Smithfield Preston Foundation
Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002
December 5, 1801 -- letter from William Preston from home to James McDowell
Dec 5th 1801
I just returned home last night from my musters after only the loss of my horse Lange which abram hung for me. I had a good deal of conversation with Col. Brown respecting the nerobusiness the thing is profitable but the ---- is great so that I have not yet come to a determination what to do. I shall go to Washington in a day or two and on my return will write you again. 50 negroes are to be sold at New London on the 14th of Jany next at 9 months credit where if I go I shall attend the sale. I wish you to forward your regimental return as soon as possible that I may make mine to the ----. I shall in all possibility go to the city of Washington this Winter to settle my public ---- before I go I will write you. Your little daughter is very well and fatter then you ever saw her she says she knows when she leaves her Aunts she will eat nothing that day so you may judge she is well satisfied.
Yours William Preston
Col. James McDowell
If you see my bunch of keys at you house I sill be oblidged to you to send them to me by the first as I rather suppose I left them at your house.
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