Title: Beatty, Ellen A. to J. Patton Anderson – Jan. 12, 1856 – Casa Bianca
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Title: Beatty, Ellen A. to J. Patton Anderson – Jan. 12, 1856 – Casa Bianca
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Beatty, Ellen A.
Baker, Christopher A. ( Transcriber )
Publication Date: 1856
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: North America
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America
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Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Casa Bianca Jan 12th 1856
My Dear Patton
I wish you to keep this letter so that if any misunderstanding should ever arise
between us (which may God forbid) it may be referred to as evidence of what we
mutually claim from each other You may think this unnecessary Not do I ever expect
that any such necessity will arise Still having had a larger experience than you (and
some of a very bitter character) I deem it possible. I wish to say first that I feel myself
irrevocably bound by our arrangement so long as you pay my annuity punctually. But I
do not consider you bound to continue the engagement if on trial you find that it is
disadvantageous to you Should you find it so we can then rescind the contract without
any hard feeling on either side And I can probably then sell as I would have done if I
could not have made this (to me) more agreeable arrangement But I have objects in
view far above any personal consideration of comfort to myself And I would not
hesitate at any time to sacrifice all my personal desires & consolation to these objects- I
know with certainty from my past experience that there is no happiness for me but in the
performance of my duty I may be mistaken in what is duty But I must be governed
by my own conscience praying for light from God's spirit The present arrangement
will enable me to effect in a great measure the objects nearest my heart and suits me
therefore admirably But if it should not turn out to be what you anticipate I would be
far from wishing it to continue I have looked at it in this way You will not for this
year & perhaps next make more or much more that plantation expenses without my
salary It is almost certain this year at least that you will not And even when you are
here to superintend yourself- five or six thousand is all you can calculate on Indeed I
do not suppose you will at any time for some years at least make more or much more than
keep yourself even But if you do nothing more you are still rapidly acquiring property -
And if you have to make sacrifices You would have that to do in any circumstances -
And there might be less certainty as to the result -
On my part I consider that my sacrifices in that respect are past But Etta and yourself
are first beginning as it were So that you must never think hard hereafter though I
should expect you to pay my annuity even at some sacrifice to yourselves -
Indeed I cast all the burden of money matters on you & desire not in any way to interfere
with your plans or to know any thing of them Unless you may wish my advice & ask
it For I know very well that no one can properly judge for another And my aim is to
be rid of worldly care & to feel secure that the engagements I shall enter into will be
fulfilled without any thought on my part I repeat that no arrangement could possibly
be so comforting to me as this one And also I would say that I am not this careful
against misapprehension from the slightest doubt of you any more than of myself But
I am no believer in the infallibility of human nature & a precise understanding can do
no harm If you have my other letter it is of the same tenor as this but I did not know but
you might have destroyed it I wish to live with you & Etta as mother and children -
Affectionately, you aunt
E.A. Beatty
I have not mentioned any legacies in my will because there are only a few little tokens of
remembrance in the house which I would wish under certain circumstances to give away
- Otherwise I prefer leaving everything to you One woman or girl I wish to give to
sister Eliza & one to Nanny That I will do in a year or so That is all -

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

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