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    September 26. 1840

    My dear brother and sister:
    We received your letter of August 19th with Almonds and the newspaper which we very joyfully received after so long a time in hearing from you, and I was very glad to hear you are well, but we were very much grieved and surprised to hear of the disagreeable and villainous conduct of Mr Crane toward Almond. We have delayed writing you until now because we have been expecting Almond home. He has not come yet, so we thought we would not delay it any longer, as we expect he has again settled in some business in America. We hope you will write again to let us know. Almond mentioned in his letter that he was doubtful if we had received his newspaper with the account of the Niagara Falls. You may inform him that we have it and was very much pleased with it.
    I wrote what you wrote about gardening to my dear brother Walter on August 20th, and on the same day there was a letter written to us from Mr.Hotton at London (a native of Probus, he married a sister of Mr.Lowry of Court Mill.) He is a gardener in London. He stated in his letter the painful news that he had received a letter from one of the young men at the Botanical Gardens advising him to come immediately to see poor Walter, as he wished to see him for he was confined to his bed with a fever. He stated he was very sorry the distance from the house to his gardens was so great, being approximately 5 miles, or he would put him at his house. He stated that nothing should be wanted on his part to make Walter comfortable. He found him very happy in the situation. He was pleased and sent his kind love to all. The following day Mr.Hotton says that he hopes in a few days Walter would be able to write himself, but it was not the case for in 4 days after we received from Mr.Hotton another letter that Walter was worse and that his doctor was rather scrupulous in telling what kind of fever it was, but stated it was of such kind as required the greatest care. Mr.Hotton advised further in his letter to send up one of his sons or daughters to attend on him as soon as possible. If he could so recover as to be removed home, he would want someone to assist him, so the next morning we sent away Nicholas Dabby that married sister Mary. They are living at Court Mill in the house that Maryanna and her family lived in, and have 2 children (boys) Albert and Alfonso. The day that Nicholas went away, we received another letter from Mr.Hotton saying he was seeing poor Walter late last night and early that morning, and that the young man that stayed up with him that night said he did not think he could live. He said he would see him again that afternoon and would write us again. He did and the physician said it was typus fever but there was no immediate symptoms of danger, but yet it might have an unfavourable trend as it often did in that disease. He spoke in very high terms of the doctor that attended him and said nothing could be going better. This was on Wednesday afternoon, August 20th, that the physician saw him. The next letter was from Nicholas. He went from Plymouth on Thursday August 27th and the Packet was obliged to lie at anchor one night with a great fog when it came at the mouth of the Thames so that he did not get to London until Sunday afternoon at 2 O


    From a transcription by Brian LEAN

    Owner/SourceBrian Lean
    Linked toMary Ann PETERS; Eleanor YELLAND; William Hodge YELLAND

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