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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