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March 19, 1819

Printers debts

Albany 19 March 1819

Dear Sir,

I have deposited the Mechanic's + Farmers bank $131 for you on account of the [printer's] debts.

I have been there since Monday - hearing little + doing less. The Clintonians are rather [shop?] fallen I think + know not what to do. Their adversaries in good spirits and on the alert.

I shall probably be at home tomorrow. I am now waiting for my horses to take home a sleigh which I have purchased - but from present appearances - the snow will leave us before I can ride enough to pay the interest of the purchase money.

I am Dear Sir
Yours Sincerely
Daniel Cady

Peter Smith Esq

March 05, 1819

Bad Health

5 Mar 1819

Dear Sir,

I regret to hear of your and Peter's bad health. Sickness robs a man of every enjoyment but his religion-but with good health and a clean conscience a man may contend against almost any misfortune. I wish I could be with you-as I consider myself very much of a Doctor in cases not desperate of which description I hope [care?] to be. Mrs [Henry?] and her children are now here and as soon as our court is over which commences next Tuesday I expect to go with her to Saratoga + from there to Albany, when I must be on the 16th instant.

The late judgment in the Supreme Court of the United States respecting State insolvency cases - has exacted an uproar in the Country equaled by nothing since the declaration of war. Many who thought themselves rich now find themselves stripped of property to satisfy old debts, which men demand to have been discharged according to law. I anticipate a scene of confusion and litigation-where real estate has been purchased + sold by men who had before been discharged under our insolvency laws-it will now in many cases be taken from the fair purchase. The insolvents themselves are not the only persons who will suffer.

I am anxious to hear the result of the sales at Utica and how [warthon?] goods will pay confidential debts. I do not wonder that Mr. Beckman feels in trouble-and I fear he will not escape without being ruined-he ought to have nerve enough to keep the funds in his own hands until all the responsibilities which he has incurred are satisfied-it is nonsense for him to ruin himself, in vain efforts to save others who cannot be saved.

I am Dear Sir
Yours Sincerely
D Cady

Peter Smith Esq

Johnstown 5th March 1819