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Amos Kendall to MVB, 10 November 1827

Dear Sir,

I was anxious to deliver the inclosed letter in person, but on last evening was not fortunate enough to find you at your lodgings and this day I am informed your attention is engrossed by a very important suit in Court. My journey has been prolonged beyond expectation and my anxiety to reach the house of my father, leads me to forego the pleasure of seeing you until my return.

Suffer me to congratulate you on the political prospect in your own State. I cannot but consider the decisive expression of public opinion here given as fatal to every hope of the coalition. It will operate much abroad, and if there was a doubt as to the vote of any western state, I am confident that it may now be considered as removed.

As to the part of the enclosed letter which relates to pecuniary affairs, it is only necessary for me to say, that I am not prepared to give such security here, at this time, as would be required by the lenders of money. If, however, you can make an arrangement by which $2000 or $3000 can be had on the giving of good security, I think I can pledge myself, that it shall be given as soon as I reach Washington City on my return. I can without difficulty remove, by a lien upon real property in Kentucky, such gentlemen as may become my security in New York, and it is not my wish that any man should commit himself on my account until arrangements shall be made to make him perfectly secure. But, <illegible>, if you can make such arrangements before you go to Washington, that the money can be had upon giving satisfactory security, you will confer on me a favor which will never be forgotten. It is necessary to save property worth $8000 from almost entire sacrifice, by which I shall be not only ruined but left in debt. I have not now the legal title of it; this money is necessary to get it; and as soon as it is got, my intention is to sell it and extricate myself from this debt and all others. The property consists of a paper mill, saw mill, grist mill, dwelling house and out houses, with <50> acres of land. To accomplish my purpose effectually will require $3000.

I feel so much on this subject that I could say much more; but it is unnecessary. The kind expressions of my friends which you will find inclosed, are as forcible as any thing I could say.

If you should think it necessary to address me within two weeks on this or any other subject direct to Tyngsboro’ Massachusetts.

I am at the American Hotel, and should I find no conveyance eastwardly, will call again at your lodgings in the evening.

With high regard

your obt Servt.

Amos Kendall

Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 5 (1 January 1825-3 March 1829)