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Letter, 22 March 1846, E[lvira] A[nn] E[stes], Bruton, S.C., to Harriet Sarah Estes, care of the Rev. I[veson] L. Brookes, Hamburg, S.C. [Addition to Iveson L. Brookes Papers]
Letter, 22 March 1846, E[lvira] A[nn] E[stes] (1797-1862), Bruton, to her daughter, Harriet Sarah Estes (1835-1860), care of the Rev. I[veson] L. Brookes, Hamburg, conveys news of family and friends, relates parental advice, and expresses a mother's anxiety at the separation from her child, who was at the time a student at Penfield Female Seminary.

"I was happy to hear by your Father, that you were in good health, & so well pleased with yr situation, trust you will be very diligent in improving, so good an opportunity," Mrs. Estes wrote. "I was quite sick whilst yr Father was visiting you, so much so...I had to send for Doctr Moss, who relieved me considerably, but I am still in much pain at times, the Doctr advised me to use the cold bath once a day, & put my feet & hands in cold water three times a day, this remedy, with medicine, has been of some service, for I could not walk a step, when I sent for him, & had slow fever." Mrs. Estes had arrived at Bruton the day before and was "lonesome...never having been here before without you, I missed you to run about, & find all the little children...but you must enjoy yourself much more, up there among those fine girls."

Noting that "Old Harry is preaching & singing at the negroe houses" and relaying well wishes from slaves known to Harriet, Mrs. Estes went on to admonish her daughter to "be diligent" and in closing scolded-"I am sorry if you do not wish to be called by my dear Mothers name. I cannot call you by any other, having called you by her's ever since yr birth."

In 1851 Harriet Sarah Estes married Iveson L. Brookes' son, Walker J. Brookes. Harriet had been a pupil at Penfield Female Seminary while her future father-in-law was principal there and lived with the Brookes family. Her father, too, was a Baptist minister, Elliott Estes (1795-1849).


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