This letter was written by Amos McLouth (1793-1870) and his wife, Eleanor (Colvin) McLouth (1802-1885) to their son, Obadiah Colvin McLouth (1821-1907). Obadiah was married to Elizabeth Jane Dewitt (1830-1821) in 1846. Their 3 year-old daughter, Mary E. McLouth (1848-Aft1900), is mentioned in this letter. Also mentioned are Obadiah’s sisters, Charlotte Minerva McLouth (1828-1917) and Fanny Jane McLouth (1831-1886).
Obadiah was a lawyer and — at one time — a mayor of Sandusky, Ohio.
Addressed to O. C. McLouth, Venice, Erie [County], Ohio
Bedford [Calhoun County, Michigan]
January 17th 1850
Although it is a long time since we received yours and we should have answered it sooner, but for a number of reasons since I wrote last Charlotte has had the typhoid fever. [She] was very sick for some time her life was not expected. She was unable to do anything for a number of weeks. She is now at home and doing the work. I have not been able to do my work since you was here. [I] have not been able to sit up all day for about two weeks [but] am a little better now. The rest of the family and friends are in usual health.
Colvin, it made my heart ache to hear of your sickness and out of my power to assist in taking care of you. And when I heard with what indifference my friends treated you! I was astonished to think they would neglect my child in sickness — especially was to me very strange. But do as you should be done by in every case as near as you can consistently. We were glad to hear that you was able to teach the winter as you can be earning something that way easier than any other way.
I want to see you all very much but it is uncertain when I shall unless you come here. The doctor says I have a cancer on my side which has been the cause of my sickness. Have been trying to cure it about 3 months. The prospect is rather favorable at present. How it will terminate is uncertain. Colvin, do not mention this to Mother on any consideration. It might cause some uneasiness. After all our sickness and trouble in this world, we have a sure and steadfast hope and promise of a better and beyond this vale of tears so let us take new courage and hope for that we may be reigned to our fate. It is not in the abundance of rules that will make us contented (we know that by experience).
Fanny is going to school at Sylvania this winter. O, Elizabeth, you do not know how I want to see you and that dear little Mary. You must kiss her a dozen times for me. By the by, I have heard that we have a new relation at S. City. If you know anything about it, please inform in your next.
The girls send their love to all. Since Charlotte was sick, her hand trembles so that she says she cannot write this time but wants you to write to her. As it is Friday and almost dark, I must quit scribbling. We should not put off writing until this day but your Father did not get the receipt until yesterday.
I must close by wishing you health and prosperity in this world and hoping in the world to come, which is the sincere wish of my heart to my only son.
Adieu, — E. McLouth
Your father took the hint about writing. Colvin, do write soon.
Well, Colvin, on the appointed day I went to Sylvania to pay the tax on your land but the man was gone and he was to be at Washington the next day and I went there to pay your tax and he was not to be found; and then Lewis Lambert said he would pay it when he paid his if I would let him have the money and I let him [have] the five dollars & he was to pay the tax if it was eight dollars, and here is the receipt for the tax on 40 acres for last year. The other 40 acres was sold for taxes one year ago and will cost $5.50 to pay it. If it is paid by the first of July next. The land was in Barton’s name, the last 40 and fifty cents for recording the deed, 10 cts for transfer. As to Malosh, I used all the power I had to accomplish a trade with him to no affect and I was talking of going to see Guns the Doct. Ferguson — the doctor that attended your mother — says he wants to trade his place near Esqr. Horton’s about 4½ miles from F____ and I thought I would trade yours if I failed to trade my own. Guns place has 25 acres of improved land and the rest of the 80 is wild. If you thought best, I will see Gun and if mine will not suit him, if you think best, I will try him with yours.
Albert Thornton said he would go and see that land and perhaps we could trade. Write soon and let us know all that you and the rest of our folks are about.
Yours, — A. McLouth