My Dear Uncle Philadelphia 7th mo 20th 1821
I feel as though it would hardly do for me to let more time pass without acknowledging the receipt of thy letter of 2nd Instant a few days ago and the pleasure which the information of your welfare gave me. thy draft to Isaac Bowman dated N Bedford 2nd Mo 1st did not appear until since the receipt of thy letter of 2nd instant since when it has been paid and gives an opportunity of striking the balance of thy account which I believe to be as follows.
Balacne due thee pr account furnished (including the two Drafts on New York for $1036.09 to thy credit and sundry articles of Merchandise Earle & Barkers Bill to thy debit) $734.79
paid 5 mo 10 draft to Allen & Grant Pittsburg $35.00
6mo 11 draft to Jno & Daniel Elliott 150.00
6 mo 23 draft to Allen & Grant 110.00
7 mo 12 Draft to Isaac Bowman dated 2 mo 1 100.00 395.00
Balance now due L127.8.5 1/2 or $339.79
Thou will please examine the above and advise me if correct or otherwise, thou mentions the arrival of the bale of Clothing. I hope thou may not give thyslef much trouble with it.
I was glad to hear of the safe arrival of thy insturments and that the Telescope answers so well. I have no doubt it will afford thee much pleasure and instruction to spend an occasional hour in viewing & contemplating the motion relations & surfaces of those revolving wonders of infinite space than which nothing can give us more exaulted ideas of the infinite powers & wisdom of the Creators, and although I have but a very trifling knowledge of Astronomy it will give me pleasure to hear of thy discoveries. Father had informed thee in his letter of Brother Sisters & self being absent at the NY Yearly Meeting where we found Uncle and Aunt in their usual health. (altho Uncle appears older than when I last saw him and Aunts health was rather delicate.- ) and were much pleased with their company as well as that of many other friends, and with the harmony and good order in which the business was conducted.