want you to send me immediately all necessary memoranda to enable
Camp to understand the condition, quantity & resources of the land, & how he
must go about finding it. lie will visit St Louis & talk with the folks, & then go
at once & see the land, & telegraph me whether he closes with my proposition
Clemens later recalled that Camp "agreed to buy our Tennessee land for
two hundred thousand dollars His scheme was to import foreigners from
grape-growing and wine-making districts in Europe, settle them on the land,
and turn it into a wine-growing country." But
round about James-
town—75,000 acres] See the note at 208.37.
206.19–20 Nicholas Longworth, of Cincinnati . . . as good wine as his Catawbas] Long-
worth (1782–1863), known as the “father of American grape culture,” was trained as a lawyer,
but his primary interest was in horticulture. His cultivation of the Catawba grape made viti-
culture feasible in Ohio and resulted in a viable wine-making industry in the Cincinnati area.
206.25–26 James Lampton, who figures in the “Gilded Age” as “Colonel Sellers,”] Colo-
nel Sellers, the irrepressible speculator and visionary
Later, Mr. Camp gave me another chance. He agreed to buy our Tennessee land for two
hundred thousand dollars, pay a part of the amount in cash and give long notes for the rest.
His scheme was to import foreigners from grape-growing and wine-making districts in
Europe, settle them on the land, and turn it into a wine-growing country. He knew what
Mr. Longworth thought of those Tennessee grapes, and was satisfied. i sent the contracts
and things to orion for his signature, he being one of the three heirs. But they arrived at
a bad time— in a doubly bad time