The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 340
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A letter written at the same time to Fayette's grandfather,
Elijah Stamps, at Talladega, Alabama, in which he gave the
same details concerning the captive boy, has been lost.
The postmaster at Talladega helped to spread the good news,
as is shown by the following letter:
Talladega Ala Oct 12th 1842
I enclose you a letter from a gentleman of Inde-
pendence Mo. informing you of the wonderful restora-
tion of your son Lafayette. It is impossible for me to
describe to you the feelings of joy which was mani-
fested upon the receipt of this letter with all your
friends and acquaintance of which number I claim to
be one. I have copied the letter and sent it to your
father this morning and would wait to see him before
I sent the letter to you but I know you would blame
me for every moment's delay.
I am with Great Respect
Your Obdt Servt.
Your Father and relations
are all well as far as I know
At long last, the news did reach Fayette's mother, who was
then living at the old town of Washington-on-the-Brazos. She
received the glad tidings of her son and the news that her
father, Josiah Stamps, would start at once to meet her son and
accompany him home.
After writing a letter to Mr. Jones, she set out for Alabama,
so as to be at hand upon the return of her son, as the following
letter will indicate:
Independence Mo. Feby 8th 1843
Mrs. Angeline D. Smith
Your letter of the 9th Decr. and also one
from Jno. Stamps of the 29th Dec. have been recd,
and knowing that you feel much anxiety to see your
son Fayette, and thinking that your father may not
write to you until after reaching home I have thought
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