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Robert Campbell Esqr.
Care of H&A Campbell & Co.
Saint Louis February 13th 1840
At your departure from this place you granted me permission to write you should I find leisure sufficient to do so. I now embrace that privilege, but I fear it will be very barren of interest as nothing of importance has transpired since you left. Mr. Sublette and the boys are getting along very well and I as usual doing nothing, Mr. Helfenstein has went south on a collecting expedition and has not yet returned, the river is very low and business extremely dull.
Furs and peltries is still selling very high in market the numbers of purchases I think have increased, and on the whole I think it a very poor business to purchase such trash as generally comes in to market.
The advices from Germany to Mr. Miers respecting the purchase of furs etc. has arrived. They propose to purchase merely to give it a trial say $10,000 to $15,000 worth, and allow 5 present. They have given very satisfactory instructions in regard to the prices and quality of peltries which they prefer. They would prefer having all of them of Indian handling. They have laid down the price of each kind as a limit not to be exceeded but at the same time recommends to buy as cheap as possible.
I have frequently conferred with Mr. Miers on the subject and we have at last our meeting concluded to postpone all purchases until the arrival of the traders in the spring, then if I can procure such as one described in their instructions and within the limits of the prices they have set, it will be a very easy matter to accomplish. Mr. Miers I find to be a perfect gentleman so far as I am able to judge.
[Pg. Break] We have had some extreme cold weather here of late but the river has not been frozen over yet at this place. Mr. Ingh has been appointed judge of the new court (commonpleas) and Mr. Lawless after being nominated by the governor lost the vote in the house by a majority of 21 to 12 it has created considerable excitement and notwithstanding he has many enemies the mass of the people regret that he was not elected. The friend of Judge Lawless calls a meeting at the courthouse tomorrow evening for the purpose I presume of disapproving his rejection.
Your Friend & Obedient Servant