Margalo Rhoads 12 Septr. 1797.
My Dear Sir
We reached Graves end about 11 OClock on Monday & proceeded immeediatly on Shipboard. The Wind being fair we Saild in about Two Hours afterwards & run down to the Hope, we remained their that Night & got under weigh the next Day & reached Bugsbeys Hole, where we remained until to Day 1 O Clock during which time we experincd very heavy Gales of Wind, which created both alarm & much Sickness, we got to this place to Day about 3 OClock & if the Wind comes fair have hopes of reaching the Downs tomorrow, where I purpose to remain the shortest time possible, Indeed I am the more anxious to get away as the Season grows late & we may expect a very rough Passage.
I need not attempt describing to you my sufferings on this occasion of leaving England you [....] second witness to them, my determination was forced  disappointments & I am perswaided that it is the most proper to enable me to do speedy Justice to every one, however I doubt not but many will censure me, for this account & who will by & by approve the stop—I deposited a Paper with you, before parting with you, should any accident happen to me, I recommend that to your serious attention—
[From] the part of the World you are going to I donot expect to hear from you often, but where ever an opportunity offers I hope you will not omit droping me a line—I beg that you will deliver the Inclosed to my Dear Child & your Wife, with the attendance of the most sincere affections of a Fondest Loving Father whom Pray us we [...] hold up to the supream being for your Healths & happiness & who is my, / Dear Sir / Your truly Affecte. Ser