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Title: Letter from William R. Davie to John Haywood, March 7, 1796: Electronic Edition.
Author: Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820
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First Edition, 2006
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2006
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Languages used in the text: English
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2006-10-23, Elizabeth McAulay finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Ernest Haywood Collection of Haywood Family Papers (#1290), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William R. Davie to John Haywood, March 7, 1796
Author: Wm. R. Davie
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 1290 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from William R. Davie to John Haywood , March 7, 1796
Davie, William Richardson, 1756-1820



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Halifax March 7th. 96.

Dear Sir,

Mr Blount has published our advertisement in the Aurora at Philadelphia, where it will be continued for two months; but he informs me there is little hope of inducing an Undertaker from that part of the Country to come forward, the spirit and rage of building is such in New York, Philadelphia and the Federal city, that every man of any talents in that way is already advantageously engaged, and the wages of Carpenters bricklayers &c. enormously high, far beyond any thing given in this Country.
Mr Hodge will insert the advertisement in his Journal this week and continue it until the meeting of the Commissioners; but for my own part, I am acquainted with no person who would probably offer to whom I would willingly give the contract; unless we can get some man of character, and a professed workman, we shall experience the same endless vexation, we have already undergone in that sort of business with Mr. Patterson,

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and where the man can be found on whom we could rely for the literal fulfillment of his contract in the absence of the Trustees I do not know.
Again, I must confess to you, that my mind is not altogether clear with regard to the means, such a House as we want cannot be built for much less than £10,000. I beg you to think of this matter, and as you are in possession of some statements, see what certain appropriations could be made, on an advance required at 6, 12 months and 2 years; I should be extremely sorry to see our funds anticipated or embarrassed; but I shall rely entirely upon your judgment in this important part of the business, only state it upon paper, and I will abide by the result. —All this is of course entre nous.—
From some rumours that I have heard, I am afraid that the Mission of Hunt and Hinton has effected very little with Messr. Hodge & Co, an accomodation that would have immediately terminated in the production of some certain sum, was at present an object of great importance.
I am in hourly expectation of hearing the dreadful

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explosion of the political Vesuvius in Philadelphia, they have been assiduously collecting combustibles of all sorts for three months past, and if I am not greatly mistaken in my advices the phlogistic patriotism of our new-fangled republicans will not be much longer repressed; the treaty with Spain, the Regency of Algiers, and the King of G. Brittain are now all come to hand; so there will be work for minds of all sizes, even Jim & our Aleck I hope will come in for some share of consideration. What a ridiculous farce is "this world's mad business"!
Farewell! shall see you at Hills [unrecovered] not on the way, and believe me sincer [unrecovered]

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