Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Houston to her sister, Sallie Payne, March 25, 1879 [Digital Version]

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DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Houston to her sister, Sallie Payne, March 25, 1879 (March 25, 1879)

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Title: Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Houston to her sister, Sallie Payne, March 25, 1879 [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_27
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Description: 4 handwritten pages, listing names of nurses and accounts
Source(s): DePelchin, Kezia P. (Payne), 1828-1893, Letter from Kezia Payne DePelchin at Houston to her sister, Sallie Payne, March 25, 1879 (March 25, 1879)
Source Identifier: Kezia Payne DePelchin letters, MS 201, Box 1, letter 27, p. 199-202, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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  • Yellow fever--History--United States
  • Disease outbreaks--History--United States
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[Note: "Not more than others have I done.
Yet God has given me more"]

My dear Sister

I sent you the letter left in my cloak pocket. Now
what do you think of such conduct. How different was my experience
in Senatobia. Every thing that the Andersons could do
was done. I once paid a colored woman 50 cts. to be sure
and have supper for Sarah. That was the second day
Mr Massey found it out, sent the money back, said
I did enough to risk my life. Mrs Dickey always
said it made her feel badly to see Miss Hamilton and
I sleep on the floor on a mattress.— And that miserable
creature in Decatur begrudged Mrs Heckle a blanket.
In laying out Mr Dickey, his wife told me to find the
nicest clothes he had and if there were none nice enough
to see if any could be bought. I was tired and when
he died the men laid him out dressed him but I looked out the
clothes. Perhaps there were families in Senatobia who
would not have been as grateful as Mrs Dickey,
as doubtless all in Decatur were not like these
mentioned. I think North Alabama needs something
more than whitewash to cleanse it. I send you a
list of Nurses from Houston. Also donors of money given


me. I am indebted to Dr. Rutherford for names of Nurses to
whom he gave passes.

August 29.

Mrs Nunn Herman Larity D. White
Mrs dePelchin G.T. Candell SamlSamuel Sheld
31. Mrs Heckle Mrs Burt SamlSamuel Clark
Ino. Brummer W. H. Wright also in Memphis
September Mrs Wright Ballinger - Dallas
Miss E. Griffin Geo. Eberly Bassett
Dr. L. A. Bryan Dr. Bradford McAntyire Bros. Brenham
David Turner and 6 from Hempstead
John White
John Williams Henry Bohemeyer
Dr. WmWilliam Tryon Mary McDonald
Dr. S. O. Young
J.E. Miller
C. Schwartz G. Berthallot
S. Scheld Jno. Shepherdson
G. Meis Jno. Frenzy
R. E. Bohm Paul Bliss
C.B. Cruze Mrs Bliss and daughter
A. Jemore William Sheldon


Aug. 27 1878

T. W. House jr. $10
S. M. McAshan $10
John Shean $10
J. E. Knight $5
R. H. Cabaniss $2.50
Wm Christian $2.50
A Harris & Bro. $2.50
J Steinback $2.50
F. J. Lott $2.50
Henry Fox $1.50
J. F. Crosby $1.50
G Dumble $1.00
E. H. Cushing $1.50
J. L. Blanton $.50
D. P. Shepherd $1.00
J. E. McAshan $1.00


This money was collected in an hour after I went to see
about my pass. It was not known if I could get all the way
to Memphis free. Those who gave it said if I risked my life
and gave my services that was enough. — No money ever
was more useful. It enabled me to obtain so many
little comforts for my patients, for I did not know anything
of the Howard regulations and did not know where
to go for medicines. I bought them first, the Apoth Druggist
Mr Goodyear told me not to do that. He then gave me direction
where to go. I kept an exact account of how I spent the
money and of that received from the Howards after
my own actual expenses were paid. I left $50 for Sallie
Blew, $27 to the House of reformed women. That was for
the sake of the two I nursed. $12 to the lodging rooms of
the destitute, $10 I left for Arthur. I should have left
all for him if I had known where he was. I have
written twice to find out but received no answer.
The money was given to Memphis. I had no right to
give it elsewhere. I received it on trust and laid it
up in a bank that never breaks. — For "he that giveth
to the poor lendeth to the Lord."— All the silver and gold
is his and the Cattle on a thousand hills.

Your loving Sister
K. de Pelchin

Rice University
Date: 2010-06-07
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