Letter from John Winthrop (1588-1649) to his son, John Jr.
Sonne [torn], I rece[ived] 3 : Lres from you, but had no opportunitye to sende any to you. I blesse the Lord for the Continuance of yor healthe, & of yor Companye, but I am sorye to heare yor house is in no more forwardnesse. I doubt you will not have it fitt for habitation this winter.
Concerming Mr Leveredge, I knowe how you can seeme to desire him, wthout offence to the Lords who have sent him over, though he may be free; neither doe I see how you are able at present to maintaine him and his familye, but that you must waite till the springe; yet what lyes wthin my power to helpe you herein, I shalbe readye.
ffor the steeres I sent, I had worde from you by Mr. Clerke, to sende one, & I knewe you might more easyly make vse of 2: then one : if none of yr neighbors can or will fitt them for yr owne & their vse, I will sende for them againe: if you make but a slead, you may drawe wood & timber enough wth them.
ffor the olde Corne you desire, I canot helpe you wth aboue one hhd (for I have not 2 : lefte) but I have bought a hhd of Englishe meale for you; wch I will sende you by the next Conveyance (if you resolve to winter there.)
There was a Sowe of Lead sent at first, wch you had best to enqre after, yet you may have another. For other things, yor wife will write to you. I meet wth so many letts, as I doubt I shall not see you at Ag : till the Court be passed. The messinger is readye to depte, so as I must ende, & wth mie and yor mothers most hearty Love & prayers to the Lord for yr welfare, I comende you to the good providence & blessing of the Lord, & rest
Yor loving father, Jo : Winthrop
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