Hon. S. E. Smith
Eastport March 22d, 1848
Lat fall you wrote me concerning your land in East half of No. 10 in this County. I would not allow any terms to go on under a permit the last ___ [winter ?]. I shall go on next week to hunt for trespassers as logging has been done in that vicinity the last winter. As your lands and mine are in common in that township, my part is 4500 acres. What will you give or take per acre. If I should purchase I should want a long time for payment but would secure you in your payments to your satisfaction. It will save divisions by other men - any time you can have on mine with the same surity that is reasonable - have you other lands in this vicinity. If so in what Township - what amount in each parcel do you wish to dispose of them. If so, at what price and payments. My object is in asking these questions is I wish either to be free from lands or have a plenty to work on. I have neither. Will you please answer me soon.
I am Yours Respectfully
Bear in mind, while looking at the map below, that letters in 1848 would likely have been carried by sea and land.