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iconnumber posted 03-16-2008 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Louisville June 30th 1854

Dear Brother

I received your letter this morning and was glad to hear from you. I have for some days been thinking of writing to you about James' being dissatisfied and wishing to go home. We have about come to the same conclusion that you have, that it will be best for him to go home. I regret this very much as he could be of great use to us, and I have no doubt that it would be very much to his own advantage to stay if he was willing to do so and make himself useful. I know that he will regret it hereafter, it is such an opportunity as may not again offer.

I suppose the great reason for his wanting to go home now is to be there on the Forth of July. The Boys have been constantly writing to him urging him to come home and be with them on that day and offering to send him money to pay his expenses and it has kept him in a perfect fever to be off.

As far as Comfort and happiness are concerned I see no reason why he should not be both comfortable and happy, he boards in one of the best houses in the City, the same that Uncle Henry boards in now and has for several years and where I now board. We pay for his board the same as Uncle Henry pays and he sits at the same table, -- he sleeps in the same room that I slept in for years. Uncle Henry also sleeps in the store, as is the custom here, and I do not see that he has any thing to make him unhappy, and to judge by the way he can talk, laugh, sing and play with the boys and girls I should say he was as happy as any one could be. The only thing he has to complain of is that he is required to be in at or about ten o'clock at night as Uncle Henry goes to bed at that time. I do not believe he could complain of the work he is put to -- his duties and chores are nearer to half what was expected of me when I was put out to trade.

As to his being bitten by the dog it was only a very slight scratch on the finger, not enough to draw blood and there is not the least danger from it.

I had a talk with him yesterday about going home and he was anxious to be off right away so as to be there on the forth but I told him he would have to wait until I had written to you upon the subject. I do not suppose that there would be the least danger in sending him home by himself, he is smart enough to go any where, so I will wait to hear from you and then if he still wishes to go and you wish to have him I will get him a through ticket and send him off.

Please remember me to all the family and tell them James looks as fat and hardy as ever.

Your Affectionate Brother

C. F. Bennett

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-17-2008 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just re-read On the road & another letter -- Joshua to Charles & the above.

These are really great glimpses into the past. How would you characterize their economic class?

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2008 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really love all of the letters you are posting, wev. They are fascinating!

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2008 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, this is really wonderful.

Any idea how old James is at the time of this letter?

I expect the poor thing was homesick.

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2008 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I knew; I have not been able to discover any James born to one of Charles' brothers.

As a rule of thumb, he would have been put out around age 13 and served a 5 to 7 year term of apprenticeship. The tone makes me think this was a rather less formal indenture, but I suppose 16 or so would be a safe guess.

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2008 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hm. Desperate homesickness might be more likely if he was younger. Must be the allure of the Glorious Fourth. Or perhaps he doesn't care for the cooking at Uncle Henry's boarding house.

A "through ticket" is for a train, right? Not a stagecoach?

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2008 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At that date, probably a combination of both.

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2008 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Calvin, Charles' brother, had son named James who was born in 1843 according to the 1850 U S Federal Census in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA.

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2008 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A shade too young, I think

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2008 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another brother of Charles' that has a son with more promise. The brother's name is Jacob (born January 9, 1804). He is in Philadelphia in 1850 and has a ten year old son named James.

Charles' other brothers and sisters:
Elizabeth born May 10, 1799
Sophia born September 12, 1800
Alfred born December 26, 1806
Thomas Sidney May 22, 1810
James born June 10, 1812


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It appears that Charles' eldest brother Jacob was a jeweller, and Alfred his second eldest brother was as a watchmaker; Thomas Sidney was a comb maker, and James was a farmer; Calvin Wilder (born 1808) after time spent in business with the family was also a hotel keeper and later a gardener; Calvin's son James also did gardening; Jacob's son James must have recovered from the "forth of July fever" and did become a jeweller.

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2008 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When was James born?

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Jacob's son James was born about 1840. With a little effort later today, it may be possible to give you at least a month and with that the exact year.

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