W-MCP5-6.310 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from H.E. Perkins
Jan 31 1838
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, [U.S.A.]
To Calvin McQuesten, M.D. My Sir,
Mrs. Lerned is anxious there should be some funds in your hands for the benefit of her son Edward1 and as our currency is such that we cannot send you Bank bills or drafts I here enclose to you a note against William Barry of your place. Dated June 18th 1832 for $475.00. Payable to the Merrimack County Bank. The note was written by mistake Merrimack Concord Bank. Yes a note which I paid for him as his surety and I wish you to raise on it from Barry $250.00 please keep the same for Edward as he shall need it.
If Barry will pay or secure to the sum of $250.00 you may give him up the note then will put the same in Suit either in my name for money paid and expense or in the name of the Bank as I have this [?] for the same--as counsel there shall think the most direct or best course.
I hope you will attend to it immediately on the arrival of this letter as the demand will be out dated in June--next. As soon as you can get the $250.00 secure in your hands, I [hope--crossed out] wish you [will--crossed out] to send me or Mrs. Lerned your receipt--for the same--you many write a negotiable receipt--as I shall leave it in Mrs. Lerned's hands for money I owe her. I should not take this liberty in calling on you was it not by request of your friends here and for the benefit of Edward as well as myself. Please write me immediately as you proceed and receive my best regards to your wife and Edward. I am Respectfully, your most [?]
Contoocook Ville P.O.
Hopkinton, January 31st, 1838
Direct your letters (Contoocook Ville. P.O., Merrimack County)
[ENCLOSURE:] BANK NOTE
Concord June 18th 1832 for value rec'd. We jointly and severally promise to pay the President Directors & Company of the Merrimack Concord Bank at said Bank the sum of four hundred and seventy five dollars on demand with interest. William Barry
Hamilton E. Perkins [S?]
Isaac Bailey 2nd
Hopkinton, amt pd. to Mr. Barry,
June 18 1832 [?]
1 In 1835, Dr. Calvin McQuesten had agreed to supervise the education of Edward Lerned (the half-brother of his wife Margarette) and had made financial arrangements with Edward's legal guardian, Mr. Dustin. By June of 1838, however, Mr. Dustin was threatening legal action against Dr. McQuesten for money that he claimed was owed to Edward, which all parties hoped to settle outside of court. For details and links, see W-MCP4-6.233.