Dec 21st. 1821 
Yours of the 27th of October came to hand at a late date, but I am now able to say to you that the power of Attorney is executed & sent up to the Clerks office for the Seat of State. & will be forwarded direct from there, it is now on the way most probably.
Your letter did not arrive till after Mr [Ephraim] Potter returnd with the goods. which I receved in Safety. & Bro Potter has started on a mission to the Inhabitants of Jamaica. one of the west India Isles.—
I will accept the goods as you propose on your debt, so far as it goes, and answer the remainder on the payments which you mention as they become due.
I have purchased 90 acres of Timber land in the vicinity of . A little up the River. & have made proposals to . but as yet, am waiting for him to recive answers from his correspondent in the East. I shall be able to purchase all the woodland you will want, in a little time.
As it respects Steam engines & mills my opinion is we cannot have too many of them. This place has sufferd exceedingly for such mills in our midst & neither one nor two can do the business of this place [p. ]