From Henry2 York. Alton York dated this letter 1859.
Dear Mother and friends, I once more take my pen to write to you. Should have wrote to you sooner but have been expecten to hear from Samuell or Thomas. I received S letter and answered it. He can write with hart, proposing it will come as safe.
Perhaps you will remember my stating, some years since, that I was engaged to assist in building a milldam and bridge over Big Head river. There has been a law suit between Purdy and Chantler respecting it. Me and Fred was subpeoaned as witnesses on the trial for Chantler. He lost the suit, verdict damage 3s. It was tried at Guelph 100 miles from this.
On the way I called on George Cleaver, found him and wife and little daughter, all well. Is still living on his wifes place. Has bought a 100 acres farther back. Wood land. Sends his respects to his Aunt Robinson. Has had a letter from her father, but a not heard from his brother Walter since I took his wife to Ferguss when I went after the box.
The railways building in this countrey, or some other cause, has raised the value of both property and produce. I sold a ton of hay for 8 dolors and half cash, and have been bid 2 shilings a bushell for my oats. Butter is selling at 9d per pound. Pork and beef at 5 dolors per 100. The prises do not affect me now as they used to do, as I have a little to sell now, instead of having to buy.
We have mild wether at presen, fine suney days, and slight frosts at night. The sheep, 19 in number, get their own living yet. The cattle go into the woods and get half theirs. They require but little feed night and morning.
We have no snow yet worth naming, but expect the winter to set in soon.
I have had the thrashing machine, and have got my thrashing done. Have not cleaned up yet. I thought it best to get it done by my machine, as I want to chop all I can this winter, and I have about 200 saw logs I want to take to the new mill this winter.
We are all well in health. Henerys eyes are rather weak. The little girl is a fine quiet child, scarseley ever cryes, but gets in all maner of mischief. She could get all round the house before she was 9 months old. Before she could walk to things, she would roll over and over to get were she wanted.
We have not fed our pig a bushell of grain this fall, there is such a quantety of beech nuts in the woods. The feed fat on them for pork is not considered quite so good, it being rather of an oiley nature, but we have killed one, and it is very good eating. We have 9 more left. When the snow falls deep, I shall kill most of them.
There is not a heavy crop of beech nuts every year. We got bushell of butternuts from one tree this year.
It appears by your last letter that Thomas doese not intend to come. I was in high spirits for wile after receiving Samuells letter. I believe he might get ten dollors or more a month and board as a school teacher if he did not like to follow his trade. If David could get here with his little boy, I think he would do well. He could have a home here till he could better himself.
The government are selling good land in severall townships at 7s-6d per acre currency, tenth down, rest by yearley instalments, in nine years.
We have not got our cloth wove yet. Expect to have about fiftey yards.
With respect to my paying a visit, I can say that there is nothing that would afford me so much pleasure as to see you all again, and my native place. There are to reasons why I canot gratify desire. First is my wife is not willing to be left alone so long. The other is, I are not verey well able to bear the expence at present, but every year I expect to have more to sell and after a little time, perhaps Betsy will consent.
When Marey left home, I was ten pounds in det at the store. She had run a bill larger than I was aware of. I had nothing to sell I could spare, to pay it. Last winter I payed half, the half other I settled by giving note payable in 3 months.
So I took a job last spring to chop and clear 5 acers of land, witch I have done, but the man as not the money at present to pay. His wife was over the other day to see if I would take a cow but as that would not pay the storekeeper, I declined, and so the matter rests at present. I could sell hay for cash, but it would be bad policy to sell hay or wheat now, then have to pay perhaps double for it in spring.
We cleared up about 5 acers on my own place, so you see I have not been lazey. John left home last August, and went to the railroad. They gave him 3 shilings and 9 pense a day for driving horses. He set off without my consent. He is home now.
I must conclude by wishing you all every blessing, and except of our love. I remain your affectionate son, H York.
Are ashamed to say that this has been mislaid more than a month.
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