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Hart, Catherine to Sister Lottie, April 22, 1860- Tampa, Fla. (1 sheet, 4 leaves)

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Hart, Catherine to Sister Lottie, April 22, 1860- Tampa, Fla. (1 sheet, 4 leaves)
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[Written at top in different handwriting]
Ma, E&L
When we were at Macon

[Written on page 2 in margin in different handwriting]
After Uncle Charles's death.


Tampa, April 22nd 1860

Dear Sister Lottie

Your last very kind letter dated April 10 from Macon [Georgia], informing me of your
safe arrival among our friends and of your first introduction to the sunny South is now
before me. It rejoice[s] me to hear you are all so well pleased with this our beautiful
Southern home. I wish O so much you could visit Florida my adopted home, the birth
place of him who is so dear to me, and home [sic] you all admire and love, were I living
in Jacksonville now, how easy you could come and see me, but a few weeks would not
do for me. I want a whole winter if ever you do come. I love hoping [sic] I may some
day realize my dream. I know Ma would enjoy the flowers and many other pleasant
things peculiar to the south, now you and Em will have an opportunity to learn something
of slavery by personal observation, and I want you to look all around, with eyes wide
open, and see if you can find any of the horrid bug bears pictured by the abolitionist of
the north, take notes if you do, and give me the benefit [sic] of your observations. I am
glad you have come south although I feel badly, to know you are so near me and cannot
have a visit from you, still you will be glad on your return home that you came, and will
have many pleasant recollections connected with your visit south, on reviewing your
wonderings. Remember me kindly to your relatives, assure them of my sympathy in their
late bereavement, for those who suffer know how to feel for others. Aunt Mary I know
must mourn very deeply, for they were a very devoted happy couple, and the children
cannot know the depth of her suffering, true she may feel proud of her children and find
some comfort in them but when she looks upon them and realizes that they are Fatherless
that he who would so deeply share with her the pride she feels swell up in her breast for
their offspring, is gone, passed away from her forever, and she is compelled to live on
alone, then, then it is, she feels the extent of the loss she has sustained, but I hope she has
a comfort beyond this vale of tears, a consolation this world cannot give nor take away, a
hope that he is in a brighter and better land, redeemed sanctified from sin, made pure in
the presence of God. Partings are for a short season only, soon very soon they will meet
again, and then will they together sing the praises of "Him who Doeth all things well.["]
Ossian has been quite unwell lately which is something unusual for him. I scarcely know
what to make of it, he has been] troubled with gravel, and is now under the Doc care for
it- has had several spells of very severe pain, which nothing relieves but morphine- he
sends heaps of love to you and Em and Ma, and says he will write to her soon. I received
a letter from Delia a few days since in answer to mine of congratulation on the birth of
their son. It gave me more pleasure than any letter I have received in a long time & I am
sorry to say it lays in my desk unanswered, but I hope soon to to [sic] send a reply, she









wrote me Sister Mary had been over and made her a visit, that she had had another fall
and hurt herself badly and was very low spirited and begged me to write to her which I
intend to do. Yesterday I wrote to Sam Smith a long letter and hope he will continue to
write to me. I like very much to hear from him, and through him of Abby and her baby,
my namesake. I should like to see her very much indeed, you have told me so much of
her cunning funny ways. I am really longing for a sight of the dear little treasure. Do
dear Lottie write me soon again. I am so glad always to hear from either of you, you
don't know the pleasure it gives. Mrs. P[orter] and children are all well and join me in
much love to Ma, Em, and yourself, and believe me ever your loving sister

Kate S. Hart.


Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2009




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[Written at top in different handwriting] Ma, E & L When we were at Macon [Written on page 2 in margin in different handwriting] After Uncle Charles’s death. Tampa, April 22nd 1860 Dear Sister Lottie Your last very kind letter dated April 10 fr om Macon [Georgia], informing me of your safe arrival among our friends and of your fi rst introduction to the sunny South is now before me. It rejoice[s] me to hear you ar e all so well pleased with this our beautiful Southern home. I wish O so much you coul d visit Florida my adopted home, the birth place of him who is so dear to me, and whome [ sic ] you all admire and love, were I living in Jacksonville now, how easy you could come and see me, but a few weeks would not do for me. I want a whole winter if ever you do come. I love hopeing [ sic ] I may some day realize my dream. I know Ma would en joy the flowers and many other pleasant things peculiar to the south, now you and Em will have an opportunity to learn something of slavery by personal observation, and I wa nt you to look all ar ound, with eyes wide open, and see if you can find any of the horrid bug bears pictured by the abolitionist of the north, take notes if you do, and give me the bennefit [ sic ] of your observations. I am glad you have come south although I feel badl y, to know you are so near me and cannot have a visit from you, still you will be glad on your return home that you came, and will have many pleasant recollections connected with your visit south, on reviewing your wonderings. Remember me kindly to y our relatives, assure them of my sympathy in their late bereavement, for those who suffer know how to feel for others. Aunt Mary I know must mourn very deeply, for they were a ve ry devoted happy couple, and the children cannot know the depth of her suffering, true she may feel proud of her children and find some comfort in them but when she looks upon them and realizes that they are Fatherless that he who would so deeply share with her the pride she feels swell up in her breast for their offspring, is gone, passed away from her forever, and she is compelled to live on alone, then then it is, she feels the extent of the loss she has sustained, but I hope she has a comfort beyond this vale of tears, a consola tion this world cannot gi ve nor take away, a hope that he is in a brighter and better la nd, redeemed sanctified from sin, made pure in the presence of God. Partings are for a short season only, soon very soon they will meet again, and then will they together sing the prai ses of “Him who Doeth all things well.[”] Ossian has been quite unwell la tely which is something unusua l for him. I scarcely know what to make of it, he has bee[n] troubled with gravel, and is now under the Doc care for ithas had several spells of very severe pain, which nothing relieve s but morphinehe sends heaps of love to you and Em and Ma, a nd says he will write to her soon. I received a letter from Delia a few days since in answer to mine of congratulation on the birth of their son. It gave me more pleasure than a ny letter I have received in a long time & I am sorry to say it lays in my desk unanswered, but I hope soon to to [ sic ] send a reply, she

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wrote me Sister Mary had been over and made her a visit, that she had had another fall and hurt herself badly and was very low spirit ed and begged me to write to her which I intend to do. Yesterday I wrote to Sam Smith a long letter and hope he will continue to write to me. I like very much to hear from him, and through him of Abby and her baby, my namesake. I should like to see her very much indeed, you have told me so much of her cunning funny ways. I am really longing for a sight of the dear little treasure. Do dear Lottie write me soon again. I am so glad always to hear from either of you, you donÂ’t know the pleasure it gives. Mrs. P[orter] and children are all well and join me in much love to Ma, Em, and yourself, a nd believe me ever your loving sister Kate S. Hart. Transcribed by Nicole J. Milano, University of Florida, 2009