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Title:[Letter] 1846 Nov. 6, Salem, Miss[issippi] [to] Mrs Susan Taylor / Mit: a machine readable transcription of an image

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Date: November 6, 1846
Extent: 4p
Summary:The following document is a letter, dated November 6, 1846, to Susan Taylor from her sister-in-law. In the letter, the sister-in-law discusses piano lessons she will be giving as well as her current lodging and living conditions.
Collection:Taylor Family of Fayette Co. TN Letters MS 384 Corr. 1830-1847

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Mrs Susan Taylor [unclear: Eage field ] Tenn [Tennessee] [added: Politeness of Rev [Reverend] R. V. Taylor }]

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Salem Miss [Mississippi] Nov — 46
My Dear Sue

I wrote to Uncle a few days since by mail so I think Ill [I will] [added: give] you a bit of my nonsense by Bob — expect him tomorrow — Well in the first place I am well & havent [have not] the blues either Commenced giving lessons yesterday to Miss Martin Miss Hamer & Mr Sprague — — —— Miss Leak Miss Cohee , Miss Ayres , Miss Wilcox another Miss Martin & Mr Alexander will commence Monday — Mrs Sprague will begin assoon [as soon] as her little Eugene's health will admit — You may think I am only jesting about Mr Alexander taking lessons but upon my word Mr Sprague told me last night Mr A— [Alexander] told him so — now just imagine to yourself how funny I will feel sitting at the piano giving lessons to Messers A [Alexander] & S [Sprague] — Mr Sprague is the most amusing fellow taking lessons you ever saw I actually thought I should have split my sides laughing at his actions — I like him right well

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for the acquaintance I have with him — I never have seen his wife since I saw her in Burns tavern the day Uncle was with me It is thought by some she is more capable of teaching than he is — but of that I know nothing — Mrs Martin called on me just now — she is quite an agreable [agreeable] lady I think I shall like to board there nightly — Oh! me Sue I have my seat at the table right opposite the ugliest nastiest looking sore face man I ever saw — I cant [can not] half eat for every time I raise my eyes from my plate there he is I get right sick every time I go to the table upon my word they are ugliest set of men that boards at this place (as Uncle Wills says) that walks upon the face of clay — but it is neither here nor there with me I duly wish the poor things were not so Toby stricken Ophelia Wilcox will board here after next Monday — she will stay in my room — her Pa called here this morning — he seems to be a very fine clever fellow — invites me very pressingly to come out to his house every Friday evening with his daughter expect I shall go once if no more — I have not paid the first visiting call since I saw you — every time I've [I have] been out at all it was on business — Mrs Wilcox & I walked out down town this evening the first time I've [I have]

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put my foot on the ground since I came to this place — I do expect I shall eat so much & take so little exercise that I'll [I will] just swell up as big as a hogs head The boogers have not caught me yet — my room is joining Mrs Wilcox's — it has an out door which goes into a porch & the porch is right on the street but you may depend I keep that door locked close both day & night — I have not felt the least afraid yet I have had the St Anthony's fire terribly for a few days past — it swells my face powerfully sometimes & gives me such a fever I cant [can not] rest — Think if I can get some cream of tarter it may releive [relieve] me in a measure Etherial [Ethereal] parties are all the rage in Salem night before last had one at Mr Hales & last night at Burns' — you may depend I would'nt [would not] be caught taking it for my right [unclear: a run ] — Miss Lane is head fellow in taking it — They say she cuts up some rare shines one fellow night before last came near killing himself — he did'nt [did not] [didn't] get over it in a long time I suppose he was something like Sam from what I can hear — It is said Miss Laura Ayres is soon to be married — hope & trust I may be invited to the wedding — you must besure [be sure] & write soon — Give love to Uncle & the babes

I am well

Yours &c [et cetera]
[unclear: mit ]

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