Letter from Henry Van Riper to Joshua Giles Benster, January 10, 1864
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Jan 10th 1864
I withe pleasure write to you To inform you that we are all well and How we get a long
Our School commenced Monday after newyears. we have mutch Better School this term than we had last Because our ? are mutch Stricter Than they have been before Watkins our Teacher the first day of the term put down his foot that he wold have order And withing an hour he whiped 14 of them Bully for watkins I hope that will be Do so evry day as long as he dont Whip me but he will have order Any how and if you dont want to get whiped you had better behave for he wont spare the rod
Jane has been Promoted into Another room. I was Promoted one Class and She two. next term we will go Up sairs at least I wil I should Went up this term but the rest of the class did not have thair lessions And one nor two could not go up Alone for thair would be no class For them to go into for it is not Here as it is in the country one Cannot Study what the rest dont And iff you want to study another Book you will haf to study it at Home and recite to the home of the teacher that you are undor or Not atall for they are vary strict here The little boys are getting a long First rate in thar room. Thair teacher Has been learning themn a song called Pony smokes it is vary pleasing and When you come in to town they will Sing it for you so thay say that thay will. Thay act it out about evry Word thay say it is so pleasing Now I tell you she was all last Term a learning it to the whole School I mean and now they have Just compleated it. I have told you All I know about this time I think I wish you all a happy new year and a Pleasant winter to Solomon said That he never had a better time in His life he said that he had all the Sider to drink he wanted and good Sider as not pickled Sider as we have Heere I dont think that I shall Git out thair this winter and when you come in I should like to have you Take alot of us out they riding if you Come it wont take long for to get a Load of nice girls and boys any time You will come in we will take care of The teem So it wont coust you anything To keep your teem Come in as soon as you can I want you to tell me what you will take for 8 or 9 bushes of apples in The sprig if you have them to spare Answer me in your next letter if you Please I must stop for this is the longest letter I ever rote
A happy new year to all and respects to all
abswer this letter as soon as you can Henry V
Joshua Giles Benster
Detroit Michigan Congress East r12
corner of hasting Streets
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Van Riper Family Correspondence
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