Mary was slightly affected by the water once for a few hours, & Jeff was one day sick. Nanny's child too was smartly in- -disposed, but the rest of the party were blessed with stomachs not to be affected even by hot rotten lime stone water. Elizabeth felt no ill effect from it, from first to last. I begin to think she is as strong as old Iron himself.
this is a very comfortable house of Francis's, roomy and airy, & quite good looking for a log pen. The floor of our loft (Mary's and mine) is not nailed down, and the seams gape rather more widely than is pleasant, but we have remedied the evil by spreading down your parlor carpet.
the house is on a little eminence, skirting the barrens, but with hammock enough round it for beauty & shade. the yard is fenced in, & nicely cleared up with only a few trees left standing; at the back of it is a fine crop of cotton growing & around the other three sides the most splen -did growth of forest trees I ever beheld. superb oaks covered with the long moss of this country which I cannot describe to you. I never imagined any thing so beautiful & so graceful.
I believe Francis had found everything going on as well as possible. this is a fine country I am sure, & worth the trouble of getting to. dear Mother, it strikes us all now as the perfect absurdity that we should ever have talked of this journey for you. you! I really believe Lucy could not have borne it. no one can, without personal experience form an idea of such an expedition as this. Bonaparte's Russian campaign could not have been harder upon a soldier, than this journey to a delicate woman. I am all impatience to have our building begun. if you do not come out immediately I hope Papa will write, or has