Robert Shields to Alexander, at Glover County of Orleans State of Vermont Care of Captain James Trumbul, Craftsbury (with parcel) Dated at Galston 4 April, 1832.
I received yours dated the 26 Oct. and am very happie to hear that you and the rest of our friends in America are still enjoying good health for which you owght to be thankful. We are all in our ordinary State of health at the time with the rest of your freands heare as far as I know. I do not know whether you have got any notice of our Brother Williams dath or not; according to the information I got, he Died in the month of March last year by falling off a hay stacke: his back was broken and I think his son John was with him when he died. With respect to Andrew Young, he with all his famlie went off to America in the month of June last year. They had a very tiedous passage and got scarce of provisions. He writes that he likes the place and that he has £100 per year.
Our Brother Hugh has rowgt very few days last year for want to work. We had a visit of Brother James and his wife last sommer. They had not ben well for som time befor that. They apear to be scarce able to mentain themselves, ther being so littel for Weaving now. We had plenty of work last Somer but not very well paied for it. The appearance this year is not so good. William Houat has now got Married to Elizabeth Wardrop and little William is now left and stoping with his father.
With respect to ar coming to America, I do not know what to say about it. We canot come this year at any reat, as I am inhibited from selling the hous by the Marchants who dealt with the old Society; they intend to bring in all the gone owt members to asist in paying the Society debts. They appear to be near 1000 pounds. We are defending at law, but we are afraied that we will be brought in as the law is very uncertain, but as I expect that it will be got settled this year in some form or other, we will come to be resolved the one way or the other.
You may when you write give us all the information you think nasceray for our coming. Tread in this contrie is in a very bad state at prasent. The reform bill is not passed as yet but we expect it son will, but whether it will do much good or not we cannot tell. Ther has also been a deal of noise abowt that troble caled Cholrea Morbus, the news papers are evrie week thronged with the progress that it is making but whether such a dicess is in the countrie or not I cant tell but I think ther are more than the double cut off with the typhous fiver and littel notice taken of it. I think you will be a littel surprised to see the bearer Charles Barber come to America; he, I think, is as unfit for immigration as any man in Galston. He says that he is going stright to you and he expects that you will help him to purchase a peas of land. If you can do any thing for him and not hurt yowrself, you may do it, for I think he puts a great dail of confidance in you. I need not say anything respecting the news of the vilage as Charles will inform you in a fular maner than I can do. We have had a very fine sommer and an exalant crop last year and likewise a modrat winter. The plowing is mostly over at the latter end of March, but not a great deal of the seed in, as the wither has rather inclined to be wet towards the end of the month.
I have sent you a Speach and our Sister Marion a frock to Jannat and Betty one to young Agness. When you write let us know how the children are coming on and if the bois are strong and good workers and if you are still working hard youself and also let us know if you have much hivey wood on your land and if ther is much brush wood on it and also how many bols a Acker will produce of the different cinds of grain that you sow; also let us know how you think that William andHugh Woodburns are getting on and if they are industrous. If you are wishing to write to Andrew Young, you may direct Andrew Young, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. There are a great number hear that are wishing to go to America but canot go for want of money. William Earsking is working this year in Gawkland Qwarie. Having nothing further worthie of notice that I remember,
your afexonat Brother,
NB. Also you will recive a bonnet for littel Robert and a rwffel from Margrat Findlay for Crastian.