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Title:[Letter] 1838 May 4, Springfield, Te[nnessee] [to] Miss Lucy L. C. Bailey, Clarksville, Tenn[essee] / Ann Maria [Bryon] : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bryon, Ann Maria

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Date: May 4, 1838
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Ann Maria Bryon to her cousin, Lucy Bailey, on May 4, 1838. In the letter, Ann shows excitement about taking care of her Cousin Kitty's house and overseeing all household activities while Kitty is sick. She is also excited about a trip that she plans to take across Tennessee and Virginia.
Collection:Lucy Bailey Papers
Folder:Correspondence A M Whitfield

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May 4th 1838
My dear Cousin

Yes I am still in Springfield , and as busy as a bee; I should not have failed to have answered your kind letter by the returning mail had I not been so very busy, but my family requires great attention at present, my little Brother is very much in need of cloths [clothes] as well as myself and I have been hurrying to get ready by the time Dr [Doctor] Williams gets his baronch [brunch], so that I can go with him & Cousin Kitty every where this summer Cousin Kitty's health is very bad and the Dr [Doctor] is anxious she should travel, he is now in Nashville , went there yestaday [yesterday] on purpose to get a carriage, we have a number of places in contemplation, to visit, and about the first is Clarksville then to Shaker Town , Nashville, and some springs either in east Tenn [Tennessee] on the western part of Virginia , &c &c [and et cetera and et cetera] Oh! the funn [fun] we will have. I had all sorts of funn [fun] the other evening at an [unclear: infair ] given to the new married couple, Mr & Mrs Kimble Ed & Billy were both there, as was also Mr John Hart Mr Green and a good many more Misters, the party was not very large though sufficient to make it very pleasant, the next morning Cousin and myself called to see the bride "She looked a pleasing as a basket of chips" I tell you what Springfield is not what it was when you were here, it has very rapidly improve since you were here, since I have been here there has been several parties [unclear: quilings ] and weddings, and I have become acquainted with all the ladies in town and visit a great deal and when cousin Will was here I enjoyed myself mightly [mightily] playing eucre [euchre] old maids &c [and et cetera] but now he is gone the days would seem much longer than they really are were I not so very busy, I am house keeper now, Cousin Kitty's health is so bad that she willingly willingly lets me sit at the head of the table, and you know nothing would please me more. I have made quite a rise since I saw you, to have a house at my command dont [do not] you think so? and Margo is given it to me also she sleeps with me and I dress her and make her drapes and all sorts of good things

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you ought to be here to see how well I do the honours [honors] of the table Cousin James was here the other day and said that I was just where I ought to be. he stayed all last week in town, came in Monday the very day I got your sweet letter, Cousin David & Jack came with him but they returned that evening Cousin Sally is at Cousin James and I am very anxious to see her but cant go. I received by Cousin Jack a very sweet (though short) note from Cousin Lucy she told me how well she enjoyed her trip to Clarksville.

I received a letter from Papa a few days ago, he said that he would send for me as soon as he could, as he could not come up himself and did not go to Texas , he is now in business and cant leave though in every letter his mind is changed and as likely as not in his next he will be ready to leave, I wrote to him that I would rather wait and go down with Dr [Doctor] Williams and family in the fall, Cousin Kitty got a letter from Cousin Hardy and he is trying to get the Dr [Doctor] in the notion of moving down to Mississ [Mississippi] and I dont know when the Dr [Doctor] visits the country and sees what a great place it is but think very strongly that he will be to much pleased that he will move there.

You may expect to see me shortly we are now looking for the Dr [Doctor] and I know he will have a carriage and he says if he got one he would be sure to go to Clarksville untill [until] then good bye give my love to all the folks, I am very much obliged to you for writing, to me for I am sure if I was the judge I would say that you never made a more impartial choice in your life than when you gave up that very interesting novel for the entertainment of your truly dear Cousin

Ann Maria
Miss Lucy L. C. Bailey

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Springfield Te [Tennessee] May 17 }
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Miss Lucy L C BaileyClarksville Tenn [Tennessee]

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