Edward Eastmond, Milo, Ontario Co., NY
From John Eastmond, New York, 14th Jany 1823
Answd 3 Feby.
If Edward is gone to ? Mr. Wood will please forward this to him by mail
New York 14th Jany 1823
I recd yours of 30th Dec on the 8th inst. - and am glad to find that yourself and relatives are all well except Debby. You may take anything of your Aunt Polly in payment of the interest due, provided she is not too extravagant in her charges. A Bed & bedding you will want hereafter, or likewise a colt & heifer, should you go on a place for yourself, but it appears to me that $20 for a heifer is twice as much as it is worth - I can buy good young cows & a calf by their side at the Bulls Head for $22 a.
I wish you to go to Skancateles & stay there 3 or 4 weeks or longer if you like it, to see how you would like the milling business & to find out if there is a prospect of doing any thing for yourself with the Mill there, beyond a bare living. Mr. L. owns or did own only 1/2 of the Mill & he wishes me to buy the other half. Now I would have nothing to do with it unless it suits you to follow the business, in case you may find it the answer, - I would rather sell my half & have done with it. If the Mill & farm will not afford you an income of about $150 beyond your expenses it is not worth having nor ? because the interest of the money it will cost, would support, you in the country without any work at all, but I cannot think of your eating the bread of idleness even if I could afford to let you, and I think you do not wish it. Before I can determine anything about it I must hear from you after you have been at Skancateles 2 or 3 weeks. If then I should be disposed to buy the other half of the mill, I will write to you the nature of the terms on which you may take it. And I wish you to see Mr. Litherland as soon as you conveniently can. I shall write to him on the subject to-morrow.
We are all in good health. I am going to send Benj. & Martha, Langford & Mary to Mr. Berault's School for a quarter's dancing.
My love to Debby & Daniel & all friends & believe me ever to remain
Your affectionate father
I have not heard from Henry since 14th Oct. He was then well.
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