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Title: [Letter] 1838 Nov. 4, Clover Dale, [TN] [to] Mr Samuel Bell, Cornplanter, Venango County, PA / William B. Bell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bell, William B.

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Date: November 4, 1838
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter dated November 4, 1838, from William B. Bell in Dickson County, TN to his brother Samuel Bell in Cornplanter, PA. In the letter, William primarily discusses business matters related to iron works and farming. He explains that the dry weather has left the iron furnaces in Dickson County non-operational. He also comments on the increasing price of corn, which is expected to be between 75 cents and a dollar per bushel in the spring. William also expounds on other farming matters.
Collection:Bell Collection IV-H-1

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Clover Dale November 4. 1838
Dear Brother

I ought to apologize for not answering your letter sooner, being so much engaged in making and getting in the crop that I did not have leisure to write to my friends. You and sister Jane write so seldom now to what you formerly done, that I sometimes think you have forgotten your friends in Tennessee . This has been a very bad year on Iron masters, the summer and fall has been so remarkably dry that the furnaces had to lay idle for the want of water. I have Just finished getting in our corn, although it has been very much injured by the drought, we have housed about one hundred and thirty barrels, our wheat and oats crops were very good. I have a very hard piece of clearing to do this fall and winter, it is a field of about thirty acres, which has grown up entirely with bryars [briars] and bushes, probably you remember seeing it, as you passed

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through it going to Charlotte . I should like to hear from you soon, and know whether you had raines [rains] sufficient to keep the furnaces in blast all summer. I expect that corn will command a better price here next spring than it will with you, it is thoug [added: ht] to be worth from seventy-five cts. [cents] to one dollar per bushel. I [added: have] sowed fifteen acres in wheat this year, which looks very flourishing at present. There is such a quantity of fruit on the chest-nut and oak trees this year that it will fatten the hogs without the assistance of corn, but there is one evil attending large fruit years, the hogs become very wild and have to be hunted with dogs and shot like you would a deer. Tell Wylie , and Theodore that I wish they had been here this fall to gather chestnuts, as they were very plenty.

It was with deep regret that I heard of Miss Gormly 's low state of health, and knowing her worth I sympathize with you all, you have parted with many of your friends, and I think you ought not to grieve for them as those who have no hope. I hope Sister Jane's sickness is nothing dangerous, and is now well. I think a visit to Dickson would improve

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you and Sister very much, I think you ought to pay us a visit when the river rises, as you can come in six or eight hours [added: days] Tell Wylie and Theodore that I would be glad to hear from them, and say I will [added: write] to them soon. Each member of the family join with me in love to you all.

I remain Your affectionate Brother
William B. Bell

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Charlotte Tn [Tennessee] Nov [November] 6
][added: 25]
Mr Samuel Bell P.M. Cornplanter Venango County Pa. [Pennsylvania]

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