Houndsfield, July 30, 1858

Miss, Ellen Peters,

My Dear neice (sic),

Since I left your house I wrote you one letter, although it was of some length, yet there were two things I did not mention, the morning I left your house a man near here York shot his wife, she left a babe and five older children, at the same time there was a man laying in the jail under the sentence of death, and has since been hung,

While on my way down here, and while on the cars at Syracuse I got in the middle of a crowd for a minute or two; a little time after I felt for my pocket book, and it was gone, I got off as soon as I could and spent a day in search for it but could not learn any thing about it, it cost me four dollars beside the loss of the pocket book, there was in it sixty dollars in money, and notes to the amount of five hundred dollars beside other valuable papers, this was a shock to me but I could not help myself, such is my misfortune,

I have been here about three weeks, and shall leave for Kingston next monday, the folks are all well, except Libeous' wife, she has been sick all summer, there are some fears that she will not recover, she is a very fine woman, their daughter Jane is in the same bad state of health, Mr. Allen is getting old and cannot work much, he has given up his business, and Libeous has got the charge of every thing, he is a very fine industrious young man and a gentleman, his sisters are all promising young women, first rate good hous keepers (sic) and are making good mothers, it would do any body good to go into their chese (sic) rooms they are all prospering young families they bid fair to be worth as much as their parents, two of them have now as large farms as your father, they are all reading families, they take two or three papers in each family, by this they are inteligent (sic) and industrious, and by this they make their money,

It would do you good to come here and make them a long visit and see them make their chese (sic), they are very kind and generous people and would be glad to see you and have you stay a long time with them, you must not forget that

Tell your mother I think of her every day, and likewise all the rest of you, tell your father, I am supposing he is striving all he can, give my respects to my neice (sic) Dorothy Ansley, and her husband, also to Hannah and her family,

I think of my room in your house where I spent so much time in reading, and in sabbath day meditations and self examinations, and where I found in myself, so many short comings,

I still remain your affectionate uncle,

Erastus Knowlton

I am a little sorry to write you so poor a letter, I have wrote it in a hurry with a trembling hand and a poor pen

I was at your house last night and saw all of you, and was back again before morning,

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