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Title:[Letter] 1835 Apr. 27, Moor[e]field, Hardy C[oun]ty, V[irgini]a [to] Leroy B. Gaston Esq[uire] / A. Anderson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Anderson, A.

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Date: April 27, 1835
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written to Leroy B. Gaston from A. Anderson on April 27, 1835. In the letter, Anderson discusses the political climate in Virginia, financial matters, and social events, including the Winchester Presbytery that is in town.
Collection:Porter-Rice Family Letters MS154 (letters1830-1839)

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Moorfield [Moorefield] , Hardy, Cty. Va. [County Virginia] April 27th 1835
Meus Charissimus Amicus:

Your's of Feby. [February] 2nd past marked the 13th came to hand in the early part of the present month; an answer to which has been purposely deferred until this moment. You are aware that the month of April is to our profession in Va [Virginia] a month of business — The Cir. Sup. [Circuit Superior] Courts throng us — Our Elections take place — & all the et ceteras of such like occasions. In addition to all this — our muddy — haggard village, has in the providence of God been honoured [honored] with the Session of the Winchester Presbytery — which took its leave of us this morning. For these reasons & with the expectation of deriving some interesting intelligence from these scenes — I intentionally forewent (will that were pass) my usual promptitude, in replying to your anxiously looked for & welcomely recd [received] epistle. It is my purpose now to redeem my pledge & to gratify, in part at least, your wishes — You emphatically urge me to write — but what shall I write ? Nothingness & vanity seem inscribed upon every thing around me — & an incubus of dejection is loading me with its leaden weights. The heavens are shrouded in darkness — & my mind sympathetically partakes of the gloom — With such feelings & under such circumstances — you will realize but little pleasure in the presence of a barren & lifeless epistle. But such as I have I give out thee.

You express the wish — that when I started my friend Joe Fellows for the South — I had stuck to him & thus been dragged out of this slough of despond — Our wishes are mutual. But dire necessity or the illusions of hope — have fixed me to the spot — & altho [although] it is any thing other than an oasis — I can not tear myself from it — as yet. True I am not of the seed-royal — Either by descent or adoption nor will I ever be by matrimonial amalgamation. But having a little of the old roman spirit in me — I cannot but assert my rights — nor shall it e'er be said of me — "He was banished the land of his birth or adoption" — In plain English — you know Efforts have ever been making by some of the line to expel me from their borders — & to fix the brand of a stranger upon my forehead & exclude me from their little [unclear: comth ] of privileges — & the means have been as various as their desires. But in all have they been frustrated — My practice has been flourishing.

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My prospects are daily increasing & the tables are completely turned The spoke of my wheel of fortune is now in the ascendant — & I have no doubt ere long — the flag of truce will be hoisted & myself invited to a parley — An ambassador or two have already honoured [honored] me with their presence — But I am not to be wooed or won — Just as soon as I learn that, mine enemies are convinced of the futility of their efforts & designs to expatriate me — I will pack up my little household & visit your or some other land — You may think strangely of this course of conduct, but its just me — I ask no favours [favors] — I brook no insults — I stand upon my own hook.

Our elections are going on & Virginia is becoming herself again — The newfangled Whiggism is crumbling under the burthen of its own discordant materials — Hardy has again reelected Mullin — but under a hard pace — Mr Leigh will doubtless be instructed out of his illgotten seat in the U. S. [United States] Senate — The panic phantom has evanished [vanished] — & the deluded people are awaking to their senses — & retrieving their injured rights — A. J. Cunningham who was a candidate, declined, having ascertained his nullifying doctrines would not take.

The Presbytery has been in Session a few days — There is no extraordinary excitement on the subject of religion — Some good has been done — but the number of those who come up to the help [of of] the Lord against the mighty is small. Moorfield [Moorefield] is something like [unclear: Gilboa ] — Her youth are fonder of the midnight more than the cross — Your friend & acquaintance Miss Caroline Seymour was married a few weeks ago to Job Hatton of Peter — Thus they go — All in the Friendschoff — as the Dutch say — A. E. W. and L. D. are the only relics of the Creek — As I seldom get up in that region — I know but little about them — And your hint — is malapropos — I have no penchant for either the oldest or the youngest of either Uncle Job or David — darters [daughters] !!! A. J. C. [A. J. Cunningham] is still in [unclear: status quo ] — & commodities of this kind are by no means

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in demand here — A Mr Williams from Shenandoah has taken on of the Miss Craigins to himself — He had his eye on a fortune but like the chaps who put his finger upon the flea — when he came to look for it, it was 'nt [wasn't] there. Thus fortune hunters receive hard fare in these parts — A little avaritious [avaricious] wretch took it in his head a few weeks ago to marry the widow Heath — soon after the honey moon he became jealous — & well he might — for she all ways [always] would play second fiddle — & threatened to shoot her — for this threat she put him in durance vile; and her creditors are now converting his anticipations of a fortune into all the dire realities of misfortune. Another instance & I have done — Your kind offices in behalf of D. H. Coyner have gained you a name not soon to be forgotten — He is an outcast — & gives hopes of little promise — Chill penury is staring him in the face — His name is seldom mentioned & if so — only with contempt — Beware in future — for whom you act as proxy. Mrs Foote is dead — And this morning all the Physicians were sent for by Geo. [George] Cunningham who is dangerously ill — I have not heard from him since — The hooping [whooping] cough & scarlet fever have been fatal here during the winter. Mr Scott is teaching & is well [gap] [unclear: nize? ] — Phil. Williams is married again to a Miss Dunbar of [gap] whither [whether] he has gone to reside. A. J. C. talks of removing westward — but I shall believe it when I see him start or hear he has gone — James Heiskell has resumed his mercantile operations at the Burg — His wife will not leave Va. [Virginia] Thus I have given you a rapid & desultory sketch of what I thought would be most interesting to you — Now a word for myself. I am still a single man: but on the high road to Hymen's Court — It may be I shall have the pleasure in my next to sing a different song — But nous venous. According to your request I sent in for mathematical instruments — & am rapidly increasing my library — I think I shall during the summer or early in the fall pack up & put — Look out for me — If I dont — & you come in next winter — you can have my good company on your return — should you desire it — My funds are low — & some how or other I can't hoard up — But if I ever make a break — there is no telling where or when I stop — I say write — do

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My father is anxious to remove to the west & is making rapid progress in his preparatory measures — So soon as he has settled down again I shall be contented & free as air — If I succeed in winning a little Eliza of Woodstock — who is now wearing her studying cap — I am off for Illinois — If defeated — why then I must look out for a supper somewhere else — Write to me — & what thou doest, do quickly —

Yours Affectionately
A. Anderson
L. [Leroy] B. Gaston Esq [Esquire]
Moorefield Apr [April] 28 1835 [added: 25]Leroy B. Gaston Esqr. [Esquire] Litchfield Jackson County Arkansas Territory

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