Montpellier Mar. 27. 1824
Whilst you were President of the B. Bank of the U. States at Washington you were so obliging as to interpose in behalf of a postponement of a debt due from me. The indulgence was for six months only; but I was led to hope that an extension of it would not be refused. Feeling as I do the obligation I am already under, it is with a double reluctance that I again trouble you on the subject. Such however has been the extraordinary failure of my crops for successive years, and of debtors to whom I sold land in confidence of punctual payments, that I have a further occasion for the liberality then experienced. I do not forget that you are not now in the same relation to the Bank: But as you were privy to the former transaction, & I have not the same acquaintance with your successor, you will pardon me for hoping that you will ascertain whether I can not be indulged with a suspension of the payment becoming due early in May, till the expiration of the year, that is till November next; in which case I shall be ready to sign the instrument that may be forwarded for the purpose. The interest for the past six months was paid in advance; and it will be so paid for the sequel if thought proper, or any other conditions complied with that may be requisite. With great esteem,
RC (PHi); draft (DLC).