Your Father left us
Johnstown 10th Dec 1821
Your Father left us two weeks since very much depressive in spirits and very much dissatisfied with the world. On the 30th [Ult.] he writes to me and in his letter he says "I cannot do without a payment in May short of $10,000 I ought to have had it before, [cruel] that I have not! I must entreat you to see to it! I think I have reason to believe that the collection is to leave me this cramped thereby [ruling] down my spirits [lo when our] I to obtain a residence!" I know nothing about the means you have of raising money but money must be had and I am apprehensive that your Father intends me shall pay his bonds let the effect be on the estate what it may - and the estate must be great and productive indeed if $250 and can be paid out of it in 15 years and exclusive of takes [Ru?].
I have written to Mr [Talcott] in the Lasher cause + directed him to charge you with a [unusual fir?]. I shall bring our question in that cause before the Court on [demurrer?] unless the Plaintiffs around their replication - and should the Supreme Court decide against us I think we must bring a writ of error. I hope you finished Doctor Henry's business, in good order - Although I have suspected him to be had [way] - since I wrote to you last year.
I am Dear Nephew
PS You were to have forwarded to me a list of the tax lands in this part of the estate - that a sale might be made. They ought first to be sold if any thing must go under price.