Letter: April, 1855: ( Dear Children in Wisconsin )
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Dear Children in Wisconsin

Letters from Pine Plains ca 1855


§3 Letter: April, 1855

"I will now take my pen in hand…"

Historical context

30 MARCH 1855
Elections for a territorial legislature are held in Kansas. Several thousand pro-slavery Missourians, called "Border Ruffians" because they are armed, cross into Kansas and vote, thus electing a pro-slavery legislature. The election is recognized by the federal governor of the territory because he fears further violence. [The Almanac of American History, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., ed.; Barnes & Noble, 1993]


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                   Pine Plains April 1855
      Dear son

I will now take my pen in hand to
inform you we are well at present we
hope these few lines will find you all
enjoying the same Blessings  we received
your letter the 31 first day of March  we was glad to
here you was well and taking so much
comford in visiting  we would like to
have seen that load in the woods  a going to
Potters1  a visiting  you rote you did not live
in iceland but I think you live in snow land
we have no snow her but the wind blows
like a hurricane most of the time here
uncle George2 and famaly are well the rest
of our little citty is flourishing this spring
with our new neighbors  Henry vandsen3 live
ware you did a Coulard4 family live in
the store  thay say there is an irish family
a going to moove in Morris5 house  Henry
and Maria live in with Mrs Hoag6 in
the west part of her house  we have new neighbors
on the Vanalstine7 place  we wil send you
some tomato seed  we cant send you a setting
of old Brundrige eggs  she has not laid one
egg this spring  she will get on nest and
set and when she gets of the nest  she will
cackel but no eggs  the old hen weighs 8
pounds  old Delamars8 calf is allmost
fat  you wouldnt hardly know   Boss
Johnson9  he has raised a face of whiskers
Thay are white as Wisconsin snow
Josephine10 said you must not shoot her
painter11 if you should see him in the woods



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you wanted my advice what I thought
of bying a place without any of it cleared
on the lot  I cant till you must go and
see how it is situated  if the land is good
after the timber is is cut of or not if the land
is not good  I don't think it will pay but if
it is good land and a road goes though it or
by the side of it and a prospect of being
well wateret when you see a place that
suits you you must rite all the particulars
how it is situated then I can fourm some
opinion of it  tell what kind of timber
there is on it   rite where the man lives
that ccens12 the so lot  take Jacob13 with
you and have his opinion  don't buy before
you let me know there is tite times in
the money market  you rote you wanted some
money  I will try and send you some  if I can
for I think you will want a cow and a pig if
you are keeping house  if you doo live in the woods
and the logs  you was a speaking   I think
if you cant make  market for the lumber
soon and turn it in to mony  I think
perhaps you had beter sell the logs for
mony is very tite with us this spring  you
must do what you think is best  I cant
advice you as well as I was there  and
see you  I want you to have good courage
and look out for yourself for there is
nobody  will look out for you   I am glad
to heare you asked old people advice  your
uncle George said you must be shure to
to get good land so it will be worth the money



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we have sold all your things you
left with us  to sell except the old
swill pale  we sold the cabbord to
day before yester day  we sold it for
Eleven Dollars  you have nothing to
keep house with in Duchess  any more
Boss Johnson bought your tomato seed
Yesterday  he wanted I should tell you
If your land was so rich thay would grow as big
punkin that weighed one
Hundred and sixty pounds Cornelius
Runels14 wife has got a girl baby  Mother
thought you would want to heare the news
George Bunnel15 is dead he is buried to
day we have received several of your
letters and there has not been an infitation
sent for us to come and see you  we
hate to beg an infitation but it sems
we will have to if we want to come
we hope Sarah or Jacob will give
us one  I will now close  rite as
soon as you get this  there are several
letters on the way and a paper  I hope
you have got them  Mother said she
would give you all an infitation to come and
see her  she thinks the reason is you
have not asked her  you have not got much
to eat in the woods  I will rite the next
time  whare Jacob Duel16 and John Germerson17
is  I have rote ware Jerie18 is and I will again
tell you he has bought Martin Greens19 place at
Chicago20 I will rite the rest the
next time



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I will now close my leter  I wish
you all well  give our best respects
to all inquiring friends

            Peter Hidorn
            Catherine Hidorn

         To John Hidorn
            Sarah [?] Hidorn
            Jacob Keller



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  1. << in the Wisconsin vicinity
  2. << unknown
  3. << Henry Van Dusen
  4. << Colored? [DW]
  5. << Morris Gray, father of Levi Gray
  6. << unknown
  7. << William Van Alstine
  8. << Delamater
  9. << Josiah Johnson, shoemaker, neighbor in Pine Plains
  10. << Johnson, daughter of Josiah
  11. << panther, cougar, mountain lion [RAD]
  12. << owns?
  13. << Keller; friend of the Hidorns in Wisconsin
  14. << Reynolds
  15. << neighbor to Simmons; 1850 census
  16. << unknown
  17. << Jemerson?
  18. << unknown; Jeremiah? Garret?
  19. << unknown
  20. << Cinango?

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