1871 :: 01-15 from L. J. Vick Jan 23, 2011 14:56:20 GMT -6
Post by benotforgot on Jan 23, 2011 14:56:20 GMT -6
1871 L. J. Vick letter
Sunday, January 15, 1871
January the 15th 1871
I am seated this cold sabbath morning to write you a few lines to let you hear from me once more. I have nothing that is very interesting to write
we are having very bad weather the ground is covered about three inches deep in sleet though it has turned a little warmer now and the sleet is melting a little.
a great many calves and hogs has frozed to death one of our calves frozed last night, I believe there was four of Uncle Thomas calves frozed and some of his chickens I don't know how many we killed some very large hogs yesterday. they weighed from 45 to 90.
John has moved to his place. Mr. Sykes has rented land from pappa and uncle Berry and has moved in the houses that John Valentine lived in last year they are on John land he will cultivate a portion of John land. Mr. Robert Sykes has moved to his place,
Mr. George Perry has moved from Caldwell town to Caldwell county on Mr. Johnson Perrys place. Mr. Perry owns a large track of land in Caldwell county and two of his sons is living on it Joe and Henderson. Joe was married a few days before Christmas he married a girl that was living on his pas place.
old aunt Sallie Braswell stayed with us nearly two weeks me and Dela went home with her we didnt stay long we came home the same day we left we saw some of our kindred I like them very well I think they are very nice people.
One of our nearest neighbors last year Mr. Green has moved to Waco and his wife died in a few days after he got there.
Well aunt amanda I will tell you something about my quilts I have finished my irish chain there is no white in it it is pieced with red and green and put together with yellow that is the only one that I have finished except some old quilts. I have an album quilt started. I would be glad to see you coming over to help me quilt my irish chain
there is a great many people moving about now I am in hope that I will see you all drive up one of these days.
have you any turnips and colards if you havent any come over and we will give you just as many as you want we have more than we can destroy,
I believe I will close as it is so cold I can hardly hold the pen my hands are sore I have been picking cotton and the burs has scratched my hands all to pieces I believe I have written all that I can think of
this leaves all well except Grandmother she is complaining a little give my love to all and keep a goodly portion for yourself, kiss all of the children for me.
L. J. Vick
excuse bad writing and blotts
The above letter was one of the typed letters I received from the Dixons in November of 1998. I then received a copy of what appears to be the original of the same letter from the Pendleys in February of 2000. The copy includes a copy of a portion of an envelope addressed to "Miss Amanda Boyd. Starkville Miss" and postmarked "Lexington." The above version of the letter is typed "as is" from the Feb 2000 copy.