Lynchburg 10th April 1819
I been endeavouring to send off your Tobacco for several days past, but can’t get a boat till Tuesday or Wednesday next Docr says he will send down 6 Hhds then, there will be more than 1 or two hhds behind, of inferior, which I will have here next week, the crop, which I apprised you last utumn, would be very short, which is pretty generally so in this part of the country, and the prices also very low here, from 5 to ds. Mr Mitchell sent your flour to Mr Gibson about 10 days ago, and I requested him, to desire Mr Gibson to advise you of it, which he tells me he has done, there is 140 bls superfine, I have had no offers for the land, indeed there is such pecunary destress here in consequence of the number of failures, that almost every thing seems to be at hand a great many country gentlemen is almost Ruind by indorsing for merchants, who has faild particularly for Benj. erkins, who is said to owe 250.000 ds in short there nothing like, the gloom that hangs almost upon the people in this place and the neighbourhood, I begin now with great pleasure every day to expect to see you at Pr Forest, those negroes are still sickly, Hall has been confined almost 3 months, he says he poisoned, and none but a negroe Doctr can save him, I can’t consent to imploy those people, unless instructed, hoping to see you very soon I am wth great respect
MHi: Coolidge Collection.