January 22 1854

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 Sender: Martha Haun
Sender Location: Georgetown, KY
 Recipient: James Haun
Recipient Location: Nelson Creek, CA


[upside down]
Mary Stevenson gets married to marrow to Mr Bud
our Mary to Bud the fellow that Clab used to
plaugh her a bout, the stevensons stil live in Lexinton

Georgetown January the 22cd 1854–

My Dear Sweet husband–

I have determined to
write you every week– in hopes you will get some of
my letters– for I preceive you do not get near all of
my letters I know I get all that you & John writes. I can
tell by the way you write– it is the same case with
mary Lared & Mrs Shorme- they say their husbands does
not get all their letters but they get theirs– we have
had a verry pleasant winter so far no verry cold weather
this is I think the coldest day we have had– but yesterday we
set all day with out fire- it was like an April day. I do
not think I ever saw more rain fall in the same length
of time than fell last knight yesterday & knight before last
with a great deal of lighting & thunder– but cleared off very
cold- when I write so often I have verry little news
to write you– Ben Bradly got home from the south last
knight he has been thers setting up his wifes business
they talk of going to St Lewis in the spring to settle–
Mrs Saunders is pleased with Mo & has brought a farm in
12 miles of Bob Keene– Green Tucker gets married in a
week or two to a Miss Morrison who lives at squires
Kemps & is some kin to the KEmps She is a poor but verry
nice pretty girl of a bout 22 years of age. he told me
him self a bout his going to get married & said he would
start immediately after his message to Mo to settle there
in fact there is verry little change in the place any way
since  you left. some have sold out- I have writ
you all the charges in that way the talk is now
that Alvin Duvall is verry much involved & will have
to sell his property I know not how it is whether there
is any truth in it or no- one thing I do know his wife
is as extravagent as if she was worth thousands–
the Gorgetown Hotel has the run of customs all summer
it has been crowded– while Pratt has not more
than eight or ten regular boarders at no time—
Pratt has acted the Intetan to wards me from
first to last since you left & now he seems anxious
to accomodate me in any way he can but every one
dispises his wife & respects him highly– I wrote
you that High Sullivan had bought Mrs Reeds
property at a thousand dls- I have written you
every thing as it transpired that would interest you
in the least. I have got in Dr Meets & his wife
the kindest friends they seem to think a great deal
of me– in fact I have no reason to complain for
every one is kind to me. I have every reason to love
the people of Georgetown & I do feel more attached to
it than I ever did before in my life- the way
I am living is as pleasant & I think more so than
any other I know of in your absence it would
seem to be a lonesome way to any one to think of it
but I do not feel as lonesome as I did when I had
to mix with a people I cared nothing a bout—
bets Holtzclaw Ethan Finnell & Laura Miller has all been to
Frankfort- & spent two weeks a plying a round there to
catch beaus but I do not think they succeeded but is going back
again in a few days to try it over again let her mother
spent the day with me to day- A E West got a letter today
from Henry her son- he is in Arkansas surveying he gets
eight hundred a year & found every thing- billy Johnson &
Johney are at Kickmans where Jac Winter lives- Jac says
they will make seveteen hundred dols a year there probably
more– this is tuesday knight the 24th I commenced this on
saturday knight the 21st Sunday knight I had one of my
old spells of sick headache- I was taken directly after diner on
Sunday & was verry sick all knight but as usual got up well
or nearly so the next morning– yesterday & last knight was verry
near as cold as the cold spell we had last winter a year a go
but to day it is cloudy & looks like snow & my feet had like
to have frozen last knight I get up three times & warmed my
petticoat & wrap them up- liz is of no account of a cold
fright to keep my feet warm- oh how I missed you &
wished you were laying by me. my dear if ever I get
your sweet form by me a gain you ever shal leave
me if only for one knight & I know I wouldnot go &
leave you a knight for nothing on earth this seperation
will make me foolish a bout you as long as I live
for I have found out that I love your letter than all the
world beside. except my child- my husband you
little dream how devotedly I love. I did not know my self
this strength of my love for you- but oh if god will only
permit me to see you a gain- I will stick closer to you
the ballance of my life than woman did to man on earth
may god speed the happy day when I will a gain hear that
sweet familliar would & set & gaze in that lovely face & feel a gain
those dear arms pressing me to your bosom I never was as [gain?]
to live in my life as I am now. I canot bear the thought
of dying with out you I do not lelieve I could die & you a

permanantly– Tom ochwell has gone to Mo to locate
George Algiar had a sale of his household effects on thursday
last– he intends to board- you know I wrote you he had
sold his property– I also wrote you that Tom Barkly had
bought Frosts house at six thousand dols– Runions has
got to keeping store here a gain- & Standifords has sold
out his goods at auciton & is going to Louisville. Will
White has got in as clerk a gain in this place & is
boarding his family at the Georgtown hotel– Hazel
offutt & unif are boarding there this winter also they
were two lonesome to stay in the country this winter—
I wrote you all a bout old Uncle Solomons death
you have said nothing a bout getting the letter. I also told
you a bout John Hurst being in- & I told you in a long
letter of three sheets of paper a bout my keeping house
& all a bout my kiding & a bout the negroes & every thing
a bout my self & my feelings every way. I hope you
will get all of my letters- or I know it would interest
you to hear every thing from here be it ever so simple
Sam Thompson stil talks of going to Mo in the spring
I wrote a bout his moving to town & living in the old
Caplinger house he is in partnership in a distilery
on Eagle with one of the Thompsons his kin–
some think he will fool a way his money & not go to
Mo at all– I am told he gambles a great deal
John West has has been in Savannah all winter he has
not got home yet he is on a gambling tour- Louis
West Clint Tom white bat Thompson & all those men
are Just doing as they were when you left—

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