Wm. A Davison to Isaac Hite, June 16, 1837
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City of Wheeling June 16" 1837 Dear Isaac I feel anxious to send a few lines to the settlement, for the purpose of having a claim or rather another claim, for both Lou & Smith are indebted already, and I select you as the receiver, and pray that you will soon liquidate the claim for I greatly prefer receiving such debts to letting them stand I have partially given a description of this country to Lou, and I think I could make your mouth water if I would give a full and minute statement of the country at this time. However I will resist for [illegible] I am influenced through selfish motives, only mentioning that the wheat is two foot high and was thick on the ground as any you have ever seen on the River bottom and in as healthy a state as one could wish, the corn looks well and every hill is covered with grass. There are no poor horses except in the Livery stables and they are nearly riden [ridden] to death on account of the unreasonable price asked for them, by the day. Yesterday I saw decidedly the worse field of wheat I have seen this season, and the farmer said he would average at least twenty five bushels to the acre - can you come half way this season. I hope you may, but I fear the chance, is not a good one. There is no impediment whatever to our Farmers making money, However I do not want you, or would I advise you, to leave Rockville, for the purpose of seeking more - your situation is a certain one that is you can always live within the amount you can make, I should rejoice if the now separate members of our families could collect and live in any one part of the country and all do well, but rather than have some dependent on the industry of others, I would prefer the present state of affairs Sandy is now in a fair way to do well, and will do much better when another rib is attached to him. I have seen several from that country and all report favourably - Request Brother Smith to send me a full statement of the Kettarings Land, all about it, who it was purchased from &c, the exact location - How does Brother Raleigh and his wife Betsey come on will they remove to the south this fall and give Texas