This letter was written by Gen. Jacob F. Farrington (1811-1858) of Memphis, the son of Joshua Farrington (1770-1847) and Nancy Critz (1784-1858) of Brownsville, Tennessee. He was a gin manufacturer and this letter, no doubt, refers to the repair of a gin. Gen. Farrington married Mary Pope McGehee, daughter of Malinda Hill (1796-1824) and John Scott McGehee, Esq. (1791-1870) of Panola county, Mississippi in 1844.
Farrington wrote the letter to Gen. Calvin Jones (1775-1846), the son of Ebenezer Jones (1752-1825) and Susannah Blackmore (1755-1828) of Massachusetts. Calvin moved to Smithfield, N.C., in 1795, was a physician; officer in the North Carolina militia; editor of the “Star,” a Raleigh, N.C., newspaper; and owner of a plantation near Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee, to which he moved his family in 1832. Calvin was married to Temperance Boddie Williams (1786-1873). His son, Montezuma Jones (1822-1914, ran the plantation upon his father’s death.
The final paragraph references a “fellow running away” which I interpret to be a slave as Gen. Farrington was known to be a slave holder.
Addressed to Gen. Calvin Jones, Bolivar, Tennessee
July 27th 1844
Gen. Calvin Jones
Your favor of 20th inst. per Mr. Goodrich came to hand day before yesterday.
If you can get it down per boat, I will endeavor to have it down for the return of the boat but I do not think it probable it can be done in so short a time; besides, I should not wish it sent away unless I could be at home while repairing it. I think you had better send it down by the boat if you can & let it remain till I can have it thoroughly repaired & if the water fall[s], send it by some returning wagon. I presume the difference in price would not be much, as back loading is generally cheap. If, however, I could find it practicable to send it by the return of the boat, I should do so but think improbable as stated.
I thank you much for your congratulations at my return & the satisfaction which seems to be entertained with my course & still more particularly with that of the Whigs as a body. I think upon the whole, they have done well & we now have for our battle a bright & cheering sky — every sign is encouraging. We are just enjoying a rich treat over the news from Maryland where we have achieved one of the most brilliant victories ever won — scarcely lost a man. I have just sketched over the proceedings of the convention & am highly pleased with them. All that we hear from Washington is good for Whig prospects and also for our Naval Depot.
I am just starting after a fellow running away & hence you must excuse a short & desultory letter.
Very truly & Respectfully, — J. F. Farrington
We are all well. Goodrich is off.