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August 13, 1821

Turnpike question


Dear Nephew,

Your turnpike question is one which has never been decided by the Court to my knowledge. I do not believe the right to demand toll is the subject of sale on execution. I give this opinion without examination. Yet the gates + road itself may probably be sold and the purchaser although he may not acquire the right to demand the toll may [and] probably would acquire the right of cutting down or removing the gates, + taking possession of the road + toll houses. To that you had better purchase than to loose [unreadable].

The business with Johnson will answer not withstanding the mistakes. Your Father left here last week after having his [gig] repaired in the [least] possible manner so that no lady who is the least inclined to matrimony can say no,

Yours Sincerely
D Cady

Mr G. Smith

Albany 13th August 1821

August 02, 1821

3 weeks since a letter


Dear Nephew,

About 3 weeks since a letter, enclosing an injunction [+] to serve on Johnson, was put into the Post office at Vernon. I am anxiously waiting to receive an affidavit of service.

Your Father is, I do not know exactly where - at the Springs - at lake George - at Albany or on the road from one of those places to the other or he may, in the eager pursuit of a wife, be on the road to Boston.

I have just received a short letter from Peter and from the [successes] in which he speaks of his health, I fear he is in danger. He speaks of drinking water, living on vegetables + being bled once a week. The physician must be a fool, or the patient is in danger. It frequently appears to be one of the dispensations of providence that a man capable of being splendidly great, should be beset with [passions] or misfortunes, to check his growth and bring on untimely decay. I hope however that Peter's fate will not tend to prove the truth of this remark.

I am Dear Nephew
Yours Sincerely
D Cady

Mr Gerrit Smith
Johnstown 2nd August 1821 [the top right notation of date is incorrect]