Union Mills Letters
April 1, 1856

To Henry Wirt Shriver
From Andrew Kaiser Shriver, father

Names mentioned:
Mr. Fritchey;  Martha Fritchey;  Augusta;  Charlie Bannitz;  Mr. Shewell;
Christ. Banker;  Rumber;   Dave;  Uncle Thomas;  Cousin Samuel;
Clemm McClusky;  Samuel McCord

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            Union Mills April 1st 1856

Dear Wirt,

            Yours dated March 27 has been recd.  Mr. Fritchey was here on Saturday evg. last and told me Augustus had started for Phila. to purchase his Spring Stock of goods.  I suppose you  have seen him and have also been able to sell him a lot of shoes.  What was Charlie Bannitz’s business in P.?  I suppose you might also have sold him a bill of shoes.  As this is now the busy season let me again admonish you to give your attention fully to it.  Let not trifling matters draw you off, and at any rate not without permission.  Now is the time to put your shoulder to the wheel, and if you cannot make your services valuable now the prospect ahead will be but poor.  I do hope you will properly see the importance of this and not neglect it.  I hope to hear at the end of the 6 months that Mr. Shewell so values your services, as to at least increase your pay to enable you to pay all expenses, and have some over.  But this cannot be expected however, unless you merit it.  You should not therefore lose sight of this.  If your services are so valuable to Mr. Shewell as to induce this increased pay, I shall esteem it of more permanent advantage to you than the amt. of money that he may think it proper to add to your salary.  I hope therefore you will make a vigorous effort to deserve it at all events.  Whether it comes or not.

            I will enclose you the 10$ as you desire.  I think it will enough to get a new hat, and I hope you will try to get one more becoming than the one you had.  I never thought it suited you well from the commencement, and it may be as well to get another pair of boots, and you can then have them mended alternately as they need it, which I hope you will not neglect, as it will help to make them last so much longer.

            How does your Uncle Thomas come on.  Have you seen him since I was there with you.  If not you ought certainly call on him at some time when you can leave your business.

            I have not rented the farm to P. Rumber [Rumler?].  He only puts out the field at Lxxx’s[?] in corn, Christ Banker will put out the field with the Hay shed in, & perhaps he will also put the filed in oats before Dave’s house.  The grain crops we may probably put out ourselves in the fall, and gather our present harvest & make the hay.  The grain as far as uncovered by the snow looks very well, but there is much of the far field covered with snow yet, and part of the front field and the meadow which you know is in rye.  This latter looks beautiful where the snow is off, but next the tail race there is still a good deal of snow.  Every body is impatient to get at the Spring work, as it is so late in the season already and there has been no ploughing for oats or anything else done this Spring yet, and it may be some time yet before any can be done if the weather does not get warmer.

            I am very glad to hear that Mr. Shewell seems to have full confidence in your integrity.  It is a great step toward commanding the interest of your employer in any kind of business.  In fact your other qualifications, whatever they might be would not compensate for the want of this.  But at the same time, this is not all that is necessary.  It is of the utmost importance to acquire a pleasing habit of address, which in my opinion should be such as not to be considered forwardness or impudence but it should not be too modest or unassuming,  such a disposition as is but calculated to invite the attention and in the end leave a pleasing and satisfactory impression on the minds of those with whom you may have to deal.  This will have the proper kind of effect to be of use in almost any kind of public business.  And I think it highly important that you consider this well & endeavor to qualify yourself in this respect as well as any other.    But I have little doubt but that you see all this, and no doubt, even more than I can suggest, that is requisite, and that you will in every way possible endeavor to fit yourself not only for this particular kind of business, but for any other that it might be thought proper to engage in.  In short you should constantly be looking for information, but would particularly of course, in regard to the business in which you are now engaged.

            We are all well.  Eliza has not yet returned but we expect her home next week.  Miss Martha Fritchey proposes to teach a summer school in the Academy.  She expects to commence on the last Monday in April.  She will get a very good school I think Mr. Fritchey drew up the subscription paper on Saturday evg. last, and we have 17 subscribed and enough more we know of to insure a good school I think.  Let us here how your Cousin Sam’l and family are, and is Clemm McClusky in town, and still at the old business.  Did you hear from Sam’l McCord, if so, how is he getting along, how does he like it in the mkt[?]. 

                                    Affy. your Father     A.K.Shriver

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 is there any discount on our Westminster money, if you have any to pay, or if there is any difficulty with them I will here after they to send xxx xxx [?]

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