Kaskaskia, Oct. 26th, 1824
I shall enclose in this letter receipt for taxes &c &c paid
by me for Tunis VanKleeck, the whole amount you will see by the
certificate is $11.00, when you deliver the certificate receive the
Resecting the value of the land the Auditor writes thus ---
"This quarter of land from its local situation I should think
valuable, as much so as most (or superior to very many) it lies near
the Mississippi in a good quarter of the Military tract. I should
not think it advisable to part from it until I had correct information."
This certificate should have been sent on before, but I have
just received it from xx.
I start tomorrow morning for St. Louis for the express purpose
of getting Edwin's trunk. I shall then adopt the safest and
most feasible plan to forward it to him. I have almost determined
to leave this country next spring, and as soon after as may be
locate in Ohio near Lake Erie say at Sandusky, Cleveland
or Erie, but think I shall be obliged to take my medicines &c, with me in
that case I shall return to N.York via. N.Orleans. I had better retain
the trunk I think till then, if I succeed in selling out my
medicines etc. I will send it, the trunk, by the first opportunity
and go directly to Lake Erie. Times are hard, I shall not be able to
collect much money, not more than 3 or 400 possibly, but
even with that sum I'll try my luck in another place. I keep my
wagon yet and a pair of well matched grey horses. The country is
remarkably healthy, my health is perfectly restored. Osborn has
been confined about two months with fever, I have not seen him since
he left this place the last of June, he was getting practice & was
Give my sincere love to the family and respects to all.
C. P. L.
Take the amount of postage from the money you receive the balance