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The apprehensions which you espress, that this situation may prove unhealthy and much infested by muscetoes &c but my fears on this subject have been much diminished by the little observation which I have had an opportunity of making of the circumjacent country, which I find generally more elevated and exempt from water than I had supposed or thaw it was reported to be by the surveyors. Micasuckie lake which you understand, and I believe correctly to be liable to these objections, is too remote to have any influences prejudicial to this neighborhood- the nearest point is about 5 miles direct and the intermediate country is generally high pine barrow. The source of my uneasiness on the score of health is such as applied to almost every situation in the country, that’s to say several fresh water ponds which must necessarrily be within a 1/4 of a mile of my house- they however are small and as I before remarked have streams of water from them and I suspect that several of them may be easily drained- and I think that upon the whole my chance for health is as good as that presented by most situations in this country. The idea suggested in one of your letters as to the best mode of investing my funds had presented themselves to my own mind, and I had determined to act in conformity to them, until Colo. Gamble offered me his land on terms so moderate as induced me to abandon my original designs, and to secure at once an establishment, which the cost taken into consideration is as desirable as any that my circumstances gave a reasonable hope of my being able to procure. And will moreover enable me at any future time should it become desirable to dispose of it without loss if not at a profit. My tract contains 1120 acres, one half of which I consider fine land, and the balance of various qualities, avaraging about $1.50 pr acre- I have the pleasing prospect too of having a highly respectable neighbour in the person of a Mr Mason from Virginia, who has a few days past entered some land adjoining and south of me with views of settlement next fall- he seems to be an amiable and mild man in his measures and has a family- most of his land I had refused to enter, but he has two eighths which I should have taken up for mama if I had known of their existence before he requested me some days ago to aid him in exploring them- But the fact is that my time and attention has been so entirely engrossed heretofore by the many matters requiring my personal attention in making a settlement in the midst of the forest, and in preserving the establishment from absolute starvation, that it has been utterly out of my power to embark in any land hunting expeditions beyond the limits of my own tract. I have many other neighbours within the compass of from two to five or six miles north and west, some of them plain unpretending farmers, but most of them stock raisers on a small scale from Georgia with little to recommend them in any respect. The country however is rapidly filling up with men of capital and respectability, before whom such characters fly like the buffaloes of the West before the March of population. Having understood from one of your letters that in as much as mama’s land was not to be settled during the present year it was not important that any instant