Lighting Ancestral Lamps

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A Distinguished Family

Note: The following letter was too faint for the copy machine and had to be typed.
To Hyatt, Betsy, Densey Bunn

July 30th AD 1855,

Dear children, after so long a time of si1ence I would say to you that time, nor distance has not in the least has severed my affection from my dear children in Illinois, and would see them if I was able I would soon be at your homes to see you & my grand children whom God hath given me once more before I die.

But we do not know if we shall ever have that unspeakable pleasure. We were glad to hear that Hyatt and Betsy and several of our grand children had joined the church and hope they will all be steadfast in the faith and practice of the gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ: and. finally be admitted into his immediate presence and enjoy- his eternal pleasure, ___ time, my family, to him, ___ and I answer all are well.

James has a fine little son, call him Mathius Barkdall. He is about 13 weeks o1d.We have had three floods this summer which has done immense damage in sweeping away bridges, mill dams, fences, horses, cattle, and sheep, and. some houses and' two men were drowned. The Muddy Fork was 18 inches-at least higher than ever before since I settled' here. Crops are very good this season. I suppose that this will be wheat enough in this county viz, Wayne, Co. to supply one third of the state of Ohio, the corn crop is beyond all calculation. Corn will be half a crop, last year was an entire failure. This season abundant it is thought by some that wheat will fall to 19 cts - per bushel We can say of the Lord as the psalmist thou crownest the year with thy goodness.

I have determined to come out to see you the latter part of Oct or the fore part of Novb. next if the Lord will. But this is the third time I have appointed to come see you within three years. Twice I have been hindered and it may be I shall this time. You must not look for me until come. P.S., I thank Elizabeth for her friendly letter and also Sarah. I think I will


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