No Binding. Good. folio, 3 pages of a bi-folium, separated along main fold, old tape repairs to second leaf, few holes affecting several letters of text, some light toning, else in good legible condition. Robinson, a young man and emigrant from Virginia writes to his relations describing his move to Greenville, Missouri where he hoped to establish a medical practice. Greenville was established in 1819 and Robinson's letter describes the town and Wayne County from the viewpoint of a pioneer settler and medical doctor. "Dear Uncle & Aunt, . In last June, I bought medicine, books, instruments &c and journeyed south and tarried not until I reached this place, where I have located myself, perhaps permanently. It may interest you to give a description of this county - as all Virginians wish to know something about Missouri - This County in breadth from North to South is rising of 80 miles from East to West something like 200 miles - it is bounded as follows South by the Territory of Arkansas, East by the Osage boundary line - North by the Counties of Washington & Madison, Northeast East and Southeast by the counties of Perry, Cape Girardeau, and New Madrid the soil is fertile, the face of the country off from the water courses, mountainous, the mountains, for the most part, covered with the evergreen pines, the mountains as in Virginia unfit for cultivation, but many beautiful tracts of land lie on the water courses, and in occasional vallies, it is well watered, fine springs of the purest water, millseats, sites for distilleries &c - all succulent grain does well cotton, tobacco and hemp grow well, it is the finest stock country in the world, large cane bottoms, where the farmers drive their stock to every fall, and then in the spring, when vegetation begins to spring up at their farms, the go and drive them from the cane range - stock keeps in fine order without a grain of corn. The Lead Mines & St. Louis furnish markets for the excess of stock, that the farmers raise. It is 45 miles to the nearest lead mines and about 120 from St. Louis, 60 miles from the Mississippi River, 5 from Jackson, 60 from St. Genevieve - population say 4000 - corn grows finely and with about the labour that you bestow on it in Virginia - the gentleman with whom I live, has a fine farm, most of it has been in cultivation for 20 years the corn notwithstanding looks well, and there will be taken at least 40 bushels from an acre, this looks like living. I think from present appearances that I will make out to live decently by my profession. I am determined to become well off if I do not, it shall not be attributed to want of exertion on my part. I have travelled a great deal since I left Virginia and I may say with great advantage I have seen man in all situations I have seen him rolling in the car of affluence, and there studied his character but happiness was not his attendant - again I have seen the sufferer from all the innumerable ills that flow from poverty and dependence, for himself he seemed not to care, but for his weeping and disconsolate wife and tender offspring seemed alone to afflict him . The inhabitants of this part of Missouri are peculiarly blessed with health - a few cases have been submitted to my care and success has ever attended my efforts ." (Inventory #: 030106)
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