BENNETT FAMILY LETTERS1
WRITTEN BY MELINDA M. EDWARDS2
Bristol4 April 18, 1845
We received your letter sent by Mr Wells and I embrace the first opportunity
to answer it and will now confess that I am a tremendous lazy corespondent
at the best‹and betwene my house work and dary spining weaving and raking
hay I find but little time to write so I think I have appologised sifficiently
for not writing you before this. . .Mother is able to do but little this
sumer to what she has been sumers past. The warm wether overcomes her very
much but we get a long first rate. I have got the most of my wool spun
and two webs wove and at the mill and have been out and raked hay almost
every afternoon whilst they were haying. Father did not have but two days
extra help about his haying and we have not had a moments help in the House.
Mother commenced spinning this summer with great speed and thought she
should do wonders but she only spun 17 skeins and gave it up as a bad bargain.
. .O Sabrina how my western fever rages. Were it not for my father and
mother I would be in the far west ere this summer closes but I shall not
leave them for friends nor foes! Mary and Elias say Liz dont get married
for you must come out here. I shall take up with thare advice unles I can
find some kind hearted youth that want a wife and mother, one that is good
looking and can hold up his head up. Then when all that comes to pass I
am off in a fit of matrimony like a broken jug handle but till I find such
an one I glory in being an old maid, ha ha ha!
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