S.S. Advance off Smithville
Sept 1st 1864
A.M. McPheeters Esq
I am in receipt of your former of the 29th ultimo and will forward letter to as desired.
I regret to hear that the books and stationary ordered for the State has turned out so badly. The order did not reach me in England & I cannot imagine who could have authorized Msts. Trot and Atwood of St. Georges Bermuda to fill the order. So soon as Dr. Boylain can reach Bermuda I will direct him to have the matter fully investigated.
We are all nearly worn out with waiting for the tide. It is now however believed to be sufficient for the ship to float over the bar – the pilot will try it again tonight which will make the 4th attempt. The tide is much better than it was when he tried before & no doubt exists of our getting over the bar & safely through the blockading Squadron notwithstanding it has been considerably increased within the last few days.
I am Yours Truly
P.S. The invoice from Trot & Atwood has not yet reached me. I may get it this evening before going out.
- S. Advance off Smithville
N.C. Sept. 1st 1864
Gov. Z. B. Vance
At the request of Capt. Wyllie I forwarded yesterday to Miss E. Murray at Wilmington NC a Brl of brown sugar for you with instructions that they have it put in good order & forwarded to at Raleigh by express. The sugar has obtained by Capt. Wyllie from the steamer “Hope” which was coming in last night + grounded on the bar to lighten her the sugar was being thrown overboard four Brls of which was saved by the Capt. who had gone with two boats to render what assistance he could, she was safely gotten off with the loss of some sugar. I have had second interviews withthe Son of Miss parson Lovell in regard to the Advance he thinks the compny will willingly sell their interest in her back to the State, but He prefers that the negotiation be made with Mr. Powers & Mr. Fitzhugh on the other side they being the principle owners. In solution to this I have no doubt you have already been fully advised by Mstrs Murray & Co. We are all greatly disappointed in not getting out which we failed to do after making three attempts. The tides have not been high enough for the ship draft of water. The pilot thinks we will certainly succeed tonight, he at least will make another trial. The numbers of blockades we understand has been considerably increased within the last few days & one or two monitors has been added to the fleet. All feel confident that we will go out safely.
I am Very mch yours
Source: Governor’s Papers, North Carolina State Archives and found on www.ncecho.org