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Title Letter from Anna Maria (Saunders) Preston at Wyndhurst, Albermarle County, Virginia, to Her Mother, Alice (Watts) Saunders at Flat Creek, in Campbell County, Virginia, Expressing Concern for Her Health, Describing the Problems of Building Their New House at Wyndhurst, Telling of Refashioning a Dress, Giving Accounts of Numerous Friends, Especially a Cousin John M. Preston Recovering from a Wound, and Discussing Plans for Christmas
Dates of Creation Late Fall 1863
Scope & Content Letter from Anna Maria (Saunders) Preston at Wyndhurst, Albermarle County, Virginia, to her mother, Alice (Watts) Saunders, expressing her concern for her health and saying that she also suffers from neuralgia brought on by exposure; describing the problems of building their new house at Wyndhurst because of the expense and shortage of timber; telling of refashioning a muslin dress by soaking it in borax; thanking her mother for sending soap and apples and offering beef; saying that her husband, Thomas Lewis Preston, will take hogs to Roanoke to be slaughtered; giving accounts of numerous friends, most of them kin to her husband, Constance who is soon leaving, Preston Hampton, Sallie Hampton, Sarah Buchanan (Preston) Floyd, Eliza Henry (Preston) Carrington, Mary Jane Davis, Walter Eugene Preston, and Jane Carter; telling at length about a cousin John Montgomery Preston recovering from a wound, staying with the Carringtons, tended by Lizzie Cummings; saying that Mary Jane Davis (her brother's mother-in-law) is moving and has left some furniture for her; reporting that her horse has been hurt; telling of a visit from her niece Alice Fleming Saunders; and discussing plans for Christmas. Transcription by English Showalter accompanies the document.
Year Range from 1863.0
Creator Preston, Anna Maria (Saunders)
Year Range to 1863.0
Copyrights All rights belong to the History Museum of Western Virginia without restriction.
Subjects Apples
Auctions
Bedding
Bedsteads
Beef
Borax
Building
Chairs
Children
Christmas
Church
Cold (illness)
Company
Convalescence
Conversation
Correspondence
Cotton
Dresses
Economy
Erysipelas
Family
Food
Furniture
Health
Hogs
Horses
Household
Housekeeping
Illness
Ironing
Kitchen
Laundry
Letter
Lumber
Maids
Mattresses
Muslin
Neuralgia
Pickled beef
Press (wardrobe)
Relatives
Servants
Sewing
Sickness
Sideboards
Soap
Social life
Spinning
Stockings
Table
Toilet stand
Transportation
Travel
Visitors
Washing dishes
Wounds
Yarn
Search Terms Abingdon, Virginia
Flat Creek (residence), Campbell County, Virginia
Roanoke County, Virginia
Wyndhurst (residence), Albermarle County, Virginia
People Carrington, [Eliza Henry (Preston)]
Carter, Jane
Cummings, Lizzie
Davis, [Mary Jane]
Floyd, Sarah Buchanan Preston
Hampton, Sally [Preston]
Hampton, [Thomas] Preston
Johnson, Col [unknown]
Preston, Anna Maria (Saunders)
Preston, John M. [Montgomery]
Preston, Thomas Lewis
Preston, Walter [Eugene]
Saunders, Alice (Watts)
Saunders, Alice [Fleming]
[Saunders], Cary [Caryetta (Davis)]
[Saunders], Robert [Chandler]
[unknown], Constance
[unknown], Jenny
[unknown], Jilla
[unknown], Judy
[unknown], Pamela
Collection Flat Creek Collection
Imagefile 045\201049099-4.JPG
Number of images 8.0
Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 2010.49.099
Extent of Description Two sheets folded, embossed paper, text side 1-4, folded for mailing in an envelope, size 6 3/8" x 7 3/4"