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Letter From Hiram Capron to his Son-in-Law, J.A. Brown, Concerning Debt


Description
Creators:
Capron, Hiram, Correspondent
Brown, J.A.
, Recipient
Media Type:
Text
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Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
This stern 1871 letter from Hiram Capron demands from his son-in-law J.A. Brown the $200 he is owed, and proposes several ways that money can be repaid while telling him he “must study economy.” He also provides advice to Mr. Brown on raising his children so they can “make men of themselves.” He threatens Mr. Brown with the “poor house” if the debt is not repaid, and threatens to bind his children to service to repay their father’s debt.
Date of Original:
6 Jan. 1871
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
1999.0409.01
Collection:
Hiram Capron Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.2 Longitude: -80.38333
Donor:
Paris Museum and Historical Society
http://www.parishistoricalsociety.com/
Email: parismuseum@rogers.com
Phone: (519) 442-9295
15 Curtis Avenue North
Paris, Ontario, Canada
N3L 3W1
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Letter From Hiram Capron to J.A. Brown, 1871, Hiram Capron Collection, 1999.0409.01, Paris Museum and Historical Society
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Full Text

Paris January 6th 1871
Mr. J.A. Brown Sir I have not heard from you in a long time. I hope you are settling up your years work and preparing to meet that $200 Note to O D Brantford which you had last Winter and you must pay it. - I want a statement of the price of the Articles that you furnish the Old Lady + Helen a year - say Wood, Meal, House and everything that you provide, I must have a Settlement and mean to know how much you can make yearly - you must study economy - make everything pay - You should have 30 head of Cattle - then you might have $500 a year for Beef Cattle which would pay your Store Bills I have this minute heard that Helen is sick and not expected to live - take good care of them. I think William will go out soon. I keep in the House this cold weather. I want you to kill off all your Rabits, Pigeons, skunks, and Rat, and every useless thing you keep about you. and make your Boys work at something profitable and learn to read their Book. and try to make more of themselves, - You above all things keep away from that miserable Whisky village, and if you cant, prepare for the poor House - and Bind your children out to service where they will be obliged to earn their living. I am sorry for Charlotte, I wish she was better off - write and let us know how Helen is - Come out as soon as you can - bring all your accounts to make a settlement Mr John Barker is dead - 71 years Mrs Bell the Bakers wife is dead
we are well          H. Capron

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Letter From Hiram Capron to his Son-in-Law, J.A. Brown, Concerning Debt


This stern 1871 letter from Hiram Capron demands from his son-in-law J.A. Brown the $200 he is owed, and proposes several ways that money can be repaid while telling him he “must study economy.” He also provides advice to Mr. Brown on raising his children so they can “make men of themselves.” He threatens Mr. Brown with the “poor house” if the debt is not repaid, and threatens to bind his children to service to repay their father’s debt.