Union Mills Letters
February 21, 1856

To H.Wirt Shriver
From Andrew Kaiser Shriver (father)

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            Union Mills Feb 21 1856

Dr. Wirt,

            Yours of the 16 Feb has been duly recd.  I am sorry to hear that it is necessary for you to have a new pair of pants.  I thought those you had would last until the warm weather came on, for then you will need other clothes also.  I enclose you 5$ now herewith which you must try to shift with for some time, and if your pants will not hold out till Spring, you had at will get a pair.  I have had to pay several persons lately that I was in debt to and it has left my funds very low.  Make shift with this 5$ if you can, if not, I will try to get some more for you by the time you write again.  But I have so many calls upon me for money this Spring and still more expenses in advance then it takes all the funds I have and then does not reach to pay all.  I expect to be able to send you some apples probably next week, as I then expect to send the leather to Balto. of which I have been so often disappointed latterly [sic].  We left half of the satubby[?] apples lay in the room upstairs.  They have been & still are so badly frozen that they will be of no use, except for the hogs.  And them in the cellar are also nearly all frozen too, as well as the potatoes.  I may go to Balto. myself to dispose of the leather and get hides in which case I will try to forward whilest I am there the apples.  I suppose I have best direct to the care of Cousin Saml. at the store.  It would be more convenient and not cost any thing if the boats were running, as it is I suppose we will have to send by Adams & 6th express.

            I am sorry to say that I do not think you are improving in your writing.  You ought to try to get into a habit of uniformity, and not occupy so much space with your letters and the attempt at flourishing unless it is well done had best be left alone.  A plain compact uniform hand as a generally theory is the most useful, and most admired.  I think Austin is improving.  He writes more compact, and this itself gives his writing a better appearance.

            If the boys with whom you board wish at any time to draw you into any unnessary expense, I hope you will have firmness enough to reject it.  You can do so without any disgrace, you have a ready reply that your pay will not justify it, and no one of any sense will blame you, but on the contrary will rather give you credit for endeavoring to live within your means.  I do not wish you to make yourself appear mean in any such expenses, but it is certainly no disgrace to deny any and every foolish gratification that they might propose, & I hope therefore you will exercise[?] a proper degree of manliness in such matters.  How does your boots stand it?  You ought to take care of your old shoes & boots so that, if your new ones require mending that you will have something to wear until they are mended.  All the operations of the tan yard are stopped by the cold weather, and has been so for some time xxx so that the boys have been without work in the yard for 2 months[?].  I will endeavor to get a suitable skin ready as soon as I can in the Spring and send to you, to get another pair of boots made.  You must therefore try to sift till then with those you have.   We are all well.

                        Your affte Father
                                    A. K. Shriver

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