This letter was written by Laban Green (1810-????), a native of New Ipswich, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, but who was residing in Cumberland, Rhode Island at the time he wrote this letter in 1836. He was married to Ruth Parker (1810-????), the daughter of John Parker (1779-1825) and Ann Huntoon (b. 1780).
The letter was written to Laban’s brother-in-law, Erastus Hurd Parker (1806-1873), who resided in Monroe County, in Western New York State in 1836. Erastus was married in 1837 to Hannah Hopeful Goodridge (1815-1882) in Ogden, New York. Erastus and Hannah lived in Sweden, New York until 1842 when they moved to Hartland, New York, where they lived the remainder of their lives.
[Addressed to Mr. Erastus H. Parker, Sweden, Monroe County, New York]
to be left at Brook Port Post Office
Cumberland [Rhode Island]
February 18, 1836
I know take the opertunity to write a few lines to you to inform you that we are all well and hoping these few lines will find you the same. I received you letter the 14 of February with mutch pleasure. We shall start as soon as the river is open to find you. I want you get some kind of House for us to go into and 2 Bedstids, a table and six Chairs – Cheap wones — and I will pay you for the same when I arrive there. John has given up going when I do. Henry has moved to New Hampshire. I received a letter from John the same day that I received yours. John wrote that he should come as soon as possible. He has got six horses up to New Hampshire to winter and can’t leave before First of April. I want you to write as soon as you receive this if you get it time enough to get me here by the 20 of March. I shall come in Steamboats to Albany, then up the [Erie] Canal.
From your affectionate brother, — Laban Green
As for business this summer, I shall leave it to you. You must do the best that you can for me to work. I don’t care what it is.
I have wrote this to suit Ruth.