The old home sold
Colby's ArrivalHis PropositionIt Awakens SurpriseThe Farm Sold for WhiskeyNot Singular thenPreparations to MoveSettlementStarting on Flat-boatOn the OhioUpset in the RiverSavedRecovery of Part of GoodsThompson's FerryMoved by Posey to InteriorGave Boat for MovingSpot SelectedGoing Back for FamilyHeroism of Western Females thenIndiansSeven Days on the Journey.
About the middle of October (1816) a stranger appeared at the cabin. It was Colby.
You want to sell your place, I hear, he remarked, after introducing himself.
Im thinkin ont, answered Mr. Lincoln. Gallaher told me that you would come to see me about it. So weve been expectin you, and rather makin arrangements to sell the farm. This is about what you would like?
Yes, from Mr. Gallahers description of it. I cant handle much of a place; Im too poor for that.
In the same boat with the rest of us, then, suggested Mr. Lincoln. Not much money in these diggins. How much money can you put into a place?
Not much, just now. I must make a barter trade if I buy now. Whats the damage for such a place as this?
Three hundred dollars, answered Mr. Lincoln, Promptly. That is the price Ive settled on.
Cash? Yes; thats what Ive been expectin, though I might take something else for part of the pay.
Well, I havent much money, continued Mr. Colby; but I have what is as good as money in the market. What is it? You see Ive been specilatin a little since I gave you a call in the summer. I used up my grain for whiskey, and I bought some, too, thinkin that I should make a spec out of it; but I haint sold but a trifle ont yet. Now, if I could pay you mostly in whiskey I would strike the bargain at once; and may be that over in Indiana youll find a ready market for it.
I hadnt thought of takin pay in such an article, answered Mr. Lincoln; and I dont know as I could ever sell it. Im going to strike right into the wilderness.
That may be; but youll have neighbours within a few miles; and over there they haint got the knack of manufacturin it, I spose, and this would make it easier to sell it.
Its awkward stuff to carry on such a trip, though I expect to move on a flat-boat.
Just the easiest thing in the world to carry this; you can carry it as well as not on a boat. You wont have half a load of other stuff. And it will bring you double there what it will here, Im thinkin.
Thats all guess work. But dont it stand to reason that whiskey would bring more where they cant make it, as they can here?
Yes, I admit that it may probably bring more there, and it ought to bring more to pay for the trouble of taking it there. But cant you turn it into money some way?
I dont see how I can; Ive done the best I could about it. The fact is, the folks in this part of kentucky have laid in largely for whiskey. I can sell it in time, I have no doubt, at a stiff price, but that wont help me just now.
Of course not; but this is unexpected, though Im determined to sell out at some rate. You look over the place; its all in a stones throw, and I will talk with my wife, and see what we can do.
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