Quincy Mar: 7th. 1800
My dear Nephew
There is a Coll Thomas Johnson, a member of the Genl. Assembly of the State of Vermont, who lives at Newbury in that State; to whome I committed the care of the Vermont Lands in which I am concerned. I have always found him very carefull of my Interest, and reasonable in his charges for what he does for me. I formerly mentioned to him that your Father, the President, owned some Rights of Land under the same predicament with mine, in the same Town of Salem, and that I thought it not improbable that he might be glad to put them under his Care also. Since that time I have received a Letter from Coll Johnson dated Novr 13th 1799, which contains some important Information respecting my Interest in the said Town of Salem, and as I think the information is of equal importance to your Interest as to mine, I have therefore enclosed you a Copy of his Letter. If you should think it best to employ him in that Business, he will doubtless send you the needful Form of the Receipts that he mentions to me, and do whatever else is needful in that matter. I would further inform you that Coll. Johnson is Post-Master at Newbury in Vermont, and consequently your Letters to him and from him will be free of Postage. I thank you most sincerely for your kindness and friendship to my dear Son under his great Troubles. Your Aunt Cranch joins in the warmest Sentiments of Love and Esteem for you and your honoured Parents that can be expressed by your most affectionate Uncle—
MHi: Christopher P. Cranch Papers, 1782-1928.