Poole, Orlando L.. "Letter from Orlando L. Poole in Boston, Texas, to Mrs. Nancy Parting in Holly Retreat, Mississippi." (1854): http://hdl.handle.net/1911/64360.
In this letter of 1854 to a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Parting in Holly Retreat, Mississippi, Orlando Poole reports that he was then clerk of the district court of the county and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He added that the next year he expected to go into the merchandise business “with many friends at my side” with “fair prospects for bettering my condition, which by the by is not a very despicable one.” Poole’s letter shows that his father had written a will establishing quite specifically how his assets were to be distributed, and Orlando was well acquainted with the law as to how the share of an estate coming to a minor needed to be handled.
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