Rye October 1st 1832
Your letter of the 1st inst. to Mother
has been timely received, but I was some what disappointed
in not receiving one for myself considering that you
hinted in Thomas's letter, that you should soon write
and have one ready against my arrival;, thinking
therefore that you are not aware of my being at Home.
I write to inform you in hopes you will give your
I arrived in Portsmouth the middle of last month after
a rather long passage [forty days] from Liverpool all hands
in good health. We laid one week in Quarantine at Fort [---?]
but there was no sick ones during the voyage.
When we lift Liverpool the Cholera was abating but had
been raging to a great extent. While there I was
daily exposed to the disease passing to and from my meals
though streets infected with it. The landlady that
I boarded with died with the Cholera while I was there.
I have an opinion that it pervades in the air and persons
are no more likely to be seized with it when in company
with the person affected by it than they would be at the distance
of a half a mile.
On my arriving in P I stayed by the ship until
all the Cargo was Discharged and the Ship cleaned
and every thing put in proper order and then left her
in charge of Capt West---- I expect to go to Sea in
about four weeks probably to Charleston S.C.-
Since I have been at Rye I have visited some of my friends
at Breakfast Hill, Boars Head. Emily's folks are all
well and appear to take comfort & happiness in Jonathan [---?]
has got to be a great boy, able to pick potatoes. I think in a few
years he will be a smart young foreman for he is certainly
a promising Child. There was a ship run ashore here a
short time since in thick weather, but by throwing some
of the cargo [salt] overboard were able to get her off the rocks
without any material injury, after laying there one day
and a night, Emily at this time had a plenty of Portsmouth.
Gentry down to see her, the Ship being ashore in front of their
house. It seems as if the girls in Rye have
done nothing else this last two years but nanny
and be given in marriage. For all the old
standards are either married or on its verge except
Mary Locke, she says she in agoing to live and old
maid. Last Sunday she joined the Church together
with Mary E Walker & Mrs. Porters Twins.
John has a notion of going to sea but I tell him no-
Father says he believes he shall send him off this fall
but I will not have him with me. I wish you
would write and give your opinion upon it.
In your letter to me in Savannah you mentioned a few
articles of Clothing, which you were Anxious of my getting in
Liverpool but owing to the want of necessary funds I was
unable to obtain them. Mother says you must make use of
flannel constantly and also woolen stockings, and further more
remember the old [----?] "head cold and feet warm"
I think it indispensably necessary for I use flannel summer
and winter hot and cold Countries, and think if I can only
keep from being wet I need not fear the Feaner & Agre.
Mother wishes for you to write and let her know how long
it will be before you will be able to finish your studies at W-
and what time you think to come home? $20.00
Father has had some conversation with Dr. Dwight he thinks that
a young Physician has better get into the U.S. service says
his pay is constant and has leisure time to study together with
numerous other reasons, and F-thinks if there's a chance you had better improve it.
Father thinks you had be rather cautious how you
express your opinions relative to politicks until
you can judge how the contest will turn out.
I herewith in close twenty dollars for you
to provide yourself with necessary articles of
clothing in given haste. From your Friend and Brother
P.S I hope you will forgive the many mistakes for
I have not time to give it a second reading.