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Title:[Letter] 1850, Feb. 25, Russellville, [KY] [to] Mary House, Nashville, Tenn[essee] / J. P. Ewing : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Ewing, J. P.

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Date: February 25, 1850
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated February 25, 1850, from J. P. Ewing to Mary House in Nashville. Ewing mostly writes of the local news and personal announcements. He mentions the controversy over the newly proposed Kentucky constitution, in relation to the Democrats, Whigs, and the slavery debate.
Collection:Orr Collection IV-J-2

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[unclear: Russellville ] Feb [February] 25th 1850
My Dear Mary

On my return this fall, I found so many things pressing on me, that I defered [deferred] writing till I could adjust matters, unless something compeled [compelled] me to write & promised myself to make amends after Christmass [Christmas].

But I have suffered much with pain in my head & eyes since that time, & am now just recovering from an attack until I am almost as bad a correspondent as yourself & your mother, Indeed if it were not for the Capt [Captain] I should never write to either of you with any certain prospect of hearing from you.

But now the time has been so long since we heard, & every now & then I am interogated [interrogated] about when I heard from you & it is time I should respond — Very recently I wish I had something interesting to write you, but what could I have — This certainly has been the dullest winter for ma[added: n]y Presley has been absent , & Mr E & Henry has been a goodeal [good deal] from home — They are winding up the store at Adairville

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Sophronia staid [stayed] with me two weeks of the time but she was somewhat gloomy — Her last child is married — Her baby, & [added: he] just going to house keeping & James started to Arkansas [added: this winter] with his family & on his way he lost three negroes with Cholera & he & Lue were just recovering from an attack of the same, James & Frank Snoden located them in the fall, but did not take all their servants until James & family went down, — Frank lost several also — Some thirty had died on the boat before J. [James] left it —

So your mother can see how she is blessed in having all, or nearly all of her children settled around her, & doing well — We are all moving on much as usual — Mr J. B. Bihh & wife talks of going to New Orleans shortly, If the Cholera does not deter them — Mrs. R. Bihh is in usual health this winter — O we have had a wedding this winter, but a very still one, Mrs. [added: J] Davidson to George Grey — I suppose you would like to hear something from Mrs [unclear: Mauy ] — She is living at Mr Skyles His last daughter was married this winter, & they were anxious to have Mrs M [Mauy] 's society in thier [their] loneliness — I think I have given you all the news that I am in possession of — Now let me entreat you to do the same — One thing however for the Capt — Our state as he will have seen

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is in a perfect Commotion relative to this new constitution, Mr. E. was called out to address the people to day [added: against it] (being County Court day) & it is thought from the signs of the times that Logan will reject it by a large majority. How the state will go is yet doubtful, but the thing is very odious to many, & the whigs particularly — They laid down thier arms & made a truce with the democrats, & united in this perplexing Slavery question, by which they got a majority of democrats in Convention, & they have made a Constitution as they think for them selves but it suits no body well, for it is perfectly uninteligible that [added: is] many Clauses, & they differ among themselves as to the constitution But its a model for schools in its grammatical structure, or arrangement, to be handed down to our childrens children as a specimen of our literature — But enough, we are already sick of it, & God firbid [forbid] the people may not be sicker

My paper runs short but permit me to ask the favour [favor] of you to get the reciept [receipt] for the rough & ready cake, & enclose it — I lost the one I had — Also ask your mother about the Peas she gave me, what they are good for, How to grow them, & who the four papers were for?

Please remember me kindly to all, & particularly to Sally — Are you not coming over soon ? Will not Mary Bostic come with you?

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Remember, you nor mother are to come without Sally — Make our ackowledgements to our friends generly [generally] for thier kind attentions to us, while there, & to Mr. Bostic's family particularly

Yours as Ever
J. P. Ewing
Mrs Mary House Nashville Tenn [Tennessee]

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