Quincy Janry 26 1805
my dear Friend
My mind is so anxiously engaged for you my Dear Friend, and your Family that I cannot think of any thing else; tho I am unacquainted with any details respecting the misfortune which has assaild you, I cannot but think that your family ought not to Suffer for debts which were not your own, and that you have a right to Secure to yourself and children as much property as would have been yours, if mr Smith had dyed insolvent. the Law may perhaps be against me, but I hope you will consider this Subject, and Secure Such moveables as you can consistant with justice & honor. you have Friends who can advise you upon this Subject. you know where you may deposit whatever you may wish to Send away. mr Smith <
Fa> and Family are so well beloved, that I hope and trust he will find benevolence & kindness, from all to whom he is responsible. I pray that you may be Supported under this Severe & unexpected trial, and that mr Smith will not Suffer it to Sink and depress his Spirits So as to impair his Health & injure his future usefullness. excuse me if I have Said more than I ought, and be assured that it is from the interest I feel for you and your Family that I am thus urgent with you. My kindest regards to mr Smith and be assured no change of circumstances can alter the Love and regard of
MHi: Smith-Carter Family Papers.