Location: Bradley County, Ouachita District, Arkansas
This letter from Jeremiah C. Heath to his uncle Jeremiah Heath, was transcribed by Lonne Heath, spouse of John Royal Heath, descendent of Jeremiah Heath. According to Lonne, the original is in the "Heath Papers" at Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She states that it must have been written in 1850, since Jeremiah C. Heath is in Bradley County, Ouachita District, Arkansas in the 1850 Census and is in the process of moving to Panola County, Texas.
I have not written quite enough yet. I shall not expect another letter from you until you shall have received another letter from me which I will write as soon as I get moved. You elevate my feelings much when you speak of coming to this Western Country to see us all. I had much rather you would fetch the whole stock never to return to poor old worn out North Carolina. Whatever your children expect to make where they are and what will become of their children. Here is land good land abundantly. Here are conveniences as great as any other Country on the globe. Here is game in abundance. Neighbors and old acquaintances are occasionally meeting. A Mr. Terrell that formerly was resident of North Carolina passed by my house in Jan. The wife of young Mr. Terrell knew you very well said she had heard you preach often. A neighbor woman of mine by the name of Mrs. Lee says she was once acquainted with Jeremiah Heath before she was married. I would not wish to influence your minds so much as to move from where you are by anything that I may influence on your judgment. Consult your own judgment. Don't move here and allege me with the crime. Yet I can't forbear recommending the same. No doubt but that is much to the advantage of the young to move here and the sooner the better. Yet persons moving from old country to this must expect hard times for a while but here is sufficient to buoy up an industrious man. Here is a vast scope of country an a great partiary of it is as yet a wilderness. We like to see emigration here of the civil order to fell the wild groves of this vast country. Society is rapidly improving. Father writes that society is unsurpassed where he has bought land. Now shall I ever see you all moved to Texas.
Yours Jeremiah Heath J.C. Heath (His signature)