CWM-2/1 Letter, Robert Scott to John Campbell, 1818

[cover] John Campbell Esq.
of Auch
[1] Edin. 20 April 1818
Dear Sir
I now beg to proceed to your
matters with Sonachan and others connected
with them and to repeat my regret at not
knowing that you had not gone to the
Highlands otherwise you would have heard
from me most likely more than once
before now. As to the Greenock Bond
every thing stands as it ought and I only
wish that every thing else stood as well.
After a deal of trouble I at last succeeded
the other day in getting partly from Sonachan
and partly from Crombie’s agent £295 as
the arrears of annuity at Martinmas
which you may believe instantly remitted
and I hope there will now be no diffic
iency in a final settlement at [Martinmas?]
[2]because I had made up the state and hadn’t
got the Bond to prepaid the Discharge
for that purpose; your share of the [Martinmas?]
payments is very trifling being only £10 13 3
as interest and arrears of annuity preceding
1816, except perhaps some small discounts
and the like contingencies which cannot
make the whole amount to more than
£12. This matter then you may consider
on a proper footing and as to the money
or the £3000 being at your risk in
Bank it is all nonsense.
We were obliged to pay £25
of interest to Miss Gatline or I do not
know what might have been the conse:
:quences and was not therefore disposed to
allow that you should run the risk
of it; with this debt as being on personal
Bonds Sonachan has of course nothing to
do but as to the balance to Kilmartin’s
Trustees you may rest assured that it
must be instantly paid up for as Sonachan
[3]has sold these lands to Mr. Marconi (at
a £1000 less than he bought them at) he
must shew him that all incumbrances
are clear and will not therefore pay you
one penny but for the extinction of heritable
burdens and here one difficulty is that
altho’ he would otherwise give the money
[–?–] the balance of this incum:
brance and the £500 to Mr. Innes’ Client
yet as there is no evidence of the price of
Inverliver that is, the £6500 being dis
:charged he will not part with a penny
of the money till we instruct this which
may be a very difficult and expensive matter
for after all that I have done & endeavoured
with W. Campbell quartis and other Professional
gentlemen connected with this business I am
just where I was tho’ every one even
Sonachan himself knows well that it is
paid; but I have now got some state in
the Banking of Neil Campbell of Inverliver’s
creditors that will I trust though some
[4]light on the business, it was clearly the
duty of Kilmartin’s and his [–?–] to get dis:
charges for that price as it was paid. But
in the meantime Sonachan has consigned the
balance of the price – say deducting the
expenses of the Disposition £1880, so that
for it I am afraid you will only now get
Bank Interest altho’ if possible we will
endeavour to pay only at the same rate
on the balance to Kilmartin’s Trustees
tho’ it is my duty to say that this I
consider very doubtful. I wish to God
these matters were all wound up;
I am sure it would be pleasant to me
for there is nothing we have on hand that
gives me half the thought and anxiety.
I cannot say very much more today
but on the subject of a loan I see it is
very evident you are to require more
or rather nearly Double what you have
calculated on; with that view I will
[5]be on the outlook and I hope with
early success; indeed I think you may
calculate as to that and manage according:
:ly because I have already [–?–]
£1500 so far in [–?–] and from what
you mention it will certainly be my
wish to bring it your way that you
may at once get clear of these
floating claims and save yourself of much anxiety
trouble and after expenses.
It is impossible for me to say
more tonight but on receipt I beg to
hear from you and tomorrow I will
write you again; notice particularly
the £1500, because if got at all it
will not be broke and it is only after I
hear from you that I will apply parti:
I am Dear Sir
Your mo. ob. Ser.
Robt. Scott

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