Montpellier July 27. 1826
I have recd. yours of June 21. and am glad to find by it, that mine of May 16. had got safe to hand. The urgency which it explained, makes me lose no time in complying with your wish to be informed of the time within which your intended payment will be particularly requisite, and I can not name a later day than the middle of December. If you shd. be able to come yourself with it, so much the better. It will be a matter of regret, if the exertion should put you to serious inconveniencies, but I cannot without disregarding some very pressing engagements, fix a later period for its arrival.
I shall communicate to all whom you name, the remembrance and friendly feelings you express for them. My mother, aged as she is, is blessed with a comfortable portion of health. My brother, after a long interruption of his, is again restored to it. His son Robert is endeavoring to establish himself at or near the seat of Govt. in E. Florida: with what prospects I can not venture to say. His daughter Laetitia was married about a year ago, to a son of Capt. Phil: Slaughter, and has just added to the number of his grandchildren. My sister Macon, and those around her are as usual. In Mrs. Willis’s family a change has taken place, by the marriage of her daughter to her kinsman John Lee. Her son John is a Student at the University. My other kindred & neighbors, remain with few alterations that are probably unknown to you.
We had a visit some time ago from Mr. Newman & Nelly. They have not returned from that to his mother; and we have had no late accounts of them.
I am truly glad to learn that your children in general are in a way so satisfactory to you, and that you have such flattering prospects of providing for them. You are very fortunate in your crops, notwithstanding the fall of prices for them; when compared with our situation, where the crops as well as prices fail. I did not carry to Market more than a half crop of Tobo. which averaged but little more than $5. per Ct., and my wheat crop will be still more deficient, owing to the intensity of drought preceded by the ravages of the Hes: fly. I must add that for want of Plants and of seasons for the ensuing crop of Tobo., I have been obliged to put a considerable portion of the Hills in Corn: whilst the planted part is greatly thinned by several causes, & has a very unpromising appearance. My corn fields were improved by copious rains; but are now suffering from the want of rain, which if much delayed will be too late, the fields being all of them old & much worn. Remember us affectionately to your family and accept respects & friendly wishes for yourself.
Should you be unable to make your fall visit, perhaps you may find a conveyance < >, by some member of Congress, sure to pass near us, on his way to Washington.
RC (NN: Arents Tobacco Collection).