|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1851/05/16|
|Scope & Content||
(draft) Setauket May the 16th 1851
Your note of the 5th past was duly received and should have been answered at an earlier date; but having some money due me, I delayed a reply hoping it might come to hand, and by that means send you that which would be more acceptable than any written answer I shall be able to make at this time.
In requesting the payment of your interest 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 measures to obtain your demands. Such language might serve to intimidate those who are embarrassed and have property; but I am too poor to be alarmed by any such threats. My debts are debts of honour, and as such I intend to pay them if it is ever in my power. But should any of my creditors attempt to enforce the payment by law; they shall have just as much as they can obtain by the law, without any assurance from me that they will ever get anything more.
For a few years past my business has not been very profitable, being barely sufficient to supply my own, and the necessary wants of my own
family. And even now I have not the means to enable me to send you a years interest; those who are indebted to me give fare? promises, but no money.
Perhaps under these circumstances it might not be improper for me to call on Judge Strong whom I have ever found good pay. You remember Sir I was requested to attend a party at the residence of your Sisters, at Oak Wood, and more recently at your own House for the purpose of furnishing music to help out the evenings entertainment. At both of those places you promised to see me remunerated for my services. Hitherto I had rendered such aid with cheerfulness and without the thought of reward, and regret that now my circumstances will not allow me to be generous. You will therefore if agreeable to you; endorse on my note Six Dollars
You say, you would willingly think well of me and hope your former good opinion will not be stretched much further" I hope Sir I shall not loose it on account of any dishonest, or dishonorable act on my part, for in that case, it could never be recovered and would leave me poor indeed. But where the want of money only causes us to loose the good opinion of those we thought our friends it may be restored again Such opinions are of an elastic quality, and may rise or fall in proportion as our pockets are full or empty. That you once thought well of me I have no doubt. The good grace and apparent
willingness with which you furnished me with money [a loan] for wich you now hold my note, gave me evidence of that fact, and led me to believe at the time it was more an act of friendship than a business transaction. That and other favours of a similar nature which I have received at your hands, will ever be remembered with gratitude, and will prompt me hereafter to increase my efforts to render unto you that which is justly your due.
In the various transactions of my life. It has not been so much my aim to gain the good opinion of others, as it has been to obtain the approval of my own conscience. With that object still in view I shale "Pursue the even tenor of my way," and leave you Sir to pursue whatever course you may thank proper in this matter.
(signed) R N Mount
|Notes||See KSa020323, Ka020325 & KSa020324|