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Letter to "My Own Dear Mother" from Amelia (Tate)

Letter to "My Own Dear Mother" from Amelia (Tate)
etter and envelope, 1 page folded in half to have four side to write on, August 1st 1885, My own dear Mother, I ought to have answered your good little letter ere this, but we have had workmen here painting & finishing off the house ever since I came home untill yesterday they completed the job & left, it is said by all that we have the prettiest & finest house in this country everything is painted & varnished very nicely, We have six rooms papered & some painted others whitewashed. It has been very expensive & great deal of work & trouble for me, I am glad it is over, Rosa & Mit are both with us now, Mr. Shuff is expected tomorrow to spend a few days, Mr Wren comes out about every ten days & stay three or four days, cant leave the store long, Little Beverley grows every day seems very well he is very fond of riding on a horse Mr Greerer take him all round the farm with him, Mit lookes thin but does not complain any Rosa is very well & stout Mr. Tate is in Lynchburg. He is in better health now than has been for three or four years He took exceptions to your letter & says he intends to sue for his part but I do not think he will, I told him that I did not think that Pa ever intended for us to get anything more, & we did not need it I did not want it &c, I would be qualified that Pa told me that Mr Tate was ungrateful & if he ever had any thing to give us, he would give it to me (I have never told Mr Tate this) but I remember the conversation perfectly well, I hope Mr. Tate will never hear of it, I will not tell him unless I am compelled (& I do not want any of you to tell him) I think Ma if he could see you he would give up to or take your advice, I do not want to incur the displeasure of single one of my good & kind fathers family for his sake as well as many other reasons, As he loved & wished so much to have us love each other I do not believe that any one of my brothers & sisters would allow me or one of my children to suffer for the Necessaties of life so I will be content with anything they do & you sanction. I do not intend to commit myself to Mr. Tate in anyway I can avoid against you all, I must say I think it was very careless & unthoughted in Martin or Richard not to send me a paper that had Pas obituary in it, I forgot to leave the money with them to get the paper a year, but that one would not have been much, if they had thought of it as I most assuredly would done for any of them This is a hard cold world (but we make it so) I am glad that the time is coming that we can leave it & be at rest Now my dear good mother I wish so much to have you with me when could you come I would go for you any time you think could come, I know you are so lonely do feel so sorry that I cannot be with you, wish I had remained a month or two when there If I had know that you would have been alone all this time I would Please burn this letter as soon as you read it, I do not want Mr Tate to see it if he ever sees you he will ask you to show it to him Now just as you all fix things will be agreeable with me Do write me soon some of you with best love to you & all the family I close, Your loving child Amelia, the envelope is addressed to Mrs. Rosamond Gwyn, Care R. L. Gwyn, Mt. Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, postmarked - Town House, Virginia, August 1, 1885 with a 2 cent stamp
-Hugh Gwyn, born 1804, died 1885, wife - Rosamond Dickerson
-Moved to Mount Airy in 1850
-Home was on the Piper's Gap Road four miles from Mount Airy
-Home was called Idle Wilde
-Hugh and Rosamond had ten children
-One of Hugh's sons was Richard Littleton Gwyn
-Richard Littleton Gwyn was the only child that stayed in Mount Airy
-Richard married Letitia Hollingsworth Gwyn and stayed at Idle Wilde
-Richard and Letitia had eight children
- Imogene (Genie) Gwyn (single),
-Joseph (Joe) Hollingsworth Gwyn who married Blanche Holt, as a young man he operated Gwyn Drug store and ran the nearby White Sulphur Springs Hotel, he died in 1975 at the age of 93,
-Annie Gwyn who married Thomas D. Gilliam and they had three children Nancy Gilliam, Betsy Gilliam and Thomas D. Gilliam Jr.,
-Hugh Gwyn,
-Letitia Gwyn who married William Simpson,
-Richard Reginald Gwyn,
-May Gwyn who married William Ashby,
-Elma Gwyn who married Robert E. Ashby and they had two children
-Next Idle Wilde's ownership fell to Richard Reginald Gwyn and Robert and Emma Gwyn Ashby and Genie Gwyn
-In the 1970's the house stood empty for the first time in 120 years
-It later burned

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