7 ¼” x 9 ¼” 3 pp, ALS, Jane Read of Stuyvesant, NY, April 14th, 1859, to her Aunt. Punctuation added.
“…Pa and John are going to make brick for the Central Railroad Company, about two miles back from the city. They are to get three dollars and fifty cents a thousand for them on the yard. They think that it is a very good job. John moved last week and Pa and the boys are a going to board with him so that Hester Jane will have her hands full with her three children. She has an Irish girl to live with her. She is very good help. She lived with her last summer…Some of the farmers have sown oats but we had quite a snow storm a few days ago. It did not last long as the sun has considerable power now…We need aid and wisdom from our kind Heavenly Father to enable us to perform the several duties we owe Him and to our fellow mortals here below…We might look to Him alone whence cometh all our strength for grace to assist us, for has He not said that His grace is sufficient for us and that His strength is perfect in weakness. Will you not pray for me that I may be enabled to perform my duties faithfully and to set a good example for them. I would rather that they would imitate the Character and follow the example of our Savior and take the word of God for the man of their counsel and the guide of their youth for I am certain if they follow its teachings it will fit them to enter into that rest that remaineth for the people of God. We have a great number of deaths about here this winter and spring, some of them very suddenly. A cousin of my Mother’s was buried a few days ago. She had the Consumption and had been sick since last fall. She lived in the upper part of Schodack and leaves a family of a husband and five children. The oldest is about the age of Mary Elida. We have. We have an excellent minister now, a good preacher and a very pleasant man. I was just to his house and spent the evening a short time ago…”
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