No Binding. Good. 11 letters, 20 pages, various sizes, some staining, tanning and wear to the letters, with some tears and loss, one letter is fragmentary, but the text is generally readable and legible. Collection of incoming correspondence to Moses White and his wife Rachel Alexander White, of Buncombe County, in western North Carolina, and Lexington, Georgia. Moses White apparently worked as a schoolteacher in the mountains of western North Carolina in Buncombe County, near Asheville. He briefly obtained work in Georgia before returning to Buncombe County. He married Rachel Alexander and had several children. The letters describe daily domestic life and conditions at the time in the mountains of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia. The letters begin with two letters written by Robert Ferguson, of Bedford County, Tennessee to his cousin Rachel Alexander, of Buncombe County, North Carolina, in which he professes his love for her, which seems to have been unreciprocated: "Bedford County Tennessee, December 10, 1817 Dear Cousen, I now lift my pen to writ u a few lines from I am well at this tim and I hope that I may find you in the same stat of helf I under stood by John patton that my letter you did not like on this account because I did not wright it my self. Miss Rache if my impoliahtnes did offend you you must excuse me for any further talk about that is not worth whill if I was with you I could sattis fy you all I think that you might rote to mee and told mee that you did not love me and not a talked a bout me as you did I want you to right to me and tell me what the barrer of the letter that I sent you last said concerning mee my love is sum what a bated ." "State of Tennessee Bedford Co April the 16 1818 Worthy Cousins I now lift my pen once more to communicate A few lines to you I received yours dated the 25 of January 1818. I must confess that you addressing your self with so much polightness and independcy that I am compelled to continue my love with you yet A constansy of love I doo always like.I will sarch my hart and the truth I will right to you and I hope that you will not bee offended at me for doing so I wil right plain to you and I want you to doo the same my love with you is still greater and greater and now you can anseer as you please eather one way or tother So I might conclude by subscribing may name so far from my lovely miss no tongue can express my love to you ." Cedar Spring, Spartanburg, S.C., July 29, 1824 [fragmentary letter, missing portion of second leaf] "My dear Friend, . We are much rejoiced to hear of the favorable result of your visit to Buncombe & hope that the matter will finally terminate in a manner calculated to make all parties happy. The Academy at this place appears promising It now consists of 24 scholars at $ 25 per ann. I preach at Fairforest 10 miles distant twice a month & at Unionville 24 miles once a month. I intend to settle ultimately in the former place; how soon I may remove thither I know not. I have taken a lot here & built a house which tho' unfinished we occupy. There are 7 families besides my own consisting of about 120 souls These are all merely summer visitors, some of them may become permanent, especially if we succeed in a female Academy which is already determined on. This place is unquestionably one of the most healthy & pleasant in the state. My family however have not enjoyed uninterrupted health. No one has experienced any severe attack. My own health has continued good. Mrs. Porter's not quite as good as formerly.." Asheville, North Carolina, September 3, 1824, Reuben Phillips to Moses White, Lexington, Georgia "Mr. White Dear sir, Yours of the 15 of August came to hand by the last mail And I think it necessary to retur (Inventory #: 030109)
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