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J. G. Anderson to his brother

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Barnesville August 23rd 1857

Dear Brother

As it is Sunday and raining and I have not wrote to you for some time I thought I would write one and maybe I will get an answer to some of them after while but I have not received one from home yet. Mitchel had a small attack of the chills and fever but broke it up and is yucking up again. I have had the bone ache and head ache for a few days, but I am better to day with the exception of a pain through my hips which I think is the rheumatic caused by the damp weather. There has been considerable chills and fever but it seems to be easily broken up. Two weeks ago I went down into Henry, Co. Mo. about 60 miles from here with T. A. Boho to his fathers. He had two chills and got home sick; we staid there two weeks attended two parties and had quite a fine time. He and his father have a timbered claim here. When we returned I bought part of a disputed claim and gave my gun and yoke of cattle and my note for sixty five dollars due the middle of December. The other man that is on it I have to pay one hundred dollars. I made a bargain with Charles Haller to day to loan me the money. I let him make 4,5 00 rails on this side the creek joining his claim; oak at 50 cts per hundred and hickory 37c He has to go 120 miles into Mo. to get the money. There is about 30 acres of bottom prairie and all the rest is timber; it has a new hewed log house on it with a porch too it and one log cabin. It has cost me about 350 dollars but it can't be bought for one thousand tomorrow.

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There is going to be a steam saw mill put up this fall about two miles above it on the river and it is about two miles from Luella a town which was lately laid off by the yankees which we think will be the County seat. it is about 3/4 of a mile from the prairie claim I took up which I will sell if I can. I think it was about the first of August it rained here just in time to save the corn and we have had plenty ever since and the most of the corn will be pretty good. Since the rain the grass has been growing fine. Flour is worth $4.50 per hundred bacon 15cts per lb. There is plenty of fruit down in the state right east of here and I don't see why it won't do us well here. I received a letter from J. King last night, he says he will be ready to start out here the first of Sep. but supposed he would not get off before the fifteenth. he says the letter I wrote to him raised quite an excitement among his neighbors about Kansas and it reached as far as Milledgeville. Well I wrote just what I thought. It certainly can't be beat for a stock country and I don't see what can make it sickly for I have not seen but one pond on the river and that is 3 miles from here. The way I am situated at present I cannot return home this fall. I will have to chink and daub and start my house and get a floor in it it is not finished yet. If J. King comes by your house and you have any money you can spare as well as not it would come in good play but if you can't spare any I can get it of him I guess. Write soon. Direct to Barnesville Burbon County K. T.

H.
Anderson

J. G. Anderson

 

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