Dear Brother Philadelphia 7 mo 22, 1814
Thine of 4th Inst came to hand last Evening, advising very acceptably of the clearing up of the weather, whereby the crop which from the uncommon floods of rain & their long continuance, had been in evident danger of being very much injured, if not destroyed, was in a promising way of affording a plentiful supply.
at a time when the Old stocks of grain were almost exhausted, which is is cause of thankfulness unfeigned to the Author of all our blessings.
I am pleased a the satisfaction, thou expresses at my having procurred the Signaure of Maria Imlay, to the sundry documents thou sent me, thereby producing between her & thyself a pleasing settlement of all things between you.
Thou mentions, thy having directed Remittances to be made to me for thy Account by thy Brother's house at New Bedford & that it should be placed to thy Credit by me, in One of the Banks, here. On this occasion I may advise that drafts from this City on Boston for some time have commanded a premium of 2 prCt or 2 1/2. how it is last now, I do not certainly know, but have no doubt, but so it now is. Besides this circumstance, if thou dost not want the money, to use, My Ideas are, that from the very great increase of Banks in Pennsa in particular, as well as in the neighboring governments, some unfavorable Storm may come on which may shake the very best of them & overturn the Banking System. and the current of the specie long moving on & continuing to move on by Waggons loaded in this City to Boston, would induce me to prefer, especially if I was one well known in Massachusetts to have my deposits made in Boston Bank, than in any one southward thereof, thou will I trust understand me, as I confess my Confidence, which thou knowest was never placed in Banks still, that dependence I had thereon, is pretty much worn to Shreads.
We have been generally favored with health, except our Son who for about 7 weeks, had something like the Ague & fever, which has left him the [illegible] nine days past, & my wife has been rather more debiliated than usual for her to be, tho commonly hot weather tries her much. leaving room for my wife to add to thine on this sheet, with hers & Our daughters & Son's Join Love to you both, with that of Thy Affectionate Brother, Samuel R Fisher.