J.R. Baird Collection

Transcribed by: Wanda Ray

Transcription Date: 2.10.2006



April 3, 1860


Dear John:

Next to seeing our absent friends is receiving letters from them.  Your letter this morning cheered me considerably.  I think I will not allow myself any more uneasiness about my absent ones.  But try to leave them I faith in the hands of God believing that he will do all things well.  I received a letter from your Pa at Vicksburg.  He said after visiting Mary he should hasten home.  I am daily expecting him and will write you as soon as he returns.  Also our from Mary of the same date – She writes in much better spirits – this winter than she ever has since she lived in the swamp.  We have an excellent overseer at our plantation.  The boys say he is ahead of all his neighbors in farming.  I do hope he will make a good crop.  Mr. McLelland is sick this week with Carbuncels on his neck, and the boys are trying to shoot turkeys.  There are a great many in the swamp this spring.  The male school numbers fifty and the Female about as large.  I can scarcely imagine where all the children come from.  I believe you correspond with Sid and probably have heard that Lucy won’t stay in Camden with Mr. Horford and Wm.  She got back last Friday night.  Horford says Miss Lucy would not do anything but cry to go home and he thought it was best to bring her back to her Mama.  He returned to Camden this morning and left her not knowing when he would return.  Oh!  What a world this is!  I think people ought not to marry until they are willing to give up everybody else for each other.  You say your Pa and yourself are the most wretched that ever lived.  Stop and reflect.  Whose fault is it?  If the fault is at your own door, begin at once to correct it.  Cultivate a contented disposition.  Do your duty; and those things you can’t control be satisfied with.  There is nothing short of genuine Religion that will give anything like permanent happiness.  The promise is “See first the kingdom of heaven and all things else shall be added onto us.”

I have an excellent garden this spring.  I have had greens for the last three weeks.  My peas are in full bloom, lettuce and spinach ready for use &c.  Miss Nannie has just sent me a nice plat of wild turkey and jelly.  I wish I could hand it over to you.  I will see if I can send your summer clothes by express and let you know very soon.  If I conclude not to send them I expect it would be better to wait and get them in Vicksburg or Memphis.  If you should be obliged to attend court which I do hope you will not.  Bobbie says tell Buddy John I love him and he loves me.  Now reckon he will write back.  How do I know he loves me?  I send you $20 Mon which will liquidate your indebtedness that fir and will try and send more soon.  Your Pa thought it best not to sink more than that at once.

Your doting Mother ETB.



This letter was written when JR Baird was at Bethany, VA.