Apparently, this letter was hand carried from
Massillon, Stark County Ohio, to Detroit Michigan where Jason Stimson placed the
letter in the U. S. mails. Michigan was still a U. S. territory at the time of the
mailing therefore the letter displays a territorial postmark. The | M.
T. | in the address stands for Michigan Territory.
Asiatic cholera, endemic to the
Indian subcontinent, originally came
from the Ganges Delta region of India,
and arrived in the British Isles in
1831. Irish emigrants
brought the disease to Quebec
Canada in the spring of 1832.
It reached New York City in June and
Buffalo New York by mid July 1832.
See our King Cholera page.
Folded Letter Sheet (Stampless Cover)
Circular handstamp postmark:
DETROIT MICHIGAN SEP 7
Manuscript Postal Rate:
Mr. Herman Castle
| M. T. |
Massillon Stark County Ohio, Aug 29 1832
Having an oppertunity
to send a line by Jason Stimson formerly from Mendor who
starts for Detroit this morning. I will improve it by writing
you a few lines and inform you where I am and the business
that I have entered into. I have gone into the Mercantile
business with Alvin Vinton my youngest Brother in this place
about sixty miles south of Cleaveland on the Canal, we
commenced here about the 12 of June, it has been a dull
season of the year since we have been here, but we have
done as good a Business as we expected. We have but little
news in circulation excepting the Bank veto and the Cholera.
The Cholera has not been with us, there has been a few
cases but a short distance North & South of us on the Canal.
I received a letter from Valintine about five days ago
stating that the Cholera was at Mendon Corners and at
Waughum [?], he said that he was attacked with in but
got medical aid so soon that he was then quite smart.
Esq Lyon died with it in about 20 hours after thye attack
at Mendon -- --
Excuse all the errors.
Clerk died with it and six others. Lydia is now at her
fathers, she stayed with her friends there this summer.
I start [for] Virtor [?] in about five days and expect
she will return with me. Stimson is a clerk in a store
in this place.
Write me in about
four weeks so that I can receive it on my return. Remember
me to your Lady and family, also to Perkins, and Knapps
family -- --
Yours in hast