Letter, Hewlett T[ownsend] Coles, St. John's, Newfoundland, to "My Dear Catherine," [Catherine Van Suydam Coles], n.p.
August 3: Receives an order from Captain Lee to procure water for the trip back to New York. Believes that his return is imminent and is glad at the prospect of "seeing the dear beloved of my Love." August 4: Coles falls sick, but recovers over the course of the day, and learns of his impending departure for New York. August 6: Now writing aboard Eliza, bound for New York, Coles eagerly awaits to be in "the arms of my ever beloved." August 7: Aboard Eliza. Hopes that Catherine will not think him "Childish" for his profuse writing. Will seek a position on another ship so that he may "endeavor to make up my losses this voyage."