3 weeks since a letter
About 3 weeks since a letter, enclosing an injunction [+] to serve on Johnson, was put into the Post office at Vernon. I am anxiously waiting to receive an affidavit of service.
Your Father is, I do not know exactly where - at the Springs - at lake George - at Albany or on the road from one of those places to the other or he may, in the eager pursuit of a wife, be on the road to Boston.
I have just received a short letter from Peter and from the [successes] in which he speaks of his health, I fear he is in danger. He speaks of drinking water, living on vegetables + being bled once a week. The physician must be a fool, or the patient is in danger. It frequently appears to be one of the dispensations of providence that a man capable of being splendidly great, should be beset with [passions] or misfortunes, to check his growth and bring on untimely decay. I hope however that Peter's fate will not tend to prove the truth of this remark.
I am Dear Nephew
Mr Gerrit Smith
Johnstown 2nd August 1821 [the top right notation of date is incorrect]