Washington Oct. 18. 07.
I am entirely uninformed of the nature of mr John Peyton’s account, as also of that of Cooper. I must therefore get you to forward them to me, with the credits to be placed against them. I have recieved a letter from mr Craven offering his river field in exchange for new land over the road where I proposed, provided I will add to it the bottom land from where the Colle & Park branches meet, up to opposite your house, to clear & tend one crop of tobacco in. he says there are about two acres of it, & that a crop of tobacco will put it in the best condition for timothy. considering we have so much to do that we shall get our timothy ground ready the sooner by letting him clear a part, I think to agree to this, on the condition he will let us cut as much of our 200. cords of wood as we can get in this ground, as it will save us so much hauling. I pray you to inform me by the return of the post whether you know of any material objection or disadvantage in agreeing to mr Craven’s proposal, as I have put off answering him till I can hear from you. I tender you my best wishes
MHi: Coolidge Collection.