CARROLL, Charles, of Carrolton. Autograph letter signed ("Ch.Carroll of Carrollton," with paraph) to James F. Brice in Annapolis; Baltimore, 18 November 1825. 1½ pages, 4to, address panel on page 3. In very fine condition.
RAILROADS, TOBACCO AND FREE POSTAGE. The 88-year old Signer, in a bold, clear, though somewhat shaky hand, continues to manage his extensive business interests. Mr. Nichols (probably a tenant), he reports, complains that his property has been "distrained" (removed from a railroad cargo manifest?). "In this you acted injudiciously," Carroll admonishes, for "I believe Mr. Nichols to be an honest man, and [that he] will sell the articles, particularly the tobacco better than either of us, and apply the proceeds of sale honestly to the discharge of his debt." Carroll goes on to discuss other accounts, financial matters and a court judgment, then reminds Brice that he need not "pay the postage of your letters to me...for the future."
The frail and aged Carroll made his last public appearance on July 4, 1827, as a guest of honor at the festivities for the opening of a new Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tunnel. Carroll was an important investor in that railroad, alluded to in the present letter.