A circumstance came to my knowledge the other day, which, as (according to the impressions which prevail here) it may have some connexion with your affairs, I deem it proper to communicate to you.
Mr. Eugene Vail some time since rented of the Newells a house (marked V’s house) adjoining the ground in possession of Mr. Cutts. V’s father in law, a wealthy monied man of New York, recently purchased this house, and desired that if there was any vacant ground about it for sale, that it should be also purchased. Besides the lot on which Mr. C’s house stands, there are four others within the enclosure, as shewn by the annexed sketch. In pursuance of his father-in-law’s intimation, V. asked Mr. C. "if the proprietor of the two lots adjoining V’s house would be disposed to sell", and was answered in the negative.
RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book).