This letter was mailed from Cherokee County, Georgia, by William H. Smith, to his sister and brother in law, Squire Joseph and Elisabeth Smith Sanders.
to S.J. Sanders South
Georgia, Cherokee County, April 2nd, 1853
Dear sister & brother, we received your letter, dated in February, which gave us satisfaction to hear you were all well. I was taken down the 16th of December last with the flu. I was down two weeks as I recovered from the flu, I taken (unreadable) rheumatism and it settled in my knees and ankles and wrists, and never walked a step in about two months. I am now able to walk a little. It has been nearly four months since I done any work, and I do not now when I will get able to work again, if ever I do. The rest of us are well as common. I received a letter from John. He stated he had got able to work again. I have not herd from Philip in some time. The counection is all well in this contry and doing tolerable well. Tell William Burns to write to me. You said in your letter that (unreadable) Brooks married Martha Burns. I never herd that his wife was dead. You stated that his three oldest daughters had joined the church. I could not tell whether they were Brooks or Burns daughters, from the way it stated in your letter. Mary Burns will write you a few lines in this letter. Write to us frequently. Nothing more at this time. But remember your affectionate brother till death.
William H. Smith
Dear brother and sister, I take this opportunity of writing you a few in this letter stating we are all well, hoping these lines will find you all well. I am enjoying better health than I have had in some time. We are living at John Smiths. This year I have nothing of much importance to write. I want to see all very much. I want to see them pretty babys of yourn y brag so much about. I do not expect that I ever will get to come see you all. I want you to come to see us if you can. So nothing more at present, but remember your affectionate sister till death.
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