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Title:[Letter] 1839 May 12, Clover Dale, [TN] [to] Mrs. Ann Jane Bell, Cornplanter, Venango Co., PA / Margaret V. Bell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bell, Margaret V.

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Date: May 12, 1839
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from Margaret V. Bell to her sister Ann Jane Bell dated May 12, 1839. Margaret writes that their father is feeling much better and can walk around some. She writes of the farm and crops and flower gardening. Mr. Collier brought the family a large assortment of gifts. She writes that Jane's friend Allen has been elected second colonel.
Collection:Bell Collection IV-H-1

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Clover Dale May 12th 1839
Dear Sister

It is with pleasure I inform you that Father is much better than he was when Sally wrote to you last, he is weak and feeble yet, though he is able to walk about the house and yard, he is not strong enough yet to walk to the brier field to see the young corn, which is very fine for this season of the year. though vegetation is much earlier than it ever was known to be in Dickson , some of the pe[added: a]ches are now as large as a [unclear: g[added: u]inneau ] egg, If you will visit us this fall, you will get some fine peaches off Mothers tree, Your friends are all very anxious to see you, The question is often asked us will she even [added: visit] you again. we are anticipating the pleasure of seeing you and brother Sam this fall you must let us know in time, so we can give the house a thorough cleaning and white washing which it has just undergone The garden is very pretty at this time, it is full of red and white roses, and some purple flowers which we [unclear: call ] [gap] but I do not know whether they bloom

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at this season of the year or not, the beets and beans will be ready to eat in a week or [gap] The rose bush which we got from Squire Rouss[gap] this spring has red roses on it instead of purple. I am not a little di[added: s]appointed, Squire Napier has just left here after spending the day, which is sunday, he inquired very particularly for you, and if you had any family of your own, he offered his services to acompaney [accompany] me to Mr. [unclear: Baughlen ] to see his garden which is laid out in English style. Mr. Collier has returned from the city with a splended [splendid] assortment of goods, brother sent us several articles, a blublack [blue-black] for Cary a calico for Mother, and a painted jacinet [jaconet] which I get, and 2 black veils a vest and coat pattern for Will . [unclear: Aun ] Winni Richersons grand son in law Mr. Cane dide [died] very sudden last week, he was found dead in the field where he had been ploughing. Mr. Morris is to preach Mr. Napiers funeral next Sunday Your Pittsburg [Pittsburgh] [unclear: atter ] weaves very well, Cary [unclear: brushwove ] a piece of bed ticking which is the best we ever made, Cousin Susan is now on a visit at Mr. Mills , Mrs. Roberts came up with her, she spent a day with us, we like her almost as well as her husband, Your particular friend Allen is elected second colonel, he must be

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very popular, when [added: a] man of his principles, can be elected in this county, you know he does not treat. Sally and Will is going to Charlotte to day. I hav [have] not time to finish my letter as they are in a hurry, we have two sick [unclear: bushes ] one will eather [either] die or get well in a week, the other is convalescent. we are all well,

Your affectionate sister
M. [Margaret] V. Bell .

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Charlotte Ten [Tennessee] May 15th 1839 [added: }] [added: 25] Mrs. Ann Jane Bell . Cornplanter . Venango County . Pa [Pennsylvania] .

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