To William R. Putnam1
New York Decr 6. 1802
The multiplicity of my engagements has diverted my attention from a remittance to you on account of the taxes of my lands in your quarter.2 I count upon your good will that no inconvenience will have ensued & I now enclose Fifty Dollars. It will be satisfactory to me to know that it has reached you and whether any further supply will be promptly requisite; also what are the present prospects as to the sale of these lands.
With great esteem & regard I remain Dr Sir Yr Obliged & obedt servant
Wm. R Putnam Esq
ALS, Dawes Memorial library, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.
1. Putnam, the son of Rufus Putnam, was appointed a surveyor for the Ohio Company in 1794, and he subsequently worked for his father on surveys for the United States Government.