Monroe, Louisiana Sept. 17th 1872
Malinda Dull Van Emburgh to her son James George Van Emburgh
I am happy to hear from you and to hear that you are pleased with your work I so much hope that you will keep well while you are a far a way from Home take good care of yourself and be as careful in your work as possibly not to get hurt or snake bit in the swamp so far a way from any help
Mr. Daniel Herron died Sunday morning and is buried in the [St. Matthew’s] catholic graveyard.*
Times are very dull in [?] and we have not had any rain in town, but it has rained in the country nearby. Nearly every cistern is dry in this part and the people are suffering for the want of rain.
I have not received any letters from [your relatives in] the north yet. but hoping to hear soon on your account. James be very careful with yourself live as you would die just to think what an evening life some people lead and how soon they are called away. I hope you will live a long and useful life and try not to have any serious accounts against you when you leave this world. hoping to see you soon
I draw this to a close goodbye
from your Affectionate Mother
Malinda Van Emburgh
[ letter is continued Sept. 22nd 1872]
I did not send my letter owing to your not sending your address. I had to wait for [my brother] Jim [James Dull Jr.] to come home to know how to send it, it looks like a long time since you went off but I hope to see you soon. We got a letter from your Aunt [Martha Dull Harrison] Harrison with the news of [her husband] Mr. Harrisons [Thomas D. Harrison] death he died the last day of August with congestion of the stomach he was sick a week, and Mr. Edwards** died this morning about 2 o`clock yesterday his horse was rubbing against his wagon it fell over him and he died from the injuries received. Your cousin Pheba [Malinda Pheobe Howard] has been very low but was some better when we heard from her
Hoping to see you soon I won`t write much I know that you are in want of more clothes by this time and I am sorry that I can`t send you some, it is now sixty thrice days since it has rained and the dust is terrible.
Try to come home as soon as you can with much love to you
I close goodbye
From your affectionate Mother
*Daniel B. Herron Born 1829 Lowndes, Mississippi Died September 15, 1872 Monroe, Louisiana.
** Moses Thomas Edwards Born 1823 Alabama Died September 22, 1872 Monroe, Louisiana.