ADDRESS: The following letter has no address. It is written
more neatly than others and almost seems to be a copy.
Dear Brother I take my pen in hand to write you to
let you know that your friends in this place are all
well and hope these few lines will find you and your
family enjoying the same blessing. My brother James
received a letter from you about the 20 of September and we
were very sorry to hear that you met with a
misfortune yourself on the steamboat and that Ann and the
little boy were sick with the fever ague. We are
looking for Mr. Edgcomb home soon and we are very
anxious to see him as we understand that he has been
at your place. You wrote that you wished me to
collect the money on your notes and sent it by mail .
I should have written sooner but I could not collect the
money sooner. I went to Troy to see Mr. McKee and he
told me that he could not pay any money on the note now. He
said you told him that you would be in no hurry for the
money. I paid Mr. Cunningham $16 and received Colwells
note. I have collected about sixty dollars and I was at
Schenectady to get the money exchanged for current money and
Mr. Cunningham told me that Schenectady money would
(illegible—pass?) in Illinois, as well as any state bills.
So I send you fifty-five dollars on that bank and five
dollars on the Michigan Bank which makes 60 dollars.
When you receive this if you wish more money you must
write and I will try to collect more.
McTurneys son sold his place at the Grant and has
been down and wants to buy my place. He would pay for
it 2500 hundred dollars and I would be willing my self to
sell it for that money and come out and live by you but Jane
thinks that she could not go so far from her friends.