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McFarland-Russell Letter, April 6, 1871
Bleakwood, Orange Co., Texas April 6th 1871
Mr. Robert E. Russell
I hope you do not think negligence has caused me to delay in writing, the mail has not been regular:as if I had have written it would have been here yet; I was about to forget to start your letter was received with great pleasure and found to a very interesting letter. I have had ample time to make mine as good but will fail to do so for I know before it is written what kind of letter it will prove to be scarce worthy of a perusal, there is nothing new to tell or talk about; weddings have grown common I heard of five last week those were old acquaintences of mine if the girls marry up so fast we will soon have no girls.
Mf. Russell you heard a shy way of asking about Miss Fannie Scott. I take it takes some Mr. Russell, if all reports are true Miss F_____ will have(unclear) than you imagine wishes Mrs. H. S.has told you. I will not tell any more nor write his name plainly. Her brother is home this morning: the sun is not very high and I will have to write fast if I get this letter written hefore dark, I write
McFarland-Russell Letter, April 16, 1871
and if you dont send me your picture I won't write you any more long letters. Kate you said that I must excuse bad writing so you must do the same for I won't promise you that I will ever do any better for I could not if I were to try so we both will make that agreement, you must also excuse foolscap as my Initial Paper is not large enough for as long a letter as I will write this evening. I saw Miss Annie & Miss Noe Wintyelle at church today I guess you are acquainted with them they use to live in Newton. I think Miss Annie is much the best looking, by the way.
Mr. H. S. was down last week and I got after him about what you told me and he denied the charge, though I never told him who told me so I should rather (he) think it was Miss Cochsion? than Mrs. F. if reports are true. So you think it is a long time before Peaches refren? do you? You might see me bfore that time for all you know.
Tell your Ma she must excuse me for telling that story. Will got off Monday morning before I got to see him and as you have made the Syrup yourself I will not send her any. Please let me know if it does her any good. Tell me who that young man was that had Mands picture. I have not said anything to her about it yet.
Kate, you judge me harshly, you said that expIained had half. Do (tell)your other correspondants that I would rather a case of letters from than to read yours. I assure you that that is not so. I judge from what you say that your letters are one secret you keep from Mag you told me when I was there that you told her all of your secrets and she kept hers to herself that's right keep one secret from her
and don't let her tease you too much. I want you to be sure and send me that photograph tell Mag I would like to have hers also. I want to show them to some of these ( not sure) some of them seem to be bothered a great deal about my affairs. Please do not think that I want your (crossed out: picture just for a show for that is not so.)
Well, Kate, beieve I have written all that I can think of at present or in other words quite enough of my nonsense don't you think so. Please excuse all errors as I am willing to be forgiven. Write soon and tell me all the news. Kindest regards to
I remain your most sincere friend,
Robert E. Russell
McFarland-Russell Letter, April 18, 1871
McFarland-Russell Letter, April 5, 1891
Chopin(?) LA Apr 5, 1891
R. E. Russell
Yours of the 1st (uncertain) in hand and in simply would say have all of the Green shingles removed up to first then if you can get the others (?) remove them too. don't ask William for any more money, if you have any money of your own use it and let me know how much you use and I will send you a draft for the amount. We will get started up about the 15th it has ben rather slow work gettin in logs...
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but I think that we will get them in faster after this. You and Charley do the best you can with the Old Mill property and it will suit Granwill and myself. I think that you had better take the $5,000.00 for it and I will keep the machinery If you do sell it, get money enough to raise the mortgage. We are all well and getting along all right. Do the best you can with any shingles and lumber. I do not know when I will be able to come down, not until we get started anyway mill some as soon as you can get off .
With love to all of the family, I am your Brother N.N. R. or H.H. R.