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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Page 3 Benjamin Lafayette Smith's letters, etc.
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†††††††††It has been very pretty weather for the last tvo weeks, but it is tolerably
†††††††† cool today.
†††††††† We are going to school to a man by the name of Turnipseed. I think he is a very
†††††††† good teacher. We have been going to him three weeks. I have been writing all
†††††††† day long and I must bid you good bye.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your affectionate Cousin,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Benjamin L. Smith
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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††March the 23rd 1856
†††††††† My Dear Cousin Carrie(Delony)
†††††††††††††††††††††††† I received a letter from Cousin Mc not long since and she said
†††††††† that I must write tO you, and therefore I will write. Carrie are you going to
†††††††† school now? When you write again you must tell me all your studies. When you
†††††††† write you must tell me where Cousin Martha is living. She promised to write to
†††††††† write to me, but I have written to her once and Father has written twice, and
†††††††† we have not heard a word from her yet. Have you seen her since she Was married?
†††††††† When you see her you must tell her she must write to me. Carrie you must not
†††††††† forget this the next time you see her,
†††††††† We are going to school to a man by the name of Turnipseed. I think he is a very
†††††††† good teacher. We have been going to him two weeks.
†††††††† It has been very pretty for the last four weeks.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your affectionate Cousin,
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Benjamin L. Smith
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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† April the 6th 1856
†††††††† My Dear Cousin Martha (Warren
††††††††††††††††††††††††† I received your letter last week and was very glad to reó
†††††††† ceive it.
†††††††† I have more news to tell you about marriages than a little. Since you left, Mr.
†††††††† Milton, Ike Herron, Francis Megee, and the greatest of all was Lucy Jane & Nelse,
†††††††† Jim told a big story. He said that he was married when he was not. He wanted
†††††††† to marry some of those Wistons so bad that he had to come and tell that he was
†††††††† married to one of them.
†††††††† We are going to a man by the name of Turnipseed. I think he is a very good
†††††††† teacher. I would like to stay with you and go to school at LaGrange very well,
†††††††† if I were not going to school now.
†††††††† The spring has opened so pretty and the flowers have budded out so pretty. I
†††††††† wish you were here to get some of them and to ride out in the prairie with us.
†††††††† I can go down the bill and kill as many squirrels.
†††††††† We all have been well ever since you left, but Father has been sick, and Ann
†††††††† had the same disease that Partheny (sp?) had.
†††††††† Charlie has 8 teeth; he can stand alone, he can say go off, and he can say I
†††††††† wont. Not long after you left Bet would tell that you was coming and he would
†††††††† look all around.
†††††††† I made $13.55 picking cotton, Sherman $2.80, Penn $5.80.
†††† ††††Mother & Father send their love to you, and Charlie especially.
†††††††† From you affectionate Cousin
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Benjamin L. Smith.
†††††††† Please Priss, please Priss, please (as Ike says) write soon to me.
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