12th mo. 12th 1820
When I was at Cincinati last, & found John was gone to Sindusky, I expected he would accept the appointment, and as it has turned out so and thee has to be seperated from thy friends and relations I hope thy mind will strengthened to bear the seperation with a good degree of fortitude, as we have but one pure source of comfort in this world. it is our greatest interest to mind and feel after that, day by day tis the only sure support that we can apply to. it is my daily experience, and has often been the secret prayer of of my heart that my Children and grand Cildren might seek it above all worldly motives. thee knows perhaps as much as I can tell thee and if we never see each other again in this world I hope all will be well.
Susan thought to go and see you before you started, but could get no suitable company. thy mother desired me to tell thee, her head had got better and sends her love to you all in which I join and remain thy affectionate father