This is my transcription of the letter I purchased on ebay.If anyone thinks they know who this particular Andrew Boggs is, please let me know.
There is no envelope.The letter is folded in such a way, that the outside of the letter is used for the address.
The outside of the letter is stamped, within a circle it says
SPRINGFIELD FEB 2 OHIO
The letter is adressed to Mr. A. F. Boggs Hanging Rock P.O. Lawrence County, Ohio
In the upper right hand corner is hand written 12 1/2, which may be the postage.
The contents of the letter is hand written in ink. At the top of letter is the date; January 29th, 1845.
My dear son
As I have just finished a fixment to draw up the logs by water which I find (words crossed out) to do well simple & not likely to go wrong and having no work on hand.The saw mills in better order than ever. I think a few minutes spent in writing you a few lines, (stating in the first place that we expect soon to see you, a vist from you will be veryagreeable if you can spare so much time it must be near a year since you left,)midsJune It appears now there is little doubt of both our railroads going on immediately as persons in Boston have agreed to lend sufficient of money to complete both in one year at seven percent.The Little Miami Co have agreed and the agent has yesterday gone in with our nightown Maj. Hunt to Bellfountain to see if that board will agree to the same, which we doubt they will, and if so, we will have a busy time here & plenty of money for two years, beside I expect it will advance the value of my small property, I expect our Turnpike will also go on, either as free with a small toll, or a Co. with a larger one, the business is now before the legislation. We have had here a very warm first winter such as I have never before seen and terrible roads, no hauling of saw logs, hard work to keep the mill in logs, it seems on an average more than 100 feet per day, but I much fear B will not content himself here to attend to it when in anyone he dont now, and the probability it will be worse then, I am still of opinion if he could get a situation at Iron works it would suit him much better for many reasons, before you come home see if such a (continues on back of page) situation can be had he can easily get off here, do it quietly and state in a letter or verbaly either to him or me (if such a situation can be had) The Kind JC . We are carrying on a high game here for Presbyterians, Mr. Cowles plays the fiddle and the Children with the young Hunts dance, we also have cards & Mr Hunt, the Maj. & Mr. Ogden come over two or three nights in the week and play till 10 oclock but no betting & so we go. All things are going on in Town & County as usual, as political matters have died away the all absorbing subject now is our roads and a Colleage expected to be located at Springfield, this last has caused me little interest compared with the roads, not so with the people of town, some of them think a colleage will be meat drink washing and lodging for them, let them try it, I will give nothing --- I believe there is nothing more to communicate except we are all well and going on as usual and all of course join in love and kind wishes in all aspects, and all time, come and see us, Your affectionate father Andrew Boggs