Mount Merino 4th Mo 2nd 1816
I embrace the opportunity by Richard Williams to inform thee that thine of the 3rd of last month came to hand a few days since. I had by no means forgotten the object of the communication, but was in hopes it was no inconvenience to thee. I have removed into a new place have had and still have many difficulties to struggle with the low price of wool and general stagnation of business, Scarcity of Money difficulty in collecting debts are sensibly felt by me ( as well as by many others) The support of a Numerous tender offsprings, many calls on my time etc, I have endeavoured to collect the money for thee but have not succeeded but expect in about two months to be able to obtain it for thee and endeavour to bring it or convey it to thee. My wife joins me in affectioante love to thy self and Wife, In addition to our family we have a [illegible] since another daughter the tenth surviving child. I am still frequently afflicted with the sick head ache. the rest of my family in usual health.
Thy assured friend