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Title:[Letter] 1837 Jun. 17 Franklin, [to] James M. Welcker / Carrick W. Park : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Park, Carrick W.

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Date: June 17, 1837
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written to James M. Welcker from Carrick W. Park on June 17, 1837. In the letter, Park discusses the city of Franklin, Tennessee. He says that the city is in need of improvements and the citizens are not sociable and are not of very good character.
Collection:James M.Welker

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Franklin June 17th 37
Dear Sir

Your kind letter came to hand by this mornings mail. I regret to hear of Sophia Craigheads severe illness. Although I am not surprised. I expected to hear of it by every mail. I knew she could not remain as she was when I left that there must be a change either for the better or worse, and from the nature of her disease. I anticipated the latter. I am sorry the visit to the springs did not improve Margarets health.

As to Mothers being "desolate since I left." I would write to her, but I think I will comfort her by my presence before a great while, for I would not live in this town for any consideration, there is [added: less] sociability here than any place I ever was in, there is no place that you can get among the gentle men of the place but at the grocery, there you will find people of every class, and every age from the boy of ten years old to the old man of seventy, all drink, young & old, play cards, tell vulgar anecdotes, and vice in every shape may be seen, and that too by the best citizens of the town, and Sunday is kept by them no holier than any other day, As to the mechanics

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they are scarce, out side of the Factory there are none, except a Blacksmith, a Tailor or two &c [et cetera]. I have not heard the sound of hammer or saw, in the way of improvement, since I have been here. I am like the Irishman, who said that it was the first place town [added: that he had seen] in his life that was completed. I will remain here a week or two longer and think I will return to Knoxville . I am keeping the Post Master, Mr. C. Stone , from closing the mail. My love to all relations.

Yours Always
Carrick W. Park

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Mr. James M. Welcker Knoxville Tennessee

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