This letter was written by Charles Vincurt Bacon (1817-18xx) to his father Ebenezer Bacon (1786-1848) who was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, but resided in Hartley, Lower Canada. Charles’ mother was Sarah Smith Williams (1789-1861) of Lunenburg, Vermont. In the letter, Charles mentions his sister, Emily Bacon (1811-1905) and his brother Darius Bacon (1829-1911).
The gentlemen with whom Charles Bacon boarded in Fortville, Jones County, Georgia at the time this letter was written in 1840 was Robert Rufus Hutchings (1821-1869), the son of Robert Hutchings (1780-1847) and Drucilla Bonner (1784-1839). He married Rebecca Hall King (1827-1897) in 1846. Robert was a merchant-farmer and remained in Jones County, Georgia, his entire life.
Addressed to Ebenezer Bacon, Esq., Hatley’s, Lower Canada
Fortville, Jones County, Georgia
May 6th 1840
The Gentleman’s son with whom I board, Mr. R. R. Hutchings, having seen your friend, William Parker’s advertisement respecting the Caledonia Springs Lottery or Tirage au Sort as I believe it is called, wishes to purchase a certificate or ticket in it. If you will procure and and forward it to him, I will account to you for it, or you can enclose it in a letter to me and he will settle with me.
Your affectionate son, — C. Bacon
I endeavored to send some money to you by Mr. S______ but was unable to get the changes. He will probably reach Canada about the time this does. He left last week and has letters from me for you all. I am sorry Emily does not take more pains to give me such information as I ask of her. I wanted to know if U. S. Bank money was passable or what it is worth in Canada. I am anxious to send home some money. I do not feel as contented as if I were under less obligation. It is an uncomfortable reflection that I have never made any return for all your assistance. I received a letter dated ___ April from Darius a few days since. He is well and seems in god spirits. What would a check on M. Y. be worth or U. S. Bank money. In haste, — C. Bacon
The Caledonia Springs Lottery refers to the development of a mineral springs resort in Ontario, Canada known as the Caledonia Springs wherein money was raised for its development by the sale of discounted lots that were awarded in a drawing.