Post, Joseph. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Joseph Post to Isaac Post, February 8, 1850.


February 8, 1850

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                                                   2nd month 8th 1850
          Dear Relatives
                                       We received Isaac's letter dated 25 of 12 mo
which was very exceptable [sic] and I have no other excuse for not
wrighting [sic] sooner than negligance [sic]. We are geting [sic] along much as
usual in our neighbourhood as respects worldly buisness [sic], and
I think among those that are called the worlds people
ar [sic] those that seem care the least about society their [sic]
seems to be a little more toleration toward the reforms of the
day, But on the part of the would leaders in this sextion [sic]
of our Isreal [sic] as they term it. I think no abatement of their
hostility to what seems to be good. and especially the antislavery
and nonresistance movments, Our Rachel does not ye^a^ld [sic] in
her position to those who differ from her on the subject of
slavery. In our last monthly meeting she arose with saying
she was more and more confirmed that Abolitionism as now
promulgated was out of the truth and that morral [sic] reform
was only another name for a  departure from the ^foundation which God has laid^ truth
and then said much to strenghen [sic] her views, which to me seemed
very weak. she has said much a little time back against those
that said any thing agains [sic] the governments. that that it
was the duty of those that had not seen beyond the force
that if it were not for the laws we proberbly [sic] could not
meet as we then were in the quiet, nor enjoy our fireside
in peace, and yet she holds up the view that we have
no right to judge an other. that it is right for a person
to do whatever they beleive [sic] it right to do. And some
of her admirers try to defend her to the in her extreamest [sic]
views. I had conversation with one lately who said if a person
thought it right to hold slave we out [sic] not to judge him,
but had to acknowledge that if one of his children were
in slavery he would think it wrong and would want
assistance to get his child again. I told him that my doctrine
was to judge aman [sic] by his fruits. that however much
a man might plead duty if his fruits were not ^good^ I should
condemn him. that I knew of no better way, and felt justfied [sic]
in condemning a person whoes [sic] fruits were not good

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We have heard much about the raps of late ^in these parts^ but I suppose not all
that has been said ^in the papers^ as we do not take the Tribune ^which has said the most on the subject^ have heard of
a book that has been published at Auburn on the subject but
wither [sic] that will give ^us^ any light or adr more than we have
had I know not. If the spirits of our departed Friends are watch
ing over us for good and are willing to communicate with us
it seems strange to us, it should be nessary [sic] to go to two or three
girls to have the raps explained. as we have always undestood [sic]
that the raps are heard by all that may be in the room
now as you understand the language and can here [sic] the
raps why cannot you talk ^with the spirit^ when the girls are not by
is not your faith strong enough yet. do enquir [sic] of the spirits
the cause and why it is nessary [sic] to come to Rochester to
hear from the spirits of our departed friends, as the language
is now undersood [sic] it seems to me we might learn it
so that we need not be under the nesesity [sic] of going to another
We hear of chairs tables &c moveing [sic] do they ever move when
their [sic] is a lighted candle in the room or in the day time
as we understand unbeleivers [sic] hear the noise do they ever
see things move about the room without visible
asistance [sic]. Timothy Titus was buried on the last day of last
month had been sick about 10 days suffered much. was in his
85th year. Uncle Robert is complains much of cough trouble
ing [sic] him does not get to meeting more than half of the
time. Susan Willis has been sick for some weeks past
and Sarah Post has been their [sic] for housekeeper, Stephen
Hewlet. Samuel Smith and Edmund Smith at south have
all gone to their long home with a few weeks all old
men. We have not seen any thing of Samuel Post ad family
yet. they went from N York to Dutches County without
coming on the Island. I suppose they will make us a
visit yet. unless they do as we did when we were at Rochester
Willet. S. told us a little time ago that the desition [sic] was
against them in Jeffries buisness [sic]. will the accounts
be settled up now or is their [sic] more lawsuits defending

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  Townsend Rushmore paid me 1$ for the North S^t^arr [sic] the
13th of last month please pay it over. E Lewis says James
Mott does not take the North Starr [sic] from the office nor
has not from the commencement. I think they had better not
be sent. If the paper is paid for it had better be sent to some
body that will read it if such a person can be found.
First day 10th of the month went to meeting to day found William Healy their [sic]
and quit [sic] a large corlection [sic] of People I suppose information had been
given after a time he arose in his solemn manner and began
by quoting scripture and then said he had prayed to God
that he might be divested of all human simpathy [sic] he cared
nothing about the sufferings of the world so that Zion might
prosper said many good things. but the principle part of his
concern we had no unity with. had much to say against those
that doughted [sic] the ^inspiration of the^ bible, if any one was led to dought [sic] any part of
the bible he wanted ^him^ to pause and consider for any one that was
led by inspiration it would corrispond [sic] with the Prophets and
Apostes [sic] of old. on the whole I thought it a very Orthodoy [sic] sermon
entirely behind even what Hicksite doctrine was a few years
ago ^and even Orthodoxy would not own some of it I think^ Realy [sic] it does seem very discouraging to see the [obliterated]
be good ones holding back from all or nearly all that
we consider so very nesary [sic] for a Christian life and
what makes it more discouraging those that do not approve
of what is passing are so loth [sic] to speak out to say anythng [sic]
to them they say o try to keep along hopes it will be
better soon, I sometimes think they are but little better
off than we are, for we have some satisfaction in speak-
=ing out our sentiments, and they are in nearly as low repute
as we are. Martha Coles was reccommended [sic] as Minister some
time ago, she being of the right stamp but in my opinion
a rather small concern. I ^think^ cousin Edmund will not receive
the pass very soon although much more of a Minister I think
he sometimes does quit [sic] a little journey attending meeting
which the rulers do not approve of and Stimanson does
not draw so well in the traces as the desire so I think he
to [sic] will have to be content to be a common man some
time longer unless he changes. all of which I am glad of
it may be some of them may come out against the select meeting
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in consequence which would be fine

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We have heard that William and Mary are going in Pensylvania [sic] on
a visit of couse [sic] we shall expect them here to visit us I want
William to arraign [sic] his buisness [sic] so as to make us a good long visit
we want to see them very much, and all the rest of you
Some times think think we may again look in upon you but
when the time will come I cannot at peasent [sic] see. O if you
were nearer us so that we could stept [sic] in often and have a little
interchange of sentiment it would be very pleasent [sic] We have had a
very mild winter so far no snow of any conciquence a few sleds out
a few days but waggoning [sic] good while the snow lasted. one week ago
ponds all open came cold today so that we filed [sic] our ice house and now
the ponds are all open again very little frost if any in the ground
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              North Hempstead    Feb 11''


                                     Isaac Post
                                                            New York

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How is it likely to be with thee in respect to money matters this spring
is their any prospect of haveing [sic] any for H Post. how does thee
get along with the old property on corn hill. and how is property
in general is their [sic] any demand for it. I have seen many farms
advertised in this section of county this spring and here of
but few that want places I think the prices that have
been asked cannot be sustained. Wheat is low, also almost all
kinds of produce we have to spair [sic]. except oats and potatoes which
do prety [sic] well at about 40 cts per bushel and potatoes from 4 to 6 S
Please wright [sic] often we love to here from our absent friend
                                                                       J Post

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