William Holland Thomas Letter
July 24th 1877
Junaluska Jackson County
I am still at this place but hope to leave here
in time to reach home the first week in August
the mean time I want John W Terrell Esq
to complete the 25,000 shingles he contracted to
make. Have them stacked up
so that they
can season. The plank Frank Gibson was
to saw I presume he has finished I would
like to have it piled
and covered as
that it can season to lighten transportation.
Arrangements will be made in August
to settle the Gibsons
debt to Ute Sherrill if
he desires payment in that way. If
you have the opportunity let my son Terrell
see this letter.
Some turnips ought to be sowed at
once. I presume you can get Mr Moody to
do that. The piece
of swamp land broke up
In the orchard would I presume bring good
turnips, if the land be well prepared,
continues to improve but after the
swelling has been removed I have a
faine prospect of regaining strength in it
that when I get home I can again enjoy
the pleasure of riding on horse back, My
health with the exception of my ankle
as well as physical is a good
as it has been since the way.
I presume James is going to School
Mr. McCarthie , He should learn all
he can, He may not have as good
a teacher as Mr. McCarthie again soon
directed Major Stringfield to keep
my horse at his house until I return
For Little Sallie to ride before and for
to ride home after my return, I
will very probably travel in the Stage
from the end of the Railroad Henry
the foot of the Blue Ridge to
Give my respects to the family and enquiring
Yours truly WH Thomas
JACKSON COUNTY, NC - MISCELLANEOUS - Letter from Col. William H. Thomas
to his daughter Demarius Angeline
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The above is
a transcription from a copy of a orginal letter sent from Col.
William Holland Thomas, (my 5th great-grandfather) sent
to his daughter,
(my 4th great-grandmother), Demarius Angeline THOMAS/SHERRILL, during his
committment to the
Insane Asylum in Raleigh, North Carolina. This letter
was written 2 months after the death of his beloved wife, Sarah "Sallie"
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