7 mo 13, 1795
The packet not arriving till late last Evening & being upon the point of returning with the friends early this morning, I cannot perform any of the requisitions of thy letter. I am very glad to find thou canst procure Casks enough for the Lydia, at Bedford, the price here is too extravagant. Our horses not being at hand Bro. Hazards pots much with ours also be postponed till next trip. Cranes etc belonging to theCanton I believe I have will look them up & send them next trip.
I can have but an incompetent knowledge of the qut of beef etc necessary for the Lydia, further than companion may assist me. Long had 15 men was gone 11 mo. carried 30 bls meat abou 50 C Bread brought back 10 of the former & 20C of the latter. I will know what the Ships, from Cape Horn, carried & expended & inform thee by Ristham. we hear of Martha & Lydia's being in Phila last 7 day week by Post last Evg. I will get a suitable boat Steerer immediately day etc. Bro Hazards letter just handed me, too late for an acknowledgment any other way than this of his kindness in making payments for me. Wm Rotch Jun. SR