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From Henry2 York.
Original and a handwritten copy have survived.


Dear Sister [She would be Alice2 (York) Kinch, his only sister living at that time.]

I received your letter, the perusall of witch afforaded me great pleasure.  Are happy to learn that trade is better with you and sincerley hope it may long remain so for beniefit of yourselves and others.

You wish to no how the girls had their dresses made.  Mary made hers with a full bosom and tight sleeves and a small frill round the neck.  Sarah had hers made with a cape.  Marey has made Sarah a bonett with the silk you sent.

I joked her about waiting till she is 20 before she leaves me but she tells me your advice comes to late.  The time has been fixed upon long ago and though she does not alow me to tell secrets I beleive it will happen on her next birthday.  The young man name is John Laycock.

I do not look forward to the time with any degree of pleasure for I am lonley enough now at times and when she leaves me I shall graitley miss her companey has well as miss in her in the capacaty of a housekeeper and the thought of losing her soon seems to make me more attached to her then ever.

You say that maney people ask you whether I am married.  If ther is one among the inquistrie who wants a husband you might have the goodness to send her over, for I assure you I do not know of aney one person in all this province who is in grait need of a houskeeper and companion then myself.  I do not now of any middle aged person here and the young girls are caught up before one can farley look at them twice.

You think I judged you hardly about the trouble of coming here.  I assure you I did not intend to hurt your feelings, nor did I think you would have been so sensitive.  If you had took in consideration what a rough blunt unpolished creature I be and what a confused way I have of expressin myself I hope you will pardon without further apoligy.

The bearded wheat grew well last season.  The golden drop was shrunk and I think will not answer.  That which came in the box I have sowed latley and that I received in the Northampton paper.  The goosberry and strawberry seed never grew witch was a grait disappointment.  Should like to try a little more if you could send it.

I think J. Robinson will be disapinted in expecting a letter from Fred.  I are sorrey to say that he behaves very ill to me.  He left me last spring just has the busey time comenced and stayed away all summer.  He has been home 3 weeks and is so saucey that I can hardley bear to be near.  He tells me he knows has much as I do and he will do has he likes.  If I [tell] him he had better take a book or write or go to meeting he will answer me with a scowll or some unkind word.

If he had onley stayed home last summer and helped me log and put in crop I should bave had nearley double the harvest but the trouble is [h]is unkind behavour witch cut me to the heart.

If he does not alter his manner shortley I shall let him go and have no more to do with him for I can plainly see that John will learn no good of him.  How true it is that man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

Tell L. Robinson if I should hear from the Cleavers I will write without fail.  You have a good maney changes witch are naturall enough.  I beleive J. Robinson awlways kept M. Bisbys[?] books.  I never had much faith in him.  What are become of his flock.

The latter part of the summer here as been wet but the harvest got in pretty good condition.  The potatoes have the rot again this year.  I have ten bushel spoiled out of a 100 and they are rotting on the camps now.

I have just put up a barn and began to thrash.  I are afraid my wheat will not turn out so well to the sheaf as I expeted.  Have a good crop of turnips.  Onley planted a little of the mangle wruzle seed.  It was small.  It was put in late.

We wear the fronts and collars.  Marey has been spinning our wooll.  We have enough to make 20 yards of flanell cloth with a bunch of cotton yarn.  It costs six pence per yard weaving.

Sarah is going to live with another Quaker familey, is to have 2 dollars a month wages.  She has had the fever and ague a month but is now better.  She is considered a fine looking girl.  I have been asking her if she has nothing to say to her grandma or her aunt or some others.  She says she does not no so I cant say aneything for her.  I am realey veted with them when I write for they often pretend they dont no what to say.

I have sown about 2 acers and half fall wheat and shall have 4 acres more for spring wheat.  It is mostley logged up but not burnt off.  Are all behind with our fall work haying.  Had to lag latley what should have been done in the summer.  We are expecting the snow on every day though we have none yet.

The government are going to sell ther land on the same conditions as the clergy, namley one tenth down and ten years to pay, the remainder with intrest.  In this part of the province, the terms for crown land of late years has been cash down 8 shilling 9 pence province curency.

Would like to hear how S. Mabbott is doing and wether Wiliam is with his father now and if T. Harbridge is doing aney business or not.  Would be glad if Brother Thomas would [send] a paper of as he can.  The ilistrated news is a grait noveltey here.

I used to indulge in the idea of being able to come and pay you a visit but I have earley gave it up as nothing will bring money here but wheat and potash neither of which I have now to sell, I mean no regular money market for other things, only what people may chance to pay one to another.

The front part of my lot is rather low land about 40 or fifty rod up the lot.  This is the reason why I have not grown more wheat.  It will make good medow or pasture land.  This front part has cost me a grait deal mor labour to clear then if I had began futher back where the land is higher witch I had ought to had done, as experiance teaches, and left the flat land till I was better able but it looks best now it done and as I are now got on higher ground I expect to grow wheat to sell instead of having to buy as I had last summer before harvest.

We have now 3 cows, a yoke [of] 4 year old oxen - I traded the other off yesterday - one heiffer and too last spring calves, one dog, 3 pigs and 3 cats and lot fowls.  We have more feed for our cattle this fall than ever we had before.  This is a good year for beech nuts.  If we had 20 hogs they would have fed fat in the woods this fall but we have but 3 at home, one large fat, too small ones.  I have one paid for not at home witch intend to bring me some yong ones next spring.  And 3 ewe sheep.

Wheat is bringing 4s a bushell, pears 2s 6d, oats 1s 3d, a sheep 12s, a cow £3 a pound, a yoke of good oxen 12 pound currency, beef 15s per hundered, pork from 1s 5 to 2s 0, pigs one month to 2s 6d or a days work, young men wages 2 £ 5 a year and hard to get them.

Marey would like a few seeds, pinks, woodbine.  There are no primroses here.

My respects to all relation, father and mother not excepted, and remain your affectionate brother, Henery York, November 25 1850.


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