Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers

Abstract

The Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers (dated 1824-1868, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of letters written by, to, or about Eugene Erwin and William Russell regarding various topics including family news, California, Henry Clay, and the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers
Creator
Russell, William
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
California -- History.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject into two series: William Russell and Eugene Erwin. chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Rachel Webb in April 2009 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, Director of Archives; Finding aid prepared by Rachel Webb in April 2009 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, Director of Archives.
Preferred Citation
2009ms011: [identification of item], Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers, 1824-1868, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William Henry Russell was born on October 9, 1802, to Robert Spotswood and Deborah Allen Russell in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He practiced law in his native county and in 1830 represented it in the legislature. He married Zanette Freeland of Baltimore; they had seven children. Early on he came to the attention of Henry Clay and was even said to have served as his secretary. In 1831, he moved to Callaway County, Missouri and the following year served in the Black Hawk War. In 1841, he was appointed United States Marshal of the District of Missouri and acquired the courtesy title of colonel. His term ended in 1845, and the following year he joined a wagon-train of California emigrants. Russell joined Fremont's California Battalion with the rank of major and was one of the peace commissioners who framed the treaty of Cahuenga, January 13, 1847. A few days later, Fremont appointed him secretary of state. He acted as one of Fremont's principal witnesses in the court-martial. In 1849, he began to practice law at San Jose and elsewhere until 1854. In 1861 he was appointed consul at Trinidad, Cuba. He died in Washington and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery on October 13, 1873.
Andrew Eugene Erwin, known as Eugene Erwin, was born in Lexington, Kentucky on October 2, 1830, to James Erwin and Anne Brown Clay Erwin. He was a grandson of Henry Clay. On July 10, 1853, Erwin married William Henry Russell's daughter Josephine Deborah Russell. They had four daughters. Erwin was Colonel of the Sixth Regiment of Missouri Infantry, CSA and was killed in action during the Battle of Vicksburg on June 25, 1863, at 32 years of age.
Scope and Content
The Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers (dated 1824-1868, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of letters written by, to, or about Eugene Erwin and William Russell regarding various topics including family news, California, Henry Clay, and the Civil War. The majority of the letters however deal with Erwin and establishing himself through his connection with his grandfather Henry Clay. The papers also contain a few financial and legal documents.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

William Russell papers, 1824-1848

Note, 1824 August 28

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Stephan Whicker letter to William Russell, 1827 April 20

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Acknowledges receiving his letter - he has a new son born on April 1, named Patterson - he is in good health and, about keeping his books, they are at your service - lists prices for different books - tells how happy he is with his little family.
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J. Bledsoe letter to William Russell , 1828 April 26

  • Box 1, folder 1
Explanation of court-marshal regarding Col. Billingsly - feels confident the statute of limitations will not bar the action and should commence it immediately.
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F. Henderson letter to William Russell, 1828 August 29

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Arrived safely on Monday - thanks for hospitality.
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Letter of introduction for William Russell from Thomas in New York to Frederic Thomas in Washington, D.C., 1828 December 5

  • Box 1, folder 1
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War Department letter to Colonel William Russell, 1834 January 10

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Informing William Russell that he will be placed upon the list of applicants for visitors at West Point.
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Received Fort Brook, East Florida, of Captain William H. Russell Missouri Volunteers the following ordnance stores, 1837 November 30

  • Box 1, folder 1
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A.G. Morgan letter to J.H. Hook, 1839 November 13

  • Box 1, folder 1
Letter of introduction of Col. William Russell.
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A.G. Morgan letter to J.H. Hook, 1839 November 15

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Letter of introduction of Col. William Russell.
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James B. Clay letter to William Russell, 1859 October 29

  • Box 1, folder 1
Letter of introduction of a Mr. Hook from Virginia.
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AN ACT - To Amend the Act To Provide for taking the sixth census or Enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, 1839 March 3

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter from the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John White, 1841 June 25

  • Box 1, folder 1
Letter in reply to a thank you sent after White assumed the Speakership. Refers to President John Taylor as the acting President and calls him a nervous timid man.
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Thomas Crittenden, in Attorney General John J. Crittenden's office, letter to William Russell, 1841 July 7

  • Box 1, folder 1
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William Selden, Treasurer of the United States, printed letter to William Russell, 1841 July 20

  • Box 1, folder 1
Giving him one Treasury Draft.
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Thomas Crittenden, in Attorney General John J. Crittenden's office, letter to William Russell, 1841 September 21

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Charles B. Penrose, office of the Solicitor of the Treasury, letter to William Russell, 1841 November 9

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Pamphlet Bankrupt Law, approved Aug. 1841 and Rules, Regulations, and Forms of Proceedings in Bankruptcy, in Missouri, 1842

  • Box 1, folder 1
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William Selden, Treasurer of the United States, printed letter to William Russell, 1842 December 15

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Note, 1848 February 15

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Envelopes addressed to William Russell, undated

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Eugene Erwin papers, 1850-1868

E.M. Tilford letter to Eugene Erwin, 1850 November 3

  • Box 1, folder 2
Describes harrowing trip down rivers to Pt. Washington, Mississippi; family news.
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Henry Clay note, 1850 November 6

  • Box 1, folder 2
At Ashland, certifying that the cow Clay sold to Robert Boggs is a thoroughbred imported Durham cow.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin, stepmother, letter to Eugene Erwin, 1850 December 6

  • Box 1, folder 2
Family news - instructions on running farm, servants etc - mention Health Springs new Vicksburg.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1850 December 20

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1850 December 23

  • Box 1, folder 2
Regarding family news - farm, etc. - hopes he will come for Christmas - added a room on the cabin and have a good cotton and corn crop
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Mary E. Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, circa 1851 January 4

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 January 17

  • Box 1, folder 2
Family news - congratulation on landing position in Boston - father is pleased at the interest Mr. Clay has in him.
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Cumming Davies note to Eugene Erwin, circa 1851

  • Box 1, folder 2
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William H. Aspinwall note to Eugene Erwin, circa 1851

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Note concerning Erwin's stay with Henry Clay at National Hotel.
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Randall Lee Gibson letter to Eugene Erwin, circa 1851

  • Box 1, folder 2
Includes envelope with frank by Henry Clay. Letter discusses a broken sleigh. Send bill for Sleigh I broke. Gibson mentions that he's been offered $1000 to go to California. - will send you the money - will see you when I go back to New York - address for Miss Met? - offered $1000 to go to California - Envelope addressed to Mr. Randall L. Gibson
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 February 23

  • Box 1, folder 2
Family news - very proud of him and wants him to behave well - She received a letter from Mrs. Clay that she cannot control Edward and fears he will give his family trouble.
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Henry Grinnell letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 February 26

  • Box 1, folder 2
Concerning Erwin's job prospects and trip to San Francisco - about Henry Clay's political beliefs.
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Charles Findlay letter to A. Hensley, 1851 March 5

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin; mentions Henry Clay. to A. Hensley from Charles Findlay; mention of Henry Clay
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J. H. Thomas letter to Honorable S. Clinton Hastings, March 6, 1851

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin as the grandson of Mr. Henry Clay.
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J. Thomas letter to Judge Crane of San Francisco, California, 1851 March 6

  • Box 1, folder 2
Introduction letter to Judge Crane from J. Thomas; introducing Mr. Eugene Erwin - grandson of Henry Clay
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George Sander note to C. Cromwell, 1851 March 6

  • Box 1, folder 2
Note requesting Cromwell give Eugene Erwin a good berth to New Orleans.
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A. Sargent letter to Thomas Kidder Green of San Francisco, 1851 March 13

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin.
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N. Hooke letter to William Smith of San Francisco, 1851 March 14

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin.
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James Whitcomb letter to John McDougall, 1851 March 18

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin; described as a grandson of Henry Clay and a valuable addition to California. to John McDougall of San Francisco from James Whitcomb; Mr. Eugene Erwin - grandson of Henry Clay he would be a valuable addition to the young and rising state of California
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J.R. Matterson letter to Robert Cox, 1851 March 18

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin.to Mr. Robert Cox from J.R. Matternson introducing Eugene Erwin - grandson of Henry Clay
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A.C. Dodge letter to Colonel John B. Weller, 1851 March 19

  • Box 1, folder 2
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin. Erwin is about to depart for California.
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D.R. Atchison letter to Governor J.C. Edwards, 1851 March 22

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter of introduction for Eugene Erwin. Eugene Erwin intends to become a citizen of California. Praises the young man and asks him to give advice and encouragement to Eugene
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Henry C. Erwin (uncle) letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 July 10

  • Box 1, folder 3
Family news - birth of daughter - use of chloroform.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 August 8

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter expresses anger at Henry Clay and the election of Breckinridge over Combs; family news.
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Louisa Johnson Elley letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 September 22

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter consists of family news - Mrs. John Bell (aunt) is in the Woodlands but is better - going to Washington with her two little girls - Mr. Hitchcock and Mr. Bell remain in Nashville - she will have a nice girlfriend for him when he returns.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 September 27

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter informs Erwin about his father's death. His brother Henry Clay Erwin is drinking and she fears he will throw himself completely away. Implores him not to drink: If I had one drop of Clay blood in me and was a man nothing could induce me to take a single drink. For my sake do not.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1851 December 8

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1852 May 24

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter concerns family news, the sale of the Woodlands, Henry Clay's health.
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Copy of letter with a description of Henry Clay's funeral by Mr. Jeremiah Singleton of Port Royal, Kentucky, 1852 July 21

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Eulogy - The Life and Character of Henry Clay - pronounced at Memphis, Tennessee, July 22, 1852 by John P. Pryor, 1853

  • Box 1, folder 3
Pamphlet of 22 pages with a black front cover. Printed by Eagle and Enquirer Steam Printing House.
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Margaret Dudley Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1853 February 6

  • Box 1, folder 3
Describes life at Lake Washington, Mississippi, and gives family news.
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Aunt L. Bell (wife of John Bell, 1850 presidential candidate) letter to Eugene Erwin, 1853 March 6

  • Box 1, folder 3
Describes Bell's efforts to get President Pierce and cabinet to confirm appointment for Erwin.
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Eugene Erwin receipt of $3,000 note, 1853 September 9

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Henry Clay Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1853 October 24

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter describes family news - cotton crops. Disappointed in his crop - will get about 500 bales - will get nearly nothing for it - wants to know about Edward's behavior in Missouri - he has been drunk since he left home - gambling - spent a great deal of money - I am distressed about him, we are living a camp life - new home torn to pieces.
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Henry Clay Erwin letter to Eugene Erwin, 1854 February 8

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter concerns lawsuit, family news - instituted a suit on behalf of you and Edward in New Orleans - describes the suit - the District Court decided that the hires of Pully are entitled to hold the money - moved into new home - been living in a slave cabin.
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Banking notes, 1854 May 22

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Jackson County Agricultural Mechanics Association stock certificate, 1855 June 18

  • Box 1, folder 3
Jackson County Agricultural Mechanics Association certifying that Eugene Erwin is the owner of One Share of the Capital Stock in the Jackson County Agricultural and Mechanical Association.
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Davis E. Gestman letter to Eugene Erwin, 1855 August 23

  • Box 1, folder 3
Family news and asking about promissory note instructions.
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Eugene Erwin to Josephine Russell Erwin, 1861 May 14

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter from Denver about taking personal business rather than rally to the standard of the Confederate States.
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Eugene Erwin letter to Josephine Russell Erwin, circa 1861 May 25

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letter again repudiates Josephine's fears of his entry into the army.
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Agency Manhattan Life Insurance Co., New York letter to Eugene Erwin, 1861 June 24

  • Box 1, folder 3
Concerns Erwin's policy and restrictions about living in Denver.
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Eugene Erwin letter to Martha Dyer and ladies of Fulton County Missouri, circa 1861-1862

  • Box 1, folder 4
Offering his thanks for the banner they made for 7th Missouri Volunteers - note on Charleston valor and bravery.
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D. Province note to Eugene Erwin with envelope from D. Province, circa 1861-1862

  • Box 1, folder 4
Note concerns offensive character of language used in recent conversation.
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Eugene Erwin letter to Colonel [Province], 1862 August 18

  • Box 1, folder 4
Saltillo - note about being misquoted at court Marshall.
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Invoice of hospital and medical stores captured at Iuka, Mississippi with envelope, 1862 September 15

  • Box 1, folder 4
Invoice with envelope of captured medical stores signed by J.D. Wooten.
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Unsigned, unaddressed letter by Eugene Erwin, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
Defending the honor of his regiment, willingness to pay from his own pocket levee against his troops for depredations he contends they did not commit. Refers to Corinth to his commanding officer.
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Receipt - amount of stoppage on Sixth Regiment - Infantry, 1863 March 5

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Eugene Erwin letter to Josephine Russell Erwin, 1863 February 8

  • Box 1, folder 4
From Jackson, Mississippi - Speculation on early end of war - conditions around Vicksburg - location of Regiment to Vicksburg and Port Hudson. Member 1st Brigade General Sterling Prices Div. Army of the Mississippi.
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Note from Adj. Harwood enclosing a letter from General Bowen, 1863 April 13

  • Box 1, folder 4
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James Thornton letter to Eugene Erwin with envelope, 1863 April 22

  • Box 1, folder 4
Discusses the state of Army at General Price's headquarters - mentions Erwin's family being with him.
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W.H. Moss letter to Eugene Erwin, 1863 April 27

  • Box 1, folder 4
Letter of protest to the return of the ranks of Private R. Winfrey.
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Mattie R. Lewis letter to Eugene Erwin, 1863 May 6

  • Box 1, folder 4
Note requesting fate of friends.
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Report to Captain Flanagan, 1863 May 8

  • Box 1, folder 4
Unfinished report on battle near Port Gibson on May 1, 1863 by Erwin - disposition of troops by Erwin.
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Charles S. Bradley letter to Josephine Russell Erwin, 1864 July 28

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Deed - trustees deed to Josephine Erwin, State of Missouri, Jackson County with two 50 cents surety bond stamps, 1865 September 5

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Rental Lease agreement between Josephine Erwin and City of Independence, Missouri, 1865 November 14

  • Box 1, folder 4
Rental ease with 5 cents Internal Revenue Certificate.
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State of Alabama guardian appointment to handle estate, 1868 January 20

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Certificate of purchase of tax sale of Russell Property, 1868 July 23

  • Box 1, folder 4
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