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Catalog Number 2016.02.0054
Object Name Letter
Date 1834
Title 1834 Sept 7 John Brown to Elizabeth Watts Brown
Scope & Content Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Watts Brown (Nashville, TN). Brown remarks upon Elizabeth's recent sickness and supposes it is due to the unseasonably warm and dry weather which is also affecting the corn and vegetable crops. Brown follows up on a business proposition offered by Samuel Worthington (in a previous letter) that would extend and modify their partnership contract. Brown also inquires about John Preston Watts Brown's success at college, and provides updates on family members.

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Frankfort 7th Sept. 1834

Dear Sister,

The last intelligence recd from you was by Mr. Harvey on his return from Nashville, who informed that he had left you in bad health, in consequence as he supposed of the excessive warmth of the season. I hope your indisposition has been of short duration & that the favorable change in the Weather has reinstated you in the enjoyment of your usual state of good health & Spirits. Since the date of my last letter to you nothing unfavorable or worthy of particular notice has occurred among your connections, --Your friends, or your domestics in the quarter are enjoying good health at present. No Cholera & indeed very few cases of sickness of any kind in our Town. The season has been intensely warm & the drought so sever that our Corn & pastures & vegetables have suffered greatly.
Sometime ago I submitted for your consideration a proposition suggested by Mr. Worthington for extending & modifying the Partnership Contracts & requested you to consult Mr. Rucks & Judge Reese upon the subject. M W will be here about the 20th. Instant, when he expects to be married & will then expect to be informed of the determination of the family. I have conversed with Orlando & Mr. Scott upon the subject & they concur in opinion that it will be expedient to accord to his proposition. Out of the money say $6355.25. rec.d from W. on acct. of last Crop. I have on 7th August remitted to you $200 - paid O Brown $859.44. R Scott $859.44. Paid Anderson your note & interest $418.32. - Parker in part his acct $200. & to Johnston $200. The ballance remains in my hands subject to order.
When may we look for your return? At what time will Commencement take place, & has John a fair prospect of obtaining a Diploma? I feel deeply interested in his success; & do sincerely hope he may meet no further difficulty in accomplishing his wishes ----
Margaretta & Gratz are on a visit to their friends in Lexington, to return on Monday John Preston improves rapidly & bids fair to rival Gratz in all respects ---
Remember me affectionately to all my Relations with you, & accept of my best wishes.

In much hast Yours
J. Brown

[Address Block]
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown
Care of
Mr. Rucks
Nashville Ten

[Postmark]
Frankfort
Sep 8

People John Brown
Elizabeth Watts Brown
Orlando Brown
John Preston Brown
Margaretta Mason Brown
Benjamin Gratz Brown
Search Terms Crops