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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

English Prairie 10th Oct 1844 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (12.1 MB)

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must have a wild appearance. But the hand of industry soon transforms it.
It looks as though it would say "come settle upon me and cultivate
and I will reward thee. If I could procure about here a few acres of Land
I should not fear to start labour upon it with my own hands, I am satisfied
that I could subdue it. But about here it has been nearly all taken up, and
within the last two or three years. There is plenty to be had at second hand,
but at a higher price. However I am in no hurry. I intend to look about,
and if suitable land cannot be had in one place it can in another. I would
like to purchase 40 acres and get a sort of home for you . I shall act with
prudence and care. Now I want you to write to me immediately and tell me
if I should wish you to come if you will do so. If I think we can do well
here I will after I am sufficiently acquainted with the country, desire you
to come, but if I do not see a good prospect I will not so wish you. And
what I want is for you to have your minds made up before I write again either
to come or stay. You may depend upon it I shall not lead you astray, if I
can possibly help it. It is quite impossible in a letter to tell you everything
you would like to know, instead therefore of information you will sometimes
have to rely upon what I may think will be the best. For myself I have never
once regretted that I left home and friends tho' in doing so I felt as Keenly
as a person can feel. The views I had respecting America when I left have
been confirmed. I thought and I still think that there is a better prospect
here than in England for those who have their living to work for. And I do
think that if we were all here we should not be sorry for it. Peter has received
me very Kindly, and made me welcome to his house. He is very much like my
Father both in appearance and manner and I am almost ready to fancy that
I am now with him. Could he have been here instead of me I am sure he would
have been delighted. Peter

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