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From Mary1 (Dickens) York.  Geraldine5 Savage has the original.

My Dear Henry

We received your Letter.  Are glad to hear you are better & that the children are all well which is a great comfort to us.  We have been very anxious on account of your illness, fearing your health was so injured that you would not recover.

Having now an opportunity of sending you a box by Walter Cleaver we gladly embrace it, and have been verry busy today preparing and packing the things in it.  Hoping you will receive it safe and sound.  You will find both books and other articles which will be usefull to you and also to the dear children.

From your affectionate father and Mother, M. York

The following was probably enclosed:


From Alice2 (York) Kinch.  Robert Alton5 York has the original.  A corner is torn off and the date is missing.  However, it probably was written in March 1849, - their sister Sarah died in Apr 1849.

Dear Brother,

I embrace this opportunity of writing a few lines to you as Mother was going to send a box as I never thought my letters worth sending so many miles alone.  Was glad to hear that you was better and were all well.  We are all much as usual.

I am sorry to say that Sarah is not so well.  She keeps getting weaker.  She cannot sit up the whole of the day.  I am afraid there is but very little hope of her getting better unless she begins to mend very soon.

You wish to know a little more about cousin D's money.  I will soon tell you what I think about it.  She left it to John and William Robinson, I suppose to do what they though best.  However, they made the will up amongest them.  They had no lawyer.  Nobody else saw the will till after she was dead so I expect they took care of themselves.

I supose Mother is to have a little some time but I don't know when.  Just what they please to give her.  Cousin gave a great many of her things away while she was ill.  She gave some to W wife and a great many to Jh wife.  5 of her best gowns and many more things which we new she had cant not be found and then they were not satisfied with after she ...

... John came to Mothers and ask for another gown and some more shifts and Mother gave her them.  You will see by this a little how things were sherd.  What was left was not so valuable as we expected though they are very usufull.  You see you have not lost much by being away.  If I are ... you well remember being, I own, at our house the night before you went and saying that we should be hear and you should not to see wear the money went, whether Robinsons would not have it or not.  I thought of your words as soon as I heard how things wear setted and said theat if ever I wrote I would remind you of it.

I do not want you to mention this when you write as Mother would not be pleased if she new I sent you such word as this though it is just how it was.

George and myself should very much like to come to America but there is too very great hinderances, the money and the sea, as I feel as if I could never venture ... the water, not being very shant think I should not stand it.  We often sit and talk how we should like to be with you.  I think if we was but there safe we should be very comfortable.

We have hard work get a liveing hear.  Shoe trade and boots[?] bad this last 2 winters and not very good in summer.  Am afraid it never be so good as it has been.  I don't no what we are all to be done with.  I wish there was some way of geting to you by land.

I think by your letters that you are doing well though you have had a great meny trails and difficulties and disapointments.  You must have felt the losse of poor Ann very heavy and the losse by fire and your illness.  3 very heavey losses.  I wonder you have been able to ... so well as you have done.  I am glad to hear that you do not intend to move again.  Think you have had moveing enough.

I am sorry I have not more to send you but sending what we could before and being short of money, I could not send much.  I have sent silk for 2 bonnets, one white, one light and a bit of nilion.  They are very old but parphes they wil be usufull.  Also ... and a list of bodnen[?] and some flowers, 4 pair of gloves and ...  Sarah as sent some silk and nilion and a front and some trimming, a little box.  I have made to black stocks, one for you, one for Fred.  Should have made the dresses but could not lett[?] what would fit them.  Tell Mary they wear them maide high round the neck and little white cotton round the top.

I must now conclude wishing you health and prosperrity.  I remain your affectionate sister A. Kinch.

Send word whether you can read this ...

Should like to ... you live in a town ... & how large it.  If not how far you live from ...

Should like to no whether the girls are pleased with their preasents.  Have sent some nedles and conton.  4 pictures for John and Henry.


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