Saw your father
I saw your Father last week at Albany very much engaged in buying lands while the sales last all his troubles are forgotten. He feels however somewhat uneasy respecting the Chenango estate in the hands of Doctor Henry and insists that we shall go to him and learn distinctly the situation of the business. I wish you would inform me what you have done with or heard from him, since I wrote to you on the subject.
The rumour is that you are engaged in a speculation in or about Rochester for more interesting glass making or taking care of an estate, and probably that may be attributed to your neglect in not writing to your Father while he has been at Albany. He speaks of that neglect most feeling by, I presume however that he did not know the cause. Land has for the present driven the ladies out of his heart and his mind and I hope that as soon as the tax sales are over he will purchase out the Holland company, to do which he I suspect is very much inclined.
Remember me to Mrs [Backus and Robert]
Mr Gerrit Smith
Johnstown 27th Feb 1821