Letter from Dan Jones, 8 January 1844

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My Dear Friend!
I wrote to you from by the S. Bt. Genl. Brooks and again by mail, I have not as yet heard anything from you, Tis with the most painful sensation that I write you this letter & yet I deem it my duty towards you, as well as myself to give you a fair and impartial Account of some of the transactions on board since I saw you, In the first place when left me at , we differed some in our settlement, (altho I have not disputed any of his Acts Accounts) only in regard to the Amt of cash of yr. first purchase to be deducted out of yr. Bill, however it never occured to me that any difficulty shd. arise from that between us, especially as I did not then, nor have I since once asked for a divident, nor even my wages, but in full faith depended on a fair & amicable settlement, which I always have and ever will by be ready to do with you, & regardless of whatever misrepresentations may have been made to you from other sources, you promised at my particular request to hear me also before you would decide & may God forbid that the first thought Shd. . enter my heart to wrong you in word or deed, for I am well aware that you have been wronged enough by yr. enemies, & now I pledge myself as willing as ever, at all risks to render you any asistance in my power in in person and principle, I make these assertions, because I have reason to think by various circumstances as well as by information that the tongues of slander & deceit have been busy to misrepresent my character towards you. I have considerable difficulty with not only on account of neglecting his buisness by dissipating habits to the extremes of any I ever knew in his situation, I have remonstrated with against his almost incessant propensity to Gambling but in vain as a proof which in one instance only will I mention when he Gambled in a Tavarn after bed time lost what money he had with him, gave the Cook a boy of 15 yrs. the Keys to go on board and bring him $30. out of the Office, which he did, the consequence was that that boy had money to lend all hands nor could I imagine at the time when he could have had so much money, nor is this a Solitary instance by any means, but to the contrary, as you may easily ascertain by all on board that his conduct since on board has been highly immoral & negligent in the [p. [1]]
My Dear Friend!
I wrote to you from by the S. Bt. Genl. Brooks and again by mail, I have not as yet heard anything from you, Tis with the most painful sensation that I write you this letter & yet I deem it my duty towards you, as well as myself to give you a fair and impartial Account of some of the transactions on board since I saw you, In the first place when left me at , we differed some in our settlement, (altho I have not disputed any of his Accounts) only in regard to the Amt of cash of yr. first purchase to be deducted out of yr. Bill, however it never occured to me that any difficulty shd. arise from that between us, especially as I did not then, nor have I since once asked for a divident, nor even my wages, but in full faith depended on a fair & amicable settlement, which I always have and ever will be ready to do with you, & regardless of whatever misrepresentations may have been made to you from other sources, you promised at my particular request to hear me also before you would decide & may God forbid that the first thought Shd. . enter my heart to wrong you in word or deed, for I am well aware that you have been wronged enough by yr. enemies, & now I pledge myself as willing as ever, at all risks to render you any asistance in my power in in person and principle, I make these assertions, because I have reason to think by various circumstances as well as by information that the tongues of slander & deceit have been busy to misrepresent my character towards you. I have considerable difficulty with not only on account of neglecting his buisness by dissipating habits to the extremes of any I ever knew in his situation, I have remonstrated with against his almost incessant propensity to Gambling but in vain as a proof which in one instance only will I mention when he Gambled in a Tavarn after bed time lost what money he had with him, gave the Cook a boy of 15 yrs. the Keys to go on board and bring him $30. out of the Office, which he did, the consequence was that that boy had money to lend all hands nor could I imagine at the time when he could have had so much money, nor is this a Solitary instance by any means, but to the contrary, as you may easily ascertain by all on board that his conduct since on board has been highly immoral & negligent in the [p. [1]]
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