|Collection||Kate Strong Historical Library|
|Dates of Creation||1841/07/08|
|Scope & Content||
Four pages of drafts and jottings mainly of a letter to Mary about finances and William's remarks about money owed him.
Edgefield Co. South Carolina July 8th 1841
Since I wrote you last, nothing has transpired here worthy of note; but you would like to know that I am in good health, and it is on that account that I write to you at present.
I have attended two wedding parties. I conceived it would be to my advantage to mingle in a crowd and form as many acquaintances as possible. On that
I have received your letter dated July 18th. You say brother William was very much disappointed when he learnt that I would not be home this summer, and assigned as a reason for my not coming that I was owing money at home. I do not wonder [at your being] seems to have made you quite unhappy. You speak like one who has lost all hope. You say it is a comfort for you to know that you was not the cause my embarrassment and you say you are thankful to have a father's house to reside in.
For this I should infer that you expect but little from me hereafter
I received you letter of the18th in due time You seem to have been disappointed of learning that I would not be home this summer as was brother William who was so thoughtful as to assign reason for my not returning. That I was owing money at home---that that information should have made you feel so sorrowful as it seems to have done. For my own part I have not been in better spirits for more than nearly four years. I am not alarmed about the money that I am owing that brother William speaks of. I can soon pay it. I have known a Negro to earn as much in Georgia in four nights by fiddling. So not therefore be sad on that account.
I have seen darker days than the present. The summer of 1839 I shall ever remember as a gloomy period in my life. Many a man in the same situation would have returned home and have thrown himself upon his friends and connections for support or would have sought relief from his troubles by resorting to the bottle as halter.
You have reason therefore to be thankful that I am deposed to persevere and overcome my difficulties rather than sink under them. I shall close my business here this week, and will leave here the first of next week to open a school in the country and take a trip to the [Seaman's Spring.]? You will not
Therefore answer my letter until you hear from me again.
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|Notes||Robert writes from Edgefield, SC|