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Contributed by MERLE MEARS DUNCAN
A INTERESTING LETTER which brings out the strain of the Civil
War years has been contributed by Mrs. Merle Mears
Duncan. This letter from Mrs. David R. Wallace to Mrs.
Rufus C. Burleson was returned to the Wallace family by Mrs.
Burleson after Dr. Burleson's death. The original is said to be
lost but this is an exact copy of a copy of the letter made by
George Tyler. He gave the copy to Mrs. Lilian Wallace Breustedt
Riley, granddaughter of Belle Daniel Wallace, who permitted the
present contributor to copy it.
Mrs. Georgia Burleson, Independence Tex. July 13th, 1864.
I received your letter sometime ago and wanted to answer im-
mediately, but Pa was away from home and I thought I had best
wait until I could write something definite about the chances of
your getting Harriett.1 Pa is now at home-has been up the country
for salt. I have talked with him about letting you have Harriett,,
but both Pa and Ma think they cannot part with her. Ma has
her at home this year spinning-she spins five cuts every day and
milks and attends to making of butter. She spins a beautiful thread.
I do not think they could be enduced to sell her. She was given
to Ma when an infant because she was a twin, and Ma was a twin
too, and she says she feels attached to her and cannot sell her for
Sue and Estelle2 have grown so much you would not know them.
We think them very smart. Estelle very sprightly and a great pet
with all the family. She is spelling and reading a little. She is
very fond of having someone read to her. Not long since I read
a little piece of poetry to her, which she seemed to fancy-and
'One of two slaves given Mrs. Daniel, mother of Belle Daniel Wallace, by her
father. She was disinherited because she ran away and married.
2Children of Dr. David R. Wallace and Belle Daniel Wallace.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/. Accessed April 25, 2015.