My dearest nephew,
I received in good time your letter of August 27,
informing me that you have decided to move to
Bordeaux and that your brother will stay in Nantes.
You can count on me and Me Poirier for the business
that we shall conduct together later in Bordeaux.
I address to Bordeaux my letter that left 1'Isle De (?)
with the last convoy.
I recently wrote to Mr. Mercie regarding the estate
for sale, and I am asking you also to try to sell it
for me. If you can find a buyer here are the condition
of the estate, the location and all the clauses govern-
ing this sale.
It is located in the neighborhood Saint Mark, 4
leagues from Saint Mark proper and a league and a half
from the coast where merchandise can be dispatched by
river boats in all seasons. The estate is on the bank
of the river along three thousand feet aoproximately.
It belongs to my daughters-in-law and to my son who
himself holds power of attorney for three eights of
the estate. All coheirs of their mother wish to sell for
different reasons and to avoid division of the estate
which at present is half planted in indigo and
cotton .but would make a very nice sugar plantation.
For a longtime now there has been talk of watering
the land, and the heirs are now about to do it with
the help of fire pumps. One of them I hear can water
a thousand square feet. Mr. Bertrand who lives in
that neighborhood and has sold already a very nice estate
in the hills to Mr. Drouin has just bought on the flat
lands, and is going to install a fire pump on the
estate of Saint Mark.
INVENTORY AND CLAUSES GOVERNING THE SALE
224 portions of land of one hundred square feet each,
all grouped together, at one thousand pounds each
portion it's almost a gift!
112 to 120 negroes at about fourteen hundred pounds
2 or 3 buildings in stonework,with a thatch roof, at
one thousand pounds and another one with a brick roof
at two thousand pounds.
3 indigo and cotton workshops at three thousand pounds
15 cabins for negroes at three hundred pounds each.
The whole is to be paid in French currency, one
third at the closing of the sale and the remainder
within two years with interest. The buyer will not
be able to enter the premises before May 1 or 15 of
next year because of the harvest.
That same estate which has not been fully exploited
yet has brought on certain years more than five
thousand pounds worth of indigo and twenty five thou-
sand pounds worth of cotton, with 20 negroes less
than are now on the estate as our books show.
The sugar refinery that we have in Fort Dauphin
where I am holding power of attorney was estimated after
the death of Mr. Pouzie at five thousand pounds each hundred
square feet whether planted in sugar cane or left in
savanahs. On that estate there is no watering, and I do not
believe that the soil is better than on the estate I
If you find a buyer the closing will not be able to
take place before the end of next month when my son
comes of age. I would of course make a provisional
sale with the buyer in the meantime. I am sure that any
buyer can find in Bordeaux someone who knows 1'Isle
De (?) and can give him information on that area.
Letter to Mr. La Thibaudiere c/o Me Mercie, Notary