We often thought of you These Hills and Mountains of solid granite rock with narrow valleys [ between?] often decending into lovely lakes was the general [illegible] of the county Beautiful rocky isles and islets without sti[illegible] in the main lake and wild tumultuous hills on the shore was the ever varying [ view?] of the [ tourist?] from Steamboat deck This was the natural home of the Mosses. Such mosses litchun and club mosses as I never saw anywhere else we brought a small cabinet of the different varieties with us From there we spent a year on [ Beaverton?] worked for a small joint [ clock?] Foundry Co of which Charles was the manager. Five visited us there and d[illegible] the molding shop a [little?] Hard times followed I took the next opening and came to this place in 1872 We unite with a Baptist Church here Have made quite a few friends and begin to feel considerably at home Upon the whole I think myself the recipient of more blessings than usually falls to the lot of ordinary humanity
Peterboro April 17 1875
Dear Friend John
I received your letter of the 21st Feb about ten days ago. I am very sorry to learn that you written me and others of us without answers As well as I remember it is about 4 or 5 years since I received any letter from Charles and Harriet received letters since all of which I think were answered promptly I am separated a considerable distance from the rest of us being about [100?] east of [illegible]
For the past year and a half I have been working in the best position I ever had Being boss pattern maker in an engine and mill work shop in this place employing about 40 men. I get $2.25 per day; small wages for California: Not very large for our own county - but pretty good for the size of the shop. I have a great deal of drawing to do all new work comes through me much of it has to be designed and all drawn carefully to a scale for pattern makers and machinists to work by There is quite as much responsibility as I care for if any mistakes occur in any department some of it is most sure to be faltered , on to me
You may judge that I have mastered pretty well Mechanical Drawing and pattern making as well as greatly extending my knowledge of machinery generally I have also kept an open eye to the progress of Sicnce Was greatly pleased to notice your name in two instances in the public prints connected with sientific and geographical discovery We had three removes since our first house keeping in O. [ Sound?] we spent the winter of 70 to 71 on the north shore of Georgian Bay near the Bruce mines I was repairing a large saw mill There was a great deal to interest us in that locality and would have interested you exceedingly
1875 Apr 17
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