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Caley Family Correspondence

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Document Type: Autograph Letter Signed

Author: John Caley and Mary Caley
Date: May 31, 1867
Place: Janesville, Iowa
To: Charles Caley

Physical Description: Ink on paper; 4 pages (21 x 13 cm.) on 1 folded sheet

Number: MSN CW 5024-34

Transcribed by: Jonathan Lawrence and George Rugg, 2004-05

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Janesville Iowa
May the .31 .67

Dear Brother and sister and friends at home

Wee are all well at the present time. Them aples came through all right If they had of stoped at Janesville when they went through we would of got them in less than a week from the time they started they went to Waverly and the depo agent had to write to have them sent back I will enclose the money for the aples in this letter I would of liked If you would of made out your bill and sent it along

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I have planted about 20 acers of corn and potatoes and sowed 10 acers of wheat and 5 of oats corn is worth one dollar a bushel and wheat two and other things in proportation we have the most backward spring I have seen since I came to Iowa but I am inhopes that it will come out all right
I will have to quit writing for I am in a hury to go to work

from your Brother
John Caley

write soon

Dear Brother and Sister I see John has left quite a space for me to fill out but I do not think I can find much to write that will interest you we are having a very backward spring we have

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had a very wet spring but I am in hopes we are going to have pleasant weather now we think our dried Apples are very nice and I thank you very much for the cam of grapes we would rather you would maebe [illeg] your bill and then we should of known how much to sent you for the barrell and your trouble John has been fensing in his back forty for pasture he put up a wire fence; we have sold one of our cows for 40 dollars but I am going to keep Julietts cow for her a few years longer Mother thinks she is the best cow we have got: we have got about 70 little chickens and 8 little turkeys I am sorry your baby has got the hooping cough it is a hard disease for little children I have keep Lucy from

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it all winter she thinks she is quite a young Lady she has been helping John to cover corn this forenoon she says he is going to buy her a hat if she works well she calls her father John she says she has not got any pa only just a John she calls me Ma I cant coax her to call me Mary one of Mr Coll Mr Carrolls boys Harmon is quite sick with the rheumatis in his lims he is a little better now I shall have to bid you good by write as soon as you can conveniently as we shall be anxious to hear if the letter goes all right.

your sister Mary Caley

Transcription last modified: 16 Dec 2005 at 10:47 AM EST

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