Poem written to Charlana Adams by Phebe Adams


To: Charlana Adams

From: Phebe Adams

These poems were written in 1838 or 1839 as a goodbye to Charlana Adams by her sister, Phebe Adams, and a couple of friends. Charlana was leaving New York and moving to Michigan, where she taught school in 1839 in Portage, Michigan. Since the entire document is in the same handwriting, and the last line appears to be the start of another poem, it is assumed this is a copy made by either Charlana or Phebe.

Scan of 1839 Phebe Adams poem to Charlana Adams

H  Humility is a christian _____

If I am never more to meet with you
Then farewell my Dear Sister I must bid you adieu
If often many foreign lands you see
Tis I pray you to keep in rememberence of me.

You go but not to Indias sultry climes
Or to Europes distant shore
But you go to the Michigan
And we may part to meet no more.

And if perchance fate should ordain it so
Which truth and time alone can tell
Remember your dear Sister Phebe A
That she most sincerely wishes you well.

Faretheewell the tie is broken
You belong to us no more
Now the parting words are spoken
And the closing scene is ore.

We have shared in sweet communion
Joys no strangrs heart can tell
Now we burst the bands of union
And in sadness say farewell.

I will oft remember thee
When with your friends I meet
Allthough far distant you may bee
Your memory will be sweet.

From your truly affectionate Sister Phebe Adams

I Ireland belongs to Grt Britain

May heavenly angels their soft wings display
And guard you on through every dangerous way
And in evry state may you most happy be
And though far distant sometimes think of me.
Laura Merriman, Somerville, Aged 17, 1838
To Miss Adams

The time has come that we must part
It is affecting to my hart
Will you think of me when this you see
Though many a distant mile from me.
The respects of William Bishop
To Miss Adams

When oft in solitude you rove

June 24, 1838 letter to Charles Luke Keith Jr. from A. T. Jones

June 24, 1838

To: Charles Luke Keith Jr., Pavilion, NY

From: A. T. Jones, Comstock, MI

Is living with Grandmother. She has gone up to “your fathers.” Catherine said that Luke was getting homesick and was coming back to Michigan. There have been 20 weddings in three months. Caroline Willcutt is to be married. Catherine and Aunt Nancy, “the two widdows”, are trying to catch Norman Demmon for a husband. Mrs. Betsy Lee had three of her ribs broken by a kick from the old cow. Harvey is doing well since he got to be Esquire Keith. Catherine wants Luke to come live with her; she doesn’t like living alone. Uncle Alvan’s wife died the 8th of March; she left him with four little children. He lives about seven miles north of Rochester.

1838-06-24 A T Jones to Charles Luke Keith Jr

Comsock         June 24, 1838

Luke Keith Esqr[1]

Sir haveing good chance to send a few lines to you I shall try to improve the time and not wait any longer for you to write first, but if you get this you must send me an answer soon or I shal think you dont do the fair thing but wee will see what sort of letter it will be, not one of mutch sence I will assure you. I am now living down in the timber with Grandmother and as happy as a king. I have got a garden of about two acres which make me about as mutch work as I want to do but you know that I am a lazy chap but I have no one to drive me but it is hurrying times now with the farmers around here and every one wants to hire so I work out once in while a day. It is a fine day to day so but rather windy. I am all alone to day the old lady has gone up to your fathers[2] and around about there to see the folks. Luke if you was here to day we would have a tune or two as I have got violin and a good German Flute. I am trying to learn to play on the fiddle but it wants fixing up before it can be played atall and I want you should com out here as soon as you can and fix it for me. We was up to your Fathers Fryday. Catharine[3] told me that you was a getting home sick and was a coming back to Michigan and I was verry glad to hear it and I hope you keep sick until you come. Times have alterd some since you was here. We have had some new comers here in the timber. There has been as many as 20 weddings in this town within three months but none that you are acquaintted with but we soon shall have one, that is Caroline Willcut[4]. The two widdows Catherine[5] and aunt Nancy are on a strife to see which shall have Norman Demmon but I gues he will take them both for they wont either of them give up. Luke you ought to be here to have some of the fun. Luke I am a going to writ a little more on this side for fear you cant read the other. It now about two oclock and I am a going down to Mr. Lee’s[6] in a few moments to see the sick. Mrs Betsy Lee[7] had three of her ribs broken about three since by a kick from there old cow which makes it prety hard for Mr Lee. The rest of the people are well. We have had no death sinc you was here excepting Teadway which you have likely herd of. Harvy[8] is a doing well since he has got to be esqr Keith. His things are increasing both in house out doors. It is a pitty he haddent been put in esqr before that is in family concerns. Catherine is a going to keeping house this fall and you had better come out here and live with her and then you can work at your trad or on a farm jest as you please but you mus live with her for she cant stand it to live there alone. She has got about an acre of wheat and half an acre of rutabagas a growing which will make bread enough stuff enough for her cow next winter so you will live like pigs in the clover but I need not medle with that which is none of my business but she wants you should come and live with her. She thinks she should enjoy heself better in her own house than she does at her Fathers. I shant writ mutch more for the more I write the worse it looks but if you can read this you send me one and then I will try do a little better. It was lonsone times for a spell aft you went away that is with me but I made a live of it and heard that you was a coming again so have got me Flut to ready for you to come. We have had a letter from Uncl Alvan[9] this spring. His wife died the 8th of March left him with four little children. He will be out here in agust. You had better come with him. He lives about 7 miles north of Rochester. I must begin to wind off. You must be carefull not set up to late nights especelly Sunday nights for that makes a fellow sleppy Monday morning. Speak a good word for me to some one for they are all gone here cant get one long enough to go to independence so I shall try to harve(st) and hoe my watermellons. If you cant read this send it back and I will send you annother but if you can send me an answer. So fare yo well for the presant.

Your most obedient and humble servant A T Jones[10]

To th Hon Luke Keith esq.

P.S. I shall send this letter by Mr Watkins if see him if not by the maile.

Yours VP A T Jones

Luke Keith esqr

There is a good deal of an ending to this letter but you know how it ought to be don so I dont care play fair well Ginsok forme


[1] Charles Luke Keith Jr. went by the name of Luke as did his father, Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[2] Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[3] Luke’s sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley

[4] Caroline Wolcott married James Earl October 10, 1839. Caroline and Luke were first cousins, both being the grandchildren of Jesse and Katherine (Beal) Willcutt. Various members of the Willcutt line changed the spelling to Wolcott

[5] Perhaps this refers to Catherine (Keith) Bradley. Her husband, Ethan Bradley, died October 9, 1835

[6] Ezekiel Lee, son of Charles and Rhoda (Keith) Lee; Rhoda was Luke’s aunt

[7] Elizabeth (Strong) Lee, Ezekiel’s first wife

[8] Luke’s brother, Harvey Keith

[9] Alvan Turner, Luke’s first cousin, the son of Asa and Lydia (Willcutt) Turner

[10] Have not been able to establish a blood relationship between A. T. (or A. F.) Jones and the Keiths. The 5-27-1838 letter suggests that he is living with Aunt Lydia, the 6-24-1838 letter from A. T. Jones says his is living with “Grandmother,” and the 5-23-1847 letter says that “A. T. Jones lives with Mr. Wells down below Lees.” A search of the census records shows an Asa F. Jones living with Harvey Keith in 1850

May 27, 1838 letter to Charles Luke Keith Jr. from Harvey Keith

May 27, 1838

To: Charles Luke Keith Jr., Pavilion, NY

From: Harvey Keith, Comstock, MI 

Will give Luke one bushel of potatoes and one pig, Alfleda will give him a hen and roosteScr, and Oscar will give him his steers if he comes to Michigan. Mother says Luke can live with them and Father will help him if he will come to farm in Michigan rather than work his trade in Covington. Father built a barn for himself. As for Galesburg, they are to work at the race this summer. Supposes A. T. Jones is living with Aunt Lydia.

Scan of 1838-05-27 Harvey Keith to Charles Luke Keith Jr

Comstock        May 27th 1838

Dear Sir[1]

I received a letter from you a few days since. I was glad to heare that your health was good. We are all in good health in this place. We have had a verry backward spring so far. It is cold enough to day to want great coat and mittens if we go out of doors. The people in this county have just finished planting whis is about ten days later than we planted last season. You say that you are getting homesick to come to michigan. I think it is a verry pious notion. You wanted to know what I would give you to come here. I will tell you I will give you one bushel of potatoes one pig – Alfleda[2] says she will give you a hen and rooster. Oscar[3] says he will give you his steers. He has got a verry fine pair of yearlings. I am farming a little, work a trade a little. I have put up mr Tubbs barn this spring. For the want of lumbr we neglected it last season. I have got ten acres broke and in to grain on the south side of Road. I have got a hired man this summer. Father[4] has one. Mother[5] says you may live with her if you come to michigan. Father says if you want to come here and go to farming he will give you a good chance so that you can make mor than you will to stay in covington and work at your trade[6]. I think it will be better for you to go to farming if you dont make any mor it will be better for your health. Father is building a barn for himself this summer. As for Galesburgh it is not doing much. They are to work at the race[7] some this summer. Their is but verry little building goingon. Mr wiseman has sold his place. Their is a stor kept their now. They are building a store on the corners east of Reynold. It is to be fild in two weeks and I hope if may for their is nothing in any of the other stores that any body wants such as tea and other groceries. We have been without tea in this place for about three months and I tell you what it is their is some sour looking faces among the women.

I saw Jesse Turner[8] the day after I got your letter. He say he wants the waggon and thinks he will send for it by Osmond Smith about the first of July. Osmond is at Otsego with R. Crane and is going to New York for goods. He wants all that is necessary about the waggon and that of the best kind and not be extravigant. Jesse has had a letter from Alvan[9] this spring. He has lost his wife. Nancy is going down with Osmond and is going to fetch Alvan and family to Michigan. I suppose you know your own business best but my advise is not to send the waggon without the money. Jesse is considerably in debt. I suppose A. F. Jones[10] is livin with Aunt Lydia[11]. Sylvia White live with Jesse down to the pinery. Emeline live to martins but I think she will go to mr Tubbs soon to live with Nelson. We have had a Universatist Preacher here this spring. He preachd at the schoolhouse on the priarie. His name was Richard Thornton[12]. Jame wrote in his litter that they ware having their social meeting. What do you think they will amount to. They are going on in the same path of the orthodoks. They ar going step by step till they will have their protracted meeting and make as much nois as any of them.

Give my respects to all the people in Covington that I know any thing about.

Yours &c H Keith

May 29th 1838

Orren Starr came her this afternoon and I send this by him. I have it ritten to send by the mail


[1] The letter was folded in such a way that it made its own envelope. It was addressed to Luke Keith Jr., Pavilion, Genessee Co., N York. Charles Luke Keith Jr. went by the name of Luke as did his father, Charles Luke Keith Sr. Harvey and Luke were brothers

[2] Harvey’s wife, Alfleda (Starr) Keith

[3] Perhaps Harvey’s son, James Oscar Keith, who is about six years old

[4] Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[5] Hannah (Willcutt) Keith

[6] Luke was a wagon maker

[7] A channel for the water flowing to or from a water wheel is called a mill race, or simply a race

[8] Luke’s and Harvey’s first cousin, son of Asa and Lydia (Willcutt) Turner

[9] Brother of Jesse Turner

[10] Have not been able to establish a blood relationship between A. T. (or A. F.) Jones and the Keiths. The 5-27-1838 letter suggests that he is living with Aunt Lydia, the 6-24-1838 letter from A. T. Jones says his is living with “Grandmother,” and the 5-23-1847 letter says that “A. T. Jones lives with Mr. Wells down below Lees.” A search of the census records shows an Asa F. Jones living with Harvey Keith in 1850

[11] Lydia (Willcutt) Turner, Luke’s and Harvey’s maternal aunt

[12] One of the proponents of the Alphadelphia Association (see brief description following the 5-23-1847 letter)

July 12, 1837 letter to Charles Luke Keith Jr. from E. D. White

July 12, 1837  

To: Charles Luke Keith Jr., Tolands Prairie, MI

From: E. D. White, Kalamazoo, MI

He left without saying goodbye as the family was napping.

1837-07-12 E D White to Charles Luke Keith Jr

Kalamazoo 12 July 1837

Mr L. Keith Jr.[1]


Having from early youth experienced the pleasures attending a morning nap I thought best not to disturb the sweet slumbers of the family. I therefore stole from the dwelling of Uncle Luke without even saying Good Morning.

As to the Old folks I will settle with them hereafter I’ll plague[?] them by Gum – when I next go there but I wish you to Give my love to All particular Uncle ____ Cruttendens folks,[2] And write to me immediately after your arrival. Hereof fail not at your peril. Given under my hand &c.[3]

E. D. White[4]


[1] Charles Luke Keith Jr., known better, and referred to, as Luke

[2] Perhaps this is referring to Jairus (the handwriting looks like Jirs) Cruttenden/Crittenden. Luke was engaged to his daughter, Jerusha; however, when a new girl, Minerva Payson, came to town he broke off the engagement and in 1838 married Minerva. She died August 29, 1843 and Luke then married Jerusha on July 25, 1847

[3] Et cetera

[4] It is unknown who this is or how he is related to Luke

January 16, 1836 letter to Dr. James Harris from E. Morton

January 16, 1836

To:  Dr. James Harris, Comstock, MI

From:  E. Morton, St. Joseph, MI

 Things are hard this winter and provisions of every kind very scarce. He sent $100 to Chicago to buy a wagon and plow which were procured and shipped on board the Swan which was lost with all on board. Would like Dr. Harris to send some hygiene pills and a good quantity of his pills if he can as he feels very unsafe without them.

Scan of 1836-01-16 E Morton to Dr James Harris

St Joseph Jan. 16 – 1836

Dear Friend

I write you at this time by Esqr Ransom principally on account of business concerns not being exactly prepared as yet to write the long letter I have promised you nor have I time at present – we are all in good health at this time, digging along at a hard row this winter, provisions of every kind very scarse and dear and in fact have found it hard getting along in every point of view. I sent a hundred dollars to Chicago by a trusty man to buy me a waggon, a plow &c which were procured and shiped on board the Swan which before she reached this place was lost and all on board and nothing as yet heard from vessel or crew, this though not a great amount I have felt very sensibly under existing circumstances. I have hopes that the tide of things will turn with me by and by. I have inclosed Henry’s note which if it is as convenient to pay now he can though I would not ask it otherwise. If Lucy can send me a stock worth a dollar on it she may do so. If you have obtained any money for me I should be glad to have you send it. If no oportunities of private conveyance apper please send by mail. We should be glad of some hygean pills if you have them. If you have three dollar packages send two or three if you please and can find oportunity, send also a good quantity of your pills if you please and can. We want some of these medicines very much. We feel very unsafe without them. We have Bennett here within five miles of us (the same that was at your house) but I have little confidence in him. He seems to be all harsh intolerance with very limited inteligence. Our Thomsonian system is little known here and strong prejudices are entertained by many against it. I have not time to write more now. I shall write you a history of affairs here by and by.

Very sincerely I am

Your Friend and Wellwisher

E. Morton

[to] Dr. James Harris


P.S.  Mrs Morton and the rest of the family send their Respects to yourself Mrs Harris[1] and others of your family



[1] Sally (Hodge) Harris

January 4, 1835 letter to James & Sally Harris from Polly Gaylord

January 4, 1835

To:  James & Sally Harris, Comstock, MI

From:  Polly Gaylord, Franklin Mills, OH

Arrived in Franklin Mills, Ohio, nine days after leaving Richfield, New York, and was very seasick on the lake. On October 15, she “ventured my future fortune with a young man of about 27 years of age … by the name of Leister Gaylord.” She hasn’t heard from Richfield since she left. She wrote to Anson October 1 but hasn’t heard back. He was out to Chetaugue after his father and mother after she went away. She got a letter from him a few days before she started and “father and mother request me in Anson’s letter to stay and live with them.” She thinks Anson would have been glad to have her stay and do the work and take care of them but she has never been sorry for leaving. She had nothing but persecution from William Warren who invented all kinds of stories about her.

Scan of 1835-01-04 Polly Gaylord to James & Sally Harris

Franklin     January the 4 1835

Respected friends[1]

After a long silence for which I am hardly able to apologise I now take by pen to write in answer to the letter I received from Lucena[2] last August a few days before I started for this place. Then I neglected through hurry of business to write immediately back thinking when I arrived here I should have more news and more leisure. But when I arrived here which was the 27th of August after a tedious journey of nine days from Richfield through which I had good success excepting that I was verry sea sick on the lake. After I arrived here I waited three or four weeks in order to get my mind settled and make some calculation for living but in the mean time my mind became more unsettled than before till about the 15th of October at which time I ventured my future fortune with a young man of about 27 years of age of good report in this place by the name of Leister Gaylord. Since that time I have been waiting to have him determine where he should settled down. He has at length purchased a small place of about 40 acres with 15 acres of improvement a log house and barn, a thrifty young orchard of about 100 trees large enough to bear. We are about 30 miles south of Cleveland and about 2½ miles from Franklin Mills and about 4 and ½ miles from Ravenna which is the County seat – I like this part of the country verry well. We have a mild winter. We have had a little snow 6 times the deepest not to exceed 3 inches. The ground is bear the most of the time. I have not much news to write excepting what immediately concerns myself and family. I have not heard from Richfield since I came from there. I wrote to Anson the first of October but have received no answer. He was out to Chetaugue after his father and mother when I came away he had been gone about four weeks. I received a letter from him a few days before I started. He advised me not to start on acount of the Cholera. It raged in Buffalo and Cleveland and some other places when I came thro but we escaped and have enjoyed good health ever since you left me. I dont know of any thing in particular that happend worth relating after you went away excepting that Mrs Cook died I think in June. Father and mother request me in Ansons letter to stay and live with them. They thought they could do so well by me that it would be better for me than it would to go to the Ohio but I thought I knew father so well I had better not stay. I suppose Anson would have been glad to have had me stayed and done their work and took care of them but I have never been sorry for one moment that I came away. I met with nothing but persecution from William Warren. He told all manner of stories he could invent and they were principally laid to Nabby[3] and Lucena. I left there and left old mother Brighum and Augustus Cary sole managers of Mr Warrens business for about four weeks before came away. Wm Warren and I parted on unfriendly terms and miss Miller was as unfriendly to all appearance as he was for they seemed to be both one in all things.  I heard of their talking verry bad about Nabby and Lucena after they went away and old mother Brigham helped against them and me two. All she could invent she and Mr Warren were verry intimate indeed but I left them to their own Destruction and have not heard from them since. I sold my things as well as I expected it cost me 27 dollars to move out here and I had 15 dollars left when I got here. Father and mother live with Joseph Foster. Abner and his wife live with us. They are building a little distance where he takes a farm for three years of more. Lucy,s lameness continues about same. Ambrose came came in company with us to Cleveland. He has moved to the town of Broom in Seneca County about 100 and 20 miles from this. My children are well and my friends join with me in remembering their respects to your whole family. I do not want you should neglect writing to me because I delayed so long for I have been the more particular now I have written. Write as soon as you receive this and write as often as you can. I can assure you I shall ever be glad to hear from you and hope I shall yet again see you all. I must draw to a close by remembering my love to you all to Mr and Mrs Harris in particular and I remain yours ever with respect to your whole family.

I have never got any thing of Lebeus Loomis for making that shirt he swore that he paid Mr Harris the 50 cents and Mr Harris agreed to turn it to Lucy when he got to Eden

Polly Gaylord

[to] James and Sally Harris

PS when you write to me please to Direct to Leister Gaylord, Franklin Mills, Portag Co[4]


[1] James & Sally (Hodge) Harris

[2] Lucena (Harris) Brockway, James & Sally’s daughter

[3] Abigail (Harris) Bristol, James & Sally’s daughter

[4] Franklin Mills is now known as Kent, and is located in Portage County, Ohio

June 1, 1834 letter to Charles Luke Keith Jr. from Harvey Keith

June 1, 1834

To: Charles Luke Keith Jr., Pavilion, NY

From: Harvey Keith, Comstock, MI

Father and Catherine arrived the 18th of May. Father bought 160 acres. Hears that Luke wants to go to “the Illinois” but Harvey wants him to come out to Michigan first and then if he doesn’t like it he can go further west. The apple tree grafts that he brought from Covington are alive and he has set them in the roots of a large apple tree he found in town which was set out by the French or the Indians. He is building a log house, which is the custom of the area. “Mother will have to live between Martin and Jesse Turner when she comes.”

Scan of 1834-06-01 Harvey Keith to Charles Luke Keith Jr

Comstock Kalamazoo M.I.

Dear Brother[1]

I now take this oppertunity to write a few lines to you to let you know that we are all well and hope these few lines will find the people all well in Covington[2]. Father[3] and Catherine[4] got here the 16th of may. They had a verry pleasant time up the lake. They took bad colds coming up the lake but have got over them now. Father like the country verry much. He has bought 160. acres of land forty of it is within one quarter of a mile of my place. He has gone to work on it. The rest lies two miles off. He has got the best timber I have seen in the teritorry. Father tells me that you talk of going to the Illinois in the fall. I think you had best come here. You can do as well here as in the Illinois. Come out this fall. We will get out some timber this winter for waggons. Here will be a good place for a waggon maker in a short time. You had best not go to the Illinois a lone. If you should be taken sick in that country amongst strangers you know not what may become of you. At any rate if you go come this way. It is about as near as any way and then if you dont like this place you can go father west. Ethan[5] has taken a job of chopping and clearing ten acres for 90 Dollars. The man finds team and boards him. He has got it partly choped. He has planted about two acres on his place. That is all he could get ploughed. I have not ploughed any except a garden. My apple trees lived that I brought from Covington. I have got about thirty grafts alive that I set in the roots of an appletree that I found her in this town. It was a large tree set out by the french or Indians. I dug up the roots and grafted them. I shall soon have apples here though not before another sumer I dont expect. I want you should save me some grass seeed red top I want. You will find it in James lots. I want about a quart if you can possably find it and send it by Father and send me some white clover seed if you can get it. I have not got in to my house yet. I could not get lumber till last week. I shall get into it this week I think. I am building a log house. That is the custom of this country. I have sold my mare and I think I shall sell the horse tomorrow. There is a man wants him. The people are all well here that you know any thing about except the Austins people. Mr Austin an Ben have the ague this spring. Mr Crane and his wife have been here to day. Give my respects to all the folk in Covington that say any thing about me. Tell Marion[6] I have her letter she sent me and was glad to see it. I should write to some of the rest but I send it by Mr Tubs and dont want to load him down with letters. Tell mother[7] she will have to live between Jesse and Martin Turner[8] when she comes to Comstock. I cant think of any more this time so good by. Write to me the first oppertunity.

Sunday afternoon Jun 1st 1834

Yours &c[9] Harvey Keith

[to] Luke Keith Jr

Alfleda[10] say there is some pretty girls and you had best come out here and see them. There is one girl coming here this fall that has got _____ acres of land lying close to mine and perhaps you might get you a farm verry easy. He name is Alvira Tubs.

H Keith


[1] Charles Luke Keith Jr., referred to, and better known, as Luke, was 20 years old at the time

[2] Covington, New York

[3] Charles Luke Keith Sr., also known as Luke

[4] Harvey’s and Luke’s sister, Catherine (Keith) Bradley

[5] Catherine’s husband, Ethan Bradley

[6] Perhaps he is refering to Marion Wolcott, their first cousin, who also lived in Covington, and was nine years old at the time. They were all grandchildren of Jesse and Katherine (Beal) Willcutt Jr.

[7] Hannah (Willcutt) Keith

[8] Brothers Jesse and Martin Turner were also grandchildren of Jesse and Katherine (Beal) Willcutt Jr.

[9] Etc.

[10] Harvey’s wife, Alfleda (Starr) Keith

February 10, 1833 letter to James Harris from Sally Fitch

February 10, 1833

To:  James Harris, Richfield, NY

From:  Sally Fitch, Gallipolis, OH

The letter was folded to form its own envelope, is addressed to Mr James Harris, and the return address portion reads Gallipolis, O. At the bottom of the front envelope portion is written, in pencil, Aunt Sally Fitch letter. She is reporting back to him on the “situation of this country” compared to Richfield. She notes that the price of rifles is between $12-$15, with some as high as $20, and 100-acre farms on the river are $500.

Scan of 1833-02-10 Sally Fitch to James Harris

Febr. 10th 1833

Dear brother

I received your letter ysterday. You wanted me to staite the situation of this cuntry. This place is more uneven than Otsego but a few miles back the cuntry is very level. The climet is much warmer than it is in that cuntry. There has has not ben any cold weather this winter worth mentioning. There has not ben but two snows this winter. The weather is warmer now in this cuntry than it is there generly the first way. There is very good times for farmers. Everything they rais there is good market and salt and other articles that they want are vary cheap and money is plenty.

I hav giv up all hopes of ever seeings you again but I want to see you vary much. My family is well and it is vary helthy hear. You wanted me to stait the price of rifles. They sell from twelve to fifteen dollars and som as high as twenty.

I have nothing more at presant but remain

Yours until death Sally Fitch

[to] James Harris

Their is farmes on the river. One hundred are lots for sale at five hundred dollers each. Their is severl that has considerble improvement on and their is some that has none but the timbered land is valued as high as the improved. The timber is very valueable on the river. All the timber is generaly shaped[?] into steam bote wood and it will fetch from two dolars to two and a half acord and the land lies verry level. I have not time to rite eny thing more to day. I have an opportunity of sending it at town this after noon.

September 19, 1832 letter to Jerusha Crittenden from Maria Mears

September 19, 1832

To:  Jerusha Crittenden

From:  Maria Mears, Elbridge, NY

Father and James intend to go to Ithaca next month on canaling business. She was riding her horse when she grew dizzy and fell off. Now her father won’t let her ride horseback any more. Mentions Aunt Eunice and Grandmother.

Scan of 1832-09-19 Maria Mears to Jerusha Crittenden

Elbridge Sept 19 1832

Dear Cousin[1]

It is such a warm day that I can not knit and as I was anxious to hear from you and knowing that you would never write to me unless I wrote to you first I have put on a long face and sat down to write but I should have though that you might have writen to me before this time. I hope that you will not be so neglectful hereafter. Laura[2] and her boy are up here and have been these three weeks. Mary[3] is teaching a scool for her comfort or rather for the comfort of the district. Perhaps you have got or had the colera. If you have I should not think strange. I want to see your white face very much indeed and the face of every cousin that I own. I enjoied myself very well while the unversalist convention lasted. It was such fun to see them all shaking hands and buzzing about like a swarm of bees a intermission. I sat up galery wher I could have a fair view of the doings. Our folks all like Mr Sadler very much all but me. I did not like him any better than I do any other minister.

Father[4] and James[5] intend to go to Ithaca next month on canaling business. Last week I was taking a ride on horseback with another girl and all on a suden I grew dizzy and fell off and hit on my knowledge box which deprived me of my sences for some timme. I was carried into a house 8(?) miles from home. Our folks and the Dr was sent for and I carried home. Now is that not an accident worth taking a ride for. But I have not told you the the worst yet. Father says that I shall not ride any more on horseback.

I think that it is a shame that Mother[6] did not go and see your folks[7] last winter but she could not. I do wish that you would come here this winter. Guy has promised to come and I think that you might come with him. I am affraid that he is mad at me for not answering his last letter but it is not my fault that I have not. Father did not like to have me write to him but I think that he will not care anything about now and I intend to write to him before long.

Mothers compliments to Aunt Eunice[8] and mine to Grandmother[9]. You must write to me if you can. Perhaps you do not know how to. James is waiting to carry this letter to the post office with some that he has been writing. If I ever get another chance to go out to your house on a load of corn I will.

In the meantime I remain

Your affectionate Cousin MLM[10]

[to] Jerusha C


[1] Jerusha Crittenden, age 14

[2] Sister, Laura (Mears) VanSlyke

[3] Sister, Mary Mears

[4] James Mears

[5] Brother, James Mears Jr.

[6] Lois (Sprague) Mears

[7] Jarius and Eunice (Sprague) Crittenden

[8] Jerusha’s mother, Eunice (Sprague) Crittenden

[9] Believe this is Esther (Hutchinson) Sprague

[10] Maria Louise Mears, age 16

March 2, 1831 letter to Jerusha Crittenden from Maria Mears

March 2, 1831

To: Jerusha Crittenden, Covington, NY

From: Maria Mears, Elbridge, NY

Hasn’t heard from Jerusha since Maria wrote in January. Mother couldn’t see her relations because James did not come home. Father expects to go railroading this spring. She wishes she was at Uncle Jersey’s making maple sugar. Wonders if Jerusha has as many beaus as ever. Would like to make Grandmother and Aunt Abiah another visit.

Scan of 1831-03-02 Maria Mears to Jerusha Crittenden

Dear Cousin,[1]

As I[2] had a favourable and I hope a safe opportunity of writing or sending a letter to you I knew not how to employ my time better than by doing so. Though you have never answerd my letter that I wrote in January but perhaps you have never received it. I hope that you have not for I do not wish to believe that you would neglect writing to me afterr you had received and read one of my incomparable letters but I ought not to praise my own letters so highly untill I have seen one of yours. Mother[3] could no gou to see her good relaton this winter because James[4] did not come home but she still thinks of going this spring if nothing happens to hinder her. Father[5] expects to go off a rail-road-ing this spring. I do realy wish that I was to Uncle Jerseys[6] to day making maple sugar for it is so pleasant to day that I am sure the sap must run nicely.

Gerusha d you have as many beauxs as ever, if you do I pitty you. I dare say that they are troublesome. If some of you dont come to Ellbridge this summer you ought to be hangd by the foot till you get tired of it and if you dont answer this letter you may know that I am mad at you. I should like to make Grand Mother[7] and Aunt Abiah[8] another visit. I am reading Paul Pliffar. The snow is going off verry fast indeed but we have a good long winter tho. Do write to me and I assure you that your letters shall not want an answer. Give my compliments to your youngest Brother and tell him

[The rest of the letter is missing]


[1] The letter was folded in such a manner so as to make its own envelope. It is addressed to Miss Gerusha Crutenden, Covington, N.Y. “by the politeness of Mr. [or perhaps Wm.] Spaulding”
[2] Although the last half of the letter is missing and there is no indication of who wrote the letter, the handwriting matches that of Maria Louise Mears (age 15), who wrote the September 19, 1832 letter to Jerusha Crittenden (age 13)
[3] Lois (Sprague) Mears
[4] Maria’s brother, James Mears
[5] Maria’s father, James Mears
[6] It was hard to make out exactly this uncle’s name; it appears to be Jersey – could it possibly refer to Jerusha’s father, Jarius Crittenden?
[7] Believe this is referring to Esther (Hutchinson) Sprague
[8] Abiah (Carpenter) Sprague, wife of James Sprague