Chatterton Letter


This letter is contributed by Peggy (Chatterton) Menear and writes,

"Attached is a letter that was written to my great, great, great grandparents and his brother and wife.  I thought it might be something people might like to read, since it indicates how much things cost in those days.  The problem is I have no idea where Rachel wrote and mailed this from.  It's a possibility of Rochester, NY but that's only a guess at this point."

The contents of the letter below was copied by Lee Unterborn, also a descendant of Peter Chatterton.  He had the original in 1981 and typed it up as how he read the letter.  It was written to Peter and David from Rachel (mailed from unknown area) was the following (Addressed to:):

Mr Peter or David Chatterton
County of Montgomery
Town of Fulton
State of New York
Lascelloville Post Office

November the 29 1840

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I arrived home the 6th of which was on Fryday about four o'clock in the afternoon.  I found our Pople all well and we are the same at present, the boat which I came up on was a very good boat indeed.  I had a very pleasent time, the captain was a very nice man and the passengers were very clever people.  But Petter (Latter?) I felt very lonesome after you left the boat that evening.  You said you had better go then because you did not think that we should get through the locks until 12 or one o'clock, sure enough, we did not get through them all until eight or nine o'clock the next morning. O how I did feel that night how glad I should have been if (you) could have been there with me.  But thanks be to him who ruleth over all things I arrived home safe. Mr. Rowland has moved away from our house up in a thicker part of the city near his work, his little girl has gotten better. I have delayed writing in hopes that I should hear from George Smith so that I could inform you about his business, but I have not seen nor (heard) from him since I came home, the last time we heard from him he was getting out hoops about four or five miles from here. He has had the fever and ague not long since, but he does not have it now. You said that I must write what our folks our all about. Father is not doing much of anything at present, only as people calls on him once in a while to do some teaming.  Cornelius works out by the month, he says if the Lord spares his life and health you will see him down there next fall.  I suppose I must tell you how cheap you can live when you move up here. You can get super fine flour for four dollars and a half a barrel, corn for three shillings, good potatoes brought to your door for one shilling buschel, first rate pork for three dollars per hundred weight, the best of mutton for one cent a pound.  We thought we should send this note down to you and Peter you can collect it if he has anything to get.  I don't know as I have anything more to write at present.  Mother sends her best respects to all of her dear children.  She says that she wants to see you all very much, she was very much disappointed because Julia Ann did not come home with me.  She says that she thinks you might have consented to let her come and stayed until spring, she says that would have lost anything by it.

I want to see all of the children very much, but when I shall see them again is more than I can tell, but Peter and David I hope that you will remember your promise for we shall expect you out here next spring. Give my best respects to Abby and Mary Ann and all the rest of my inquiring friends.  I hope that you will not forget to write as soon as received. No more at present.

I remain your affectionate sister, Rachel Jane Chatterton
Write as soon as received.
I must tell you that there has been four deaths in our neighborhood whilst I were absent
Farewill my dear brothers and sisters,

David Chatterton
Abby Chatterton
Peter Chatterton
Mary Ann Chatterton


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