Dear Brother Philadelphia 8 mo 31, 1814
My last to thee was of 25 Inst since when, I might have had thy reply to what I wrote thee of 8 Inst which I shall daily expect to receive. Have now to inform thee, that my dear wife, has since the 21 Inst mended slowly & for three last Mornings has rode out a small distance, so that the prospect of the Return of her strength, looks favourable & comfortable, & our long afflicted Daughter, tho almost wholly in her bed, we think is somewhat in the way of Restoration, having a little abatement of her fever, so that she has began to take the Bark. Those hoped for improvements I desire to be rightly thankful for & that while the health may be lengthened out, we may be found in the way of preparation for the time, in which we individuually may be called off this stage & must go hence to be seen no more in mutability.
Thou mayst perceive that in the public papers the Six Banks in this City have untied in one determination not to pay any Specie, not have they paid any thing even so much as the amount of one Dollar, since the 29th Inst, by which means these seems to be no satisfactory mode left to pay even the poor workmen. & they say, that tis intended to have half, Dollar Notes, struck off. This System portends in my view something heavy in the End- & confims to me, the One fixed Idea, which always hung about me relative to the Banks. I wish thou hadst let thy Money, remain in the hands of thy Brothers house at New Bedford, or had it placed in Boston, rather than as it is, nowever perhaps thou mayst find thy purpose answered by its being in thy own Acct in Bank Pennsa even tho this day for a Check of only three Dollars, I could not get Silver. My wife & Deborah, both amidst their infirmities as well as Sarah & Thomas, desire to be united in Love to Sister & to thyself, with thy Affectionate Brot, Samuel R Fisher