Union Mills Letters
September 10, 1856
From Andrew Kaiser Shriver, age 54
To his son, Henry Wirt Shriver, age 18
Kei; Austin; Samuel (cousin); Grandfather; mother; Rebecca (aunt);
Joseph Cremer (uncle); Lum; Uncle Henry; Mr. Tate; Millard Fillmore
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Mills, Sept. 10/56
dated 7th Sept. is before me and was only recíd today so that it must
have been delayed somewhere. Keiís
of the same date was recíd yesterday.
I rather think you will be disappointed about the sale of leather
when you come to make further enquiry.
But if upon further information you find that such leather as we
tan could be sold by wholesale that is to say from 40 to 50 hundred weight
at a time for even 33 cents per lb I should be disposed to send my next
lot there. You may therefore if you can get the time make some enquiry
of the dealers in leather and you can give them an ideal of the kind of
leather we tan. It is made of
a good quality of slaughter hides, tannage about equal to (or nearly so)
to the best country tanned leather, & we are now getting out some that
will stand the test pretty well I am sure, & will weigh from 12 to 14
lbs per side. That I mean
will be about the average, and therefore if you find that they would be
likely to give something like that (33 cents) I would send over a small
sample (say 10 or 20 sides) by way of trial.
I do not wish to be bothered with it unless there is some
likelihood of making something by the appearation.
The cost of transportation would be very little from Balt. to Phila.
and with suitable directions it could be sent direct to such person or
such a house as might be disposed to make the best offer.
might be on the look out for a situation for Austin.
If he can get a desirable one he could go at pretty short notice,
but I suppose no one will be likely to be in want of a boy till January as
in your case. But that is no
reason why it might not be looked after even now, in fact I would not care
about his going before then, so that you might be on the look out, and you
will be both able to select a good place by leaving time.
donít you ask Cousin Samíl what his terms would be for board, it would
be no harm at all events, & you might probably find it to your
advantage in the end. If it
is too far from the store of course that is an objection, but as to the
time of meals he knows the importance of that, and would no doubt regulate
accordingly. It might be
mutually advantageous. I
would certainly talk to him xxx about it unless the distance is too great
which of course is first to be considered. The measure for your waistcoat (?) was made and your mother
will have them made as soon as she can.
Her and Austin wish to accompany your Grandfather & mother
& Aunt Rebecca & Uncle Joseph Cremer when they go to Phila this
fall, which they propose to do some time in Octr. but of course the exact
time is not yet fixed. I
suppose part of the party will make the trip at all xxx and you will be
informed of it in time when you may expect them.
I am very anxious your mother should make the trip & I hope
nothing may be in the way of her anticipation.
We are now about making a vigorous effort to get up the building
for the Bark Mill, which I want to have finished before the cold weather
& Lum went to Erbs bottom this morng. with their guns. They found the bottom full of pigeons & were pretty
successful. Austin got 6
& a flicker. Lum got 12
pigeons. I asked Austin why
he did not shoot more, for he said they were so plenty & that they did
not fly away. He said he
thought that was enough. We
had a very fine supper off them this evg.
We are all well.
Uncle Henry you will no doubt have seen before this time, he intended
starting for Philadelphia on Monday last.
I sent by him 30 as you requested, once. If you have not already
bargained for your clothes he will be able to assist you.
He said he would be able to get you such cloth as you needed for
your coat &c at cost prices, that is such prices as he had to pay
which would be much below what you could purchase at.
But I suppose anything I can't say upon this subject will be to
late now as he will have got through and returned perhaps by the time you
and myself took the old carriage up to Gettysburg to Mr. Tate to get it
repaired last week one-day he had a very snug[?] carriage (second hand) he
was fitting up that I may probably exchange for.
It was owned by a gentleman in Phila and I like it better than ours
though it was not a costly carriage but more to my mind for our use than
the old one though your mother does not like it so well quite from my
description. There will be a
special Fillmore barbecue in West-r sometime in October previous to which
they will be meetings and speaking in each E. District.
There is to be a team of 36 horses hitched to 2 wagons from this
district to the barbecue.
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