W-MCP4-6.185 TO DR. CALVIN AND MARGARETTE [LERNED] MCQUESTEN from their cousins John and Catherine Fisher
Nov 29 1838
To: Dr. Calvin and Margarette McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Hamilton, [Ontario]
I have rec'd yours of the 23 and 24 at the same time I hear nothing from Carrington & Prall--The Furnace stands still--I hope to hear from you tomorrow--It may be that the coal from Oswego and Rochester will reach yet this season. I know not how to contain myself--I should have sent you $200. 14 days since but I could not obtain a Draft--The Bank has given me encouragement that they would draw on New York in a few days ever since they suspendid [sic] which was on the 14th of the month--I have and shall retain means to obtain a Draft the first day they draw, and if you can use any bills bills I will send you at once
[Spice?] is not be had nor Suspension Bridge Bills--I have secured judgment against Mr. Young--My 15 Tons Scotch Iron Gross. Costs at the furnace according to the Bill just under $30 per Ton at Montreal, $12 per Ton Transportation, $1.00 per Ton Canal Toll $1.00 per Ton. Wharfage 50 cts. brought to the furnace $667.50 in all. $44.00 per Ton Gross was rec'd on the 27th.
John Jackson who came over to settle the Tanning Mill Business with Arthur & Mitchell some days since got up at 12 o'clock night before last all the notes belonging to them amounting to about $9000.00 and gave by [?] for parts probably Gensee Co.--This is a pretty trick for a son of Londonderry--He has no excuse other than being drunk--Whatever may have been the opinions and feelings of the pretended patriot no one can justify them in further molesting the Provinces--They may rest assured that not one out of 50 from this side will show them any favour--and if they are not yet satisfied they will continue their games till a few 100 more lose their lives--This is a most horrid undertaking and the blood of the poor deluded pirates who have and will lose their lives will be sentenced at the hands of them.--will not the indignation of abused and outraged humanity take vengeance on the cowardly Scoundrels who have led on the duped--
I think no favourably of Canada than I have ever done, but it is really to [sic] bad to force that upon them which they do not want.
So business at present better but we ought to be making Wrought for spring--I shall have only Irons to work till our coal comes.
I have not work for Mr. Dike longer--nor do I think [we shall?] have when the coal comes.
Mr. Parker would have been out of Canada and at liberty before this had there been no movements among the Patriots.1 Stores will not sell much longer this season.
Janes is at work on 10 Scales--Harris is out training for the Queen Own, look for a fight at the west--It will cost many lives--I hope we may have wisdom from the past--
[Written at bottom of John's letter:]
I cannot forbear writing you a few lines we are all very well, happy and contented and as pleasantly situated as we could desire if the patriots would only let us alone. We do really hope and trust that we shall be no longer molested if such should be the case. I shall expect to see you here next summer to remain some time if you should not conduct to come and make it your home. I received a letter from John Walker who writes that they feel more encouraged about Mary, write soon, love to little [Calvin] Brooks.
affectionately your cousin
Catherine W. [Blanchard] Fisher
1 For a note on The Rebellion of 1838 and Mr. Parker please see W-MCP4-6.193.
2 John Knox Fisher was Dr. Calvin McQuesten's first cousin and business partner. He had some difficulty working with another of the foundry's co-founders, Mr. [Joseph] Janes, and was often concerned about the man's methods of conducting business. In 1838, Janes ran off, leaving behind his wife and thousands of dollars of debt. See W-MCP4-6.237. For more on Fisher, see W-MCP5-6.240.