1821: Anson & Rachel Comstock to Levi & Olive Hitchcock

This letter was written by Anson Comstock (1792-1866) and his wife, Rachel (Hitchcock) Comstock (1792-1859). Aaron was the son of John Comstock (1764-1827) and Hannah Graves (1765-1844) of Hoosick Falls, New York.

They wrote the letter to Rachel’s parents, Levi Hitchcock (1768-1853) and Olive (Warren) Hitchcock (1768-1850) of Johnsburg, Warren County, New York.

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Addressed to Mr. Levi Hitchcock, Johns Burgh, Warren County, New York

Hoosick [Rensselaer County, New York]
September the 22d 1821

Honored parents,
[Levi Hitchcock & Olive Hitchcock]

Image 5I now take an opportunity to write a few lines to you as I have an opportunity to send a letter by my Uncle Cyrus Comstock to the widow Warr___. We are both here and 3 children and we are in tolerable good health and hope you are enjoying the same. Notwithstanding my begging for money in my last letter to you, we started with intentions to come to John’s Burgh but I have galdid [?] my horse so that I must lie still for him to get well so as to start for home next Wednesday. We have been to Aunt Gl___’s and to Shaftsbury and they are all well as usual. Grandfather Warner [?] wants your John to come and live with him and they will do well with him when he is of age or will hire him by the month and give him as much as he can get elsewhere.

We are sorry that we could not come and see you but the roads is so bad and my horse being lame must be a sufficient excuse for us not to come this time. But if we live to come again, we shall come to your house if not anywhere else. We wish you to write to us after receiving this letter.

Yours with respect, — Anson Comstock

Respected friends,

Image 8I have but a few minutes to write but am very sorry that we can’t come and see you, but as our horse is lame and the roads are bad. That with my poor health and the children, it would not be prudent to come. Lorinda has been sick with a____ almost ever since we have been here but is better now. I find it is hard work to carry so many children from home and think if I ever get home, we shall never undertake such a task again. We shall come and see you again as soon as we can and hope you will come and see us as soon as you can. We want you should write as soon as you can and let us know how you get along with your farm and others hi____.

I have taken me a girl — 11 years old till she is 18 years old. She is very smart. My respects to all friends.

— Rachel Comstock


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