Richmond 26th. July 1808
I have had to rent Taylor Mr. Mazzei’s House as I apprehended.—I have guarded however as much as I could, against all difficulties, as you will find from the inclosed copy of our agreement.
It occurred to me that it would be well to shew, that the rent was at a reduced rate, not only for the reason assigned, but to prevent is having an unfavorable effect on the suit for arrearages.—as I supposed it would probably be otherwise contended, that the property could not be presumed to be worth more, as Mr. M’s agent had shewn a willingness to take that sum.—Rational men to be sure would probably have made allowance for the times, (rents being reduced in many instances 25 Cent) but unfortunately, it is not by such, that controversies are always decided.
I return you Mr. Robertson’s letter inclosed, & am
Dear Sir Yr. Very humble Servt.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.