Scott Young letter to son James
 May 22, 1857



Morgan Co. Indiana May 22nd 1857


Dear Son:


            On last Monday evening I went to Gosport and your two letters of the 19th and 20th April and 2nd Inst. had just arrived, showing that you was on your way to Evans, probably there by that time. After reading the contents I doubt not that we were all filled with a spirit of thanksgiving and adoration to God for preserving and protecting that far, the life of our son, and brother from the many dangers of land and water!


            We considered that you must have had a tiresome and expensive tromp, but hope it may be no sacrifice either in time or money. You have already seen so much! We can enter into the feeling of amusement with you in seeing the Red people of the forest, the Mexicans--the beautiful prairies--cities villages, fine rivers, steamers, the beautiful deer (which brought fuzee to mind) the S.C. Bor.; Ruffian. Why might we not take an interest in your seeing so many wonderful and new things? For anticipation of the brothers meeting we feel to congratulate them. May their joys and tenderly brotherly feeling remain and increase.


            We can too, imagine the pleasures of Mary Ann, Ethan and James L. The little fellows!! Tell Ethan that old puss is still doing well. The scolds Taylor and trip, she strikes her paw at the

hens when they come around where I am skinning squirrels.  We are yet all blessed with good health, the neighbors are well.  Mrs. Chenowith told Harrison she wanted to see the letter from James when it came. I let her read all four that had come, she manifested some pleasure in reading--she understands pretty well. I will just say that your second which requested me to write to Omaha arrived

after the 3rd. so I did not receive it till you had left. On the 9th inst. I mailed one to Evan informing him of you as well as I could.


            James Alexander arrived safe on the 16th inst., left some money in Iowa to be payed for him--says if he could sell his property at Gosport he would move to Mo. Dr. Keiper has not yet returned to Omaha in some 3 or 5 days, but he says by that time he and Jim were gone. Did you run off and leave Dr?? Alexander told me that he run East after leaving you he went to Quincy, Ill. to Chicago then home.--(turn over)


            We still have cool weather tho leaves on the beach and sugar timbers have just showed of the bloom, but the under brush is not much out yet today. I noticed some Dogwood beginning to bloom. It is about one month behind time but it looks like it would be growing weather soon. Our orchard

is very full of bloom.

            Jenny Lind continues to work well. Harrison seems to be fully sufficient for her, has no fear of her. We have put in our crop in good order, we are not in a hurry in such a season. People are very backward generally. Wheat is going up some generally. I was offered $1.15 at the garner. Corn is selling at 75cts at town. Other things remain as usual.  The last from Matilda she was well--getting on with her school finely.


            I went to Samaria last Sunday to hear bro. Trent Preach--he is about like the others that attend there. I think your dues are all paid in except Mo.  Coston's. Uncle Toby says he will pay that as soon as he gets it. John Gray is putting up a spinning Factory with 144 spindles, will be at work next week. he intends carding besides as usual. Also, keep the flouring mills moving.


            The papers state that the frost has bit down the wheat, corn, and gaiders in Texas so they will have to plant again and the dry weather is hurting them much. Without rain within two weeks a famine is inevitable. We should be pleased to learn the prospects in Ks good we are quite anxious to hear that Evan is convalescent. We hope he is well by this time. I saw Dr. John McGinnis Monday, he says your Uncle George's health is about as it has been for some time--that he has brought property in Cloverdale. I aim to see him as soon as I can he spared from the farm. 


            I have not been to the Lake place since with you, but aim to go soon.  Our grass seed you helped to sow on the 40 acre pasture is coming well.  The meadows look well.  We have turned the hogs ion the clover field at the lats. The clover is too thin. The wheat in the 16 acre field is likely to be trifling. The S.E. looks well. I am reminded of the death of old sister Martha.  Having exhausted all my reminiceses, I invited any of the family to suggest something more then Sarah stepped up and said "tell James I want him to come back" very well, what else? "I can't remember any more now." They all join in sending their love to you all. Let us hear "all" shortly.




to J.B. young Scott W. Young


P.S. some of us will post you up occasionally.




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