This is my transcription of the letter I purchased on ebay. If anyone thinks they know who this particular Andrew Boggs is, please let me know.
There is no envelope. The letter is folded in such a way, that the outside of the letter is used for the address.
The outside of the letter is stamped, within a circle it says
The letter is adressed to
Mr. A. F. Boggs
Hanging Rock P.O.
Lawrence County, Ohio
In the upper right hand corner is hand written 12 1/2, which may be the postage.
The contents of the letter is hand written in ink.
At the top of letter is the date; January 29th, 1845.
My dear son
As I have just finished a fixment to draw up the logs by
water which I find (words crossed out) to do well simple & not likely to go wrong
and having no work on hand. The saw mills in better order than ever.
I think a few minutes spent in writing you a few lines, (stating in
the first place that we expect soon to see you, a vist from you will
be very agreeable if you can spare so much time it must be near
a year since you left,) mid sJune
It appears now there is little doubt of both our railroads going
on immediately as persons in Boston have agreed to lend sufficient
of money to complete both in one year at seven percent. The Little
Miami Co have agreed and the agent has yesterday gone in with our
nightown Maj. Hunt to Bellfountain to see if that board will agree
to the same, which we doubt they will, and if so, we will have a busy
time here & plenty of money for two years, beside I expect it will
advance the value of my small property, I expect our Turnpike
will also go on, either as free with a small toll, or a Co. with a larger
one, the business is now before the legislation.
We have had here a very warm first winter such as I have never before
seen and terrible roads, no hauling of saw logs, hard work to keep the
mill in logs, it seems on an average more than 100 feet per day, but I much
fear B will not content himself here to attend to it when in anyone
he dont now, and the probability it will be worse then, I am still of
opinion if he could get a situation at Iron works it would suit him
much better for many reasons, before you come home see if such a
(continues on back of page)
situation can be had he can easily get off here, do it quietly and
state in a letter or verbaly either to him or me (if such a situation can
be had) The Kind JC .
We are carrying on a high game here for Presbyterians, Mr. Cowles plays
the fiddle and the Children with the young Hunts dance, we also have
cards & Mr Hunt, the Maj. & Mr. Ogden come over two or three nights
in the week and play till 10 oclock but no betting & so we go.
All things are going on in Town & County as usual, as political
matters have died away the all absorbing subject now is our roads
and a Colleage expected to be located at Springfield, this last has caused
me little interest compared with the roads, not so with the people
of town, some of them think a colleage will be meat drink washing
and lodging for them, let them try it, I will give nothing ---
I believe there is nothing more to communicate except we are all well
and going on as usual and all of course join in love and kind wishes
in all aspects, and all time, come and see us,
Your affectionate father
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