Camden, Arkansas: August 5, 1860. An interesting letter signed by Lawrence Speck to his cousin Jennie. Speck moved to Arkansas from Tennessee and "like(s) it a great deal" then talks about the "beauty of Arkansas women... I am head over heels in love with about a dozen and I have already popped the question to one of the nicest..." He continues, "Political excitement is running very high in this State now. There are two democratic parties in the field and things are getting pretty warm - The Election comes off tomorrow. [referring to the Arkansas Gubernatorial election.] I am assistant Editor of the Southern "Star" a copy of which I send you every week. I am going into the Cotton Shipping Business next week for R.E. Arrington, as a book keeper. I can make more money then by the business I am now in... This is the largest city in Arkansas and at the head of navigation of the Ouachitee River there are about one hundred thousand Bales of Cotton shipped here every year." In the 1860 census, dated 5th Sept 1860, Lawrence P. Speck (age 19) is living in Camden with the family of the editor of the paper, George Turner, along with three other "printers." He appears to have fought for the Confederacy in the 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Colquitt's), rank in and out a "private".
Manuscript letter, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4", written on both sides of blue lined paper, original fold lines. Very good condition. Item #25486