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House, Mary: 1846 Feb. 1 [to] George W. House, Nashville, Tennessee / Mary House

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S B [Steam Boat] Old Hickory, February 1st 1846
My Dear Husband

Sunday morning half past 11 oclock finds us still in the Cumberland River — We are now taking in freight at Edyville , we landed here at daylight this morning and will remain here untill [until] [unclear: dark ] , we do not expect to leave this rever [river] untill monday evening, if so, we will not reach Vicksburg before Friday — The Packet arrived this morning from Nashville with [unclear: Passengers ] for this Boat, if I had known this sooner I could have remained in Nashville untill Saturday, and still have gon [gone] on the Hickory — We had some difficulty in passing the shoals — we reached Clarksville Friday morning a 6 oclock and [unclear: staid [stayed] ] untill 4 pm we were a ground about an hour — we have not traveled any at night yet — We left Nashville with about 90 pasengers [passengers] , and our number has been increasing all the way, we have 25 or 30 laddies ladies, but I do not pretend to count the children Sally is the smallest except one, and is the favorite with all; particularly the Gentlemen and boys — Our company is a [unclear: mery [merry] ] one — Mr Yerger is the life of all — he got up

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a dance last night, and several plays — The Boat stopped at Stackers Iron Works yesterday we went on shore to see them making Iron It is quite a curiosity to witness it — Susan is well and enjoying her self very much — Sally is well — and makes her self entirely at home The first night we staid on board — (about the time you got home) she called out — several times; Gorge; Gorge; and then said Gorge gone; she talks about her Grand ma, and lines "Baby", — I may write again from Memphis but probably not untill I get to Clinton — Remember me to [unclear: Mrs E ] Mrs P and the girls, tell martha; and Irene; that the girls did not come on bord [board] — Jane Wilkins was in the country, and did not get Mr Yerger's letter Give my love to Ma, and the boys — Susan sends her love to all —

Your affectionate wife
Mary House

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Mr George W House Nashville Tennessee

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