Death in Shelbyville
Gone to Experience the Scenes of Another World

Chester County Tennessee
~ 1846 ~

© 1997, Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.

Manuscript postmark:
       Montezuma Te
M/S Date:
       July 11th
M/S Rate:
       Mr Wm D. Martin, Blackhawk Mis

Montezuma Ten July 11th 1846
dear Friend - after presenting My best Respects To You I have the pleasure to State To you that I am in Tolerable Health at present and also the Rest of the family as fare as my Business is Concerned With you please Make what Collections you can by the time I come down and I do not know when that will be - have not anything Cheering or Interesting to wright you our crops are Inferior Generally Speaking on acct of the Wet Spring and with Reluctance I Have to write you some Lamentable News - on the 23- day of June Last Mr Edmond Wade & our Friend Anderson Barrett Set out thar Journy For N C and after Five days Journey Anderson Was attacked of the Congestive Feavaer and after 3 days Illness the disease proved Fatal and he is gone To Experience the Scenes of another world.
       He died and was buried in the Town of Shelby ville Bedford County Ten - the Wade returned to his residence. the Wade Believes he has gone to Rish T__ all Favorable Simpstons and Evidence he Left when he Expired
       please present My best Respects To all Enquiring Friends and on the Reception of this Few Lines please write Me
yours with Much Respect
/s/  M L Phillips

       Chester County was in part formed from McNairy County in 1875. When this letter was written in 1846, the town of Montezuma was located in McNairy County, now it is in Chester County. Shelbyville, both then and now is located in Bedford County.

From the Collection of Fred Smoot
Provenance: The Revenue Specialist, 1997

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