1820: Charles Stewart to George William Featherstonhaugh

This letter was written by Charles Stewart of Johnstown, Montgomery County [later Fulton County] New York. He was most likely the son of Robert Stewart and Jane Wilson who emigrated to Montgomery County from Perthshire, Scotland, in the 1780s.

George William Feasterstonhaugh

George William Feasterstonhaugh

Stewart wrote the letter to George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866), the son of George and Dorothy (Simpson) Featherstonhaugh of London, England. Featherstonhaugh came to the United States in 1806 where he met and married Sarah Duane of Schenectady, New York, in 1808. He became a farmer and organized the first New York Board of Agriculture. His desire to see harvested crops reach eastern markets more rapidly resulted in his ardent support for the building of steam railroads in New York State.

We learn from the letter that Stewart is attempting to cultivate rutabagas in upstate New York but has learned through experience that the crop is particularly vulnerable to insects. It would take years of genetic engineering and the development of insecticides to make the crop profitable.

Stampless Letter

Stampless Letter

TRANSCRIPTION
Addressed to George W. Featherstonhaugh, Esq., Duanesburgh, Schenectady County [New York]

Johnstown [New York]
13th April 1820

Geo. W. Featherstonhaugh, Esq.
Sir,

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

I take the liberty of writing you on the subject of Ruta Baga — a root which I am extremely anxious to cultivate, but from the experience of last year am convinced that the right method is not pursued in this county. I know of no person in this county that can give correct information and was recommended to you for the same.

I sowed my turnips last year from the 25th June to the 10th July, everyday ground Black Loam well manured and put in drills four feet apart. The bugs and flies cut them off and harvested only forty bushels where I ought to have harvested six hundred.

Have the goodness to write me the time they ought to be sowed, whether sowing or transplanting is the best method, and any further information necesary.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant, — Charles Stewart

N. B. Direct to me at Johnstown, Montgomery County

1820 Letter

1820 Letter

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

"Though distant lands between us be"

Civil War Letters of Monroe McCollister, Co. B, 6th OVC

"Tell her to keep good heart"

Civil War Letters of Nelson Statler, 211th PA

"May Heaven Protect You"

14th Connecticut drummer boy's war-time correspondence with his mother

Moreau Forrest

Lt. Commander in the US Navy during the Civil War

Diary of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry

Fighting with the Irish Brigade during the Peninsula Campaign

"Till this unholy rebellion is crushed"

Letters of Dory & Morty Longwood, 7th Indiana

"I Go With Good Courage"

The Civil War Letters of Henry Clay Long, 11th Maine Infantry

"This is a dreadful war"

The Civil War Letters of Jacob Bauer, 16th Connecticut, & his wife Emily

Spared & Shared 16

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Lloyd Willis Manning Letters

3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Co. I

The Yankee Volunteer

A Virtual Archive of Civil War Likenesses collected by Dave Morin

William Henry Jordan

Co. K, 7th Rhode Island Infantry

No Cause to Blush

The Bancroft Collection of Civil War Letters

William A. Bartlett Civil War Letters

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

The John Hughes Collection

A Virtual Archive of his Letters, 1858-1869

The Civil War Letters of Rufus P. Staniels

Co. H, 13th New Hampshire Volunteers

This is Indeed A Singular War

The Civil War Letters of Henry Scott Murray, 8th New York Light Artillery

The Letters of James A. Durrett

Co. E, 18th Alabama Infantry

Spared & Shared 15

Saving History One Letter at a Time

The Civil War Letters of George Messer

Company F, 107th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Jeff's Prayers are as Effective as Abe's

The Civil War Letters of George S. Youngs, 126th New York Vols

Soldiering is a Very Uncertain Game

The Civil War Letters of Lemuel Glidden, Co. K, 145th Indiana Infantry

Tough as a Pitch Pine Knot

Letters of John Whitcomb Piper, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery

An Honorable Peace

The Civil War Letters of Frank B. Knause, 6th Michigan Infantry & Heavy Artillery

%d bloggers like this: