Post, Joseph. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Joseph Post to Isaac Post, December 10, 1851.


December 10, 1851

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                                                        12th moth 10  1851
        Dearly Beloved

                    We received a letter from Brother the other
day with a copy of E Hicks's communication for which
we feel very thankful although it seems to much
of a task to ask a copy of such a long peice [sic] I had forgot
it was so long. We were at Samuel Hicks,s last evening
had a little about Spirit manifestation. S. and Rachel
do not seem disposed to tolerate any thing of the kind
although they appear to beleive [sic] every ^thing^ recorded in the
Bible even to the Ideas that Jonah was 3 days in
the Whales belly. I think no people are slower to beleive [sic]
any thing a little out of the common course, than
those who think that if they had lived in the time
of Jesus they would not ^have^ done as the Jews did. but
it seems to me that many of the most apparently
talented ones are the most bitter.  We have been verry [sic]
buisy [sic] of late in cutting and carting timber in preperation [sic]
to building a new barn have carted somwhere [sic] in
the neighbourhood of 60 [lodes?] and calculated to use
most of the old timber also. I was at New York last
7th day and was a witness to some of the folly of the
New Yorkers in their devotion to Kossoth [sic]. the most
people that I ever ^saw^ together by T^h^ousands and think I
might safely say tens of Thousand Broadway was filled
for hours apparently as thick as people could stand
without any carriages passing, from the batterry [sic]
to the City Hall and how much further I know
not I suppose you have seen the accounts in the papers
which were very correct as far as I was a witness. How
strange when we take into consideration the acts of the
people of New york in relation to the fugitive law
that it is the duty of the people to obey the laws
however bad as long as they remain the law, and I
suppose Kossoth [sic] done more than disobey the laws
he resisted the laws by takeing [sic] up arms abainst [sic] the
Government under which he lived, but for one that can

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rais [sic] a great army seems to be justifiable and praise
worthy, but for a poor slave single handed and alone to
assert his freedom is a sin not to be forgiven and only
to atone for by setting by being carried back again into Slav-
-ery. First day 14th well from the papers it appears that
Kossoth intends to go back and renew the strugle [sic] on the prin
-ciple of force and proberly [sic] he will realise the fact that he
takeeth [sic] the sword and will perish with the sword. We have not
sent or carried that peice [sic] to Rachel yet but I think we
shall soon. my pesent [sic] prospect is to carry it and tell her
what it is and if she does not receive it I shall feel clear
We were at Henrys yesterday had some talk about the
spiritual manifestation they seem to be as firm in their
disbeleif [sic] as ever Samuel says he thinks Uncle Isaac is
sincere but is mistaken yet they admit the thing has spread
rather than the mistery [sic] having been found out Henry
seems to remember the failures thinks that if spirits did
communicate they would always be true.  By the papers
we here [sic] that the great rich house Hicks & Co have failed
a great shock to some folks and I had supposed the preasent [sic]
acters [sic] would have gone through their time they had got
so very rich and were called such sharp buisness [sic] men
but the more people have the more they try to get apparently
and in trying to get frequently grasp at so much that
they let slip that they have. I suppose this was mainly broug^ht^
on by endorsment [sic]. which helps to prove to my mind the bad
practice of our mercantile community I know some say
that many by that means get independent fortunes by the sis-
-term [sic] but on the whole I think the community lose by
it Second day morning 1/2 past 6 am up alone storm some ^rain^.
^hail^ and dark our milk has just gone it is fine carting but
wither [sic] it will last is very uncertain but 2 weeks more of good
roads will suit us very much. The Willets offer their Fathers
place for sale it does not appear that any of the sons are
likely to want it and Robert Titus feels as if it would
put him to much in debt their price 10.000 $ to any of the
family but they say to any body else they want more
but I do not think of any one that will be likely to want ^it^
                                              your Brother Joseph

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Post, Joseph W.
Post, Isaac, 1798-1872
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