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Letter 27 Mary Louise Jones Page to Martha William Wright Moody

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Location: Petersburg, Virginiamap
Surnames/tags: Moody Wright Mason
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Spt the 5th
Dear Cousin
Your dress & letter came to hand on Wednesday I was much pleased to hear from you & Cousin John I have had your dress made in the most fashionable manner & by the best mantaumaker. you requested me to have it made so as to have it let out if required, but to save you of that trouble I thought it best to have it draw in the back--the ends are turned down in front you can take the baisting out & wear it up I hope you will be pleased with the colour of the silk also the making & belt. Dear Cousin it will always give me pleasure to attend to any command you may have I hope you will feel no delicacy in. sending at any time--we are all well at this time excepting Sister Eliza little girl. Mr. Page suffered very much with the tooth ache last night. I am in hopes he will not have a return of it. He looks thin we had a most delightful trip in the Country we were absent three weeks. It would give us great pleasure to visit you this Fall but I am afraid it will be out of our power--Mr Page will not have the least objection indeed he seems anxious to visit you--Sister Sally Caddy Rumps & self went to Camp Meeting last Thursday. Mr. Page drove the carriage--We had two very wild horses I was afraid to let any one else drive we spent a most delightful day--I must conclude as I have a great deal of work I wish you would write oftener. Brother will pay for the making of the dress & Cousin John can settle with him when he comes down you must visit us shortly all the family send their best love to Cousin John and & self except the best wishes of Norborne & yours
Addressed to: Mrs Martha W. Moody
On the reverse: I forgot to mention I had not got the Merino yet but have the sample none of the fall goods have come in I expect I shall be able to match it.
VLR (Virginia Leigh Refo)
Letter to Martha William (Wright) Moody from Mary Louise (Jones) Page, wife of Norborne Page, in Petersburg. She is a cousin of Martha's through Eliza Jones, daughter of Martha's father's brother, John Wright. She and her husband, Mr. Page, apparently had a dry goods/clothing business in Petersburg. He is also mentioned in the letter from Alice Patterson (letter #25, and another letter from Mary Page, # 21). Sister Eliza is Eliza (Jones) Pannill (see letter # 21). "Brother" is Mary's brother, George Henry Jones. Sister Sally Cady Rumps is unknown to me. Perhaps she is referring to her sister, Sarah Ann Cosby Jones, as one person, and Caddy Rumps as another. I don't know Caddy Rumps.
Martha asked that dress be able to be let out to accommodate pregnancies.
Date: Probably 1837 - 1839, although it could have been any time between 1833 and 1839. The Moodys had returned to North Carolina by 1840 and appear in the 1840 census in Northampton Co., NC.

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