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Letter, Benjamin Blanchard, Fort George, Upper Canada, to Capt Abel Blanchard, Peacham, Vermont
Writing from Fort George, Upper Canada, Benjamin informs his father that he and Lewis have secured a contract to make 250,000 bricks, to be sold at $5.25 per thousand, for an all-brick fort being constructed by the British on Lake Ontario near the Niagara River (Fort Mississauga). Eight employees have been hired, at wages of $16-20 a month. Benjamin expects to return to Nunda in October. He also notes local commodity prices: pork ranges from $25-30 per barrel, flour sells at $11 per barrel, and pine boards at $20 per thousand.