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iconnumber posted 03-15-2008 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lancaster Feb'y 14th 1820

Dear Brother

I rec'd your letter of the first instant last friday also the one you sent in the box & the watch came safely to me. I had six doz knifes & forks, & 1 do of spoons which were charg'd on the bill at $7/80 cts which I have dispos'd of the best way I could but for less prices than you sent on the bill for money is so scarce that they sell such articles much cheaper here now ---

Watches are cheap and will sell but I think if you sent silver ones that were set agoing I might dispose of some at prices from ten to fifteen Dollars if you could wait a year or more for your pay ---

I meant to have sent you some boots & shoes when your cloth went but I have been so destitute for money this winter that I could not procure stock to make them. Your cloth was sent by Levi last Saturday. Father & Maryann went down with him. Eleanor has been sick & confin'd to her room under the Doct's care for more than a fortnite this winter but she is much better now. I should have wrote to you before but we have had a severe cold winter here & my time has been so constantly employ'd to keep my family comfortable that I have been obliged to take a large part of the time which nature requires for sleep so you must excuse my not writing sooner.

I remain as ever your Brother

Joshua Fletcher

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iconnumber posted 03-16-2008 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And two weeks later:

Lancaster Feb'y 29th 1820

Dear Brother

Yours of 19th inst is rec'd

The one you wrote to Levi did not come till after he left this place for Cambridge but was forwarded to him there immediately for he would have to pay twenty five cents per day in addition to his bill after the vacation was out till it was paid.

I think I could sell three or four watches that would keep time where the pay would be more at the close of the year & perhaps more if I had them soon if you put them as cheap as they can be bought else where. I can sell a few more silver knifes & forks and take produce next summer which by sending to market will sell for money but you can do as you please about sending them.

I wish you would inquire how boots & shoes are selling at the shoestores in your city & see if you could sell some if I sent them that were handsome & good. I want to continue to do more business or give it up entirely.

We are all well here give my love to George and accept the same yourself --

Your Brother
Joshua Fletcher

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