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Title:[Letter] 1818 Aug. 25, Plainfield, N.C. [to] James M. King, Rutherford County, Murfeesborough, Tennessee / Ann Eliza King : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:King, Ann Eliza

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Date: August 25, 1818
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter dated August 25, 1818 from Ann Eliza King to her cousin James Moore King. She wrote to tell him of a lady she has found for him to possibly marry. In the letter she offers a detailed description of the young lady, and laments about James' wasted bachelor life.
Collection:James Moore King Papers Correspondence 1818

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[added: From Ann Eliza King ,
Plainfield N.C. [North Carolina]
names mentioned in letter
Uncle Henry King
'' Nathan King
Aunt Harmy King
Cousin Susan King
marries Bryant Bass ]
[added: Important]
[added: from mail] [added: postmark]

Mr. James M,, King Rutherford County State of tennessee Murfreesborough [Murfreesboro]

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August 25th 1818 Cousin James M,, King

When I last wrote you I immagined [imagined] it wuld [would] be the last time for I was certain you have married and would of course neglect your correspondent I learn by your letter that you are still unmarried certainly you would not put me to the trouble to find you a fin [fine] girl that I think would sute [suit] you and not eaven [even] come to take a peep at her I have searched jonson Sampson Duplin Harover Cumberland and quite to Onslow and to my utter mortification could not find one that I think would sute you I have since explored Wayne County and think I have found her I will give you a description of her and if you like it you must let me no [know] and I will try to intercede for you Of wealth I will say nothing. for that of course is not an object [with with] you Now for her person

She is [gap] foot high; compact, blue eyes; dark hair; round face; tolerable thin lips, white teath [teeth] , very even; quite a pleasant countinance [countenance] ; small foot and hand; and a very handsome brown skin has a cosidderable [considerable] shean [sheen] of good sence [sense]

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dances admirably and leavs [leaves] acquaintance better than any girl I allmost [almost] even saw She has a great number of admirers and if you do not wish her spoiled with flattery make a hurry.

I imagin [imagine] to myself that I see you seated in on [one] corner of Batchelors Hall poring [pouring] over some old moldy Book or sitting with your eye fixed on vacency [vacancy] or with your hed [head] on your hand making marks with your cain [cane] and talking noncence [nonsense] for the want of a wife to talk it for you. You no enough of the women to no they are never out of idle chat and changes the subject of conversation as often as a nightingale does its notes

You do not no how it would grace your Courner [corner] to have a handsome wife in it and not stay there [gap] yourself like an Old Rat in a [unclear: dory ] as some others of our relatives have.

What news I have is not very pleasant and therefore will refer it untill [until] I see you which I am in hopes will be very soon. You desired me to let you no something of your friends here your relations the Moore s are all in good health Uncle Henry and Nathan Kings family have had some sickness

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lattenly [lately] but have recovered the rest of your relations are generally well Mother is in a very low state of health and we expect to leave here in a few days for the Bladen Springs Cousin Ann Maria Rhodes is married to Coln [colonel] Ward of Onslow I had the honor to be bridesmaid and the pleasure of [gap] quite a pleasant trip

Cousin [gap] King was marr [gap] few weeks ago to mr [mister] Bryand [gap]

My letter [gap] insensibly grown long I am actually ashamed of [gap] except Dear Cousin my cince[gap] [sincere] and ardent [gap] for your [gap]

Ann Eliza K [gap]
[added: P.S. [Post Script] I have with regrete [regret] to [gap] you of death of aunt Hamy [added: Hamy King] [gap] yours &c [and etcetera] A,, King] [added: Deaths of aunt Hamy King she must the wife of Nathan or John]

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