Bedford 27 May 1820
Your letter of the 20th Inst. did not reach me, till night before last, and early yesterday morning, I sent an express to Mr Hepburn with a letter informing him, what you desired me to tell him, he did not, write, but requested the messenger, that I would let you know, that it was impossible for him to leave the work which had engaged, and which was nearly compleated, for Mr Clay. and Jon Slaughter and, that he was extreamly sorry that he could not go down for several weeks, and that he hoped, as was anxious to see you, that your visit to us, might not be delayed on that account, that was making every exertion in his power, to comply with his engagements, and very desirous of going down as soon as possible, and he thought if you should come up, it was more than probable he would be able to go on down about the time that you would, and set in to work, immediately on return home, I am surprised that Mr Gibson has not acknowledged the rept of your Tobo as he must have received it early in april tho. it is probable, he has sent Mr Robertson a receipt for it, as I got him to ship the Tobo for me. The 2 last Hhds that was prized both very inferior, and light, I was compelld to sell in Lynchburg, for bread and I am still very hard run, grain is very scarce, and confidence so compleatly destroyed between Man & Man. that it is with utmost difficulty, any can be had with the Cash, and if credit is obtain’d, the moment it becomes due, you are harrassed to death almost till it is paid, this liberty I beg you will excuse, as nothing will ever induce to take any liberties of that sort with your property, with out instructions, but grain we must have, and I could not get it, with out agreeing to give enormous prices on credt and I had no other possible way of raising money, but by selling those two hhds—sent Mr. Gibson 7 Hhds, which I think contain’d upwards 10,000 ct of good Tobo.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.