Dunwich July 9th 1837
Dear Parents, Brothers & Sisters
I have now taken up my pen to congratulate unto you the happiness & ways which is still passing through this earthern world we are all well thank God for it he which is the protector of all mankind
as far as I can give an account Edw'd is just come in to join with me in the proceedings & wishing this might meet you all in the same John has been out to see us the way which your letter reached us he lives about 20 miles from us they were all well when he left home his little Betsy Ann was remaning in the states with his Father in law & he is expecting them up every wek as they have often promised him they would
I think his father is tired of his great farm in the states he has been considerable looser by it he is going to try it this year also for 1/2 the rent he talks of coming back into Canada to the west & buying a farm with some clearing on it or rather some that he can till I expect he has not done verry well by leaving Canada I believe there is a great emigration to Canad this year Provisions is a little scarce in Americca this year by the failure of crops same people on new farms verry po----ly off that has got no money to buy with but I think they will weather the storms that they have met with.
Edw'd & I have two most excelent places I was glad Edw'd got there it is the place I was living last summer I am living with the old Mr. Pearce & he with his oldest son when I have ever worked out. I have worked in the family for the most part & they make the brag of Edw'd & I & say the Simpsons & the Pearces stick together when in a joke they are all verry kind to us & use us well &
I am as happy as I could wish for in this world working pretty hard which I say industry & carefulness will gain property in this world but an man the work in this country is wearing I have often thought how much better it was for me that I came to this country but every one might not be in the same mind it is a good country for a young single man an a man that has got money, if sickness dont occur & troubles dont cross people now for such a man as you if there should be no sickness no troubles &'c [etc.] should not occur cauld all do well but I never can think of encouraging as you live so cofortable where you be but it would be so much better for some of my dear brothers but I dont wish to hestitate on the subject of you coming here there has been some farmers done well here & some done very badly it is all by the hand of providence
old Mr Pearce first when he come here he says he had about 40 dol. in money ---- cattle for the quantity I dont know he went to work he had 50 acres given him by the Colonel Talbot land agent in this western country 50 he bought with some improvement on it very few settlers when he first come here about 25 years ago now he has 150 acres of land bought 3 of his oldest sons verry good farms & now he has every thing comfortable about him that a farmer can wish for & there is about seventy acres cleared on his farm Leslie his second son I was living with the first when I came 2 mo. & 1/2 this last winter chopping cord wood Cut down the large trees take from them the small limbs cut the large limbs & the body of the tree into about 4 feet in length split the largest of the timber so it can be easy handled which piling it up together for fuel 8 feet long 4 high & 4 feet being the length of the timber make a cord of wood.
The spring crops look remarkably well [**] the fall wheat in general looks verry thin [**] by the breaking up of the frost I think [**] will be plentiful in the course of anothe[**] or so I think
I shall not go on to my farm [**] fall I think I will go on the next if all be well as I can go on a little more comfortabler Jo'n is got pretty stout again he had grain to sell last wi[**] I think he will get along now if it had not bean [**] for me I bel-ve it would not have been so well [**] with him which I think he will soon recover of it I rec'd by Oct. [?] a letter from Cousin Jon Strong he is well & I have been just writing to him this morning & it is now about 1/4 past [**]ck We have had a letter from Jo'n Ronbinso[**]e all well he had 13 dol. per mo. enquiring if [**] was better here I did not like to ecourag him here I thought he would do as well there a while yet
I wrote I rec'd the bill for 70 pounds & 3 for --- which I will get cash'd in september as I will get some from old Mr. Pearce & I think I will do my business at St Thomas & get my deeds by frost. --- will be less expence. Father I am verry thankful for what you have done & Jon the same. I will advance for Edw'd as quick as I can I think he will have no need of it yet till he learn the way of the country
Edw'd wishes me to write for him Jo'n Robinson lost the chaff bed at Liverpool which was taken on a mistake & a large parcel left in the place of it which he would not take I will alway try to let you all I can
wishing ever to remain Your two sons
George & Ed Simpson
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I wish you to read the letter yourselfs & receive from me ever wishing to remain your's & I will do all I can for any of my brothers that would come Edw'd did not stop at that place St Thomas & moved ---- about us may the hand of providence rest on us all my love joins in love with to you all George Simpson
Edw'd was with --- this last winter.
[Dunwich Township is bordered on the north by the Thames River and on the south by Lake Erie. The centre of the township is about 12-15 miles west south west of St. Thomas. Additionally, there is a village called Dunwich about 3-4 miles from the south east corner of the township.]
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