ALS. Apologizes for the "delay which has taken place about the C.A." Explains that he has been working but "the difficulties are really awful ... I assure you I am at this very minute doing my best to keep my promise, and cursing the costiveness of my imagination which won't come to my aid."
Document. Bill for spices purchased at Callender's "Cheap Grocery-Store, South-side the Market; - Where West-India Goods, Fruits and Groceries, Of every kind, may be had, WHOLESALE and RETAIL - Fresh and Good."
ALS. Writes Housman "to report NO GO in the Shelley MSS as far as I am informed by careful enquirers particularly Mr. Peck of Exeter as per letters enclosed which have been given to me by Mr. O. Doughty."
2 ALsS. The first letter is positive: "You and Mr. Lightfoot are glorious dogs--I accede with pleasure. [Lazarus] is up and looks heroically." In the second letter he responds with indignity to the increasing irritability of his creditor. "I have had money transactions before now with friends, and have troubled them often, but I was never in my life so harrassed, hampered, pestered, plagued, ferretted, and insulted as I have been for these last three weeks."
ALS. Discusses some matters of business as well as of gossip. Also asks: "What think you of the non-intercourse Bill? I think should it take place, there would soon be the D--l to pay in the East. The quotas of malitia [sic] to be held in readiness is with a view of ordering the people into submission--but the Yankees are not to be frightened with rifles. But of all the calamities which await us may the Lord of his infinite mercy deliver us from a civil war."
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