Philada 10 mo 26th 1837Dear FatherI have received today thy letter of the 24th. Although I am in possession of nothing to relieve us from anxiety respecting the ship Susquehanna yet I do not anticipate so very melancholy a result as the destruction of the passengers & crew. I suppose money would be the object of the pirates, & that after making a thorough search & plundering her of all that was of much value, & easily removed, they would let her proceed after warning, the captain not to return to the U States at his peril.One of the pilots who was on board the boat from which the report of her capture was received, was this afternoon at our counting room. He says they were cruising for ships & saw the Susquehanna go to sea about 11 o'clock on 7th day morning with wind strong from the north. She stood out to east, & they bore away south east. Between 3 & 4 in the afternoon, when about 20 to 25 miles from land, they saw a ship to the east of them standing south west, which they approached supposing she was bound
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