[Letter] 1838 Apr. 6, Kingston [to] C[harles] F. Welcker, Talladega, Alabama / Henry I. Welcker : a machine readable transcription of an image
Welcker, Henry Inman
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April 6, 1838
This document is a letter dated April 6, 1838, from Henry Inman Welcker in Kingston, Tennessee, to his brother Charles Frederick Welcker in Talladega, Alabama. Henry writes about a trip he had recently taken up north to purchase goods for his mercantile business. He describes his modes of travel, the fierce weather conditions, and the people he encountered along the way.
I Returned home on the 4th Inst [Instant] from the East after a pretty long and tedious trip I left home for Balt [Baltimore] on the [unclear: 17th ] Feby [February] and Started with the intention of going the Virginia Rout [Route] but on arriving at Knoxville I fell in company with Mr Wm [William] B French of that place who was going to Pittsburg [Pittsburgh] to bring a Steam Boat up this river which he had previously purchased, and I also found the roads so tromped up and frozened that they were almost impassible. I there changed my deriction [direction] for Lexington Ky. [Kentucky] and went across the mountains in the Coldest Snowy weather I ever traveled in my life. at Lexington we took the Stage for Mayeville on the Ohio expecting to go up it in a Steam boat but to our very great misfortune we found the ice running at such a rate that all the boats had stopped running. and we were Compelled to continue in Stages all the way through Ohio, and pay the most exorbitant Charges for travelling and go ahead day and night while everything was frozen above and below, but as good fortune would have it we arrived at Wheeling Va. [Virginia] safe at which place we parted the weather remained very cold until after I got to Balto [Baltimore] at Baltmo [Baltimore] I met Porrell , Barclay & Buck Winslett who were on their way to N [New] York after staying a few days at Baltimore we went to Phila [Philadelphia] they Stayed a few days
at Philadelphia & left for N York I Remained there Six or Eight days & purchased some goods & returned to Baltimore finished my purchases and put out for home I had avery [a very] pleasant trip back the weather being very fine & the Roads good. On arriving home I learned that Jane had been very unwell for some time, she was taken while in Kingston at School with the Influenza and for some days was though [thought] to be quite dangerous but recovered in about 2 weeks So that She could come out home. She is quite harty [hearty] at present. one of [unclear: Seggets ] little daughters and several others have died with it this spring. Martin Watson is very Sick of it at this time_ the balance of the family have enjoyed good health. Fredk [Frederick] did not get back untill [until] after I left he did nothing with the land except appoint an agent to attend to it. this is vacation month and the boys are all at home except monroe. A letter was received from Lewis a short time since in which he states that his health has been good & that he will be certain to be at home before Christmas he did not say whether he would remain or not_ I am having my goods brought around by warter [water]. & I am a little afraid the [they] will be delayed on the Ten. [Tennessee] River though they have keels in which will bring up goods when the warters are too low for Steam Boats_ I Saw [unclear: Duarmond ] as I came home he gave me fur hives from you relative to business. you were correct in the first instance as to the amount. he has not heard from Wright _ Franklin was down to see Catharine a
few days since she & Lenoir & their little daughter were well. I am anxious to hear from you Caroline & Betty you must all write me. The family all send their love &c [et cetera] Give my respects to all inquiring friends- my love to Caroline & Mary. and accept the same from yours &C
Henry I [Inman] Welcker
to C F [Charles Frederick] Welcker Talladega Ala [Alabama] [added: PS_ Fredk will be engaged from this time during the Summer in the Indian Emigrating business I suppose he will leave in a few days. he will be engaged in the P [Post] masters department HIW [Henry Inman Welcker]]