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DEAR SIR, We were much gratified to learn by your letter of the 25th August that you were all well and that the prospect was so good as to the crop.
By the last arrival cotton was a little depressed, but I have no doubt, that it was merely temporary. The consumption is enormous; not less in Great Britain alone than 500,000 bales, and is on the increase; and I cannot doubt but that it will maintain a respectable price throughout next year.
Your mother speaks of returning this Autumn, tho I think it very doubtful whether she will, or not. Her movements are very uncertain, and tho' she feels that her duty and interest require her return, yet I am inclined to think she will not visit the South this season. You must do the best you can for her. My expense is very great, and I begin to feel a sensible pressure. I trust that you will be able to make a remittance from our Saltcatcher debtors. A few hundred dollars would be acceptable. My situation exposes me almost incessantly to company, which greatly increases my expenses.
Mr. Blacklidge of Washington North Carolina, formerly a Lieutenant under you, requested me by letter to give him your address, as he was desirous of writing to you, but he did not state on what subject. I think it not improbable, however, that it is political, as the Presidential question excites much interest in that quarter. His family is powerful and I would be glad to know his sentiments. MY friends think the prospect very fair. It is confidently believed that Mr. d l cannot take a vote to the North or West of this place.
We shall be absent next week on a visit to Baltimore. My chief Clerk is about to take a wife there, and would not let us off from the Wedding. W T e are all well; tho this district is sickly. We have been residing on the heights of Georgetown, which is certainly very healthy and pleasant. I have succeeded in renting James place at $600, which gives legal interest. We have not heard from him for a long time, but his return may now be expected in a few weeks.
Your Sister and Mother desire their love to you and Mrs C.
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.