Mendon: [Ed], 1854.
Letter. Approx. 8" x 7.5" 3 page letter, folded. Letter dated Oct 28th, 1854 and written from a town called Mendon. The letter is signed Ed at the bottom of page 3. Page 4 is blank with no postal marks.
Ed described his move to Mendon - "I like the country better than I expected to if the land works as easy as I think it will shal be satisfied in coming out here to live thare is no clay lump to smash Here it is not any more Sickly here than it is there that I know..."
Ed speaks of the crops being light this year due to the drought and that prices for corn and wheat are rising very fast. Ed tells his brother there is a lot of 40 acres for sale and the "Man asks three hundred dollars and fifty for it he wants 150 down for it and the rest he will wait two or three years for there is timber and stone enough on it to pay for it"
Ed urges his brother to make a decision quickly as the seller of the land will wait to hear back from Ed who has first refusal. Ed also requests his brother to bring his dulcimer to sell and also bring his shot gun because there is lots of duck, geese and turkey to hunt.
There is a Mendon, Massachusetts; Mendon, New York; and a village in Ohio named Mendon all around during the time this letter was written. The only other location mentioned in the letter is "Center-Ville". Although, the writer and receiver of the letter are not fully identified and the location is difficult to place the contents of the letter are still very interesting. The description of the country, health of the region, farming conditions, types of crops, and hunting are all referenced in this mid 19th century family letter. The paper is in very good condition and most of the letter is legible. Very good condition. Very good. Item #17177