George Chase



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George recounts how Dudley was injured by a kick from Capt. Edgerton’s horse. His wife is sick but his daughter is recovering well. He hopes the sun will return soon to restore their spirits.


Winter 3-9-1826


Aunt Chase, Dudley, Capt. Edgerton, P. Russell Esq and Lady, Mary


Randolph Mar. 9. 1826. Thursday

At your house

My Dear Uncle

Aunt Chase desires me to write to you by this mail so that you may not be disappointed in not receiving a letter from home at the usual time—our little friend Dudley has met with a little bit of an accident which will confine him perhaps for two or three days. Capt. Edgerton’s horse kicked him while he was driving the cow to water in company with Bill. But the kick is on a part which cannot receive much injury I mean the seat of honor. When he was brought home the Doctor happened to be here and of course his opinion served to quiet the alarm of his mother and Aunt. Aside from the fright we were all in I know of no other serious injury that is likely to result from the accident. I am now in the same room with him and he is as merry and lively as a cricket and bears his confinement very well.

I found [?]. P. Russell Esq and Lady at your house when I came up here—all well at Bethel—they both desire to be respectfully remembered to you.

My poor wife is sick at the present time with the prevailing epidemic as they term it, but I feel no alarm on her account. My daughter too is recovering as fast as can be expected.

We have not seen the sun here for a week—he chooses to shroud himself in clouds that give down nothing but hail, rain and snow. When he chooses to show his honest face again I think it will have a wonderful effect on our spirits which at present are about zero. Mary is better.

Respectfully your old [?]

And affectionate Nephew

Geo. Chase

Letter to Dudley Chase



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