(Washington 4th July 1838)

 

My Sister dear,

 

I take breathing time to tell you I shall leave

here for home on Friday morning & shall be in Lancaster on

Saturday evening, you must hurry with my clothes, for I will

have but one week to stay with you,

 

Captain Wilkes can spare me best at present, and will require

me to return here to continue obsns before I join the squadron

at Norfolk.

 

Hoping to find you all well & busy, I am your most affec

Brother

 

Wm. Reynolds

 

L.M.R.