Bentonsport Io. of Jan 31. 1842——
To Mr Jos. Smith—
It has been sujested to me that some of your people would like to build a dam and mills [illegible] at some point on this — We have a charter for a dam at this place which should like to have improoved— If such a scheem should be favourably received by any of your folks please have them come up and examine the primeses— I can secure to you the Charter and one twelfth part of the Town property and twenty acres of Land back of town should you or any of your people wish to purchase.
Please write me on the receipt of this——
I am very respy your obt servant——
S[eth] Richards [p. ]