Yours from Berne dated April 30th 1714 came to hand and [am glad to] understand you have got safe to your own country, and I should [be] well satisfied, (if for your advantage and to pay it? your creditors) [you]r Graves for the surveying your land, and the heavy charge of a Land tax, will make your debt near 1000 pounds sterling money of England. of all which have received [but] 312 pounds in our public bills for your sloops et eact., which are of no use, seeing I can purchase nothing for them, but lie dead on my hand. And as for your goods, if you left any of any value, your friend Mr Mitchell, the Major, and others of your people had conveyed an . . . . . . I having got nothing, save a little iron and some rusty nails for . . . . and other small things of little value.
You know that you purchased only 15000 acres of land of the Lords Proprietors, which is but 150 pounds sterling money, whereof at mill Creek? there is only 8500 acres surveyed; the other 5000 acres not being yet taken up, which I intend to take up at White Oak River, as you designed. As for your two or three other small tracts, you not having paid the purchase to the Lords Proprietors, they were by a law made here, with all other lands in Bath county that had not paid the purchase, lost: so I was oblidged to purchase them of the Receiver General. And all the land, and what else is come to me of yours, is not really of the value of 200 pounds. And if you will pay me at London, so that I may be sure to have the money seven hundred pounds sterling money, within this twelve month, you shall have what land you purchased of the Lords Proprietors, you shall have the public bills I had on your account, and what other small matter of goods I had of yours or the value as they are appraised.