Amerika Letters

This letter was printed in the book Svenskärne i Illinois(Swedes in Illinois)by Capt. Eric Johnson. It is a letter written to my gr gr gr uncle Samuel Persson from his brother in law who had immigrated in 1857 to Knox County.

From Samuel Persson's borther-in-law


One of those American letters was written by Saloman Jönsson, who had left his farm

Opphehems Nedergård in May 1857 and went to America together with his wife

Christina Catharina Eriksdotter and their five children 2-17 years of age. Reciever was

the crofter Samuel Persson of Krontorp under Vilebo in Kättilstad, married to his sister Lovisa.


Dear Brother-in-law Samuel Persson at Vilebo


Maybe you will get my ordinary letter but I

especially want to write some lines to you.

What I say, you may with complete assurance

and after careful consideration as your thoughts

was about going to here. I certainly won't say

your luck promptly would be here. But one thing

I realize and it is positive that one who will go

as a slave under others is much better, as you can

get (farming) if you can supply with strong

animals you will keep 2/3 for yourself and one

third for the master and then you won't be

afraid of rot in the houses because the

user won't hit a nail in a wall or put a

fencing on the fence because the master

has to do.


Take with you some prepared calf skins

because they won't slaughter calves, don't

take any implements, they won't be good

enough here. But heavy clothes are good

to have and they are expensive, a spinning

wheel and one or two pairs of cards and one

frieze and one cloth need are useful. Maybe you

will laugh at one thing I mention. Stina Catrina

sends word to her sister-in-law she should buy

some carefully dried rennet and bring here, because

as I said they won't slaughter any calves here.

so it's hard to get hold of hereand we would

have milk for making big cheeses.


What effect the letter may have had it didn't

convince the crofter Samuel Pearsson that

his luck was to find in America. He was content with

"going as a slave unto others" and stayed at Krontorp

until his death in 1890 but five of his children and

above that a farmhand at the croft emigrated at

different times before 1890.


Translated and submitted by Wini Caudell


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