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Petworth Emigration, 1832, Letter from Obed Wilson to his Parents

From Obed Wilson, aged 18, late of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Ernest Town, August 5th. 1832.

Dear Parents,

I take this opportunity to inform you, that I am well; hoping that these few lines will find you the same. I was seven weeks coming over: I was three weeks sea sick; but I arrived safe. I have seen Edward Clear, at Montreal. I have got a place, at one Silvester Lambkin's, a new married couple, and I like them very well, at present. I have sixty dollars a year. I live thirteen miles from Kingston. I like the ways of the place very well, at present. My mate and the rest have gone on to York, and I have not heard of him since. I want to know whether Edward is coming over; if he is, put it in your letter. Remember me to my old master, and mistress, and all enquiring friends. So no more at present. I remain your dutiful Son, until death.

I want you to write as soon as possible. Direct your letter to R. Hough, at Ernest Town, thirteen miles from Kingston.

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