[postmarked 19 Sep at Daventry and 10 Oct at Barrie ON]
From Alice2 (York) Kinch to Henry2 York. Geraldine5 Savage has the original.
I recived your letter on the 14th of Apral. Was very glad to hear from you and to no that you had the box safe and that the things were so useful to you. I can asure you that they were all sent with a free good will. Am soory we could not send somthing more for yourself but the other box being kept from you made us afraid to send to many the last time.
Should like to no how the girls got thier dresses made and whether Fred and you wear the fronts and collars.
I will now give you an account of Mr. J. Robinson. They recived your letter and set sail on the 3 of Aparl. They had a bad voyage. They wear 6 weeks on the water. The first 3 they could not eat, the next 3 they could not cook. The ship rocked about so that they were oblidged to hold themselfes to keep from falling.
One of the children was taken ill of the measles and to prevent the other taking it they parted, the father taking care of the one and the mother of the other too so when they landed they did not know each other. However, the other children war taken ill and died to days after each other.
Mrs. R. was so ill after landing they thought she could not have lived, but is somewhat recovered. They are stoping at Brookling near New York. They think of settling there. They would have been in a poor situation if they had not had plenty of money with them. Mrs. R. says she thinks she shall like the country very well but she says in one place, Dear old England with all her faults, I love her still.
With regard to our coming to America, must be put off for the present. Mother is not at all willing that we should come and if she may, we could not get the money. I think it would be of little use to try to gather. I will tell you why I think so.
David Green very much wanted to come to America so he made a start to try to gather a little money. He went to some of the places he thought most likely to give and he got 1s 0p so he left off. I supose you will say he did not persever. I think you judge me to hard when you thought that.
I should like to be there without the truble of coming. I should not mind the trouble if I was sure of geting safe there at last as I am not very stout. I am [afraid] of being in a damp ship. However, I will say no more about it for the present.
Should we at any time see the slitest chance we should avail ourselves of it, so now I will return you our most sincere thanks for your kind ofer, for which had we have come we should have accepted with pleasure. Nor do I like the thought of losing it now and hope you will have the pleasure of bestowing it at some future pereod.
I am glad to inform you that shoe trade is a great deal better. There as been plenty of work this 12 months but am afraid it will not last long. I have plenty of work myself so we get along better than when I wrote to you before. Our children all go to school. Edwin is a good scoller for is age, as got a prize book latly.
You wished to no if Uncle Waren is at the squire's. He is there still. We do not see him much. He never calls.
William is still at the horseshoe and is doing well. He as took 3 closes down the wharf road just as you go down the hill on the left hand side, has got a new barn made in the top close. They belong to Mr. Vernam that married Mrs. G. Ashley daughter. They are living at Toseten now. Jos. Barbadge used to rent them. S. Waren as failed and was sold up latly at Daventry but is going on again in a smaller way I think.
Thos. is where he used to be but we have not seen him a long time. Mr. ?Fokem is not married at present but expect he will before this letter reaches you. The lady is quite a stranger to us. She as been visiting at W. Haynes the drover. She is very young. Old Mike told him he should like to sell him some bricks to build a nersery.
W. Ivens and Ann Russel in the field were married latly and G. Tibbit, Murcut, to Ann Bunting, locks. They live at green hill farm, have got a new house built there. Charles Tibbirt married Mr. J. Ashley's oldest daughter. They live at Murcut. It is expected that young John Ashley and Miss Ivens will be married soon and Mr. S. Collis and Miss Shawe.
Father don't no the right name for the wheat he sent you. We call it o conners wheat. It is a fine sort. Should like to no if any of the seeds grow that we send you and whether Mary and Sarah would like some flower seeds if they have not any. Tell M. I think she is to young to marry. Tell her to wait till she is 20. After then if there is a good prosspect let her embrace the opertunity.
We have not recived the paper you promist. Should like to no if you have had the letter Mother sent in March. John Robinson expected to hear from Fred before now.
Mr. Birdit has bought Badcocks house. He as latly given up preaching on account of bad health. They have got one upon trial. Mr. Aperly is at our meeting still, but is not much liked. Mrs. Caperen is now at Buckby. As come for her health, as been poorly a long time but is better since she came hear. Too of her children are in London at school.
I think that the trade union that Thos told you about has began and are getting on well at preasent but we are expecting to hear every day. He sent some time ago to say that he should come down to see us at Buckby feast but we do not no whether he will come.
You will be suprised to hear that Mr. Kilsby as been sold up last winter. I think most people thought him worth a good deal of money. John Robinson that worked there left some before the sale and began to bake for himself. He built a hoven at his own house but it did not answer is purpose so well as he expected.
After a few months busness he sold everything he had and did not pay his creditors so they took him up and sent him to Northampton jail. He went in March and is there still.
Mrs. R and John are living with Mrs. Ben Eyer. Tos and Ann are out. Mr. Kilsby as given the busness up to young Petter. They live with him and have got a good busness. Mrs. Hanwell and old Arter Wadworth are dead and Mary An is married to J. Pain so there was only the old gentleman left. He had sold his land before. Haill Manley bought the largest field and sets it in lots to poor men.
W. Web is much as usual. You most likely remember that he married George's mother. His children are nearly all married. John married Yarlick's daughter in April at Northampton. John Holland married one daughter and one of Abe Blinco's sons another and Rubin Newitt another. W. Eyer and family are ... Too of Robt sons have set up carreing to Northampton and Daventry. Have got a van and cart, too horses and are doing very well.
Mr. Griffiths 4 daughters are all in America, and all at one place, it called Galena, Joe Davis County, Illinois. John Robinson as sent to say that they are going, state up to them. Mr. G. Griffiths as bought them three houses opposite. Mr. John Charles as made a tallors shop of the bottom one and a drapers of the middle one and lives in the top one, as put too large windows in the shops. Ther is another draper coming to the one he left. He is a stranger.
I began this letter too mounths ago thinking to send it but had put it off till now.
I am glad to inform you that Robinson recived your letter on the 17th of Sep for which she is much oblideged. Is sorry that Walter has not wrote to you before now. Should be glad if you would write to them and get them to send a few lines back to you and then you fill it up and send it as they cannot write themselves. She would gladly pay for a letter from you if you could give her any information of them at any time.
Are glad to hear that you have good crops. Hope you have got them by this time. We have had the finest wether this harvest that as been for sevral years and good crops for which we should be thankful as.
Am sorry to hear you have had such a bad fire but glad that you have not lost much by it. It must have been an awful sight. Am glad to hear that you have so much of your land clared. You must have worked very hard. Hope Fred helps you all he can.
Should be glad if he or Mary would write a few lines when you write again, which I hope you will do as soon as you get this. You no doubt will think me very unkind not to answer your letter before now which I would have done willingly if I could write a letter as well as you but I can nether spell write nor indite, but I have done it as well as I could.
I must now conclude, wishing you may enjoy the fruits of your labour. I think you are worthy of them. George unites with me in best wishes for the happiness of yourself and children. I remain your affectionate sister, A. Kinch.
Father sent a Northampton paper last week with a little of O'Conners weath.
You have preaphs heard of the death of Sir R. Peel. He fell from his horse which caused his death in a few days. His death is much regreted by a great people. Likewise the Duke of Bucknaming died in about a week after R.P.
They use potash for bletching cloth and callico, some for whitening straw bonnets.
Many people ask if you are married again but I supose we must either belive you are not or come and see.
You will easely gusse how I miss my sister.
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