Submitted by Mike
This is an 1850 letter written by Benjamin Franklin Hubbard of Quebec Canada to John H. White of Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee.
No research has been done to determine further details about John H. White.
Some research has been done on the author, Benjamin Franklin Hubbard. A brief description of Benjamin is:
Born June 9 1798 in Sunderland, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
Moved from the United States to his long time and final home, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.
Druggist, businessman, postmaster, school teacher, and author.
Married twice and had at least five children.
Wrote the 1874 book "Forests and Clearings: History of Stanstead County, Province of Quebec, With Sketches of More than Five Hundred Families". This book was reprinted in 1988 and is used widely by Stanstead Genealogical researchers as evidenced by the many requests for lookups within the book on Stanstead genealogical message boards.
Died February 6, 1877 in Stanstead.
Henry was the brother Benjamin wanted a teaching position for. Henry never came to Tennessee. He did teach in Vermont but later returned to Canada and eventually became the Inspector of Schools for the District of St. Francis.
A few words were difficult to read in the letter, so a limited number of errors may exist in the transcription below.
The first postal stamp reads: Stanstead L. C., May 1, 1850.
The second postal stamp reads: Derbyline VT, May 3, 1850.
John H. White Esq.
Stanstead, May 1, 1850
My Dear Sir,
From your last letter to Zilphia we have the satisfaction of learning that yourself and family are in the enjoyment of good health. We had rather hoped to have seen you and Mrs. D. here, in the ????? of the coming summer, but it seems we are to be disappointed.
Zilphia is getting better; and we do not see anything in the way of her ultimate recovery to at least a comfortable state of health. From the nature of her care, she is a good deal afflicted with Nervous Depression but this will, we hope, wear off.
I am still doing a small Business at the old Place - Rent the store from Zilphia - took in a Partner, a Mr. Bell, last January - have purchased a House and moving family to the village - My aunt, Mrs. Olivia Nash is now with us.
I would mention that my younger brother, Henry has rather a wish to spend a few years in Teaching, and is inclined to go to the South - He has thought of going to Georgia; but it has occurred to me that he had better direct his course to Tennessee, and that your influence might of material advantage in getting him a situation
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My Brother is a well trained, through English Scholar and a good practical Teacher - is now engaged in classical study, and will probably by the coming Fall, possess as much knowledge of Latin and Greek as are required to fit fr college - -He is, like myself, near sighted, but this will not injure him when his merits are known. If it would not be asking too much, I would request that you would let me know what you think as to the expediency of his going to your Place. While he would not expect great wages, we would wish to have him get a reputable(?) situation - This, we think, he would be able to fill. In the event of a favorable answer from you, he would ??ably set out for your place in October.
The Political state of Canada is waxing more and more - Where things will end, it is hard to determine. Annexation is talked of, among us, but Johny will not let us off in a hurry.
With best regards to Mrs. White,
I remain, dear Sir,
B. F. Hubbard