Memorandum April 1st 1861
I owe no debts of consequence not $250 at the outside. I intend to pay Rev. Daniel L.
Gray a debt which Dr. Adair owed him At this time it must amount to more than a
thousand dollars principal interest. Mr. Gray has lately proposed to me (through Mother)
to little negro for it.
I will leave in the hands of Denham & Palmer about Six Hundred Dollars in cash
after all my liabilities to them are fully discharged. Dr. Scott owes me $280 for mules,
and I owe him for the hire of negroes a short time last year (Mr. Daniel knows how long
Garrett must have six or seven hundred Dollars due him for work done in the last
six months Capt. Walker keeps his accounts.
I own some town property in Olympia, Steilacoom, Seattle, &c. in Washington
Territory Butler Anderson is acquainted with it. R.M. Walker of Olympia, Wash.
Terty. owes me $506 with interest since 20 April 1857. It was money advanced to Mrs.
Walker to take her home from Washington City.
The United States sued me in the Fed. Court at Tallahassee on my bond as
Marshall of Wash. Territory. Last November I took on to Washington City all of my
vouchers for disbursements which I had made, and submitted them to Mr. Sturgis a Clerk
in the 1st Auditors Office (Treasury) He promised to arrange them and make out my
account in proper form: And for this purpose he was to employ a Mr. Lee to assist him. I
have not been able to hear from Mr. Sturgis since that time. I feel confident that I do not
owe the U.S. Government a cent. But is possible that I may be compelled to pay
something for not having taken my vouchers in proper form which in many instances in
the new Territory it was impossible to do. I write this day to Col. Moses to learn what
Sturgis has done in the promises.
J. Patton Anderson
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.