This letter was written by Dr. Benajah English (1791-1862) of Flint Hill, St. Charles County, Missouri, to his brother, Henry Wallbridge English (1805-1885) of Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont. Benajah and Henry were the sons of Joel English (1766-1852) and Tryphena Strong (1770-1846).
Benajah English married Sarah Little Taylor (1807-1881) in 1836 and had the following children by 1842: Helen Tryphena (1837), Richard Henry (1839) and Charles William (1841). Benajah was referred to as a “prominent, well known physician” in St. Charles County.
Addressed to Henry W. English, Woodstock, Vermont
Flint Hill, St. Charles County, Missouri
March 10, 1842
I once more address you to give you intelligence of my situation in life hoping that I may by that means hear from you. I have had no news from you for time not recollected. Our family are all well & enjoy better health than usual. We have one daughter & 2 sons; namely, Helen Tryphena, Richard Henry, & Charles William. The health of our country has been uncommonly bad for the last year and diseases uncommonly fatal. People have died in abundance the past winter with inflammatory diseases but has now subsided.
Times are extremely difficult here now, property worth nothing on account of depreciated currency. I wish you to write me what the common price of manufactured tobacco is in Boston & albany by the hundred. Also the price of leaf, if convenient. Also the retail price. I am somewhat engaged in the Tobacco business & know not what to do for want of money to carry the business on to advantage. If the price would justify, I would ship some Tobacco round to the Esat.
Respectfully, — Benajah English
Write forthwith about Father & Mother, Brothers & Sisters & all acquaintances.