Dear Brother Philadelphia 8 mo 5, 1815
Before this I should have replied to thy letter requesting me to send thee a Barrell of best Brandy & a Cask abt 40 gls sperm strained oil to be sent with James hasletts goods- both of which I had provided in senidng & fully relied on their going, but with the best attention, could only get on the Brandy being one barrell 30 ct gl a $3.30 & Ck $2 $102.15
casing cask 2.00
the price is high, but I have reason to believe it to be the best old 4th proof Cogniac, the Casing it is also out in this as well
as the Quality of the brandy. I thought it best rely on Peter Wager, of hwom it was bought, rather than try much to get it cheapest. And as it will have he same care & attention, as James Hasletts goods, hope it may ere long be in thy possession. None of thy nephews having any oil, I bought a Cask of James Mott, 59 gallons summer strand a $1.70- $100.30 . this remains behind, waiting the time of Samuel Parke, a fd of James Haslett's loading a Waggon, as the price of Carriage is very high, the porterage is to be added to both Casks. Owing to the Multipliciety of the paper (as I conceive) the prices of many Articles, like the Brandy & Oil, have advanced instead of getting lower, with the stoppage of the War, In my own Sales of my own goods, I sell for Specie only & of course the prices of my Articles, that I have, which are in demand. Do not partake of advances to the $204.45 is to be added the porterage, whih as I do not conceive the Bk Notes, will improve in Credit or value, if thou inclines thou mayst send me a Check for, when convenient, I could not find a Cask of 40 gal oil, nor any One of less quantity than the 59 gs.
My wife Children & self are favored to htis time with the continuance of general health, they all unite in Love to thee & Sister, with Thy Affectionate Brother, Samuel R Fisher