Samuel McDowell Tate
Lemuel Williams Esq
Aug 17 1857
Your favor of 7th instant to Dr. W. L. McKee enclosing a bond given by him, myself &
others for the sale of the Bradley Mine to Horace Laswell was recd by the Executor and
handed to me for answer. The Doctor died some two years ago but leaving no children
and his wife being sole heir to the property, there can be no difficulty in making title
We gave Prof. Ellery honor on several other properties
from which we have not heard.
You said it would take Twelve Hundred dolls: to make the explorations you propose in
order to determine whether you will buy the Bradley Mine. We have become this one
of our number and the ___ less inclined to prosecute this business and in as much as some
delay might ensue and you necessarily run some risk of losing your $1200 we act as
liberally with you as you have been frank and candid with us, by agreeing th sell you
our entire right, title and interest (which we can satisfy you is ample and complete) for
one Thousand dolls: thereby saving you Two hundred dollars at the outset.
Then if you find it valuable of course you will have all the advantages. Our matter here are
in such a condition that we are compelled to close them up in some way at an eary day
in justice to ourselves.
We have invested money in thr property among others
and realized, as yet, nothing.
There is a very good deposit Gold Mine on the property which by the Hydraulic
process would yield I believe $5. pr day pr the hand, but it will require a fund to put
it in operation which illy suits our means and unsettled condition.
I will not make any further arrangement till I again hear from you. Intending to do
any thing which is honorable and fair that you may require, I submit whether
the proposition I have made you is not a very, very, liberal one. Hoping to hear from you
I am Sir
Your o.b.t. Servt.
Saml McD. Tate
Free Frank Letter, 1857, Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina.
Letter and cover are signed by Saml McD. Tate (local postmaster in 1857).
Samuel McDowell Tate was a Confederate Colonel, 6th North Carolina. Later,
he was North Carolina State Treasurer, 1892-95.
While this letter was writen from Morganton North
Carolina, it is possible that the Bradley Mine was located in South Carolina.
We find Bradley Mines in these South Carolina Counties: Cherokee, Greenwood,