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On July 30th, 1843 from Lyons, Richard Young Spikings wrote the letter to
James Spikings in Chicago, State of Illinois.


                             Lyons July 30th, 1843.
Dear Brother,
                          As I have never received an answer from
my last letter, which I sent to Chicago for you, I am obliged to
write another, to let you know that Mr. & Mrs. Fisher and all the
family are coming to see you, and make a home somewhere in
that Country. They are making great preparations to start the
first of September next.  Mr. Fisher has sold part of his potatoes
and is like to sell off all his property pretty well.  He wants
you to write and let him know the expenses of every thing a.
what it will cost him and his family to travel so far.  They are
all quite well and desire to be remembered to you and Maria.
As for me coming, I shall be with you some time in September,
but it is little uncertain, what day, it depends upon the sale of
the mare Vluaggor, as soon as they are sold, I leave Lyons.  I in
tend to work for Spraque until the last day of August but I
can assure you James he is a hard one to draw cash on but
I never worked in a better place in my life, but I feel
as if I should like to be with you.  I must now begin to con
clude and hoping these few lines will find you and your
wife quite well as it leaves me
                             Richard Young Spikings

PS/ Now don't neglect writing the particulars of every thing
and answer this immediately for I shall be anxious
in hearing from you, when I start, I shall be like the
Boy, I shall travel cheap, board myself, and live upon
nothing.  You may expect one or two more letters from
me before leaving Lyons, so don't forget to call at the
Post Office.