New York 19. May 1821
I frankly confess that my property has been seized for rent, but provisionally. I will in time redeem my books. Most of them would be valuable in any Country. I have bought already to the amount of $150. they go of course to a fierce person—for some time. But I have no bread now. I expect that you will have the kindness to send me some money, on my promise that I will repay you in cash or in books at your choice.
Major General Berthier who once served in this Country, was a near relation to my mother.. I have right to recover money now from france, from the havannah and from Canandaigua—
Wishing you a perfect health Most respected Sir.
Fernagus De Gelone
MHi: Coolidge Collection.