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Text for Page 039 [12-15-1857]

make a difference. �How it may turn out� writes poor
Mary Anne �I don�t know, but I feel very much troubled in mind�
They �have not thrashed their wheat yet,� the boys have twenty
acres of corn to pick which they �planted on shores with another
person,� Fred is �away at Odell, to get a job if possible, so
as to make a few dollars, to buy some groceries, and with thanks
for �my kind offer� the letter closes.          George Bolton�s affords
particulars as to the expectations and intentions with which he
came to Canada.  With the concurrence of his parents he consul-
ted a lawyer as to the practicality of raising �300 or �400
by mortgaging his share of the estate.   This he found he could
do if his father would covenant to pay the interest on it, supposing
George should die before him, or omit to pay the same.      This
they � the Neithrop folks in general � professed themselves willing
to do, provided George could find a good investment.      All
this took place just on the eve of his quitting home.    In his
last letter he informed them that land was coming down in
price and that in twelve months he might find a good bargain.
Upon which (he writes) �I am told that William ignored, at once,
Father�s doing anything by way of giving security, that
Mother stormed, and Father concluded, very logically, that if
he did it for me the others might claim the same favor � there-
fore he would do it for neither.�     George comments bitterly on
this and with justice � �their love not being worth risking
the bare possibility of having to pay �15 a year.�   William,
he thinks, has his eye on the farm, �means to stay at home
and grow rich, while we go abroad and grow poor, and
thus, someday, be compelled to sell what he will be happy to
buy.�         Furthermore George declares he �will not� return               
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