My dear Son I directing a line or to infrm you we are stil on the land of the living and in commen helth except an Stiles She is not wel we have cause to be thankful that it is as wel with us as it is hoping these lines may find you in good helth i wrote the other side to Adeline and i want you to send this letter to her in a new envelop as i dont kno whare to direct a letter to we have to or thre and got no anser send it on as sune as you can if you pleas and oblige your old father i am writing this letter (en rut?) from home at Wm Stiles. have had spectels can't half se what I am writing. you must excuse this short letter and hand writin i cn't se so remains your loven father and friend until deth
henry McCurdy pray for us
NOTE: The letter above is typed by Sandra (Nipper) Ratledge as true to the original in spelling, punctuation, and organization as possible. Many thanks to Cousin David Stiles of Athens, McMinn CO, TN for sharing his copy of this old letter with us! Henry McCurdy died 1 Sept. 1879, almost nine years after writing the letter. He is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Monroe CO, TN along with his wife and son Thomas Benton McCurdy mentioned above. His daughter Easter Anne (McCurdy) Stiles, mentioned above, was the wife of Aurelius Shelton Stiles and daughter-in-law of William McConnell Stiles, also mentioned, a resident of Mt. Vernon, Monroe CO, TN.
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