Joseph Murrell letterbook
Scope and Contents
The 640-page letterbook of Joseph Murrell, a Mobile cotton broker, contains copies of Murrell's correspondence dated from June to October 1861. Some of the letters have faded, making them difficult to read. Much of the correspondence relates to his business transactions, which includes the sale of cotton. Notable letters include Murrell's descriptions of escalating tensions between the North and South to correspondents in London and Liverpool, England.
- Williams, A. S., III (Collector, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Joseph E. Murrell was born on November 16, 1808. In 1828, he married Mary McVoy in Pensacola, Florida. The couple had two sons, John and William, and one daughter, Virginia. Mobile, Alabama, city directories from 1870 and 1871 list Murrell as a commission merchant. Beginning in 1872, city directories list Murrell as an insurance agent. He died on February 24, 1890, in Mobile.
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Letterbook containing the correspondence of Mobile cotton broker Joseph Murrell, dated from June to October 1861.
The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama
Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010
Title on Spine: Letterbook of Joseph Murrell, A Cotton Broker in Mobile, June - October 1861
Haley Aaron, 2013
- Guide to the Joseph Murrell letterbook
- December 2013
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