Malu Malu Kauai
April 10th 1855
My dear brother
Since I wrote you last, reflection has convinced me, that I ought not to neglect such an oppy. of returning to the line of duty as would be afforded by obtaining the command of the StoreShip at Valparaiso, at least trying how I can bear the climate.
I have accordingly, by this mail, enclosed an application to Com. Smith for the berth, and hope if it is still vacant, I may obtain it.
In regard to letting Field have what money you may have of mine (if any? You have?) to invest in goods for this market, you can furnish him with it, should he desire it -- whether I remain here or leave. I write to Field by this mail to this effect. One, two, or three thousand dollars, as I wrote you in my last, if I own that much, I am willing to invest, in such an adventure, but leave it entirely to the discretion of Field.
Should you received from San Francisco--an article on Gen. Miller's speech, you will perhaps conclude that I wrote it, from its style. If you get it, send it to Mr. Buchanan, with my compliments.
With kind love to you all. Your affectionate brother
James L. Reynolds Esq.
[Archives and Special Collections Dept., Franklin and Marshall College, MS6 2/6]