[Translation by Jeanna Chowning of a typed copy of a letter from Alfred Perry to his brother Solomon dated Jan. 10, 1853. They were sons of Jeremiah “Ridge” Perry. Alfred was urging his brother to come out to Texas. Solomon was living in Maury Co., TN. The Pleasant Grove P. O. was in Fountain Creek, near Culleoka in Maury Co. Alfred mentions that many of the Perry relatives and North Carolina people are there in Texas. My Great Uncle John Morgan Perry who was a great-granson of Solomon Perry, typed copies of letters that he borrowed from a Tennessee cousin, Eugene Pinkelton, and then returned the original letters to his cousin (in the early 1930’s). The Mag Wileford mentioned is Eugene’s sister. My great uncle Morgan made a few mistakes in typing the names of the relatives. The “I. D.” should be “J. D.” for Josiah Dixon Perry. The “H. T.” should be “H. P.” for Harwood Pope Perry. “Levia” should be “Levin” for Levin King Perry.]
(Original letters returned to Eugene Pinkelton and Mag Wiliford)
Port Caddo Harrison County Jan. 10/53
Solomon Perry Esq.
Your’s of the 1st day of December came safe to hand on yesterdays date. All is well and happy to hear the same of your family. I can only say to you this must be a better country for you than that so I would advise you to come and I will do all I can for you and go with you to look to your satisfaction. I have plenty of land or will go west with you. Everything is scarce and high but we can all get along and do as well as others. All the relation are well. I hope soon to hear from you and see you and family personally. Nothing more only I
Remain your sincerest Brother Until Death
P.S. all the relation are here
I. D. Perry, H. T. Perry, Levia, Joshua,
Presley, in fact all the Perrys and North Carolina People.
(The above letter was written by Alfred Perry to Solomon Perry the address on the envelope is as follows: Solomon Perry Esq. Pleasant Grove P. O. The post mark is stamped Port Caddo Texas and bears the date of Jan. 13.)
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