Letter from Robert Speer to Richard Gwyn

Letter from Robert Speer to his brother in law Richard Gwyn
Dear Bro Richard in your last letter you requested me to write you concerning young Mr. Moore. I would have written immediately but circumstances were such it would have done no good. and the trouble I was in about him I was not in condition to express myself to friends abroad. I was at the farm and stayed from the children 2 weeks could hear from them every day by mail if necessary. When I went in after being with children a day or two Annie told me Mat Moore had been in town I inquired if he had visited them. The answer was he had. I soon found he had been in town about a week and he, & Dear Myrtle had made an engagement for marriage upon condition they could get my consent. I set to work to try and brake it up but I soon found through Annie it was only respect shoing to me and if they could not get my consent the matter would be consumate any how yet no expressions from Myrtle to this effect. I thought yet that Myrtle loved me so dearly and respected my feelings so highly that she would not act against my advice. I talked to Myrtle and told her in the strongest terms from the information I had from her near relations and best friends and strongest of all I told her to recollect the advice of her Dear old Gran Father Gwyn. and her Dear Mother that were now both in the grave. She would listen attentively and seemed to be very much affected but was very calm would say but little but when she would speak of Moore she would always speak in his favor that if he had been wild he had reformed and she believed he would continue to be a good man &c Mr Moore went off. I staid with the children about a week. Came to the farm and returned in few days. Mr Moore had been back and arrangements were all made for him to ask my consent to their marriage. Annie told me. I talked to Myrtle she said she thought it the best for her. Myrtle had good opportunities was very popular with the young people but I long since found that she liked Mr. Moore better than any of her associates yet at times she would say they had stopped their correspondence, but in short time I would see a letter that I had reasons to believe come from Mr. Moore and for the last 2 years I have had reasons to believe that Myrtle was engaged to a very worthy gentleman of good property, and fine business qualifycations, good moral quallities, and ranked among the best class of men, his relatives all thought they were going to be maried and it has come like an electric shock when it was found Myrtle preferred an other . Now bro Richard I was in a terrible fix. You and every one that knows me, know that I am devoted to my children and whilst I think I love them all a like under like circumstances, and Dear Myrtle has been my house keeper ever since her Dear Mother died and being with her somuch and she has been so attentive to my wants, and has aided me somuch in keeping my dear little Boys respectible, and administering to their many wants in the absence of a mother it all has its influence to make it seem that I could not give my consent for her to leave me, if she had made a selection that her dear relations were all in favor of but O how is it when the selection and choice of my dear child is one that all her near relations and best friends are bitterly opposed to. Now my Dear Bro I have only experienced one trial that was equal to this, and that was the Death of my Dear companion. That was providential and couldnot be avoided and we were forced to be resigned--but in this case it seems there is no remedy and as I found it would be I told them to mary at home, and they fixed the time on the to be maried on the 22nd 1886. I hope it may turn out better than has been antisipate this is all I can say at present. My kindest regards to all the relations. As ever, Your Bro. Respectfully, Robt. Speer
-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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