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Accession Number 1999.8.72
Catalog Number 1999.8.72
Object Name Letter
Date 1841/02/22
Scope & Content [Front Cover]
Mr. Robert Campbell
Care of Messrs H&A Campbell & Co.
Philada.


Saint Louis Feby 22nd 1841

Mr. Robert Campbell
Dr. Sir
We wrote you yesterday stating that we would make a shipment of specie today, but we were unable to do so as the captain of the SB Glance declined taking it, being uncertain how far he would go up the Ohio River. It is very possible there will be other boats going up to Pittsburgh in a few days, and we will ship by first opportunity.

Upon inquiring into money matters we find species commanding from 4 1/2 to 5 pr ct prem and scarcely enough of it to answer bankable purposes. I was not aware when I wrote you yesterday that you had not been informed that the state Bank of Illinois had suspended specie payment; however, you will have heard the fact once this reaches you, Estn. Exchange cannot be bought.

I was at the Bank of MO. this morning but could not ascertain anything which would lead to the discovery of the gold which is missing. Mr. Chiles recollects seeing me put the gold in the center of the Keg. I called on the clerk of the steamboat Alton and saw his freight book for the purpose of ascertaining whether any other species had been shipped that might possibly bear the mark C - but there was none.

Please inquire of Mr. Patton whether the seals on the Keg bore the initials J.R.S which was the seal of Mr. J.R. Scott one of the clerks in the bank - and whether all of the hoops were nailed to the Keg.

[Pg. Break] Mr. Sublette was very unwell all night but is much better today. He is very much afraid that the injury he received will confine him to his bed longer than he thought yesterday. There were 3 seals on each end of the Kegs. Ascertain what was the description of money in each Keg. We will write you again as soon as we can make the shipment of specie.

Yours Respectfully,
J.P. Helfenstein

P.S. There is a letter here dated 26th Jany from J. Smith which it appears you have not been advised of. He proposes to give a note @ 90 dollars drawn by Smith & Simon (the firm now in business ) with the same endorser as on the note of Cartis Beach & Co. We wrote him that we did now wish to make the change without the consent of Messr H&AC&Co, and the greater part of the time proposed would transpire by the time we could hear from them, and therefore we would refer leaving the note in its present form, and hoped they would make provision for its payment as soon as possible.
Collection Deibel