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Care of Messrs H&A Campbell & Co
Saint Louis Mo February 5 1841
Ever Dear Robert
Yours of the 22 from Baltimore and one of the 25th of January Last is at hand, the insurance you requested in your first letter I took William and had accomplished [spelled acomplisht] according [spelled acording] to your Wish Immeidately [spelled imediately]] So as to instruct him You forgot to state by which route [spelled rout] they would be shipped [spelled shipt] I had the amt entered and Left open to be determined here after I have just been perusing the Old Lines of a letter which I directed William to Write you and in So doing to give a full statement which I find he has done I believe fully. William is my Book Keeper at present as I Sent it to Helfenstein to Napoleon to try and See what he Could do with Our Business and probably he may visit New Orleans before he returns to Settle Some Business there of Mine but will depend on his Business at Napoleon the Instruction of H&A Campbell & Co Respecting Boggis debt I will use my utmost Exertions to have Secured [spelled securd] in the Best possible Manner I can
[Pg. Break] The gold Hugh speaks [spelled speakes] of being missing in the Kegg I have said nothing about waiting to hear from you on the Subject as I knew you would be there in a few days and then give a full Explanation You did not Mention it in your letter after your arrival in Philadelphia
I have nothing of Importance to write you the weather is Very [spelled verry] changable [spelled changable] and so is the people this morning Early I rode [spelled road] to the farm with out an over Coat and at 1 O clock returned in a snow storm I found all well at home and Everything going as well Next week [spelled weeak] I Will Visit Fenton and try and See if I Can do Something with the Mill and probably Visit Williams & Pennington before you return
Money matters is very [spelled verry] tight we have a small amt of Currency on hand Exchange Worth 5 of 6 pr Cent Specie from 3 to 4 and Leases I have not had any of the notes discounted you spoke of as I Could do [spelled doe] nothing with the money and it would be losing [spelled loosing] interest [spelled intrest] on them Illinois money there is now in the City Kentucky is Worth I pr cent pr our currency I Would advise you to Let your purchases be as small as possible to make Out and [?]______.
[Pg. Break] I am Now Waiting your advice respecting Specie purchases probably I may have a chance to purchase Some $1500 in a few days of Mr. Shields the Surveyor but will not give more than 2 pr Cent until I hear from you The Mineral Point & Mineral Bank of Dubuke is all the currency here and doubtful [spelled doubtful] at that No One Keeps [spelled keepes] it on hand longer than they can dispose of it.
I have nothing in the Line of News to Write you as matters has moved as much as usual Since you left
If you should See any new article that would suit for Summer Wear [spelled ware] please get me a Suit or Two I Will Write You in a few days again and direct William to Write Every Week giving a full status of Business etc
I will Enclose a letter in this which I wish you to direct to Capt Stewart Give my respects to Hugh & Mary and other friends
your Obdnt Sevt
Wm L. Sublette
Mr. Robt Campbell