Montpellier Jany 23. -32.
Yours of the 15th. was duly recd. It being thought not amiss that you shd. know you were not liable to be called on by the Collector, the circumstance was mentioned by Mrs. M to Mrs. C. I regret sincerely the difficulties you experience; I have my felt them, and notwithstanding the great mutilations of my property, my situation is far from being free from them<.>
My Rheumatism is of an obstinate type; among its effects it has so crippled my hands & fingers, that it is painful as well as awkward to use the pen. Be assured always of my sincere regard & of all my good wishes.
RC (NjP: Crane Collection).