The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 109
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they can; many times do I long when sabbath morning comes to be
at home and preparing to repair to church with you, how happy to
meet old friends and schoolmates many of whom I shall never see
again. Gladly would I exchange the pomp and parade of this wilder-
ness city for the humble farm and silent groves of Gibson county
where I can meditate in peace and safely. But enough of this you
will know more of it when you try it. I would be glad to see you here
and I think we could do well here, but I would not advise you to
come here at present under existing circumstances at home.
Cousin James Bell is here rather unwell and has been for some
time. Thos. Bell was well when I heard from him last. Thos. K. Nel-
son25 is here and well. We had a slight fire in the city a few days
since which destroyed two houses. No other material damage occurred.
I have nothing else to write at present that would be interesting
So remains your affectionate brother.
T. W. BELL
JAS. W. BELL
[to be continued]
2sThomas K. Nelson was a seventeen-year-old brother of Joseph E. Nelson of
Grenada, Mississippi, when he accompanied Robert M. Spicer, Thomas W. Bell,
John A. King and others to Texas in 1839.-Joseph E. Nelson to Andrew Jackson,
March 12, 1844, and ------ to Jackson, March 14, 1844 (MSS., Unpublished
Correspondence of Andrew Jackson, Library of Congress).
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