Letter:FAWCETT, Willis to Virginia Fawcett - 1877-03-20

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From FAWCETT, Willis (1809 - 1878)
To FAWCETT, Virginia (1806 - 1882)
Date: 20 Mar 1877
Family(s) Fawcett
From Bill Fawcett's book: Yes

Letter Willis Fawcett, Yorktown TX to Virginia Fawcett, St Chas MO 3/20/1877 Near Yorktown, DeWitt Co Texas

March 20, 1877

My dear sister Virginia

According to an old idea, an honest confession is good for the soul. And although it is an uphill pull I hope there is man enough left in me to say that I ask your pardon for my unjustifiable silence for the last year or more. But I can plead some allowance on a/c [account] of my feeble health. Man is a compound of matter & spirit and when the matter or body is out of health naturally the spirit languishes, as every body is aware. I have been suffering from a weakness of the bowels, and so much so as at times as to be confined to my bed. There is no pain, but only excessive weakness. I am generally able to follow my sheep, but now have to give that up for want of strength.

Jerusha has very often exerted her influence to try to get me to write but I have continued in putting it off until 'a still small voice' asserts its perrogative and commands me imperatively.

We are getting along pretty much after an old stype and program--from a moderate sized flock of sheep & farming in a small way we get a tolerably fair living. Jerusha does the cooking & house keeping without any help, except hireing the washing & milking. She is one of the sort who are always at work--sweeping, dusting, scrubbing, or mending. She can’t see well enough to read and when I can’t read to her she applies her hands to weeding her flowers, cleaning house or something of the kind. She has gone to town today to help a young lady of our acquaintance to arrange her furniture & preperatory to marriage day after tomorrow.

How has your winter been as to temperature? Ours has been unusually cold, but little rain and therefore favorable to stock, which is our principal interest in this section. Had there been much rain with some degree of cold, a large portion of cattle, horses, sheep would have been lost. The addition of lambs this spring to my flock is about 300. The freedman on the farm has just finished planting his cotton today. His corn is up.

We were much concerned last fall about the Grasshoppers that appeared in our neighborhood in frightful numbers, but we don’t see enough now to do any harm. None worth mentioning - though some of the adjourning counties I observe by the papers are suffering from the depredations.

Our poor little nephew Bobby [1] got tired of herding sheep & took french leave of us about a year since & returned to his sisters Bransonia[2] who married John Carson[3]. This is a bad country to raise up boys in, and have very little hope for Bobby’s doing any good. Curtis[4] has more mind & character. Frank[5] used to come to visit us occasionally but has not done so lately. And Jerusha & I have not been able to visit Bransonia in a long time.

In looking over some of my old papers a year or two since I found a Patent or Deed from the State to brother Keyes[6] for 160 acre tract of land that he acquired by perscription. It is situated in Blanco County and valued at about one dollar per acre. I paid the back & current taxes due on it, and have neglected to say anything to any of his heirs about it.

Would it not be a good disposition of it to transfer the title to little Keyes [7]? Please advise with Mr. Gauss[8] & Samuel[9] about it and then if lawyer Robert[10] thinks any old authority to settle up the estate of brother Keyes would justify the action I will make the transfer to little Keyes.

Don’t the people around in your vicinity who care for their country seem pleased with the first steps of Mr. Hayes’ administration? I have great hopes of him. The political skies have been clouded long enough for good citizens to smile on the prospect of cleaning up.

Write soon and let me know how Net[11], Lucretia[12] and all the others are getting along.

If Jerusha were here she would be gratified by my writing & join in the assurance of our continued, if every so silent, affection. Do you ever hear from my children? I got a letter not long since from my Edward[13] enclosing a photograph of a certain little Wallace Fawcett[14].

Very affectionately your brother, Willis

  1. FAWCETT, Robert McMahon (1859 - 1933)
  2. FAWCETT, Bransonia (1853 - 1937)
  3. CARSON, John William (1848 - 1929)
  4. FAWCETT, Joseph Curtis (1856 - 1940)
  5. FAWCETT, Francis Scott (1849 - 1934)
  6. FAWCETT, Benjamin Keyes (1827 - 1870)
  7. FAWCETT, Erasmus Keyes (1865 - 1941)
  8. GAUSS, Eugene (1811 - 1896)
  9. MCCLUER, Samuel Campbell (1821 - 1888)
  10. GAUSS, Robert (1851 - 1913)
  11. FAWCETT, Henrietta (1817 - 1909)
  12. FAWCETT, Lucretia Catherine (1822 - 1913)
  13. FAWCETT, Edward Stabler (1846 - 1901)
  14. FAWCETT, Wallace Hooff (1876 - 1938)


From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.

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