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Title:[Letter] 1834 Jan. 31, Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland [to] William Fitzgerald, Weakley County, Dresden, West Tennessee / Sarah Fitzgerald : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Fitzgerald, Sarah

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Date: January 31, 1834
Extent: 3p
Summary:This is a letter dated January 31, 1834 from Sarah Fitzgerald in Port Tobacco, Maryland to her son William Fitzgerald in Dresden, Tennessee. Sarah openly expresses grief with a blend of good humor concerning the long absence since having seen or had communication with her son. She asks him to write her soon.
Collection:Fitzgerald - Williams - Greer Papers

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Port Tobacco
Jan. [January] 31st - 1834 My Long absented, But well Beloved Son, William,

Mrs. Sarah Fitzgerald , Wishes to introduce herself to Her long absented, But not forgotten Son William- Understanding of late that he resides in Dresden, W. [West] Tennessee , - She avails herself of the present opportunity, to ask him if he has forgotten his aged & infirm Mother, - If he has forgotten Her who watched over his helpless infancy, with all the anxiety of a doating [doting] parent, - If he has forgotten Her, who Swam in Years of Parental regret, when he quit this, the County of his Childhood, & his Birth.

Oh! my Dearest Son, Receive this as a Sure pledge of my augmented affection, - Receive it as the affectionate language of your Mother, who long since Supposed her Dear Son, to be amongst the number of those who are not permitted to revisit the earth. - But thanks to [added: Him] him who watches with a Father's eye the children of men ____

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I have recd. [received] the consoling information from Doubtless authority viz. Hon [Honorable]. D. [Davy] Crockett - that you and also your Brother John are well, that John is in Pensacola, Louisianna [Lousiana] , & that you have been twice elected as congressman from west, Tennessee - From [gap] intelligence I venture to dictate to you [gap] this letter, Trusting that you may receive it safe although it Contains nothing more than the sincere prayers of a Mother, Grand - mother, two Sisters, & a Brother, for your everlasting prosperity - O could I once more Behold the face of my Dear Son William - little did you think when you were in Washington, DC. that your Mother was But 32 miles distance living near Port Tob. [Tobacco] Charles County MD. [Maryland] Be pleased as Soon as you receive this to write me a letter in reply, - The mail is now waiting & I am in haste, Sorrowfully do I say Farewell, Farewell.

Your affectionate Mother
Sarah Fitzgerald
[added: P.S. Direct your letter To Mrs. Sarah Fitzgerald Port Tobacco Charles County Maryland ]

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Port Tob [Tobacco] md [Maryland]Feby [February]1
Hon. William Fitzgerald Dresden, Weakley County West Tennessee
[added: 25]

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