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Catalog Number KSa044846
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1830/12/07
Scope & Content Scotchtown, December 7th 1830
Dear Brother,
.We are very much afflicted here at present and have been pretty much since you was at our house. The Monday after you left our house I got a fall through the poles on to Esq Morisons barn floor which broke two of my ribs and injured my hip. The cause of my fall was there were sheaves threw up promisencusly the poles which deprived me of seeing the poles which were not properly adjusted. The poles I fell between were 2 1/2 feet apart. I fell about 13 1/2 feet on the naked barn floor, I was helping Esq draw in his harvest. There was 4 or 5 days after my fall which I could not help myself. I am well of the hurt now.
My wife about 7 weeks ago had a small sore come on the top of the right foot. I was fearfull it was the arrisiplus but her applying cooling things kept it from spreading and inflaming for some time. But other sores breaking out and becoming more inflamd, The doctor was sent for who pronounced it arrisiplus which has been considerably advancing over the system.
At present it seems to confined to the foot, the side of the right foot at the root of the little toe is the worst. The foot is very much infiamd up to the ankle The doctor spoke quite encouraging yesterday respecting it, but is some fearfull she will loose her little toe. It is more than two weeks since she has walked any on her foot. Two weeks she has had watches; Maria and I attended on her last night. How long she may remain in this situation I cannot tell and what may be the consequence.
I cant come and see you on the Island as I calculated on the account of what is above related. I send by this letter the sum of eighteen dollars for interest on the note. I am much disappointed because I could not come and see you all. Father and all of you will, I expect, be disappointed. Give my best respects to all our friends and accept my best wishes for your happiness. This from your affectionate and afflicted brother.
Seth Williamson Scotchtown
Notes - Purchased from Bernard Press by R. M. Gipson for the Museums