This letter was written by George Patch who was a merchant in Colusa, California. He started business there in 1851.
Patch addressed the letter to his supplier, the Flint, Peabody & Co., shipping and commission merchants, in San Francisco. James P. and Edward P. Flint were partners with Alfred Peabody.
Addressed to Messrs. Flint, Peabody & Co., San Francisco, California.
March 14, 1852
Messrs. Flint, Peabody & Co.
While others have suffered from flood, we have escaped, but unfortunately for us the incessant rains have so softened the roads that waggoners & muletters are laid by, and camped to await for weather. Trade, in consequence, is dull, and we who had hoped by promptness to build up, & sustain a credit inferior to none, fear that our anticipations and your wishes will be delayed a little longer the we intended. We are satisfied however that your good opinion of us will not be impaired i view of the causes (rain — over which we have no control) and alike its consequences.
We fear our friends at Marysville have suffererd much, and in consequence that you may be the more in want of friends from which we regret the more, that trades backward here.