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On June 6th of 1837 Emily Austin Perry and two of her children Eliza and Guy have been traveling for the past three weeks in the United States Their excursion to the United States was due to a matter of Emilys health that started to degrade from the move to the Republic of Texas about five years earlier Now in Louisville Kentucky Emily writes to her husband James F Perry who resides on their plantation near the Texas Gulf Coast The initial words of Emilys letter discuss social matters and travel up to the penning of the letter Midway through her words begin to depart from that of social commentary and begin to reflect on the recent economic issues that have afflicted both the United States and Republic of Texas earlier that year Emily notes that United States currency now has become the only paper currency accepted In addition that both Kentucky and Ohio currency are no longer accepted outside their own states In reaction to this news Emily ask James not to sell land for anything but United States currency or if possible slaves and that her eldest son W Joel Bryan follow suit Emilys letter to James encapsulates the economic burden that they will endure during the years of the Republic of Texas Lacking a stable economy leads Emily and James to places their financial investments elsewhere to sustain their family and plantation in Texas Thus Emilys letter not only recounts the current state of the economic decline but foreshadows a trend that will last through the years of the Republic of Texas The Perry Papers consist of nine volumes that cover the Republic of Texas 1835 through 1846 which hold the personal letters business transactions and the accounting ledgers of Peach Point Plantation owned by James F Perry and Emily Austin Perry Each volume is chronologically organized and bound so that business and personal correspondence are interwoven These
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