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Catalog Number 2016.02.0060
Object Name Letter
Date 1835
Title 1835 July 25 Mason Brown to Mary Watts Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Mason Brown (White Sulpher, VA) to Mary Watts Brown (Frankfort, KY). Mason discusses the people he encounters at the springs. He also mentions trees he saw in Philadelphia that he thinks might be good to plant around the house Mary Watts and Orlando are building (the Orlando Brown House). Mason writes of items he is bringing to his family members, including magazines.

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White Sulpher Va. July 25. 1835

Dear Mary

It is a delightful morning & I have just returned from the spring around which a little world have assembled. Four hundred persons are now here & although the high blood of Va do not usually arrive until the 1st of next month still we have many agreeable persons. If you were by me now I could say to you "there goes Genl Scott with his new work on tactics in his pocket, with which he bores the military as much, as the authors of a digest would weary the lawyers with their work - Yonder stands Mr Taney the future chief justice, a mild & pleasant man in conversation & very genteel in appearances - there hops Mr John Bainey of Balt a married man of 60 who drives away like a boy of 20. - there is Genl Atkins in & near him stand Genl Cadwallader & yonder sails Commodore Biddle. Now take a good look for you behold the two rival belles of Richmond - Miss Wickham with a [illegible] intelligent countenance & moderate person; & Miss Cabel with a fine person - lovely face - soft eye, & feminine beauty & grace in every movement &c, &c." Then we would talk & then I would take you round to the cottages & introduce you to some very agreeable folks. I could tell you of things that I have seen & things that I have eaten until you would almost think me an epicure. By the bye the eating here is but indifferent & I expect in a few days to make an excursion to the Scott & Sulpher where the entertainment is splendid. I shall there eat & drink to the health of you all and in so doing take it for granted that you are well & that your new house is going up finely. I thought of your intended improvement when in Phila and seeing some of the most beautiful trees that you ever behold, enquired at the seed store and found that they can be sent to Ky without any difficulty. They are the linden tree of rapid growth & father who saw them (in front of the Old State house) can tell you all about them. No tree that you ever saw equals them - they are at least one third more beautiful than your mulberries. They will not cost in Ky. more than $1.50 each. I will help you to plant them, & then wish that you and yours may long be happy under their shade. Now that is well done, is it not? Poor Gratz! I had a paint box for him, but a little boy here now has it. But I have something else for him & will pick up something more before I reach home. I sent you the New York Mirror & "the sea" by mail and I have "Abbots corner stone" in the corner of my trunk for Mother. I have also the back numbers of the Penny Magazine & must request you not to let the numbers that will arrive by mail be lost. Montgomery Blair has passed us, on a visit to Ky. When he reaches Frankfort do show him some attention- put him in my room & tell him he can have the use of my horse if he wishes to ride about the country. He is a fine young man & tell O. he must treat him kindly. When I will leave this I cannot say. I pass my time very much to my satisfaction & will probably not be at home before the 20th of August. Now I was really a little proud of it - a Russian gentleman who was in Kentucky about 8 or 10 years ago (his name I forget) enquired of some Ky ladies at West Point very particularly Miss Mary Brown of Kentucky. Was not that nice? I travelled from Phila to this place in Company with Genl Atkinson & suit, and found himself & lady & Miss Bullitt &e all very agreeable and pleasant companions. I shall therefore feel bound in honor to remain with them some time at the springs & not desert them on [torn page] sudden. I have not heard a word from home since I left Frankfort, but I feel satisfied that you are all well & shall therefore be at rest on that point. I will write again in a few days.Good Bye - love to all

Your affect Bro.
Mason Brown

Mrs Mary W. Brown

[Address Block]
Mrs Mary W. Brown
(Care of O. Brown Esq)
Frankfort
Kentucky

[Post Mark]
White Sulr.Sprg Va
26 Jul
People Mason Brown
Mary Watts Brown
Benjamin Gratz Brown
Montgomery Blair
Search Terms Trees