Young pioneer describes his first season settling Mount Independence
Sept. 10, 1804
George Greene was 42 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Amos Lockwood, was 77 when it was received.
George Greene died 47 years, 4 months, 5 days after writing this.
It was written 216 years, 9 months, 13 days ago.
It was a Monday.
Augusta September 10, 1804
I take this opportunity of informing you of my safe arrival at this place in sixteen days from my seting out. We stoped at Uncle Brayton’s at about one of o clock and stayed the afternoon where we found them all well and seemed to be much surprised to see us moving into the country but knowing the Disposition of my Father we was much commended for our Resolution.
We stayed all night with them and set out for to complete our journey early in the morning. They remembered their love to you and family.
We arrived safe at this place with the Blessings of God and are very well suited to our situation here. We live in a land where we enjoy our liberty for which thousands of my countrymen have drained their veins. Here my good old uncle we have no one Tyranise over us.
When we arrived here it was wilderness. We cleared up three acres and planted it with corn, potatoes, and ____ which has exceeded our most sanguine expectations. I have built a framed house 26 feet by 10 with a celler citchen under it. I have cleared ten acres more which we shall sow with wheat.
I have not any news of any consequence to write. I should be very happy to be in the company of my Friends again before we go hence to be here no more but I must leave that in the hands of the Eternal Disposer of all things. This year is a year of Jubile to us we often have cause to think of the Egyptian Bondage. I trust I am not forgetfull of my Deliverer although the journey was long and fatiguing. We safe arrived to our place of abode which is at present a home for us. Remebering love to your daughters Matty and Anne and to Mr. Dyer. Give my respects to all inquiring friends. From your, with sentiments of esteem, Nephew.
Mr. Amos Lockwood
We injoy through the Blessings of God a good state of health and hope these lines will find you and your family enjoying healthy happiness. Sally and ___ remember their love to you and your family.