Folded letter sheet, stampless.
Mr. Charles B. King
March 15th 1846My Dear Uncle
I take pleasure in writing to you at this time, as we are well and I hope this letter may find you enjoying the same blessing. Uncle I feel at a loss to know how to address you for I do not think that I can say anything that would be interesting to you. there is some sickness in the Neighbourhood and there has been one death since you were here old Mrs Holmes died about two weeks ago, which will be a great loss to her family and Neighbourhood. We are not going to School this year as there is none in the neighbourhood.
But I and Sister Martha are studying Bible lessons to at Smyrna* Father Harmon (perhaps you know him) will meet us there once a month. Tell Grandpa that I desire very much to see him and be with him and would willingly come to see him but it is entirely out of my power, as Pa is engaged in such a way that he has no chance to leave home, and I could not think of coming without him. Pa has moved back to his old place.
Give my love to Aunt Caroline and Uncle Garratte and tell them to Kiss George for me. Also to your children, and tell them I would like see them and enjoy their company but I am fearful that we never can enjoy each others
company without you and Pa would move to Texas and settle close together.
I must now close by saying that there is nothing on earth that would give me more pleasure than to see you all and enjoy the pleasure of your company. I shall look for a answer soon as you receive this. Pa and Ma send their love to all and say write to them soon.
FarewellP. S. Ma says write to her how your Pears kept.
Your affectionate Niece
Ellen C. King
E. C. K.To:
Charles B. King
Gallatin Sumner Co
* Smyrna. Because of poor handwriting, this word is not clear in the original letter. The letter has no postmark, however it does carry a postal rate of 10 cents. The dateline of the letter tells us it was written in 1846. Texas had already become a state (1845). The US postage rate in effect in 1846 of the single weight letter was 10 cents for distances over 300 miles. Had it been mailed from Smyrna Tennessee, a 5 cents rate would have applied.
From the Collection of Frederick Smoot. Provenance: Keith Finley, 1998
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