Peacock Navy Yard N York

June 1st 1834

 

My Dear Father

 

  I received yours of the 27th yesterday morning and am exceeding glad to find you all enjoy your usual good health.  I expect to leave here on Wednesday or Thursday next.  On Tuesday I hope to be clear of the Ship.  Yesterday I recąd my warrant as Midshipman Cap Guisinger procured it for me – just as it was handed to me, Capt Page with who I was conversing at the time was telling me that he would get it, I handed to him and then to save him some trouble – he has promised to give me a handsome letter concerning my abilities during the time I was under his command.

 

  I have written to my friends in Boston & have received one from Mr. Thatcher – I shall stay at the City Hotel when I leave the ship & of course see Mistress Coleman.  I had been necessitated to borrow $50 of Purser Stockton who very kindly offered me any assistance in that way which I might require, that with the money I had due to me will equip me & carry me home – For your kind offer I feel very grateful – but I hope I shall not have to trespass your generosity as I think I shall discharge this debt out of my own incomes, though I may have to borrow it from you for a time;  When I get home I will explain to you how impossible it would have been for me either to have been more economical, or to have had more money due to me than I now have – As it is – I hope & believe I have supported my character as a Gentleman & officer during my cruise; among my messmates I have never had the character of being either a close or an extravagant  person and among the whole of them, with regard to the needful I am much better off than any but two – And they have a character which I never will have.

 

  I anticipate having a most pleasant and delightful time at our meeting which I promise you shall be as early as I can hopefully make it.

 

  With my kindest love to all the family & remembrance to all my friends.

 

                                                            I am your most affectionate Son

                                                                        Wm Reynolds