A letter to Mr. William Anson Pringle Fredricksburgh, Upper Canada, Postal date Jul 16 1846 Armada June 21st 1846
My Dear Cousin,
By way of introduction I will say, I am the third son of Elimeul Benedict, your mothers oldest brother. My wife is the oldest daughter of Artemius and Mary Morris. So I greet cousin and should be pleased with a personal acquaintance - until then we can correspond by letter which will be very agreeable to us here particularly. Father and Mother Morris at whose request I acknowledge the rest of your letter of the 27th April which reached our P. Office in 7 days. It was very pleasing to us all. Mother was much pleased to hear from her sisters, that they were well enjoying the comforts of life, health and their families about them.
Father and mother are much the same as when they were last fall. Mother's ankle yet remains unhealed. It is at times very painful yet she does the work for the little family (self and father). Keeps spinning and knitting yet does not weave much. I have fixed her quilt wheel so that when she cannot walk she will sit and spin wool and Tow. She will mark and so with father who was 73 the 11th of Jan last and mother 77 the 9 Dec yet it seems hard for them to quit the habit they have always had of working. Should you make us a visit as your talkin of the coming summer we shall be much pleased. Mother says tell William to take his mother with him if convenient. She wants to see Phebe once more. Wishes Chloe was here often. In short you describe her feelings when speaking of your mother's anxieties. In conclusion briefly the names of my brothers and sister.
Polly Whipple Gratton, Tompkins County, NY Moses Benedict, Spring - Arbor, Jackson County Mich. Go miles west of Delnart Elmo Benedict/Livania, Livingston County, NY (Bachita)
If you do come to visit us and cross at Port Sumer, please call at James McCracken at Port Huron our former post master. Now a provision clerk who will direct you to our place. I live one mile North and 1/2 mile east of Bay Post Office in Armada. Should you cross at Dilmot, there are 2 routes one by Mount Chimmons the Niancrest, then other by Royal Oak, Utica cross to Ranico 3 1/2 miles from where I live. Father Morris is 5 1/2 miles north. His farm is the N.W. corner of the town.
Sister Polly has two children living at Birmingham, 18 miles from Detroit on the Pontiac Road (Naves). William Whipple and Lavinia Hildreth, they were here last week. On the visit of this you will do us a favour if you will write again please make any remark with freedom relative to our National Affairs. It is ours to live under different governments. We each have the right of choice and I admire your loyalty to that government whose laws protect your person and property. I yet hope that our differences may yet be settled without the resort to forcible measures. It seems to me that in case of a man each government will sacrifice much interest in municipal relations. Yet it is not proper for either government to yield to unjust governments made by either. I will not assume what is right in regard to the Oregon question.
Your uncle James benedict in Fabius Onbud County, NY, Cyrus and George in Mich. I think 5 miles west of brother Moses. I cannot tell where the other uncles and aunts are. My oldest brother, Alman left a family of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Names of the sons are Alman Horner, Nehimiah and Newton. They were left poor but by good economy they have a good education capable teaching in our high schools. I heard that Nehimiah was tdss thing the high school in Rochester. I have delayed the conclusion of this until the 6 July 1846 which I have now done in great haste. Hope this will be acceptable with its imperfections but no apologies. I am glad I can write and spell some.
I shall be pleased to answer another letter from your family, please give our respects and good wishes to all of the connexions.
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