U. S. Ship Peacock

Rio de Janeiro February 12th, 1834


My Dear Father


  Although I have nothing new to communicate, I can not let this opportunity pass by the Brig Independence for Philadelphia.


  We are all well, and in high spirits at the prospect of soon reaching our own Firesides a thing by the way which we have not seen during the cruise.


  By the Ontario I recıd your letter of October 16th which gave me a great deal of pleasure, I cannot but think that there are more letters here for me, date from July to October, as I have recıd none dated in the intermediate months, I presume they have been mislaid, as our Consul here, is a very imbecile old man and incapable of attending his duties.


  The Ontario said this morning for Monte Video the Lexington it is supposed sailed from there on the 1st of this month, we expect her here directly, and that she brings orders for us to proceed home, is the general impression.  She goes home also immediately, The Boxer sailed about ten days ago for Monte Video, I think that this ship, the Lı__n & the Bı__x will sail in company for the U.S. about the 1st week in March.


  I have recıd from Mr. Thatcher a letter date Decır 5th, they are all well.


  It is raining very hard, and there seems no prospect of it clearing off.  By the way you have never seen it rain, in these tropical climes the rains are perfect deluges – second floods – though we are in a better sea boat than Noahıs Ark was – and are therefore – capable of bearing them.  But to the storm, it is also my days duty and I am below here to scribble these few lines, not having time to get a drier sheet of paper, a better pen, or better ink, or write a better letter.


                                                Good bye my love to you all

                                                            Your affectionate Son

                                                                        Wm Reynolds