P Forest 31th May 21
Your Tobo was put on board a Boat and left Lynchburg on last Friday 7 Hhds, and directed to Capt Peyton, I should have informd you immediately, but you know, the mails to charlottesville leaves Lynchburg on friday morning, and the Tobo was not a float, till after the mail had started, this will be put in the P. office to day, and will I hope get to hand by the 2 or 3rd June, the boat could carry only 7 Hhds there is 1 inferior Hhd left and 500.℔ also very indifferent, with which and a parcel of my own, I shall make out a Hhd. and send to Lynchburg within a few days. this is all of the most indifferent kind of Tob and had I think better be sold in Lynchbirg.
Should you intend to get any fish for the Negroes this summer I think it would be best them, could they get during Harvest, as I beleive their stock of meat has been consumed long since, and fresh meat does not agree with Labourers in very warm weather so well as salt provisions, I have received 100 dollars in part for the wheat, there is 43 and— cents due which I expect to get in a few days, which will nearly pay all my old debts that have been pressing, but there are other due to morrow, which will be equally pressing, I mean my [. . .] for Bishop, and the Horses which I informd mr. Randolph of, and he was good enough to provide the means to enable me meet them, as these people live in the western Country & a disappointment would be a serious injury to them, we have planted some Tobo and shall plant the next season more than 7ar our crop, our plants have grown rapidly for days past I am satisfied now, that we shall the greatest plenty in good time, we are all well, except some old complaints, Billy is still out, he and his comraids, takes a shoat or lamb every day or two from us.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.