From Mary1 (Dickens) York.
From a photocopy of the original sent by Geraldine5 (Garnett) Savage. An original was also received from Jacob Prentice5 York. However, it is missing most of the text from the middle of the third page to the end, and has a last page that is quite different. The beginning of the missing text is quite obvious as it occurs in the middle of a sentence. Both texts have been transcribed.
Dear Henry and Betsey,
Your letter afforded me much pleasure and satisfaction, and I beg to be excused for so long delaying to answer it. Am glad to hear that Betsey and the little one are doing well, and that you have named it Alice. I hope it will grow up to be a comfort to you both.
Glad to hear that you have such a quantity of wool from your own sheep which will supply you with many comforts. You are also well supplied with meat and flour &ce, for which I join in heart with you in thanksgivings to our Bountifull Benefactor who has given us all things richly to enjoy.
Glad to hear that you will soon have an opportunity of sending your produce to the city market, and that you can get cash for so many articles.
I hope you have received Samuels letter which was posted June 8th. If you have, you would be more interested in reading it than you can be in reading any of mine.
I sent you 2 Northampton Mercuryer which I hope you have received. In the last, you will find the account of the floral and horticultural show held in the national school rooms on the 5th of July. Your uncle George had several prises which are stated in the paper. He has an opportunity of raising flowers and vegetables now he has a garden.
We removed from the house he first lived in and are now living in that which Miss Ann Maisiott lived in when you left home, a few yards down the lane, opposite Mr. Bates. There is 2 rooms below, 4 above, and plenty of room, outward a wash house and shop and garden.
Your sister has plenty of work. I help her a little but cant do much, my eyes being very eak. I am glad to say the shoe trade is very good, and we hope there is a prospect of its continuing. So we are all much as usual in health and hope this will find you and yours in the enjoyment of the same Blessing.
Our little girls go to school where they learn to read, write and cypher, sew and knitt. They would be much pleased to see your little one, being very fond of babys.
Your brother Samuels wife has got a little boy which they think of naming Frederick. It was born on the 9th of July. We have all been over to see them, and found Betsey and the baby doing well.
I wish we could all come over to see you in a tilted cart with as little trouble and expence as it was to go to Daventry. You would soon have us all in America.
You wished to know how Mabbotts people do. They are all well and getting on well as usual. Wm has the carrying, Samel is married and left home, Betsey is living in London with a Scotch family, and is expecting to go into Scotland. She has been home a few weeks ago on a visit and Mr. Bunting same time.
Mary Mabbott is at home. She has grown taller than her mother. They are glad to hear that you are making progress, and desire their kind respects to you all. W. Warren is doing well at the horseshoe and I hope Samuel is doing well at Daventry. They have plenty of business in the upholstering line.
I went to see them several times while I was at Daventry. They were very kind to me and wished me to stop to tea and supper. Mrs. Warren is a pleasant woman and very industrious. They have 6 children who are kept in good order. Wm. Saul is living at Northampton at a public house, and appears to be doing well. John Saul has left his children to the parish. Two of them are in the union. Sam Wright is well as usual and able to work.
John York, Mill Hill, died some months ago and Johnny Letts same week. One of John York's sons have lately gone to America. We did not know of it till he was gone or I would have given him your direction.
Your brother William's wife and family are well. She wishes herself in America but I don't expect she is likely to come. The last of her father's sisters died in the the winter. There is considerable property to be divided amongst the nephews and neices. As there is several in her family, her share will be the less.
Sabbath evening we have a very good minister, Mr. Evans, who is well approved of and some of those who had left have returned. Old Mr. Griffiths is here on a visit. He has preached once, and today being ordinance day he addressed the church in a very affectionate manner, wishing us all to remember that Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another, and concluded by saying, my dearly beloved and longed for my joy and crown so stand fast in the Lord my dearly beloved.
If you have not quite given up the idea of coming to see us I will say one thing which is that I will do something to help you back. I am afraid you can't come at any time without neglecting your business, but we should be delighted to see you.
Having more to say that we can write, my love to your wife and children. We would send her a head dress and bonnet, if we had an opportunity. Am glad you have named the little one Alice. I should like to see her and her mother with her.
I must conclude with wishing you all well and happy as this world can make you and preparation for a better when you leave this. From your loving Mother, M. York
The following was the last page of the second copy of the letter. It apparently is part of another letter.
I want to ask many questions, but shall not have room. I wrote before to know how far you are from a place of worship. Perhaps you did not receive my last as I don't know whether it was directed aright. If not, send a proper one.
We expect there will be a tea party on the market place on the 27 to commerate the peace. I hope to send you a paper with the account.
With my best wishes, both for your present and eternal happiness, I am your affectionate mother, M York
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