This letter was written by David R. Tuttle to his brother Samuel. Nothing further found.
Addressed to Mr Samuel Tuttle, Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey
I received your scolding letter of the 4th instant by the last mail. The charges against Lile and other of your friends there for wishing you away on account of your being poor or buying the swamp &c &c. I believe you meant as an unmeaning tirade to vent your spleen. I do not, I cannot believe they would act from such motives. Neither do I believe that you think so.
As for “riches” and all, this God knows if what we all possess of property was owned by one it would be nothing worth boasting of nor do I believe you have a brother or sister that would feel disposed to boast. I believe Lile is a little more selfish than he is aware of but I cannot think but he intends honestly towards you and will act _____ by you.
I received a letter from him a few days since in which he states that you find fault with him for not buying the C____ place and for not giving you work &c. &c. and that you had mentioned to me the plan of buying the Ward place working for him &c. In answer to the last I have to say I never thought the plan the least you could adopt but expected if you decided upon it you would make your own arrangements. I never wrote anything about it to Lile or anyone else as it was only suggested but not decided on. Of course Lile knew nothing about it unless he learned it from you. He states you said nothing to him about work until after he had hired for the year and that he did not expect you would think it any accommodation to have work at the common wages and he could not offered to give you much more. That you had said nothing further about the C____ place than if you had the property you once had you would bid on it.
Now if you wish assistance from him, I think the better plan is to say so in a friendly way. Point out the mode and means in full. If he can and will assist you, why let him do it. If not, still let him be the judge of his abilities without offense. In proposing to him and the rest that we should assist you to the 5 or 6 hundred dollars, I stipulated for myself at least that it should be unconditional and hoped it would be a hint for them to follow. I thought among so many, if each should attempt to dictate law, it should be disposed of. It would prevent your doing anything. I was willing you should manage it as you thought best and wished them to feel so too and I believe the ___ expect you to decide for yourself and to pay you the amount proposed as soon as you want it or as soon at any rate as the money can be had after that time. Lile can pay at any time. Julian and Mother being ____ _____ perhaps cannot command it as quick but I think you will not have to wait long. Steve, I think, will pay at any time if you can get a letter on his trail and he don’t forget it. The reasons I have for thinking so are first my knowledge of the party’s concerned. Second, I have received a letter from Lile and one from Mother since I got home. Lile says he will let you have 100 dollars at any time when you want to use it for any business you may fetch upon. Mother says she tells you to find a place and your friends will help you what they can there. I do not think these can be considered unnecessary expressions or that Mother or Lile would make any statements but what they intend shall be fulfilled to the letter. For myself, I sent you 100 dollars I think 3 weeks since and I shall send you 50 in this. I did intend to send you 50 more this fall in all 200 dollars but probably shall not unless I hear you want it.
The _____ Good and C. account is 80 or near it and 120. I calculated as my _____ of the sum proposes to Lile. My intentions I did not explain in full to Lile last winter. I expected to pay 120 as my share of 600 or 125 as my proportion of 500 in case Mother declined but I only stated generally 500 or 600 and I believe they expect to pay 100 each to make the 800. I have never stated anything different nor do any of them know that I expect to more than 100. I know not what I wrote “in addition to what you had received” but my intention was to stipulate for myself only the ____ was between you and Lile. You talked of returning here and I did not know whether you had done it or not. I think, however, he will give the anvils of the ____ if you need it.
Now at the risk of offending past redempt___ I will say I think your loses have so far __ound your mind (perhaps naturally a little too much inclined to look at the dark side of the picture) that you injure your every happiness by brooding over your own losses, your unpleasant situation, and misconstruing your friends. The idea of both yourself and wife that death is necessary to sustain a reputation in the world at large and particularly among your friends is a most erroneous and pernicious one and as a friend & brother I do recommend strongly that you discard it. It will destroy your own happiness and injure that of your friends as much perhaps as anything else and more than you are aware of. If there is any other than the best feelings toward ____ existing among your friends in Jersey, I have yet to learn it. They have never hinted any objection to me. Perhaps they think she ought to come to this country. If you wish her to (but have never said so to me) and I think both friends and ___s will think there is something wrong if you should send without her. In my opinion, you ought both to stay there or both to come here. I can imagine no necessity for a separation of this kind. I think you _____ _____ about the world enough to settle down permanently in something.
You see I am not in favor of your plan. In fact, I shall regret it very much if you persevere in it but in accordance with my determination to not interfere with your plans, I leave it to yourself to determine. I shall not engage the school at present in the hope that you will think better of it. I have written what it was unpleasant for me to write but hope it will be taken as it was meant. If not, I can’t help it. Give my respect to your family and accept assurances of my brotherly affection & esteem. – D. R. Tuttle
Dave is in a hurry and wants me to fill up his letter. We have been some in the dumps here lately. Eliza has been considerable sick but has got quite well at present. Henry, our boy, has ague and fever. The rest of us are well. It has offered to be tolerable sickly on the Wabash [River] this summer. Since you went away and not long since, Doctor Seaborn has died and old Mr. Tenny at Palestine. Perhaps any of these days I will write you a full letter and tell you all about concerns. I am hurried. Give my best respects to all friends. Ms. Vooury [?]