March 24 1854

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

[upside down]
do not you or John cease to love me as well as you
did when we parted. it seems to me that my love
grows stronger the longer you are

[sideways]
a way

March the 24 1854–

My Dear Sweet Husband–

I received your letter
dated Dec the 28th– & oh how disheartined I am a
bout writing to you when I hear you do not get
my letters– I have written every thing that I thought
would interest you in the least & yet you have
received so few of my letters that it discour
ages me a bout writing. I had been writing every
week for some time before I got your last
& had determined to keep it up as long as you
remained out there- but I have been discouraged
from it by your not getting them I have sent
you several papers & the minutes of our state
meeting. Just one week after I got your last letter
I was surprised early one morning before I was
dressed by the arrival of Dave on the Lexington
Stage he got to Lexington the knight before–
he said he could not get well out there so
he come back to try & get well. he was twenty
one days from San francisco to New Orleans
he does not look as bad as I expected to see him
though he is their he says he is going down to
Dave Loyds to work & see if that will not cure
him. he is cartainly a singular fellow in his
notions it is not worth any ones while to feel any
interest in him for he will do just as he pleases
& does not appreciate kindness he come back with
out money or clothes– but he does not care any thing
a bout it he says he can make as much money as
he wants he dont want money. I see no way to
ever make him wright only for every one to be as
indifferent a bout him as he is a bout him self
Jane will start home in a few days Graves has
come for her. I told Dave if he would stay here
with me I would board him for nothing but
he says he must go to work to see if he canot
get well– I work my self. I have herd out
Kit Wash & Jim so I have none but bet & my self
I have rented all the house at a hundred & thirty
dollars & moved out the little Dentist & have
taken Thomps Finnell & his family to board with
me at five dollars a wekk they furnish their own
room & have their own negro to wait on them
& furnish their lights & the Dentist is a day boar
der a dollar & seventy five cts a week– Tom Bur
bridge will be a day boarder- but I my self
does the work & have more satisfaction than
if I had more negroes. I help to do every thing my
self & I feel better by it to keep my self busy so
I think I can live if we all keep well we did not
start wright last year & it took me all the year to
get wright–I wrote to you for money I do not
know whether you ever got the letter. Kit will
be confined verry soon a gain– when ever you
think you want me to come out there write to
me positively to come–for Tomss Kinill says
if I want at any time to quite keeping house he
will take the house of my hands- So if you want
me to go you must write to me to come- if you
can get a few thousand to come back with
in a year from this I think you had better do so
I do want you to come back able to situate our
selies well if you canot do that I had rather
got there or I had rather you would stay longer
as bad as I want to see you thar for you to
come back as poor as you want. there is always
plenty of people to rejoice over other peoples disappoint
ment— I think you will succeed at any rate if
you do not get enough to come back this year I think
you had better come back your self & arraing
your business & take me with you– but I believe
you will make enough to come home to stay I think
I can pay my way now verry well. Tomss is verry
obliging & Intilmanly to me in fact every one is
I have no wright to complain of any one. I am willing
to go or willing to do any way for the best then let us
all three do the best we can for the present & do it as cheer
fully as possible believing we are doing for our mutual
binefit & look forward with delight when we shal
all meet a gain- Dave gave me a great deal of satis
faction a bout you & john. I thought I would not
grieve as I had done a bout you any more nor I
have not since he came as yet. I do well know it is the
best thing you could have done but some times I get

would give the world if I had it see you I
can say of a truth I never knew how closely my
verry existance & all my happiness was inturned a
round you. I look forward with so much pleasure
when we shal clash each other in our arms a
gain never to part this side the grow- keep in
good spirits by thinking how happy we will be
when we meet a gain- you must write me often &
tell me all your prospects– D.H, Smith showed
me a letter a day or or two since from you dated
January the 28th– Dave has ogne down to Dave
Loyds Loyd Winter has been to see me he
is living in Ilinois he is a great big over grown
fellow— there is nothing new here that would
interest you– Johen Lemon lost his wife last
sunday morning she had a baby & left it ten days
old a boy poor Johen seems heart broken- the
Hollyclaws all leaves this week for St Louis–
he laws Pratt mines two hundred dls as a
matter of course it causes some talk—
Henry Cozzens has come and brought up Hates
remains & his baby is a verry fine child
Dave tell me you have to pay 1 dollar for a
letter after I pay to Marysville, that is pretty
tight– it is a poor solitary life I live
with out you & as to real en joyment I do not
know what it is but I have made up my

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