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Title:[Letter] 1838 Nov 17, Clover Dale, TN [to] Mrs. Ann Jane Bell, Cornplanter, PA / Sarah Bell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bell, Sarah

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Date: November 17, 1838
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from Sarah Bell to her sister Ann Jane Bell dated Nov. 17, 1838. Sarah writes of her recent illness, and the death of woman from consumption. She hopes that Jane is better from her illness. She regrets not being able to visit Jane and nurse her back to health every time she is sick. Sarah writes of the repairs and improvements that are being done to the house in preparation for winter. She writes of what they have been producing on the farm. She mentions the efforts to build a church in Charlotte and of a recent camp meeting. Her favorite preacher, Mr. Marshal will be the permanent preacher now, and this pleases her very much. She includes some briefs about the neighbors, and inquiries from their parents.
Collection:Bell Collection IV-H-1

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Clover Dale . November 17.th 1838
Dear Sister

I have wished to write you before this, yet I put it off from day to day, thinking I had nothing to say that would interest you, but as William speaks of going to preaching in Charlotte to morrow [tomorrow] I thought I would take the oppertunity [opportunity] offered, and write you a few lines believing that a letter from us would afford you pleasure, if there was not much in it. When Margaret wrote you last I was very sick, it was the first time I ever wished to see Dr. Carter when I was sick; I was so very sick in two hours after I was first taken, that I was very willing he should be sent for, you know his manner of laughing and saying he expects you are only playing possom [possum], but when he felt my pulse, he was candid and said I was very sick, the next time he came back I was much better he asked me if I had thought I was going to die, I said no for I did not think I should die then. But I have great cause to be thankful that I recovered so soon, for many that was taken sick about the same time, lingered much longer and some are since dead. Your friend [unclear: Mrs. Ingrum (Cathrin Clemmens ] that was) died last Month at Mr. Robert West on her way to Charlotte, like most persons that have the the consumption, think [added: a] change of place will benefit them, she thought if she could only get too [to] her sisters

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she would [added: be] well, I have not heard the particulars of her death I have not seen Mrs. Collier since, but understood she was much distressed. I hope you are [unclear: gronewell ], I often think of you since I heard you were sick and wish I was near enough to go and nurse you which I would wish to do whenever you are sick, yet that is almost out of the question, The house and yard has been all out of fix for two weeks past, puting [putting] sills under the back and front part of the house, puting a new floor and raleings [railings] in the porch, and wetherbording [weatherboarding] a part of the house, which adds both to looks and comfort. William is now haueling [hauling] logs to the saw mill to make planks to floor the garret over, he is much in the spirit of improveing [improving] the place, when you come you will hardly know the place. Mag [Margaret] says she is now ready for the flower seeds and roots you promised to send her she wants the tulip and wallflower to bloom in Dickson before she leaves it, the drouth killed all our flowers that we have no seed though it is so cold I have to write by the fire, we have a beautiful box of white Chrissantheum [Chrysanthemum] in full bloom. Mother says she pitties [pities] you if it is colder there than it is here. We have our new carpet on the floor, which is the admiration of the neighbourhood [neighborhood], it is very pretty for a rag carpet. Caroline wove 16 yards of girting last week, which is as good as store girting. And William had some leather tan[added: n]ed of which he has made each of us fine double [added: reign] bridles so you see we have become quite econnomical [economical].

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They are trying to build a church in Charlotte, but I am afraid they will not succeed, there is but $500 subscribed yet. Mr. Mar [added: shal] our favorite preacher moves to this County next month, so we will have the pleasure of hearing him preach oftener, I would rather hear him converse with mourners than hear any other person p[added: r]each. On Monday night of our campmeeting, there were two young ladies very much affected and went in to the alter [altar], their Mother took them out and was opposed to their getting religion she let them come back under [added: the] stand, Mr. Martial [Marshal] knelt by them, and exacted and prayed more fervently than I ever heard any person, I was siting [sitting] by them and became deeply interested in them and prayed that they might be converted. that night I received a stronger manisfitation [manefestation] of my being forgivin [forgiven] [unclear: me ] than I ever had before Mrs. Caldwell has a pain in her nose which is very severe some times, she is very much alarmed and fears it is a cancer Mr. Mill's Sister inlaw [in-law] moved near here last month she has three daughters two of them are grown and quite intel[added: l]igent My Father wishes too [to] know how many tons of iron you have made this year his health is very good this summer and fall and looks much better than he did last year. Mother wishes to know how many comforts you have made Wm. wrote to brother Sam last week. It is geting [getting] late so I must bid you good night. They all join me in love to you all

'Ever your affectionate sister
Sarah Bell .

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Charlotte Ten [Tennessee]Nov 20. 1838 [added: }] Mrs. Ann Jane Bell . Cornplanter . Venango County . Pa. [Pennsylvania]

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