Title: Adair, Etta A. (mother) to Etta A. Anderson (daughter) – Dec. 31, 1850 – Oakland
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Title: Adair, Etta A. (mother) to Etta A. Anderson (daughter) – Dec. 31, 1850 – Oakland
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Adair, Etta A.
Baker, Christopher A. ( Transcriber )
Publication Date: 1850
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Oakland
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America
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Bibliographic ID: UF00085631
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Oakland December 31st 1850

A happy New Year to you my dearest daughter You have I suppose spent your
Christmas in all the hilarity & joyousness which generally attends that festive season in
the east Whilst I have been immured in the gloom of a sick chamber watching beside
the sick bed administering dose after dose & soothing the pains & sorrows of a
suffering friend -
Your cousin Mary Cromwell has been ill of typhoid fever & thought if I would
go in she would get well. I complied and spent 11 days with her, during the time it was
thought she could not survive 24 hours but I left her on Sabbath convalescent & with
care she will I hope recover Your sister intends writing & so I will not say much lest
she will not have enough to fill out her letter Miss Kate Keach is dead She died
unexpectedly tho' she had been sick some weeks & was thought to be improving I have
not heard if she made a profession of religion & am told her mother is almost deranged
What a trial my dear Henri[etta] it must be, thus to deposit in the cold earth our
beloved ones, without the Christians hope, the Christians faith the Christians support!
My dear Henri will I hope lay this matter to heart will remember her Creator in the
days of her youth will seek the precious Saviour early that she may find him & then
you will have a support that will never fail you a hope that shall never fade away
Your brother's open steady profession of religion gives me great comfort & I
cannot find words to express what I would feel could I but hear that you, my beloved
child had been born again had been enabled by the Spirit to make Christ your trust for
time & for eternity.
I weep as I think of the possibility of such a thing God has been good to me and
mine I often ask of him this great favor the conversion of all my children I think I have
unreservedly committed all of you to Him & why should I doubt his promise or distrust
his power I will I will hope that He may yet spare my life to see each of my beloved
children the true & devoted servants of the Lowly Jesus & made partakers of that
bless'd hope of life & immortality, which is brought to light in the gospel
Without religion all knowledge is but as sounding brass all accomplishments as a
tinkling cymbal I would not depreciate such things my dear Henri but I would have
them all tend to the promotion of His glory Who has given you time talents &
opportunity to improve See that will resemble not the unprofitable servant who hid his
Lords money in the earth It would be useless to say how I yearn for your return how
impatient I am to see you How often I pray for gratitude & patience how hard it is
thus to be separated from you both I strive for resignation for submission to His will
who knows what is best for me and mine trust in God and the knowledge that it is for
the improvement of you both alone enable me to bear it Ellen is standing by the table
begging me to tell Miss Netta she must come home All send love no news from your
grandma since I last wrote Your grand-pa Cromwell is only in tolerable health he
always asks after you very particularly I was there a few days ago for a few hours -
on a visit to your Aunt Ruth who started home on Saturday last for fear I may
crowd Mary out I will stop Fare well God bless you my child Your own Mother

Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.

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