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Investment of her funds should be made, i was waiting until the situation of my affairs would enable me without much inconvenience to devote my attention for some time to that business. I understood however from Colo. John Gamble when last at his home that he on behalf of Mama had purchased of his brother Robert a tract of land situated about three or four miles south of me and about the same distance from his house- The terms you will no doubt have been apprised of before this reaches you- The land I understood is very fine, for from reasons above mentioned I had not examined it, particularly as it was not understood that I was to be consulted, and therefore was not hurt that it was not done, and have no other feeling on the subject, than that the most advantageous arrangement to her interest, should be made- There will be a remainder I am informed by Colo. J Gamble to be laid out in land at government price- And I have no doubt that by taking time, very profitable investments may still be made, in such land and I trust that you need no verbal assurances of the earnest solicitude which I feel for such a result. By the next mail replies to sundry queres in several of your letters and particulars of my own proceedings. You conjecture truly that Mr Carrington’s negroes have been brought to a bad market- there is no possibility of selling them for cash, and very great risk in credit- land is at present the subject which absorbs all the money that can be raised, and most persons are I understand too much embarrassed to be trusted with safety- For reasons above given I have as yet made no serious effort on the subject, but they have been at work for me, untill the first of last week when I hired them to Colo. R Gamble, with the intention, if I should succeed in selling them to supply their places with some of my own. From a conversation with Colo. R. G. I am induced to hope that he may perhaps if the prices can be agreed on become the purchaser, and in as much as he has sold land to mama to be paid for partly by money due from Mr. Carrington I should suppose that such an arrangement would suit all parties. I have written 4 or 5 letters to Mr Carrington since I left his house, and one particularly on this subject since my arrival, but have never heard from him in reply. I will thank you to inform him of the state of things when you write as there may be some difficulty in the mail sent to Charlotte Ct. house from this- Jordan has conducted himself as badly since I commenced my operations here that I have determined to ship him off to New Orleans in a few weeks, by the vessel which plies between that place and Magnolia, and if I obtain a good price, will perhaps purchase John myself. I felt extreme mortification to learn from one of your letters of the construction which Colo. R. Gamble had put upon the circumstances alluded to by him- for to confess to you the fact, although I doubted not the friend by disposition of either of the gentlemen, he was the one, to whom, from better acquaintance, and other reasons I had looked, with most confidence for council and active aid. But meeting on my arrival in Talahassee with Colo. J. he took me by the hand, introduced into society carried me and my whole establishment to his house, and so entirely gained my confidence, that, though I did not doubt that exactly the same course would have been pursued by Colo. R I gave myself passively up to his guidance with no other thought or feeling in the whole affair than to avoid as much as possible imposing upon the kindness of either of them, when I was sensible that it must be attended with much inconvenience to them. I’m sorry that no explanation can be made, as perhaps some impressions of unkind feeling may remain- Love to all Yr. affecte. Son Abram J Cabell