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December 28, 1820

Johnstown 28 Dec 1820

My Dear Friend,

Here I am in my office long before daylight. What is that for? Is the fellow becoming industrious and worldly minded? No but for ten days part a strange, [uncomfortable?] pain in the left side has confined me to my house and will not permit me to be in bed but a few hours, it must however, leave me by next Fryday [sic] for then I must go to Albany, or my pocket as well as my side will be most woefully out of order. I have little faith in Doctors, but I have almost determined to call one in at sunrise and set him to work, I do not like to part with my [beloved?], but that I presume must be let out as the first experiment.

Should that fail, pills and [purchers?] will he not cause - and what then? Why let the patient along, he will die or get well. The difference is only fifteen [years?].

I have hoped that you would by this time have laid up such a stack of happiness that you would spend the holydays [sic] with us. Our residents are inclined to be gay this winter - and I doubt not that [used?] have been at a party given by [Trilla?] a few days since. You would almost been tempted to ------ fill up the blank as you shall deem proper on such an occasion. I cannot say a word about [Mrs Laight?] + her [curside?] before I ascertain [how] the Doctor will [irrssiash?].

I am truly
Yours +
D Cady

Hon P Smith

December 21, 1820

writ delivered

12/21/1820

Dear Nephew,

I enclose to you a writ which I wish delivered to a [Coronce?] unless a Sheriff and his very honest deputy Mr French calls refuge and settles the ballance [sic] due upon my foremans order. About 3 weeks since my partner called upon French who denies that he has ever collected the money. I have by this mail written to him and the Sheriff and one on [hath] may call upon you and [riettice?] than have the trouble of a [serit?] with the Sheriff + to trouble you as a witness to prove Frenchs admission that he had received the money you may take a good note note [sic] payable in sixty days. This you can tell them is a favor you give them as they are your other Clintonians.

I have received several letters from your Father who is disappointed that you do not write to him, in his last he intends to muster up courage and go to [theater]. What do your Farm and Treeholders say in regard to the convention? It is a more serious business than is generally supposed - I consider it an artful attempt to increase the power of influence of the large cities + towns at the expense of the county by extending the right of suffrage to every hukster [sic] and vagabond in New York [then?] [unreadable] a most pernicious influence in our elections. There are but few freeholders in that City compared with its population which in the country every solid industrious man is or easily can be a freeholder, but extend the right of suffrage as is contemplated, and that City alone would be entitled to two if not three Senators.

The Freeholders in the country ought to know the powers which they do possess and not tamely surrender them. The exclusive right which freeholders have of voting for governors + senators is a powerful incentive to all who can to purchase freeholds which has a beneficial affect in stimulating to industry + ought not to be needed.

I wish you would stop glass blowing enough to let me know what are the prospects of paying the first installment on our land + interest. Should we [make down] the first year it will discredit us as speculators.

I am Dear Nephew
Yours
D Cady

Mr Gerrit Smith