January 1, 1856 letter to Luke Keith from George Tomlinson

January 1, 1856

To: Luke Keith

From: George Tomlinson, Pavilion, NY

Comments on the health of various family members. Also still trying to decide what to do in terms of buying land.

Scan of 1856-01-01 George Tomlinson to Luke Keith

Pavilion Jan. 1. 1856.

C. L. Keith Esq

I am here, got back to “America” – as the paddy would say – I stood the _____ totually well. Found Paul[1] shaking – a hard looking subject – he has the ague 4 day in 8 & looks bad at that. His wife, Abiah & Ann[2] have it – the ague I mean – slightly, say once a week or so – tho Ann is had up – not able to do any thing. Jenny & Ella[3] have got well. Frances[4] has been free from the shakes. Paul has a good farm & good buildings. It will be right in town when all the projected R.R. are constructed. I dont think it will be very soon.

Eratis[5] folks are well except Henry[6] – he has the ague. Loyal[7] is there.

I got home last Saturday. The little one[8] dont know me – wont have any thing to say to me at all – squalls if I look at her. Phebe has a good time with her. I guess she will become requainted. Frank[9] sticks to me like a shawdow. I cant move without him. He looks hard – have been very well used in my absence or something else. Our folks put me through after the old gate. I am coward a little more than ordinary on acct. of confidence & dedication this week. One would think a general _____ was on foot by the _____ our folks are making.

We have first rate slieghing now days.

I find things about as I left them — — or strange. I have not yet seen Aunt Lois.[10]

Jan. 6. We have had a house full of folks attending the meeting. I have been to see Aunt Lois. She is well as usual. Cant see as those pictures look natural. She wished I had brot the old one back. Perhaps you had best send it the first opportunity. Your line of Dec. 30 is recd. I would like to trade with you if on account of the old folks &c if I could. I dont think your house as good property for me as the land – that wont — up, if it produces nothing. I cant trade any way without satisfying Lasher.[11] He told me when I left him at the burgh[12] that he wasnt willing to seek a new house. I dont know but he might be satisfied if I would build on the other side. I will trade as I proposed when I left or will let you have the land for the price you offer any time you may make sale of your house – or you may keep the house & I will give you time on the payment till you can sell the house to your mind.

The Dea.[13] thinks the land on the south side will not be worth much without the other side. He thinks you will have to move in with your father[14] – i.e. if Hellen[15] goes away. He thinks the old gentleman will not do any thing now while he lives & that you will have the farm to see to & the old folks to look after. He thinks Wesley[16] will be unable to suit however well he may do. Help in the house will be as difficult to obtain as work out of doors. Mr. Rowe died a few days ago – he was kicked by a horse – died in a week after.

I will write again soon.

Geo. Tomlinson

I have been looking for a line from Wesley in relations to a trade. I dont want to build if we trade – in the mean time I want to know what he has to propose.

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[1] George’s wife’s uncle, Paul Sprague

[2] Paul’s wife, Lydia (Sanderson), and his two daughters, Abiah and Sarah Ann Sprague

[3] Paul’s daughter, Ella Sprague. It is unknown if Jenny was another daughter; however, at this time there is no indication as to who she was

[4] Paul’s daughter, Frances Sprague

[5] George’s wife’s uncle, Erastus Sprague. Erastus and Paul were brothers

[6] Erastus’ son, Henry Sprague

[7] Loyal Starr, who was married to Erastus’ daughter, Emma Sprague, and who might have earlier been married to his older daughter, Lydia Sprague

[8] George’s daughter, Nellie Tomlinson

[9] George’s son, Frank Tomlinson

[10] See Footnote #5 in 7-22-1855 letter

[11] George had leased his farm out to Mr. Lasher

[12] Galesburg, Michigan

[13] George’s father-in-law, James Sprague Jr.

[14] Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[15] Sister of George’s wife Marion

[16] Wesley Keith, Luke’s adopted brother

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