25 Nov 1820
My Dear Friend,
I have this moment opened yours of this 21st instant. I returned from Albany last night at 9 o'clock from attending the funeral of Mrs [China?] + taking an inventory of her estate [ln.?]. I wrote in answer to your first letter from New York, + forwarded to you my annual [account], but this morning on reading a letter from Gerrit, I find my letter to you [instead] of reading you at New York has found its way to Peterboro where it is waiting your arrival.
The written arguments in case of Robertson have been submitted to the judges + they will decide in January as is expected. McMichael + [Lustier?] have not yet answered. I shall compel them to do so as soon as may be.
I hope you may in New York find every thing necessary to consummate your happiness if not there to be found the claim may be given up as hopeless.
I am My Dear Friend
Hon P Smith
Johnstown 25th Nov 1820