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Catalog Number 2016.02.0002
Object Name Letter
Date 1812
Title 1812 Dec 27 Samuel Brown to Margaretta Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Samuel Brown (Natchez, MS) to Margaretta Brown (Frankfort, KY). Samuel is describing the illness of his wife, Catherine (Kitty), during her pregnancy. Samuel tells Margaretta about the election of James Brown as U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Samuel also comments on the status of the country during the war (War of 1812).

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Natchez Dec 27th 1812

My dear Sister

For a month past I have been confined to the chamber of my dear Kitty whose life has been in the most imminent danger. In the last month or six weeks of her pregnancy she was seized with a fever & vomiting & other symptoms so alarming that I had but too much reason to consider her as lost. I have now the satisfaction to inform you that my hopes are revived & that her fever has entirely left her but my fear will not be wholly removed until after her confinement which we daily expect -As my dear Kitty has never had a fever since our marriage I have been the more alarmed at the severity of this attack. I trust that a kind Providence will still preserve to me & to our little children a life so valuable to us.
You will rejoice to hear that James Brown has been elected Senator from Louisiana by a very honorable vote & that he & Mrs B set out for the Federal City by the way of Ft. Stoddart about ten days ago. They will probably spend the next summer in Kentucky. On many accts this circumstance has given me singular satisfaction. It is a complete triumph over as detestable a fact in as exists in any Country-How happy should I be could I meet them in Kentucky with my little family But this is impossible The war has impoverished this country for the present. Yet I think its ultimate effects will be propitious. For the influx of slaves has been checked & the habits of prodigality have sensibly diminished.
I look daily for David Humphreys. When I can assure you of the recovery of Mrs Bs health I shall write you. I hope by this days post to hear of the reestablishment of your own.

Sincerely yours
Sam Brown

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Mrs Margaretta Brown
Frankfort
Kentucky

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People Samuel Brown
Margaretta Mason Brown
Catherine Brown
James Brown
David Carlisle Humphreys
Search Terms War of 1812
Pregnancy
Louisiana
Illness