Dear Thomas Nantucket 11 mo 12, 1793
Jas Hussey purposes sailing to morrow by whom I shall send a letter to S.F. wch came in thy direction under Wm's Cover
he wrote me they were scarce & I have since supplied myself. I should have been glad to have known whether you sent brother Fisher the apples & Turnips, he wrote for, as I could have sent him of each by Jno Hussey. I recd 50 boxes of Candles pr the packet, as Hussey say Bunker was still with you it would have bveen less expence to have put them on board him, but as there was several errors in the net wt its best they came here, one of them was 3 lb wrong. Short & two were over marked 1 lb. for want of attention in there respects, we may either suffer in property or reputation, care therefore is necessary- please to send me the number of boxes exclusive of those from france that we now have at Bedford, as I shall want ot direct them either sent here or to Boston next trip. thou may send me if thou knows them 5 boxes of poor candles wch Benj sent as not being merchantable. I think they are makred SR & distinct from the 100 wch were invoiced. I wish to know whether the 100 were entered for exportation, or whether bond has been given positively for the duty that I also may take measures about them. I am both to give thee & Wm so much trouble as I am obliged to do by having vessels & property at Bedford occasionly & mean in future, wherever its practicable to avoid it, but where it is not thou & he must excuse me.
Should I want the Candles sent here wch I can decide probably by next packet, thou need not, weigh or mark them, Uncle B has but little to do & may as well mark them as not. My wife continues comfortable & joins me in love to Mother, thy wife & sisters. Thy affectionate brother, Sam Rodman