July 11 1807
My Dearest Father
I send you a shoe that fits perfectly the only objection to it is, the heel which is too high. I must beg the favor of you to add a comb for tucking up the hair, to the shoes. will this affair of the Chesapeake affect your return? we have had thro’ the medium of the newspapers, news of a later date than your letter contained which announce an actual commencement of hostilities on the side of the british which I am afraid will retard your return to us. Bacon applied to for information with regard to the fresh meat necessary for the summer but being totally ignorant of the time you would spend with us I could not direct him. he said he had several beeves and I advised him to engage some lambs perhaps you had better write a line to him adieu My Dearest Father, the post is going I have only time to subscribe my Self with tenderest affection yours unchangeably
I should wish my shoes made a little higher in the hind quarter because they keep up better at the heel and lower heels but otherwise exactly like the pattern.