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WA Clark 1858
Posted by: Paul Frost (ID *****5478) Date: August 29, 2008 at 14:06:29
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I recently came across a the text of a letter written by a WA Clark from San Antonio to his sister, Elizabeth, in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1858. Text is below. I am connected to a Clark family that lived in Wheeling in the early 1800's and am wondering if there is any connection to this WA Clark. Does anyone have any information on this person or any of the people listed in this letter? Also, he mentions smithing at an armory. Was there a military armory in San Antonio at the time? Maybe he was a soldier or civilian employee of the army.



Clark Letter--1858 Bexar County, Texas


Miss Elizabeth Clark,

Dear Sister,
I received your kind letter dated Feb 21st and was truley
happy to hear from you, and that you wor all well. I myself
am in good health at the preasant time and hope those fiew
lines may reach you finding in the same state of health. I
am now working under the employ of Mr Cle~. I am in the
armerry at smithin, as back tailor used to say, making locks
and things. Aney how there is one thing about it that I am
certon on and that is that I am getting two dollars per day
work or play. When I work i get 2 dollars and when I donít I
get two dollors, also this is the third week I have ben at
work for them and am well pleased with the situation and
shopmates which there are about 30 hands at work. There all
agreeable men to work with although ther wor one of the
hands that got into a little difficulty that caused him to
loose his life in front of the ~lassy house. The names o the
two wor Wilcox and ~ Hacket. Wilcox stabed Hacket in the
abdomen about two inches left of the navel. The knife went
through the stommoc cutting the stommac vain then into the
~. Hacket lived about 30 hours after the stab then died and
was burried with all the honners of the Odd Fellows and
mutch lamented for through the city, as he was mutch liked
by all that knew him and the other is not liked scarely by
aney, but that says nothing. Wilcox has made his escape to
parts unknown.

You say in your letter that you had a party. I am glad that
you all enjoy yourselves. I would liked to have ben there
myself to have shared some of your enjoyment, but you know
the best of friends have to be seperated once in a while but
I hope that that will not always be the case. Tell Burlow I
thank him for sending his compline to me and tell him that I
will still be more in his det if he will just rite me a fiew
lines and let me know how he is getting and how the galls
and times in North Wheeling are making it now an average.
Give my compliments to John Fordís family and tell them I am
still on hands like an old pare of shoes. Tell the rest of
the Wheeling folks that I am under obligations to them for
small favors larger ones in proportion. Give my compliments
to them all. Give my respects to Lee Smith in return and
tell him to rite and tell us the fassions, that is if he
ainít to bussy to scribe a little and also ask him when he
is going down to old Eaneses warehouse to get his pockets
full of appels again. Give my compliments to Workmanís
family, Wilkinís family, Nan and all the *island folks
included of aquaintances. The next time you see Marry Jane
give my respects to her and also give my cincere respects to
Marry Ann Jephers and mothers folks tell them that if they
wor out here they could make a fortune making carpets to
cover hackell floors as they have no floors but bare ground
or cowhides to sleep, eat and sit on, them that have no
benches in there houses. Tell Marry Miller that I have none
I canít, what she asked for canít make out but aney how tell
her that I have none since. Well I believe I have rote all
that I can think of at the presant. James Dunn and family
sends ther best respects to you all.

Give my love to father, mother, sisters and brother

Nothing more at presant but remaining yours cincere son and
WA Clark
Bexar County
Canantonio Texas Mar 14 1858

direct your letter to be left at the ordinance ~ to WA Clark
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