Mary Slack Vaughan

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TRANSCRIPTION OF A LETTER
FROM
MARY SLACK VAUGHAN TO HER SON LOUIS VAUGHAN

Notes about this letter: This is a letter from Mary Slack Vaughan to her son, LOUIS VAUGHAN (image of envelope above). It is not dated, but it was postmarked at Pittsburgh, Kansas, on July 14, 1890, and has a two cent postage stamp. It was carefully addressed with pen and ink in very elaborate script. The text of the letter was originally written on a very skinny piece of paper in a single column about as wide as a newspaper would print.

The address: Mr. Lewis Vaughan; Emporia Kansas; 331 Central Ave.
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Stark, Ar
Dear Son,

I was very glad to hear from you again as I had been wanting to answer your last letter but did not know for sure where to write. Tom brought your letter last night after we was gone to bed. This morning I went to write & this was the only paper I had in the house but I thought you would not mind that. I could not go to sleep last night thinking of the dirty grub you had to eat. I hope you will not have to stand it long. Hattie was here after that for a few days. She said they wish you could be with them. It should not cost you only just what it cost to board you and then they should take better care of your cloths so if you did not get quite such big wages I believe you could have just as much. I am going to post a few lines to Nellie to say for Charley to keep on the lookout so if you take a notion ______________he might have something in ______________ The hot dry weather are about dried us all up. The corn fried up to the ears or rather were the ears ought to be and the pastures are all dried up. It is going to make hard times for us soon. The interest will be due on the bank note. I don't know what they will be able to do you know anything about Frank now or if he will help to do any thing. Father worries a good deal about it. He dont want to have any truble. Sal is got his hands full with his own folks. His brother was sent to the penetentary for five years and he as a good many debts for his own folks to settle. Kate as been working out this last 3 weeks so I have the children to care for and the work gose hard with me when I feel so bad. Hattie sent Emmie down last week to help me as my health is about the same some times a little better and then not so well Poor Kate needs so many things for her self and the children and we have no way els to get them for hir. So I thought I would try and keep the children. She is at Will Kindels at Walnut I dont know how long she will stay. I expect she could work a good deal of the time if she could leave the children for some els to take care of Father stands the hot weather pretty well except for that sore on his neck that has got so large. Since the hot weather you could almost lay a huld walnut in the hole we are some times afraid it will eat clear through to the big vein. Dear son I nead not tell you how I would love see you onc more Perhaps if you should come to Pittsburg I might get to once more Things are about the same here as usual except much dryer dear Son I would like to write lots more about everything but I want to get this to the office before the mail gose out I hope you will get to see a nice woman once in a while before long but don't let them bother you to much as that is one thing is set you back where you are Many Stark folks dont for get to ask after you or health of you when ever they get an oppertunite Good by dear boy until hear from you again from you.

Affectionat Mother
Mary Vaughan
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More Notes on this letter:

Mary Slack Vaughan, the wife of Lewis Vaughan (1815), was born 31 Jan. 1827 and died on 11 June 1891, less than a year after this letter was written. The name of her son Louis (1868) was misspelled on the envelope as "Lewis", or he used both spellings at various times in his life. The accepted spelling for present day family historians is: Louis. Louis married Lucy Dunlap on, 22 Dec. 1892.

Names used in letter:

"Kate" was Lewis and Mary's daughter Katherine Vaughan, wife of Pard Hibbs, with two children, and later of John Price, with four more children.

"Hattie" was Lewis and Mary's daughter Harriet Vaughan, wife of George Graham, with eight children, including Emma, who is referred to in the letter as "Emmie".

"Nellie" was Lewis and Mary's daughter Fannella Vaughan, wife of Charles Eakin who is referred to as "Charlie", with six children.

Source for letter: Donald L. Garner, of Atlanta, GA.