From Henry2 York.
Dear Sister and friends, I once more take my pen to write to you by Marey's request. She wishes me to inform you that she is now married to the young man I named in my last letter but is still living with me and has agreed till October next when they expect to begin on their own land for themselves.
They had agreed to go to Owen Sound to be wedded before the roads broke up but the spring coming earley and the roads became so bad they could not go in a cutter. So Sarah and her rode a horse each. Marey had a new orleans dress, a little blue print and red. She made it herself. I are happy to say that I consider she has conducted herself properley.
Her partner will be twenty years old next June. The young man friends was quite agreeable and sent down a turkey and other things to keep wedding with. They own one thousand acres of land in this township and are considered the wealthiest people, but they are verey plain industerous famley.
Sarah is now living at a rich Quakers. She goes to school twice a day and works morning and evening for her board. They pay her schooling. She is a fine healthey looking girl.
Fred is at home this spring so that I hope we shall be able to put in more crop this year. We have been buisey burning and clearing latley and have a piece ready for sawing.
I have half a bushell of flax seed to sow this spring and shall try to raise flax to make our own linnen and ropes and would be glad of father's implements if I could onley get them, espeicaley the ecles. If an opurtunity ocured there are severel that grow flax and now ecles in the place. They drive a few nailes in a board and make that answer for a dressing instrument.
The legeslators have passed a law for a new valueation of property in order to make a fresh assessment. The assears have been here and have asseset me for 75 pounds real property and twenty five personal property. We expect to have to pay a tax of a penny farthing in the pound.
We have but one calf this spring yet but sen live lamb.
The District counsell have passed a law to tax all absentee lands for the improvement of the roads. This will be a grait boon to this township as it will amount to several 100 pounds.
Marey wishes to now what is become of Mareydonn Wait and wether Marey Mabott is still at home. M desiers her best respects to her and her mother.
Tell George to give my respects to James Howard and tell him to send Eliza. I should be glad to have her for a wife if she could be persuaded to come. I must now get a companion as soon as possable or I shall be in a difficalty when Marey leaves me. I cannot expect her to stay maney months longer. It grives me graitley to think of parting with her, she being as it were almost my onley companion, and I have put off the evill day as long as I farley could. I don't now how I shall bear it.
Sarah has been from home so much. She does not seem to take much intrest in the manegment of the house as Marey.
I received 2 papers latley. Are graitley obliged to the senders. Would be glad of as maney as you can send. Please to send Brothers Thomas address. Witch he would send me the illistrated news as often as convenient. It is a grait novelty amongest Canadains.
Dear sister, I believe you expressed a wish that at some future period I might possable have the pleasaure of bestowing what I proposed to you. I assure you it would afford me most heart felt pleasure and gratifitation and I should rather at than diminish what I then offerd to do.
We are often talking about Edwin. John remembers him. I cant give Henery the least idea about aney of you, not even about his mother.
Give my love to father and mother, David H. and respects to George Green and William wife and children. Would like to now how they do. Would like to now how Charley Meacock and his father are doing. My respects to the Russells. Like to have Barges address.
Ask W. Warren to send me a few papers and I will try and send him one or to. Would send me a few hemp seed. Have received too papers latley, a little goosberr seed in one of them witch I have sowed.
There are a good many English people settling in here and there are 42 more expected this spring. We expect the steam boat to make her first trip this season up here on the 9 of May. The storekeepers ar nearley out of goods. The roads broke up so earley they did not get suplied by land carriage.
Marey has made up the flanell cloth she spun for us. Henery and John have coat and trousers, Fred and me shirts, and the girls a garment each.
I should esteem it a favour if mother would write to Marey and J.
John Thompson is a long while sending his letter and Brother Samuell to. He may expect a severe scolding when I see him. If he gets off with that, he may consider himself very fortunate.
Have been expecting a letter this last few weeks and not receiving have set down to write myself but never felt so utterley at a loss for matter to write upon in all my life as I do this time. So you must excuse this scribble on that score and burn it up as soon as you have read it.
Our neighbour on the north side raised a large frame barn last Saturday. They was rather short of hands and I feel the effort of heavey lifting today, but I hope it will soon wear of. There is a good maney frame buildings goin up this sumer.
Have not heard a word from the Cleavers yet. The rate of postage is 3 pense on each letter all over the province. Came in to operation last month.
May 5. I must now conclude and believe me to remain
The children send their respects and remember me to all enquirers. My fall wheat looks well but the wheat father sent in the box is but here and there a spear of it came up.
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