From Thomas2 York to his brother Henry2 York. Also included is a note from Thomas's daughter, Alice3 York.
Geraldine5 Savage has the original.
Most likely you have long ago despaired of hearing again from me, but the old adage is better late than never. I am at present staying at Buckby. I left London about six weeks ago. I had been in a situation for about 15 months in the shop, for an employer for whom I had been working for the last six years. The work was easy and I should have liked to stop in it for many reasons.
But my employer was a very strange man and at times quite unbearable so I told him one day when he was more unreasonable than usual to get another man in my place and I left that night.
Trade was very dull in London and I wished very much to visit Buckby again. In fact, I am getting tired of London noise, bustle and smoke and quite enjoy the fresh air again. I had Alice put prentice to the waistcoat making. She was out of her time about the same time as [I] left so we are all at living together with George.
We received your letter with great pleasure, the more so as your position now enables you to enjoy some portion of the fruits of your persevering industry. We are highly pleased to learn that Fredrick has become a farmer so early in life. Had you been fortunate enough to have had such a start in life, you would have been spared many weary years of hardship and privation.
Respecting my intention of coming to America, I can only say I should like to come very much. I have three times tried to save the money to come, but each time something has occured to prevent me doing so, and at present I am no nearer it than if I had never tried.
George would like to come very much and I believe Alice would be willing if she was satisfied she could have a comfortable home. They have got a well furnished home at present, and she thinks it would take years before they would be as well off again.
Samuell is willing to go, but his wife says she would rather stay in England and do badly than go to America to do well, so it is no use thinking of his coming at present.
Mother is writing herself so I suppose she will tell you her mind, but I believe if George & Alice make up thier mind to come, she will come along with them, but she seems very much affraid that the voyage would be too much for her. You know she was never very stout and allthough well for her years, is by no means so well able to undertake such a journey as younger folk.
If they make up their minds to come they will be able to find nearly as much money as will bring them over, but I do not see how I am to save much towards it for I cannott earn much more than keeps Alice and me. The wages are so low and Alice cannott get anything to do here to help.
If you can do anything to assist in getting us over, I should be glad if you would, and let us know as soon as you can, you may depend upon seeing Alice and me there in the spring if we can procure the means of getting there, and I think we should soon be able to repay you again.
I should like to know what route you think would be best if we come and wether it would be avisable to bring a bed. And wether I should require to make my own lasts, for since I have been in a shop I have learned many things that will be very usefull to me if I come.
And send word what you would like me to bring over for yourself.
With my love to you and yours, I remain Your Affectionate Brother, Thomas York.
Alice wishes to write a few lines herself. T.Y.
Nov 28th 1854
I am very glad to hear from you. I am also glad to hear that Mary and Fredrick are geting on so well. I only wish that I was in as good a posion as either of them, but I never shall be here for if I was master of my business and could get a good price for it, it would be no advantage to me, not in getting on in the wourld, because it is so uncertain for a few months in the summer. We might be very busy and then it all drops off and there is scaresely any thing all the winter.
I have know doubt but I should be able to get on a great deal better there. I have often thought how I should like come over to you. We have been just upon the point of coming two or three times so I felt rather disapointed because I could not come.
We should have been there before now if the means had not prevented us but I hope with a little of your assistance we shall be able to come in the spring. My Father has a great desire to come as well as myself. I must conclude with my love to you, your sons and daughters. Alice York.
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