My Dear Brother,
As you wish to have me go to Athens for fear I will not learn enough in this place, I will tell you what my ideas were on the subject.
Mr. Vosberry is a very good mathematition, and as he has quit keeping school he is going to occupy a private room in the house of Mr. Elwell.
Mr. Kettle will be here tomorrow and will stop at Barlett & Fords. he will have a room there but will not be in it in the daytime as his paint room will be at another house. Mr. Ford says he will board me and give me a good a room as I wish for $2.00 per week.
If you will let me board here (while you stay) and room with Kettle I will promise not to be seen out of doors between the hours of nine & twelve A.M. and one & four P.M. Which hours I will attribute to study, such as you please to put me into. I will also promise not to pay any attention to my music untill after eight Oclock in the evening after which time Mr. Kettle will probably be in the room as he cannot paint after dark. I don’t se how I could have a better chance for study. & the above price is as cheap as I could live in Athens that lonesome place-— can go over to recite in the forenoon at about 10 oclock and in the afternoon at 4—do please consent.
Your affectionate & grateful brother
Please pay Mr. D. Mitchell $3.00 which I borrowed from him to pay for pumps, subscription &c for the exhibition. I allso owe Mr. Vandercook a very small amount. Don’t pay Mr. Herrick for fire in my room as I have not had any since you payed him last.