Cincinnati May 25, 1849
Mr. Wm. E. Millet
I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 21st inst. and to give you what information I can touching the subject of your inquiry.
I gave manuscript copies of each of the songs “Lou’siana Belle”—“Uncle Ned”--& “Oh, Susanna” to several persons before I gave them to Mr. Peters for publication, but in neither instance with any permission nor restriction in regard to publishing them, unless contained in a letter to Mr. Roark accompanying the m.s. of “Uncle Ned” – although of this I am doubtful. Mr. Peters has my receipt for each of the songs.
The only information which I can give you in regard to dates, as my memory does not serve me, must be in copying the years named on the title-pages of the Cincinnati publications, from which I infer that “Lou’siana Belle” was copy-righted in 1847 – the others in 1848.
If I see Mr. Roark (who lives in our city) I will give you further information in regard to the letter which I wrote him. I have the honor, sir, to subscribe myself
Very Respectfully Yours,
Stephen C. Foster