Oblong Dover the 1st of 5th mo 1815-
My esteemed and Respected friends Thomas and Charity Rotch, I now take my pen in hand in order to address you with a few lines although far separated from us and the Quarterly meeting you was once United to as to the Outward yet time and Distance Doth not wear out that feeling fellowship Zions travelers hath for Each other although I feel myself unworthy of being ranked among them and am Ready to say with the Royal phalmist at times suerely one Day I shall fall as by the hand of Saul. But let us my friends often repair to the Divine fountain and Rock of our Salvation which hat been the preservation of the Righteous from age to age Down to the present day as they have keep their feet grounded there on therefore my friends there is some degree of hope for us to Endevour to press forward with fervent Zeal toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of god in Christ Jesus our Lord. It hath been a trying day among us since you removed from within the verge of this Quarterly meeting as there hath been a Number of our Dear friends Removed by Death in the Various parts of it among which was my Beloved wife Sarah who Departed this life the 13th of 10th mo 1812. I was at that time very Lame and helpless myself But since have been Raised up to a State of health which I now enjoy for which favoured & humble Desire to be ever thankfull. It is also in my mind to inform you that Barnabus Howland is about to Remove with his family into your Land and as he Lived with me from three years old until he had three of his Children and they have now four which he and his wife by their industry have brought up so far decently and have perhaps nought [illegible]themselves there which if they should it is my Desire that you might assist them in getting somewhere to Live so that they may Support themselves which I having Reason to Doubt that you will knowing it to be heretofore your Engaged minds to be assistant to the poor for whose assistance and care I don’t know but you are placed where you now live.
From your friend Azariah Howland