This letter was written by 17 year-old Thomas C. Wheeler (1800-18xx). According to the Northrup/Northrop Genealogy, Thomas married (1821) Polly Northrup [or Northrop] (1800-18xx), the daughter of William Northrup (b. 1769) and Harriet Sutherland (b. 1770). The couple had at least one child, Caroline Eunice Wheeler (1822-1881) in Dutchess County and were said to have gone “West” shortly thereafter. There is little to be found concerning Thomas C. Wheeler amongst on-line genealogy records.
Thomas wrote the letter to his cousin, John Milton Wheeler (1795-1861), the son of Anthony Wheeler (1771-1840) and Selina Hopkins (1774-1797). John M. Wheeler married Hannah Wilson Peck in August 1819.
If Thomas and John Wheeler were first cousins — as I suspect they were — it seems evident that their shared paternal grandfather would have been Noah Wheeler (1743-1823) of Dutchess County, New York. We learn from this 1818 letter that Thomas was teaching a select school in Livingston, Columbia County, New York, during the winter of 1817/18 and that he considered “home” to be Dutchess County.
Addressed to Mr. John M. Wheeler, Amenia, Dutchess County [New York]
Livingston [New York]
January the 27th 1818
As it is uncertain of my seeing you before spring, I therefore take this opportunity of writing to you to inform you that I am now in good health but last week for three days I was so unwell I did not teach school. My school will average upwards of 25. The scholars are backward and principally small and roguish. I should like to hear from you very much to know how matters are a going on. I have understood that you was a going to get married and several others. You must give me an invitation to your wedding if you are not married now. You are welcome to get married — all of you — but let her alone for I shall be home to take care of her next spring. You must give my love to her and do as well as you can and write and answer to this as quick as possible stating the truth of the business for I must know the particulars soon. I am in such a hurry I cannot stay to write anymore so you must give my love to all enquiring friends and excuse my mistakes for they are many.
I remain your friend, — Thomas C. Wheeler
P. S. Direct your letter to Clermont Post Office