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Copy of a letter from Elizabeth Cromwell Armour of Jackson, Tennessee, to her brother Richard Cromwell, Jr., in Baltimore, Maryland, dated July 9, 1826. The letter mentions family matters. Elizabeth had married William Armour, a Jackson merchant, on May 17, 1825. Armour and his partner Robert Lake operated a store, a cotton gin and built boats that sailed to New Orleans carrying freight. The transcription of the letter is as follows: Mr. Richard Cromwell Junr, Messers Hoffman Bend & Co., North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, With Politeness of Mr. Reynolds. Answered 11th August 1826. [page 1] Jackson July 9th 1826 Dear Richard, The gentleman who hands you this is Mr. Reynolds, a respectable carpenter who has been at work on our house, he is leaving Jackson for fear of sickness with which he has suffered severely for the last two seasons, he passes through Baltimore and has offered to take a letter from me and call to see you and answer any enquiries you may feel disposed to make concerning us. We are all back now. George went this morning to Gibsonport [Trenton, Tennessee] a small town 25 miles from here where Mr. Armour has established a small store, he has gone, to let the young man who attends it come here to see his friends, he will stay only a few days, he was so crazy to go that Mr. Armour was obliged to let him go, he improves every day in his manners is much more affectionate than he used to be, and talks a good deal about the accademy [sic] girls, and they praise his beauty and blush when they see me or hear his name mentioned, he only talks about them, but runs clear off when they come in the store, he has a young bear, which he calls the bar to plague George Smith, George Smith and our George are [page 2] are in partnership, a man brought the bear here for the boys, George S. was fully under the impression that it was a present, when they went out to tye him George Cromwell asked the man the price, he said three dollars and a half they could say nothing after thanking him so often for bringing him and had to pay it down. G.S. was out of all patience with G.C. for asking the price and thinks the man intended it for a present until he met such a temptation, and almost resolved to dissolve the partnership the price was unreasonable. The boys sent 7 dollars to Orleans by R. Lake. he bought a bag of coat buttons for 2.50 which they have sold for 5 dollars cash. and eleven white feather fans for 4 1/2 dollars 4 of which they sold at 1 dollar a piece, they think they are making money. Mr. Lake has 30 dollars to lay out for them in Baltimore. You would go into transports if you could see your little nephew, he is a sweet little fellow, improving every day. they all say here he is the image of young Mr. Cromwell, the whooping cough is all over Jackson. I am afraid he will get it. he is middling troublesome all day but sleeps all night We have had a spell of very hot weather lately, and thunderstorms every two or three evenings but they do not cool the air. Mr. Reynolds will tell you any thing about our building you may want to know, it will not be worth while to take him to see the girls, he might be a little like Ellis Thomas. however he is a very clever respectable man. Ann gives me the most agreeable account of you and John, you have no idea, or rather you must know how [page 3] much it gratifies me to hear that you are so clever. your younger brothers my dear Richard, will ever be obliged to you for the example you have set them. I hope my dear brother you are very respectful and affectionate to Mama, and consider how many sacrifices she has made for the health and advantage of her children, when I think how lonesome she must be and how bereaved she must feel at having all her children away it makes my heart ache. When she comes to town you ought to endeavour to make her time pass as pleasantly as possible and enter into any of her schemes and notions, if it had not been for her, you would never have been fixed as comfortably as you are, l long to see you all. I pine to see you. I want to show John to you, but I begin to doubt, whether I shall be gratified this fall. Mr. Lake will [missing word?] so late returning that it will be too dangerous a se[missing letters] to travel with John. Mr. Armour will put off his business in Baltimore till the spring if he can, and I think we ought to stay here this fall to see to the finishing off of the house yard garden planting trees etc but cannot tell how it will be till Mr. Lake comes home. tell Frances and John to write to us. Heath[?] is very negligent Ann is the stand by give me her after all. I am very lonesome and always fretting because Mr. Armour will not stay more with me. he is with me as much as possible. never leaves the house except with me. but I have no women to talk to, and enter into my plans for housekeeping and sewing, we are constantly wishing for one or two of the girls. the married ladies here fairly quarrel for the young girls to keep them company. George Smith [page 4] says he wishes Mr. Lake would bring one of our girls out with him. The boys tell me that Andrew has fallen in love with Mrs. Bradford’s girl that staid here and nursed John a month and wants to marry her. he has not mentioned it to us yet, she is an excellent girl. we are perplexed about it a little, he does not wish to come home. likes Jackson he is very useful and obedient. Write to me frequently your letters are always very welcome. George is going to write every day. my love to all in Conway St. and over the river. tell Ellen I could eat her without pepper and salt if I had hold of her. Mr. Armour sends his love he has just caught two fleas one in each hand. he is dreadfully tormented with them undresses two or three times a day to get them off. I am your affectionate sister E. Armour.




1826 July 9


Armour, Elizabeth., Letters--Tennessee--Jackson.

Letter from Elizabeth Cromwell Armour, Jackson, Tenn., to Richard Cromwell, Jr., Baltimore, Md., 1826