Date: June 19, 1829
Series: M75-86 - Randolph family.
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To: Mrs. Thomas Eston Randolph
Ballyvourniere June 19th, 1829
Well Dearest Mother! our journey, with all its dangers
and difficulties is at length happily over. Heaven be praised! We
arrived here this morning to breakfast, and I do assure you,
beacon light was never hailed with more joy by tempest tossed
seamen, than was the first peep of the log house by us.
We have been resting and looking round us all day, and it is now
so late in the evening that I shall only be able to write a
very few lines. Francis has promised to send to Tallahassee, to-
morrow for the letter we expect or receive from home, & as it
is too far to send every day, this must be put in at the same
time. -- we had a very hard time from Augusta to
Hartford, dreadful weather, horrid roads, poisonous water.
from Hartford here however, our journey has been prosperous.
We camped out only twice. both nights in the
Georgia pine barrens, on high, dry ground, and in beautiful
weather, & so far from thinking it a hardship, we were quite
delighted with the exchange from the filthy dens, we had been
sleeping in. but for the saving of time we should not have
gone to a house. We are all much thinner than
when we left home, but we have borne our fatigue and
hardships, much better upon the whole than could have
been expected. I was very sick immediately after lea-
ving Augusta, by the bad water, and suffered during the rest
of the journey more than I can tell you, but for a few
days past, indeed ever since we crossed the Oclocknee, and left
the region of rotten lime stone, -- I have been much better.
the complaint has left me, & I shall soon be strong again.