In a letter dated March 8, 1885 from Chatfield Texas, J.R. Seybold writes:
"Yours received, & noted. Was glad to hear from you.We are all well & hope this will find you enjoying the same blessing.I expect from accounts we have had here, that it has been very cold north.The winter has been colder than usual here, but the winters here would not be called cold north.It seldom freezes hard enough to stop the plow. I have two renters on my place; they have planted their corn.I expect to commence planting in the morning.This will give you an idea of the difference between this climate, & where you are.I am farming but do not expect to farm longer than this season, if circumstances favors going into the mercantile business.The crop was not good here last season, money matters are close here.Now is a good time to buy land here.Land is steadly (sic) increasing in value here, & is a good investment.They generaly (sic) have prety (sic) good schools here, but of course not so well fited (sic) up, as in older states.The people here are generaly (sic) kind, & clever.We have as a (????) Illinoians, Indianians, Kentuckians, Alabamians, Tenneseeans (sic), & some from other States, but few of Texians.It is best for persons from the North to come here about the 1st of Octo, the change is too great in climate to come in the Spring.Now since I left Ills, I have not heard any thing about the Canada money, left there by Silus Seybold.It is very strange to me that nothing of a definite nature can be learned of it.There is something wrong somwhere (sic).Write to John Coffman & see if they have heard out anything
"Now as to this country, it is not as fertile a Soil as Ills, compared with the part where we lived, but compared with a majority of the States, it is a fine soil and excels.The climate far surpa??? Ills.I would not live in as cold a climate as Ills.I am not far from a 150 miles South of the North Texas line, & Sometimes I wish I was further South.There is a good place adjoining me, that's for Sale it belongs to heirs.Three are not of age yet.They intend getting a ????? from court to sell it.It (sic) think it will come in this fall.If I had the money I would buy it.Tell aunt Hatie (??). She is old to change climate, but it might be beneficial to her, but do not come before about the 1st of Oct.The familys best respects to you all, my best respects you all, hoping to hear from you soon.Bro, George is talking of selling out, if he sells I look for him here this fall, May the Lord watch over us all for good is my prayer.
Farewell, write soon,
In January, 1889, J.R. sold some land to Christian Moschel, recorded in the Navarro county courthouse.
Another letter is written to Margaret Foote by J.R. from Rice, Texas in March, 1890.The envelope is postmarked "RICE, TEX. (date illegible)" on one side and "DECORRA, ILLMar 6, 1890" on the other. It is addressed to:
"Margret A. Foote
"Tecoria, Henderson, Co,
The stationery is printed:
"Rice, Texas, ___________
"To | C. MOSCHEL, | Dr"
"Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, Harness and General Merchandise"
The name "Moschel" and the word "harness" have been marked through to make the heading read:
"J.R. Seybold, Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware, and General Merchandise."
He had written, in smaller writing, in the upper left hand corner of the stationery:
"It has been a very warm winter here and lots of l__?__(illness ??), and a good many deaths.Just now it is cold, the coldest weather we have had this winter.It turned cold on Thursday night."
"Rice, Texas, Mar. 2nd, 1890
"Mrs. Margrett Foote
"Yours of Feb, 25th, 1890, & contents noted, was glad to hear from you, & to hear that you was (sic) all well, & to get information of the relatives, & to hear that Aunt Hatie, your mother was still living, & well, for one of her age, give her my love, & respects, & hope that she may live many years yet, & a __??__ providence yet permit us to again, & if not permitted to meet again in this world, grant that we meet again in the heavenly paradise where parting, & Sorrow will be no more.Since in Texas (?), I have heard nothing of Aunt Alley, or of any of her folks, I wrote a letter since here (sic) to John Coffman, bur received no answer -- I don't know whether he got it, or not, neither have I heard anything of Uncle Dodson & his folks, don't know whether he is still living or not.Would be glad to know of both.
"Now Margritt, you speak of looking after that money in Canada, deposited there by grandfather Jesse Seybolds, brother Silas Seybold for Jesse Seybold our grandfather or his heirs, as supposed.Now Margritt, to tell you the truth I know but very little about it, I know what has been said, & I am satisfied, that Silas Seybold made a deposit there, but whether it is just for Jesse Seybold & his heirs or not, I don't know,Now Fredrick Seybold informed me, that a good many ago, there was a Seybold, --------------------------- into --- log------------, & swam the river St. larence (sic) into Canada, to save his life, deposited in Montreal $140,000.00 for a brother, at a bank rate of 3 per cent now we know that Silas Seybold was the man -------------------------------------------------------- swam the river St. laurence (sic) into Canada to save his life, & also he never returned, but staid (sic) there, & died intestate, that is he had no heirs, & it is reasonable to infer that if he made a deposit, it was for Jesse Seybold & heirs, for those two brothers were disinherited by Jasper Seybold, their father.Now in the year 1830, I think it was, that uncle Dodson, & ????? uncle Robert, learned from I think Daniel(?) Seybold in Indiana, that Silas Seybold was still living, & was very rich.In the winter of 1870, & 1871, if I remember correctly, I was at Wheaton 25 miles N.W. from Chicago, I learned there from the (Wheaton ???) Seybold that about 6 years before that he got a lawyer in Chicago, to investigate this matter, & found a deposit of money, in the Bank Montreal (sic), Montreal Canada, for W. (or could be an "a") Seybold, that it was not for any of his family, beyond this he would not tell me who it was put in by, who it was put in for, when it was put in, or how much was put in, notwithstanding I had a letter from him stating that he new (sic) who put it in, who it was put it in for, when it was put in, & how much was put in, but his excuse that he had forgotten, & the letter was lost, that would show how the parties who I confered (sic) with, who seemed to know anything, that there was a disposition to cover up & keep back what they new.In my investigations, I was told by James Seybold that this money was put in the Bank about four years before his death, Jim, might give you some valuable information.Now Margitt, this money I am satisfied will be hard to get all money deposited in a government Bank in Canada or England, in 100 years if not claimed reverts to the English government, hence it is to their interest to cover all such depositsHence in my view, there is but one way to get at it, that is to go to Canada, have the records of the Bank searched by an officer, or employ a good detective to work it up, for a conditional amount of the money if successful, let it not be known only to him, what you are after.An American detective would probably be the best, I think there is a record also, of all deaths ??? there.If you go there, & have the records searched, I do not think it necessary to go back beyond the year 1825, for he was alive in 1830, & deposit the money some four years before his death.I sent uncle Toms money back to him, I am now packed up to move to Ardmore, I.T.If you write to me, that will be my place of address, ........................... (last four lines mostly unreadable -- and page dog-eared over some text) .......lect, hence have .............. the information I .... & will allow you out of my part (hard to read) if, you are successful, my ..... part of, all expenses.If you do undertake that, I hope .....ill be successful, but you must be very careful, & cautious for it is ....to take shrewed work to get it."
"....ell, write soon, Yours Truly, J.R. Seybold