From Mary1 (Dickens) York.
We sent you a letter in June part of which was written to you, the other part to Mary and her husband. We informed you that Edwin was very ill and not likely to get better. He died on the 16th of June, 4 days after the letter was posted. He was a good child and took to his learning very readily. He was 10 years old. His father and mother were very loath to part with him, as we were with ours, but as death cannot be resisted, it is our duty to submit without murmuring.
Perhaps you remember a Thomas Burbidge, brother to Wm Burbidge, who went to America some years ago. He has come to England to see his friends and expects to return in a few days. We think of sending these few lines by him.
We have posted a paper today containing a little of OConners bearded wheat and should like to know if the climate suits that sort. We have several sorts of flower seed which we will send soon. Also some fine large red goosberries and black currants which we have laid to dry thinking they would be more likely to grow than when the seed is taken out. The goosberries mould a little but perhaps they wont spoil.
You have, before you left home, read of floral and horticultral shows at our large towns and of late the gentry in our small towns and villages have followed their example. There has been 3 at different times, held in the national school rooms. There was one yesterday, better than the two preceeding ones, when a beautifull collation of flowers, fruit and vegetables were exhibited and prizes given for the best window flowers, garden ditto, fruit, &c.
Lord Henley and Earl Spencer have been making complaints about the road up Mill Hill. The gentlemen and overseers have had several meetings respecting it and have at length agreed to have it done.
They have made a beginning. They have made a culvit over the dam on the right hand side of the mill, and are making the road ten yards wide. The have dissanulled the gardens and trees to make room for the road which will be much better for those that have to go to and from the station and others who travel that way. The person that has engaged to do it has estimated it at 3 hundred and 50 pounds.
Mr. Wm Ashby has lately had a steam engine made at the mill for the purpose of grinding corn more rapidly.
We are glad to say people are busy getting in harvest. There is a prospect of plenty for which we ought to be thankfull. We shall be glad to hear how you are getting on with yours. The farmers complain of the low price of wheat. It sells at 2 pounds a quarter. Your father would like to know the price of wheat with you.
We are expecting to hear from you every day. Should like to hear if your potatoes are good. There is not much complaint here at present.
Mr. Richrd Reave, Watford, is coming soon to America. Thos Saywell is enquiring if you see his uncle. He would like to hear from him. Thomas cant write to him. He dont know his address. Billy[?] has been living at Mr. Edwards several years. Your old Master, Mr. Venderplank, has taken a young wife. He lives in London and dont visit Buckby much.
By the time you receive this the fall will be drawing on and we expect Sarah will be at home with you and hope she will be as usefull in the house as Mary has been. Give our love to Frederick. Tell him we should be glad if he would write us a few lines. We think it high time for him to begin. I would have all young people begin writing letters betimes, that the difficulty may not appear so great.
We shall hope to hear from Mary soon and from Sarah when she is at home. I suppose John can write also. A few lines from him would be received with pleasure. We dont forget Henry, but hope he will be attentive to his learning, that he may be able to write a letter.
Give our love to them all and tell them we wish them all well as regards this world, but wish above all things that they may see the importance of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Then all necessary things shall be added unto them. What a comfort it would be to you to see - and to us to hear that they were all walking in the truth.
Dear Henry, with regard to myself, I have daily reason to complain that my soul cleaveth to the dust that present things take up so much of my time thoughts. O that I may be enabled by grace to be more watchfull and prayerfull than I have ever yet been.
That the good seed of the kingdom may take deep ... in your heart and spring up and bring forth fruit to everlasting life is the prayer of
Your sister desires her love to you all. She has sent a few small seed for flowers. Sow them at the spring in a pot, then transplant. They require the finest mould, and water them very carefully that the seed may not be washed away. They bear a nice large yellow flower spotted with a brown.
George Green is better.
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