Lancaster Nov 25th 1831
We have just had a letter from Mr. Ball with the intelligence of your safe arrival in Philadelphia. We have been very uneasy about you & hope you have some good excuse for not writing from Fredk. or Balto. but how you came to be 24 hours in Philad & your aunt, who was aware of our uneasiness, with writing is to me altogether unaccountable – You have much to answer for. Do your business in Philada & return home as [ ] as possible. Let there be no more unacceptable delay. Pay Mr. DeSilver the amt. of his bill. Inquire who is the best tailor for making Naval Uniforms and inquire of him the price of a full dress Midshipman¹s coat & also of an undress coat.
I have to go to Elizabeth [Furnace] on Monday & shall be there some days and therefore want you at home. Remember us to all your friends and say to Mr. Ball that I exceedingly obliged to him for his very kind letter. Your mother has I believe written to him.
Your affectionate father
Addressed to: Mr. William Reynolds; Care of Mr. George H. Ball, China Merchant, Market Street, Philadelphia
Archives and Special Collections Dept., Franklin and Marshall College MS6, Series II, Box 1 Folder 18.