Your letter to me enclosing an order from Frank for $100, the letter dated March
21st was handed me June the 6th. Rowan Bridges left it at Henrie's the 5th Where he got
it I do not know, as I did not ask him. I wondered why you did not write. I enclose you
our note, and will pay it as soon as possible. Our crop I hope will turn out better than I
expected. We have 35 acres of cotton and perhaps ten of corn the water left untouched.
It looks so beautiful the corn (most of it tunneled.) Saturday we planted about fifteen
acres more of cotton will next week put in all the corn we can. Boyd wrote to us last
week to plant all the cotton we could as the water left, for it would bring us a good price
if it keeps up to what it is now it will bring me out all right, if being in debt anoyed [sic]
evy [every] one like it does me few would go in. What a garden I would have had. Left
me some 500 cabbage a nice amount [of] potato [sic] patch growing finely still intend to
keep setting out slips. Have over one hundred chickens (30 big enough to eat) 25 turkeys
so if I can't send you a *** of sweet potatoes can a turkey and potatoes. We all keep
very well. All well at Henrie's. Neither Bell Brown or brother were over***. Let me
hear from you Patton. I feel much interested for you, and wish you were rich. What is
Butler going to do. Give him my love. God bless make & keep you ready for the solemn
home of death, and that judgment from which decision there is no appeal.
I am astonished how I have got along for lo these many years without a basket
with pockets, so convinent [convenient].
How I should love to live by you Etta, always loved your mother so intellectual,
pure & upright, and your precious father so little of guile about him you feel near to me
and the Anderson's always did. Glad you are comfortably situated where you have the
privileges of God's house, but he is every where my spirit is often lifted above the trials
of life, and rejoices in prospect of a home in Heaven. I have so many loved ones there.
Let us be faithful. One of my children, Virginia, a wife of only a few months sleeps in a
lonely grave in Lagrange. Such a loving child to me such a child for me in home. God
help me. My Sallie expects to be in Memphis Friday 12th & wants to stay next week with
you all if she felt satisfied. Want her to know I love her kin. Ah none but God knows
what a sacrifice it has been for me to be separated from her. She is one *** my all. Love
to each of your children. Tell Lilly I find her ***every day.
[These notes appear in the margins.]
When did you hear from Mollie? How is she?
Mail the enclosed to Joline. Kiss her for me.
Do you still want us to send our note to Frank? I intend writing him soon.
Bell says give her best love to cousins Patton and Etta. Mississippi so often talks about
you. Wishes she lived near you. Poor child, just now I have not much in my power to
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.