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From Henry2 York.

Dear friends, I received your letters and likewise one from John Thompson by the same post.  Are happy to hear that you are all well, and are thankfull to ad that we are all in good heath, and enjouing more comfort then when I wrote last.

I must now inform you that I was on December last, the 8, married to a young woman the name of Elisebeth Prentice.  Canadan born, a smart industrious person, and being a farmer's daughter, she is well acustomed to all kinds of farms house work, and she appears verey kind to the little boys, Henery and John.  They are well pleased, they having their wants attended to much better then formley.

I hope to get along with my business now much better, being well convinced tha[t] I have a companion who takes and feels an intrest in my welfare.  She, with myself, desires her respects to you all, and says she should like to see you, but would not like to cross the water.

She tells me that I must not go home for fear I might not come safe back, and that she would be fretting all the time I was gone, so I supose I must give up the idea of seeing you all for the present till I am better able to bear the expence of the journey.

Marey and Fred was here at Christmas and are well.  Sarah has got mift and is not been down since we was married, and I have not seen her since.  The goosbereys came safe to hand.  Was much pleased with.

Give my respects to M. Russells.  Tell her that she may depend on my writing to James Barye next maill.  Would like to know if John or his sisters are married yet.

Are sorrey to hear of G. Greens death.  How true that saying, We know not what a day or an hour will bring forth.  I little expected such news.

I witch I had the children here.  This is decidedley the best country for children and young people.  For instance, Fred can pay for a hundred acre lot and clothe himself in 3 years without aney assistance from me.

I are rather suprised to hear of Brother Thomas intention, but should be happy to see him.  I think it would be the best thing he could do, to settle in some healthey place, and give up that fine work witch is so ruinous to the eyes.

Here, if he could content himself to work on this country work, he would get double the pay here for about half the labour.  Not always in money, but flour, meat, butter and other things.  I have had to pay ten shilings for the making up of a pair of large boots this winter, and found the leather myself, and neither sewing nor stitching in the bottoms, all peged together.

I hope he will give up the idea of going to that Charnell house you speak off.  It is the most unhealthy place in North America.  If he should not like this, the Oiho is graitley prefferable to New Orleans.  I sincerley hope, if he should emegrate, he will give me call, if he could not be prevailed on to stop here, as I should be happey to see him, and would do what I could to get him settled.  There is a chance here of constant employment for towe or three.

I have been trading one of my cows for a winowing machine, and have bought four more sheep.  I shall have ten to shere next spring, and my wife is a great spinner, so we shall soon be able to make our clothes.

You can tell J.T. I will answer his letter next maill, and will give more particalars than I can here.

It is not generaley known where the railway will term[in]ate.  There is been a good deal of opposion against its terminate at the mouth of the river, though it is began in severall plases.

We have a hard winter hat present, and plenty of snow, but according to the old Dutch and Canadian rule and signes, we are to have an earley spring.  Are happy to state that we can live better this season then ever, having more to do with.

I must conclude.  Remember me to all my aquaintance and may God continue his men... [torn] to you and bless and support you to the end.  From your son, H York

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