Brandt, Gerard / Letters, 1850-1860 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, Milwaukee Small Collection 47 Box 1 ([unpublished])
Town of Milwaukee the 12th of June 1859 [Translation], pp. 1-6 PDF (2.6 MB)
Letter 7, page 1, translation Town of Milwaukee the 12th of June 1859 with joy I greet you ## the meeting of this is Much loved Uncles and Aunts Nephews and Nieces Since I have felt for a long time like writing you a letter it seems 1 to me that I cannot postpone any longer, I have begged father many times 2 to write to you but it seems that he cannot get to it, so I wish so far as it 3 is in my power to get a letter on to you, since I am as we all are 4 desirous to hear from you, I would perhaps have written earlier had my health 5 permitted, and hope that you will accept it with love, 6 since father last wrote we have received three letters from you,two from uncle 7 Jan Schipper and one from Cousin Jan lindenberg, which were very welcome and a joy to us, 8 (pity enough that they were not answered sooner,) from you letters 9 we learned that uncle Jacobus and Aunt sara have passed from time to Eternity, 10 may it be that they have entered the land of Eternal rest 11 then is their happiness great and they are freed from all misery, the loss is 12 always paifnul, but there is still a sweet recollection remaining, and if then the hope 13 may be lively of seeing them again, we also learned from them that 14 aunt Martina has been ailing considerable time, but yet became better, and that all 15 others were well, from Cousin Jan's letter we learned 16 that things were going with them as before, his mother once said when we were going to America 17 that even if she could get to America in her slippers she would not want to be there, 18 but it seems to me they would nevertheless be better off if they were here, at any rate he 19 and his sisters, but they will perhaps see no opportunity for that, we have 20 often longed that we might sometime see one of our relatives here, it is possible too 21 for one who is diligent and is willing to work to make headway here, although this year 22 and last year times have not been so good here, as a few years ago, but 23 still wages are none the less always high compared to holland, it would have to be they 24 outside of them I expect no one here, and would not dare nor wish to recommend it to any one else! 25 As for our situation that has changed somewhat, in the year 1854 we 26 moved from town holland [Sheboygan County] where we formerly lived, about forty miles south-ward27 8 miles from Milwaukee, this is a large city, father had been called here for Religious work, 28 to work as leader here, for which a yearly salary 29 of one hundred dollars was given him and free housing, so it was but a small piece of ground 30 that he worked, (there are almost thirty holland families here,) but this 31 __________________________________________________________________________ ##In this space is a sticker in the original, evidently having a motto reading (perhaps in English) "joyous greeting". The circle indicates its size only. The colors and print have utterly fafded.
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