W3325 TO REV THOMAS BAKER from his associate John Puckridge.
Oct 13 1879
To: Rev. Thomas Baker.
From: John Puckridge, Brantford, Ontario.
Brantford Township Ont.
Oct 13th, 1879
Rev'd T. Baker
In response to your wish expressed in your last letter to me I beg to say I would have written earlier but the health of my wife has been so poor of late that I have deferred to so many necessary things. I have been kept busy in marketing our produce for the approach of Rent day. Although the price the Wheat has sudden by advanced other grains have not moved in like proportion we obtained 1.04 for Wheat but only 50 cents for Rye & 55 cents for Barley about the highest for No. 2 samples paid here.
We are thankful for the better yield this year but the necessities of a growing family more than keep pace with the advance still I have faith we shall make the ends meet for we have some 17 acres of Fall Wheat sown which from the recent Rain has grown wonderfully. I do not know how the crops are in the newer lands, but here they are not generally so high as represented, but that is a very common report. I fear you will think we are becoming extra vagrant but my wife tells me that 16 dollars will be required to make Willies clothes as it should be and shoes as well. He is a hearty happy sort of fellow when things go smoothly and not over careful as yet of what he thinks essentials. Charlotte is in London paying her visits and I hope will enjoy herself this fine weather.
An extra dress was considered requisite which we have reckoned with the other.
We shall endeavor with this to dress them comfortably and prepare for the change of season.
Hoping that Mrs. Baker's health is much better, and that you retain a good share still with our united best wishes and respects.
Yours very truly