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Wisconsin territorial letters--1843


Wisconsin territorial letters--1843

Janesville March 12th 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette01

1843, Mar. 12. E. Gary, Janesville, to his cousin Luther Cary Esq., Boston, Erie Ct. New York. Fulfills promise to write made when he left New York last fall Father' s family well and apparently contented though living in a log house. Writer has been splitting rails. Had thought of teaching school during the winter instead, and wishes he had done so. Hopes his cousin has recovered from "Texas fever." Today, Sunday, went three miles to a seven by nine log school house to attend church services. Sunday the most lonesome day in the new country. A.L.S. 4pp.

Racine March 12 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette02

1843, Mar. 12. B. R. Perkins, Racine, to his brother Barnalias Perkins, Columbus, Ohio. Family news. The mouth of the Root River large enough for any craft that sails the lakes. Town needs a [harbor?] which he thinks it will get soon. Advises brother to come to Racine and ply his trade. Says that there are no carriage makers in the vicinity. A.L.S. 2pp.

Lafaette [sic] October 31 the 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette03

1843, Oct. 31. Lucian Enos, Lafayette to his parents, David Enos, Pulaski, New York. Details of a trip from New York by steamer and costs. Arrived at Racine. Considerable illness, probably fever and ague. Differences in this country and New York not great. Can girdle the timber and sow wheat among the trees. May have to work out at $10. a month or can cut cordwood. Many family inquires. A.L.S. 3pp.

Milwaukie [sic] May 6th 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette04

1843, May 6. E. T. Eastman, Milwaukee, to his father Samuel Eastman, Strong, Maine. Most severe winter in eighteen years, "so say the Indians." Weather has prevented steamboat navigation. No boat from Buffalo yet. Writer is prospering in real estate and building business. Sells lots in exchange for work on two brick houses that he is building. Lots that he bought for $20. now sell for $50. and $60. He also exchanges lots for crops. A.L.S. 4pp.

[City Illegible] Oct 15 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette05

1843, Oct. 15. --------- ---------, Prairieville [Waukesha], to her brother Major G. G. [Tobey Pott?], Jay, New York. Climate very injurious to health. Many sick with chill, fever, and ague. Smallpox raging in Milwaukee. Very little fruit except pumpkins and apples at 10 shillings a bushel. Wheat is fifty cents a bushel, Oats 3 shillings, potatoes 25 cents, fresh pork 5 cents a pound. Young people appear cold and indifferent. A.L.S. 4pp.

Beloit, Wisconsin Territory, Sat. Aug. 26, 1843 WI.Letters2w.Lette06

1843, Aug. 26. Abel Wood, Beloit, to his father Benjamin F. Wood, Westminister, Massachusetts. Has just arrived. Describes trip by way of New York, Albany, Buffalo, and Chicago. From Chicago he traveled by stage coach to Belvidere where he procured a horse on which he completed his journey to Beloit. Engaged as a preacher at Beloit. Gives high praise to "Temperance Houses" where travelers "meet none of those red-nosed, blear-eyed, foul-mouthed, roguish-looking, mischief-loving, devil-serving gentry." A.L.S. 4pp.

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Janesville March 12th 1843

Racine March 12 1843

Lafaette [sic] October 31 the 1843

Milwaukie [sic] May 6th 1843

[City Illegible] Oct 15 1843

Beloit, Wisconsin Territory, Sat. Aug. 26, 1843

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