East New Market


20 August 1835 

From Elizabeth C. Waggaman to her son, John C. Waggaman

(Collection of Frank Collins, Fort Mill, SC)

East New Market, Md
18 3/4 (cents)
August 20th 1835

Mr. John C. Waggaman
Jefferson College

August 12, 1835
Forty dollars -   Fair Mound        

My Dear Son -

Your Grandmother and Aunt in with us -  We all dined with Mrs. R. Stuart yesterday - and the rane prevented them, and Virginia from returning with me we visit by water - in our barge, but I have to take a land conveyance home - about two miles apart - the old ladies are very well - and in fine spirits - Uncle G has made a settlement on Eliza of three hundred dollars a year, as long as she lives -

I am this morning alone, and reading to grandmother the Saints rest - a present from your self - My dear John you can not tell with what joy at heart - and thankfulness - of soul - I read your good books - and pray to our heavenly father - that such advise may sink deep in your young heart, and make an everlasting impression on your mind, and heart.  Tis our father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.  I believe that out good G fathers righteous prayers has been heard in heaven - where we shall all meet if we hold out faithful -- is the prayer of your mother.

We received a long letter from Sister Page - She is in the state of Main the town of Wiscasfitt - with his father she is much pleased with them - and rites in very good spirits - expects to hear in a few weeks on their way to Ohio Cleaveland to live, its quite a sudden conclusion, and trust, she will be better pleased, she has been in bad matic ever since hur visit to the North - Daniel Ratcliff - and John Kennedy are settled in that town, and are doing extremely well, I expect they have had some influence on them, I believe Mr. Page is in the Mercantile business -

I have so much to say to you about our business - and a poor hand at riting my sight is so bad its with difficulty I rite.

Mrs. W. Roach met with your last letter sent by Mrs. Carson in Baltimore it was left at the merchant store she dealt with - I got it in a few days after you rote it.  and was highly gratified to hear from you.  Dr. Ross come out to see us in a few days.  I show him the part about the specks - he seems to be much pleased to hear from you - His kindness is still extended towards us by them both - I should have ritten before but could not get to see Mr. Page sooner to see how our business stands - He has been from home. have not yet seen him - shall the last of the week -

[darker handwriting]
July 20 - I have at last got some money for you after a hard scuffle - you are now at age and the business between us - is changed - you must give me an order to receive all your papers - money - which Mr. Page has in, his hands - I have walked to New M. this morning - to send it you by the mail this morning - you must - be particular - in your order and have a witness of some standing - Miligan bought the Mill - and Thomas Smoot the farm - but I think we were wofully cheated - I cannot explain to you.

[even darker handwriting]
Henry Page, Trustee for the Sale of the Mill & Mill Seat willed me by my grandfather and of the real estate descended from my deceased brother William E. Waggaman, to me and others, will pay whatever is or shall become due, on the whole to my mother Mrs. Eliza C. Waggaman, by assignment of paper or other settlements.

I am in New Market the Mail is waiting for me.  I send you forty dollars - enclosed - your affections I send you forty dollars.  Dear Mother E. C. Waggaman