[Des Moines; Wilton: 1869]. Two letters, pp. total. Previously folded. Light tanning. Very good. Item #473
Two 1869 letters addressed to a Thomas C. Goodwin of Newburyport, Massachusetts, that supply advice on emigrating to Iowa. Goodwin seems to have solicited counsel from former Newburyport residents who made the move, as the letters make several references to others from the town who had come to Iowa and been successful.
William Shaw, of Des Moines, advises him, "I think you will like this place. It is very healthy and a lively town, but better for farming than for trade as there are to [sic] many here in trade and like all Western towns is very much over done. But still the country is rapidly growing and more emigration this Spring than for several years past. Many are coming here from Illinois, settling in this state West of here on the line of the railroad.... Many...have become embarrassed in their finances and are obliged to sell."
D.W. Perkins, a lawyer in Wilton, tells him that, 'I was disappointed, happily so.... I had got the impression that going West I should find a whiskey, illiterate, swaggering set, but it is not so. I see hardly any difference in the habits of the people [of] Iowa and Massachusetts. The West is full of life, activity and business, such a vast farming country, and farmed so easily that when crops bring a decent price, everything is lively."
An informative pair of letters to a New Englander regarding life in Iowa after the Civil War.