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Researcher Contribution

Barbara Roesch contributed the following letter for the interest of Chesterfield County researchers. Letters are often one of our best resources of how families lived in reality. If anyone has this type of material and would like to see it posted, please contact us .

"Chesterfield District, South Carolina, September the (15th-21st) 1860.

Dear Uncle I once more seat myself to drop you a few lines by way of writing which will inform you that I am well hoping this lines may reach you and family enjoying the same blessing of life. I recd yours in due time and was truly glad to hear that you were all well and I am at the same time sorry to hear of such lite crops out their crops hear generaly speaking are very sorry particular up land we had a drowth of about six weeks write in the worst time it could have come some plases about they did not suffer much and out about the Court house and Cheraw they sufferd a greate deal more than we did I am told their corn finaly died and fel down I think next year wil be the hardest year we have had in some time there is hardly any person to my knowing thats made for sale and their is lots wil have to buy it get it it wil have to be brought up on the cars from some other source or people wil suffer I think I will make about as much as I made last year I ought to have made a greate deal more I run to plows this year and only one last I think I wil make about three bales cotton Cotton is better accordin than corn thought it isn't near as good as it was last year I think mother wil make about enought to do her Uncle Isaac mother has joined the baptist church she was baptised last Friday the 14th of this month. Their have been a greate many revivals out hear this year both methodist and baptist they had a protracted meeting at Fork Creek Church a week or so ago and some 125 joined thing in the settlement joined scarcly left any now and a scatterin one

LWR Blair has sold nearly all his negroes and is going to sell his lands King Lowell (?Sowell/BR) has bought some of it he is to pay 3000 for what he got I expect he is going to sell out and put his money out at interest he mised a crop this year said it would take 3000 dollars worth of corn to make a crop next year I have heard such bad accounts all out in the western states I have declin selling yet a while I expect to make a crop hear again next year land wil hardly get any cheapter and if the railroad comes land wil rise it is to run from Bishopville up by Lancaster on to Charlotte if they get a charter from the legislature I expect they wil go to work this winter it is thought it wil run some whear between hear and mothers Ikes wife has got another daughter some 2 or three weeks old I suppose you have heard of the death of aunt Polly as John has written to you since then tel John not to think hard of me for not writing to him this time tel him I wil write before long tel James to write it seems as if he has given up writing to me altogether tel him I should like to hear from him as often as convenient give my Respects to all the family write soon no more at present yours truly Sampson Hough" (Letter to Mr. Isaac Elliott Iverson PO Louisiana)