. He told me it would require seventeen servants to properly run the place, as it had seventeen bedrooms.
We got along, however, very nicely with from seven to nine.
His winter home in New Orleans was one of the largest houses on this side of the ocean, containing a great number of large rooms, and was built of brick with ample grounds.
Prior to the war Mr. Payne was a strong Union man. His most intimate and valued personal friend was Jefferson Davis.
They disagreed as to secession.
Mr. Pavne at that time owned many sugar plantations in Louisiana and cotton plantations in Mississippi.
He also had offices and warehouses in New Orleans, and was the largest exporter of cotton and sugar and the greatest creator of foreign exchange.
He owned 300 or 400 slaves, who were well cared for, contented and happy.
He had a large capital invested in business, and hundreds of planters were indebted to him for the supply of corn, bacon and household articles, it being the custom to obtain t