May 10 1854

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

 

May the 10th 1854

My own Sweet husband–

                    I received a letter
from you last Sunday week dated March the 18th
& one from John on the same day of date March
the fifth & oh what a pleasure to hear that
you were both well & hearty & to handle
the same paper that your dear hands had
handled. I considered the last good news
although you live lonely & rough yet you are
well & making money & I assure you that is
not the most unpleasant life we can live
in this world besides we are looking for
ward to better days. you do not know how
I have bouyed up my spirits this spring think
ing that this sumer you will make enough
to come home with next winter. I have situa
ted my self as comfortable for this year as I
can possibly he with you a way. I had written
you in an other letter that I have the house intire
ly to my self since the first of March & took
Tompson Finnell & his wife to board with
me & the dentist is a day boarder so I have three
boarders & Finnell is verry accommodating
the nigroes are all hired out except bet &
Sam. I have enough for company & enough to
keep me busy. I do not know how I could
do any better than I am doing under the cir
cumstances. I do assure you I leave nothing un
done that I can do for the credit & wellfare
of my self & family in the wright I will
perservere if my mind is spared me to the last
day of my life oh there is such a satisfaction
in doing wright that I would not vary from
it if I knew it for all this world could give
I mean in matters of importance–
Dave is stil down a mong the Loyds. I got
a letter from him not long since saying
that he had got to ploughing & his health was
improving. The kin are all well Mr Moore
& liz was in last Sunday. Liz has Joined
the Presbyterian church. Mrs Mitchel
has been to see me two or three times she
broke the ice her self for friendship. The
sewing society has been meeting at my house
for two months or more. I refused to join
& they said they would keep it there until I
Joined. I told them under the circumstances
to put my name down for I was tired
of them it was not convienent at all
times to have them oh how I think of
you every time I go to do any thing in my
garden of how you used to work in the old
garden— in the morning I set down
a gain to finish this letter I commenced it last
knight. I have just got a letter from Dave
this morning. his health is improving he was at
Dick Loyds when he wrote but makes Dave
Loyds his home he says he has written to
you & to HP lately he says he has not got
money to come to Georgetown if he wished & he
says down there is as good a place to study law
as any where else & he will commence it verry
soon… Mr Hands school has just started out
to the woods to have a picnic. I have been fixing
lizze & standing on the corner Mrs Web & my self
all the morning to see them march out there has
a great many gone all my family but my self I
did not feel well enough to go to day. Frank
Rankin come down & offered to take me in a buggy
& so did Tom Burbradge & several others but I went
last year & got so tired I would not go this time-
liz looked verry pretty she is growing verry fast & is verry
interesting she is going to make a smart pretty woman
you have no idea how much she is admired
she talks a bout you & John so often she loves
her uncl better than any boddy else living she often
says she dont get any petting since her uncl left
she says you are the only one that ever petted her
any in her life. when ever I talk of going to Calafornia
she says she will go if she has to run off & if ever I
should go there I am bound to take her for she is left
in such a situation that we will have to take care of
her or force her from us & that I cannot nor will
not do so she had as well or better have no farther
than to have one to do as her does he has never
written one line to any one of us since he left last
fall & he does not seem to care any thing for his
children: they would be better of if he was dead for
he is doing no good upon earth & I would not be
surprised at any time to hear of his death. I never
will give liz up to any one one earth until she
marries if I have to divide the dress on my
back with her so where ever I go she goes for no
one else has she to care for her but me & I am detor
minded to keep her with me until she leaves me wi
llingly & that will never be I well know until she marries
she is all my comfort now. I have none other but
her & them she loves her dear uncle so much more
than she does her farther or any other man living-
never will I forget the Weeks they have all been so kind to
me. the Dr Mrs Web & Will all say they are a going to
do every thing they can to get you to go South when you
come back from calafornia. the Dr is down there now
he has bought out his brothers interest & has it all to him
self now. oh my sweet I am as I have ever been
ready to obey your wishes or commands so any thing you
may grant me to do you have but to say it & it will be done
Just make your calculations & arraignments
to suit your self & they shal suit me but I do
hope we will see each other before this time
next year either here or in calafornia-
our church is like warm at present & has been for
a long time we have been trying to raise money
enough to paint it all over a gain it kneeds it
verry much we have got nearly enough to do it
Emma Smith writes that she is pleased with
San francisco. Tom Johnson is in New Orleans
on his way to this place he will be here in a few
days he expects to go back in the fall. so says
Margaret Johnson– Frank Powell went back
this spring with stock. they are looking
for the Osbornes now I believe every day–
young Jim Topass was shot last week down
at the White Sulpher by a fellow by the
name of glass he was shot with a shot gun
loaded with balls two went in the chin on
in the mouth one in the left cheek & two one
on each side of the neck one in his neck has not been
got out- not with standing all these shots he is
getting well. it was a bout some girl–

George Topass is candidate for jailor with
a bout a dozzen others. brother Kelly
& Pres Thompson has quit New orleans for
good Kelly is here in town he says he made
nothing there besides he would not live there
on any account so he says Pres will be up
in a short time he says he knows it is the
most wicked place on earth– I do believe
Georgetown is more dull than I ever saw
it in my life… John says I did not tell
him who bert Johnson married well he mar
ried Hellen Lofton sister to bled Harmons
wife. till John if he comes home next winter
he will find the boys pretty much as he left
them they all inquire for him often & say they
wish he would come home the girls come
to see me wright often Jule Davis & Adda White
was here last knight until bed time. by the by Tom
white has all of his property advertised for sale
he wants to go to Mo if he can sell–
Sam Thopson has moved his family out to his
mothers until fall when he says he will move to
Mo but no one believes he will he went out
this spring a gain to look it. John Thompson
& his wife has gone to Illinois to sped the summer
& as soon as they left Sam moved out to the old ladys
& people think there is just where he has been
wanting to get all the time & believe he will stay
there. Samy comes to see me every once in a
while she sends her love to John billy
Roy is stil waiting on Ruth Downey–
oh you have no idea how much happiness I
anticipate with you & my dear boy when
you get back I have commenced making &
fixing some little presents for you when you
come oh how happy we will be to set &
talk to gather or walk a bout to gather I have
long since determined if we ever get to gather a
gain to be happy under all & every circumstances
I so firmly believe you will be at home next winter
that I have got to be quite cheerful I think this
sumer god will prosper you & you will get
enough to satisfy you.. Frank Rankin wants
to go out he says verry much. I fold him the
other day I see him every day he eates at Mrs Webs
& is at my door every day & talks a while. I told
him I was determined to go out next spring if you
did not come this winter & wrote me you did not
know when you would come & he said if I could
bear his expenses he would go with me that that
was all that kept him from going he had not
nor could not get money to bear his expenses-
but I do hope you will come home next winter
that you will be successful this summer &
makes enough to satisfy you-

my husband this is a bright beautiful morning but
cold that is the sort of weather they have like. I feel
this morning more cheerful than I did alst knight
when I wrote the ballance of my letter & read yours
I cannot to save my life read a letter from
you with out crying. please write often to me
the people of Georgetown seem to feel a great interest
in you & made frequent enquirys a bout you-
the mail will be in in a few moments & I must
stop writing- I am your devoted wife until
death        oh think how long we have lived to gather
how we have strugled through trials & difficultys
to gather do not forget me-

I must close write to me as often as you
can when I get a letter some of your letters
I cry owver for a week or two & some a gain:
I do not when you write of your hardships &
disappointments in getting gold oh god how
miserable I feel but the last one was a comfort
I did not cry much over that you seemed to
be cheerful sometimes when I get a
letter & you seem to be unhappy. I feel like I
want to start wright of & help you & try to be
a comfort to you. I have no dout but I have
suffered ten thousand times more in mind
than either of you have done I could not have
suffered more in mind & lived than I have done
but I have cheered up with the hope that the
time will soon pass of & you will be at home
& then I think from the way you write you are
doing better & better satisfied & that comforts me
now farewell my darling husband & sweet
boy oh with what delight I look forward to
the time when we shal see each other-
let us keep up our spirits & look forward to
the time for I fondly hope it is not far distant
write to me both of you & true
I remain your devoted wife until death
& nother to my Som yes a true & devoted
Mother & wife        M Haun

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