To Edward Eastmond, Benton, Ontario Co., NY
From John Eastmond, 1 York, 27th Oct. 1821
Rec'd 7th Nov.
New York 27th October
My dear Son,
I received yours of the 15th inst. last Sunday and am pleased to find that yourself & relatives are all well, accept your Aunt Debby I beg to recommend to her to take 30 drops of Balsam Capur every evening on going to bed for two or three weeks as I feel persuaded it will produce an alteration for the better on her lungs; & if it should do them no good it will do no harm and may benefit her health otherwise and suppose you will be able to get it in Geneva at the Apothecary's.
I have done nothing as to the land in Hector & from what you say I shall not inquire further about it.
Henry met with an opportunity of going out to Mobile as clerk to the house of Smiley & Cleveland merchants there, at a salary of $400 & expenses of his passage out. He saileld from here on Sunday morning the 14th inst. - the weather has been very fine ever since & I hope by this time he is nearly at his journey's end as an average passage is about three weeks. I parted with him with much reluctance, but the impossibility of getting a place for him here which he could get wages and his own anxious desire to leave New York induced me to let him go. I am now almost alone having only Martha & Mary at home. I think I have informed you that Benj. & Langford board at Mr. Whitings in the Bowery & come home only on Saturdays. I miss Henry very much, as you may remember he was very talkative and generally on subjects that were honourable to youth.
Phebe joins me in love to you & all your relatives. Mr. Taylor and the young ladies thank you warmly for your rememberance of them. I have not mentioned to Violetta your particular respect to her as yet but merely told the girls that you had done one of them that favour. I leave them to decide which it was. I approve your choice, she is a charming girl & is improving herself much in those qualities which render women truly desirable.
I enclose you ten dollars, and my draft on your uncle Daniel Thorn for $10 more which is on account of Interest he owes me & which he probably will be able to pay you in small amounts during the winter.
Mrs. Williams & her son Richard have been to my house a few days & they beg to be remembered to you & Mr. Williams in a letter I received two days since enquires particularly after you.
Dear Son I remain Your affectionate Father,
P.S. Flour has risen here to $9 a bbl (bushel?) wheat 15/ - but I do not think it will keep up too long - perhaps not two months. N.B. Your last letter is vey full of uncorrected errors.