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Title:[Letter] 1849 Feb. 4, Clinton [MS] [to] Joseph D. Hamilton, Nashville, Tennessee / Mary [Hamilton] : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:[Hamilton,] Mary

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Date: February 4, 1849
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter to Joseph D. Hamilton from his sister Mary, dated Feb. 4, 1849. She informs him that her Dr. Hamilton has bought a plantation but that they have not yet built a house on it. She has been boarding in a tavern. She writes that many people have gone out to California for the gold rush. She wants to go for the weather, not the gold. She hopes that Joseph does not want to go as it is very dangerous.
Collection:Orr Collection IV-J-2

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Clinton Feb. 4th 1849
Dear Brother

I received your letter several weeks ago but as I was moving at the time and have been sick almost ever since I have not had time to answer you I do not think however that any of you can complain of me for I have written to both Mother and brother George since I received any letters from them

Doct. [Doctor] Hamilton has sold his house in [unclear: town ] and purchased in three miles of jackson . I have been boarding here at the tavern since the eleventh of last month and shall continue to board until there is a house built on the plantation. I know not for what reason but I have felt for several weeks as if there was some storm of trouble hanging over me which is yet to burst on my head. I can not bring myself to think that I shall ever live on the plantation I feel as if there was to some thing going to happen to prevent its ever being my home.

But why should I trouble you with my sad

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forebodings! They may never be realized but when the body is diseased the mind will be tinged with gloom and I have been suffering from a violent affection of the lungs for some weeks.

I am also uneasy about your brother. His cough is much worse — he has fallen off very much and it oppresses my spirits to see his health failing so much. Do not let mother see this letter for it may cause her uneasiness and it would do no good. The California fever is raging here violently. The men old and young are almost deranged on the subject

There are not many who will however for money is very scarce and the wives of the married men are opposed to their going.

My Brother brought his wife and child down to Father's yesterday. Brother has sold his plantation on the river and expects to leave for the land of gold about the first of March. He will go and see the country and if he is pleased he will return to take his family there.

The gold I care not for but the climate I believe would agree with the Doct. and Papa and for that reason I wish to go there to live. I fear however that the Doct. will not move there. He speaks some times of going without me but that I will not hear of God alone Knows wheather [whether] he would live to get home and I can never consent to

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his leaving me. I hope you have not the fever for going for it is a dangerous experiment.

I have the blues so badly that I can not write any more. I have not heard from Mrs Morgan for some time. I should have gone to see her but there has been nothing but rain [unclear: scarcely ] for two or three months and the roads are almost impassible for a carriage so I could not get to see her. The Doct. would join me in love to Mother and all the other relations but he is now down in the barroom. Write to me soon and let me Know all the news. If you can get the notes to the Seperation [Separation] and the broken hearted please send them to me by the first opportunity. Do not let the children forget "Aunt Gizzy." Farewell. God bless you pray

Your ever affec. [affectionate]
[unclear: Sigis ] Mary

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Joseph D. Hamilton Esq [Esquire] Nashville Tennessee

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