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Miller Family Correspondence: From Alex Smith

June 5, 1852

Clush Mill [Scotland] 5 June 1852

My Dear Sir:

As there are some of your Friends to sail for America on Tuesday first, I take the opportunity of scrawling a few lines to you. I wrote you after receiving your last and have always been expecting a reply. I begin to fear that they may be miscarried. Should you receive this safe, as I trust you will, being to be carried by Hugh Fitchie who sails along with his sister Jannet and her husband who were married at Newtyle on Monday last, they intend to call on David White and also may see you as they pass your way bound for Chicago. I think your Mother in law is lying poorly at present and I fear she is in a wearing way. I have not seen her for a long time as she is not able to come and see her friends here. I mean Helen and Husband who are still with us. They are all well and had an addition to their family in March last--a son named John. They have now five alive and three dead. All the other friends so far as I know are well.

Your Aunt Helen Martin is very ill about her two youngest leaving her but she must just bear up the best way she can, as I would hope it will turn out to be for their good. We have very dull times here. The trade is failing. Some of our Manufacturers are breaking and some running off not very honourably. The Farmers are all complaining since free trade began the prices have been little for grain and the potatoe crop is not yet to depend upon fat cattle also cheap. In fact a general cry that Farming won't pay--and I am afraid it will yet turn out to be too true. A great many of our people are leaving for the gold digging in Australia. How they may succeed I do not know. I have no fance for the trade myself. Although I know some that are making rich at it. I would like very well to get rich but I would like some comfort at the same time. The best riches are a competent portion of this world's goods, with the blessing of God upon them and our duty is to do the best we can in an honest way for a livelihood wherever Providence may call us. And by living in the fear of God, we may then expect a blessing on our efforts. As I expect your friend the bearer of this to call on you I will say little more at present. He will give you all the news of the country--and now I would take it very kind if your want to keep in mind to write me soon as your friends are always asking me if ever I hear from you. I think the best way is to send the letters away unpaid as they will then deliver them for the sake of the payment. I will cheerfully pay for them when they come--by desire of your friends I send their kindest regards, Helen's in particular to her sister she says if she could write letters would not be strangers to you. Wishing you every comfort & blessing,

I remain
My Dear Sir
Yours faithfully
Alex Smith

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