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Title:[Letter] 1831 Feb. 6, Nashville [to] Susan Gallagher, Bangor Maine / J. Baynard Snowden : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Snowden, Baynard J.

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Date: February 6, 1831
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated February 6, 1831 to Susan Gallagher from her brother J. Baynard Snowden of Nashville, Tennessee. Snowden writes of a friend moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in order to protect his children from the effects of slavery. He also writes that he dined with President Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage.
Collection:R. B. Snowden Family Papers 1807-1950, MS65

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Mrs. Susan Gallagher Bangor, Maine
[added: J. Baynard Snowden Feb [February] 6, 1831]

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Feby [February] 6th 1831My Dear Sister

The tenderest thoughts arise in my-[added: mind] whenever I call you to remembrance. no time or distance abates the constancy of my affection towards you. Indeed the recollection that we are so far removed from each other is to me a source of great regret. How many are the thoughts I wish to present [added: to you] which are now precluded. nothing I assure you could afford me greater satisfaction than the pleasure of beholding my beloved sister and participating in the agreeable conversation of her interesting little Family. The anticipation that I shall [unclear: ever ] — enjoy that pleasure, affords me a great deal of happiness. Mama has raised my curiosity to the highest pitch by her relation of the many, wonderful feats that little Samuel has performed. he must be a charming little fellow, She thinks him quite a prodigy—

Doct [Doctor] Hayes & family left this place a week or Two since for Cincinnati where he intends locating himself for life. He will continue the Drug Business as well as the practice of Medicine. his prospects are good, the children are improving fast. Mary will be very handsome Snowden is unusually smart. in fact they are all interesting Children. The Doct [Doctor] assigns as his reason for

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leaving Nashville that he could not bear the idea of raising a family of children among slaves, exposed to all the baneful affects [effects] of slavery. he thinks it would be endangering there [their] morals as well as there [their] everlasting salvation. I need scarcely inform you that Brother Samuel is happy in the society of his beloved wife. he appears to enjoy the marriage State exceedingly. I think you would be pleased with the selection he has made. She is kind & affectionate in her disposition, easy and agreeable in her manners, & Brother Samuel thinks beautiful in her person, above all, She has secured her title to another and a better kingdom & bids fair for a seat at the right hand of god. She partook of the sacrament on last Sabbath for the first time, Brother Samuel is remarkable for his piety and his [unclear: engagedness ] in the cause of religion. He takes a very active part in every thing that tends to the advancement of the Redeemers Kingdom. He is principal agent of the American Tract Society & furnishes the state of Tennessee with tracts.

President Jackson made us a visit last summer, I met him at several private parties & had the honour of dining with him at the Hermitage. found him sociable and perfectly agreeable. there is a something in the turn of his sarcastic eye, contrasted with the benign expression of his countenance when conversing with him, that

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makes an impression at once favorable to the man, be you prejudiced ever so derogatory to a favorable conception of his character,

The winter has been unusually cold for this country The Thermometer has been as low as Two degrees below 0 I dont know how you stand it in the cold regions of the north. it must be very severe, In wishing you the compliments of the season may the richest of heavens blessings rest upon you and yours. not only through this year upon which we have just now entered but to the end of your days. & at last when this house of Yr [Your] but earthly tuburnicle [tabernacle] is dissolved. that you may with an unshaken confidence know that you have a house ready to [gap] you, a building of gods. a house not made with [gap] eternal in the having, My best respects to Mr Gallagher , and accept for yourself a testimony of an attachment worthy a brother

Yours truly
J. Baynard Snowden

P.S. I expect to be in New York in March next for the purpose of purchasing goods. It will not be in my power to visit Sacketts . any communication directed to my address will be thankfully received yours J.B.S. [J. Baynard Snowden]


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