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Catalog Number 2015.02.0032
Object Name Letter
Date 1818
Title 1818 Nov 12 Preston W. Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Preston W. Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Preston has moved to Frankfort from Woodford County, and does not like Frankfort society claiming that all of the learned men are either lawyers or speculators or both. He feels that a Mr. Smith is the only learned man, and Smith's favorite topic is religious controversy. He complains about the medical community in Frankfort, and how they reject innovation and lack patients. He claims that there are less patients for all of the doctors in Frankfort than he alone had in Woodford County. He rejects an offer by Samuel to let Louisa stay with his family in Philadelphia. He discusses how Cincinnati banks have stopped payment and Kentucky banks will soon follow causing a shortage of money. He talks about an offer he received for his Woodford County property.

[Transcription]

Frankfort K. Nov 12 1818

Dear Brother

I have concluded in my own mind that my letters to you were fated never to reach their place of destination but from this fear Yours of the 12th Sept has agreeably relieved me - as it informs me that one of the more enterprising than the next had pursued you from place to place & added one more assurance of our unaltered affection for you. I trust some one or more of its fellows will profit by the Example & from time to time renew those assurances - at all events I will continue punctually to write-
Whether my pursuations to visit the Eastern States had any influence or not I know not but let that be as it may I am delighted to find you enjoying so much positive happiness at the present & at the same time laying up a store of future comforts of which none can rob you and altho those personal & mental advantages are important - Then their consequences do not terminate with yourself Those numerous friendships, you are now making will decend on the heads of your children & perhaps on the heads of your Brother, also, -- How often when amidst a circle of entire strangers has my blood thrilled in thy vains & my Eyes suffered with gratitude & (I had almost said family pride) when called on to know if such was my father or such an one was my brother when answering in the affirmative I was sure of a compliment a hardy invitation & and open door, --This you have felt & thus you will repay it to our offspring- How mortifying must it be for a man of feeling to be compelled to deny or conceal his relatives.-
In my two last from this place I went to some length in family detail & can add nothing there to in this but that we are well & go on very smoothly- I do not find the society very good here all the learned men are either lawyers or speculators & sometimes both, Mr. Smith is the only man of much learning & leisure in the place but no subject delights him so much as religious controversy--& this I have been surfeited with from my childhood upwards Our doctor G [illegible] read none--are wholely uninformed on every colatteral branch of profession but trot round in the same circle that they have beaten for 15 years- If you propose any inovation they reply that the people would not submit thereto & the old way does very well I have made but little progress in practice as yet indeed the place is very healthy -nor is there as much practice here for us all as I alone had in Woodford
I cannot find words to thank you for the offer you made respecting Louisa but must decline it as it would be both unjust & ungenerous to saddle you with such expense. If Mr Brown should go on next year I will try to send her & place her with Susan under your care but on this subject you will again hear from me. Cincinnati banks have stopd payment. Kentucky will follow the example it is feared. I see a number of pale faces this day. The press for money will be unequalled any where as our citizens have speculated to a large amt in real property - I was offered a few days ago 25000 for my Woodford farm-as I will write very often any letters must be short. All join in affectionate love for you, Susan & James. Aunt B. is really anxious to see the children, she says you must keep them for her. J Brown thinks he could throw down James with great ease - Adieu Yr Brother -
PW Brown

[Address Block]
Doc Samuel Brown
MailPhiladelphia


[Post Script]
When I was at Philadelphia Scotch Plaide Cloaks could be bought at 12$ if one could be got low at a slop shop please send me one by the first Merchant you see either to Lexington or Frankfort-

People Preston W. Brown
Samuel Brown
Louisa Brown Rucks
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