Letter from Robert Speer to Richard Gwyn

Letter from Robert Speer to his brother in law Richard Gwyn
Speers Grove Texas, December 11th 1886, Mr. R. L. Gwyn, Dear Bro we received your last letter stateing you would accept our feeble proposition of fifty five hundred dollars, after writing to you we found we could raise some more money, and have just closed the land transaction and review the deed to day, and put in Bank in New York exchange ($6275.00) sixty two hundred and seventy five dollars, and gave one note payable in 12 months for $562.50 five hundred and sixty two dollars 50/100 and one for the same amt to be paid in two years with interest from date. Now bro Richard I regretted to see the Lawyers that Bro Harper has been corresponding with take one hundred dollars out of this money for a fee. They have done nothing but deliver the deed, and write a few letters. I have paid for all the deeds, acknowledgements & rewriting fees, and had it not been for agents, and lawyers, your money would have been paid years ago. But if I had sold the land they would have missed their commission. Now bro Richard you perhaps will tjink a little strange of my last remarks, as I introduced you to the Firm of Hanah, & Hogsett, telling you they were good Lawyers & safe men, so I did and all I said was true. Mr. Hoggsett had not been here many years, and Capt Hanah took him in as a partner, and controled him in his charges and controled him in the business with me, and tranacted all thr business I had in my troubles before you come and attended to drawing and deed when you purchased and only charged fifty dollars. Capt Hanah has been dead about 4 years. Now Capt. Hogset & his new partner both good lawyers and got very wealthy since you were here. They charge one hundred for delivering a deed and holding it a few weeks and writing a few letters back that the poor fellow can't pay the deed out, &c. hopeing for the commission for selling it. I do hope you & Bro. Harper will not give them any more money for nothing I will do your write, and can do better without a guard over me, and my determination is to refund every dollar with the interest you charge give me a chance without agents, or Lawyers. As ever your devoted Bro. Robt. Speer, I have just writen to Bro Fin Harper would have been glad to have forwarded your money but had no control only to pay Bank. My kindest regards to Sister Tisha, & children. My best wishes to Bros Martin, & Hugh, and friends generally
-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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