1871 :: 04-04 from M.C. Vick Mar 27, 2009 21:26:16 GMT -6
Post by benotforgot on Mar 27, 2009 21:26:16 GMT -6
1871 M. C. Vick letter
Tuesday, April 4, 1871
I seat myself to answer your letter which came to hand some time ago. I have no news whatever to write that will interest you.
We are all in the enjoyment of good health at this time. We are having some beautiful weather now.
Berry will commence planting cotton in the morning. They are done planting corn sometime ago.
My garden is sorry. The seed is up but scattering. We had a light frost last Friday night but didn't hurt anything and my Irish potatoes are up nice.
Well I have about 47 young chickens and six hens setting and about thirty goose eggs setting.
All of the children are going to school except Joe and Mat and they ought to go.
Della went to hear Julia Evans funeral preached and saw Liz and Mr. Evens and they looked as usual. Liz had not broke her neck.
Paul Valentine's wife has Julia's baby to take care of. Miss Vic Parker was there and I think Mr. Minshew was with her. Miss Susan Sykes was there. She went in the wagon with us.
John is living by himself. He is doing well. He has a good little place. From the sign, his family will increase in the coarse of time.
Berry and Hartwell have never divided the land yet and they are working together again this year. There is only four hands, Berry, Joe, Hartwell and Jim. They have planted ninety acres in corn and have thirty bedded down for cotton.
Thomas' folks have been having chills for the last week. He is not sending his children to school. He has them picking out cotton. I do not know when he will get done picking.
Our folks plowed in their cotton. The patch was very white before they plowed it in.
I am making soap today. The soap and water washes better this spring than it did last spring but I don't know the cause of it without it is the cans. We had more rain this spring.
I have just finished my dress. Ella and Beth has one like it.
I have a great deal to do while the children are going to school. I have not got time to turn around. I think the children are all learning very fast. They seem to be interested in their studies.
I milk one cow. That one gives a gallon and a half every morning. Cows that we milked and salted looks better now than they did last summer.
This is the place for flees. If you don't believe it come and try it in one of these little old huts stuck on the ground so that you can't see under it. Enough foolishness. I must close. Write soon and all the news. Much love to all.
M. C. Vick
(Mary Caroline Boyd Vick)