Lewis University I & M Canal Documents and Correspondence, 1832-1857 (Lewis University)
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Letter from William Gooding, Chief Engineer, I&M Canal, to Benjamin Hodge Esq., discussing I&M Canal trees: Dated February 24, 1845
Letter from William Gooding, Chief Engineer, I&M Canal, to Benjamin Hodge Esq., discussing I&M Canal trees:  Dated February 24, 1845
TitleLetter from William Gooding, Chief Engineer, I&M Canal, to Benjamin Hodge Esq., discussing I&M Canal trees: Dated February 24, 1845
SubjectIllinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History - Benjamin Hodge; William Gooding - Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History
TranscriptsBenjamin Hodge Esq.
Dear Sir
I read out a bill several days ago of such things as I wished to purchase of you this spring but have not yet sent the letter. Since I wrote that I have seen my brother and he wishes me to send an order for him for some apple and pear trees. He talks of building some this spring and if he does he says that it may be inconvenient for him to pay till after harvest. He usually markets his wheat in August and September.
The bill however is much larger and his wife probably send a draft for their account after the trees are received. And in relation to my own order if the Canal should not be started it may be a recommendation to now not to be obliged to pay till fall. At best I shall be governed by your request in this matter.
A bill has already passed the House and we think it will pass the Senate which if is believed will secure us the money to complete the Canal. I should have preferred waiting till this matter was determined (and this is the reason my own order has not been already sent) but it is getting so late in the season and there is now a prospect of so early a spring that I conclude to send at once.
The feast is already entirely out of the ground here and I observe the peonies are already starting so that you will most probably think is advisable to send any of these + perhaps some other things which I have ordered. Exercise your own judgment. I shall probably send you some other orders for peach trees, but the persons who have promised to send one in spring feels many trees are being sold from Southern nurseries, one nursery even as far off as Indianapolis, Ia.
Direct my trees + my brother's in separate bundles or packages to Lockport, Case of Newberry + Dole Chicago. My brother's name is J.A. Gooding.
He wishes the following like of these sent.

Apples Apples Apples
3 Baldwin 2 Pippin Green Newtown 2 White Bellflower
2 Bella Fleur, XXXX 2 so. Prince's Fall 1 York Russetting
2 Boston or Roxbury Russet 1 so. Ripston 2 Spice Sweeting
2 Cathead 1 so. Newark 2 Pound Sweeting
3 Detroit Red 1 Priesttey 1 Ransdel's Red
1 Golden Ball 1 Porter
1 Golden Reinette 1 Rush Everlasting
1 Harvest or Prince's Yellow 1 Red Boss
1 Irish Peach apple 2 Rhode Island XXXX
1 Lady's Apple 1 Russet Brown's Imperial
2 Melokay Sweeting 2 Seeknofurther
2 Pennook's Red winter 2 Spitzerburg, XXXX
1 Pearman Large Winter 1 so. Green
2 so. Blue 2 Sweet Bough
1 so. Russet 1 Steel's Red Spinter
2 Piffin Yellow Newtown 1 Vermont Imperial


Pears
1 Bartlett
1 Burre Brown
1 Burre Golden
1 Beauty of Brussels
1 Bloodgood
1 Dearborn's Seedling
1 Dixon
1 Duchess d'Augustine
1 Hermish Beauty
1 Golden XXXX
1 Harvest Bell
1 Orange Autumn
1 Seckle
1 Sugar Top


If you do not find it convenient to write until you send the trees, please do as you have on former occasions, have your letter containing the bills of trees mailed at Chicago as [DAMAGED] as they arrive there that I may get them immediately.
Very truly
Yours
Wm. Gooding
Description3-page handwritten letter discussing pear and apple trees to be ordered for the I&M Canal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
TypeText
FormatImage/TIFF
LanguageEnglish
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionI & M Canal Documents and Correspondence, 1832 - 1857 (Lewis University)
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