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Jos. Fawcett, P.M.
April 9th 1837
I arrived here yesterday in
good health & found Will well, except a common headache. Their
business appears to be tolerably good.
After being detained three
days at Paducah, I proceeded up the Tennessee river to Watterloo, where
I was detained one day, waiting for a boat to take us over Colbert
-- Sholes. When the boat came I quite unexpectedly found that Brance
was one of the passengers. It had been seven years since we saw
each other. Therefore you will not be surprised when I tell you
that I scearsely knew him & He had forgotten me entirely. I
steped up to him & said how are you Brance. He looked at me
but at first sight could not makout who I was. Just at that time
I began to feel very flat. I thought perhaps I was claiming to be
brother of a man that I had never seen before. I asked him if his
name was not Brance & by my blind Eye he found me out & it was
only his large grey eyes that caused me to step up to him. I think
he looks very much as he did when he was in Staunton except that he is
not quite so heavy. In refference to his business I can say but
little. He toled me that he thought he was engaged in too many things
& that he desined to selout some of them, but I suppose he has written
to you from Louisville. It is all a mistake to believe there is
much difference between the Southern & western Countries there is
some difference in the length of the seasons but the soil in the west
is eaqual to any in the world. In coming here I passed through Tuscumbia
a village about double as large a Boonville Mo. It is at [the] termination
of the Daca & Tuscumbia Rail Road. I went on the Rail Road
to Courtland 20 miles, in two hours. The country around Tuscumbia
& Courtland is beautifull. After coming fifteen miles this lide
of Courtland I got in to Mountains which continue to Tuscaloosa.
The soil is generally Sandy in all the southern that I have seen
farmers have planted Cotton and some of it is up. Corn is generally
up & some has been ploughed over the first time. Peaches are
about the size of hazzlenuts
When I was in Courtland I saw
Wm. Watterman – Ethelbert & John McMahan & his lady who is quite
small & pleasant. Also O’Cravens & his lady. They
all looket well, & seemed well content.
Your Son Ras
Col McMahons & family is expected to come to the south & settle
in the vacinity of Ganesville where a farm has been bought for them
Source: Handwritten original, private collection, Chambless
family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 1998.
original in the private collection of the Chambless family. Transcribed
to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 1998.
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