Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1836 Aug. 1 Letter to William Chandler (3512) from Rebecca Bell (3559)

The letter is ink on paper. The sheet is folded so that four sides present. The top third of pages 1/2 are torn off, though the letter seems to be complete. It is from Rebecca Bell (3559) in Vermillion County, Illinois, to her father) William Chandler (3512) and mother in Chillicothe, Ohio. (The address side of page one also contains an earlier address and date: George Town Ill, August 2nd, 1830, with 3 written above the 2).


William Chandler (3512)

George Town, Illinois 1830
August 2nd


Vermillion County, Illinois 8th month 1st day 1836

Dear father (3512) and mother,

I take this opportunity of informing you that we are all in common health at this time. Hoping these lines may find you all enjoying health. We received your letter dated in the 5th month which gave us the satisfaction of hearing that you was in common health. Alexander does not have his health so well this summer as he has commonly had other summers past, but still keeps about. He is more reduced in flesh than I ever saw him.

The neighborhood is mostly well at this time. We are up to see James and the girls about two weeks ago. They were well. James has bought on this side of the Wabash about thirty five miles from us. Joshua Winder was out in our country. When he was at our house he seemed to like the country, but was disappointed in his expectation of finding land to enter. The timber all taken up, and improved land is rating from 10 to 12 dollars per acre.

We have had a very dry season so far. Corn is very short for the time a year. Wheat is of very little account. Ours was all plowed up. Rye is light and oats is middling good. Corn is rating at 37 cents on the Little Vermillion and 25 cents along the Wabash.

We have no school this summer for want of a teacher. Suitable teachers is hard to be had in this county. I will inform thee that we had a new quarterly Meeting granted last yearly Meeting, about twenty five miles from us on the other side of the Wabash, known by the name of the Western Quarter.

Having nothing more at present, I conclude with my love to you all, and remain your affectionate daughter

Rebecca Bell (3559)

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