This letter is from my Daddy’s father to his sister in N. York state.
is Charley Robinson
Myrtle (Robinson Dyer)
Hartford Mich, July the 29th 1877
Dear Sister Ev
As I hav (have) not written a letter in six or seven years, I thought that as I sat
at home alone to day, I would try and write you a few lines and let you no
(know) that we are all well and in the land of the living.
Wellda has gon (gone) to church with the children. We hav (have) six in all, four boys
and to (two) girls. We hav (have) got one girl that we call Evvy and I tell the woman
that she loks (looks) just like her aunt. She has got a slight bunch on
her fourhead (forehead) like you. We have got a pare (pair) of twins. They are
ratters. Now you may bet their names are Alfred and Allmiron.
Eliza, our oldest girl, she is nearly as tall as her mother. She has
got red hair like her granma robinson. Charley, he takes after his
granpa??r. Edmond, our oldest boy, he takes on his mother’s side. He
is a grate (great) help to me. He can do as much work as I can. We have
got our wheat cut and in the barn. Wheat is rather lite hear (here) this year.
I shall have about three hundred and fifty bushels. I shall commence
cutting my oats in the morning. They are good. I haven’t but four
acres. Corne (corn) is splendid. I have got 18 acres. I had 27 acres of
wheat. Potatoes. Are going to be a big crop. I have got
and (an) acre. I cut 10 acres of hay. It was good. We have got
2 cows, a yoke of 3 year old stears (steers)
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and 8 yearlings to (two) calves and six sheap (sheep)
and a span of horses, a to (two) horse buggy, and a new waggon. 30
hens and 40 chickens. I have cleared 17 acres of fathers this summer.
That makes me 80 acres of clearing. Mary’s health is quite poor this
summer. Father’s is fare (fair) for him. He helped me in my wheat cutting. I
forgot, I have got 18 hogs and a 1/2 acre of beans. We ain’t agoing
have many apples this year. We have got forty peach trees. They
I live within a mile and a half of Hartford. It was a nice place about a
month ago, but it got a fire and over half of it burnt to the ground.
It has bin (been) very dry hear (here) but yesterday we had a heavy rain.
I want to thrash this weak (week). Willda does her work alone.
She says that I am agoing (going) to bee (be) sick for I am a writing a
letter. Wall (well) Ev, I would be mity (mighty) glad to see
you, but I don’t no (know) as I ever shall, but if you will come out hear
(here) this fall, I will give you tenn (ten) dollars towards gitting
(getting) home again. Tell Fooler that I would be glad to see him to
and all of the babes (babies) to (too).
Wall (well) Ev, you must excuse me this time. Write soon, respects to
A D Robinson
submitted by William (Bill) Dyer in April, 2003. This is an original
1877 letter from his mother’s (Myrtle Robinson Dyer) collection of treasures she saved
through her lifetime.
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