Letter From William Geddes to John Geddes, November 27th, 1827

Author: William Geddes

Date: November 27th, 1827

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Londonderry November the 27th 1827

Dear Brother [John Geddes] I received your letter of the 20th of August on the 3rd of September The arrival of which was considered late enough by myself and quite too late by father and the rest of the house: father in particular You scarcely had a suffeciency of time allowed you to arrive in Michigan; before father called at the Post office: which he continued to do week after week until a letter arrived. This is too high wrought a picture of his conduct perhaps: but it perfectly shows the anxiety he manefested, to hear of your safe arrival; his anxiety was deserving of censure though in a father: but and your delaying to write until the time you did doubly so. A week was certainly delay enough We finished cutting our grain sooner than I expected. The 18 acre field had on it 640 Dozen and the uper Meadow 300 making in all 940 of Wheat and some-where-about 700 of Rye. Present Prices are Wheat 90 cents Corn and Rye 50 cents per Bushel. Pork and Beef $4 per hundred We had 12 loads of corn off 19 acres and 60 Bu of Potatoes off 3/4 I made a trip to Philadelphia in the begining of this month and intend going shortly again I got 5.06 1/4 per Barrel for my Flour. it is at present $5.25 Cousin William and family are well – he calls his son Paul Henry – he could not give me any late intelligence of his Brother John. Of the rest of our relations I have heard nothing, lately. The marriages that have taken place since your departure from this country are Philip Wolfersberger sen. of Campbellstown to a Mifs _____ an old Maid of York County whose fortune amounts to about 1100 dollars and her age to 35 years. John Keenporst to a widow from Elizabethtown with two or three of a family and no fortune. And Jane’s sweetheart James Todd was married last Thursday to a Mifs Catherine Seltzer of West Hanover. The only death of consequence is that of John McClure who died in August at his old residence after an illnefs of but 4 or 5 days – he died in the evening at 9 O’clock and was buried the next day at 2 O’clock such was the end of a merry old bachelor who in spite of his jolity through life made his exit

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unnoticed and unlamented. Intestate. (without a will) Thomas McElheny and Matthew Burlin were aquited the second time and Matthew was set at liberty without bail but Thomas had to give security for his appearance at court to answer for a misdemeanor: something I do not rightly understand. Matthew works at his trade in the neighbourhood of Hummelstown and Thomas has fell to farming. Samuel Karber Sen. has sold his farm to John Wolfersberger of Campbellstown for forty dollars cash. per acre. Karber is to live on it untill spring a year, and is to get the half of the crop that he puts out this fall and gives John the whole that that [sic] he is to put out next fall – where Karber is going to I cannot say having had no conversation with him on that subject as yet: it is probable he does not know himself. What Wolfersberger means by purchasing that place he being still considerbly in debt; is a mistery to me, and I believe to every body, but himself The Canal is to crofs the Susquehanna by the erection of some-kind of a dam. Our Pennsylvania elections were pretty sharply contested in a good many counties, from a variety of causes; but chiefly from that of who is to be the next President; Adams or Jackson; the Jackson men mostly succeeded – the Adams men have increased since the last election There is to be two democratic conventions for to form electoral tickets : one on the 4th day of January at Harrisburg for Adams and one on the 8th at the same place for Jackson – there is 18 Adams men in the House of Representatives. In New York Jackson has ran almost unanimously. In Dauphin County the settled ticket was Lanman and Dorrance old members and Volunteers were John Roberts and Jacob Hummel Esqr. Lanman and Roberts are elected Roberts had a good majority over Dorrance but Hummel was far behind. Henry Critzman is elected sheriff having 79 of a majority over John Wallace of Hanover. Wolf third

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In our own county the settled ticket was old Peter Shindle & Rudolph Shirk: their antagonists Philip Wolfersberger and Charles Gleim Philip is elected by 157 of a majority and Gleim and Shindle are a tie. Our box stood thus Wolfersberger 79 Shindle 17 Gleim 7 Shirk 3. I voted for Wolfersberger and father voted not. What I am going to do next year I do not know John Wolfersberger has one of Farinhiet’s thirmometers and on the warmest day this summer it stood at 98 ten degrees hotter than with you: it stood the other day at 35. I will be very much gratified if you give me a particular account of the weather this winter with you in consideration of which I will give you an account of some of the coldest days with us. Wm. Hamilton I understand has sold his place for about $50 per acre. The white house with fifty acres he sold to some person I am not acquainted with; and the rest too John Gingrich James Nelson left Campbellstown in October for Erie where he intends to settle and follow his trade – Thomas Duey of Hanover has taken his place. Richard McBay died of a Nervous Fever. Walter Clark is going to leave Palmyra and is at present gone up the river to Northumberland county in search of a place; having partly given up the notion of going to New York. Hamilton has an Idea of going to Franklin county. It wants but twenty minutes of twelve o clock and I cannot think of any thing more worth writing but that we are all well and have been so this some time past. So Farewell.

To John Geddes Wm. Geddes