [John F. Darby]. Requests Darby’s help in selling house and lot on 3rd Street between Walnut and Elm in St. Louis. Darby’s land interests in the St, Vrain grant are enveloped in apparent inextricable difficulties. Simpson’s health is bad. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 24 4 10 Letter signed John N. Bofinger, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding gold on board ship estimated as he found in examining the files of the New York Herald of September and October. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Aug 28 4 10 Letter signed G.C. Bingham, Jefferson City, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Bingham cannot now say when any business of his office will require his presence in St. Louis. Whenever he may chance to be called down it will afford him pleasure to call and see Darby. 1875 Aug 31 4 10 Letter signed Philip Pipkin, Kimmswick, Mo, to John F. Darby. States that he will call on Darby next week and get further particulars on the subject. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Sept 3 4 10 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo, to J.F. Darby. The loss of Mrs. Darby afflicts her greatly; offers sympathy. Her time of life must be near the end, reduced to 73 pounds weight and very feeble. Asks Darby and Ben to visit. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Sept 10 4 10 Draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to George C. Bingham, Jefferson City. Requests Bingham’s assistance in obtaining Darby’s appointment by Governor Hardin as a judge on the new Court of Appeals in St. Louis, to be created under the 1875 constitution. Recites Darby’s education and professional career. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Sept 20 4 10 Copy in John Darby’s hand of letters to Governor G.H. Hardin from John B. Priest, Lewis V. Bogy, and A. Todd, all recommending Darby’s appointment to the Court of Appeals. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Oct 22-23 4 10 Letter signed Jas. S. Rollins [James S. Rollins], Columbia, to John F. Darby. Rollins has sent this morning to the Governor a strong letter in Darby’s behalf. Includes copy. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Oct 31 4 10 Copy of letter of Wm. F. Switzler [William F. Switzler], Columbia, Mo., to Gov. Chas. H. Hardin [Charles H. Hardin], Jefferson City, Mo. Supports Darby’s appointment as Court of Appeals judge. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 1 4 10 Draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to His Excellency C.H. Hardin, Governor of the State of Missouri. Submits application to be appointed one of the judges of the St. Louis Court of Appeals. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 6 4 10 Letter signed Morris L. Hallowell, Philadelphia, to Siter Price & Co. Regarding swindler mentioned in letter of Darby. He never heard of Albannous L.R. Wentworth and have no doubt he is a swindler who was active some years ago in Western states. Walton died in 1843 since which there has been no such firm as Hallowell Walton & Co. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 10 4 10 Letter signed Mary Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, N.Y., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She received the document last evening and hopes she will be able to attend to it tomorrow. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 14 4 10 Letter signed Missouri A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Very happy to have received a letter from Darby, and would like to hear more often from him, Julia, and Ben. She has been married ten years and during that time her letters and intercourse with Mrs. Darby were a source of much happiness. Love to all of Darby’s family. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 16 4 10 Letter signed M. Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She has left New Orleans permanently and is settled in New York. Mrs. Bennett is there, telling everyone that Mrs. Carlin has sued her. Mrs. Carlin lost her property in New Orleans because Mrs. Bennett would not cooperate/give her money. Mrs. Bennett has been staying in a tenement house with low Irish but left there, looking like a beggar. Darby has always treated Mrs. Carlin with consideration and kept her husband from himself and her from more scandal. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 25 4 10 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Expresses distress that the McDowell suit against him resulted in a verdict for nearly $3000. Expresses confidence that case would be reversed on appeal. Hopes Darby is filing appeals. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Nov 29 4 10 Poem, “Going Through The Rye” by N.M. Ludlow. Verses inscribed to Hon. John F. Darby. (2 copies) 1875 Dec 4 10 Draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Milt. G. Harry. Asks Harry to call on him at his office. (Note on reverse in Darby’s hand: Harry “a scoundrel”). [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Dec 6 4 10 Letter signed M. Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She was surprised to learn Mr. Lamoureux was dead, and asks who will take his place. A great change has occurred with her daughter, who is treating her affectionately and wants Mary Carlin to replace Lamoureux as executor. Asks Darby to tell her what can be done and how she can draw her next remittance. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Dec 17 4 10 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joe, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Sends New Year’s greetings to Darby and family upon entering the great centennial year. She has been ill for several weeks. They are losing money in business. The grasshoppers are making such havoc. Brother Henry’s house burned to the ground without insurance. A strange phenomenon supposed to be a meteor threw a most beautiful light all over the city and was seen for miles around, even in Kansas, followed by a roaring sound like thunder a day or two ago. [filed in 1875 Aug-Dec] 1875 Dec 31 4 10 Letter signed Geo. W. Thompson [George W. Thompson]. Sketch of Thompson’s life since his marriage in January 1876. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 4 11 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Regarding claims of heirs of Christian Wilt. Hempstead is an heir, and will be pleased to correspond with Darby. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 3 4 11 Letter signed T.A. Post, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Compliments Darby’s letter to Missouri Republic , December 31. Gives information regarding Post’s father, Julius Post, and others. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 3 4 11 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Mayor’s Office, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Offers condolences to Darby on the death of his son, Benjamin, age 26. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 9 4 11 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to J.F. Darby. Regarding claim as heir of Christian Wilt. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 11 4 11 Letter signed William J. Weldon, New York, to Benj. F. Darby [Benjamin F. Darby]. Does not know whether Henry Wood is residing in Brooklyn, but will inquire. Has good memories of Darby, “for instance the baseball club of which we were both members.” [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 13 4 11 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby. She has not received her pension money from December or the paper Darby sent regarding the Stokes family. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 16 4 11 Letter signed Mary Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, N.Y. to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding delay in her receipt of quarterly remittance. Asks if divorce papers she signed include a quitclaim to her husband’s property in New York. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 25 4 11 Letter signed Wm. H. Collins [William H. Collins], Fayette, Howard Co., Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Offers sympathy regarding death of Aunt Mary, Darby’s wife. Collins’s health has been bad, and his house burned down. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 26 4 11 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby] and her cousins. Offers sympathy on Benjamin’s death. She received the news from cousin Frank Valle. Her health has been delicate. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Jan 26 4 11 Obituary notice of Benjamin Wilkinson Darby in hand of John Darby, his father, signed “Amicus.” Benjamin W. Darby was born in St. Louis on April 21, 1850, and educated in St. Louis and Seton Hall College, New Jersey. He was a member of the Bank Clerks’ Association. He was a scholar and a gentleman. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 5 4 11 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Concerned that she has not heard from Darby or Julia for some time. She has been quite sick but is improving. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 7 4 11 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to Col. E.H. Gratiot, St. Louis. News regarding various people. Note at bottom: “If you see Darby, will you ask him if it is advisable I should visit him.” [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 16 4 11 Letter signed Eliza G. Post, Bridgeton, St. Louis Co., Mo., to J.F. Darby. Grateful for receiving her 24 dollars. Sympathy for loss of Benjamin. Hopes to see Darby once more. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 17 4 11 Letter signed J. Gillespie, Edwardsville, to John F. Darby. Recounts trial of Winchester, accused of murdering Smith in 1825 in Edwardsville. Trial held March 16-19, 1825, in Edwardsville. Smith was stabbed in the throat during an argument in Patterson’s hotel. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 23 4 11 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Inquires about Darby’s children. Various friends and/or relatives mentioned. Wishes she could live in St. Louis. Her son Tommie intends to become a priest. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Feb 27 4 11 Letter signed Nathan Ranney, Montreal, Canada, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Received Darby’s letter in the Republican , and read it with great interest. Remembers various people, including Judge Grundy and Judge Galespie. “The Democrats of our state idolized Judge Grundy.” Regretted death of Darby’s son. “W.K. Rule was one of the old and honored merchants I traded with in 1819.” [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Mar 1 4 11 Letter signed G.W. Goodlett, Windsor, Henry Co., Mo., to John F. Darby. Went as security for Darby’s son, Walter, for a suit of clothes to wear to his mother’s funeral. Walter has not paid and ignores Goodlett, who has been sued. Hopes Darby can make an arrangement to have it settled. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Mar 3 4 11 Letter signed John B. Bowman, East St. Louis, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Requests Darby’s assistance on real estate litigation of Bowman’s client, James Gallagher, with Francis Lavalle. Gives title history of the property involved. Discusses fees and expenses. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Mar 12 4 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., to Alton R. Easton, Pension Agent, St. Louis. Inquires regarding pension for kin of Albert Lafontaine Bolan, 2nd and 14th Maine Regiments, who died in battle in 1864. Includes response from Easton with attached note regrding military career and death of Bolan. (2 pages) [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Mar 20 4 11 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding status of litigation appeal. Grateful to Darby for getting his son “to go on the appeal bond with Genl. Frost.” Will be in St. Louis in June. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Mar 30 4 11 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Regarding her correspondence with Darby, Julia, and Mary, and her pleased reaction to pictures received of Darby’s wife and Ben. Encourages Darby to have his picture taken. Her family business is bad. When is Darby going to unite himself with the Catholic church? [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 12 4 11 Letter signed Mary J. Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, N.Y. to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding papers pertaining to her divorce and her quarterly remittance. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 15 4 11 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Regarding financial matters relating to his property and appeal of his case with McDowell. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 20 4 11 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington, D.C., to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for the copy of the Republican with the well-written notice of Trusten Polk. Gives his recollections of Polk and their political differences. “We had not in our community a more truly Christian gentleman than Trusten Polk, or one with a higher sense of duty.” [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 24 4 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to the Secretary of the Calvary Cemetary. He and his daughters want to have flowers planted, with their own hands, on Mrs. Darby’s grave. Please send any necessary permit. Includes reply: no permit is needed. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 27 4 11 Letter signed Montgomery Blair, Washington, D.C., to John F. Darby. Blair is sorry Darby does not agree with him on the expediency of nominating Tilden. Blair feels confident of his election. The rapidity of intercourse now affected by railway, telegraph, and newspapers has brought the whole world nearer together. Where candidates come from is no longer important. Tilden’s overthrow of Boss Tweed in N.Y. and of the Canal Ring should indicate that no rascality will be allowed if Tilden is President. [filed in 1876 Jan-Apr] 1876 Apr 29 4 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Captain Martin Quigley, Port Huron. Regarding salvaging of wrecks. Darby had supposed Quigley was at Port Huron at work on his wreck. The time has actually arrived when Quigley ought to be on the ground and actively engaged in their Atlantic enterprise. This procrastination and delay may prove fatal to the most valuable venture Quigley perhaps ever had committed to him. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 May 12 4 11 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Hopes soon to hear that Darby has been baptized. Is it rheumatism that is causing him to suffer with his feet? She will write soon to Julia and Mary. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 May 28 4 11 Letter signed R. Dowling, Gliden, Iowa, to J.F. Darby. He has extensive business, 12,000 acres of land. Met someone named Brown who says he went to school to Darby. Sorry he could not be at the trial. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 June 7 4 11 Copy of letter of John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Capt. F.H. Carpenter, West Epping, New Hampshire. Disappointed by Captain Quigley’s delay. Discusses various captains capable of wrecking work. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 June 14 4 11 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby to the Editor of the Missouri Republican . Corrects an article about the history of Lafayette Park, which attributed establishment of the park to L.M. Kennet. The park was actually established after Darby, as Mayor, got the General Assembly to authorize division and sale of the St. Louis Commons. Discusses how Darby et al, including surveyor Charles D’Ward, examined the commons and determined the location for the park, and enactment of ordinance establishing park. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 July 1 4 11 Letter signed Wilkinson Call, Louisville, to John Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Discusses railroad routes and possible transactions. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 July 3 4 11 Letter signed O.S. Baker, San Francisco, Cal., to John F. Darby. Regarding case pertaining to the Carlin divorce. Pleased that Darby has succeeded in getting a new trial. Supports Darby’s claim for fees against Mr. Carlin’s estate. Darby worked very ably for Carlin. Mrs. Carlin wanted to get case reopened after it had been honorably settled. Darby may present Baker’s views to the lawyers opposing Darby. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 July 10 4 11 “List of Persons to Whom Noticis [sic] (La Fayette Park) Were Sent.” [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 July 31 4 11 Letter signed Nathan Cole, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for letter in Missouri Republican regarding Lafayette Park and for Darby’s work in establishing the park. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 1 4 11 Letter signed Silas Bent to [John F.] Darby. Regarding Darby’s letter on Lafayette Park. “You do the present a great service and the past a discriminating justice by such corrections of history.” [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 2 4 11 Letter signed John F. Long, Custom House, St. Louis, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Thanks Darby for his consideration in sending interesting letter to the Republican . [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 2 4 11 Letter signed J. Gillespie, Edwardsville, to J.F. Darby. Compliments Darby on his article regarding the establishment of Lafayette Park. Vindicating the truth of history is a sacred duty. Discusses how various men were wrongly neglected or honored in establishment of Illinois railroads, in getting water of the Lake to flow into the Illinois River, and in the Black Hawk War. If history was compiled in ancient times with as little regard to truth as it seems to be today, the world is depending upon a broken stick. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 2 4 11 Letter signed J. Gillespie, Edwardsville, to John F. Darby. Gillespie read with great pleasure Darby’s sketch of the life and character of Edward Bates. Gillespie had high regard for Bates, and supported him for President in 1860. Lincoln and Bates were the only two men who could have best conducted the country through its tribulations. Asks Darby where he can find the speech of Barton against Benton in the U.S. Senate sometime before 1830. Gillespie would travel 500 miles to read it again. After it the name of Little Red was upon every tongue. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 9 4 11 Letter signed Mary J. Carlin, 166 Duffield St., Brooklyn, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Explains her writing to Mr. Knapp to remit funds to her to use to pay Darby. Knapp is instructed by this mail to pay Darby one-third the allowance granted by the court. Asks if Darby has additional suggestions regarding the breaking of the will. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 10 4 11 Letter signed A. Todd, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regarding funeral of Edward Bates. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 15 4 11 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to J.G. Lane. Thanks Lane for informing him of election as an honorary member of the First Tilden and Hendricks Club. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 26 4 11 Letter signed W. Gilpin, Denver, to John F. Darby. Darby’s son Caswell arrived the 20th, and left the next day for Santa Fe and Silver City. Caswell was at Gilpin’s house in good spirits and without impediment. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Aug 28 4 11 Letter signed J.J. Morard, French Benevolent Society, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Thanks Darby for his acceptance of the Presidency and proposed celebration. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Sept 1 4 11 Letter signed Lewis Papin, Globe City, Arizona Territory, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Has not heard from Cass; he may be in Silver City. Papin does not think this is the place for him unless he has entirely stopped drinking. Miners are shooting people as a result of drinking. Papin is doing well in business for his age of 20. Native Americans are very troublesome. Papin is in a band of 50 for mutual defense. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Sept 21 4 11 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Horace Barnes, 765 Sixth Avenue, New York. Darby wishes to engage Barnes to look after and recover the vessel Central America , which sunk near Cape Hatteras around the 13th of September 1857. Some 500 or 600 passengers lost their lives. On board were said to be 4 to 6 million dollars in gold coins, gold bars, and gold dust. Darby has been interested in this recovery for 5 or 6 years, and had a contract with a friend to seek and recover. The friend abandoned the enterprise. Darby tried to involve his friend James Eads, but Eads was too involved with opening the mouth of the Mississippi. Darby would provide information, not funds, and would want share of recovery. Recovery would be free from all salvage because more than three leagues offshore. Darby also has information about vessels with treasure in the Mississippi River. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Oct 2 4 11 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Horace Barnes, 765 Sixth Avenue, New York. Would like to provide Barnes with papers and letters relating to the Central America , and to meet to discuss the matter. Realizes it is too late to undertake work this year. Meanwhile, work could be done on about a dozen vessels in the Mississippi, one of which is said to contain 600 kegs of silver coin of one thousand dollars each. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Oct 4 4 11 Letter signed John Mullery, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Contains thanks for the very flattering and highly complimentary opinion Darby entertained for Mullery and published in his communication to the Dispatch on September 27. Is sorry he was unable to assist Darby in obtaining the position he sought and deserved. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Oct 10 4 11 Letter signed A.T. [Albert Todd], St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his history of the establishment of Lafayette Park. Compliments Darby for his early devotion to universal free education. May Darby be inspired to write more. Wants the “privilege of preserving it in the archives of our Historical Society.” Todd wrote on Darby’s behalf during the Convention. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 4 4 11 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Genl. A.J. Smith, No. 2911 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. Offers congratulations on Darby’s triumphant election as County Auditor. Darby has been connected with Smith’s father-in-law, Doctor Simpson, for over 50 years. Darby appointed him City Comptroller and a trustee of Boatmen’s Savings Institution. Simpson’s family voted for Darby, who is glad to return the obligation to Smith. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 9 4 11 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Cotile Landing, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Darby’s letter of the 17th afforded hope and consolation after Darby’s letter of the 16th gave a great shock to Boyce’s nervous system. Deplores the outcome of his case, which Darby should appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 25 4 11 Letter signed Wm. H. Beebe [William H. Beebe], Chicago, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his November 1876 article on St. Louis Public Schools and for the kind remembrance from Darby. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 25 4 11 Letter signed John F. Dillon, Jefferson City, to John F. Darby. Warm thanks for Darby’s article on the Public Schools of St. Louis. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 26 4 11 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Hempstead does not know of any heirs of Christian Wilt except what Gov. Fletcher can furnish Darby. Hempstead is willing to enter into any equitable arrangement. Darby will recall Gov. Fletcher thought the heirs were debarred by statute of limitations. Hempstead is much obliged for the article sent to him. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Nov 28 4 11 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to T.A. Post, Reporter of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s name was omitted from the list of counsel in the case of Alexander Valle vs. Henry Obenhouse and Pelagi Berthold. Describes Darby’s role in case. It is a matter of no great importance, anyway. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 5 4 11 Letter signed Henry A. Boyce, Cotile Landing, to John F. Darby. Advises Darby to take the appeal as his uncle Michael Boyce requested. Henry just learned by messenger that Michael is dangerously ill in Natchitoches. Henry is about to start up there. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 5 4 11 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Lists various people whom Darby can ask to be on Boyce’s appeal bond with General Frost. List includes: John O.Fallon Delaney, Sidney M. Tyler, Major A.J. Lindsey, Thomas Brent, and M.P. Sanguinet. Boyce is now feeling better. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 10 4 11 Letter signed L.E. Carter, St. Joseph, Mo., to Wm. Syerson. Inquires regarding nature and terms of contract between Syerson and his brother and the old firm of Hughes & Marshall regarding the Syerson Nursery. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 15 4 11 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Boyce was astounded that the Court of Appeals had refused an appeal to the State Supreme Court. Asks Darby to explore other ways to get case to Supreme Court. Sorry Darby had the judgment paid without execution issued. Discusses funds available. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 20 4 11 Letter signed L.E. Carter, St. Joseph, Mo., to Wm. Syerson. Asks numerous questions about relationship of Syerson and his brother to Hughes & Marshall and various other persons. If Syerson assists it may be the entering wedge for him to come in with his claim, and in any event will be a great favor to Carter. [filed in 1876 May-Dec] 1876 Dec 29 4 11 Copy, in hand of John F. Darby, of letter to the Editor of St. Louis Times . Regarding speech of Col. J.C. Normile at meeting of Col. Armstrong’s friends at Planter’s House. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 4 12 Note regarding wreck of steamer Brandywine in 1832 near Memphis. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877? 4 12 “List of Steamers Sunk in the lower Mississippi River with Valuable Cargos on Board.” Notes on six steamers and cargo. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877? 4 12 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding various bills and correspondence. Mail between New Orleans and Natchitoches very irregular. Boyce will arrange for Darby to get $110 for taking McDowell vs. Boyce case to Missouri Supreme Court. “So go ahead!” [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Jan 4 4 12 Letter signed John P. Jones, Keytesville, Chariton Co., Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Asks if Darby knows how the Chariton River derived its name. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Jan 8 4 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Gov. T.C. Fletcher. Be so kind as to send by the bearer, Darby’s son, Walter, the list and names and residences of the heirs of Christian Wilt, which Fletcher promised to give him. Includes Fletcher’s reply with 7 names. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Jan 16 4 12 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Details regarding list of Wilt heirs. Hempstead and his brothers are willing to have Darby prosecute for them, provided they are indemnified from all liability. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Jan 30 4 12 Memorandum by John F. Darby regarding will of Mary Cavalier. Includes draft of will. (2 items) [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Jan 24 4 12 Letter signed W.F. Switzler, Columbia, Mo., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Switzler is writing a history of Missouri. He has gathered much from Darby’s published writings and will make acknowledgements. Asks five questions about Chouteau’s Pond. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 5 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Hon. David Davis, Washington City. Offers congratulations on Davis’ election to the United States Senate, and regrets on the loss of his services on the Supreme Bench of the United States. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 10 4 12 Letter signed Henry B. Belt, St. Louis, [to John F. Darby]. Supplies name and address of Thomas M. Barron. Belt is happy to do this for his old friend Darby, who nominated Belt 40 years ago as Register of the City of St. Louis. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 15 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to John S. Phelps, Governor of the State of Missouri. Requests appointment as one of the revisers of statutes of Missouri, and asserts his qualifications. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 17 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Hon. W.H.H. Russell, Jefferson City, Mo. A friend has suggested that Darby apply to the Governor to be a reviser of statutes. Recites long friendship with Gov. Phelps. Darby could get letters of reference but feels it unnecessary. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 17 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri to Hon. W.H.H. Russell, Jefferson City, Mo. Darby recently wrote Russell and sent him a letter to Governor Phelps. He has had no reply. Please excuse his having written, and please return his letter to Governor Phelps. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 22 4 12 Letter signed David Davis, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his congratulations. Davis shall change the Court room for the Senate chamber through it looks to be unwise for a man at his age. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Feb 26 4 12 Letter signed G.F. Chilton, Jeferson City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Chilton has forwarded the subpoenas. He is under many obligations to Darby for recommending him to Mr. Leffingwell. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Mar 9 4 12 Letter signed Michael Boyce, Natchitoches, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Asks Darby to handle a property tax bill on St. Louis property. Inquires about status of McDowell vs Boyce case. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Mar 12 4 12 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John Fletcher Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his communication to the Republican about Washington Square. Dodge knew many of the people mentioned. He had heard of the duel between Riely and Smith, who was proverbial for being a gentleman in whose bosom the angry passions ran riot. Thanks Darby for the account of the murder trial at Edwardsville involving Felix Grundy. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Mar 15 4 12 Letter signed Nath. W. Watkins, Jr., Morley, Mo., to John F. Darby. Watkins’ father Gen’l. N.W. Watkins often spoke of Darby with high esteem. Asks Darby to help him find a clerkship in St. Louis. Lists possible references. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Mar 29 4 12 Letter signed Geo. F. Burdett [George F. Burdett], St. Louis, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Asks if Darby knew his uncle, John Burdett, from Kentucky, who settled in St. Louis near the lead mines.If so, what became of him and his heirs? [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Apr 2 4 12 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. In regards to J.Y. Munn, he was in the elevator business. His firm failed and he left a reputation of dishonorable swindling transactions. He went with his partner to Denver. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 Apr 29 4 12 “Sketch of the Governors of the State of Missouri.” Long memo on letterhead of Stevens & Matlock, Montague, Texas, regarding governors. Notes by Darby regarding his acquaintance with all governors. Sheet, partially in Darby’s hand, regarding Sterling Price and Trusten Polk. (2 items) [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 15-18 4 12 Letter signed J.H. Bakewell [to John F. Darby]. Enjoys reading Darby’s reminiscences. If there were more like Darby, it would be a good thing for history. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 15 4 12 Letter signed Albert Todd, W.H.H. Russell, Silas Bent, and James G. Barry, as representatives of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Request Darby to narrate and make a sketch of the life and times of Thomas Hart Benton on the occasion of the hanging in the Society’s historical gallery of the portrait of Benton by Boyle. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 21 4 12 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Albert Todd, W.H.H. Russell, Silas Bent, and James G. Barry, Committee of the Missouri Historical Society. Accepts the Society’s invitation to deliver a dissertation upon the life and times of Thomas H. Benton. Darby will endeavor to perform that duty the evening of June 6, 1877, at an hour and place designated by the committee. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 22 4 12 Letter signed Wilson Primm to John F. Darby. In Darby’s article in yesterday’s Republican , he was in error in saying that St. Ange de Bellerive sometimes signed his name Laburiere. Laburiere was the notary, scrivener, recorder of St. Ange’s acts. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 28 4 12 “A list of the Commandants and Governors of Upper Louisiana, from the founding of the town to March 10, 1804, date of the transfer to the United States.” [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 29 4 12 Letter signed L.V. Bogy, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis. Last fall, Bogy met Darby and his son in the tax collector’s office, and spoke to him in a friendly fashion. Darby replied in a very reserved and unkind manner. They have known each other too long to be on unfriendly terms. Asks Darby how he has wronged him. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 29 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to L.V. Bogy, St. Louis, Mo. States he has no unkind feelings towards Bogy, nor has Bogy given him any offense. At the collector’s office, Darby was in a very bad humor and most outrageously mad at what he considered a great injustice to him in the assessment of his home. He had just denounced the public functionaries when he met Bogy. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 May 31 4 12 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Compliments Darby on certain articles. He and his wife greatly enjoyed their visit with Darby’s daughters. Mrs. Dodge will stay at Darby’s house on her way back to Wisconsin. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 1 4 12 Letter signed L.V. Bogy, St. Louis, [to John F. Darby]. Darby’s letter gave him pleasure. He did not visit Darby for some time because of business. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 4 4 12 Letter signed Gilbert Elliott, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, City. Thanks Darby for the very pleasant evening listening to his entertaining and instructive lecture on the life and times of Thos. H. Benton. Elliott desires to express his lively feeling of gratification at Darby’s complimentary allusions to their native state, North Carolina. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 7 4 12 Letter signed Wm. Hempstead [William Hempstead], Galena, Illinois, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Contains family information. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 18 4 12 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States that William Hempstead is his half brother, and Dr. Charles Wilt Hempstead is his full brother. They are the only heirs of Rachel Hempstead. Inquires regarding proceedings with the property. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 27 4 12 Letter signed Wm. Hempstead [William Hempstead], Galena, Illinois, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. States that his father’s first wife was Rachel Wilt, daughter of Abraham Wilt of Philadelphia, and sister of the late Christian Wilt, merchant of St. Louis. Edward and Charles W. are the heirs of this marriage. He also encloses a St. Louis ordinance from 1826, naming the streets of St. Louis, which he found in one of his father’s old books. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 June 28 4 12 Letter signed Jos. M. Ahesene, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Sends a review from The Call of Darby’s lecture on Tom Benton, and sends his compliments and Col. Bouldin’s congratulations. Col. Bouldin requests particulars of the sinking of the boat in the Mississippi that Darby discussed with him. If Darby has heard of Caswell, please advise. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 July 6 4 12 Letter signed John S. Prince, St. Paul, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about a young man who is interested in his daughter. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 July 12 4 12 Letter signed D.W. Bouldin, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Bouldin’s young friend, Joseph Ahesene, showed him Darny’s letter. Bouldin met a man who has a machine that cleans mud and sand off sunken vessels. It does not raise them. If Darby is interested, he can write about the vessel he is interested in and Bouldin can put him and the man in contact. [filed in 1877 Jan-July] 1877 July 28 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to D.W. Bouldin, San Francisco, Cal. The vessel Darby wishes Bouldin and his friend to engage with him to recover is the Central America . Recounts history of the vessel’s passengers, cargo, and sinking, and his own work for ten years in researching and trying to locate the vessel. Captain Carpenter believed he had located the vessel, but ran short of money. Carpenter thinks he can locate it for them. Darby has a diver who can go down 180. Estimates costs of project at not exceeding $5000. The vessel is in the high seas, not subject to salvage, so the treasure would be theirs absolutely. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 3 4 12 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to [John F.] Darby. In compliance with Darby’s request, sends a biographical sketch. Includes sketch. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 5 4 12 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to [John F.] Darby. Has received and read the memoir Darby so kindly wrote. Mentions a few corrections. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 9 4 12 Letter signed D.W. Bouldin, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Bouldin’s friends are not inclined to invest in the venture of raising the Central America . They are interested in the Mississippi and Missouri steamers. Bouldin will try to assist. Bouldin’s father died June 13 a year ago. He always had the highest regard for Darby. Postscript by M. Josesph Ahesene. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 12 4 12 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to [John F.] Darby. Very grateful for Darby’s trouble and friendly interest. Narrative is correct in all the facts. Gantt has struck out a few expressions which gave too high a color to the events. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 13 4 12 Letter signed E. Hempstead, Chicago, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Asks Darby to advise him of the terms he requires in prosecution of claims. Mr. Fletcher seemed to think they were debarred. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 18 4 12 Letter signed A.C, Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Grateful for Darby’s daughter Julia’s visit to his home. He and his wife will try to make her feel at home. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 18 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to D.W. Bouldin, San Francisco, Cal. Darby wrote to Bouldin yesterday to send on the parties who wish to engage to look after sunken vessels in the Mississippi River. There are many. He has clients who are old river pilots who know the locations. The water is getting low and from now to December is the time to operate. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Aug 22 4 12 Memo in John F. Darby’s hand regarding William Stewart, New Orleans pilot, et. al. Noted on back: “Memo of heirs of Needles Estate.” [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Sept 12 4 12 Western Union telegram of John F. Darby to Governor Jno. S. Phelps [John S. Phelps], Jefferson City. “Make no appointment of Senator for some days. Friends of your administration will call to see you personally. Hold off. There’s luck in leisure. A warm friend of yours but one who wants no office.” [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Sept 26 4 12 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to His Excellency John S. Phelps, Governor of the State of Missouri, Jefferson City, Mo. Darby’s application for appointment as Senator to fill the vacancy caused by death of Senator Bogy. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Sept 27 4 12 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Messrs B & J Baker & Co, Commission Merchants, Norfolk, Virginia. Darby has been investigating the location of certain sunken vessels and has acquired correct and valuable information on this subject. He invite them to correspond with him to allow them to determine if they wish to pursue the matter. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 9 4 12 Letter signed C.H. Jackson, Ferguson, St. Louis Co., Mo. to John F. Darby. She is at the mercy of her husband’s debtors. Please send her a small part of Darby’s indebtedness to her late husband; he always assured her that Darby would do her justice. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 9 4 12 Letter signed D.W. Bouldin, San Francisco, to Col. John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Bouldin’s friend wanted more particulars than Darby provided about the locations of steamboats before proceeding. He has about dropped the subject. If Darby can provide more basis for his confidence, Bouldin will try him again. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 11 4 12 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Dodge is happy to hear Darby’s amicable relations with their ancient ally, Jones, have been restored. Julia will soon return home, leaving many friends here. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 12 4 12 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Messrs. Baker & Stoddard, Norfok, Virginia. Asks Baker & Stoddard if they are interested in corresponding with him regarding the possible recovery of treasure from the steamship Central America , sunk off Cape Hatteras in September 1857. Recounts his long interest and research on the subject, his contract with Capt. Carpenter, his efforts to interest James Eads in the project, and his dealings with Quigley, whom Eads said was a great diver. Darby would want an agreed-to share of a recovery, but could not contribute to expenses. He had an estate of a million dollars at the beginning of the war, yielding $60,000 in rents annually, but it has all been swept away by that national calamity. Darby also knows of wrecks with treasure in the Mississippi River. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 17 4 12 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby [to James E. Yeatman]. Condolences on death of Yeatman’s mother, Mrs. John Bell. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 20 4 12 Letter signed James E. Yeatman, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Acknowledges Darby’s letter with gratitude. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Oct 22 4 12 Letter signed Chauncey I. Filley, Post Office, St. Louis, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], City. Asks if Darby remembers Mr. or Gen’l Valliere, a native of Quebec who died many years ago. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Nov 3 4 12 Letter signed Wilkinson Call, Jacksonville, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. When Call’s parents came away from St. Louis, they left portraits of themselves when young with Mr. and Mrs. Paca, who were relatives of the Dallams. Could Darby make some inquirie to find and recover the portraits? [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Nov 24 4 12 Letter signed J.W. Reid, Kansas City, Mo., to John F. Darby. In pursuance of Darby’s letter, the person who has found the old boat sunk with the whisky is Henry Toebruner, one of our best businessmen, a large tobacconist, a German. It is on an island he has acquired. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Nov 26 4 12 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Wilkinson Call, Jacksonville, Florida. Darby shall go to work immediately on obtaining the portraits. Mrs. Ford is very feeble. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Dec 1 4 12 Letter signed P. Lee Hall, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Hall spoke to Miss Dallam. She will have the portraits of Dr. Call’s family bought to Hall’s house, 1133 N. 20th Street. Darby can send for them any day the coming week. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Dec 15 4 12 Letter signed Wilkinson Call, Jacksonville, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis. Appreciation for finding portraits. Recollections of his parents. Gratitude to Mr. Hall and Miss Dallam. Will reimburse any expense. [filed in 1877 Aug-Dec] 1877 Dec 20 4 12 “Memorandum about David Waldo” in John F. Darby’s hand. Description of scene of dead bodies and storm scene after railroad wreck. [filed in 1878] ca. 1878 5 1 Letter signed Joseph A. Mudd, M.D., Chain of Rocks, Lincoln Co., Mo., to John F. Darby. In a Republican of last August, Darby wrote that Chester Ashley was elected senator from Arkansas in 1847. Another source stated 1844. Which is correct? Inquires about facts and dates regarding David Barton, Alexander Buckner, Henry Geyer, Waldo Johnson, and D.T. Jewett, and lack of an election to succeed Atchison in 1854-1855. [filed in 1878] 1878 Jan 10 5 1 Letter signed J.B. Montgomery, Washington, to John F. Darby. Gen. Phelps gave him Darby’s letter of the 15th. He would be pleased to hear from Darby about the matter or to call upon Darby in 15- 20 days, when Montgomery is likely to be in St. Louis. [filed in 1878] 1878 Jan 22 5 1 Letter signed Mrs. Theresa M. Blennerhassett, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Requests a few items, or anecdotes, regarding the public life of the late R.S. Blennerhassett. Includes fragment of paper with names and dates from 1840s. (2 items) [filed in 1878] 1878 Jan 24 5 1 Letter signed Thos. C. Ready, Grand Master of Masons of Missouri, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Seeking biographical sketches of various Masons connected with the organization of the Grand Lodge in 1821, including Edward Bates, William Bates, James Kennerly, N.B. Tucker, Thompson Douglass, Hardage Lane, Archibald Gamble, H.R. Gamble, Thomas Riddick, Thomas H. Benton, A.B. Chambers, and Sinclair Kirtley. [filed in 1878] 1878 Feb 2 5 1 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Samuel Copp, Secretary of the Bellefontaine Cemetery. Replies very heatedly to letter asking for Darby’s resignation as a trustee. Darby refuses and recites his role as an original incorporator of the cemetery association, a director from the beginning, and its first president. Darby persuaded the Board to purchase the land from Mr. Kennett, and contributed several thousand dollars towards the purchase. Recent infirmities have prevented him from attending some meetings. [filed in 1878] 1878 Apr 5 5 1 Copy of poem in John F. Darby’s hand, “Somebody.” [filed in 1878] 1878 Apr 9 5 1 Letter signed Saml. Copp [Samuel Copp], Bellefontaine Cemtery Association, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States that Darby entirely perverts the spirit and meaning of his letter of March 28. He did not ask for Darby’s resignation, only suggested it under certain conditions. Board has been having difficulties conducting business due to lack of quorum at meetings. Hopes Darby can attend future meetings or consider whether duty requires him to step aside. [filed in 1878] 1878 Apr 10 5 1 Letter signed Ella Dodge and numerous Dodge family members, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby. They have an insatiable desire to see a certain young lady named Julia E. Darby, and petition permission for said Julia to come to Burlington right away. [filed in 1878] 1878 May 14 5 1 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to W.P. Gordon, Kansas City, Mo. Gordon has misconstrued previous communications from Darby and taken offense where none was intended. Darby did not ask for compensation for sharing information and interviews. Explains request for return of book of Sen. Bogy’s. [filed in 1878] 1878 May 20 5 1 Letter signed Comingo & Slover, Independence, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. They have received Darby’s “Reminiscences of Dr. David Waldo,” and have handed it to the Editor of The Sentinel , published in Independence and Kansas City, for publication. [filed in 1878] 1878 May 29 5 1 Letter signed Comingo & Slover, Independence, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. A member of Dr. Waldo’s family received much gratification from Darby’s essay. They have instructed the editor of The Sentinel to send Darby a dozen copies of the next issue. They suggest that Darby’s communication should appear in the Republican . [filed in 1878] 1878 May 29 5 1 Letter signed David Waldo, Jr., Independence, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for the article published in The Sentinel last week about his father. Recounts some information about his father’s early life and career. [filed in 1878] 1878 June 3 5 1 Letter signed David Waldo, Jr., Independence, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Information about his father’s widow, children, life, health, and estate. Darby’s essay was well distributed. Waldo P. Johnson of St. Louis, Waldo’s father’s nephew, has taken charge of his estate. [filed in 1878] 1878 June 6 5 1 Letter signed David Waldo, Jr, Independence, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Encloses $1.00. Please forward about 15 copies of the Missouri Republican . Information about his father’s career. He hopes Darby is free from all financial troubles. [filed in 1878] 1878 June 10 5 1 Letter signed B.S. Edwards, Springfield, Ill., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Received Darby’s resolutions of respect in honor of the late Judge Sidney Breese. Will deliver his letter and enclosures to the Attorney General to present in his name at the Illinois Supreme Court’s next term. [filed in 1878] 1878 July 10 5 1 Letter signed L.H. Fuller, Alton, Ill., to [John F.] Darby. Will be in St. Louis soon and will call on Darby. Information regarding Fuller’s wife, health, and business career. [filed in 1878] 1878 July 13 5 1 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., to Charles Bland Smith. Requests $50 as compensation for essay on life of Mrs. Isabelle de Mun, deceased. [filed in 1878] 1878 July 23 5 1 Letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, to Genl. W.T. Sherman of the United States Army, Washington City. Darby recently saw in a newspaper that Col. Audenreid, Sherman’s aide-de-camp, is collecting portraits of all commanding officers of the Army, but lacks one of Gen. James Wilkinson. Darby’s wife’s father-in-law was a nephew of Gen. Wilkinson, and in her collection is a miniature engraving of Gen. Wilkinson. Darby will have it photographed if Col. Audenried will pay the expense. [filed in 1878] 1878 Aug 8 5 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, General, Headquarters Army of the United States, Washington, D.C., to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Sherman did not know that Darby was a connection of his predecessor, General Wilkinson. The Army is about to move into new headquarters. Sherman’s aid de camp is collecting photographs of all commanding generals, and has all but one of Wilkinson. Asks Darby to have a photograph taken and mounted of the miniature Darby has of Wilkinson, and send it to Sherman, at Sherman’s expense, after October 1. Includes copy of letter in Darby’s hand. (2 items) [filed in 1878] 1878 Aug 11 5 1 Draft of John F. Darby of letter to Editor of the Missouri Republican . Comments on a memoir of Charles Gratiot by Frederick Billon, published in the Republican , which criticized an obituary notice written by Darby regarding Mrs. DeMun, the last surviving child of Charles Gratiot. Darby had reviewed his piece with Billon before its publication. Also discusses Gratiot’s role in Louisiana Purchase, and activities of George Rogers Clark in 1778. [filed in 1878] 1878 Aug 29 5 1 Two versions of poem: “Epitaph on the political death of Chauncey I. Filley” in John F. Darby’s hand. [filed in 1878] 1878 Sept 6 5 1 Notes in Darby’s hand titled “‘Rotation in office’ is the old Democratic Jackson doctrine, for more than fifty years.” Commentary on one-party government. Signed: “Benton.” [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 1 5 1 Letter signed Jos. Audenreid, Washington, D.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Has not heard from Darby regarding the copy of portrait of Gen. Wilkinson. He presumes it was not done. If so, please advise and he will have a copy made from a picture he obtained this summer. [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 12 5 1 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to General W.T. Sherman, Commander of the United States Army. Per Sherman’s instructions he had two copies made of Gen. Wilkinson’s portrait. He was waiting to hear that Sherman had returned to Washington before ordering them sent; that will be done this evening. [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 14 5 1 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Col. Jos. C. Audenreid [Joseph C. Audenreid], Washington, D.C. The photographs of the portrait of General Wilkinson were taken more than a month ago and have been directed to be sent to him by express. [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 14 5 1 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, Headquarters Army of the United States, Washington D.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Acknowledges with gratitude receipt of the photographs of General Wilkinson, one of which will be framed for the new Army headquarters. We have lived through an epoch of vast national importance. I hope to be in St. Louis often and to see you again. [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 19 5 1 Letter signed C.D. Drake, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. “Harvey’s Reminiscences of Daniel Webster” describes an occurrence between Col. Benton and “John Wilson of St. Louis.” Asks Darby to read it and tell him what he thinks of it. The only lawyer in Missouri Drake can remember named John Wilson was John Wilson of Platte. [filed in 1878] 1878 Oct 19 5 1 Letter signed Thomas J. Stewart, New York, to John F. Darby. Stewart saw Darby’s name in the account of the funeral of Doct. H.L. Hoffman. In 1837, as a newly married man, he lived next door to Darby. Recalls various acquaintances and business transactions. Was a member of the firm of McKee Stewart & Lind at 28 Main Street. [filed in 1878] 1878 Nov 13 5 1 Letter of Thomas G. Nelson to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Nelson read in the Republican today Darby’s tribute to Dr. Herman L. Hoffman, wherein he recalled the visit of Daniel Webster to St. Louis in 1837. Nelson recalls banquet for Webster given by the Whigs near Judge Lucas’ home, presided over by Mayor John Darby. Nelson reported on the speech and was praised by Judge Lawless. [filed in 1878] 1878 Nov 17 5 1 Letter signed Thos. J. Stewart [Thomas J. Stewart], New York, to John F. Darby. Discusses conduct of McKee and Stewart’s life since St. Louis. The panic of ’73 has taken the life out of him. Five of his eight children have died. [filed in 1878] 1878 Nov 29 5 1 Letter signed Thomas J. Stewart, New York, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Regarding Stewart’s beliefs concerning religion, evolution, and what occurs after physical death. Recommends certain writings on Spritualism. [filed in 1878] 1878 Dec 2 5 1 Letter signed Jonathan Cr(?), Vincennes, Ind., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about the Peltier heirs, descended from Andre Peltier, who died at Vincennes in 1785. [filed in 1878] 1878 Dec 8 5 1 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to John W. Dryden, Secretary of the Law Library Association of St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks for the life Library privileges without further dues. Darby was one of, and probably the last survivor of, the founding members of the Association, and had legislation passed incorporating the Association. Recounts the careers and dues-paying history of various early members of the Association. Additional copy of last page of letter. (2 items) [filed in 1878] 1878 Dec 14 5 1 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to John J. Anderson, No. 18 West 9th St., New York. Darby would expect to be paid if the editor of the Sun wishes to publish Darby’s sketch on David Barton. Darby has an idea of publishing a book of incidents about men and times of St. Louis and the west. Asks for Anderson’s assistance in finding a publisher in New York. Darby helped get Anderson appointed as Clerk of Board of Aldermen in St. Louis, and asks return of that kindness. [filed in 1878] 1878 Dec 18 5 1 Correspondence relating to recovery of sunken steamboats. (12 items) 1878-1879 5 1 Legal paper in hand of John F. Darby. Transcript of statement by Tessant Pigeon, age 91, blind, concerning the execution of “the foregoing declaration” for the purpose of getting a pension, by Benoit Marechal, which occurred in Pigeon’s presence and before Judge Wilson Primm. Pigeon is familiar with all the facts stated in the declaration, all of which facts were true, relating to military service against the British and Native Americans by Marechal. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879? 5 2 Letter signed Henrietta D. Bailey, Richland Plantation, near Alexandria, La., to John F. Darby. Darby’s old friend, her husband, died last October. He made memoranda of property he had owned, to which her relinquishment had not been made. The most valuable he designated was 5 acres in St. Louis on Chouteau’s Pond. Darby was his attorney in that, as well as the farm in Washington County, Illinois. She trusts he will do all he can to obtain what is due to her. She has employed a lawyer to get her dower; if she is not satisfied with him, she will try to go to St. Louis to get assistance. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Jan 8 5 2 Letter signed John W. Reid, Kansas City, Mo., to John F. Darby. Reid received Darby’s note concerning the miscarriage of note at the Planters House. He presumes it was taken by mistake by Col. John Reid of Lexington, Mo., late the chairman of the State Democratic committee. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Jan 19 5 2 Letter signed J.W. Hodge, The U.S. Biographical Publishing Co., Kansas City, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Wishes Darby success in the undertaking of his book. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Jan 20 5 2 Testament in hand of John F. Darby concerning his acquaintance with Margaret Dyer and William H. Dyer, her late husband. States that Darby lived with the family of William H. Dyer for several months in the winter of 1838-1839, in Jefferson City, Missouri. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Feb 13 5 2 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Compliments Darby on clipping from the Republican regarding Wilkinson Call, the newly-elected Senator from Florida. Requests Darby ask Call to use his influence to aid in electing Dodge Secretary of the Senate. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Feb 14 5 2 Copy of letter in John F. Darby’s hand to the Missouri Republican supporting the nomination of Genl. Alexander Doniphan as Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency in 1880. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Mar 3 5 2 Letter signed Henrietta D. Bailey, Richland Plantation, to John F. Darby. She trusts Darby will take the necessary steps to obtain her dower in the land in Washington City, Illinois. She did not sign away her dower rights on land in Washington City, Ill., nor to that property in St. Louis. Recites facts regarding her life and marriage. She hopes he will push this case as fast as he can. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Mar 6 5 2 Letter signed Montgomery Blair to John F. Darby. Blair submitted Darby’s proposed contract to the solicitor of the Treasury and advised him to give it to Darby. He has not had an answer yet. He would rather serve Darby for love than for money, and could not accept a cut of Darby’s fee for getting the contract for him. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Mar 10 5 2 Letter signed Wilkinson Call, United States Senate Chamber, Washington, to John F. Darby. If Mr. Dodge of Iowa had been here and the facts stated by Darby had been generally known it is probable he would have been elected. Call thanks Darby very much for his kind notices of him and his father. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Mar 26 5 2 Letter signed John Perschbacker, San Francisco, to [John F.] Darby. Concerning a sale involving over $130,000 of stock of his. He was sold out and those who sold him out received nothing, so they are all even. Discusses other business matters involving Chace. Wishes to get rid of the Harrison judgement. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Mar 31 5 2 Rough draft letter to the Medical Society of the City of St. Louis and to the Surgeon Dentist of St. Louis. Regarding taxing those in the medical profession. Congratulations on having the General Assembly of Missouri invalidate a City of St. Louis tax ordinance on doctors and other professions. Reference to Dr. Warren, killed at Bunker Hill. Notes that many on City Council who voted for the tax were recently defeated. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Apr 14 5 2 Letter signed F. Robertson, M.D., Afton [Affton] Post Office, Gravois Road, St. Louis County, Mo., to J.F. Darby. J.F. Long has been moving heaven and earth to force him out of the farm. Includes copy of letter of Robertson to Long. (2 items) [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 June 5 2 Letter signed Littlebury P. Sublett (written by Charles M. Hawley on behalf of), Marshall, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Desires to find out when and where Andrew Sublett died, and when the heirs of Solomon P. Sublett died. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 June 4 5 2 Letter signed Mrs. O.C. Strohn, Trenton, to [John F.] Darby. She is the granddaughter of Manuel Lisa. His first wife was her grandmother. Asks if she was a Native American, and of what tribe. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 June 8 5 2 Letter signed James Rollins, President, Board of Curators, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to [John F.] Darby. Rollins has been attending the funeral of his dear friend General George C. Bingham at Kansas City. Mr. W.J. Lewis and his old friend Mr. D.A. January have recently died. If Darby is called to the Spirit land before Rollins, he promises that a faithful record and remembrance of Darby’s long, useful, and honorable life shall be made. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 July 22 5 2 Letter signed W.W. Gett, Cincinnati, to John F. Darby. Concerning a land claim; he and his wife were induced to sell their interest for $800. A correspondence with Darby would afford him great pleasure. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 July 24 5 2 Letter signed S.S. Fraser, Georgetown, S.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], 222 Pine St., St. Louis, Mo. Describes in detail the harbor, commerce, and transportation systems of Georgetown. A railroad is proposed. The younger people have better ideas about farming than in the first decade after the war. August and September are unhealthy months. If Darby cares to spend a winter south, he will find Georgetown very pleasant; Fraser and his brother would be pleased to welcome him. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 July 26 5 2 Letter signed S.S. Fraser, Office of County Treasurer, Georgetown, S.C., to John F. Darby, 222 Pine St., St. Louis. It came to mind to have Darby’s article from the St. Louis Republican republished in some of the South Carolina state papers, and to supplement it with a series of articles on the importance of pushing through the Georgetown railroad. Discusses railroad routes and financing of railroad construction. Can Darby point out a level-headed influential railroad man to advise? [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Aug 11 5 2 Letter signed Christopher C. Scott, Arkadelphia, Ark., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about his grandfather, General John B. Scott. Between 1800 and 1805, he was appointed Military Governor and Civil Commandant of the Territory of Louisiana, with headquarters at Cape Girardeau. [filed in 1879 Jan-Aug] 1879 Aug 22 5 2 Letter signed S.S. Fraser, Georgetown, S.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for the information about St. Louis. Asks Darby to write and publish articles concerning the need for Fraser’s proposed railroad. Darby could lend an important aid by creating a favorable public opinion to this enterprise. Discusses costs and sources of funds. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 12 5 2 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Information about the trial of William P. Darnes. It began in the lower room in the old court house, later moved to the upper room. Trial lasted more than a week. Mentions counsel and judge. Gantt opened the case for the prosecution. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 13 5 2 Letter signed Clara A. Dodge, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s daughter Mary requested her to write Darby what she knows of Mary’s fiancé Edward Phelps of Burlingon. He has many excellent qualities and a fine family. His grandfather was in the U.S. Senate, a portion of the time with her husband and his father. Clara’s husband recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He regrets he cannot contribute to Darby’s book and sends best wishes and hopes for success. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 14 5 2 Letter signed Wm. E. Scott [William E. Scott], 220 5th Street, New York, N.Y., to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis. Scott has been busy copying and mailing letters written by the secretary of the party he is with as a preface to the next presidential election. Please let him know how that case is coming along. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 19 5 2 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. Thanks Darby for seeing Mr. Dowling; he assisted them in acquiring an interest in certain property. Inquires about Julia, Mary, Walter, and Cas, and about friends. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 22 5 2 Letter signed Julia S. Sherwood, 1219 Mo. Avenue, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. She read Darby’s letter in regard to the old times of St. Louis. Was the Col. T. Smith he referred to related to Gov. Early of Georgia? Her mother told her of a Col. Thomas Smith who had a silver mine in the west, around 1820. On mourning stationery. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Sept 27 5 2 Letter signed A. Hotchkiss to Mr. Darby. Inscription on her mother’s grave – Margaret B., elect of Nicholas De Bonneville. Includes sketch of Bonneville family. (2 items) [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Oct 2 5 2 Letter signed Julia Bates, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Will call at Darby’s office at 10AM tomorrow, or at another time he appoints. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Oct 7 5 2 Letter signed H.T. Gott, Springfield, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. If Darby is interested in the death of Mr. De Hodiamont, let him know and he may come down. It is very difficult for him to leave now. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 5 5 2 Letter signed H. Linhoff, Clement, Ill., to John F. Darby. His father-in-law Mr. De Hodiamont lived the last 8 years of his life with the Trappists in Nelson Co., Ky. He gave them $40,000 to build up their monastery. All the real estate in St. Louis he disposed of by deed. Mrs. Gott and her brother Charles each received some property. There is nothing now to fight about. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 7 5 2 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo. to Uncle [John F. Darby]. She did not feel at liberty to write to Mary. She was suffering in health and disease of the heart. Her baby Bertha Mary is three weeks old and not well. She hopes Julia and Mary will write to her. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 10 5 2 Note signed H.T. Gott. “I called to see you this morning. Will call again at 2 o’clock this evening.” [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] [1879?] Nov 10 5 2 Letter signed Jos. S. Pease, De Soto, to John F. Darby. Regarding Pease’s knowledge of Col. Leitensdorfer. In 1833 Leitensdorfer was presenting anecdotes of his life at the Salthouse Theater. Later he gave Major Wetmore a “production” to be turned into a book. Eugene brought it to Pease and proposed that Pease should enlarge it into a book. It contained accounts of his life: in the Austrian service, escape from a prison in Italy; living in Sicily or Malta, then in Egypt; married a Copt woman; came to St. Louis; farm near Carondelet. Some months later Eugene withdrew the manuscript and gave it to Judge Houghton to publish. Col. L. died in 1845, was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery on Franklin Avenue. If the manuscript exists, Eugene can produce it. The Leitensdorfers are bitter enemies to Pease. (2 items) [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 20 5 2 Notes by John F. Darby on “Manuel Hoidament.” [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 20 5 2 Letter of George W. Thompson, Leasburg, Caswell Co., N. Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Describes his family history in Leasburg, and decline of Leasburg as tobacco center. Few longtime residents remaining. Thompson’s brother recalls time with Darby at Rainey’s mill, now gone. Describes site of Darby’s home as infant, “now there is no house, no yard, no inclosure.” If Darby visits the land of his birth and childhood, Thompson will be glad to have him as his guest. Thompson’s wife, daughter of Darby’s old kinsman Samuel Johnston, died in 1873. Thompson has four daughters and one boy. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 24 5 2 Letter signed C.U. Forbes, Creve Coeur, to John F. Darby. Asks Darby to provide information for publication on the origin of the name Creve Coeur and the legend connected therewith together with the history of the first settlement at the Lake. The St. L.R.R. and Ice Co. have applied to Forbes to write up the story. [filed in 1879 Sept-Dec] 1879 Nov 28 5 2 Letter signed Jas. S. Rollins [James S. Rollins], Columbia, to John F. Darby. Introduces Dr. S.S. Laws, president of University of Missouri. Asks if Darby will ride out to Tower Grove with him and his wife and introduce them to Henry Shaw. Praises Shaw. Rollins was gratified to learn Darby was preparing a memoir of Shaw. He hopes Shaw might help the university develop its horticultural collections. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 6 5 3 Letter signed M.A. Lysaght, St. Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. She and her children have been ill; she had lung congestion. She wishes Julia and Mary would write. Her boys are doing nicely at college. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 6 5 3 Letter of Geo. W. Dent, San Francisco, Cal., [to John F. Darby]. Gives information about Zeba Holt, who died in San Francisco. Dent knew him in the days of Rickston & Holt in St. Louis. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 9 5 3 Note signed Robert A. Barnes, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Barnes has neglected Darby’s note for $100 until yesterday, when he received the invitation to Darby’s daughter’s wedding. Enclosed is his check for $100. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 11 5 3 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. States that he tries to keep informed about St. Louis. Many old friends have died. Mr. Holt was maintained by his many friends, who lent him money. He was 80-83 when he died. Bacon first knew him as a business man in St, Louis in 1835 in the firm Rickston & Holt. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 13 5 3 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby St. Louis, Missouri, to Mrs. H.D. Bailey, Richland Plantation. Regarding her dower interest in land in Illinois. Case can be presented on April 1, 1880. There should be no difficulty in getting judgement for her dower. Discusses his fees and expenses, and her options regarding representation. Darby is willing to retire and let Mr. Robertson handle the case. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Jan 27 5 3 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Not surprised to learn that his quondam associate has done questionable things. Bacon was unprepared for Darby’s flattering references to him. He does not wish to get involved in Darby’s treasure hunt; he has too many irons in the fire. Hopes to learn that Darby has found a treasure of millions and got the lion’s share. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Feb 12 5 3 Letter signed John Perschbaker, San Francisco, to John F. Darby. He has been in the mountains, sick and has had losses in lawsuits, and must make costly improvements. He could help capable promoters find good mining properties. One mine he is connected with will ship gold in the spring to Germany. He can help Darby get properties. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Feb 18 5 3 Letter signed Richard Ennis, St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. It has been mentioned to Ennis that he mistook Darby’s house for his last Friday evening. He had been out drinking with friends, and has no recollection of anything else but that he reached his home at Pine and 32nd about 3:30 A.M. If the mistake was made, he begs Darby’s pardon. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Apr 3 5 3 Letter signed Isaac H. Sturgeon, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Sturgeon gladly subscribes for a copy and wishes he were able to take a hundred, but with eight children between 16 years and 3 months he has to practice economy. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Apr 5 5 3 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby to the Editor of the Times . Comments on a piece in the Times in which Colonel Stephens was quoted as saying that if Darby had either heard him or read the manuscript he would not have troubled the Republican with a communication that is garrulous and a studied distortion and misrepresentation of the facts. Darby states he quoted Col. Stephens’ speech as printed in the Republican and reported in the Globe-Democrat . He has always had good relations with Mr. Allen and did him full and ample justice. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Apr 23 5 3 Letter signed Firmin A. Rozier, Ste. Genevieve, to John F. Darby. Rozier will be pleased to subscribe to “Personal Recollections,” and when well will call attention of his friends to same. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Apr 27 5 3 Letter signed Thos. Gray [Thomas Gray], San Francisco, to John F. Darby. Encloses a list of names of people he has gotten to subscribe to Darby’s book. Many St. Louis people in San Francisco have died or moved away. If Darby’s book is not written yet, Gray could give him some items about St. Louis men. Describes Russell Farnum’s trip overland to St. Petersburgh, Russia. Farnum was working for John Jacob Astor, and presented claims of Astor to Russians. He was made partner by Astor. Farnum died of cholera in 1832. (2 items) [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 Apr 28 5 3 Letter signed J. Mason Ward, Cornelia, Johnson Co., Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Question regarding whereabouts of Dr. William Carr Lane’s relatives. Is he still living? They are related to Ward. His mother was a Cordell. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 May 9 5 3 Letter signed Geo. N. Lynch [George N. Lynch] to John F. Darby. The family requested him to ask Darby to act as honorary pall bearer for James G. Barry, Wednesday morning at 9:00 o’clock. Lists names of pallbearers, including Darby. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 May 10 5 3 Copy of two tombstone inscriptions at Bellefontaine Cemetery. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 May 24 5 3 Letter signed A.J. Pickett, Marshall, Saline Co., Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Pickett has expended a large sum in connection with a steamer sunk on the Missouri in 1821 with stores and specie to pay soldiers and Native American annuities at what was then called the Upper Fort, now Leavenworth. Does Darby have any information about this? He understands Darby has a similar venture. Pickett is expecting a pump from St. Louis. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 10 5 3 Letter signed Edw. A. Lewis [Edward A. Lewis], St. Louis Court of Appeals, St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Lewis is gratified in the prospect of Darby’s forthcoming publications. Asks to be put down as a subscriber. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 10 5 3 Letter signed O.R.G. Clark, Acting Commissioner, Pension Office, Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s oath of allegiance is already on file and a new one is not required. In the old records his name was incorrectly written as “Darley.” [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 15 5 3 Letter signed T.J. Scott, Jefferson City, Missouri, to [John F.] Darby. Scott spent the winter in New Orleans selling horse medicines and doctoring them. In March he came north intending to go to Blackburn in Saline County. Blackburn offered work with horses. Scott went to Wellsville drunk and took a horse; he turned it loose to go back to the right place but was arrested and put in jail. Once in a while he sees sketches of racing in the Globe-Democrat . [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 19 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to George T. Dunn, Troy, Mo. Offers congratulations for getting the son of his old friend Dr. Cornelius out of his difficulty. Judge Hayden’s term on the Court of Appeals is expiring. Judge Hayden and Thomas Russell are candidates. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 24 5 3 Copy of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Maj. General Winfield S. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York. Offers congratulations from an old personal friend of more than 30 years on Hancock’s nomination by the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 25 5 3 Letter signed N.M. Ludlow, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. Acknowledges Darby’s praise of Ludlow’s book, Dramatic Life As I Found It . Ludlow will subscribe to Darby’s book. [filed in 1880 Jan-June] 1880 June 28 5 3 Letter signed Maj. Genl. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for the congratulations. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 July 7 5 3 Letter signed J.W.B. Crews, Gray’s Summit, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Crews will be in the city about August 10th and will call on Darby. If he should come sooner he will go down Monday evening. Asks if Darby could favor him with some thoughts he could weave into a speech. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 July 23 5 3 Letter signed Ed. F. Berkley, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Glad it is Darby’s purpose to write against “cremation.” Is sending Darby a prayer book. He has turned the leaves down at the Burial Service. Darby may wish to refer to it at some other time. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 July 24 5 3 Letter signed M. Schuyler, Rectory of Christ Church, No. 2820 Locust Street, St. Louis, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his slip on subject of “Incineration.” He trusts it may do good. It does seem to Schuyler that it is a return to barbarism. The burial of the dead is a time honored observance. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 3 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Hon. Thos. J. Crittenden [Thomas J. Crittenden], Warrensburg, Mo. In 1825 after studying the classics at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Darby went to Frankfort, Ky., to read law. He was in the office of Patrick H. Darby, no relation, whose troubles and violence in politics made it most unpleasant. Darby quit him, and he and Tom Marshall took a room together and read, getting books from the office of John J. Crittenden, who was Darby’s devoted friend from that time till his death. Darby took a deep interest in Thomas Crittenden’s nomination, not for the name alone but because of his ability and public service. He would be honored to have Crittenden call on him. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 6 5 3 Letter signed J.T. Ross, Marshall, Mo., to John F. Darby. Ross or Mr. Pickitt will be down to see Darby in a few days. They spent pretty much all they had on that boat. Mr. Pickitt has just got married and it took all his spare means. They have let out the boat raising to a company of 10 men. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 11 5 3 Letter signed Maj. Genl. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Hancock read Darby’s two articles. Gives memories of Mrs. Darby and regards to Miss Darby. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 14 5 3 Manuscript by John F. Darby titled “Sketches of Individuals and Anecdotes of Men and Times In the Western Country mostly in St. Louis. By John F. Darby. For fifty-two years and more a member of the St. Louis Bar.” Includes information about David Barton, Felix Grundy, and Daniel Webster. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 25 5 3 Letter signed Ed. J. Castello, Custom House, Natchez, Miss., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby was among the first of his boyhood acquaintances. St. Louis was but a small village at that time, and every person and even the dogs were known to them. All the inhabitants of old French Town and the happy French girls are all passed away. He recollects the grand balls in French Town. Mentions friends and lawyers he knew. The first paper he remembers serving was a summons on Peter Lindell at his residence, and Lindell tried to chase him away. “When I read your name as Mayor he became furious…” Recounts his military service and marriage. He had various appointments under Grant. Grant appointed him Postmaster at Natchez after the war. His present position of Collector of the Port is full of honors but very little pay. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 27 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. [Darby], St. Louis, Missouri, to Major Genl. W.S. Hancock of the United States Army, Governor’s Island, New York. Hancock’s kind remembrance of Darby and his family was felt and appreciated. He is determined to have Hancock elected President. Darby wrote a piece for the Republican last spring but it had its heart on Tilden. He could not get that paper to say anything about Hancock. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Aug 30 5 3 Letter signed Maj. Genl. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his letter of the 30th and for his invitation to call when he visits St. Louis. Unable to visit now. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Sept 4 5 3 Letter signed Thomas J. Stewart, No. 324 West 15th Street, New York, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Gratified by receipt of Darby’s letter. He is surprised to find Darby so able a correspondent after so many years in legal pursuits, which are trying to the mind. Compliments Darby on his career. Darby has given the benefit of his wisdom to equity cases in St. Louis. When his time comes, hopes Darby will pass away in his sleep, like his old friend Beverly Allen. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Sept 6 5 3 Letter signed Wm. B. Goodling, National Soldiers Home, Dayton, Ohio, [to John F. Darby]. Awaiting word of his pension. When he gets it, he will come to St. Louis. Peck stole his tools and clothes that he had at his house. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Sept 6 5 3 Letter signed Eugene Leitensdorfer, South Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, No. 222 Pine Street, St. Louis. The administrator of the estate of the late Alexander Valle is Doct. Hill. The house is being repaired and rented. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Sept 11 5 3 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Gives bits of information about Judge Crockett, Perschbacker, and J.C. Barlow. Also mentions gold mines and other business in San Francisco. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Sept 25 5 3 Rough draft of letter to the editor of Missouri Republican by John F. Darby titled “Battle of King’s Mountain.” [filed in 1880 July-Nov] ca. 1880 Oct 13 5 3 Letter signed Maj. Genl. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, to John F. Darby, No. 229 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his note of the 18th. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Oct 28 5 3 Letter signed Jas. S. Rollins [James S. Rollins], University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to [John F.] Darby. Invitation to Darby to give one or two addresses to the law class at the university, which has 500 students, including about 50 in the law class. Darby would be the guest of Rollins while there. If Darby could prevail upon Henry Shaw to accompany him, he could give his suggestions on the departments of horticulture, flora-culture, forestry, and agriculture. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 15 5 3 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Darby is right in not taking a single unnecessary step in such slippery weather. He is surely joking in asking Gantt for aid in preparing his address at the University of Missouri. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 18 5 3 Letter signed Lyman C. Draper, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, to John F. Darby. Asks if Darby has a spare copy of his article in the St. Louis Republican of last October 13 on the King’s Mountain battle. Draper is preparing a volume on King’s Mountain, and has been collecting material on it for 40 years. Inquires about Darby’s grandfather. Mentions certain participants in the King’s Mountain battle. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 20 5 3 Letter signed Thos. Gray [Thomas Gray], San Francisco, Cal., to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his note and book. On November 24, 1829, he was married by Father Saulnier in the church on 2nd street to his wife, who joins him in good wishes to Darby. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 24 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri, to James S. Rollins, Columbia, Missouri. Accepts the invitation to address the law class of the State University. Will advise Rollins of the date. Henry Shaw has written that he cannot accompany him. He is very old and has to take care of himself. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 24 5 3 Letter signed Maj. Genl. Hancock, Governor’s Island, New York Harbor, to John F. Darby, No. 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Acknowledges Darby’s letter of the 17th. [filed in 1880 July-Nov] 1880 Nov 28 5 3 Letter signed Thos. T. Gantt [Thomas T. Gantt], St. Louis, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Has read Darby’s book. Darby has given him a space disproportionate to his merits. He regrets Darby did not mention General Frank Blair, who came to St. Louis in 1842 and died in 1875. No one was more generous in attempting to heal the wounds left by the Civil War. Gantt hopes Darby will correct this omission in a future edition. Includes a newspaper clipping regarding The Mackay Ejectments, a real estate issue. (2 items) [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 13 5 3 Letter signed F.M. Cockrell, U.S. Senate, Washington, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. States he asked for instructions about copyrights, and did not ask if any had been taken out. He is glad it is all right. The article in the Republican does not surprise him. He knew the paper was against him. The question was settled by the people in the election of their Representatives. Out of 123 Democrats, he will have over 90 votes. Some St. Louis politicians seem determined to make a fight for any St. Louis man to beat him. This will only sway the County for him. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 15 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Thomas Gray, 928 Filbert Street, San Francisco, California. Asks for $40 for the 8 copies of his book for the subscribers (names listed) Gray got for him, $5 per copy. He will send the books to Gray to be delivered. The book has cost Darby much and he is compelled to try and collect the money to pay for same. Also has sent Gray a full copy of N.M. Ludlow’s book. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 16 5 3 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Hon. Nathan Cole, St. Louis, Mo. Accepts dinner invitation; notify him of the time, Sunday or any other day. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 21 5 3 Letter signed Jas S. Rollins [James S. Rollins], University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby can fix a time for his address to the law class, in January or February or at the end of the law term the last week in March. Rollins received a note from Mr. Shaw saying that he could not make the trip in winter. Holiday greetings. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 23 5 3 Letter signed C.E. Smith, Pattonville, St. Louis Co., Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Smith will purchase a copy of Darby’s book at the first opportunity, and hopes the book may meet with an intensive sale. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 23 5 3 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Dodge has received Darby’s book. Offers congratulations on its handsome appearance. He hopes the book will pay, though he is concerned that outside St. Louis the price may be too high. He has written to Lyman Draper at the Wisconsin Historical Society, recommending the book. [filed in 1880 Dec] 1880 Dec 30 5 3 Letter signed Bettie J. Kernan, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. Offers her sincere thanks for the kind and flattering manner in which Darby wrote of her father in his book. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 2 5 4 Copy of letter of John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Mrs. Bettie J. Kernan, Saint Louis, Mo. Darby has received her note thanking him for the brief sketch in his book of her father Captain Isaiah Sellers, a kind and reliable friend for many years. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 4 5 4 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, Headquarters Army of the United States, Washington, D.C., to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Darby recently wrote him about the discharge of a minor. He gets two or three hundred letters about pensions and discharges a month, and they are referred to a staff of officers and clerks. Explains process. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 8 5 4 Letter signed Wm. F. Switzler [William F. Switzler], Columbia, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Switzler will try to attend the marriage of Darby’s daughter Julia with Bernard Pratt Tayor on January 19. The invitation was also extended to his wife, who died in September 1879. His only daughter Camilla was married recently. Asks Darby to send him a copy of his book, and he will remit the price. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 10 5 4 Letter signed Mr. and Mrs. B. Pratte, Atlanta, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. They will be unable to attend the wedding of Darby’s daughter to their nephew, B.P. Taylor, who is the soul of honor. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 11 5 4 Letter signed Geo. M. Jones [George M. Jones], Dubuque, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Missouri. Jones will be unable to attend Julia’s wedding on the 19th. His son’s unfortunate condition overwhelms his wife, as does the recent death of her nieces. They will be visiting August and Clara Dodge at Burlington. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 12 5 4 Letter signed F.M. Cockrell, U.S. Senate Chamber, Washington, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Thanks Darby for the copy of his article, “History of Internal Improvements in Missouri,” which he read with great interest and pleasure. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 12 5 4 Letter signed J.C. Tracy, Central City, to Friend [John F. Darby]. Regarding a pending law suit. L.P. Tracy has acknowledged receipt of money. He says he cannot come right away. He is one of their best witnesses. Tracy supposes they can do nothing until they can get him into court. Discusses tactics in law suit. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 13 5 4 Letter signed Thos. Gray [Thomas Gray], San Francisco, Cal., to John F. Darby. Compliments Darby on his book. Gray lived in St. Louis from 1820-1850. Darby’s accounts of the Jesuits and the bishops are excellent. Suggests he should send a copy to Fr. Boshard, a Jesuit in San Francisco. He would help sell it among Missourians in California, Oregon, and Washington. In 1849, Col. Gantt and Gray were on the Committee. They turned the schools into hospitals and spread lime in the streets. Recalls how he and Darby first met. Darby assumed and paid a debt for which he was not liable. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 15 5 4 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Although they will be absent from cousin Julia’s wedding, they will be present in spirit at the church and reception. Dodge is recovering from a broken ankle. Many compliments on Darby’s book. Compliments and best wishes to Mary and Walter. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 18 5 4 Letter signed C.E. Smith, Pattonville, St. Louis Co., Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Smith read Darby’s book with interest and pleasure. His sketch of Col. John Smith erroneously states he was born in Georgia. C.E. Smith’s grandfather Francis Smith, father of John, moved from Virginia to Georgia in 1793 when John was 12. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 20 5 4 Letter signed F.M. Cockrell, U.S. Senate Chamber, Washington, to John F. Darby. Thanks Darby for his congratulations and expressions of confidence and esteem. He highly appreciates the honor. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 27 5 4 Letter signed G.G. Vest, United States Senate Chamber, Washington, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. It is impossible to do anything with the French spoliations at this session. They have only four weeks left. Vest is certain the bill would be vetoed if passed. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 28 5 4 Letter signed John T. Guyre, Kansas City, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Would like to have a talk with the parties interested in the Central America expedition. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Jan 29 5 4 Letter signed Geo. E. Earlie, Lake Geneva, Wis., to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Earlie is favorably impressed with Darby’s scheme and believes there is big money in it. Discusses two people who are involved with ranching. Asks Darby to send particulars of the locations of his base of operations, amount of capital required, etc. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 2 5 4 Letter signed Mrs. H.T. McDaniel, 548 Arapahoe St., Denver, Colorado, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Her husband has spoken of Darby in a complimentary manner ever since their marriage. He gave her a sketch of Darby’s life to read. Henry wrote of seeing Darby in St. Louis. Henry will be in the office at Fort Smith for a week. He expects to go out on the line. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 3 5 4 Letter signed J.H. Lightner, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. His rule in relation to public office has been to await public opinion and then conclude what was proper to do. He cannot appear as seeking any office. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 7 5 4 Letter signed C.B. Rollins, University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. His father has been very sick. He has awaited the return of Dr. Laws before the time of Darby’s address to the law class was fixed. As soon as they fix the date, Darby will be notified. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 12 5 4 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Regarding letters of Edward Dobyn and Montgomery Blair to the Missouri Republican . Includes two newspaper clippings of the published letters. (3 items) [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 13 5 4 Letter signed Isaac H. Sturgeon, St. Louis, to [John F.] Darby. Requirements of two securities who together can make affidavit they are worth $20,000, in order for Walter to obtain the position. Asks Darby to hold on to what he is doing until he can put Walter to work. When his commission comes, he will be ready for work as soon as he learns how to do it. Sturgeon will get a friend to teach him. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 14 5 4 Letter signed Jno. M. Glover [John M. Glover], St. Louis, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri. Glover told Darby when he accepted Darby’s case that he had also agreed to take the case for Knox against Darby. Darby pronounced this sufficient, otherwise Glover would have withdrawn from the suit. He never had the slightest idea of charging Darby a fee. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 26 5 4 Letter signed C.D. Drake, Washington, to John F. Darby, St. Louis. Drake does not take the Missouri Republican and so has not read the letter of Major Dobyns and his correspondence with Judge Blair. His opinion about a reply would not be better than that of Judge Gantt and other friends, but he will read it if Darby wishes; please send a copy of the newspaper. [filed in 1881 Jan-Feb] 1881 Feb 28 5 4 Letter signed Missouri Lysaght, Saint Joseph, Mo., to Uncle [John F. Darby]. She has not had a letter from Darby since Christmas and feels uneasy. When she does not hear from him, she gets down in the blues. Julia’s visit made her happy. Her health is better. She would love to have Mary visit her. Asks if Mary Pratte is in St. Louis. She was glad to hear that Caswell is doing well in Frisco. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 1 5 4 Letter signed W.T. Sherman, Headquarters Army of the United States, Washington, D.C., to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s letter of March 2 was received and was referred to the Commissioners of Pensions. The military have nothing to do with pensions, it being a civil branch of the government. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 5 5 4 Letter signed J.T. Ross, Marshall, Mo., to John F. Darby. Questions concerning the expedition to the Atlantic: locality of boat, depth of water, etc. Ross would like to go and represent Darby’s interest if he does not go, but Ross cannot put in $1000 at present. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 5 5 4 Letter signed J. Clark Tracy, Central City, Ills., to Friend [John F. Darby]. Tracy arrived home after being snow-bound 8 days on the road. Discusses pending lawsuit. He will make every effort to find his brother in Colorado, where most western roads have stopped running. They can prove Capt. J.C. Morrow as a man of low associates at the time of his will. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 10 5 4 Letter signed Jas. J. Rollins [James J. Rollins], University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. to [John F.] Darby. Rollins has reviewed the manuscript regarding Dobyns, Blair, and Wymer. He took no stock in Wymer whatever. Since he is dead, Rollins agrees with Col. Gantt that Darby is too severe for the public press. Dobyns and Blair have no right to be interfering. The University is having difficulties in the legislature. Democracy and ignorance are becoming synonomous, especially in Missouri. Darby’s visit was very agreeable to all. Dr. Lewis thinks that Darby’s medical case is most remarkable and should be reported in the books. Asks Darby to tell him again what was the cause of his paralysis. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 10 5 4 Letter signed Col. Richard I. Dodge, Headquarters Army of the United States, Washington, D.C., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], 222 Pine St., St. Louis. The General of the Army directs Dodge to answer Darby’s letter regarding the discharge of Pvt. David Teagarden. The soldier having enlisted under false pretenses is entitled to no government pay or allowances. His private debts are no concern of the government. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 11 5 4 Letter signed Samuel Gaty, Saint Louis, to John F. Darby, 222 Pine St., City. President Albert Todd informed him he deemed it best to defer presentation of the portrait until next month when more members will be present, and that it was customary to file with the Society a biographical sketch. Should Gaty have this done, or will Darby? [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 15 5 4 Letter signed N.J. Morrison, St. Louis, Mo., to John F. Darby. Encloses a circular petitioning citizens of St. Louis for books for the Drury College library. Darby’s own work and any others of his would be highly prized. Includes printed circular, dated January 1, 1881, addressed to Darby, discussing the library’s growth and interests. (2 items) [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 17 5 4 Letter signed M.J. Carlin, Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. She is living in the house she was born in, the same house in which Gen.. Washington lived. She has been finishing Mrs. Bennett’s eldest daughter’s education for two years. It costs her $100 a month; they have not sent her a cent. She does not own an inch of ground; her 8 houses are all gone. That bad man O.J. Baker destroyed or took the note her husband gave him for her. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 20 5 4 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, to Editors of the Missouri Republican . Criticizes article or editorial in Globe-Democrat on March 20 disparaging the celebration by North Carolina of the centennial of the battle of Guilford Court House. Darby feels called upon to defend his native state. Gives account of battle and various quotations about it. Darby’s grandfather fought in the battle under General Greene, and often described it to Darby as a child, making an everlasting impression. When Darby was laying out an addition to St. Louis on Compton Hill, he named one street “Guilford Street” in honor of the battle. Missouri has honored North Carolina with more consideration and respect than any other state. Bollinger, Barton, Benton, Polk, Jackson, and Macon counties are named after North Carolinians. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 24 5 4 Letter signed Wm. Limrick [William Limrick], Lexington, Mo., to J.F. Darby. Limrick saw in the Missouri Republican on March 23 an advertisement about the sale next May 5 of the remaining assets of Darby’s bankruptcy, consisting of large tracts of land. He thinks publication should continue until the sale to attract more bidders. Asks if he should appear at the sale, and what would be a good purchase. He hopes the sale will free Darby from indebtedness. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 25 5 4 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Thomas J. Crittenden, Governor of the State of Missouri, Jefferson City, Mo. Recommends Francis Valle, who is applying to be a notary public in St. Louis. He is capable, honest and temperate, from an ancient and distinguished family. If ancient relations are to be considered, he has the further claim on Crittenden since Crittenden’s uncle killed his uncle in a duel. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 29 5 4 Letter signed Geo. T.M. Davis [George T.M. Davis], New York, to J.F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, Saint Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his business proposal. A syndicate that Davis is involved with may require his ready money, and he does not know enough about Darby’s enterprise, but he is willing to be of service. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 29 5 4 Letter signed Albert Todd, St. Louis, to J.F. Darby. Thanks Darby for sending his “vindication of the truth of history” against the Globe-Democrat ’s defamation. It was a pleasure to find that Darby’s blood could still resent as well as vindicate. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Mar 31 5 4 Letter signed Isaac M. Veitch, Hope Mutual Fire Insurance Company, No. 419 Olive Street, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Solicits, on behalf of the management of the Odd Fellows Library, a presentation of Darby’s recently published book. The library is entirely supported by contributions and open to the public. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Apr 7 5 4 Letter signed Peter L. Foy, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Foy is sure they did a good work in defeating the reelection of Mr. Overstolz. In defeating him, they defeated the rings and the corruptionists generally. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Apr 11 5 4 Letter signed S.S. Laws, President, Univesity of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Boone, Co., Missouri, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Thanks Darby for his vindication of his native state’s celebration of the battle of Guilford Courthouse. He shall preserve it with care for its own sake and that of its author. Darby’s visit has left them with very pleasant memories. Their friend Rollins is not so strong but his mind is clear and his conversation as interesting as ever. Includes newspaper clipping regarding State-University relationship. (2 items) [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 Apr 22 5 4 Rough draft of letter of John F. Darby to E.O. Stannard, Chairman of the Southern Hotel celebration. Suggests that Stannard send complimentary tickets to two of the oldest citizens in St. Louis, Gabriel S. Chouteau, son of Auguste Chouteau, the first white man who founded the city, in his 90th year, and Mr. Pettibone, who has filled many positions of honor and is over 100 years old. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 May 9 5 4 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Wayman Crow, St. Louis, Mo. Offers congratulations on the dedication ceremonies of the Art Hall last night. It was by far the most elegant affair of this kind in St. Louis. [filed in 1881 Mar-May 11] 1881 May 11 5 4 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo., to Mr. Gottschalk. Requests aid from Mullanphy Board to Miss Jane Massey, the daughter of Samuel Massey, who established Massey’s Iron Works in Crawford County. She has been in the poor house and seeks transportation to Boonville. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 May 13 5 5 Letter signed James M. Loring, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Regrets that Darby is so annoyed about not getting the book. His mother thinks his father has loaned it to some friend in the country. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 May 18 5 5 Letter signed J.E. Bryan, Oswego, Kansas, to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Bryan saw in the Globe-Democrat that Darby would reply to Judge Krane’s statement that Daniel Boone could not read or write. He has seen some of Boone’s writing with his signature appended, in a round, smooth, clear hand. Bryan’s father had the writing. His grandfather, Jonathan Bryan, was a near neighbor to Boone on the Femme Osage creek. His father knew Boone. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 May 19 5 5 Letter signed Geo. N. Thompson [George N. Thompson], Leasburg, Caswell Co., N. Carolina, to J.F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Darby’s box of stones from the knoll on the Red House road and the old Burley Lea place is on the way. Apologizes for the delay. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 June 2 5 5 Letter signed John F. Darby, St. Louis, Missouri, to Robt. A. Barnes [Robert A. Barnes]. Darby is compelled to call upon Barnes. Includes reply from Barnes: “I hold your bills or notes for $625. It is as far as I can go.” Also, note on bottom of page by Darby: “Et tu Brute!...yet farewell.” [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 June 4 5 5 Letter signed William [?], Legation of the United States, St. Petersburg, to John F. Darby. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] [1881?] June 24 5 5 Letter signed H.D. Bacon, San Francisco, to John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, St. Louis, Mo. Business in San Francisco is not active. Judge Crockett is trying to make a living in law. Ruben Knox was drowned in 1852. Dr. Frank Knox resides in the upper part of the state or Oregon. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 July 5 5 5 Letter signed Jane Massey, Boonville, to [John F.] Darby. She will gratefully accept Darby’s offer of assistance. Asks him to find out where Mr. Crews is, if he succeeded in the Circuit Court, and if there is any prospect of her having anything. It is miserable not to have any money. No one else has ever served her with so much patience, fidelity, and kindness. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 July 12 5 5 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine Street, to Robert Tremley, Washington, Ga. Offers congratulations on the views Tremley has expressed on Jefferson Davis’ book. Darby does not intend to read the book which appears to exhibit Mr. Davis’ weakness and incompetency. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 July 12 5 5 Letter signed Ellen Walker, Deadwood, to John F. Darby. Walker was surprised to hear of Louis Jones’ marriage. She is glad Darby found out that he was not a good nor truthful man. She will give Darby half of anything he recovers from Aunt Julia’s estate. She feels she is justly entitled to a portion. She was delighted to hear of Julia’s marriage. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 July 8 5 5 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Neillsville, Clark Co., Wis., to John Fletcher Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. He and Clara Hertich were married in March 1837. She took him to Mary Wilkinson’s [future Mrs. Darby’s] house where he first saw Darby. Reflects on their friendship. Asks if Darby has employed trustworthy energetic men to sell his book? [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Aug 19 5 5 Letter signed John Lysaght, St. Joseph, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Missouri and the children have arrived home safely and speak of Darby and his kindness. Lysaght feels confident that Missouri’s health will be restored after some time. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Aug 19 5 5 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 222 Pine St., St. Louis, Missouri, to Thomas J. Crittenden, Governor of the State of Missouri. Asks the Governor to request to the Board of Police Commissioners that Anthony Connolly be made a police sergeant. Describes Connolly’s service in the Civil War. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Sept 16 5 5 Letter signed E.F. Hynes, West Plains, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Hynes will do what he can to create a market for Mrs. Papin’s land. Discusses current market for land. As to the “Key of Libby Prison,” he was among the first troops in Richmond at the time of the capture, April 1865. He was an acting assistant Provost Marshall and took the key while the city was in an uproar. He also has a small piece of the chain used by Jeff Davis when he was president. If of interest, he will send it to Darby. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 9 5 5 Letter signed J.W. Cannon, Jackson, Mo., to John F. Darby. Cannon is sending issues of paper money for presentation to the St. Louis Historical Society. He found them among his father’s papers. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 10 5 5 Letter signed Jas. S. Rollins [James S. Rollins], University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Rollins will ask Col. Hyde of the Republican to publish Darby’s letter. Asks that a paragraph be added. Includes note concerning gubernatorial election of 1848 between Rollins and Austin. A. King. (2 items) [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 13 5 5 Letter signed W.P. Hoffman, Denver, to John F. Darby. Gov. Gilfin inquired after Darby. Colorado is great for mountain wealth, not much for farming. Suggests Darby visit Colorado next spring and drink from the fountain of life. Inquires after Bland. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 16 5 5 Letter signed James S. Rollins, University of the State of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., to John F. Darby, St. Louis, Mo. Rollins forwarded Darby’s letter on internal improvements to Mr. Hyde for publication. He will find it in the supplement of the Republican of the 19th. Rollins will have it published in several county papers and may have it published in a bound volume with similar pamphlets. He has a large album of photographs of friends. Asks if Darby has a spare photograph to add. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 21 5 5 Letter signed A.C. Dodge, Burlington, Iowa, to John F. Darby, Saint Louis, Mo. Dodge was interested in Darby’s published letter of November 6, 1881, to Hon. James S. Rollins on internal improvements in Missouri. Darby is a pioneer in the great work of internal improvements. Mentions that Jones called at Darby’s home and office and regretted not seeing him. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 29 5 5 Letter signed Albert Todd, St. Louis, to John F. Darby. Todd received Darby’s communication to Maj. Rollins. Hopes to be able to preserve it in the Historical Society. Todd is discouraged about the future of the society; their collections have no permanent abiding space. [filed in 1881 May 13-Nov 30] 1881 Nov 30 5 5 Letter signed T.T. Gantt to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], 517 ½ Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Mo. Gantt has no recollection of John King in connection with the cholera epidemic of 1849. It does not follow that he did not render service. Gantt saw a memoir of B.A. Hill who was well regarded by the community for his efforts in that time, and he had not heard of him. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 5 5 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 517 ½ Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Daniel E. Walsh, President of the Peoples Railway Co., Chouteau Avenue and Fourth Street. States he was very badly treated by the conductor of Car No. 8, who should be dismissed. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 1 5 5 Letter signed Jno. W. Sickels [John W. Sickels], Chicago, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. After patient and careful inquiry of parties interested in mining matters and families in New York and Denver, he has failed to ascertain anything about the whereabouts of George S. Lee. Parties in Chicago who knew him, to their pecuniary sorrow, would like to know where he can be found. Asks if Darby knew a John King in St. Louis during 1849. He was a Canadian and was active in relieving the sick during the cholera epidemic. He was killed by being gored by a steer. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 14 5 5 Rough draft of letter signed John F. Darby, 517 ½ Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri, to Thos. T. Crittenden [Thomas T. Crittenden], Governor. Inquires about claims to be paid to a client of his who holds some of the military certificates signed by Gov. Woodson. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 20 5 5 Letter signed Jno. W. Sickels [John W. Sickels], 570 W. Madison St., Chicago, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], No. 517 ½ Chestnut St., St. Louis, Mo. Inquires about John King. A widowed only daughter of his, Anna E. King (Hill), died in Chicago in January 1880, leaving an estate valued at $25,000. She was said to have a brother John in St. Louis. If he is still living, he is the heir. The estate comes up for adjudication in Probate Court in January. Relates anecdote told by Robert Dale Owen about a trial in Indiana in which John Pitcher was defense counsel. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 21 5 5 Letter signed T.T. Crittenden, State of Missouri, Executive Department, by F.C. Farr, Secretary, City of Jefferson, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby]. Claims based on the military certificates held by Darby’s client have never been recognized by the General Government and are worthless. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 21 5 5 Letter signed Isaac H. Sturgeon, St. Louis, to [John F.] Darby. He is poor and has 9 children, the last born on the 14th. The battle of life must soon be over for him and Darby. Let them repent and confess to their High Priest. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 29 5 5 Letter signed Julia D. Taylor, Camp Branch Farm, to Pa [John F. Darby]. Wishes him happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Bernard joins in her wishes. Describes her Christmas and a serious fire at her house. Describes fighting the fire. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1881 Dec 31 5 5 Letter signed Jno. W. Sickels [John W. Sickels], The Grand Pacific Hotel, Chicago, to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], No. 517 ½ Chestnut St., St. Louis, Mo. Sickels has been endeavoring in vain to ascertain something definite about the family of Mrs. Hills nee Anna E. King. The father was gored by a steer in St. Louis and died a few days later subsequent to 1850. He may have been treated by a Dr. Johnson, who may have married a Lucas daughter. Mrs. King said she once worked as a serving girl in the Ewing family; he thinks the family lived in a mansion on Olive between 11th and 12th. The estate is worth $30,000. Perhaps Erastus Wells might remember the father’s death, as he knew many livestock men. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1882 Jan 16 5 5 Letter signed T.A. Lowe, Union, Mo., to Jno. F. Darby [John F. Darby], St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Jane Hodges is mistaken. Lowe never had a partner named Crowe. Jeffries and Thomas Crowe were law partners in 1869 when her husband divorced her. She was awarded $300 alimony, which has never been paid. It is probably uncollectible. [filed in 1881 Dec-1882 Jan] 1882 Jan 23 5 5 Autograph collection of Walter H. Darby, Missoula, Montana, presented to the Missouri Historical Society on Decoration Day. 1911 May 30 5 6 Copy of typed letter of Walter H. Darby, County Bridge West, Missoula, Mont., to Capt. Joseph Boyce, St. Louis, Mo. States he has written to his sister Mary H. Darby to deliver to Boyce the first act of Governor McNair as governor of Missouri as state issuing a military commission to his father, and the sword presented to his father by Meriwether Lewis. Asks Boyce to present them to the Historical Society in the name of Walter H. Darby, Missoula, Montana, Miss Mary H. Darby, and Mrs. Julia Darby Taylor, of St. Louis. Darby will be 76 soon and feels fine. Discusses other items sent and to be sent to Boyce. 1913 Sept 30 5 7 Photograph of Lewis H. Kennerly with small windmill, descriptive sign, and dog. Includes envelope sent by Walter H. Darby to Missouri Historical Society. (2 items) 1914 June 25 5 7 Letter signed Walter H. Darby, County Bridge West, Missoula, Montana, to Mrs. N.K. Beauregard, Historical Society. Last May he sent the Society a lot of manuscripts, including a song sung for his father at Lynchburg, Va., in 1824 by Susan Anthony. Asks her to return that song to him and he will send it back. Enclose some articles pertaining to his family. Includes copy of the song. (2 items) 1915 May 23 5 7 Letter signed Walter H. Darby, County Bridge West, Missoula, Montana, to Mrs. N. Kimball Beauregard, Missouri Historical Society, Saint Louis, Mo. Returns the Anthony song. Asks if his sister Mary sent the Society his music plates for safekeeping. If they are there, he will send for them. 1916 July 24 5 7 Poem titled “Things We Have To Do.” Walter H. Darby, County Bridge West, Missoula Montana. 1916 Oct 29 5 7 Autobiographical sketch by John F. Darby regarding his life and career. On letterhead of Banking House of J.F. Darby & Co. [filed in Miscellaneous] 1866 July 30 5 7 Prayer card for Mrs. Mary M. Darby, deceased. Miscellaneous 1875 July 18 5 7 Prayer card for Benjamin W. Darby, deceased. Miscellaneous 1876 Jan 24 5 7 Words of a hymn on letterhead of Banking House of J.F. Darby in John F. Darby’s hand. Note on bottom of page: “These are the last words of my father when he left St. Louis after the robbery of his Estate to go to Mrs. Julia E. Darby Taylors place at Pendleton, Warren County, Missouri, and where he died, May 11, 1882.” Miscellaneous 1882 May 5 7 Newspaper death notice regarding the passing of John F. Darby, at the residence of his daughter in Warren county. Miscellaneous 1882 May 5 7 Funeral notice of John F. Darby. Miscellaneous 1882 May 14 5 7 Poem titled “How long do you intend to live” by Walter H. Darby, San Francisco. [filed in Miscellaneous] 1899 Sept 28 5 7 Printed poem by Walter H. Darby, San Francisco, Cal., titled “There’s ‘Whiskers’ On The Wall.” About poet’s exposure to growths on plaster. [filed in Miscellaneous] 1900 May 5 5 7 Holy card for Caswell F. Darby, deceased. Miscellaneous 1911 Apr 4 5 7 Letter signed Walter H. Darby, Missoula, Montana, to Secretary, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis Mo. As eldest and last living son of John F. Darby, now 74, sends a lot of original autographs of old time citizens of St, Louis; also his father’s gold pen that he used in Congress in 1853. The pen is the last relic of his vast estate of 56,000 acres in Missouri, stolen at the close of the Civil War by Knox and Tiffany. Refers to Darby’s bankruptcy. [filed in Miscellaneous] 1911 June 2 5 7 Halftone photograph of interior of church, probably from church bulletin. Handwritten marginal notes: “St. Francis Xavier Church. Missoula, Montana. Where was held the funeral of C.F. Darby, April 4, 1911.” [filed in Miscellaneous] 1914 Oct 5 7 Engraved portrait of John F. Darby with his signature. Captioned “Of St. Louis Missouri Member of the XXXIId Congress.” Miscellaneous No date 5 7 Article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding the marriage, January 2, of Miss Elise Taylor, great-grandaughter of “John L. Darby, one of St. Louis’ early mayors.” [filed in Genealogy] 1943 Jan 11 5 7 Receipted bill signed by John Holbrook for $5.75, received from Mr. Wm. O’Hara for booties and shoes. No year June 2 5 8 Letter signed Elizabeth Lewis, Missouri, to John F. Darby, Frankfort Kentucky. Inquires about her brother Darby’s health. Her heart is troubled because the slaves were sold at the courthouse door day before yesterday. Describes who bought each person and at what price. She cried as hard as any of them remembering they belonged to her mother. Asks Darby to get her one girl about 15 or 16 who can wash, cook, and is smart for any business. Will pay cash for her, and will send Hiram with the money. “Try how cheap you can get one for me.” Land is rising in value. Mr. Lewis asks $800 for the ferry and expects to get it in the fall. Billy wrote that he is coming to kill Lewis for selling Palmer for $150. Says they are much respected, and wishes Darby would come to St. Louis to live. No year Sept 5 5 8 Bill for equipment and labor, Eliza Carter dr. to T. Summers. No year Dec 15 5 8 Speech of Willis S. Williams titled “Great Speech of a Know Nothing delivered at Hillsboro Missouri, during the late term of the Circuit Court.” Persons mentioned include Mr. Trustin Polk, Captain Stevenson, Samuel Caruthers, Tom Allen, William Russell, Fillmore, and Donaldson. Places mentioned include Big River and St. Louis. No date 5 8 Note signed Mr. and Mrs. Biddle to [John F.] Darby. “Mr. and Mrs. Biddle request the favor of Mr. Darby’s Company on Friday evening.” No date 5 8 Document of John F. Darby regarding accounts and financial transactions with Return Strong. Persons mentioned include Doctor Simpson, T. Douglass, and Justus Post. Place mentioned include St. Louis. No date 5 8 Document signed H.S. Geyer to the Sheriff of Howard County. Order to pay the proceeds of the execution in this case to William M. O’Hara. Persons mentioned include William Nolan and Bank of St. Louis. Places mentioned include Howard County. No date 5 8 Letter signed J. Gordon C.C. to John F. Darby, Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Concerning an inquiry about Mr. Gildersleeve whom the watch were asked to take to the guard room by Dr. King. Persons mentioned include Joseph Garner, Mr. Parker, Mr. Middleton, and Mr. Castello. No date 5 8 Draft of report of the Committee on Iron Mountain in John F. Darby’s hand. Discussion of costs and benefits of a railroad between Iron Mountain and St. Louis. Also discusses running the line to Cape Girardeau. Recommends that the State aid in the construction of the railroad to St. Louis, creating a company for the purpose, with the State taking one third of the stock after the other two thirds shall have been taken up by corporations and individuals. Persons mentioned include Mr. Standing and Professor Sheppard. Places mentioned include Franklin County, Mississippi River, and Frederick Town, Madison County. No date 5 8 Acrostic poem. No date 5 8 Poem. No date 5 8 Report to Board of Aldermen by a Committee, on a petition referred to the Board by the Commissioners of the North Market. Recites history of proposals for a market in 1829 and an ordinance in 1831. The petition relates to changes in location and hours of the market and related ferry service. It recommends that the petition be denied as inexpedient and impracticable. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document regarding Doctor Warren at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1776. Biographical accounts of Joseph and John Warren (physician), born in Roxbury, Mass. and fought in the Revolutionary War. Includes note by Darby requesting information from encyclopedia regarding Dr. Warren. (2 items) [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Postcard showing skeletons playing cards. Inscribed at bottom, “Some of the old timers of St. Louis. From Walter H. Darby, Missoula, Montana. May 21, 1914.” [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Biography of John Fletcher Darby from Sketches of Eminent Americans , pages 333-337. Describes Darby’s being injured after election to Congress in 1850 in a boat accident resulting in paralysis of his hands and feet. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Printed reply of Delpy Carlin to charges against him by Mrs. Carlin in the papers of St. Louis. Mentions John F. Darby’s preparation of articles of separation for the Carlins per their agreement “in the early part of July last.” Dated at end “Brooklyn, Nov. 29th, 1871.” (2 copies) [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Copy of letter signed John F.Darby to James S. Rollins, Columbia, Boone County, Mo., titled “The St. Louis River Convention.” Compliments Rollins on participating in recent St. Louis River Convention. Darby as Mayor in 1835 asked Aldermen to call for an Internal Improvement convention to study building a railroad from St. Louis toward the western boundary of the state. Describes how delegates from across the state were sought. Rollins was a delegate. The Jacksonian party opposed internal improvements. The Whigs had to solicit Democratic support. Darby believes this convention in 1836 was the first anywhere on internal improvements. In 1839, Col. Benton gave a terrific speech against internal improvements, but later favored them. Darby personally delivered an invitation to Benton to an internal improvements convention in St. Louis in 1849. Stephen Douglass was made president of the convention. Describes a convention in Chicago of which Edward Bates was president, where Bates gave a famous speech. Another such convention was held at Memphis, at which John C. Calhoun was president. This convention addressed river improvements. Darby discusses work while he was Mayor on Mississippi river at St. Louis by Lt. Robert E. Lee. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Printed invitation to J.F. Darby from Mr. O’Neil and sisters, who request the pleasure of his company on Wednesday Evening next at 7 o’clock. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document concerning incident in ancient Roman history involving Sejanus and Tiberius. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Copy of information from unidentified reference book regarding Gilford Court House and a battle near there on March 15, 1781. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Notes in John Darby’s hand regarding Gallagher heirs. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document in John Darby’s hand titled “The following persons have proved claims against John J. Anderson, a Bankrupt of the County of St. Louis, Mo., now on file in my office.” List of claimants and amounts. One claimant: “Darby & Knox $400.” [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Cover sheet titled “The Maxwell claim to lands on the Big Black.” Claim not included. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Letter signed Elizabeth Dowling to [John F.] Darby. Recommends Peter Warren for watchman. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document in John Darby’s hand regarding James J. O’Carroll’s heirs. Lists several real estate deeds and documents, beginning with deed dated November 29, 1805, from James O’Carroll. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document fragment mentioning $50,000 and $25,000. Sentence concerning “our charge.” No names mentioned. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Copy of document of John F. Darby. Acknowledges receipt of certain U.S. Bonds from Nicolas Schapashnerhoff to secure costs and expenses incurred by Darby in prosecuting certain claims of Schapashnerhoff to money and property in St. Petersburg Russia. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Document to “Au Conseil d’Etat à Vienne.” Mentions “un avocat Americain John F. Darby à St. Louis Missouri.” Darby name appears several times in document. (in French) [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Northern Pacific [Railroad] Time Card. Includes advertisement for Darby Bros. Dealers in Cigars, Tobacco & Confectionery 1903 to 1909 .... Missoula, Mont. [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Receipt fragments. (2 items) [filed in n.d.] No date 5 8 Fragments of a history of the Mormons by John Corrill. Pages 1-19, 24 and 35 of this manuscript are missing. (74 pages) (use photocopy in Folder 10) 1839 5 9 Copy of St. Louis City Ordinance. Authorizes an election, April 22, 1839, to fill a vacancy in the Board of Delegates caused by resignation of Charles Coutts. Authorizes Mayor to call special elections to fill future vacancies in Boards of Aldermen and Delegates. 1839 Apr 18 5 9 Letter signed John Corrill, Springfield, to Thomas Watson and Son, St. Louis, Mo. Concerns Joseph Smith. Proposes an addition to a text. To make this insertion will make the book more valuable, especially to the Mormons. 1839 Apr 21 5 9 Letter signed Paul M. Harrison, The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence, Missouri, to Historical Department, Jefferson Memorial, St. Louis, Mo. States he was recently looking over John Corrill’s manuscript and other Mormon papers in the library. Upon opening his notes, he found the letter he is returning. 1923 Jan 31 5 9 Photocopy of fragments of a history of the Mormons by John Corrill. 1839 5 10