Title: Moreau Forrest Letter to Mary Forrest, 1837 [Electronic version]

Author: Forrest, Moreau
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Title: Moreau Forrest Letter to Mary Forrest, 1837

Author: Forrest, Moreau
File size or extent: 4 pp.; letter
Publication date: 1837
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Origin/composition of the text: Texas, 1837
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Moreau Forrest Letter to Mary Forrest, 1837 [Electronic version]


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Moreau Forrest Letter to Mary Forrest, 1837


My Dear Mary

I have been anxiously looking out for letters from you
and am under the beleif that they must be in New Orleans.
I got two from you while there but none since. You must
have had several from me, and could hardly have remained silent
so long. Mine were written from the impulse of the moment, in
great haste and perhaps were not as interesting as they might have
been. More than two weeks ago I sold $1149. [illegible] Gov.t Paper
for $200 to a M.Hill of Philadelphia, with instructions to him to forward
you the money as soon as he arrived there, which, no doubt, he will do.
He left at the time- I trusted him because I believed him a gentle-
man, and he intends returning here in a short time with dry goods [illegible]
I made a considerable sacrifice, but I did not know how you were
situated—was afraid my tenants might not be prompt in their settlements
and again I thought it might do to pay for Matt’s schooling. Beverly’s
bill, yr. Earrings, and some ginger bread for Donny, Molly and Jay. When
you receive it, apprize me of it. I have not been enabled to collect
any of the old outstanding accounts due me, but hear that many of them
are good. Zachariah has been ill with congestive fever, since his
arrival and for some time I was afraid he would die, however he has
recovered from it, but has a bad boil on his neck, which I lanced yesterday and


he is in a fair way. It has prevented him from entering upon the duties of the
situation I got him in the Secretary of War’s Office. Since then a new Secretary
has been appointed, Col. Bea, who accompanied Santa Anna to Washington.
He is very thin and feels desirous of entering the Army, where I can get him
a Commission. We have many reports, (conflicting however,) from Mexico, &
tis said they will come on us again, this I do not believe. The Secretary of
the Navy is on board the Brutus- we have but two Commissioned vessels now –
the Brutus & Invincible – they are together under the command of
George Fisher, who has captured one English and 3 Mexican vessels, with $30,000
on board. The President is somewhat jealous of Fisher’s success – and he talks
somewhat seriously of marching into the enemy’s country. – this is rather too
visionary and Utopian a scheme. This town is beautifully situated
in an extensive prarie, on a stream called Buffalo Bayou; the water
of which is the worst I ever drank. – dirty, filthy, miserable stuff, - covered
with a green scruff of scurf, of course very unhealthy. They have dug several
wells but the water is generally impregnated with Sulphur and some mineral
that works the people to death. Take it all in all, ‘tis the most unhealthy
spot I ever was in. Congress meets on 25. prox. the objects are, the
fixing the boundary line with the United States and the Land Bill. –
They passed a Law ordering the President to open the Land Office on the 1st
of October – he has refused to do it, and ‘tis generally believed that he will be
impeached. He does not wish it opened till all our difficulties are settled,
but in the mean time those who secured their titles are selling their land
from $5 to 80 per acre. And he among them- this is unfair and is surely
reprobated by claimants like myself. We are using every exertion to


get the Office opened. I wish much I had my titles completed and recorded, so
that I might dispose of them of Some. Lots here are selling from $300
to $8,000. Flour is now scarce and $30. I am somewhat afraid
either that you or some of the family have been ill—this fear has haunted me
ever since I have been in this place, so you must let me hear from you instantly.
There was a vessel arrived a few days at Galveston from
Baltimore. I felt sure there were letters from you.— Tell your “Mah”
that if she values my friendship, if she has any desire to cultivate the
most friendly and cordial feelings with me, she must either write me or
get you to do it. She has no house-keeping now, and of course cant
plead want of time. How are you situated, My Mary? Are
you comfortably fixed? I know that Jane will do any thing to
contribute to yr. Convenience but where there are so many children, mama’s
are apt to get into some quarrels. X and [incomplete or missing]
the world, my dear gal. X How is Matt coming on? Does he progress
in his studies? I do not half like his situation. Is my little Molly
at school? I wish she could have remained at Mrs. DeBooth’s some time
longer. If I had any way the means I would certainly put her there. – Kiss Donny
& Jay for me and make them behave themselves. – My love to mama
Jane, the Dos and Alice – tell Nick to write me, if he has time.
I have been a little unwell since I have been here – in fact
every body has been sick, but I am nearly well. My head feels a little
giddy from writing so long or stooping my head—but I have had no asthma.
God help you, my dear wife, and believe me ever.
Much attached
Moreau Forrest


Zack joins his love to mine to you all. He is very fond of his sister Molly
and was much affected at yr. finding fault with him.
He says, if he did say anything about Maria A.
it was in jest and he did not believe you wd.
care any thing about it. Have you heard any
news from Washington—God bless you—
Ever yrs.
No news from [illegible]
or Louiza? I wish to hear but if
tis interfering with yr. private correspondence,
you can get Nick to say
that he has the letter or some one else
and you have nothing to do with it.
I got a whole bundle of yr. Ky letters – one from
Pa.- Kiss my dr. little children for me again & again &
Take care of yr. self for my sake.

Addressed To: Mrs. M. S. Forrest
care of Dr. W. W. Clendennin
Corner of Alicanna & Market Streets
Fells Point
As far as New Orleans
by [illegible] of
T. F. Durante Esq.

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