1855: Edmond William Taylor to Thomas Long

This letter was written by Edmond William Taylor (1827-1898) and Garlant H. Taylor (1818-1865). Edmund and Garlant were the sons of Ezekiel Taylor (1781-1834) and Elizabeth Gentry (1792-1872) of Knox County, Tennessee. Garlant was married to Nancy Hammock (1823-1898) and together they had numerous children. Edmond was married to Sarah (b. 1831).

The letter was written to Thomas Long, son of Baptist preacher Isaac Long of Knox County, Tennessee. Thomas’s sister, Nancy Long married Chesley Mitchell, relative of the Nicholas Michell mentioned in the letter.

Stampless Letter


Addressed to Mr. Thomas Long, Knox County, Church Grove P.O., Tennessee

State of Arkansas
County of Benton
October 21, 1855

Very dear friends and relations,

Top Page 1

I again set down with pen in hand to inform you that we are in tolerable health at present, hoping these lines may find you all well and in good prosperity. I am truly glad that we can comply with your request and that is to give you some account of George. On yesterday, we received a letter from Isaac Long. So in order to give you all the satisfaction that I can, I will send you his letter, for I think it will be with you as it was with us – almost like the dead coming to life.

Bottom Page 1

Times is dull here as respects trade and money scarce. As for crops, everything that was put in the ground come to full perfection. There is some sickness in the settlement round about here. Two of Nicholas Mitchell’s children has been sick for some days with something like the fever though they are on the mend so I will close and give place to Garlant. This from Edmond Taylor and family to Thomas Long and family. Mother wishes you to know that she has not forgotten you yet nor none of the rest.

Very dear relation,

Page 2

I am once more permitted the opportunity of writing you a few lines. I can’t say that we are all wet. Nancy is not stout yet tho. She is so she can go about the house. Elisa Ann has been fevery several days tho she appears better today. We lost our little infant. It was born September the 14th and departed this life on the 27. It was sick about a week. I think the cause of its death was the weakly condition of its mother before its birth. I have been so afflicted with boils this fall that I can’t work half my time. The rest of us in common health. My mind is not composed to write this time. Write us a letter and let us know how the times is in Tennessee.

This from Garlant and Nancy Taylor to Thomas and Anna Long and all who may enquire after us.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Spared & Shared 21

Saving history one letter at a time.

Spared & Shared 20

Saving history one letter at a time

Notes on Western Scenery, Manners, &c.

by Washington Marlatt, 1848

Spared & Shared 19

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Recollections of Army Life

by Charles A. Frey

The Civil War Letters of William Kennedy

Co. B, 91st New York Infantry

The Glorious Dead

Letters from the 23rd Illinois Infantry, the 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, the 64th New York Infantry, and the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Cornelius Van Houten

1st New Jersey Light Artillery

Letters of Charley Howe

36th Massachusetts Volunteers

Sgt. Major Fayette Lacey

Co. B, 37th Illinois Volunteers

"These few lines"

the pocket memorandum of Alexander C. Taggart

The Civil War Letters of Will Dunn

Co. F, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers

Henry McGrath Cannon

Co. A, 124th New York Infantry & Co. B, 16th New York Cavalry

Civil War Letters of Frederick Warren Holmes

Co. H, 77th Illinois Volunteers

"Though distant lands between us be"

Civil War Letters of Monroe McCollister, Co. B, 6th OVC

"Tell her to keep good heart"

Civil War Letters of Nelson Statler, 211th PA

Building Bluemont

The Origin of Bluemont Central College

"May Heaven Protect You"

14th Connecticut drummer boy's war-time correspondence with his mother

Moreau Forrest

Lt. Commander in the US Navy during the Civil War

Diary of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry

Fighting with the Irish Brigade during the Peninsula Campaign

"Till this unholy rebellion is crushed"

Letters of Dory & Morty Longwood, 7th Indiana

"I Go With Good Courage"

The Civil War Letters of Henry Clay Long, 11th Maine Infantry

"This is a dreadful war"

The Civil War Letters of Jacob Bauer, 16th Connecticut, & his wife Emily

Spared & Shared 16

Saving History One Letter at a Time

Lloyd Willis Manning Letters

3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, Co. I

The Yankee Volunteer

A Virtual Archive of Civil War Likenesses collected by Dave Morin

William Henry Jordan

Co. K, 7th Rhode Island Infantry

No Cause to Blush

The Bancroft Collection of Civil War Letters

William A. Bartlett Civil War Letters

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

The John Hughes Collection

A Virtual Archive of his Letters, 1858-1869

The Civil War Letters of Rufus P. Staniels

Co. H, 13th New Hampshire Volunteers

This is Indeed A Singular War

The Civil War Letters of Henry Scott Murray, 8th New York Light Artillery

%d bloggers like this: