Letter From John Geddes to William Geddes, May 24, 1844

Author: John Geddes

Date: May 24, 1844

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Ann-arbor May 24th 1844

Dear Brother [William Geddes] We received your letter on the 12th and I aught to have this written before this. but the nights are short and I have no time to write another time. My boy wants me to take him when I come in the evening. I looked for you until the fifth of May. the sixth was a rainy day. I still thought you might be along the 7th but no. It seems you could not come. And I presume duty to your family forbid it and that of course is paramount. The weather here was fine until past the 20th of April. But for the last four weeks it has rained almost every day. It has not rained since the 20th of this month. and the appearances are for fair weather. The rainy weather has put back the planting of Corn We had frost this morning (22nd) and yesterday morning. Thermometer 26o & 31o It killed the hickory and Oak leaves, and Grape vines. The House in Ypsilanti I rented to a man for .75 pr week to pay quarterly. The roof of the house was [not] so good as I thought it was. I noticed the other day it was quite speckled with new shingles. The House belongs to Lanes estate and the estate is poor is the reason why I rented it. The Ann arbor house is a new house It stood empty two, or three weeks. when I let a person into it for a week as he had no place to go to. He is in it now, but talks of moving next week It will be three weeks the 24th since he went in. The Sawmill house was clear of its tenants then and he wanted to come into it but I did not want him so near me. The Sawmill house is still empty, and the Ann arbor house I will keep so too, till I hear from you. So you can have your choice. Houses are more in demand this summer than last. I was in Detroit about two months ago. Mr Ewers folks as usual as to health. Jane has another son which she calls Charles. The Flouring mill is agoing at last. The first barrel of Flour was made 23rd April. But one run of Stone yet It was calculated to run 70 barrels in 24 hours but 40 is as high as they reached yet. But one of the Mill-rights is going to try if he cannot make it do better tomorrow. We think of putting a different wheel in our Sawmill this summer. We have agreed with a man to put one in for $100. Called the Stanton wheel. It is one of those kind of wheels that run well in back water. He says that with 300 inches of water we can do better with his wheel than we can with our flutter wheel which takes 5 or 600 inches

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We had a great rain the 11th of May some 6 & 8 miles North of here as well as North west. It poured down such a deluge on the heads of Fleming creek that it swept every dam as it went along. When it came to the first dam it dashed right over without taking any notice of it. The Huron was high too but nothing like Fleming creek. There is many more pafsengers in the Cars this year than last. Wheat stood at .72 a long time has fell to .67 lately. Wheat on the ground looks tolerably well. Our season here was early: but we dont like early seasons. Because it generally brings late frosts, which is hard on fruit of all kinds. Your neighbors wanted to know what was to be done about working your Road-tax. I told two [of] them to work it out and I would pay them. Half of the time might have been put off until fall. But it is of little consequence. .62 1/2 pr day and board is low wages except you can turn in a plow, or, scraper for a day. My calculation about a house for you is to have one or two ready for you to go into, and then you can look around and suit yourself. When you come I want you to stop here in the first place we will find you room for some days. The Sawmill house will certainly be empty. If you get here in two months. I will probably hear from you in that time. Robert and family are well, and so are we. Farewell

To William Geddes John Geddes

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Palmyra June 10th 1844

Dear Sir

Please to take out a rule to take depositions for me and send it in the mail this evening or tomorrow evening and you will very much oblige me. I would have been down today but for other business today.
Philip Gruber Farmer

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Kensington Roos

Palmyra June 10th 1844 Thomas Geddes

Agrippa Geddes

Dear Brother $50

$40

40

I am now interested for myself and two-thirds of the heirs of Mrs. Geddes, and of course felt disposed to save cash,