W3622 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from Joseph Millard
Jan 19 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker Hamilton, Ontario
From: Newmarket , Ontario
Respected friend I take the liberty of writing you a few lines after just recovering from a bed of affliction of about two months which it has pleased the Doctor to restore me to reasonable health again. When I call to mind the number of years you spent amongst us here I can't but feel that there is a satisfaction in reviewing the part If you can call to mind where our good brother Mr Brimson was in fimiliar [repently??] and the Church assisted Tom a little. A good year or so ago he sold and expanded the same with thanks to the Church exprefsing [sic] his greatnefs [sic] for the assistance rendered so time of need. I dare say you are aware that we are now a corp rated town and property has advanced in value considerably for instance the lot that you had the east half of it was sold for seven hundred dollars there are three buildings put up on it too here Hard & one truck is all occupied. Our family is now all grown up the youngest is Frank a little over 16 year got the largest of the boys now and Alexander which was the baby when you came here is in businefs [sic] for himself in our Tavern the same brand as John & myself If and is among very well and I expect my youngest boy that is Frank to go in with John that is in the same businefs [sic] that was now engaged in Since you left we built a new ware room of brick 100 ft long 24 ft wide & 3 stores high exclusive of the basement. I have much to be thankful for to think that the boys are all industrious and steady & have quit a businefs [sic] push about them.
Mrs M and I were over last evening to Mr Coldwell and in conversation your name come up which in conversation brought up the time that you spent with us as Tender Shepard with many comforting remberances [sic ] of your saplings while with us I said to Mr Coldwell that I was going to write you a few lines as he said to me if I did he wished to be rembered to you & Family Mrs C is much the same as when you were in regard to her mind. Posibly [sic] it would not be out of place just to say a word or two about the little church if you ramber [sic] the present you made to the church of the Pulpit lambs and globes we are still among them yet I think we have bin [sic] verry fortunate not to have the globes broken after so many goods are we are now making preparations to remodel our church by putting a stone foundation under it and putting a Sabeth school room at the war end of it 30 x 36 ft the whole of church and school room to be brick clad and a new roof on the whole all the tower to be finished. The Hon W.W. Smith is out present Pastor. Our little town has had many changes since you left us only a small portion of the family now left.
We are as well as usual at present hoping that you and yours all enjoying the same great helping. I trus [sic] your kindefs [sic] will forgive me for writing you. We would be pleased to hear from you and Mr B and forgetting [sic] your daughter Mrs Mary.
Mrs M Joins me in sending our kind regards to you & was. How rapidly time passes away in our declining years