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[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Sissie and Bettie, February 10, 1878]

Description: She was glad to hear everyone was well and wasn't surprised that Bettie would get sick with a cold damp winter. She has had the worst weather for Christmas, cold and dry, and they haven't seen the sun in the last 5 days and it will snow. She believes they will have winter until May. Dinky came to visit and Willie has been there for two weeks. Their father went to visit Mr. Patterson who isn't expected to live long. They got a postal card from Jack Wallace that Bettie and Sissie wee going to visit them. Mrs. Cinthy left back home and would return again to finished Matilda's quilt. All of her chicks have died but 3. She sold 3 1/2 pounds of butter last week. The heifer has not been producing a lot of milk until recently. She ask them to write soon.
Date: February 10, 1878
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mr. Moore and Sis, August 31, 1879]

Description: She was glad to hear that the Moore's were doing well and mentions they are doing well also. The weather is still warm, but they are expecting more rain after a thunderstorm last Saturday. They are plowing to sow wheat. The Christians have had preaching every night and Abe and Bettie went to Union to preach. Bob has made cider and sold $3 worth in town. They have apples falling and peaches that are ripe. Dinky and Bettie are going to can some apples. They have beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes in abundance and the late irish potatoes look good. She gives information on Faunt, that he is a good guy and has two brothers. She asks that they write back soon.
Date: August 31, 1879
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mr. Moore and Sis, June 8, 1879]

Description: She was glad to hear that they are doing well. They are still having dry weather and are concerned about its affects on the wheat. They went fishing and the strawberries improved with the rain. They sold 6 buckets of strawberries and canned 3, Dinky canned 2 raspberries. She mentions that the Moore's had a hard time with their chickens and she has had some problems also. Alice and Willie are in Sunday school, but don't start the free school until August. Laura Doris' baby died. She wants her to write soon and is planning on taking her butter to town.
Date: June 8, 1879
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Sis and Mr. Moore, July 30, 1882]

Description: They received the Moore's letter and are all doing well, except Florence. She was overheated while cooking three meals for 25 hands. The hands were used to thrash the wheat and they got 700 bushels cut. They has never before in Tennessee been able to get 25 bushels per acre. She thinks the corn looks promising. Carrol Wilson visited from Texas and took Miss Prudy Petete with him. He lives in Cook County. She says that the peaches and apples look good and that they have plenty of vegetables. Bettie says that if Abe leaves for work, Matilda has to stay with her. Bettie and Abe had a picnic and everyone enjoyed it. Melissa Seago's daughters are in town from New Orleans to visit family.
Date: July 30, 1882
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann Dodd and Charles B. Moore, August 19, 1882]

Description: Letter from Matilada Dodd to her daughter Mary Ann and son-in-law Charles B. Moore discussing the hot weather and how much she misses seeing them. Discusses a dress she made for her and some drawers that may be too big. She discusses other family members, including Birdie who is so high tempered that she nearly dies, but they are afraid to whip her too much as she faints because she is so nervous. Also mentions news of other family and friends. Also includes envelope letter was sent in. Addresed to Charles B. Moore, Melissa, Texas and note says received Dinkey and Mrs. Dodd, August 30, 1883.
Date: August 19, 1882
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann Dodd and Charles B. Moore, October 31, 1882]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to her daughter, discussing family news and discusses unhappiness that she has to move out of her house so her son and daughter-in-law can move in and they don't seem to appreciate it. Many people have colds and she recommends a cure for the chills of hop bitters. Also mentions dry weather, along with flies and grasshoppers is damaging the wheat crop.
Date: October 31, 1882
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Sis and Mr. Moore, April 5, 1883]

Description: She received their letter and hopes that Mr. Moore will get well from his rheumatics. They have had a lot of cold weather and the peach trees have not bloomed yet. People are planting irish potatoes. Abe and Bettie are building a new kitchen and Tobe's baby has teeth already. She says there has been a lot of sickness and death the past winter and spring. Mrs. Allison and Mr. Harris died. Laura Dorris and her baby are sick. She asks if Linnet goes egg hunting like Birdie. She is at Dinkie's house. She received another letter from them. She mentions the telephone wires that went up. Mrs. Summers has had hemorrhages. Sam Thornhill had some the other night, he was robbed. She asks that they write soon.
Date: April 5, 1883
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore, January 9, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore starts off with a complaint over the long period between letters from the Moore family. She then gives the news on the health of various family members. She gives details of how Christmas was celebrated. Birdie Franklin and William Dodd added notes at the end of the letter. Mr. Dodd wrote about the sale of land.
Date: January 9, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore, January 26, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore, January 26, 1885, in which she gives the details of the health of family and friends. The weather has been extremely cold and icy. Other topics in the letter are: Willie was kept home due to the weather; they slaughtered their last hog; and having trouble keeping busy after using up all the yarn and completing the last sewing project. William Dodd adds a note of his own to the letter. The envelope has a postal mark from Gallatin, Tennessee.
Date: January 26, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd, February 13, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore. She starts off the letter by giving an update on the weather. Recent illnesses among friend and family and an outbreak of typhoid are discussed. She mentions work on a rail road and Tobe's electioneering for the Post Office. Willie McGee wrote a page of the letter in which he writes about school and gives news of his friends and family activities.
Date: February 13, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore, April 17, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore in which she starts out discussing her and her family's health. She also discusses the weather, crops, and the deaths of Jo Wallace and Mrs. Wilson. She says that Dinkie needs to make soap and was making butter. William Dodd and Birdie McGee added a notes at the end of the letter. Birdie shared that she weighed 41 pounds.
Date: April 17, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann and Charles B. Moore, July 17, 1885]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Matilda Dodd, Mary Ann Moore's mother. In the letter, Dodd notes that the family has received the letter written by Mary Ann and that they were all glad to hear that they were all well. She mentions that Bettie's health has improved while she was there visiting the Franklin family. She states that there has been so much rain that people are losing there oat and hay crops, but the corn corps are flourishing and the fruit promise to be abundant. Dodd details that some family members are hauling clover hay because the weather is warm. She notes that the Moore family will experience warm weather as they travel up to see the Dodd and their kin in Tennessee. Dodd states that there is no report of Cholera and that there are no illness that she knows of around their community. The discussion moves to the abundance of berry harvests that she and Florence have put up. She also mentions that she has put up a sizable blackberry harvest for Bettie. She notes that Dinkie has gone to visit a family friend who is very sick with the same illness Bettie is recovering from. Dodd details that Birdie is probably readying her dolls for Linnet's visit. She begins to close her letter by informing Mary of Day's tavern if they need a place to stop and rest, or if they need a buggy to take them to the family's home during their trip. Dodd expresses her wishes to hear from Mary soon at the letter's close.
Date: July 17, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd and Birdie McGee, December 14, 1887]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd talking of family news. She discusses the butchering of the hogs, the making of dresses, and an entertainment the children are doing at the new school house. She talks of people talking about how there are hard times, but in going into town there were so many people dressed in finery so you couldn't tell. She mentions two stores, Bebe's and Mr. St. John's. She mentions several letters she received. Willie Bratney had been in the grocery business, but sold it out. Tobe Dodd wrote and said that Florence is overseeing the cooking for 100 young Indians that board at the agency and attend school there. Includes a letter from Birdie that appears to have actually been written by Matilda Dodd. Also includes samples for two dresses she is making. Also includes original envelope.
Date: December 14, 1887
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann and Charles B. Moore, May 24, 1888]

Description: This letter is from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Mary Ann Moore's mother, Matilda Dodd. A note at the top of the letter details that Birdie and Alice have been at Aunt Bettie's for a week and that the school has employed two teachers. She stresses that Birdie want to see Linnet very badly. In the letter, Matilda updates the Moore family on the happening in Gallatin and the news includes: a note on the letter that was sent to Abe and Bettie Franklin from the Moore family, family health updates, details on William Dodd's trip to Kentucky, news about Bettie's complaint about another "spell" and how she has been overworking herself, an update on the weather and the lack of rain, a dialogue about Tobe and what he has been up to lately, a discussion on how the weather has not seem to have affected the plants and fruit trees as much as expected, a dialogue about a photograph of Willie Bratney that was sent to the Moore family, a brief on correspondence received from a family member, news on the many deaths this spring, a dialogue on the future visits of family, details on the weather and that it has rained the next day the letter was started on May the twenty fifth, updates on Dinky and Will's gardening endeavors, a discussion of what fruits are available for preserves and for baking, and a note on Dinky's poultry and the amount of butter she has to sell. Matilda closes the letter by stating that she hopes the Moore family could visit and for the family to write to her soon.
Date: May 24, 1888
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to the Moore Family, September 22, 1894]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Matilda Dodd. In this letter, Matilda updates the Moore family on the goings-on in Gallatin, Tennessee and the news includes: news about Will and Birdie going to singing school and other social events, a discussion about Bettie and Abe, updates on the weather, and news about family as well as details concerning correspondence from family members. She closes the letter by stating that the Moore family should write soon and that she hopes the letter finds them all well. The envelope is included with the letter.
Date: September 22, 1894
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mr. Moore, Sis, and Linnet, September 10, 1895]

Description: She hadn't heard from them and was worried. She hopes they are doing well and says that she is doing well. She mentions the weather and what she has been doing at Will's. Will has had some visitors. She mentions Birdie going to school and Alice looking better in health. She hasn't heard from Em and was wondering if they were coming to visit or not. She received news from Tobe. She asks that Mr. Moore write his family so she can receive news of them.
Date: September 10, 1895
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to the Moore family, February 8, 1897]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. In this letter, Dodd informs the Moore family of the happenings in Gallatin, Tennessee and the news includes: a confirmation of the receipt of the Moore's and Linnet's letters, community health news as well as family health news, a discussion about Tobe and his daughters, a dialogue about the weather in Sumner county, details about Mary and Minnie's trip home, suggestions to remedy for Mary Ann's foot pain and Charles' rheumatism, news about family attending school, and a message for Linnet. The envelope is included with this letter.
Date: February 8, 1897
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Charles B. and Mary Ann Moore, March 30, 1897]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Matilda Dodd. In this letter, Dodd informs the Moore family about the goings-on in Gallatin, Tennessee and the news includes: a confirmation of the receipt of the Moore's last letter, an update on the health of family members, details about Minnie's visit, weather news, a discussion about planting crops and gardens, a dialogue about the bad weather Collin County has been having, details on the late wheat crop, an update on the seeds sent by Alice to the Moore family, news about Lillian, and a discussion concerning family and friends. She closes the letter by noting that Mary Ann and Charles should write the family soon. The envelope is included with the letter.
Date: March 30, 1897
Creator: Dodd, Matilda
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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