From Henry2 York.
Dear Friends, I once more take my pen to write a few lines to inform you of our well being and that we are now in possesion of the box you so kindley sent us last spring. I received a note at Christmas from Walter Cleaver desiring me to fetch the box direct, as George was going to remove down the county.
[note in margin] T Barge is 100 miles from here.
[resume body] This inteligence put Marey in a great figet, saying we should be sure to lose it, as we lost the other. So I took a horse and cutter and drove to George Cleaver's but was a little disapointed. I found that Walter had been ther, and not liking that part of the country, had left it for Pickereng, and his wife was prepareing to follow the next morning as I arrived there the over night, and that my box was at a place called Fergus, 37 miles down south.
Next morning at sunrise I took Walter wife and George's daughter, a young woman, and drove into the hansom village of Fergus at dusk in the evening, found the box in a store house that night, and drove back to George's next day.
Are happy to say that we found all the princapall things safe and both of the childern and myself was hiley gratified, and return our hearty thanks to you and all of the contributers. They are the best and the only new New Year's gifts we have had in this country.
You say that [you] would have liked to have seen us take them out. You may depend upon it, they all had their hands in it at once. Henery [and] John was graitely pleased with the marvels. They never see aney here before. Marey and Sarah are verey much pleased with the cap from Mabbott and return their gratefull thanks their Aunt and Marey for them. They put them on with flowers yesterday to go to meeting. You know the vanety of young girls in general.
My respects to M. Burdett for the ink and quills. Are graitley obliged to him for them. My respects to Miss Russell for the books, and Mrs. Luck, and to brother S for the quills and bible. I graitley prise the books, they are not so easley obtained here as with you, and being almost without these 3 years, makes them doubley welcome to us all.
I had told the girls that there was a new dress alike for them but when I found they were differant, I thought they would both want but they was suited, Marey chusing the darkest pattern and Sarah likeing the other the best. All the little matter will be verey useful and will help to keep me out of the store. The shoes are 2 inches to long. That is better than being 2 to short.
Marey and myself well rember 2 of the sheets. Could not find but 2 neckerchiefs, you mentioned 3, so we cut the to to make 4 of us one apiece.
Sarah is now at home. She never had the schooling we agreed for in the Quaker famley, and sometimes I wish that she had never seen them. For if ever she had aney good manners, she has left them to the Quakers. One thing is certain, she has none now. All she can say now is yes and no and what when she is spoken to about aneything.
I was in hopes she was going to make a smart lively active girl, in consequence of her being more from home and amongst other people, and would far outstrip Marey, having advantage of other people ways means, but I are sorey to say it is not the case. She seems to have a settled dulness about her.
Marey has some good qualityes about her. She is more of a lifly disposistion and not one idle bone in her system, and I think that if she had the instructions of her mother, and a little more schooling, she would have been one above maney. Though I must confess, she is rather obstanate sometimes and wants to have her own way rather more than I could wish.
She is able strong girl, and weighs more than Fred, though she does not look so rudy as Sarah. I supose I shall not be able to keep her aney grait length of time as there is a young man paying some attention to her. His father is a Yorkshire man, came to this country some years since, had but one shiling he told me, wen he was at Montreall.
Now he owns a thousand acers of the best land in this township, and has brought up a large famley of nine. He is a plain man much attached to the English people and instutions and has been very kind to us ever since we have been here. They lent me the horse and cutter to fetch the box. A cutter a little the shape of a gig bodey put on runners wich turn up before, and slide on the snow verey easey.
We are now drawing saw logs to the mills for ourselves. We have a good maney there that will measure 30 inches through the middle. I entend to put up a frame barn next summer if I can, and if not the lumber will fetch me somethink we want, and pay us for our troubel. Being so near the mills better than working out.
We have more cattle this winter to fodder and verey short of feed for them but I are doing conciderable chopping this winter, and the cowes and oxen in this countrey will live on a verey small quantity of hay and straw provided they get plenty of brouse; that is the tips of the branches of the trees when they are felled, and will follow a person with an ax to the woods. The cattle in this country have more instinct. I have seen cows and oxen fall down on their knees to get a drink of water in a low place.
Father thinks I should have some help to clear the land, but that is no easey matter, want of the means to pay. Sometimes men cant be got for pay, but however, I have had a man one month, and have paid him for 5 weeks, he is to help me a week in the spring. If it please God to spare me my presant health and streangth, I shall be able to put a portion of crop in the ground in the spring witch will enable us to live in comfort.
We have had rather a dry summer. The crops of hay was rather light, other crops pretty good. I planted 8 bushells of potatoes last spring amongst the stumps and had a return of 100. They was never hoed, no appearance of rot amongst them at present. They are now worth about 1s-3d. Last spring they were worth 2s-6d and hard to get without the ready cash.
We made about 130 lb. weight of sugar last spring, but to speak the trueth I did not get much of it. I was working out the princepul part of the summer, and when I came to stay at home, I found the sugar was nearly all gone. Marey said it was John and Henery that eat it all up, but I consider she helped them. It was kept up stairs and we sleep in the house, so I was not aware, but as I have nothing under lock & key, it was not so much to be wonderd at, they being left so much to themselves. Perhaps I shall take better care next spring.
Fred sayes that he will write to John Robinson soon. He wants him to come here. I wish to be rememberd to brother Thomas & Sam, G. Green, D.H. Rand and sister, T. Hall, and S. W. Mabbott. Like to now if they doing well. To T. Russell, to T. Thompson, are obligd to him for the fetches. The turnip seed could not be found. Tell him I think it takes him a long time to write a letter. Shoud be glad to hear from him.
My respects to George and Alice. I could give them some encouragement to come here as I find they have enough to do to live but as you have been called upon to part with so maney of your children, I don't know what to say. I now it would be hard to part with Alice.
One reason his why I did not write sooner, I was waiting to get the box. It is a pity your kindness should be a hindrance. I answerd a letter Mr. T. Robinson and wrote a few lines to you, the last person I ever thought of seeing in Canada.
Has I cannot say all I wish, I have concluded to write to G [and] Allice son as I find time. Believe to remain, Your affect son, Henery York
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