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Catalog Number KSa044875
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1835/06/22
Scope & Content NewburghJune 22d 1835
Dear Uncle,
I now take the liberty of writing a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. We have not heard from you in some time and I do not know but you have quite forgotten us as you do not come to visit us any more, although I own that is would be unpleasant for any of our friends to visit us and see the way that papa conducts.
You have no doubt heard that we do not keep house any more. He has a mind to not keep house any more as our family was small and I was willing I did not know but he might do better if he had no family to see too. But I am disappointed he does much worse than he even done before and spends a great deal.
He rented out the house and farm and agreed to make his home there but he does not stay there. He spends all his time at the tavern and does not stay at home at all. He has spent, as I under-stand, at least $150 since the first of April besides losing all his clothes, He left home with the intention of going Long Island. He had his trunk with all his clothes except those he had on stolen from on board the steam boat worth $50, He went as far as New York and then came back.
It appears to me that papa does not think that he has children and ought to save something for them. Harrison is small yet and the rest of'us have the advantage of him. He is at Milford with Maria going to school at present, I think it is time the property was seen to, for it (is) going in a way that does no one any good. It hurt my feelings to see the property spent in the way it is. I should always want papa to have a comfortable living for I think he deserves it, but he will soon be destitute of that if there is not something done.
I should like to have you to come up and see to his business if you could make it convenient, I should consider it a great favour to have th'e business taken out of his hands even if he is not willing. I think it can be done and the sooner the better, I consider it my duty to let you know and if you are willing to come up and attend to it, you will confer a great favour on his children. If you cannot come soon, please write and let me know your opinion about it. Give my love to all.
I remain your affectionate niece Lettyann Williamson
If you write, direct your letter to N Burgh as I am at Miss Sutherlands Millenary,
Notes - Purchased from Bernard Press by R. M. Gipson for the Museums