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Troublesome [Postofise] Lownds
April the 4 1859
I have not heard
from you sense Timothy got back I have
bin looking fer a letter from you ever sense I have concluded to drop you a few lines to let you now that I am yet
living though the baby and myself come very near dying with the Scarlet
feevr it was from a Sunday marning
until [fryday] dinner that I never swallowed a mouthfull of nothing to eat at last got so that if I tried to drink
enything it would come through ym nostrols but thank God we are nearly over
it I had no fersition with us I sent for one doctor he came and said it was
cold that aled me I then sent for
another and failed to get him I then
concluded to doctor my self. I drank
Ginger tea as a longe as I could swaller it then I put spirits of tuppertime to
my throat but dident think to mix oil with it there four I could not [bear] it
gonge enuf to do eny good I then had red
oak poltices put to my throat & [jaws] took some of the tea and put alumand
huny in it gogled it down my throat I
commense this one night and by the next day dinner I could eat. Mr Dasher family had that some diseas two of
his childre died [Bebecher] the baby the
rest of them ware nearly well that last time I heard from them they surposed
they got it from my baby but it is a mistake they had it too weeks before it
had it I caught it from Captin Burk's
family one of his little daughters had it we thought she would die I set up with her every other night until she
got sick ever body was so fraid that they would take it that they dident go [toset]
up that ant my disposition I dont
believe in seeing a person suffer from the want of attention. I took it before the baby did Polly did not take it. Timothy is gone to the Debating sosiety he is
to deliver a speech to night. the
question they hav got to discurse to night is which is the most happiest to man
a married life or a single one. Timothy
is one the married side we will see which side caris the day. Well Timothy has got wache and his side gaind
the case. I got a leter from Lou an and
Turner last weeke they are well and living in
yet they have two children a boy an a
girl and looking each day for another. the  Timothy is now gone to Troupvill he started sunday vening I look
for him to day I will hear from Mr
Dasher family when he comes. they are
two boys bording hear goying to school I
have got the sweetest child in this state an the pretiest. Timothy has got back Mr Dasher's family are
all well he said he had got a letter and all of you had the Scarlet feever if
your childrn bloat give them batesmans drops every night on goying to bed it coured
my baby. my garden is very sorry this
year the frost bit down my first peas but they have come out I have some later
ones that touch very nise we had frost
and ice this morning it give the corn & beans sut we have not planted cotton yet but will
comens the last of this wek or the first of next Timothy is replanting some of his corn Polly has come out the most you every saw she
is as well contented hear as she would be there I think Write soon direct to Troubesom. Timothy jinds me in love to you and all of my
connections I hope this will find you
all well. may Gods blessings rest on you
all and his merciful hand gide you through this life and at death take you home
Fannie A Miller
[Transcribed by Stacy Bryant, June
[Edited by Tina Bernath, June 2006]