Philad. 3 March 1820
I am your Debtor on the score of Correspondence & hope you will accept my apology—
The Vanilla I could not procure
Your letter for M Dodge was forwarded & I have his reply—Your wines he sent to adress of our Collector who enterd & will forward same I offerd to pay expences which he declin’d receiving without an order to that purpose from you—They have only received a few Days on acct of the Ice which Delayed the Vessel in the River.
Your letter to Mess De Bure was forwarded via New York—
The 400$ has been received & had I been at liberty to purchase such Bills as I deem good I could have purchased 5 50/100 frs. for a Dollar—But guided by your former Instructions I purchase J Girards Bill on James Lafitte & Co Paris at 60 D. Sg to order of Thomas Appleton for 2135 90/100 Francs @ 5 30/100 equal to 403$ which I have forwarded to him under Cover to Bernard Henry Gibraltar—By the Newburn Capt Cushing Via Maderia & Duplicate by the Pleiades Capt West direct to Gibraltar under care of a friend—The 3d I shall send Via N York & the 4th I enclose By the Pleiades I sent your letter for Mr Appleton
I now have the pleasure of sending your accot Current. Ballance in your favor 10 47/100 Ds
By this opportunity I send three copies of Judge Tilghmans Oration before the Agricultural Socy—
I also enclose an order of Thomas Cooper for 750$ being an anticipation of salary agreed to in consequence of the Delay in opening the College to enable him to go to Carolina & to support his family I have been obliged to advance a very Considerable part of this sum; he was deprived of the means of giving lectures, in consequence of his expected departure for Virginia—The Vacancy in So Ca at Columbia, which, his friends (myself amongst the Number) were fortunate enough to secure for him for the limited term (at his Desire) of one Year will be a relief to his family—They have not gone with him & propose I believe removing to Virginia in the Spring or early summer—
Oblige me by advising me when any thing may be expected from this order & how soon the whole—as the calls on me for Mr Cooper will be continued.—
I learn with unfeignd pleasure that your health has improved. You will I trust continue your caution—to [. . .] a return—As we grow older we must take less Liberties with ourselves—
MHi: Coolidge Collection.