1846 :: Mentioned by Sam Houston Jul 3, 2011 8:49:43 GMT -6
Post by benotforgot on Jul 3, 2011 8:49:43 GMT -6
7th March, 1846
My Very Dear Margaret, It is nine oclock, . . . Tomorrow, I hope to get off by nine oclock, and the citizens propose to give me an escort, but of what character, or size, I have not inquired. I will spend the night with Colonel McDonald. Mrs. Mc was kind in her enquiries for you and Sam. She says if you pass the summer at Raven Hill, she wil visit you, as she is anxious to see you both. She looks quite lean, tho' Jimmy has been weaned, this six months.
I will now my dearest, speak of my departure from home to day. I had no forebodings of ill, and yet my heart was wrung, with extreme sorrow, and regret. No matter what may await me, in the character of success, or earthly fame, they will be poor requitals for what I felt. When I rode four miles in comparative silence, I tried to sing "oft in the stilly night," as it was a sad air, and regret that I do not know the words of "Home Sweet Home," homely, as our home is, for surely it is, & will be the home of my affections. I feel truly sad, yet cheerful, that I left you in apparently better health, than usual, as I think. . . .
I was sorry that Sam, was in such a way, when I left home. He pointed at my cheek, and said, "Pappa what is that? Is it a tear??" I said "Yes my son," in hopes that he would sympathize with me, but I was mistaken in Sam, as usual. Dearest, I must close my epistle, with assurances, of my unceasing love for you, and prayers, for your health, and happiness.
Thy faithful & devoted husband
Dearest, write to me at Washington, often as you can!