Letter From John
Calhoun Farr to sister, Amanda Elizabeth Farr Hall, 1877
Contributed by Frances Clark Cronin February 27, 2006
Lebanon, TennNote From Frances: This is John Calhoun Farr, b. 2/14/1850 to sister, Amanda Elizabeth Farr Hall, b. 2/28/1837. Both are children of James Wilson Farr and Elizabeth Henly Runnels Farr.
July 20, 1877
My dear Sister,
Your letter of recent date came to hand this morning and was gladly received. You accuse me of not writing for so long a time, but i think you are the one to make apologies. My best impression is
that I wrote to you last. But never mind about that now. tis all of the past and i am of a very forgiving disposition. I have been right busy for the last two months so i have not had much time for friendly correspondence. My business is increasing and my prospects are rather flattering. I go to the country almost every week to bring a law suit before the justice of the Peace and I am getting acquainted rapidly. I am more and more conscious every day that there is the country for me to live in. My health is now as good as I could wish it to be. i am getting almost as fat as I used to be. but it does not feel burdensome to me like it use to feel.
Now about my baby, the pride of my life, the dearest object on earth to me. I wish you could hear her talk some. i know it would surprise you. She came up to the bed the other day where I was lying
and she had the fly brush in her hands and when waved it over me and said “Shoo fly don’t bodder papa.” She says to the little Negro girl. “Oh Lizer, don’t pester me.” and she will tell her “Papa kill you. She put her little arms around both of our necks and says I love Mama and Papa.” What a pleasure she is to me. Her grand ma thinks there never was just such a piece of flesh, but the little fellow won’t get as good treatment after a while as she gets now. I will have to divide my affections after sometime. She feels they are getting to come now uninvited like Paddies to a wake but the more the merrier so she would wage.
I wish I could be there to go to the Picnic with you all. I am coming down to see you all some time in the course of human events. May be it will be during the Christmas holidays. I can not write you
more just now. May love to all. Write me as soon as you get this.
Your aff Bro
Jno. C. Farr