N[icholas] P[hillips] Randall to MVB, 7 March 1816
March 7th. 1816
The defendant in this cause applied to me to get some assistance. He has no defence in the above suit but wishes the circumstances & situation of the business to be known & thinks he shall not be further prosecuted. The lien he purchased was shortly after the purchase & after he had made some improvements, he says about 20 acres sold on an execution against him for a trifling sum, he being considered as having no title to the same. & Mooney was turnd out, or went out of possession. He is now very poor, has a family & nothing to support them with but his daily earnings as he states to me & as is said by his neighbors. The men in possession of the land he bought have paid nothing of any consequence, & now have the benefit of his labor, besides a rebate of interest allowed by the state. He hopes under these circumstances he shall not be distressed, but thinks the lien itself will be looked to unless those claiming title shall choose to pay the purchase money. If Judgment is had against Mooney, I believe him wholly unable to pay even the costs.
P.S. You may observe notice of retainmt in the above suits is in the name of S.L. Edwards. He is a partner with me [in] business