Timothy Phelps to Moses Austin, 09-28-1807

Summary: Lead business.

St Genevieve 28 Sept. 1807

Dear Sir

We arrived here safe Friday 2 o.clock we found Doctr Eliotts Family much distressed on Account of their son Austin,s situation— As he is removed from the Atmosphere of N. Orleans, I can,t but hope his life may yet be spared. I was much surprised, to find that the Load of lead, which I sent to you for (by P. Martan) was sent to Charles Eliot, with directions to put with your Lead. I must depend on receiving the Lead, due me from You, to make good the Payments I have to make to Mr Spencer—and for the Hollow Ware. I find it impossible to get any Carts to go after Lead at Present as they have commenced getting in their Corn. I have assured Mr. Spencer that I will pay him before he goes.— Mr J. Pratt, I was told was the only person in Town, who would pay Cash for Lead—I went to him with a view to sell him some, the most he would offer me was $4. here- said he has purchaced three Thousand at that—of course I said no more_This afternoon a Gentleman from St. Louis applied here to purchase, he wants from 20. to 25.000—1 offered him 2.000 at $5 for Brother Daniel—I believe he will take it—and if he don,t supply himself here will come out to the mines. I shall direct him to you had you not best sell him enough to Pay Madme Geronan or the French Woman you owe? there can then be no question with her about the price If he has it in three weeks, twill be soon enough I have at last gotten a laconic Answyer to my Letters from Mr. Haines N. York 10th Aug.—" the Drft. accepted by the Messrs. Austins, is accepted payable in N. York, they wrote me sometime ago that they were preparing to send me the Amount of it by Elias A. Eliott—I recd. a letter this day from John Jones, of Vincennes, Informing me Mr. Eliott had gone to N. Orleans with two boats laden with Lead and was bound on to N. York and had express orders to pay me—I shall keep it, till fall, if they do not discharge it by that time, I then shull send it to a friend in N. Orleans to collect for me—The Goods I had from you is not sold, when they are sold, I will send you the particulars, I could not sell them without too great a sacrifice and have let them lay."—I am a little surprised that Mr. Jones should have written him on the subject—It may embarrass Austin (If he arrives there in safety) very much. I also fear Haines does not tell me true, respecting my furnature—Months before I left home, I gave him express orders to sell it at auction, as it must be sold and unquestionably there would be a loss—the sooner it was done the better,- as the articles many of them would be injured by laying—besides I know he wanted the Money under Such circumstances, is it not unaccountable he should let them lay undisposed of. It can not be so, he must want to get into his hands all the Property he can, I shall them be obliged to take my leave of it. I trust and believe you will join with me, in endeavoring to frustrate his Plans However dishonest he might show himself— in this Business, nothing should induce me to withhold from him one Cent of the Acceptance provided he would pay me the Amount of sales of the furnature, which he origenally promised me. this I believe to be Just and right and I think you will coincide in Opinion

T. Phelps [Rubric]

NB. Please to hand the enclosed to Mrs. Austin

[Addressed:] Moses Austin Esqr-Merchant Mine a Burton By Mr H. Eliott