Re: Sanford W. (Sr) and Rhoda Ransdell
Received of S. W. Ransdell twenty eight bushels wheat August 30/51
Miller & Soule
Letter written to Sanford W. Ransdell & (Mary) Elvira Ransdell
MacksvilleApril the 25th 1854
Deat Brother and sister:
I take up my pen to let you know that we are all well at this time and hope that these few lines may fine you all in good health.At this time times is very hard here, we are doing the best we can.We are going to build in Macksville and stay there a while. You wanted to know about James Madsen's leg.It is healed up but will always be a cripple.He goes on his crutches.You said in your letter that you wanted me to write to you about your money.I saw Daniel (Ransdell) about two weeks ago and he told me to write to you and tell you how matters is with the estate.He says that he has received one hundred and twenty five dollars of your money and he says that it will cost you as much as it would to send the whole amount and the estate is not yet settled.Yet it is no telling when it will be.We had to sue the provided administrator and the court allowed he would be safe to pay forty dollars to the shear and it cost five dollars a shear to get it.Daniel says he will pay you interest on what he has received and as soon as he can get a final settlement of the estate he says that he will send your money and interest to you.We was glad to hear from you all that you was all well.We would be glad to see you and your boy and Elvira and her girl.We have got four girls and one boy a living and one dead, our youngest is a eleven months old and her name is Mary Frances.
The friends is all well as far as we know.Mother is living yet and can walk as good as ever.William is got so he cannot write any more with his right hand and arm they have failed him.I must bring my letter to a close, the baby is waking up so good night.
I want you to write again and let us know how you are getting along out there.You must overlook my writing for you can't read it.I know what you can't read you must guess at it.So no more at present but remain your friend an brother.
William and Mary Ransdell