Thomas Mann Randolph to Wilson Cary Nicholas
|Dear Sir,||Aug. 5. 1817.|
I have just received your two favors of the 31. July & 3d Aug. The kind interest they avince in my concerns gives me, very highly agreeable, and very truly gratefull sensations. I have a memd from the Cashier himself: the 10.000 is due Augt 10/13: next Wednesday, and not tomorrow, of course is the day. B. Peyton, who is here now, assures me that I do not blunder in [rasping?] so: and I am allways apprehensive enough to consult in time in such cases. I got the stamp from Warwicks Clerk, and he either made the mistake, or did not hear me distinctly. That note, which so greatly increases my obligation to you, is forwarded today, with the two others, and the long delayed Checks for the two first. one of my own servants will deliver them all into Dandridges hand so near the time as to insure me against their being forgotten. If tomorrow had been the day, my servant whom I have long used for such purposes, would have arived before 9oClock. The checks inclosed by B. Peyton to Jefferson, for his signature, in addition to S. Carrs, never reached him. I mention this to explain that irregularity. With respect to the permanency of the Loan, I never counted on more than one or two years, and a divided repayment. If the accomodation should threaten to fall short of that, I rely on your goodness to give me early notice. I still believe that I can avoid a sacrifice by a negotiation to the Northward. My determination is to sell, and my desire to accomplish it requires the utmost exercise of my patience to counteract. But I firmly believe that there is not a piece of property, of the sort, of equal value in the state. My Father thought so, and every steward that he ever had, or overseer who had lived there, confirmed his judgement. The land has been entirely exhausted, and no wonder, for it was cleared by the Virginia company from 1615, and was granted as early as 1637, after its abolition. It never was manured or plaistered, untill the two Centuries had elapsed. Yet it has allways yielded beyond the appearance of the crop, and its recovery, with Plaister, is miraculous, such as astonishes every eye, and would not be believed. But the 340 acres of Marsh, which will be quite dry before this time next year, and permanently dry, will sell for more alone, then, than could be got for the whole now. Yet that was pronounced to be of no value as late as last May by several gentlemen who happened to see the water on over the grass. Every drop of that water came in at one narrow opening. Excuse my tediousness, which the impatience of Maupin ought to have prevented. I received your last letter just as he called for the recommendation.