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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hughart P.O.††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† June the 2, 1882



Dear Grandmother


††††††††††††††† I have been thinking a long time I would write to you but time passes so fast in this country that it seems but a few days since I left Floyd.I have had no trouble in gettinga home, my health is splendid since I came here.We all have had but Mother, and she has been as well as could be expected for a woman of her age.You would not know Archie & Sarah.They have grown so much.I like this country so much better than I do Floyd.I would not live there again for anything.I am living with Mrs. Skagg.I get a dollar and a quarter a week and do not have much hard work to do.She has no children of her own.Her niece lives with her.She is grown young lady but she and Mrs. Skagg help me with the work.Mrs. Skagg is in delicate health and


is not able to do much, but they are very kind and good to me.You know how low wages are in Floyd.A woman has no chance there to make anything.I just have everything I want.The young lady that lives here made me a beautiful suit of underclothes and skirt.Has 18 tucks(?) in it and they are trimmed beautifully.

I would come to see you all and perhaps will visit you this fall.Eli and Liddie are talking of going to see you and their other relations, and I had thought I would go with them but do not know whether I will go with them or not yet.I have never heard a word from Jim since I have been here.I reckon he has got a divorce and has married again.If he has it is all right with me.He had better keep it a secret.He donít know how many young men are in this country.I do not want Jim to know I have writen this.I like him just as well as I ever did, but I think he has treated me shamefully, but if he would come here I would live with him and let the past bury the past.He knows I missed him for no other reason than love, and how he can think of his children and stay from them I canít tell.When you write tell me if he is there yet and what he is doing.I know if he would come here we could make a good living.Is Gorge living with his wife now, or what has become of him?The reason I think so hard of him is because he sent me here when he know how bitter my people were against me for marrying him.I hope you and grandpap are well and have plenty to live on.We have had a very backward spring here, the weather is real cold for this time of year.You can get Mr. Hall to answer this for you and tell all about the people and how they are doing there.Now give my love to any inquiring friends.I know that Mother would love to go to see you but do not know whether she will ever get to go or not.Well I have nothing more so will at present.Will close hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain your devoted†† ? ? Fannie McNiel ? ?


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Greenbrier County West Virginia