Letter #2

Downs 26th Feby 1834

My Dear Kate

We returned to this anchorage last evening after beating about all day against the wind or rather with a side one, just got a glimpse of Dover, Folkestone, and when in full expectation of the Mother bank for a change had to put about. Foul wind still & I see little hopes of leaving this for the present. It is exceedingly vexatious feeling that I might as well have been with you. Mr Edward is going ashore at a risque on some business to Deal & I have only this minute to give you a line. The boat is alongside – regards to all. I have yet hopes of seeing you from Portsmouth. Adieu my dear Kate, kiss the children for me & regards to all not forgetting Miss P—

Your afft Husband

Fred E