Letter written in November of 1835 from Norman
Castle to his sister
Miss Harriet Castle. For the contents of this letter read the
transcription that follows. To be noted, this letter is 174 years old
writtern before the Civil War.
Reverse side of the letter is used as an envelope (notice red sealing
wax). It's addressed to Miss Harriet Castle, Royal Oak. Return address
is Clyde Mills of M. T. (Michigan Territory). From Norman Castle, of
Southfield. Dated November 30th
Desmond November 29th,1835
By this short epistle you will understand that I have written two
letters before this and have received no answer. I have enjoyed good
health since I left home and hope the rest of the family have enjoyed
the same blessing.
I shall be rather limited in this communication one reason is I have
nothing to communicate that is of much consequence and another reason
is the weather is so cold that my ideas are entirely frozen up and for
this reason I shall defer writing again until the weather begins to
I am to work on Black River about 8 miles from it’s mouth. I am getting
15$ per month the snow is about two inches deep here and people judge
that the weather is about as cold as it gets anytime last winter.
I want you should write to me as soon as you receive this write all the
news you can and let me know when Eunice went home.
Direct your letters to Clyde Mills, St Clair Co. M. T. (Michigan
Yours with due respect
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