Dr. Francis Burdette Parmele 1815-1883
Henry, Joel, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John

This stampless, folded letter was written by Frank in Albany, N.Y., to George B. Smith of Schenectady, N.Y., whom he addresses as "cousin."

It was found in a box of letters sold at a garage sale. The box had a label from the Smythe Books & Stationery store in Columbus, Ohio. Perhaps "Smith" became "Smythe" over the years?

Albany, July 18, 1829

Dear Cousin,

I received your letter this day and according to my promise to immediately answer any letter of yours. I now take this oppourtunity to redeem it.

I am at present out of buissiness having left Hooker [an office in New York City that also appears in an 1833 letter] the fore part of June. I cannot give you any satisfactory reason, although I can conscientiously say not from any misconduct. I see no prospect of my getting into buissiness here at present, buissiness of all kinds being so very dull. If you should hear of anyone wanting a clerk in either a grocery or dry good store, I wish you would let me know, and if not to much trouble see about it yourself.

Your friends here are all as well as usual, but I must not forget to tell you that Mrs. Petterson looks in a (paper torn) to be a mother. Mr. Shipman was down here a short time since, and told us that Aunt Violate and Susan were enjoying good health, and they had made there home principally at his house.

I cannot think of anything else that will be interesting to you. I should be very much pleased to see you and think it is likely I shall come out there in the course of two or three weeks. I cannot tell exactly when I can come, but I will write and let you know when I have concluded. I shall expect a letter from you ... often. As this is the first letter I'ves attended to write without assistance you must excuse all mistakes.

F. B. Parmele

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