Barker, P.M. to
the Post Master New Bergen, NY
From the personal collection of Sylvia Hasenkopf
Genesee Co, NY
Post Office Coxsackie
October 26, 1837
A letter was maled at this office September 14th for New Bergen P Office written by Samuel Drew addressed to Nancy his wife, containing money, say 2 ten & 1 five dollr bills in all $20 It appears that said Nancy left your place on her way here to join her said husband previous to the recpt of said letter she giving instructions to her brother Hiram Hotchkiss to call for said letter, to open it & convert the contents thereof to his own use he having advanced to her the money in anticipation of said letter & contents
The enclosed letter written by Hiram Hotchkiss dated Septr. 24th addressed to James Drew at Coxsackie & mailed at Brockport P. Office as you will perceive was handed to me this day by L Wheeler Esqr. who it appears lent said Drew the money contained in said letter in order to defray the expenses of his wife to him here moreover Mr. H. Brown Assistant P. Master in this office recollects the circumstance he being requested to make a memorandum at this time
My object in enclosing to you the within letter, is to place before you a portion of the transaction, in order to enable you to form some Idea of the Character & Complection of the Actors in this business Also to learn from you whether the statements contained in said enclosed letter, are correct
You will please to return to this office the enclosed letter also to furnish such information relating to the foregoing transaction as may come to your knowledge
Your Obt. Servt.
Ralph Barker, P.M.
To the P. Master
North Bergen, NY