To Edward Eastmond, Milo, near Penyan, Yates Co., NY
From John Eastmond, New York, 19th March 1824
Rec'd Milo 27th March (Delivered?) 5 April
New York 19th March 1824
I received your several letters of the 17th Dec & 15th Jany. By the first I was pleased to learn that you arrived in safety among your friends & that you found them all well. I expected to have heard again from you long before this time on the subject of your last day of 15 Jany. I supposed that W. Forrest would have made some other propsition. I received from E. Crissey yesterday a letter in which he says he has disposed of his ? ? and made arrangements for leaving the place the 1st May & giving it up to me. You see by the conduct of W. F. Louslittle (?) any man's word is to be depended on.
You mention the farm of your neighbour W. Townsend for sale at $12 an acre. You say nothing of his terms of payment, nor of the quality of land cleared, nor whether you like it or not. I am however of the same mind as to buying a farm at present until I can get the money for that at Cornwall, and it appears strange to me that you have not yet been able to find one to be had on hires or on shares. I should like to know whether you calculate on getting one or not, in order that I may be prepared to assist you with the necessary Flock & farming utensils.
I expect Crissey down here soon, and if he then makes me the reconveyance of the farm I would be willing to treat with W. Forrest on the terms mentioned in his letter to me. For it was for Crissey's advantage, not mine, that I stood out for the $800 difference.
and how you are in health, and also how your friends all are. Have you seen Danl Thorne lately and are you likely to get anything from him? You must push him and get what you can from him that is useful to you though you may allow too much for it. I got nothing but ingratitude in return for favours from almost every person that I have ever assisted. If Daniel does not pay the balance of interest due this spring I am determined to sue him on his bond & I wish you to tell him so. You may do it in writing if you please.
We are all in good health - remember me to your Uncles, Aunts & cousins. Your mother begs to be remembered to you and I remain,
Your affectionate father,