Smithfield Preston Foundation
Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002
August 29, 1794 -- letter from J. Preston to James McDowell
Last night I came home, and shortly after in conversation with M Lewis I found he was determined to have the Red Spring, and now goes down to Major Moore to close with him up on his last propositions. Should you see M Lewis or Major Moore I wish you would say something that would aid the business- Urge the one to push and the other to comply- It is your intrust and perhaps this may draw forth your oratorial and persuasive abilities and if those won't due and M Moore should want some voucher for M Lewis's performance (which I suppose he cannot) you can with propriety and safety offer yourself- I have done so- I want him as well armed as a man can be who lacks the main weapon at present- I have a little plan brewing but it is not ripe enough for communicating- Get your money in as soon as you can- "To be forearmed is to be forewarned"- a good old proverb for trades to observe. My love to you family- while I continue to be your friend.
Friday Aug. 29 1794
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