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
Mr Gerrit Smith