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Georgia Stewart Co – Sept 19th 1851
Dear Friend this morning affords me with an opportunity
of [Righting] you a few lines I have
pleasure of saying to you my health is tolerable good at this time my Family is well except James & Thomas
bo are labouring under [cold] James is
confined to his bed Thomas has got up
& about this is but little [sickness] heds colds I believe is all wee have I hope you arrived Safe at home & has
Recoverd from your attact of fever I
have had some fears of your Relapsing [still] I hope not [There] has nothing occurred since you left
worthy of your attention James married
Tuesday night after you left I have
Received 1 letter from Sarah since you left Also Thomas & Mrs Narrell has Received 1 apeice his health has Improved She thinks She will start home some time in
October the lord grantit you know that
my life is but little satisfaction to me I have not sold out yet the
decline in cotton has made people cautious also they are pushing to the [loe] countys they will soon tire [thare] but let them
go if I go atall it will be to the
west others do as they please I hope you are satisfied Contentment is greate gain god grant I may yet Have a contented minde
tho I do not expect it god is able to
do all things it is to him I look for
All my help o that I may act aRight
& do his will Dr Turner says he
cannot Raise the money for Harriette [Predden] Williams has come home from
Chambers co he says that [barker] will
give 1000 Dollars in cash for harriette barker is a brother in law to my wife he married [presmetia] horn my
wife Did not like like them therefore
if he was to offer the fifteen hundred dollars he whould have her I think harriett would be pleased to live
with that vina [I] Rather you would
have [hir] than any person I know She
is a good negro & I would like [hir] to have a good master if you want [hir] [Rite] soon as she
is for sale I would glad to see you
before I go west if I atall cant you
come & see me before I start I like
to come & visit you before I go you
know that I am old & weakly I don’t
think I can come You must excuse me if
I do not come it is not for want of
Respect for you & family I would
like so mouch to see melvina & Amanda My dear wife thought so mouch of them it gives me a double attachment for them My dear friend you know that all my earthly
happiness is fled is gone for ever if I was worth millions I could not enjoy it
with out my dear wife I have but a few
Days to live in the troblesom world I
want to spend them in the service of god that I have suffered His will on earth I ascend to the mansions of bliss Thare to join my dear wife & [hir] 2
little babes in [padise] to god that
has [biner] so good to me if get thare I want all my friends to meete me thare [These] parting will bee nomore how is yor
health how is yo family the health of your brothers family give them my
Respects [Rite] [Soon] I will wait to from you I am looking for a letter to day from
Sarah god grant she may bee able to
come home it will bee a greate comfort
to I feel that I am ruined & undone
for ever I must come to a close by
saying I still [Re]main you friend & well wsher
[Transcribed by Stacy Bryant, June
[Edited by Tina Bernath, June 2006]