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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 prises 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