Item description: Letter, 30 March 1863, from R.C. Pearson, Morganton, N.C., to Thomas Ruffin, Graham, N.C.
Morganton N.C. 30th Mar. ’63
My dear Sir,
I rec’d your favor of the 26th inst. last evening and take pleasure in writing you in reply by the very first mail. I have the satisfaction to inform you that on Saturday last, only the day before the recpt. of your letter, I recd. from “Rock Creek” Yancey or Mitchell Co. about 2 Bush. of the earliest species of corn grown in that part of the Country and I have in readiness to send you by this mornings stage to “Head of West. N.C. Rl. Rd.” a little bag with 1/2 Bush. of the said corn. The stage from the West comes in to night and we usually have some passengers going on as far as Raleigh. If I find no one in this mornings stage that I can trust to [seeing?] it leave Salisbury, I may keep it untill tomorrow.
I think you may calculate with every confidence on getting it in a few days, as I have it in readiness to forward, and will send it forward, by first safe opportunity. I am very happy to have it in my power to accommodate you and your application for the corn could not have been made at a more favorable time to get it early which I hope will be the case.
I am not a little surprised to learn that Will. has not as yet been over to see you. I shall certainly have him go and see you and that too at an early day.
I may be mistaken my dear friend by if you will pardon my vanity I will take the liberty of saying confidentially to you that I am expecting with the aid, and assistance of the Almighty to see this Boy Will at some future day a great and good man.
With Great Respect,
Yr. obt. servt.
To, Judge Ruffin
P.S. No charge for the corn am happy to have it in my power to accommodate you and that too with [promptness?] and without the least inconvenience. Shall I expect want to trouble you for “turnip seed” about sowing… [rest of letter missing]