From Henry2 York.
Dear father and mother, I now take my pen to answer your last letter. We received the flower seeds in the Mercury. My wife was much pleased with them, and returns you her thanks and best wishes. We put them in rather late, but they are now growing finley. We have had a few fine strawberreys from the seed you sent, and the plants are growing verey fine.
I was in hopes by this time to have had the pleasure of metting with brother Thomas, but it appears from the circumstance you named he has changed his mind. If he has not I should be verey happey to see him, or aney of the rest of you, and would render all the assistance I are able.
You informed me in your last that Samuell had wrote me. If he did I are sorey to say that I never received it, and I hope he will not think it to much trouble to write again. I often wish he was here, for by the time he arrives at the age of myself, he might be the owner of a good property with the same care and industrey as it will take him to get a bare subsistence at home. I supose from what I can learn from your last letter, he is about getting married.
I are sorey to hear of the death of John Smith. I hope his wife and famley will be provided for. I alwayes respected him.
I believe Fred has wrote to you, but he never let me now, when I read your last letter to him.
Mary has a son about 2 months old. Are about 2 miles from us. Sarah his talking of writing soon, and is living on the next farm to Mary.
Give my respects to Mrs. Russell and famley, and tell them that James Barge has not answerd my letter though I sent them my address. If I should hear of them, I shall not faill to write.
You wish to now if the children are pleased to hear from you. I certainly wish you had not put this question. John remmember the least but apear to think the most.
Fred has often iritated me by running down the English and the land of his birth, of witch I am proud. It appears that he has altered for the better since he has been at the Quakers, and his trying to learn all he can witch I are glad to hear. He behaved bad enough to me before he left.
We made 139 pounds of sugar in the spring. It apears I shall get a little more good of it this sesoan then formerly as I have a companio to take [care] of it. One year before I had nearly 100 pounds eaten up in about 2 months when I was working and boarding out most of the time, and Mary never named it till it was all gone but 3 pound.
I find a grait difference in manegement now to what I did formrly. I have not made aney protest yet, and have onley made one payment on my land, but I have got a pretty good begining now, and plenty of stock, and shall be better able to pay now then formley.
We have a yoke of young oxen growing up witch John has been training ever since they have been calves. He has them has handy as old ones, and drives to the mill and back like to pones.
Since writing the former part, I have heard from James Barge. It appears that he is doing pretty well, and has quite a run of business but states that Mrs. Barge has been verry ill but is better at the time he writes.
We have been bussy with our hay and harvest latley and have a few pease and oats to get in yet. We have a new house up, 27 feet long, and 18 broad, window each side the front door, with 20 lights in each. So you will see that I have been prettey well engaged with hay harvest and house but now I intend, if it please God, to take a little rest and comfort.
Our crops are good considering it was a late spring, and has been a dry summer. We have had fine harvest wether. The pasture, fields and turnips want rain of witch they are getting a good suply. Has been raining here all last night and all day today.
This place seems to be yearley improving. This summer the village has had an addition of ten new plank houses. Severell shoemakers and blacksmiths have found their way here from the states.
I hope some time or other we shall have the pleasure of seeing my brothers and sister here, has I do not consider the climate would affect them, has the summers are but verey little warrmer here, and their business being indoor, they need not be afraid of the cold, and I can assure them they would get more than double what they can get at home.
For instance, if I find leather and take it to a shoemaker to make it up into a pair of coarse boots, he will charge 7s 6d. If I pay in wheat, he will take too bushells witch he will earn with the greatest ease in one day. If he take butter, six pense half peney pound and so on in proportion to other articals.
I consider I have betterd my condition and are desireous they should do the same. I have had my difficalety, but I think their path would be smoother has I would render them what assistance I could. Have been expecting to hear from Thomas but have not herd yet.
We have bought a new cooking stove, price ten pounds curency. It is a complete concern with a good maney utensels to fit it. It has a larger oven for baking bread and five seperate places for boiler pots and kettle, witch we can have all going at one time if required.
John Laycock and Marey are gone to make a begining for themselves on No. 12 in the sixth consession, and as the 6 and 7 open or front together the same as your house front W Eadon. We are on 20 in the seventh so you will see their is 6 lots between us on a straight line of road. Only we ar on one side the road, and them the other.
I am ashamed to say that this was began 3 or 4 months since. I must conclude by wishing you every blessing. H [and] Elizabeth York
H and John send their love to you.
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