James Madison Papers

James Madison to Bernard Peyton, 30 May 1829

May 30. 1829

Dr. Sir

My overseer is so pressed in winding up his late crop of Tobo. for wch. the winter was unfavorable, and in his preparations for the coming one, that he wishes to know whether the market for his lugs will not probably be as good in the Autumn as at this Season. Favor me with the proper information on this point. I have 4 or 5 Hhds to—add to the six at the Warehouse, which I hope with the six will be worthy the attention of the most discriminating purchasers particularly manufacers of Chewing Tobo. Samples of what is now under the Prize, are pronounced by my Judicious Neighbours to mark the growth in the best Virgin Soil of the Mountains. My coming crop the largest I have arrived at will be altogether in that soil, one half just cleared, the other half in the two preceding Clearings. The plant beds in this quarter have been unusually backward. Some of mine being favored by their situations, have enabled me to pitch about 2/5 of the Crop. At Present [only] rain alone is wanting for a general pitch of the whole.

I am getting pretty well over, a renewed & severer attack of Influenza, brought on by a premature exposure, which I could not avoid. I hope your health has continued without interruption. With friendly respects

J. M

Draft (DLC).

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