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Letter from Wythe B. Graham to Richard Gwyn

Letter from Wythe B. Graham to Richard Gwyn regarding the sale of land in Mount Airy
Max Meadows, Virginia, Dear Richard, Your favor of 29th reached me two or three days ago. It must have been delayed a little on the way. I am glad to hear you are all in reasonably good health. We felt some anxiety for you, for we had heard you had a great deal of sickness (in many cases fatal) in and around Mt. Airy. The children and I are in usual health. Your Sister Gennie is delicate but going around. We had a most pleasant visit from your Sister Mary and Carrie. Your ma is still at Maj. Tate's and we hear she is feeble. Gennie expects to go see her in a very short while. As to selling the lands, you seem to think it best to do so soon & most likely you are right. If your Rail Road is sure to be built to Mount Airy very soon (I hear it will be completed to Mt. Airy by December next) it would seem that now would be an oppoetune time to sell. You know there is, and has been, a "great boom" all over the country, in Real Estate, in, and near towns where new Rail Roads are coming in. Of course, sooner or later, there will be a "let up" to some extent at least, in this thing. And it may be that now is as good a time as any in the near future at least. Of course it is hard for many of us to "see very far ahead of us" in a time when the march of events is so rapid. I would like to get over to see you all. Would be very glad to see Sister Titia & the children. Some of whom I have never seen and all of the children no doubt have changed greatly since I saw them. But it is harder for me to get away tahn formerly. Mary, I suppose, will go back again to Wytheville to school & we will then be a little more lonely. Now why not you & your wife & little ones come over while the climate is pleasant & stay with us awhile? It would be advantageous. The trip would, for the health of you all. Now why not take a little recreation over here in our mountains? We hope you may write us to the effect that you will do so> With my best love & best wishes for the health & happiness of you all. I remain, as ever, Yours, Wythe B. Graham
-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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