Letterbook 2

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  • Historical Introduction
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they can write, he can If he knows not what to write, he can get your Brother’s spectacles he would then be as able to write dictate a letter, as Joe is to decypher hieroglyphics, if more should be wanting he can employ the same scoundrel of a scribe, and then not only the matter but manner and style would be correct.
My compliments to your and , tell them I wish them to review through years <​that are​> past, and say if they have done well in not writing to me these many years, tell them the time has been when they were glad to see me, but I am suspicious that the length of time since we last parted, has in some measure obliterated me from their memory, so that they would not now be pleased to recieve a visit from me, If they will write me that I may know their affairs and how they do, I will give them a history of the family concern &c
I write this at the request of my Father not for your sake you have not written to me, the story is that the gold book proved to be never wrote lead, that the Authority have taken it & Joe is under bonds to appear before his betters, so let it be.
Jesse Smith.
Mr .
N.Y.
Wayne County.
Letter from Newel K. Whitney • 20 April 1837
20th April 1837
Brother Joseph &
Your families are all well as usual and in good spirits— Mr Burse [Ambrose Bierce] of Ravenna came here day before Yesterday & after counseling together he thought best to defer doing any thing with Clarke & others for the present, but let them go on as they could do nothing— the enemy have learned that we have the advantage of them, and seem to be startled and Davis & Denton say they will rot in prison before they will testify in Court. The fact is Clarke and others have learned that they have said too much for their own good, and they feel more quiet than they did & the excitement got up by them runs low, in consequence of which says to me this morning write Joseph & to come home as soon as they please they need have any fears on account of the enemy at all—
, , & myself went and saw [Timothy] Martindale yesterday who says he will not settle otherwise than we pay him $2500 pay cost of Court & he keep the farm, or he will leave it to men to say how much we shall give him. Esqr Burse thinks if we leave it to the Court to decide, Martindale will recover the 5000 $ therefore thinks [p. 61]
they can write, If he knows not what to write, he can get your Brother’s spectacles he would then be as able to dictate a letter, as Joe is to decypher hieroglyphics, if more should be wanting he can employ the same scoundrel of a scribe, and then not only the matter but manner and style would be correct.
My compliments to your and , tell them I wish them to review through years that are past, and say if they have done well in not writing to me these many years, tell them the time has been when they were glad to see me, but I am suspicious that the length of time since we last parted, has in some measure obliterated me from their memory, so that they would not now be pleased to recieve a visit from me, If they will write me that I may know their affairs and how they do, I will give them a history of the family concern &c
I write this at the request of my Father not for your sake you have not written to me, the story is that the gold book proved to be lead, that the Authority have taken it & Joe is under bonds to appear before his betters, so let it be.
Jesse Smith.
Mr .
N.Y.
Wayne County.
Letter from Newel K. Whitney • 20 April 1837
20th April 1837
Brother Joseph &
Your families are all well as usual and in good spirits— Mr Burse Ambrose Bierce of Ravenna came here day before Yesterday & after counseling together he thought best to defer doing any thing with Clarke & others for the present, but let them go on as they could do nothing— the enemy have learned that we have the advantage of them, and seem to be startled and Davis & Denton say they will rot in prison before they will testify in Court. The fact is Clarke and others have learned that they have said too much for their own good, and they feel more quiet than they did & the excitement got up by them runs low, in consequence of which says to me this morning write Joseph & to come home as soon as they please they need have any fears on account of the enemy at all—
, , & myself went and saw Timothy Martindale yesterday who says he will not settle otherwise than we pay him $2500 pay cost of Court & he keep the farm, or he will leave it to men to say how much we shall give him. Esqr Burse thinks if we leave it to the Court to decide, Martindale will recover the 5000 $ therefore thinks [p. 61]
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