Vexations of wealth
Johnstown 14th March 1817
I returned home on Wednesday last after being tossed about for eight days in stages. I found our Court of common pleas in session + [nisi] I [will] be in till this afternoon.
I fear your title to the lot you mention is at least doubtful, unless some person claiming under you was in possession when the heir conveyed, or his grantee made motion of the deed from the ancestor - it is warranteed, a point which has not, to my knowledge been expressly adjudicated. A question somewhat similar in principal was before the court last August and I shall soon know when how that was determined.
When I left the Great City it was almost crowded with people who had come to witness the inauguration of the New President. I presume you have seen his most gracious speech from the throne.
One of the last acts of Mr. Madison was to put his veto upon our canal bill. This act of his has been incited much dissatisfaction.
At Albany I discovered that the great republican family are very much divided in relation to the next candidate for the office of Governor. Clinton + [Porter] are the persons who at present are considered rivals. Which of them will get the [certain] nomination is as yet very uncertain.
And pray why would you go to the mouth of the Columbia River? Do you wish to purchase land at that place or do you suppose that a place where troublesome vexations cannot come? Vexation is one of the considerations to be said for the accumulations of immense wealth. Why should the cost of ten thousand dollars or a military lot give you any uneasiness? They ought to be considered as ordinary occurrences attendant on extensive business, as went against which few, very few can always guard.
Give your respects to Mrs. Smith
I am Dear Sir
Peter Smith Esq