Lewis University I & M Canal Documents and Correspondence, 1832-1857 (Lewis University)
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Letter from J. Bell, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to David Burling. Dated May 14, 1850.
Letter from J. Bell, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to David Burling. Dated May 14, 1850.
TitleLetter from J. Bell, Lockport, Illinois, resident, to David Burling. Dated May 14, 1850.
SubjectIllinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History - J. Bell - Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.) -- History
TranscriptsDear Sir
By this time you must be thinking that I have forgotten you altogether. So today I have got nothing to do And I write just XXXX you a Scrall to let you know how I get along. I am now in the village of Lockport and well situated. I have charge of a large stone warehouse and my fees are $30 per month. I believe the last time I wrote you I was some over one year ago and then I went into Chicago And stayed their until this Spring but I did not like Chicago at all. I was engaged with a Mr. Rochester around his warehouse seeing to goods received and delivered. And I told him in the month of March that I was going to leave town And he made inquirey what I intended to do. I told him that I meant to see if I could not find another place. He said that he had just received a letter from Mr. Martin to see if he could not send him a man to attend his warehouse. So you see here I am now. I have no knews with writing you but so you must excuse me. I am not married yet but I believe I am in better bussiness. I can save erable money and what I have is let out 12 per cent and good security. David you must not XXXX example by me and be as long in writing as I have been. And you must write me soon and let me know all the knews from XXXX And how you and family are And how my old boy is getting along. And likewise give My Best respects to the Mrs. Burlings. And tell me if Miss Anna has got a man yet and how Joseph is getting along if he has not seen fit to get Him one of the dear sisters which I hope he has by that time and like wise you must let me know about all old acquaintance for I should like to hear from you and them very well. I hope by this time that you have had another addition to your family you might let me know how many of my old acquaintance are married and how many of them are dead since you last wrote me for it is some 16-or XX monthly since I had a letter from you and your David. Their notice lost yet as to your buying a place or a peace of land in Illinois for nearly the 6th part of the Farming community are gone to Calafornia this spring which makes land rather dry in the market and land can be got very reasonable either to bye or rent. Now we have had a very backward spring and the grass is only begun to grow or rather it is growing slowly and to day it is snowing as hard as it can XXXX. The winter wheat is looking well and Spring crops are coming along better than could be expected. Now I have wrote you all that I can think of untill I hear from you. I had a letter from Home a few days ago and my friends are all well + I will trust this will find you and yours and all old acquaintance well.

I remain your acquaintance
J. Bell
DescriptionDouble-sided handwritten letter catching up the David Burling with J. Bell's life. Donated by John M. Lamb.
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
DateMay 14, 1850
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 1836 - 1849 (Lewis University)
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