CARROLL, Charles, of Carrollton. Autograph letter signed ("Ch.Carroll of Carrollton," with flourish), to William Gibbons, Baltimore, 23-24 April 1822. 3 full pages, 4to, addressed on p.4. In very good condition.
BOTTLING HARD CIDER, AND PROBLEMS WITH DELINQUENT TENANTS. The 85-year-old Signer gives lengthy, detailed instructions to an overseer of his properties. He asks Gibbons "how many casks of cider Mr. Dean made last autumn and if he made any Hughes Crab cider...." He explains that "all the empty bottles at the Manor have been sent to bottle off wine," but "the key of the cellar door not being found Mr. Dean was oblig'd to take off the lock...to get at the empty bottles...." Before bottling, he adds, "the bottles must be well washed & left to drain." Carroll, who owned extensive city and farm property, is hopeful a certain lot will be leased to a new tenant; for in the case of the previous one, "it is not worth the trouble or expense of suing him, as he has sold his tobacco probably and has nothing else towards payment of his balance, if he really was honest, which his conduct shows he is not." He admonishes Dean to "keep a good lookout on the tenants," and agrees that "you have acted judiciously in requiring security for the rent which will be due from Darlington," who "I suspect will be oblig'd to give up his tenement."
Carroll also asks whether "the machine for getting out wheat," is now working, when corn will be planted, and worries that a recent ice-storm has destroyed the Manor's crop of peaches and apricots.