|Title:||Hughes, Edward to Hughes, Laurence, 1852|
|Collection||New Brunswick Letters|
|Origin||Cambria Co. Penn., USA|
|Destination||Fredericton, N.Brunswick, Canada|
|Genre||decease, buying land, moving to Iowa, inquires about family|
|Transcript||Letter from Edward Hughes (brother)|
Addressed to Lawrence Hughes
Summit, Cambria County, Pa. July 11, 1852
Dear Lawrence. Your long wished for letter at length arrived in due time after its date but circumstances
did not permit me to write sooner. I buried one of my girls last February who was then ten months sick
of consumption. She was a fine girl of sixteen years old and two younger ones of two years old shortly
before, a boy and a girl, so I hope I have three before me in heaven and I have eight left, four boys and
four girls as fine looking children as you would wish to see. We are all in good health now, thank God for
it. I am very happy to hear that you and your fine family are doing so well. I have purchased 77 acres of
good land in a fine Catholic settlement. It is worth now one hundred dollars. I am not able yet to go live
on it as there is but little of it cleared. I some times think of selling it to go live in the west. There is a fine
colony of settlers from Carlow in loway State sent out by Rev. James Heigher and they have fine schools
there now for boys and girls. I think dear Lawrence if we would go there it would be a fine chance for
our children but I am afraid it is not healthy there. If you could procure a Catholic almanac you would
find out about the settlement.
Your friend Tierney is dead. He died in some of the western states and I have not seen any of the ahers
this long time. There is a great deal of railroads making here but the most degrading characters work on
them now. Some of this is a discgace to the land that gave them birth.
Dear Lawrence, write to me soon again and let me know how you are getting along and let me know
how Mary and the children are. If you know anything of Edward Fitzhenry let me know. Also I would like
to hear of his attendance to his religious duty because if we do not practice what we are taught to
believe we are no better than the heathen or the publican.
It is a painful thing for me to write as I am not very quick at it. I am sending a letter to Bridget now. Mary
and the children joins me in love to you and your Mrs. and children.
Still I remain your ever affectionate brother.