Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Sewanee to her sister, Sallie Payne, December 9, 1878 [Digital Version]

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DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Sewanee to her sister, Sallie Payne, December 9, 1878 (December 9, 1878)

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Title: Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Sewanee to her sister, Sallie Payne, December 9, 1878 [Digital Version]
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Author: DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893
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Publisher: Rice University, Houston, Texas
Publication date: 2010-06-07
Identifier: aa00184_20
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Provenance: This collection was given as a permanent loan from Charles McBrayer of the DePelchin Faith Home in 1973.
Description: 4 handwritten pages, feeling ill, meeting with friends,
Source(s): DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Sewanee to her sister, Sallie Payne, December 9, 1878 (December 9, 1878)
Source Identifier: Kezia Payne DePelchin letters, MS 201, Box 1, letter 20, p. 162-165, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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Languages used in the text: English
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  • Yellow fever--History--United States
  • Disease outbreaks--History--United States
  • Sewanee (Tenn.)
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  • Sewanee (inhabited place)
  • Tennessee (state)


Sewanee, Tenn.Tennessee.

Dear Sister,

I still linger here. loth to leave. for a time I was unable.
I became so poorly that Mrs C. sent for her physician, Doctor
Anderson. he said very little medicine was needed: rest, regular
meals, and for me to drink as little coffee as possible. You
may have observed that I often speak of coffee. I have
drank a great deal. It is necessary to have some stimulus


during such trying times. I am not used to anything
stronger than tea, or Coffee. the whiskey used here in Memphis was very
strong, I rinsed my mouth with it once and did not wonder
at the Indians calling it Fire water. I have taken a little
in water when I laid out a dead body, but I found
it was better not to touch it, and Coffee is at least
safe. So when I come to Madeira trim up your Coffee
trees, though perhaps when I can pick it, I shall not care
so much for it. I do not think I ever cared for Coffee
until the war time when it is was so dear and so scarce.—
therefore I am limited on my drinking rations.

If I had gone to Texas or even remained in Senatobia when
Mrs Dickey left, no doubt I should have been very ill. —
as it is I have felt miserable. Every thing has been
done to make my visit agreeable and I had the pleasure
of meeting a friend from Houston: Mrs S. whose son
had carried off the highest honors of the his Class.—
I take great interest in this University Of the South.
for some years, I with others subscribed a small
sum towards educating one of our Texas boys. —
I don't know who, Bishop Gregg is always setting
forth the wants and merits of his favorite
Institution, and in 1874 I listened to


Bishop Quintard's eloquent appeal in its behalf. —
therefore I felt interested in the place.— The location
is beautiful, on a plateau of the Cumberland Mountains.
It is healthy and as for the space of I think, ten miles
square the land is owned by the University, no spirit—
liquors can be sold. The society is such as an
Institution of this kind gathers around it, refined
and elevated. The students drill every morning.
they wear the grey and look very soldier like, but I
prefer the gowns man's dress, because I have no fancy
for military; the drilling is well enough to give
them good exercise, but when it comes to fighting
if I was a man, I should want to belong to that
company of "Soldiers in peace. Citizens in war" as a Houston
gentlemen once toasted a company of Home Guards.—
I do not believe in war. — let it be avoided at the cost
of millions of dollars in place of hundreds of lives. —
I must now begin to prepare to return home. I wrote to Dr
Rutherford our health Officer, to send me a pass to return, but
I find letters are as delayed by quarantine; I am not at all
disposed to quarrel with the quarantine. on the contrary,
as I wrote to a friend in Houston, they ought to give
Dr Rutherford a note of thanks as big as the market


house (and our market is a pretty good size—)
for his perserverance in keeping up the quarantine. So I will
write to again.—

The views around the mountain are enchanting but I have
not been out much. a little exertion tires me down.
I would willingly stay longer— I am already too late for a
school before JanJanuary 1st. I think I shall leave here next Monday
the 16; via Nashville to Memphis.— I may write once more
before I reach Houston.

Your Affectionate Sister

Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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