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Brandt, Gerard / Letters, 1850-1860 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, Milwaukee Small Collection 47 Box 1 ([unpublished])

Letter 6/ to this point that I wrote at the time [Translation],   pp. 3-4 PDF (892.6 KB)


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Letter 6, page 4 of letter 3, translation
conditions we are becoming more accustomed to  however it is very healthy
here   1
a thing to wonder at because the range of cold and heat fluctuates here 
  2
sharply   this is most striking in spring and fall   it has even happened
  3
while living here that we had a pleasant rain during the day with    4
heavy thunder and next night heavy frost and snow the following day    5
especially so in late April and early May   sometimes we still have    6
night frosts in early July and then again in late August     7
yet that does not occur every year   but yet one must sow wheat quite early
  8
from the 5th to the 12th of September is considered by Americans to be the
best time  9
for rye it matters less   and in spring one cannot      10
sow or plant much with good results before May   and still     11
in July and August it is harvest time  we are quite at home here now and
would    12
not be eager to go back   we now have 16 acres of land cleared  of    13
which 4 are sown to wheat and 2 to 3 to rye  and the rest is     14
partly meadow  and on the rest we shall put peas, white beans  bareley oats
  15
buckwheat  indian corn  potatoes and carrots  yes everything one    16
desires  we have two oxen to do our work  two cows to calve     17
one young steer and one bull  16 ducks and 6 hogs that we     18
feed a/little during the summer  nights and during the day they     19
go into the woods where they fare fine   and if then in September we    20
shut them up and feed them indian corn they are big and fat by November 
  21
in things temporal we here have good living because everything     22
one makes here is for one's self  what [tax] on our 40 acres here    23
we have had to raise so far has been at most S 5 guilders 40 cents    24
a year   and for that the children go to school till their 20th     25
year during the 4 winter months if one wishes it   to get our grain ground
  26
is indeed somewhat difficult because we live 2 1/2 hours from where    27
it has to be ground  yet on the average one takes t the mill not less than
  28
three or four hectolitres [mud] at a time   and then one gets that ground
and at  29
the same time bolted into three kinds  first flour  then shorts  then bran
 whether  30
it is due to what that or not I do not know but I believe it is due to  
  31
the way it is separated that it does not become mouldy  for we do not find
this   32
to be the case even after it is six months old   the potatoes are good we
  33
still have 8 to 10 hectolitres to sell   they are now very      34
cheap one cannot get more than three or four pennies [holland]     35
for a hectolitre  wheat is thirty shillings rye 11 barley 9 buckwheat 9 
  36
oats 7 butter 1 eggs 10 1/2 pennies per 25  pork a pound 3 1/2 meat 2 1/2
pennies [holland] 37
coffee beans 8 pennies the    sugar syrup and vinegar we make      38
ourselves if we wish  clothing prices differ little from yours     39
our children are now all home   the girls have       40
learned sewing   so that they are now working for themselves     41
and are done with being maids   last summer they      42
became members of church with Rev. klein in milwaukie      43
and have brought their certificates with them  the boys have all the time
  44
been at home   they have grown quite a great deal      45
*Side text*
we are all stillvery well and are especially curious
whether you are still all alive   write back at once

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