Leicester Worcester Co 8 Mo 22 1819
Thomas Rotch, I have ERec'd thy letter of 8 mo 2d which gives very Heavy unexpected information my Son john says that Nathl promised Him that he would do Better but if he did not seem of Johns Friends was to write him this is the reason why he did not mention it before the receipt of thy Letter.
As to the Cards I think they are excellent about half of them are sett in Calfskin for which we commonly charge 25 Cents more on a foot. I think this must be added to the Bill as to the expence of geting them there I do not know whether thee have been in a habbit of paying or not but I expect thee wil be willing to do the thing that is wright.
I shall adise my Son to let thee have the Cards and pay his small debts and return Home if he cannot get Money to bear his expences I wish thee to let him have a little towards the Cards for I am very anxious to have him return with H Whittemore and I wish my Friend Jonathan Winter to see his influence to that effect as to the other two setts of Cards I do not learn what has become of them. he will need the advice of his friends in his affairs.
I feel greatfull to thee for useing the freedom in writing mee in so delicate a case, I shall not even hit to my Son how I recd my information. I should take it as a favour of thee to write me soon whether he concludes to return etc. My wife joins me in Love to thee and thy wife with mutch respect I remain thy affectionate friend, Jonah Earle
N. B. if thee have the order I shall expect them to go towards
what my Son has had in advance