This letter was compiled and edited by Mrs. Mary Frances Banks Storey.The "Uncle John" mentioned below is thought to be John Pharris Cruce and "Oliver" is believed to be Steven Oliver Cruce (b. Jan 13, 1832 - d. Sep 17, 1862).
State of Texas, Parker County December the 12th A.D. 1856
Dear Cousin, I seat myself to write you a few lines in answer to yours of November the (8th?) which _____ _____ yesterday.I was very much gratified to hear from you all once more and learn that you all was well.Hoping they may arrive safe ____ ____ and find you all ____ same ____.I have nothing strange to communicate to you at present.
Times is hard here as there.Was nothing made here this year.We had no rain here through crop times and consequently, crops was cut short.Our prospects for wheat crops another year looks fine.There is a great deal of wheat sewed and I believe this is as good a wheat country as there is any where.This is a new country and the people just getting their land in a proper state of cultivation and I think there will be plenty made another year.I think times will be better hear after a while.
I will give you the price of provisions.Corn is selling at about 75 cts per bushile in 50 of 60 miles of here.There ant much to sell here.It costs about one dollar per busel to get it here and wheat about the same.Flour is four dollars per hundred.Grocerys is high.Salt is 10 dollars per sack.Coffee 5 pounds to the dollar and every thing in proportion.Dry goods is cheap enough.
Dear Cousin, I want you to write to me whether you intend to live and die in Georgia or not.I think you have lived there long enough to come out and see us and take a look at some newer country.It would be a great satisfaction to me to see you all, but if I can't see you I like to hear from you.I want you to write oftener.I almost get out of heart a looking for one answer before I get one.
I send my best respects to Uncle John, and all the family.I want you all to write to me that can write and I will answer your letters.I send my best respects to Oliver and family and I wish him to write to me.
So nothing more at present but remains your affectionate cousin until death.
(Signed) R. C. Eddleman to R. C. Cruce
This was followed by a row of hearts drawn backwards from right to left which was apparently the family seal.Then the following note:
"When this you see, remember me.Direct your letters to Weatherford, Parker County, Texas".