[corresponds to page 1 of Nathan Guilford letter to Thomas Rotch, May 20, 1817]
Western Emigrant Society
Thos. Roach Esq. Cincinnati, May 20th 1817
I have the honor to inform you that at the last meeting of the Western Emigrant Society, held at
Cincinnati on the 12 th day of May inst. You were elected an Honorary Member. Should
you feel disposed to honor their choice by acceptance, you will have the goodness to signify it by a line
addressed to me , as soon as convenient.
For the views and objects of the Society I beg leave to refer you to the annexed Exposition; and, in
case of your acceptance, I am instructed to request you to communicate, from time to time, such information
relative to the Western Country, and especially of the neighborhood in which you reside, as would, in your
opinion, be serviceable to those who may be desirous of settling in the Country without knowledge
which is necessary to make a judicious choice. Any information respecting the Topography, History,
State of Settlement, Soil, Water-courses, Climate, &c; or any demands and eligible situations for Mechanics,
Tradesmen, &c. which you may communicate, will be gratefully received.
Very respectfully Yours,
Nathan Guilford Corresponding Secretary