Aberdeen Nov 21:62
Yrs of yesterday by Zeke is recd. I am of course thankful for your kindness in acting as my agent for him. The dealings with Shacklock are all satisfactory. Even if he never pays his last month's hire (25$) it is not your fault. You will probably get it at a future time from where he has gone to or when he returns on business to Columbus. Zeke expects him back soon & thinks he will pay.
Please continue to act as my agent. I know no one else whose friendship I can more confidently tax with it, & few in whose judgment & discretion & attention to the matter I have as much trust. Do with him as you would with your own if similarly circumstanced. He is a pest & burthen here, & a benefit where he is. He would join the Yankees here when opportunity might present; and could do no more at Columbus, but indeed would be restrained by