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Partial Letter Written by Lieutenant C.F. Yates

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This item is the latter half of a letter written by Lieutenant C.F. Yates, likely in the late nineteenth century.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.0261397441056 Longitude: -80.5168461376953
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Partial Letter Written by Lieutenant C.F. Yates, c.1890. Burford Township Historical Society, Item No. 1999.113.013.
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Page 5:

Seymour Butterfield

has had a sale

and is going to Woodstock to live

and Bert Cornell is getting up

a party he was down this morning

and gave me an invite he said

Will Davis was coming I wonder

if he is going to take Miss [Morgans]

for if I go I am going to take

Allie so he cant take her. I will

tell you in my next how it

comes off. Is Powells cider

going to come here or to Norwich

be sure and send some good

eating apples for I get awful

hungry for some when we are loading

wood. We got the engine set

in the mill last week and when

I started up she run for about

five minutes all right and then

she commenced to flip first one

way and then the other and

I had got the steam chest packed

so good I tell you it made me

swear to have to take it off again

Page 6:

but I did and the valve had

slipped along the shaft I put is

back and tightened it all up again

and it worked about half an

hour when it slipped again

and I tightened it the next time

so tight it couldn’t move the pump

[bothered] we are going to start up

tomorrow and try it again.

Old Harry is working on the

railroad down at Mt Pleasant

We went down to [Jaggarts] this

afternoon and set some stakes

along the south so [White]

can put his fence straight

I took the gun along with me and

[frump] raised three or four pheasants

in their hemlocks and bushes on

that little ridge the road runs

along and I shot one a fine big

fellow and [frump] was just crazay

it weighed about 1 1/2 lbs

I guess I will finish this in

the morning & Friday noon

I got steam up this morning

and got the pump to work alright

Page 7:

I ground 4 bags of [chipps?] for

ourselves. Pa & Dave are loading

a car with soft wood; it

is cloudy and kind of drizzling

to day.

How do you manage

for your meals; do you buy

your bread, and is your meat

[canned?] and how do you

like it.

Was the pipe long enough

that I sent to reach the cistern

Has Amos heard from

Fred Hall yet. Be sure to

send some good eating apples

in the barrel you send

I was down to [Givens]

the other day but I did not

see John I went down to

Huffmans and got the rest

of the lumber; it was better

than I expected

["Ell"?] was working on the ditch

the last time I saw him

Page 8:

Miss Hickie is going to

have a concert a week from

tomorrow night 9th of Nov -

I will send [illegible] of the bills

and a paper

I must now close as

W H Robinson is clling

for me down at the mill

Good bye

Write soon

Lieut [C.F.] Yates

22nd Batt

Oxford Rifles



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Partial Letter Written by Lieutenant C.F. Yates

This item is the latter half of a letter written by Lieutenant C.F. Yates, likely in the late nineteenth century.