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"The Howard Smith Collection"


Letter from J. O. Patton to Col. W. H. Smith (Below)

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Donated By Charles Sterling Kincaid


Shasta Tenn Feb. 3 1860

Col. W. H. Smith


Dear Sir,

You letter written ???

?i?? the month of Dec. last was recieved and

read with interest. Lissie would have answered

it before this time but she has not been in

a condition to write. On last Sunday night

she was confined and now has a fine

girl. Of course she is a fine one, as ?o Co??

Mon. ones are ??? hean? of in the begin

ning of life. But it is a matter much

to be ?egsetted that so many are ?uine? in

the ?uising. This leads to a ??flection o??

the fearful responsibility of parents ?o???i?

early and infuse in to their youthful minds

a love of virtue and truth and thereby for???

th??? youthful minds against the bineful

efforts of ?ice. I do not regret that I have

a family but I _______ ______ that I fale so

for short of doing for them What I ??sise.

The school closed on last Friday and

will open on next Monday. It has been my

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determination not to teach the next session but

I have not yet got anyone to take my place

I shall commence with the determination not

to continue longer than I can ____ the

??s of some competent man to take my place

in school. Lissie is doing pretty well so far. She

has had the best attention that the county can

afford and if she gets o back set she will

be about in a few weeks.

The farmers are complaining of

the peal injury done to the wheat crop and say

they will not raise any wheat next year but

they are great _____ bless in this county and

must have something of which to complain.

Lissie has just had a spell of the

blues But I think she will soon get over them. She

will write to you when she gets well. So

I have no news of _______ ______ I must close

this letter

Love to All

Yours Truely

J. O. Patton


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