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Mr. Robert Campbell
Care of Gill Campbell & Co
Sulphur Springs farm December 6th 1835
Yours dated Novemb 19th is now at hand and my anxiety [spelled axitey ] respecting your health is in a small degree relived but the shortness of your letter says to me you are not as well as I might otherwise expect this is the first letter I have had from you sice you left Hugh wrote me before his departure stating you was [sic] in rather bad health which has kept me quite uneasy and not hearing from you.
I would have written you sooner this being my third letter since you left if it had not of bearing to our business with the Rocky Mountain fur Co as you are aware one of there notes has become due I call with Milton Twort to see Mr. Chouteau and on the third day found him at home and after the usual ceremony, I presented the note for payment which he refused stating he had paid out too much money all ready that the company was indebted to him - more now than they could pay for some time & that Fontinell had behaved so bad they could not hurt him any farther that he had not sent a paper and they had not word about any matters that Mr. Cabena left him a box and could not get any accounts from him.
They went and brought Milton down and it would do no good I then demanded our notes they had taken up in the mountains with Autuow Cleman which amt. to about $1000 that I would give credit on there note to the amount he then refused stating they had been sent down to Charles Cabena by his father. I preferred to wait six months or more if they would secure the amount as they had all the furs etc but he would do nothing / which raised my Irish Blood to such a degree that it gave my tongue free vent.
[Pg. Break] I told him I did not think he acted the part of a gentleman keeping those notes to be placed to anothers payment as Milton told him he wanted them credited on the note then due but all would old answer no purpose he said he had nothing to do with them they was Charles Cabena and left the room rather petishly
I told him I woud have the amount if have to go to the mountains for it which I think likely will cost a trip there before we get it unless we can frighten him out of it for he is determined I think not to pay it if he can help himself
This occurance [spelled ocurance] took place on the 2nd inst and I have not seen him since Milton & Frach left next day for Mr. Cooks where they intended spending a month or so and then return here when I was leaving the American Fur Co office Rendshair followed [spelled folowed] me to the gate requesting me not to get angry that I had hurt Mr. Chouteau's feelings and he hoped it would all be settled some time that they expected Fontinell down this winter and likely something would be done then that they had not yet made any arrangement for next year - I have been told they have been writing to him not to come down etc
Lame Serry came down a few days since from Fontinell he says he will be down this winter and report says Fitzpatrick will be in also this winter The American Fur Co has paid and assured to pay all the men that came down this fall amounting to near about forty thousand dollars and there returns of fur caslown amounted [spelled amounted] to 120 pack and 80 of Robes or there about.
If you as you are looking anxiously for me if I come at all it will be late as I think if I leave here as affairs [spelled afairs] is I know I must lose [spelled loose] considerable for I expect to return to Columbia again on account [spelled acount] of those Negroes I wrote you I purchased of Burch as there is likely to be some difficult [spelled dificult] about them from what I can learn as Matthews Wilson writes
[Pg. Break] me I don't know but it would be better for me to remain to see them as I can be of no great service to you at Philadelphia and can be of some here to myself my building gets on slowly the weather has been so severe as to stop steamboats from running there has been one or two came in. Saturday another 2 left but the weather has changed and the ice commenced running again the Missouri &Mississippi River is both frozen for a short distance about this Preroe Jerrey & some others talk of going out in the spring with a company and some of the American fur Co clerks will open there on the Missouri in the spring it might not be a mistake to make our stock of goods some larger than we spoke of when you left if they can be got on good terms as I think they will sell if we don't need them I would purchase I think on a long credit and if we paid by fur this time so much the better.
I wrote to you that I had compromised with Berry my suit in the Supreme court is thrown back again to the [?]_____ court to be tried there. Mr. Edgar will leave here in a few days for Philadelphia I passed [spelled past] a very pleasant evening there and the 3rd [?] times much as usual. St. Louis not so gay as might be expected but few balls & parties the weather has been rather disagreeable and confine myself yet to the country with Solomon Thompson & Robertson there is little company at the spring and nothing doing Solomon has been speaking about going to St. Louis in a short time if him & me can agree on an idea of building a stable on my lot and he is yet undecided what he will do.
I have not been able to procure any house for us and the chance looks as bad as when you left Stove coal is worth 25 cents pr bushel wood 6$ per cord [?]___ $3 pork $4 wheat 1.00 per bushel But as soon as the river opens some of these articles will fall. You may imagine I am lonesome which is too true I can return as soon as possible. My respects to Mary & C I will write soon again & you do the same Mr R Campbell
Wm L Sublette