Rose Hill, NC
I seat myself this morning to write you a few lines. Willis and myself are quite well. The Dr. left hear Wednesday the 19th inst. By the request of Mr. Hornady to see his sick Brother. When the Dr. left him last week he thought he was improving. The Dr. said he was with very nice people, a private family. Dr. H. stated in his note that he only had a permit to stay with Newton that—but was determined to remain with him until the Dr. came. I wish Newton was at home. I know you would be much better satisfied. If I was housekeeping I would have him brought to Rose Hill if he was able to be moved. I would do all that I could for him. The Dr. said he would be well taken care of where he is.
Dear Mother—I sympathize with you. No one knows a Mother’s love. Oh! it is inexpressible. I received the letter Father wrote to the Dr. after he left. I learn you are all well except Minter. I was very sorry to hear of his misfortune. I am under ten thousand obligations to you for sending my fruit to the Depot as we will need it soon. We can’t get anything down here at a reasonable price. Salt is worth 15 dollars by the sack. Coffee can’t be bought at any price. Pa has not sent my furniture down yet. I have written to him to send it immediately. Mother, I am very anxious to get to housekeeping. It tisn’t very pleasant boarding with a baby. I am looking for the Dr. back tomorrow though it is very uncertain about his coming. He said he would not leave Newton until he was better. He has begun attending to Mrs. Biddle very closely for the last three months. Dr. is getting a very good practice at this time.
I must bring my letter to a close as Willis is fretting. You must send Sallie down to spend some time with me. I am so lonely. The Dr. is gone all the time. I get the blues as soon as he is gone. You must write soon and let me hear from you all. Nothing more but remain your affectionate daughter.
Please excuse all the mistakes as I am in great haste.
Source: Chatham County Historical Association, Pittsboro NC