1813 1931

Barnes Family Letters

Magnolia Ark.,
August 10, 1882

My Very Dear Sister:

          I received you letter (date not remembered) in which you spoke of Fathers feebleness, and requesting me to come home immediately to see him.

          I was intending, should his feebleness continue, to come soon, but received from Sister B a letter containing information of his death. He had lived his three score and ten, which is a time exceeding the alloted time of the great majority of people in this life. At his extreme age you and Sister B should have been, and evidently were, very kind to him. His second childhood merely recogized as a fact accounts for any strange and seeming injustice evidenced by the disposition of his property. We must not remember it as an act of a partial parent, rather as a very natural mistake of a very old man brought on by insidious influences as P designedly brought to bear. I can however, as I think, undo it and dispossess P. Do you and Sister B wish me to enter suit or must we let him remain undisturbed in his evily procured possessions? I shall leave it all to you. I wish none to my part, and should we gain confer all my right and title to you and Sister B. I want you and Will to be sure to educate you children and for that purpose wish you to prosper financially. I am making a living for a bachelor and some little over were I not extravagent (an evil hard to cure). Please write soon to your devoted brother.

J. H. Davis

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