Beginnings of the Movement

Letter from Kittie King, 1860

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This letter shows the concerns of a typical young woman on the eve of the Civil War in Texas.

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Kittie King letter, 1860

Note: For ease of reading, this letter has been transcribed using standard capitalization.

Fort Worth Texas July 1 1860

Dear
Lizzie Georgie (King) said in her letter to
me that you had not received any answer to
your last letter. I think that I answered it though
perhaps you did not get it though as I am very
fond of writing I will write again. I think that it
has been about 3 months since I received a letter from
Kentucky and not long since I got one from Georgie
and she did not write anything much as you are
the only one that gives me any news. I would like
to keep up the correspondence between us so Lizzie,
let's commence afresh. I haven't much news of
interest to tell you but as I heard an old
widow say not long since if I can't write sense write
non sense so I reckon I can give you a little of that
kind. Georgie said that you had been very sick. I
was sorry to hear that for health is one of the
greatest blessings that we can enjoy. My health
has been better this summer than usual. That
is about all we have to boast of in this
country is good health. The weather here is
very dry and warm. Crops will be cut very
short, I am afraid, though it is astonishing
how the people do live in Texas, for it does seem
to me that all that [they] do is to drink whisky
and talk about killing Indians. Lizzie,

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Letter from Kittie King, 1860, Lizzie Waddill Letters, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 

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