PRICE FAMILY LETTER
From James and Mary Price, Giles County,
Isaac Price Family, Maclinburg, North Carolina
Mr. Isaac Price
January 8th 1815
Giles County Mouth of Richland Creek
Dear Mother Brother & Sister
This is to inform you that we landed safe and all well here after a long fatiguing journey of thirty seven days detained about four days by high water our expenses very high mine was 80 dollars Henry Kerrs 45 & hard times here for the want of money, pork 4$ .. .. corn 25 cts for bag salt four dollars my waggon startes tomorrow to Nashville for salt. Henry Kerr got a kick from his filly on his private parts that has injured him very much not able to do any thing since he came here of any account but mends slowly. We are hutted within fifty yards of one another & continue very neighborly Billy about a mile off, his little daughter has had the Ague* ever since he came home & like to die but is on the mend slowly. All our families except what has been mentioned are well William Howe is yet with us & well , no news here but more drafts expected shortly, examine general (Hartle) vendue List, & see my account as I dont think I got eighteen dollars & twenty five cents worth, see if brother Johns account & mine was not both put together, there is two notes in (holon) for land given to Larkin Stowe I want lifted, & on account on the vendue list on Plem Rone (?) for carrying knife & gun $8-52 cents collect it also, dont forget the aplet(?) get it if noting interest(?) or the money, pay Gallant for the news papers, rent that place to Thomas Howe only one year at a time & bind him up to keep the fencing in good repair & all about the place take his note for fifty dollarsdue next Christmas day payable to me, there is a plow & some mats in the Steele House unsold& may be some other articles ask .Mr. Riddle about the affair, see also Mr. Riddle gets his rails out of that cross fence that I borrowed from him
I never stood in need of money half as bad in my life. Not able to buy corn & pork to do me, push them about And try to get about an hundred dollars & send by the Middle of March at all events Josiah certainly can oblige me with money by this time, South Carolina bills wont pass & North Carolina bills a deduction of from five to ten percent but do the best you can & fail not to send me some as soon as you get a hold on it as I am very needy. Have heard nothing from any of the connections since we came here, Henry & Polly startes tomorrow to see John Kerr.
William Howe sends Charles Meugys Note in this letter wishes you to spare no pains to get the money if not the money get a new note & secure it so that it will be safe & you shall be satisfied for your trouble. If you get it send it out. Credit the Bills In too & send 1/2 At a time send N.C. bills & wait for an answer back whether we receive the first or not write by the middle of March any how & I will attend the office at Pulaski the first mail in April fail not it is fifteen miles from here I believe I have given a small sketch on all that comes to my recollection, We remain your sincere affectionate love to Daughter Brother & Sister give our compliments to all inquiring friends
James & Mary D Price
(letter mailed to) Esther, Isaac & Nancy Price
N.B. Henry & Polly (Kerr) joins us in this letter & sends their
Respects to you all
*Ague is defined today as "a fever, usually malarial, marked by regularly recurring chills."
From the Price family papers # 2850 Southern Historical
Collection, University of North Carolina Library-Chapel Hill.
GREATLY APPRECIATE THE PRICE FAMILY RESEARCH
PROVIDED BY DAN SPEER ~ 3-GREAT-GRANDSON OF HENRY E. & MARY PRICE KERR