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July 22nd 1834
Mr. Robert Campbell
Care Messrs. A & G W Kerr & Co.
Saint Louis Missouri
[Prices?] of Furs of the American Fur Company by LM Hoffman & Co.
New York July 22 1834
Terms under $500 - cash - over $ 500 4 months
Skins. 54 Beaver @ $250 plt. 6000 Show average 3 lt. 41c. plt
7126 Racoon 31 @ 37 c. each 5840 d d "2.13 [?]__ 40__
411 Grey Fox 19 @ 21 c. 2981 d d "3. 3 [?] __ 40___
56 Bear $1.25 4841 d d "1.11 " 36 @ 37 c.
284 Otter $5 @ $5.25 1308 d d "1.12 " 37 ct.
474 Mink 36 @ 30 c. 233 d d " 2.13 " 36
468 Wild cat 52 1/2 @ 62c. 4000 d d "2.10 33 1/2 @ 33 1/2 c.
75 Badger 21 c. 1183 d d " 2.8 33 1/2 c.
5 Panther 21 c. 1436 d d Red 2.4 36 1/2 c.
1124 d d "1.12 32 1/2
638 d d "2.13 29
477 d d Blue 2.12 33
195 d d "3.6 31
133 d d Blue + Grey 3.3 25 c
You will perceive that there is no beaver in this sale,
although some was advertised. My friend has not said
whether it was offered or withdrawn. It appears it was not sold.
Philada July 24th 1834
When I wrote you a few days ago I intimated my intention of writing to New York for statement of a sale at auction, by A.F.C. Above you have copy from my friend's letter, which I fear will no be very satisfactory, as there are but few articles in your line in the catalogue. This is certainly a dull season for every description of business. Money is scarce & every person making investments wish them to tell a good profit. C. Mills & Co. of New York (large fur dealers) failed some time ago. I know very little of other buyers, but fear the demand is not brisk. [End page 1]
I have learned that the Messrs. Powell of St. Louis have [page torn] on the way to this place, a quantity of Bear skins musk rat etc but no beaver. They will be sold at certain limits by Robins Tengly & Co. As yet I have not heard of any [ ] articles of this description coming here. Should I be enabled to pick up any other information respecting your trade you shall hear from me again shortly.
My last informed you that I had resumed housekeeping at 194½ Spruce Street between 5th & 6th streets. The address you must bear in mind, so that when you come on, you can give us an agreeable surprise by popping in on us at once. We have a snug room & a good bed for you - and you can just do as you would if at an Hotel.
For some days past I have been rather unwell. A slight attack of sore throat & an unpleasant cough have made me feels somewhat uncomfortable. It is my intention to leave here for a few days in order to try the effects of a short excursion through the country. My absence will not exceed a week or ten days - & I hope to return better prepared for the duties of the approaching season. Mary is quite well - & so is her sister Bess. At present we have Mrs. Danby of Richmond on a visit here. This evening I expect Mr. D. Kyle of St. Louis. Of course I shall leave enough company to prevent all parties from feeling lonely during my absence.
Archibald Campbell will probably return from his western tour the first week in August. When we last heard from him he was on his way from Nashville to Jackson Tenn: where James Borland resides. From all I can learn J.B. is doing well. The firm is Borland & Lee (James Lee brother to Mrs. D. Kyle Jr.) They get good profits, & have to sell principally on credit. Such a business seems to be the only one at which money can be rapidly made - provided the debts be made cautiously and the collections properly attended to at maturity. [End page 2]
A vessel sails from here for Londonderry tomorrow [page torn] course avail myself of the chance to write some of the family [page torn] give them intelligence of your expected return [page torn] letter at my hands, for although we have had more than enough this season from that port, they have not availed themselves of one of them.
Since writing the preceding D.K. of St. Louis has arrived accompanied by Mrs. R. Kyle of Fincastle. Mr. K has been in very bad health but seems to be recovering. He will probably spend some days here & then go on to New York to purchase his fall supply.
Amongst many merchants from Missouri, now in this city is a young man named Simpson, of whom I heard you speak. From my recollection of his history I refused to sell him goods although the terms he offered were extremely favourable. He lately shot his father-in-law (step father) Dobbin. G.W. Kerr left here for N. York this morning. Will not sell that firm any goods - nor shall I make an effort to do so, for reasons which I shall give you at some future time. Of course I consider their standing as merchts, unexceptionable, but I cannot approve of their course towards my partner.
While indisposed as I now feel it is impossible to write without an effort. You will readily perceive that this is an up-hill letter. I would like to amuse or entertain you, but I feel weak and altogether unfit for this task. President Jackson has gone to Tenn. The cabinet has been remodeled for the twentieth time. Congress have adjourned without doing any good to the country. I see very little difference betwixt a republic & a monarchy - and so far as personal liberty, and the stability of public affairs are concerned, I believe the odds are in favour of the latter. The present "Government" is a discredit to this country. Don't you thank me for giving so small space to politics?
H. Campbell [End page 3]