From Henry2 York.
this lay by severall weeks
Dear Mother and friends, Your letter and papers were received and it afforded me much pleasure to learn that you were all well, but at the same time I must confess I think it rather strange that my brothers should be moving about from place to place, yet they do not seem to me to evince the least inclenation to move one inch in the right direction, but chuse rather to toil and work there for less the half what they might get here.
I wish they would just calculate how maney of their own trade and acquaintance they can find that have bettered their condition, or raised themselves in society by their own energy and industery. I can remember but one, Thos Leo W.
While on the other hand, I can remember numbers who have been redused to almost beggery and the parish. For instance, look at the Davises and many others. Had they performed the same amount of labour here, they might have been worth hundreds of pounds.
Samuell, you say, has took a garden orcherd. I are afraid he will lose by it. If he was here, he might have a orcherd of his own. I have about 70 fruit trees planted, and intend to make up a 100 or more this next fall.
I beleive in one of your letters you wished me not to say aneything more about there coming here, on account of your being grived to part from them. But some way or other, I cant help feeling an intrest in there welfare when I see what prospects there is for them here.
I was thinking that if you would consent to come with them, you would avoid the pang of parting, and I are happy to state that I are in circumstances witch will enable me to suport you with comfort, witch would afford me the graitst pleasure.
My wife has been very urgant for me to make an offer. George and Alice could have a house near ours. You could live wer you like best. With regard to the expense, I will endeavour to assist you. Do all you can yourselves, and I will do the rest.
I will state that if this plan does not meet your wishes, I will assist Thomas or Samuell to get here, witch ever should think proper to come first, and then the other afterwards.
I cannot think wat induses Thomas to stay were he has no relatives or incumberance. If it is the want of means, I wish he would frankly state it. He might easey find out the probable cost by some of the ship agents. I believe it would be the best thing Alice and he could do.
Mr. Fuller, our next neighbour east of us, has his mother out. She was 17 days on the water, and his now living with her son safe and sound. I believe she is older than you.
I find by the papers, corn and other things are dear with you. We consider 5 shillings for wheat a good prise. We are gradually progressing. We have now a span of horses, or mares properley speaking, witch may bring us fols in the spring. The youngest one, 6 years old, cost me 20 pounds, the other 15£. Horses are very dear here, and pay well for raising.
We had a mishap with one of our oxen last spring, and it broke up our team. I was afraid the lame one would not get well, so I sold his mate for ten pounds, and have since bought the horse team. Stock of all kinds are dear now.
Since writting the above, I have been told by Mr. Fuller that his mother was onley eleven dayes, and half the other to getting up to the city. She came in one of the goverment mail steamers across the Atlantic from Liverpool to Qubec. 12 guines second cabin, stearage 6 guines, including board. So you see it is possible to be here in 3 weeks from leaving.
The Northan railway is to be compleated Sept the next witch comes near us to Collingwood harbour from Toronto.
I hope you will make up your minds to come as earley in the spring, and return me an answer as quick as possable.
Mary Laycock [h]as a little girl. Sarah, I believe, will be married this fall. Fred has bought fifty acres of land, 25 cleared. He as to pay 200 and fifty pounds for it. He as had plenty of chances of getting first rate land from government at 7s-6d per acre, 10 years to pay but he neglected it. The best lots are taken up now. He is not married.
John and Henery are at home, and little Alle as full of mischief as she can well be.
We have had a very growing season, have got in a good crop of hay in good order, and most of our harvest. It is been splended weather. Things are selling well but not half as high as they are with you. Labour very scarce. Most all the newspapers advertiseng for it, and maid searvants can hardeley be had at aney prise. I had to pay a girl 5 shillings for a week.
My wife has been very ill a short time. She is better and at her spinning again. She had 60 pounds to spin at first. We shall get cotton warp and have it all wove for ourselves, witch will be a good supply for our small famely.
Womans calfskin lace boots are 13 shilings and 9 pence a pair. Mens cowhide boots are 22 shilings and 6d per pair. Meat 3d, flour 14 shilings pr 100 lbs. Working cattle and horses are dear, near double what they was when I came here. A two year old colt fetching 20 pounds. There are no cart horses here. Their all use light waggons like S. Mabbotts.
My wyfe wishes me to say that she cant write. There was no schools up here when she should have learned. However, it is not the cace now. Ther are ten in this township.
We have put up an addition to our house of 32 square feet beside a fram woodhouse 8 yards square.
Except of our best wishes, E & H York
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