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#21.  The old letter was found at the Harford County Historical Society in a "Hitchcock" folder by Bob Carman.  It was contributed to this site by Cheryl Miller.  Thanks Bob and Cheryl! 

Harford Co. Historical Society
Archives Section
Reference: Carman Post Office/Standiford letter/1883
Transcribed by Robert Carman, Jr.
Front of envelope: Claudius Standiford, Carmanz, Harford Co., MD
The return address is located in the lower right hand corner: Clayville, IN

September 10, 1883

Dear Brother,
I received your letter of Aug.11th which gave great satisfaction to learn that as many of my friendz were alive & will as were at the time you wrote.

It is with a meloncholy heart that I again write & communicate to you the doleful news of the Death of my wife--she died on the 29th day of July after an illness of 12 days--She gave the most full & satisfaction of her acceptance in Heaven--I am left alone to mourn her loss which to me can never be made up yet if I am so fortunate as to get to Heaven I am confident we shall again search others faces where postering will be _____.  It would be a great satisfaction to me amidst my extreme troubles to see the faces of some of my own blood relations.  You stated that you had a notion of coming to Indiana I would be very glad to see you this fall.

To your son William a word,
Dear Nephew & namesake  it would do my heart good to see you in this country & I am sure if you were to are see it you would never rest Contented till you settled in it--it is a much better part of the world for an easy living than where you are living  do come & see it.--

In reference to the business of Brother Vincents Estate I am willing that you shall sell the land. & I intend sending you a Power of Attorney to transact for me, in collecting the money which is in the hands of Hitchcock & want you to bring the money with you if your should come & if you do not come you can pay the money into a Bank & send a receipt & I can collect it out of our banks--

I want you write after & let me know how all are doing, we are all well at this time and hope you enjoy the same blessings...I wish to be remembered to all my friends--When you write direct your letters to Claysville Washington County, Indian, I have nothing more particular but remain your affectionable Brother till death--

William Standiford.

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