February 15, 1857 letter to Luke Keith from James S. King

February 15, 1857

To: Luke Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: James S. King, DePere, WI

Another report on the various places Luke could purchase.

Scan of 1857-02-15 James King to Luke Keith

Depere Feb 15th 1857

Cousin Luke[1]

Sir, I now take my pen to write you afew lines in answer to yours of the 25th. In the first place we was rite glad to here from you and that you was then all well. We had about made up our mind that you had given up all thought of coming west but now hope has revived alittle. I have delayed writing for afew days to look over the chances and I find they are about the same as when you was here. You can have the Eighty East of me for $5 per acre if you take it soon. I think Uncle Luke[2] can by afarm here that will suit him. Tell Cousin Catharine[3] she need not wate or delay comming West on acount of a School. There will bee a school here in the spring. Mr Newton is going to move on to his farm in the spring and said he would have aschool at eny rate. Charly Dickenson is comming back from Chipaway this month. He says it is 10 times as cold there as here. It has not been as cold here this winter as last but we have had rather more snow but it has now started for low river. It has been nice and warm here the past week and yesterday we had afine thunder shower about the same as the day you left. The man you speak of that wants 40 acres of land can bee acomadated to his harts content. There is 40 acres South East of Leroys that I know will suit him. There is a good log callin [cabin?] on it and log barn. Messrs Blake & Field have been lumbering on it this winter. The falls crick runs through the West end of it (see plan on first page). Price 4 dollars per acre. Well, now, some thing else. Mother[4] says tell Aunt Hannah[5] to come along and if she likes as well as she dose she will never bee sorry she started. Father[6] & Mother are quite well and so with all the rest of us. My helth was never better than it has been the last 2 years. Jonas[7] is as tuff as abare, has had no coff this winter. Edeth[8] is about as contented as she was when you was here but she said tell Luke if he will come and bring his family she shall try to bee contented. Mr Burnells[9] family are all well and he is doing well. He has all he can do with his oxen at 3 to 4 dollars per day. Tell Alvin if he has not started before you get this to come out here and see us if no mor but I think if he should come he would stay. I know he would find enough to do. Now with regard to the winter here it is no comparison to Mass. The coldest day we have had I took the ponyes and went from Mr Burnells to Harris Jameses in the town of Morrison, distance 15 miles, without stoping to warm. Staid there 2 ours. Took in Marian James. Drove back to Burnells with out stoping to warm and was not very cold at that. So you may have no fears abou freesing unless it is colder than it has bee this winter with us but they say it has been very cold up in the pinery and on the prairys but let him squeel. We can hold him. Mr Leroy says remember me to Luke. Tell him I hope to see him out here on the first bout. The iron company offered me three thousand Dollars for my place last week. They think of commencing buisness at the fall next summer. I should like rite well to see you as I can talk much faster than I can write. Tell Aunt Hannah to come with you when you come and she & Mother can goin to the dary buisness. Butter 30 cts per lb. Pleas write me as soon as you receive this and tell me when to meet you at the Bay. Remember me to all the friends. My Best respects to you and family.

Very Truly Yours
J. S. King

To C. L. Keith, Esqu
Galesburgh, Mich


[1] Charles Luke Keith Jr. went by the name of Luke

[2] Luke’s father, Charles Luke Keith Sr., who also went by the name of Luke

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

[4] Lilly (Willcutt) King

[5] Hannah (Willcutt) Keith, Luke’s mother; Lilly and Hannah were sisters

[6] James Hunt King

[7] James’ brother-in-law, Jonas LeRoy

[8] James’ sister, Edith (King) LeRoy

[9] James’ brother-in-law, Luther Burnell, who was married to James’ sister, Sarah

October 26, 1856 letter to Luke Keith from James S. King

October 26, 1856

To: Luke Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: James S. King, DePere, WI

Tells Luke about the various farms he has checked into that Luke could purchase.

Scan of 1856-10-26 James King to Luke Keith

Depere Oct 26th 1856

Dear Cosen[1]

I take my pen this evening to write you afew lines in answer to your of the 9th inst.[2] You may depend we was rite glad to here of your safe arival at hom, hearing as you did in that storme of rain and wind. We are all well as usual and hope this will find you the same and all ready to start for Wis. Well, now, I will report to you what I have done with regard to getting you aplace. I went to Depere last Thursday, saw Mr. Newton. He said he should not like to sell his place (that is, the whole of it) but thought he would sell from 20 to 40 acres ajoining me. He said there would bee 2 springs on it as good as those in his Clearings. Said you could have the house on his place to live in untill you could put you up ahouse. He said the price would bee from (7 to 10) from seven to ten dollars per acre. I shall know the perticulars town meeting day and will write you then. I shall then see Mr. Loy with regard to the (80) rite east of Leroys the (80) we went to look of. You can have for (5) five dollars per acre but I think Mr. Newtons the cheepest at 10, dont you? I think I hear you say yes. Well, now, come along and dont bee afraid. You can get land enough. There is quite astur here about the railroad. It is survaid from Green Bay to Depere. The Depot is laid out rite West of the Widdow Dickensons house. You will recolect that vacant place. It runs close to my (2) acres there in town. It is thought it will run near our place out here but as to that I do not care. If they will have one in town we can find it I guess. Well, now, Charly, what do you think about it? Will you come? I have got Mr. Blake to see the Widdow Dickenson as he dos all hur trading. He thought hur place mite bee bot at a fair rate if it was not for the Rail Road comming so near hur. She mite think it wanted on speculation and hold on to it. I think this fall is the time to by if aman wants land in this place for very soon land will bee as high as 20 per acre. You will pleas write me as soon as you receive this and you will pleas remember me to Uncle Luke,[3] Aunt Hannah,[4] to your family, and pleas say to Uncle Warren[5] we should like to see him out her and all the rest of our relitivs. Dont for get to rite as soon as you receive this.

I received aletter from Brother Jason[6] last week. They ware all well down East then as far as he knew and now I will close by saying I hope to see you out here this fall and bee shure and bring that seasoned timber for asett of Wheals for you cant think how I want awaggon[7].

My best respects to you and yours and to all that may inquire.

James S. King

Depere, Wis

[to] Mr. C. L. Keith

Galesburg, Mich


[1] Luke’s mother, Hannah (Willcutt) Keith, and James King’s mother, Lilly (Willcutt) King, were sisters

[2] Instant, meaning of present time, especially of the present month

[3] Luke’s father, Charles Luke Keith Sr.

[4] Luke’s mother, Hannah (Willcutt) Keith

[5] Warren Willcutt, Hannah’s younger brother

[6] James King’s brother, Jason Willcutt King

[7] Luke was a wagon maker, among other things