Rome April 15 1835
My dear Sir--
The inclosed two poems with those I have previously sent you for Morris's paper make eight which will amount to $240, and as I have no more verses to send at present I give my draft below for the balance of $260 due you for the year about to end. 1 I hope you will receive it early enough to square with your notions of tolerable punctuality.
I wrote you sometime ago requesting you to draw $140 from my share of funds in the office and apply it to paying the interest of the two thousand dollars borrowed by me to buy a part of the share of Mr. Burnham Senr. 2 I presume this has been already attended to. There is also due on the 17th of May next the interest on the note held by Mrs. Coleman against me. This is so clearly to be paid that I presume it will have been paid before you get this without any request or direction from me, but if necessary I hereby give it.
I have been several days in Rome; 3 it is a magnificent old city but terribly infested with fleas. If I had sat down to write a letter for the paper I could give you a flourish about it--but the truth is the subject is trite and almost any book of travels you could lay your hands on would tell you more about it than I could. Mr. Forrest was here when I came but went away in a day or two. He was well and apparently in good spirits. 4 This is Holy Week and all sorts of mummeries are going on. 5 In a few days I go to Naples after visiting which I shall come back and proceed to the northward again-- I do not see the E. P. very regularly but I see you have had to pluck a crow with the people that wanted to make more banks-- You are clearly in the right to hold the members of the party to the literal fulfillment of their pledge against monopolies, and as honesty is always the best policy, so I hope nothing will be lost by it in the pres-