"Fayette County, Tenn.
May 24, 1841
(postmarked Dancyville, Tenn. May 25)
To Mrs. Susannah (Barnett) Smart Charlotte, North Carolina
Aunt Susannah Smart Dear Madam:
I have seated myself the first time to address a few lines to you, knowing that from the friendship that you always showed towards us in Carolina, that you would be glad to hear from us in this western country. I have thought for some time that I would write to you. I have full neglected it until the present.Brothers William and John; sisters, Mary and Jane are all living together. They have all suffered with sickness since they have come to this country. Brother William has had a severe attack of cold settled on his lungs.
He lay two months; we thought he had something like consumption, but has recovered again. Brother John is confined at this time with a rather singular disease. The Doctors don't call it by name. He has large kernels in the glands of his throat and had them there sometime before he was confined. He has constant fever for three or four weeks but he is beginning to recover again and I think will get well again. Sister Mary has never been well since she left the old country. She took sick there the fall we left and has never enjoyed good health since nor am I afraid she never will. She has had a bad cough at this time. Sister Jane is as fat and hearty as you ever saw her.Brother Robert and his family are well. John D. Smith and Robert Walker, also. I suppose you have heard before this that Sister Harriet was married; she and her family are well. I have enjoyed first rate health ever since I came to this country. I have had no sickness at all in my family. We have a fat country here to live in if we will only use industry we can make double what we would there or triple. Uncle James
McRee and Aunt Rebecca was up to see us a few days ago. They are all well. He lives about fifteen miles from us in the same county I live in. This has been a very wet, cold, backward spring.