Lot 1016: Charles Carroll of Carrollton
December 15, 2012
Amherst, NH, USALive Auction
Description: ALS signed "Ch. Carroll of Carrollton," one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, November 18, 1825. Letter to James F. Brice. In full: "On my arrival yesterday at this city I found yr letter of the 14th. Wm Nichols told me you have distrained his property: in doing so you acted injudiciously. The articles distrained are valued...to $1934.50. Nichols wishes you to buy on my account the property distrained and to leave it in his hands for sale to hnr my claim agst him of $1686.30 1/4; to your doing so I have no objection & desire you to buy the property. I believe Nichols to be an honest man & will sell the articles, particularly the tobacco better than either of us, and apply the proceeds of sale honestly to the discharge of his debt. The $13.60 due to Mr. Randall for shingles you will allow in...payment of his rent.I have no account with This. F. Hall: was the judgement against him for $53 obtained on his note taken on the sale of Andrew Nichols property, or on the sale of corn made at the Farm, when possession of it was given to him. In the list of notes taken on both sales his name is not included.I observe you pay the postage of your letters to me, this is unnecessary; for the future charged to me the postage of letters you receive from me.Nichols says plaster is of no benefit to the soil of the Farm. I know it is too light for wheat, but plaster will stiffen the soil, improve it by producing clover."Reverse of second integral page bears an address panel in Carrollton's hand, "To James F. Brice, Esqr, Annapolis," and docketed on another panel in an unknown hand. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one passing between portions of Carrollton's signature, a uniform shade of mild toning, with a couple areas of circular toning to back page of letter, partially separated hinge, and a couple small areas of paper loss to second page. Lengthy correspondence from the then 88 year-old who had long shied away from politics, but remained immersed in his businesses.