James Madison Papers

James Madison to Mathew Carey, 29 September 1823

Montpr Sepr 29. 1823

Dear Sir

I have recd your letter of the 21st inclosing two numbers of your new Series of papers; & I wish I could in return furnish the desired information on the subject of Tobo planting in Virga.

The labour & land employed in the culture of Tobo, are so blended with what are employed on other crops, and the cultivated land moreover bears such various proportions of quantity & value, to the uncleared land on the same Farm or plantation, that it is scarcely possible to form a distinct estimate of the productiveness of capital vested in that particular cultivation. There can be no doubt that the Tobo Crop has been comparatively profitable, being generally adopted where the soil & situation are suitable, and the market not too distant. With friendly respects


Draft (DLC).

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