|Object Name||Letter, Original|
|Date||November 16, 1857|
|Scope & Content||
Letter: original letter written by Harry(?) to My Dear Friend. New York, dated Nov. 16th, 1857.
New York, Nov. 16th / 57
My Dear Friend,
I wonder if you will ever forgive me for not answering your kind leter that I received some nine months ago. It is really to bad John the way I have served you, but I know you will overlook my faults, and we will be the same as ever. Since I last heard from you John, there has a great many things transpired her and elsewhere. First the submarine telegraph cable failed. Then, the horrible mutiny broke out in India, the, ill fated Steamer Central America sank to the bottom carrying with it so many precious lives and to cap all the great commercial crisis came upon us like a thunderbolt. sweeping almost everything before it. At one time on account of the banks suspending (?) payment. Wall Street was was perfectly jamed with excited bill holders and depositors and those persons who were fortunate enough to have their bill exchanged for gold, had their pockets relieved of its weight before they had walked two blocks by some expert pick-pocket. I tell you what John the rogues drove a thriving business in those trying times. But thank goodness the panic is over every person breathes freer and before the New Year commences I hope it will be all right again.
There is some twenty thousand workmen out of employment here that parade the streets threatening all sorts of vengence if the City dose not either give the worker bread. last Thursday they overhauled three Laker wagons. But instead of eating it as they generally do when they are hungry - they threw it at each others heads. now that looks very much like being starved, dose it not John. I believe it is all a pretext of theirs so as to congregate together and destroy what ever is in their way. last week it was rumored about that they were going to attack and rob the Customhouse of the subtreasure ($5,000,000) the troops were ordered out to protect it. but happily it has all passed over with out any bloodshed. I have been thinking to day of the many pleasant hours I have spent in Springdale and if I ever neglect to write, you must not think I have forgotten you. No indeed, I take
I take as much pleasure in ruminating over old times as you can image. In your last letter you said that same. Hilts would write me such a terrible long letter that I would remember it for years to come but the good for nothing fellow has never written the first word I shall have to scratch him off my Books. I spent last summer in New Jersey, and a most delightful time I had of it too, there is a female Seminary in Plainfield where some beautiful young ladies attend, but the duce of it was I could not see them except at church and a week is a long time for a fellow to wait, especially if he is over head and ears in.... but I shall have the pleasure of calling on two of them New Years day at all events as they will be home spending their winter vacation. I often wish that you where here to participate in some of the pleasures, but that is denied me at present I suppose I have planed many a little jaunt for ourselves but unfortunately they never cam to pass as we were separated by some 900 miles.
I wish I could change places with this letter John I would like nothing better than to be conversing personally with you. Brother Charley was out in Ohio some 6 or 8 weeks in the summer visiting his friend. He was at Cincinnati some time and passed glendale on his return home. so next year it is my turn and if nothing prevents I shall be on in July. You mentioned in your last letter about my having a Yankee girl for my wife when I am married but such a thing is out of the question if I cannot have a western lady I shall go without any. It is of no use proposing here without you are good for 100 or so thousand ($1000) but the western girls are not quite so foolish or absurd as all this!
What do you think of Brigham Young with his 27 wives John for my part I think he ought to have his neck stretched he and his saint devils have destroyed 78 army wagons and are burning the grass so as the horses cannot have any thing to eat. General Walker departure for Nicaragua still continues to be the topic on conversation in all circles and the President professes to be exceedingly annoyed at his successful escape. The latest news is that Buchanan has dispatched a couple of (?) (?) after him and if possible intercept his fillibuster crew. I see by th e papers that there has been a great freshet in Ohio. Saturday night I visited Boston's new theatre to see Miss Cushman perform as lady gayspanker she plazed to perfection, and from the appearance of the overflowing house it did not appear very much like hard times. If you could only come on East and make me a visit we would have some gay times together. How is Alice King John. I sincerely hope she is enjoying perfect health. I will never forget her bright sparkling eyes and ever lurking smile please give her my love and remember me to her sister Louisia King or rather Miss King. I hear from Bloomington occasionally as I correspond with Aunt Julia and Cousin Anna. I am becomming tired it is past ten and I suppose I have exhausted your patients long ago by my nonsense so I must close give my love to all my friends and Please do not let any one see this letter excuse all mistakes and the writing. So fare the well write soon.