A Letter From Elizabeth Jane Cave Bradley

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.

                                                                       Evansville, Ark     May 29 [18]59

Dear Sister
      I seat myself this evening to answer your kind letter. When I got it, I was very sick with what some folks calls the weed. It is cause from cold and settles in the breast. I was very sick night before last and all day yesterday, but I feel tolerable well today. I have been subject to it ever since my baby was born. The children are all well at this time. Willey is getting to be tolerable healthy since the weather has got warm. He can't sit alone yet. Sally and Andy grows fast and is as bad as they can well be, Sally goes to Sunday school every Sunday

Well, Sarah, as you won't come to us, I reckon that we will have to come to you, though the means of coming back comes pretty hard to me. Lexis has been talk to me about coming back a good while, but I would never say go back until I got your letter, and he is right up for it. I am sitting here a writing and hearing him out a talking about selling his cows. I have got two cows that if I had them there, I would not take twenty-five dollars apiece for them. Sarah, I don't dread nothing but my baby. It is so easy to take cold that I am afraid that it would kill it to lay out. I want you to fix and come and meet us at father's for I know if you don't, father won't let us go no further, and I don't want to stop where I will be in sight of Frances Sears.

I got a letter from Harriet Small a week or two ago. I answered it last week. Millar Paton and Mary has been to see us since I wrote to you last. They were all well down there. Taylor Paton is keeping a little grocery down at Evansville. I don't think that he does much else but drink whiskey. He says that he is coming back this fall or winter. Sarah, I want you to write to me whether you can get feathers or not and what you can get them for. If I can get them there for what I could sell mine for here, I would sell one of my beds, and it would make the load lighter. I can get forty cents a pound for a bed anyhow, if not fifty. Feathers is mighty scarce here.

Sally says tell them little girls that when she gets there that she will show them whose aunt Sadie that is. She says for you to not give them them pretty things that you have got for her. Andy says tell aunt Sadie that he has got a pair of britches and a jacket. Sally says for you to kiss her uncle [and] Ann six times for her, so I will quit for them. You must write to me soon again. Remember your sister until death.
                                                                                               E. J. Bradley to
                                                                                               S. E. Carter

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