Monticello Aug. 28. 24.
My misfortunes of the past year have been considble & shall be briefly stated. four prime young men, guilty of an attack on their overseer were sent, as an example to N. Orleans to be sold about 2. years ago. I had a right to expect with certainty 2000.D. for them. as yet I have recieved 400. only, and have but expectations 1600.D. the rent of my mill is a year in arrears, and prospect of recieving it . this is 1200.D. the mill doing no business I lost the avails of my cooper’s shop 1200.D. more. add to this the burning a tobo house with all it’s tobo and much else in it estimated at 1000.D. makes a whole of 5000.D. short recieved of what I considered as certain, and would have enabled me with to meet every engagement. deprived of this I am truly distressed. I will state my pressing calls and my resources.
|1st your balance, now great|
|2. mr Ludlow of N.Y. for Van staphorsts 1208.20||1208.20|
|one of the banks a note discounted to pay int. to the Collge||700.|
|mrs Eppes for which she is distressed.||288.67|
|a remittance to Europe which cannot be dispensed with||500.|
|a debt in Bedford||200|
|Resources.||the late sale of 20 hhds tobo||℔||1532.21|
|5. hhds from Bedford probably on the way||7 000||350.|
|9. do of last year still unsold & bad. say||12,600||2134.|
These resources you observe will barely meet the 2146.84 leaving the two items of 1908.20 unprovided and your balance also. the prospect for these are
350. barrels of flour from this place tides will permit
100. do mill rent to Dec. 31.
200. do from Bedford counted on as the least expected.
arrears of mill rent, cooper’s shop 6. mo. N. Orleans sfft to make up these last. but time is the difficulty. can you let your balance lie till the flour cand find tides to get down. and could I not get an immediate discount at one of the banks for 2000.D. to be assuredly replaced in 6. mo.? if this can be done, I can get along, and in the hope that it may I inclose you a blank which I would wish to be filled with 2000.D. and if discounted I would pray you to remit 1208.20 to mr Ludlow of N.Y. on my acct and without delay, and to pay the 700.D. due on the note of that amount deposited in one of the banks I know not which. I shall await your answer may lie the arrivel of the flour, and permit in the mean time to draw on the tobo fund for the calls which I have proposed to answer from that fund. some part of can be suspended perhaps till the 5 and 9. hhds are disposed of. this costs me great pain as to yourself; I have truly stated the circumstances which have urged and must leave it to yourself with assurances of my regret, and that I am ever & affectly your’s
P.S. be so good as to send me 3. copies of Wanostrochts Fr. gram. by successive mails.