John Brown to Willis A. Hodges
Springfield, Massachusetts, 22 January 1849.Autograph letter signed, 2 pages + address leaf.Springfield Mass 22
Jany 1849Friend HodgesDear Sir Yours of the 11th Jany reached me a day or Two since. We were all gladto hear from you again & that you were getting along well with the exception of your own illhealth. We hope to hear better news from you in regard to that, the next we get from you. Ienclose $5, which may help to render you a little more comfortable. I wish you to acknowledgethe receipt of it as soon as you get it, as I have but a poor opinion of sending money by mail I donot like to risk much at a time. When you write me again let me know all about how you getalong. I would advise by all means that you do not go to any expence about voting next Springuntill we can get ready to take hold of that matter right. I intend now to be out early in theSpring to see you. Have paid for the use of the farm for next year that I went to see Flandersabout, & am exerting myself to be in readiness to take hold right with you as much as possible.There is enough ready to go on as soon as means can be provided. Mr Pennington is about tostart for the West Indies & for England to collect means to aid in building up the infant collony[sic] on the Smith lands. Others are trying to raise something in this country. Say to my coloredfriends with you, that they will be no loosers by keeping their patience a little about building lots.They canover [
] busy themselves in cutting plenty of hard wood, & in getting any work they can find tillSpring, & they need not fear getting too much wood provided. Do not let any one forget the vastimportance of sustaining the verry [
] best character for honesty, truth, industry, & faithfulness.I hope every one will be determined to not merely conduct as well as the whites; but to set theman example in all things. I am much pleased that your nephew has concluded to hang on like aMan.
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