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From Mary1 (Dickens) York.

Dear Henry,

We received your letter which affoarded us much pleasure, being glad to hear of your well being, and also that you have found a companion who we trust will be in every way a help meet for you.  You have found, as the scripture says, that it is not good for man to be alone.

We are glad to hear that you have met with a person who is interested in your welfare, and the children's also, and hope your union will prove a blessing to all concerned.  Long may you live to enjoy the fruits of your labours, and to be a comfort to each other.  Above all, may you be seeking after the one thing needfull, which is of the greatest importance, and will in some measure lessen the troubles of life or enable you to bear them.

The support which the promises of God's word afford us are of more value than any thing of an earthly nature, and will give comfort both in life and death.

My love to your wife.  Tell her I should like very much to see her with you and the children, but it appears we must not expect it at present.  My love to the children.  I hope they will behave properly to their mother which will be a means of making things pleasant on all sides.

We are glad you had the goosberries safe.  Since then we sent you some black currants dried in the same way.  Also a mercury with flower seeds.  The papers I numbered - No. 1 flower peas, No. 2 Canterbury bells, No. 3 mimulus, No. 4 dragons mouth.  The name of the others I do not know.

We have enquired if dahlias go to seed, and are told the[y] don't.  They are propogated from the roots which are a little like a potatoe.  We also tryed to get pink seed but could not.  If we are spared to another seed time, will try again.

I dare say your expectations were raised in hope of seeing your brother Thos when you received my last.  But a little before the time he had fixed for leaving, Alice was ill with a bad bowel complaint which reduced her very much.  He brought her down to Buckby to try change of air.

She was here six weeks and was much better when she returned.  I beleive the air of London does not suit her.  She had been used to airy rooms before, therefore close rooms and smoakey atmosphere did not agree with her.

We sent your letter up to him.  He is glad to hear that you have found a companion, knowing that your home could not be comfortable without one.  He says he intends writing to you soon and he thinks he shall not leave home at present.

I must now tell you that during the six weeks Alice was down here, her Mother died.  She was at Mudimans, very ill of consumption, before Alice came.  She went once to see her and she behaved bad to her, therefore she did not go again.  We did not any of us go to see her thinking there was no respect due to her.  Perhaps Thos may alter his mind altogether about leaving home since the above named circumstance has taken place, but when he writes, he will send you particulars.

I am sorry to inform you of the death of John Smith, Welton.  His eldest daughter was taken ill of typhus fever 2 months or more since.  Then 3 of the other children fell, then John himself.  He lay but a few days.  One of the children died also.  John was a good man, and I believe is now in Heaven.  How wonderfull are the dispensations of Providence.

I hope Mrs. Smith will be able to bring up her family by her business as grocer and druggist.  She is pretty well respected.  Her friends have raised a subscription for her between 30 & 40 pounds, which will enable her to purchase goods for her shop.

Your brother Samuel sent you a letter at the begining of the year, which we hope you have received.  I think it was a lengthy one, and one in which you would feel much interested.  I am glad to say that the young person with whom he had formed an acquaintance has returned to Daventry, and they have renewed that acquaintance.  I wish it may prove a blessing.

Your sister (Alice) and her husband desire their love to you all.  They are glad to hear that you are more comfortable than when you wrote last.  They are well as usual.  Betsey went up to London when Alice York returned, and is to stop till Whitsuntide if all is well.  Your sister's youngest child has had the measles lately and is getting better.  She will be six years old next month.

We are glad to hear that Frederick is likely to have a lot for himself.  Most young people when they arrive at his age like to have something to call their own.  I hope he will follow your example, and make the best of it.  I wish he could be persuaded to write to us.  Give our kind love to him.  Tell him we wish him well, with all our hearts, both for time and eternity.

Our love to Mary and her husband - should be glad to hear from them, hoping they are comfortably settled.  Our love to Sarah.  We should be glad to hear from her.  I should also like to know if the children are pleased to hear from us.

Mrs. Russell wishes to be remembered to you and would be glad to hear if you have heard from T. Barge.  John Russell, Matilda and Julia still remain unmarried.  Matilda is very usefull in the shop.  John Thompson received your letter about a week after we received ours, and was quite pleased with it.  We had the pleasure of reading it.

We are glad to hear that you have such a goodly number of sheep, and hope you will have wool sufficient for cloathing.  Glad also to hear that you are likely to have sugar from your trees, and the many comforts which are needful for the body.

Your letter agrees with the statements we have seen in the papers respecting the severe weather you have had this winter.  We have had but little frost or snow, and for the last 6 weeks, very little rain.

We should like to know how far Mary is from you, and Fred likewise.  David wishes to be remembered to you.  He has not taken a wife at present.

Your father wishes to know if you have made any pot ash, and wether you have paid any thing towards your land.  Excuse us for asking so many questions.

I must now inform you of the death of John Wadsworth, which took about three months ago after a short illness.  He had injured his constitution very much by drinking.  His siter Mary still keeps her bed.

Joseph Kinch of Millhill died lately.  He was very lame.  Had kept his bed 3 years.  He has no one to live with him.  One of his neighbours attended to him, gave him his meals, then locked him in.  His must have been a lonely life, but the consolations of the gospel supported him.

One day 2 of his neices were going to see him.  Getting to the door, they heard him sing "There is an house not made with hands, eternal and on high, and here my spirit waiting stands, till God shall bid it fly".  What but true religion could have made him so happy.  He is the last of the old people that lived at Millhill.

Your father will send you a paper soon, and hopes you will send him one now and then.  I would like to know how your wife likes the book entitled "Scenes from the bible".  Perhaps she will put a few lines in the next letter.  Write again soon.

With our kind love and ... [torn] we remain, Your affectionate Father and Mother, Thos and Mary York


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