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Submitted by Tom James

Tom James wrote:
From the clues in this letter, it must have been written in the mid to late 1870's. It is written by Marial Adamson-Paul, the wife of Will Paul, to her stepmother Rebecca Adamson, her half-sister Mollie Adamson-Prather, and her brother-in-law Thomas "Bud" Prather who live in Hamilton County. Later, Bud and Mollie moved to Wayne County. I would love to hear from anyone who has a connection to any of these people, and I would especially like to find a letter written to them from my ancestors in Hamilton County.

June the 21

Dear Mother brothers and sisters i seat myself to tell you we are all well and done harvesting and glad of it and i hope you are all the same Will harvested 12 days and this is 13 days for Jimie and i dont no whether he will come home tonite or not Will quit yesterday and is plowing corn today our corn looks mity well but is very weedy but ours is not alone we are needing rain now prety bad gardens is needing rain very bad Mother my garden looks very well considering ive had lots of beans and had cucumbers for times today our potatoes is good ive a good many chickens but there is a weasle her that gets four to eat to my one and i tell you it hurts me but it cant be helped oh dont you want to help this old pen steve will says for you to come and get your hound its the pretyest thing you ever saw and the fearcest wood will says for you and reason to come up next week he thinks he will stack about that time i am stout as a buck and plump as a patrige i hoe and pull weeds to beet all well tomas I am going to talk to you alittle ruf about the way you treated me when i was down there will is awful mad about it and i aint in a good umer but if you will come up we'll setle it with will you tell him it was an accident you dident go to do it well to bisnes now bud will and me went to Mt Erie next week after we come home and we saw Mr Mills and we told him about you and he said you was the very kind of a man he wanted he said he wanted a single handed man he dont want much of his farm tended just the best of it and he wants a man that noes how to tent to stock we give you a big name for that and told him you cam from ky and was raised to tend fine stock it pleased him to think you come from ky he is a kyian he wants you to come and see him Molie its the nicest farm and lots of fruit and water bud we told him you was coming after harvest and you must come just as soon as you can and you come to moly all come soon and rite as soon as you get this and tell us what you will do will says its best chance he noes of and you can make enof tending stock to keep your family
Murial Paul

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