Keene [N. H.] May 1, 1809.
Moses Austin Esqr.
I expect, long before this you have red a line
written by our friend S. Hunt Esqr datd Jany. 30 1809 informing
you of having forwarded to Messrs Barton and Worts, Mess. Bellows
and Cochran letter of Credit. As no bills have yet been presented
for acceptance to Mess Bellows and Cochran I have thot it
possible Mr Hunts letter [has not reached] you. However by applying
to Messrs Barton and Worts you will find I have made
arrangements for you to draw on My friends Messrs Bellows and Cochran
for 7000 Dollars in drafts, not exceeding 3000 dols each. As yet
I have not learnt what kind of Lead will answer best at our
Market—therefore you will be governed by your own judgment until I
write you again on the subject I expect you will write me and
enclose an instrument binding yourself, that I shall receive One half
of the nett proceeds of the Lead business in the consideration of
having furnished funds for you to draw for in prosecuting [the]
business. I like your arrangement much and I believe with you
that if this business is rightly managed we can make [some money]
for ourselves— [You will not forget] always to ensure the lead
before it starts from St. Genevieve.
Jn° G Bond
Moses Austin Esqr St. Genevieve, Louisiana.