Letter From William Geddes to John Geddes, October 12, 1844

Author: William Geddes

Date: October 12, 1844

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Greinvillage Franklin Co. Pa. Oct. 12th 1844

Dear Brother [John Geddes]

We had sale on 7th Oct. and I attended the election on the next day and had the honor of assisting the Whig party in giving the largest majority ever made in Londonderry and the largest vote. 330 votes were polled and Markle had 256 and Shunk 74. Congress Ramsey 252, & Holmes 76. The County made 750 maj. & Dauphin between 8. & 900. Schuylkill made near 1000 for Holmes, so that Ramsey is elected. It is yet in doubt who is elected Governor. But if it is lost the majority is so small that the Whigs are confident of carrying the State for Clay. Yesterday we arrived here and may likely stay here at William Clarks till Wednesday or Thursday next when we will take our passage for Geddes’s mills, Washtenaw Michigan, if all are well. I had my goods put in Parkers Warehouse at Harrisburg and Consigned to you at Geddes’ Mills Washtenaw Co. Michigan & directed to be sent by the way of Pittsburg & Detroit. I have five Boxes and a Chest. The Chest weighs 86, one Box of Books 85, one Box 107, one Box 352 & one Box 285 pounds & one Box 185 in all 1100 pounds. And as they refused to be paid in advance it being customary to always pay all charges at the point of delivery, I want you to Pay the bill of charges in full if all are delivered safely and take their receipt. Least I may not be with you in time while I stay here & in Detroit some time. The weather is delightful and I am sorry that I must detain here, but there was no alternative as they must see their now only relations in this country, and as I have sent on my Goods we will certainly come if help and strength permits, and it is the will of God My women dont like this traveling on rail roads, but on the Canal it will be smoother & pleasanter no shaking & jolting. I dont know whether I ought to send the bill they gave me or not, but I think it is not necessary & that you can satisfy them without it by showing them this letter and if they must have it I can send it to them again.

John Geddes William Geddes

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