Smithfield Preston Foundation
Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002
January 29, 1802 -- letter from William Preston in Fincastle to James McDowell
Fincastle Jany 29th 1802
A few days ago I wrote you by Capt. Carowthers and inclosed you the 3,000 acres of Warrants you wrote for I hope you have recd them by this time. Since that time a piece of business of importance has turned up for me. All idea of the Mississippi trip must be abandoned. I have come to a resolution to change my mode of life the character of batchelor no longer is to be boarn. I have been some time in this place up on that business and I am happy to inform you that so far as engagements are solumn so far have we a right to calculate on the completion of my wishes. The ordinary consultation of the old folks has not yet taken place but have found there will be no dificulty from the weeker part of the house the stronger will be known in a few days at which time you shall have a nother letter from me. I shall set out for Smithfield this Morning and at Montgomery court the business will be closed.
I know the dellacacy you always felt in giving advice on subjects of this kind. I shall therefore not ask it but request you to think I am a judge of girls and consequently have made a good choice for my self. But I will ask with a great deal of ardency for your warmest wishes in a matter of so much consequence to your relation & friend and a wish from you that I may enjoy as much domestick hapiness as any other of your friends. Sister will tell you who the girl is as we had some conversation about it when I was at your house.
I am dear Sir
friend William Preston
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