transcribed by Rita Anderson
randrblues@aol.com
October 4, 2004

This letter written by John and Cintha Lowman, Bethel Township, Clark Co, 1853 It was sent to Joseph and Sarah Lowman in Stevenson Co., IL. I transcribed it exactly as written. Joseph and Sarah were both doctors. Old Mr. Walton in the letter refers to Sarah's father John Walton.

July the 9th A.D. 1853

Dear Son and Daughter,

Sir, I take this opertunity of in forming that we are all well and hoping theas few line ma find all injoying the same blesing. We received your letter last Friday and was glad to hear that you had Safely arrived at your journies end and that you was well pleased with the country.

But I think you half to pay high rent by what you rote in your letter. And you did not rite one word hows Old Mr. Waltons family was. And how the like it out thare & soforth.

You did not start on Monday as you spoke of when you left here. You rote you Did not Start till Tuesday.

Now I will tell you about the people here. Julian was Down one day this week. Thare famly is well as usual. Rhoda Layton & family is well as usual grany is still staying with her. We have not received no letter from Clark Since you left here. Our friends in general is all well as usuall.

The Schollars of Profesor Harrisons School had quite and exhibition & celabtration on the fourth of July. Thare was quite an number of people in at tendance. We are havesting our wheat. The People in general are done threw here we had quite a fine Shower of rain las Saturday & Sunday wich makes the corn frow fine as ever I saw corn grow. I think we will have a good crop of corn this year tho our Oats will be short this season. It is too late for this rains to dew much good for the Oats. We have a bundance of ripe cherys at present and very good ones too. The children is going to gether good quite a quantity today to dry.

With the rain I spoke last Saturday we had quit a shower. It blowed most all our Shugar canes down write into our corn. We got a letter from Abraham Lowman last week he rote that Ephraim Lowman lost his wife. She Died on the tenth of June last. He rits the balance of his famly is well. Ephraims wife died in chiled bed. Silas has got back from Rouchester N.Y. he bought a fine lot of Dwart & Standand trees for yeard & gardens. He has go four or five hand ingaging trees for him. Thare dewing well as fore as heard from. He has bin out to Samuel Hughels since he got back from York State. Sams famly is well. He sez the corn crops looks well out there. The wheat wont be very good. The fly had injured the wheat out thare a goodeel. Uncle Daves folks has moved in thare new hous. So no more but still remains your affectionate father & mother till Death. John & Cintha Lowman to Joseph & Sarah Lowman