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

Pedlars Creek Friday Feby 14th 1845 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (12.5 MB)

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care, and receive His Grace to support and comfort you. I have often said
"my earthly father has been taken away but thou O Lord hast pro-mised
to be to me a Father" and as such I have tenaciously clung to him
claimed his help and blessing. Now He has promised to be the Widows Husband
and you must contrive to apply to him for help. Let us have God for our friend
and then all will be well whether we may be in England or America. We must
apply to God in Christ to make us ready for another world, and then, but
only then, we are fit to live in this. We cannot promise ourselves to meet
again on Earth but O Let us meet in Heaven. The day after your letter came
to hand I began to be unwell and for a few days after I was quite confined
to my room. My sickness has been a severe attack of Dysentery to which some
persons in this country are rather subject. And new comers are especially
subject to it. But I am happy to say that I am fast recovering being almost
well again. I am inclined to think that my sudden incarceration (you will
soon understand what I mean) has to some extent been the cause. Till then
I had had active out of door exercise almost every day, and I think I never
enjoyed better health.   I have left English Prairie, and I suppose I am
not upwards of a hundred miles further west. My luggage is still there. I
was quite comfortable at Peter's and they would have been very glad for me
to continue with them. But I knew that it would not do for me always to remain
there, and as a Young Man who lived in that Circuit (the McHenry Circuit)
was about to go to Chicago, a distance of 50 or 60 miles. I went with Peter
and there posted the letter. It is a place of immense trade situated on the
margin of Lake Michigan, receives the produce of an extraordinary extent
of country (shipping it East) and supplyingthe inhabitants of that portion

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