I purchased this letter off eBay in late August, 2010 mostly as a curiosity. Here is the transcribed text – along with scans of both sides…
I arrived here Saturday & have been making efforts to raise the funds to take up that mortgage. I think I shall succeed. I shall be home Wednesday or Thursday.
For the second time if you can possibly raise the amount yourself to buy the mortgage we will pay the 25$ & your trouble beside so that I may use the funds elsewhere.
O.S. Williams Esq.