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Catalog Number KSa020323
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1851/05/16
Scope & Content (Draft) Page 1
Dear Sir,
I am about to make a reply to your note of the 5 inst. which I received a few days since [But would[ ] answer] If I had the means at hand, I would much rather send you that which you would more
willingly receive -- The Principal Interest and interest principal on the note you hold against me you believe no doubt, as I do, That "Fare words (though mine may not be very fare) butter no parsnips" From the [reading I of your note I should think you held the impression that I[ ] had the ability, but lacked the
You say my course in ~ dealings seems very strange to but you do not say [mention] in what particular if you had said you. If you had have mentioned in what particular, I might probably have been able to have cleared up the mistry - My means have been possess the means I for a few years past to do anything
If the strangeness of my conduct consists in not have paid you promptly the interest on my note for some time past when due I can explain -a few words

you say, "should another call be necessary, it will be made in a different manner," and very soon" - thereby intimating that you intend to resort to legal measure to obtain your demands. Such language might intimidate those who have are embarrassed, and have by such threats property.But I am to poor to be my debts are debts of Honor and as such I intend to pay them if it is in my get Power, But by Law they shall have just so much as they can obtain by the without any assurance from me that they would obtain any thing more.

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Two years ago, what little property I possessed was sold at a fare valuation and distributed to "the four winds, and in other words, was payed over to my creditors not reserving enough for my self commence a to business of any kind, or even to buy a suit of mourning for one of the best of Mothers As but a small part of what I had was at my disposal I was not able to more at that time then pay the interest on my note which you held amounting to between 30 and 40 thirty and forty dollars I this I hoped The desire to be with my famely you seem to have the impression that I possess I hope the time is not distant when I shall have something more than sufficient to supply the necessary wants of my self and fammely which is not the case And When that is the case not been able to earn At present and for a year or two past I have [but little more than sufficient to supply the necessary wants of my self and fammely. Hence it is you have not receive any interest on my note I know not how [I that what is justly your due note is to running out and as you say there is something you say my course seems strange to you in this matter" - meaning no doubt and [ ] making my course seem somewhat strange to you in this matter - believing not doubt that I possess the means, but not the disposition to have something endorsed upon that note In that perhaps consists the strangeness of my course in this matter and In consequence, Hence it is I have not been able to pay the interest on my note when due - causing you to view my conduct with an eye of suspicion believing no doubt, as you say as your "there [ ] something strange in my course in this matter" that I possess the ability, but lack the disposition to pay anything - intending by letting the note become outlawed. If you have so unfavourable opinion of me
Notes See KSa020179, Ka020325 & KSa020324