A Letter From James Cave

A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the letter are original.

                                                                                         1860
                                                                                 Corinth July 6

My dear daughter, yours of the first instant came to hand this morning, which was very gratifying to me to hear from you myself, and all the family is in good health, with the exception of GeorgeAna. She has the whooping cough. She is getting well. We had to bury Jane's poor little Willie on Tuesday last. Rodgers has lost his oldest child a few weeks ago. Mincy's two small boys are both sick. They think the smallest one will not live. There is but little sickness in Corinth. Alfred Lowry has gone to Texas. He went with a man by the name of Fort to help him to drive a drove of sheep to Texas. Fann had her bed and trunks all ready to put in the wagon and go with them, but I put a stop to her going and sent Alfred without her. I informed Alfred when he satisfied me he was prepared to take care of her I would send Fann to Texas and not until then. Jane is not very stout. She has been on the puny order. She weaned little Willie some time back. Elexis and the two children is well. You complain of hard times in Alabama. It is the same complaint in Mississippi. There is no scarcity of provisions in Corinth, but they are high. Money is hard to raise and has been for the last few weeks since I came to Corinth. Money in Memphis is worth five percent per month. I am at a loss what to say to you about moving this fall to Mississippi, but there is one thing certain. I shall not leave Mississippi and go back to Alabama. Provisions is now making to build a railroad from Corinth to Nashville, Tennessee. The stock is nearly all taken, and it is thought the work will be let this fall. Corinth is bound to improve for years to come. I think the doctor can make a living easier in Mississippi than in Alabama. This is one certain thing. I can, and I see no cause why he could not do the same. There is one thing certain if you come to Corinth. You shall not want for anything while I live. Nothing more to write at this time. All the family [join] me in love to you and the doctor. I will promise you to write you two letters per month until I see you again. So farewell for this time. Lucy and Peter is calling for me to come to the slaughterhouse.

James Cave

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