|Lt. Schifferdecker of the Nancy|
HMS Nancy in Ordinary
Dear Doctor Roberts,
Thank you for you kind letter of the 12th ultimo. The crew is snug in their winter quarters ashore and are currently employed in procuring two new boats for His Majesty's service. Suitable material abounds in this country and the men are cracking along at a feverish pitch. No doubt this will give us the edge next season and we will give old Jonathan quite a dusting!
The "Naval Surgeon" has come back from the printer and the first volumes are in process in the bindery. I have begun to replicate the plate in question and I hope it proves satisfactory. I hope to have the volumes completed by the end of the month...
Your kind offer of payment is duly noted, but I must insist that this be gift. So let us hear no more of this subject.
Y.H. & O.S.