April 29, 1855

letter of April 29, 1855 from Robert (123), to his sister, Jane (125)

Kingston April 29th/55

Dear Sister Jane

Your letter has been received in due time and I am verey glad to preceive by it that you are well.

You must excuse me for not answering it sooner but in fact I had not a good opportunity of answering it until now. I was at home Christmas Times and spent a very pleasant time of it while there. We had Hester at home too. She went down with me. Father sent William up for us in fact I felt quite happy while at home every thing seemed cheerful. Mamma often wished you where at home to spend the holy days at family worship. Your name was not forgotten. I had a letter from Father Yesterday about some of his business in which he stated that they are all well and I am going to answer it to day and I will let them know that I heard from you and also that you wished to be remembered to them.

William Phillips has come to reside in Kingston althogether. I do not here of him getting married as yet.

Mrs and Mr Phillipps are well and all that you take any interest in.

Business has been verey dull in Kingston this winter. It has been a verey hard winter on farm people. They could hardly live. Every thing is verey dear at preasent and too all appearance will be dearer. Bread that we could buy last summer at five pence a loaf is now one shilling. Butter is one shilling and nine pence a pound and everey thing in like proportion. All this is caused by the War that is now rageing against Rusia by the English French and Turks and God only know when and where it will end. It is a anormus expence on England. She has sent all her Troops and Soldiers to the seat of war and has lost some, nay I may say a great many of her best officers and soldiers who died in maintaining their Country's Cause. I mention these facts to show you how hard it is for the poor to live. It will benefit the Farmers a grate deal for they can command almost any price for their produce.

Spring has now come fetcheing along with it all that man requires for to cheer him after a long drearey cold winter namely green trees Birds and plenty of work and plenty of money for to pay for it everey thing is cheerful. Navagation is now open, boats runeing too and from their respective ports. In fact all the Boats are runeing except the Carole Boats and they will run in two or three days which I am impatiently waiteing for as I want to go home as I long for a change from a City too a Country life that is for a few days. There will be three Boats runeing down the Canal this season which will be verey pleasant as one will go everey day. I allways when goeing on at home wishes you where with me. I hope you will come to see us as soon as possable as we all will be glad to see you. I am glad that you have commenced a correspondence between us and I hope you will not drop it off. Do not neglect to write soon. How is little Addy and her sister and that young lady that was with you down to our place or is she at Mrs Hughes yett. I must conclude as I am at a loss what to write about. Send me some newspapers. Direct to the Care of John George.

So now I must bid you farewell for a time.

Your affectionate Brother Robert Anglin

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