shows something of his strategies for investments and selection of tenants.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Carroll took the patriot side. From 1776 to 1778 he was a member of the Continental Congress, and there signed the Declaration of Independence (he was the only Roman Catholic signer). Carroll was a U.S. Senator from Maryland between 1789 and 1792 and retired from politics...
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Carroll took the patriot side. From 1776 to 1778 he was a member of the Continental Congress, and there signed the Declaration of Independence (he was the only Roman Catholic signer). Carroll was a U.S. Senator from Maryland between 1789 and 1792 and retired from politics in 1800. He lived until 1832 and was the last surviving signer when he died at the age of 94.
Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, November 18, 1826, to Gibbons, discussing his tenants, livestock, and business affairs. “I have received your two letters of the 15th and 17th instants. I have paid Robert Keel & Co. $680. The total of cattle bought since I left the manor is $1050 – say 15 of these applied as draft & food, 65 will remain for sale. I hope the sales will realize the principle $1050 and interest on that sum. I would have the trunk you mentioned repaired at present and not a new one made for the reasons you have assigned…I confirm the agreement which you have made with John Iglehart. Bernard has not called on me. Distrain Hynes for what he owes. I question if a distress can be made for what is due on the whole tenement. If Bernard owes for the rent due last September – distrain for it also; this distress may induce him to take the whole tenement to himself, thus I shall get rid of Hynes. I have desired Mrs. McTavish to examine the stockings if they are too short to send them back to be lengthened. Have you collected the interest – 7 to 7 1/2 pounds sterling – due from Major Dorsey? It ought to be collected if it was due 6th September. I have credited Creamer with $30 and Kelly with $67.25.” Gibbons has done some sums on the address leaf, listing amounts for the gardiner, sawmill and cash.
So Carroll here shows something of his strategies for investments and selection of tenants (a tenement back then simply referred to a landholding), as well as his interest in small details (such as the length of some stockings). Major Richard Dorsey, who lived nearby, led the 1st Maryland Artillery in the Continental Army.
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