Letter from [Jim?] to N W Van Riper
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Ophir Feb 5th 1859 Dear Brother
Your letter of the 30 is at hand you say you are all well I would say in reply we are all well likewise Henry folks are well you wrote about a horse I think it would not pay to come down and pay more than one hundred dollars unless he is extra good and without blemish for they are very particular about horses out here a small blemish soon takes off 50 dollars of the price I think that I would be all I could give according to what you say about him for it costs more to bring one out alone than it would to bring a car load that is in proporthion [proportion?] and my expense more ford would come free with a load and I would have quite a sum when you get all the expenses without counting time anything you may offer one hundred if he will wait untill Austin pays that note if not I don’t want him I would rather have your colts for what they are worth you didn’t write whether your brown colt has been in [harness?] or not you can write and let me know your price and if you would take the note on yours if so thence can tell if it would pay to come and bring them out if the oldest if broke some I can get along for a teen [team?] I will have about 55 acres to plow but it is not hard plowing I sup[p]ose you would think it quite a job in Brownstown I shall sow about 30 acres to wheat and oats and the rest plant with corn I want you to write what you think they would sell for for I want you to get all you can for your property whether I buy or some one else you know more how horses sell down there than I do I could tell if they was here what they would sell for it depends all together on size and speed you can write and let me know about the size of your colts enough about horses this time
We have had the icyest [iciest] winter I ever saw Alexander has went on skates for a month over hills and hollows it has been raining all last night but a plenty of ice yet we have five or six acres of corn to husk yet but we aint in any hur[r]y untill [until] the ice gets off people has been husking more or less all winter corn is worth 40 cents wheat is worth 85 oats 35 potatoes 75 butter 20 egg 18 pork $7 dollars per hundred the girls are fixing for a party to night [tonight] I sup[p]ose but I don’t know the particulars about it Amy is a running about in all the mischief she can find and talking and singing as hard as she can
I wish you was here a day or two to talk about the times that has past and gone it would be more pleasant to talk about old times than to write I sup[p]ose times are changing down there land must be on the rise and buisness [business] must be lively it must set Burton up to have a depot at his door them Vam Wypers [Van Ripers?] will be below par with him I cant think of anything mor[e] now but ican buy here now but will wait for your answer if I think I can make it pay I will come this month if I get your letter time enough for it may be fit to plow in march if it keeps thawing for ten days more it will do to plow new breaking for wheat for the sod is rot[t]en all it wants is stir[r]ing up a little deeper than it was broke I have spun my yarn quite long and not in very good stile [style] you must read what you can and guess at the rest only so you know it is from Jim to NW Van Riper >
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