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Petworth Emigration, 1832, Letter from William Baker

From William Baker, late of Kirdford (appearing on the same sheet as the letter from Henry Smart)

Dear Mother,
I am very sorry to do, as I have done. When I left Montreal, I left my sister very ill; little thought but I should see her again. Not but what I am satisfied, she was done as well by, as if I was there; for Henry attended to her, both night and day, while we was aboard the ship, and so he did afterwards, to all account. I never saw my brother, till three weeks ago; and then I had cut off one of my fingers, and very near, another. I could not work, and I got out of money; and my sister troubled me: so I was determined to find him out, if I could. I travelled down to Ancaster, a hundred miles, and I begged my way, (though I never wanted any thing) for three days, and there I heard of him. He was very angry with me at first, but I owned myself in fault. I staid with him four days, and he relieved me with seven dollars. Then I stated back up the country, and I will never leave him, for so long a time, any more. My fingers are got nearly well, and I shall soon be able to go to work; and I can do a great deal better here, than I can at home; and I should be very glad to have my brother Tom come out. So no more from me, at present.

Wm. Baker

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1. To afford ample space for the passengers, this ship is restricted to carry 76 fewer than allowed by Act of Parliament.